YORK Indoor Bowls Club head into 2020 off the back of a successful Gordon Little Trophy competition - their first festive tournament of the season.

The two-wood triples event was played in groups of four, with the winners and best runner-up progressing to the semi-finals.

David White - who was in the winning team last year - this time led the only team with a 100 per cent record along with Denise Elliott and Rose Haynes. They beat the group from the best runners-up of Sheila Turpin, Charlie Arnett and Sue Todd.

White's team were drawn to play Trevor Scott, Pete Waring and Dave Snarr, who had won their group with two wins and a draw. It was White`s team who held a 9-3 lead with two ends to play but were made to work for the game as they dropped a four then found themselves three down before they came away with a single to win 10-7.

Turpin's side were drawn against group 'B' winners Neal Macdonald, John Sandle and Bernadette Johnson, who had finished with five points. It was Macdonald's team who dominated their semi-final game, only losing two ends and winning 12-3.

First on the scoreboard in the final was Macdonald's team with a two but then White's trio picked up a single then a three to take a 4-2 lead.

Surprisingly that was it as far as the scoring went for them as Macdonald, Sandle and Johnson took control of the game to finish 13-4.

Next week, York have two important national games, where have reached the last 32 in the country. Starting on Tuesday at noon, they play Stanley in the EIBA Over-60s Double Rink competition, then on Thursday at 12.30pm they play Lincoln in the Vivienne Trophy.

York will play Melton IBC in the EIBA Under-25`s Double Rinks quarter-final on January 19 after triumphing over last season's beaten finalists Spalding 37-28, with both rinks winning.

York found themselves 9-7 down on aggregate after five ends but after 10 had taken the lead 22-15 and kept it to the finish.

The game was played at a neutral venue at Erewash IBC.

It saw Jack Woodworth, Neal Macdonald and Kieran Earnshaw picking up 10 shots without reply between the seventh and 10th ends to go from 7-6 down to lead 16-7 on their way to an impressive 22-15 victory.

Nathan Richards, Jo Mann and Jack Bird had let a 12-8 lead slip to trail 14-12 with two ends to play but they responded well with a two then a single to take their game 15-14.

York's first domestic final, the Tom Forbes Pairs, took place last Monday with the winners from 2016 taking on the winners from 2017.

As expected there was some excellent bowling, though it was Phil Parsons and Alan Vowles who were picking up the shots from some very tight heads.

They were 6-0 ahead before Mal Bulmer and Roger Ford got on the board with a two - but it was short-lived as nothing was going their way.

After 14 ends Parsons and Vowles looked to have the trophy won as the score stood at 19-6, but then Bulmer and Ford came back with a single, a two and a four meaning they needed six shots on the last end to take the game into an extra end.

It was not to be, however, as they dropped a single to make the final score 20-13.