Swan move into slender lead over Collingham after Stragglers result

Harrogate Bowling Club's winner and runner-up Judith Chappel and Cynthia Bates. (S)
Harrogate Bowling Club's winner and runner-up Judith Chappel and Cynthia Bates. (S)

IT’S tight at the top of Division Five this week as Black Swan eased into a single point lead over Collingham, writes Ian Kennedy.

This came on the back of a 7-3 win over Almscliffe Stragglers with Dave Donaldson 21-4 and Roy Flynn 21-8 both in excellent form. Another great win by Val Rowson (21-8) keeps her top of the averages as the division’s best player.

Collingham also enjoyed a 7-3 win at home to Knaresborough Hounds with Lee Prentice achieving a 21-2 win in his league debut. Dennis Lowndes was Hounds’ top dog of the night with a 21-7 win.

Dacre Owls beat Wayside Ramblers 7-3 with Colin Smith 21-4 and Nick Coutts 21-8 the home stars. A new star was born for the Ramblers however as Greg Johnstone charmed both on green and off.

With a ready smile and a cheeky glint, Johnstone cut a handsome figure with some exceptional bowling and a 21-6 victory. It was a very competitive match between Low Harrogate D and Starbeck. With four winners each, Low Harrogate clinched the aggregate by a single chalk to win 6-4. Sid Brown 21-3 and Alan Westerman 21-5 led the home team with Brian Plumber 21-6 and Clive Goalen 21-9 enjoying their visit.

In Division One Wayside Travellers celebrated a great home win beating Bilton Dragon 9-1. John Henderson 21-6 and Kevin Birtwhistle 21-9 helped Wayside to a 10-point lead at the top of the table.

There were shocks in store this week as Black Swan played stable mates Swan B. Black Swan have enjoyed some good 10-0 results in previous fixtures but Swan B were in determined mood for this one.

Black Swan enjoyed four winners from the first five games but Swan B’s rear-guard put up a great battle winning the last three games. Don Rider’s excellent 21-6 win was enough to ensure they took the aggregate and a 6-4 win.

Steve Johnson 21-8 bowled well for Low Harrogate but Starbeck’s Nick Baranovski 21-3 and Steve Holmes 21-9 were equal to this to ensure they took the aggregate by a single chalk to win 6-4.

Almslciffe Climbers unbeaten home run came to an end as Barsday Kestrels beat them 8-2. Carl Bushby 21-4 and Richard Briggs 21-9 proved the only two home winners with John Scruton 21-8 starring for the visitors.

Things remain tough for the Lions of Knaresborough as they went down 7-3 at home to Bilton WMC. This leaves them second bottom in the table, four points above Low Harrogate.

We are in for an exciting finish in Division Two this season I’m sure. Just three points separate the top three teams.

Leading the pack are Dacre Owls despite going down 6-4 to Bilton Trojans, Steve Webster got back to back single figures wins with a 21-8 result. Nidderdale neighbours Pateley Bridge hold second spot after beating Bilton Spartans 7-3, Paul Kirbright 21-5 and Tony Derrick 21-9 doing the bulk of the damage. Wayside Wanderers pulled themselves back to winning ways in fine style after getting a bit lost the previous week. Sue Richmond was once again the player of the match with a 21-9 win.

There was a real duel between Bardsey Osprey and Knaresborough Tigers with Rob Barker 21-8 the difference between the two as the Tigers ran out 6-4 winners. Bilton WMC celebrated their best win of the season beating Wetherby Knights 9-1. It pulls them back within four points of the pack in their relegation battle. Phil Wrightson 21-2 and Jim Hey 21-6 were both in great form.

Bilton Athenians tighten their control in Division Three after beating Pateley Bridge 8-2 (Len Caine 21-8). Dacre Falcons beat Almscliffe Ramblers 7-3 and Terry Mitton 21-8 and Kyle Sencier 21-9 helped Starbeck to an 8-2 victory over Collingham. Aidrian Dawson enjoyed a great night for Knaresborough Badgers with a 21-6 win. His team celebrated an overall 8-2 win over Low Harrogate B.

Wetherby Cavaliers enjoyed a great 7-3 win over league leaders Low Harrogate C, Mary Howard 21-2, Arthur Cox 21-7 and Alma Hatfield 21-8 the pick of the crop. Wayside Rangers also beat Dacre Kites 7-3. Bottom placed Knaresborough Foxes had a much needed 6-4 win over Bardsey Merlins with Audrey Hodgeson finishing things off for the home team with a 21-9 win.

This Sunday sees the prestigious Pairs Merit Final taking place. All details with regard to green location and time available either via Ian Kennedy or www.harrogatebowling.co.uk.

HARROGATE Ladies won the County Top Club Match against Kingston of Hull, writes Angela Hollingworth.

Harrogate won three of four disciplines and now go on to the semi-finial at Clarence Gardens, York on September 3 against Burniston & Cloughton from Scarborough.

In the County Ann Wilkinson Rose Bowl, a double rinks, they beat Borough Park from Redcar by nine shots, and play Swinton in the semi-final on September 1 on a neutral green.

In the Club Championship, The Simpson Trophy a 2 Wood Singles knock out involving 26 ladies, was won this year by Judith Chappel and the runner-up was Cynthia Bates.

The Harrogate men’s team recorded their first win in the Dalesman League, prevailing 5-3 away at Wetherby. The Harrogate Ladies League had a bye. The men in the Williamson Cup second round lost 61 -91 at home to Stewart Bowling Club of Pocklington. In their only York League Second Division game of the week, they lost 1½-6½ away to Burnholme.

In the Veterans League, Knaresborough Knights excelled with a 9-1 win against Collingham, Keith Pinder 21/3 and Stan Abbott 21/6, writes David Ayre.

Dacre Banks A gained the aggregate against Tarnfield A, due to a 21/1 win by Ray Swires giving Dacre a 6-4 win. Black Swan beat Bardsey A 7-3, Bob Parker 21/3 offset by Bardsey’s Bill Ratcliffe 21/6.

Starbeck was well up on the aggregate against Low Harrogate A gaining a 7:3 win, John Johnson 21/1, Mick Faulding 21/5, Bernard Ibbotson 21/8 and Alan Boyes 21/9. Bilton Dragon A swept the board with a 10-0 win against Boston Spa, Rose Coker 21/6, Peter Kershaw 21/8 and Hazel Parker 21/9.

In Division Two, Almscliffe A won 7-3 against Knaresborough Knaves due mainly to a 21/1 win by Peter Smith. Dacre Banks B beat Tarnfield B 7-3, Audrey Hardcastle 21/6. Wayside had a well-matched game against Bardsey B, winning 6-4, Alan Walker’s 21/9 matched by Bardsey’s Stan Whitehead 21/9. Wetherby had a good win against Bilton WMC 8-2, Jean May 21/4. Pateley Bridge beat Bilton Dragon B 9-1, Charlie Lambert and Joan Hackney 21/7, and Terry Goacher 21/8, with Barbara Worsnop fighting for Dragon 21/9.

In Division Three, Knaresborough Squires won 6-4 win against Dacre Banks C, Dennis Lowndes and Jack Hodgson both with 21/7 counteracted by Cath Houseman from Dacre with 21/8. Tarnfield C beat Starbeck B 7-3, Keith Hogg 21/8 and Anne Hogg 21/9, though Ian Robinson fought back for Starbeck with a 21/5 win. Low Harrogate B beat Almscliffe B 7-3.