YORK Indoor Bowls Club's quest to retain the Yetton Trophy started with a comfortable 101-68 victory over Scarborough with two rinks winning and one drawing.

However, there was despair for the men's section as they went out of their third national competition in the space of two weeks.

York's women led the seasiders 50-23 after 10 ends and were not threatened for the remainder of the game.

At home, Carol Banks, Pauline Armitage, Sue Kirkpatrick and Helen Wood carried on from where they left off last season with another high-scoring effort - scoring 14 shots over three ends to lead 24-3 en route to a 34-15 victory.

Lynda Parker, Pat Potter, Hayley Robinson and Helen Walker won five ends on the trot to go 16-10 up with four to play but needed a single on the last to draw 17-17.

In Scarborough, Dot Kennelly, Maureen Walker, Melanie Brooke and Linda Harrison lost 26-13, but Joan Jackson, Tina Robinson, Sheila Turpin and Carol Instone put in a top performance and sealed a 37-10 victory with a seven on their last end.

York now play Hornsea a week on Saturday.

The men's team, though, were pipped 67-65 by Hornsea in the Denny Cup.

It was 57-57 with three ends to play but the east coast side had the edge in the run-in.

Away, Neal Macdonald, Jeff Normanton, John Whiteley and Scott Walton won nine ends but dropped two fours and a five in their 27-9 defeat, while Phil Parsons, Mark Clarke, Kieran Earnshaw and Jack Bird were left chasing their game at 11-5 down and lost 22-10.

At home, Malcolm Lewars, Jack Woodworth, Craig Newton and Phil Emmerson won 18-11, and Alan Vowles, Mick Cooney, Tony Horobin and Dave Stroughair led 27-5 with three ends to play.

With the other rinks having completed their games, Stroughair's side needed to continue their momentum and make up two shots over the last couple of ends to give York victory.

But they dropped a single and, while they laid the required three at the final end, Hornsea moved the jack, making it virtually impossible to pick up a result. Stroughair's team won 28-7.

Meanwhile, in Yorkshire Over-55s League division two, York Knights beat Selby 'B' 86-51, taking 12 of the 14 points at stake, but York Romans lost 70-61 to Scarborough, albeit picking up four points.

The Knights built an 11-shot advantage away from home after Dave Clough, John Walton, Ray Calpin and Malcolm Thompson turned a 9-3 deficit into a 25-13 victory.

Allen Clapham, Dave Berwick, David White and Geoff Walker dropped singles on the last two ends to go down 16-15.

At home, Harley Wenham, Dave Elcock, Graham Instone and Jim Robertson led 16-1 on their way to a decisive 28-9 victory, while Pete Waring, Ken Robinson, Ron Munro and Trevor Scott trailed 13-12 but won the last four ends to triumph 21-13.

The Romans' home sides were left with a lot to do after the away rinks ended with a 27-shot deficit.

Alan Braithwaite, Barry Walker, Alan Yoward and Steve Lea lost 27-9 and Andy Lockwood, Deryck Wilson, Allan May and Ray Clark lost 19-10.

The home rinks clawed back to within five shots of victory, with Ray Wynn, Chris Reaston, Dave Clarke and Mike Snowden leading 23-10 with three to play and Colin Robinson, Mal Rankeillor, Dave Dearlove and Gordon Walker leading 18-9 going into their last end.

But Snowden's men finished 23-15 and Walker's 19-9 - at least giving them the consolation of two winning rinks.

On Saturday at noon, York play Hornsea in the North Eastern Ladies' League while York 'C' meet Harrogate 'B' in Yorkshire League division three.