NEW Earswick Falcons found winning form in the Yorkshire Over-55s League second division as they beat Scarborough 86-74.

Earswick picked up 12 of the 14 points at stake, despite the relative narrowness of victory.

At home, Earswick's Paul Murray, Barry Harrison, Mick Head and Bill Waldie, despite scoring a four at the third end, trailed 11-8 after nine.

However, another four gave them a 13-11 lead after 11 ends and, although they lost the next four to go 17-15 behind, a sudden burst saw them claim four threes and a two to go 29-17 up and on to a 29-20 victory.

Dave Imeson, Bill Nuckey, Ralph Tiplady and Paul Dawson were 8-8 after nine ends but then settled and won 10 of the next 13 to go clear at 22-11 up with four to play. The Scarborough lads fought back, winning the remainder, but Earswick held on to a 22-19 success.

In Scarborough, Bob Elliot, Dave Kermode, Colin Ellis and Dick Osguthorpe were all square at 7-7 after nine ends but only won two of the next nine to go 18-11 behind. They took the last three but fell 18-15.

Graham Lockwood, Dave Elcock, Brian Birch and Tony Abbot were 10-all after 11 ends before opening a 16-10 lead after 14 ends. Scarborough fought back to level with two to play but Earswick took them for a 20-17 victory.

New Earswick Ladies, however, lost 69-57 to Selby in the Yorkshire Ladies' League and collected only two points.

At home, Lynn Page, Kath Hardcastle, Sally Domville and Majorie Watson led 4-2 after four ends but only scored two singles over the next seven ends to trail 11-6. They pulled back to 11-10 but Selby won the next four ends to lead 17-10 before Earswick finished with a three to go down by four.

Denise Elliott, Lesley Nuckey, Maralyn Mead and Irene Warrington led 10-8 after 10 ends but Selby then won the last eight ends for a resounding 25-10 success.

At Selby, Doramy Bellwood Annette Prosser, Margaret Pearson and Kath Sykes got off to a flier and with the help of a five at the fifth end, led 18-4 after 11.

Selby won five of the last seven ends, including a four at the 12th, end but Earswick won 20-12.

Moira Ellis, Jean Cann, Jenny Philpott and Norma Davies lost a close tussle with Sue Shrimpton’s rink.

A five at the 11th end levelled matters at 9-9 and, later, with Selby 12-11 up with three to play, Earswick won the next two to go into the last end leading by two shots. However, Shrimpton’s rink picked up a three at the death to win 15-14.