Low Harrogate clinch England Cup after Pateley battle

Harrogate Bowls Club pic. (S)
Harrogate Bowls Club pic. (S)

There were celebrations abound this week at Tewitt Well as Low Harrogate C clinched the England Cup, writes Ian Kennedy.

It was an exciting and well-fought match against last year’s winners Pateley Bridge. Gladys Blakeson got the Nidderdale team off to the best start possible with a 21-5 win over Marina Wright.

Jean Foster beat Margaret Brockhill 21-12 and William Tulley beat Tony Marsland 21-16, with Sarah Ravilious getting the only first half win for Low Harrogate beating Jack O’Brien 21-16.

Things were looking good for Pateley at the half way point with a commanding 74-54 lead. Low Harrogate’s rear guard sprung straight into action as Carol Hawkins beat John Mitchel 21-14.

It was a critical win that pulled back vital chalks. There followed some exceptional bowling from Roy Banks as he beat Pat Hall 21-5 and Colin Wright who beat Ken Blackey 21-8 to ease the Tewitt Well team into an 11 chalk advantage.

With everything still to play for, Pateley skipper Bill O’Brien and Mick Steel played the last game. O’Brien fought through to a 21-18 win but Steel’s performance was enough to guarantee the victory for Low Harrogate by 135-127.

Knaresborough bowling club were thanked for being excellent hosts and all bowlers congratulated on a very exciting final.

Back in the league, Wayside Travellers were back to top form as they beat Low Harrogate 10-0. Steve Cochrane led the way with a powerhouse 21-5 display closely followed by Mark Reynolds 21-7 and top of the averages Gordon Flower winning 21-8.

Almscliffe Climbers continued their excellent home form at Fortress Huby beating Swan B 6-4. Carl Bushby 21-9 and Barry Turnbull 21-9 were the best of the night.

It was a hard-fought battle between Black Swan and Bardsey with three games finishing 21-20. Martin Hemmingway 21-4 and Dave Hodgson 21-6 were in exceptional form however to ensure a 7-3 win for the home team. Bilton WMC celebrated a win over local rivals Bilton Centurions.

John Jennison helped them on their way to an 8-2 result despite the efforts to Paul Worsnip 21-5. The Lions of Knaresborough celebrated their first win this week as they beat Starbeck 7-3. Chris Drinkel roared to a 21-6 start with Starbeck star man Nick Baranovski finishing well with a 21-6 success of his own.

Pateley Bridge holds a three-point lead at the top of Division Two after beating Wayside Wanderers 7-3. Mike Hall was in emphatic form winning 21-2. Dacre Eagles stay close on their heels after beating Bilton WMC 7-3 despite clubmen Brian Gill 21-6 and Terry Abrams 21-8 proving the best of the match. The in-form Alan Pitchfork helped Knaresborough Tigers to a 7-3 win over Bilton Spartans with Bilton Trojans enjoying a better evening than their stablemates beating Wetherby Knights 7-3. Steve Webster 21-3, Irene Small 21-7, Joyce Light 21-8 and John Small 21-8 all enjoyed excellent wins.

Things are tight at the top of Division Three with only four points separating the top five teams. Dacre Falcons maintain top spot after beating Knaresborough Badgers 7-3 (Maurice Dinsdale 21-2, Joyce Baybutt 21-9). Collingham beat Almscliffe Ramblers 7-3 and Starbeck beat Low Harrogate B by the same margin. It proved a popular result this week as Max Dodd 21-5 and Gerald Tiffney 21-9 also helped Bilton Athenians to a 7-3 win over Black Swan. Best result of the week was reserved for Boston Spa who beat Pateley Bridge 9-1 (Geoffrey Smith 21-6, Michael Rowlatt 21-7 and Wes Lumley 21-9.

Wetherby Cavaliers proudly sit at the top of Division Four after beating Dacre Kites 8-2. Alma Hatfield 21-4 and Jean May 21-6 were in excellent form for the Cavaliers with Maurice Dinsdale 21-9 putting up the best fight for the visitors. Stuart Whitehouse 21-5, Anne Syles 21-6 and Malcolm Sykes 21-8 ensured the aggregate for Wayside Rangers as they beat England Cup champions Low Harrogate C 6-4. Pateley Bridge beat Knaresborough Foxes 8-2 helped largely on the way by William Tulley 21-6 and Ken Blakey 21-9. Len Briggs 21-7 got Almscliffe Strollers off to a good start against Bardsey Merlins but Bill Fairbanks 21-9 and Roy Hulber 21-9 fought back well for the Merlins to guarantee a 7-3 victory.

Collingham maintain top spot in Division Five after beating Almscliff Stragglers 8-2 (Tony Hoar 21-7, Pam Nacey 21-9 with Orin Joistdahl 21-6 for the Stragglers). Black Swan keep the pressure on beating Dacre Owls 7-3.

Top performer Val Rowson continued her excellent unbeaten run with a 21-6 win. Margret Moorhouse finished strongly for the Owls with a good 21-8 victory. Wayside Ramblers were celebrating another win as they beat Knaresborough Hounds 7-3.

Tonight sees the final of the McDonnell Cup between Black Swan and Starbeck, held at Bilton Dragon with a 7pm start.

CATHERINE Patrick from Harrogate Bowling Club played in the Ladies County 2 Wood Singles at Clarence Gardens, York.

After playing five rounds, she finished as a finalist and will now represent Yorkshire in the National Championships to be played at Royal Leamington Spa in August.

Harrogate’s ladies have had an excellent week, winning the second round of the County Ann Wilkinson Rose Bowl beating a team from Great Ayton at home. They play the quarter finals against Borough Park on July 4.

They also reached the quarter finals of the County Top Club after beating Driffield Town at home, their next match on June 30 against Kingston.

The annual Ashbourne Trophy, sponsored by Grosvenor Homes, took place at the club on Saturday. This mixed triples event was won by Beryl Smith, Mike Jones and Eric Smith who beat Jeanette Crampton, John Laird and George Andrews in the final. On the Sunday. members travelled to Richmond for an annual fixture and beat the home team 122 shots to 62.

In the Men’s Champion of Champions Graham Patrick, lost his second round match away at Selby. In the Ladies ‘Over 55’s’ second round Cynthia Bates and Angela Hollingworth lost by two shots playing at Marske.

In the Dalesman League the men lost 3-5, while in the Harrogate Ladies League the ladies lost 0-8.

Both games were played away against Kirkby Malzeard.

BATESON League results June 3: Ripon 2 pts 63 shots, Easingwold 5, 65; Bedale 4 (69) Boroughbridge 4 (71); Sowerby 1 (47) Thirsk 6 (65); Masham 1.2 (49) Dishforth 6.5 (81); Northallerton 1.5 (63) Bishop Monkton 5.5 (66)

GALTRES Triples League results June 6: Topcliffe 5 (64) Sowerby Flatts 2 (61); Dishforth 1 (64) Easingwold 6 (68); Stillington 2 (57) Thirsk A 5 (65); Thirsk B 1 (57) Boroughbridge 6 (87); Wetherby 1 (50) Sessay 6 (73).