By Terry Shepherdson

NEW Earswick Ospreys fell to a 92-69 defeat against Selby 'B' in the Yorkshire Over-55s league.

The sides had two home wins each, but a comprehensive 41-6 defeat at Selby proved Earswick's undoing.

At home, Earswick's Gordon Johnson, Rodger Cann, Alwyn Anderson and Graham Lockwood got off to good start, leading F. Render, D. Barton, J. Harrand and C. Chambers 11-2 after eight ends.

The sides matched each other over the next seven ends, with Earswick leading 18-8 after 15 ends before Selby won the next four ends to pull the score back to 18-13.

Both matched each other with a pair each at the last two ends for a 20-15 Earswick win.

Steve Connolly, Vic Thompson, Nigel Steels and Mick Head, from being 4-2 down after five ends against B. Howard, J. Doyle, R. Enion and B. Smith, went on a scoring spree and won 11 of the next 12 ends.

Despite dropping a five at the 11th, they led 25-9 after 17 ends and had a comfortable 27-16 win even after dropping a couple of threes in the last four ends.

At Selby, Andy Humphreys, Ian Carr, Bruce Dobson and Bill Waldie matched J. Barber, K. Terry, A. King and R. Oldfield shot for shot, and were only one shot adrift after 13 ends at 11-10.

But they dropped a five at the 14th end to fall 16-10 behind, and the two sides matched each other over the last seven ends, with Earswick getting six shots to Selby’s four, in a 20-16 defeat for the visitors.

Peter Davison, Dave Hutchinson, Doug Carr and John Snowden got off to a disastrous start, going 20-0 down to A. Hancock, G, Abbott, P. Whipp and J.Ward after 10 ends.

Earswick then scored four shots at the next two ends but lost the subsequent five - including dropping a seven at the 14th end - to go 36-4 behind.

The visitors managed to win only three of the 21 ends in the match as they lost 41-6.