PHIL PARSONS' team won the Eric Hopwood Trophy at York Indoor Bowls Club, beating Graham Instone's trio 22-9 in the final.

The competition had started with four groups of four, with the top two progressing to the knockout stages.

Parsons' and Instone's teams had been drawn in the same group, with Instone's having topped the standings - the tables being turned in the final.

In the final, Parsons was joined by Alan Vowles and Malcolm Lewars, and Instone by Wally Darbyshire and Jim Robertson.

Instone's men led 5-4 after eight of the 16 ends but Parson's team shot clear.

The Ladies Simpson Pairs final promised to be close but Helen Wood and Pauline Armitage surged away to beat Joan Jackson and Carol Instone 21-6.

Jean Williams' team led 14-6 after seven ends of the Mixed Triples League play-off final, but Sheila Turpin's team got the break they needed with a three and didn't look back as they took the title 18-15.

The Gents Triples final was tight, with singles scored on 14 of the 16 ends. Mike Parker's team won 10 of them and took the trophy 10-8.

A run of 13 shots over five ends set John Whiteley's men up for a first-ever victory in the Veterans' Triples League play-off final as they beat Alan Hampshire's team 18-10.

Meanwhile, York IBC's Easter Pairs competition saw Steve Pattison and John Cooper pip Alan Braithwaite and Pat Berwick 7-5 in the final.

Only two teams finished the group stages with maximum points - Pattison and Cooper narrowly topping the table on shots-difference above Paul Gravett and Gordon Fennell.

Pattison and Cooper beat fourth-placed John Orchard and Mike Snowden 7-3 in their semi-final, but Gravett and Fennell lost 8-2 to third-placed Braithwaite and Berwick.

In the final, Braithwaite and Berwick needed a five on the last end to take the game into extra time and they nearly got it as Braithwaite's last wood just pulled up short from laying five, instead giving them a three.

The plate was won by Barrie Clark, who has only been bowling for a year, and Mel Lancaster after they beat Michelle and Norman Ellis 11-6 in the final - team Ellis's six all coming on the second end.

Meanwhile, Graham Carver celebrated the start of Wigginton Bowling Club's 2019 campaign by winning the Spring Trophy.

A total of 32 members played in the tournament in glorious weather.

Ironically, Carver had donated the Spring Trophy some years ago and on this occasion it was presented by club captain John Graham and president Michael Haseltine.

Second-placed Megan Hammond, as well as John Parsons and Terry Shepherdson, who were joint-third, also received prizes.

The club's annual “Come & Try” day will be on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm with all welcome.