YORK Indoor Bowls Club have progressed on two fronts in national competitions - with the ladies winning their Yetton Trophy tie 101-62 against North Cave and the men beating Doncaster 92-72 in the Denny Cup.

There was defeat for York's mixed team, however, in the EIBA Top Club Tournament.

York ladies held the advantage from the early stages as Carol Banks, Pauline Armitage, Sue Kirkpatrick and Helen Wood's home rink got off to a flier, leading 17-0 after six ends.

They increased the lead to 26-3 with eight to play and finished 36-10.

The away rink of Dot Kennelly, Sue Tomlinson, Melanie Brooke and Linda Harrison also made the most of a good run. After trailing 4-2 after three ends, they won seven on the trot to lead 16-4 en route to a 25-14 victory.

Joan Jackson, Betty Richardson, Sheila Turpin and Carol Instone trailed 7-0 before getting on the board with a two then a three. All still looked lost at 18-11 down with six ends to play but they pulled it back to 18-15 heading into the last and remarkably took the game 19-18 with a four.

Laura Clarke, Maureen Walker, Zoe Eagles and Helen Walker recovered from 12-4 down after seven ends to lead 16-13.

With two to play they trailed 20-18, but a two then a single gave them a 21-20 victory.

York play Hornsea in the next round a week on Saturday.

York men were expected to beat Doncaster comfortably and they were always ahead on aggregate, but their opponents fought to the end before succumbing 92-72.

At home, Phil Parsons, Neal Macdonald, Mark Clarke and Dave Stroughair dropped a three on their first end but won the next eight to lead 17-3. They only won three more ends but still triumped 27-15.

Ken Griffiths, Nigel Macdonald, Stuart Smith and Paul Mooring led 13-7 but, with three ends to play, found themselves 15-14 down. A two put them back in front but the Doncaster skip turned a two-shot deficit into a six-shot pick-up on the penultimate end, then a single gave Donny their only winning rink, 22-16.

Away, John Dudding, Alan Hampshire, Jeff Normanton and John Whiteley dropped a six on their first end but immediately struck back with a six followed by a five then a single.

After 17 ends the scores were 20-20 but York re-took the initiative with a four and won 25-22.

Kieran Earnshaw, Mick Cooney, Tony Horobin and Jason Parkinson trailed 5-0 before getting into their game with a six. Thereafter they lost only five ends and ran out 24-13 winners.

York play Scarborough in the next round.

York faced a tough task in the Top Club Tournament against Spalding, two-time winners who have been semi-finalists twice in recent years.

The game, played at Doncaster, saw Helen Walker and Kieran Earnshaw both narrowly go down in the two-wood singles, 13-11 and 15-10 respectively.

Jason Parkinson's fours team lost 19-7 but Laura Clarke, Jeff Normanton and John Whiteley convincingly won their triples 21-11 which left Mark Clarke and Joan Jackson in the pairs chasing a win to level the points at stake and overturn the aggregate shots-difference. They fell 19-13.

Meanwhile, York 'A' had to dig deep in their EIBA Over-60s Double Rink Championship game against Harrogate.

They let a 13-7 lead slip to fall 25-14 down but countered to win 35-26 on aggregate.

At home, Phil Parsons, Mick Cooney, Malcolm Lewars and Tony Horobin won six successive ends to lead 10-1 before losing five on the trot to trail 12-10. They won another six in a row to take their game 17-12.

In Harrogate, Ken Griffiths, Graham Brooke, Jeff Normanton and John Whiteley trailed 13-4 but responded by winning all but one of the remaining ends for an 18-14 success.

York 'A' could have met York 'B' in the next round but the 'B' team lost 35-23 to Doncaster, with Graham Instone's rink losing 16-13 at home and Tex Stevens' losing 19-10 away.

On Sunday, York are back in Egham Trophy action as they meet Harrogate at 10am.