Pateley Bridge are sitting pretty at the top of Division Four in the Harrogate & District Crown Green Bowls League after a 6-4 win over Bilton Corinthians.
It was a well-fought match with Corinthians getting the better of the first half, securing three out of four winners.
The Pateley back end stepped up to the mark however to turn things around, with Lee Chandler proving particularly strong through a 21-5 win that ensured the aggregate went the visitors’ way.
Bardsey Merlins keep their title hopes firmly alive with a 7-3 win over Wayside Rangers, keeping them a close second in the table. Roy Hulbert 21-6 and Suzanne Tobin 21-7 bowled excellent games.
Collingham beat Low Harrogate C 8-2 with Lee Prentice continuing a great season with a 21-6 win and Tony Hoar not far behind with a 21-8 result.
Pateley Bridge thirrd team secured a third win on the bounce to pull themselves clear of bottom spot.
To make things better, there was an excellent 7-3 win over Nidderdale rivals Dacre Kites. Harold Holdsworth and Bill O’Brien were both in fine form each winning 21-3.
David Anderson 21-6 and Stewart Goosey 21-9 were the best on the night for the Kites.
Back in the top flight, Black Swan remain dominant at the top of the table. This week’s visitors were Pateley Bridge who put up a much more determined fight than their 9-1 defeat may suggest.
Young stars John Mitchell and Jack O’Brien both achieved excellent 20 point results. Bobby Coker 21-6, Richard Hughes 21-8 and Dave Rowson 21-8 all bowled exceptionally well.
Wayside Travellers beat Swan B 8-2 (Mark Reynolds 21-4, Gordon Flower 21-6, Brian Walker 21-9). Josh Coker 21-4, Ken Coker 21-8 and Brad Walker 21-9 all helped Bilton Centurions to a 9-1 win over Starbeck.
Almscliffe were very pleased as they used every home advantage to gain an exceptional 9-1 victory of a strong Bilton WMC team.
Chris Olding 21-4, Phill Hill 21-5 and Dave Spilsbury 21-8 all gave an excellent demonstration on how to bowl the Huby green.
Knaresborough Lions beat Bardsey Kestrels 7-3 in a very tight battle.
With four games all finishing within two points it’s a result that could easily have been reversed.