Black Swan defeat Starbeck to earn McDonnell Cup victory

Crown Green Bowls - Black Swan, winners of the McDonnell Cup. (S)
Crown Green Bowls - Black Swan, winners of the McDonnell Cup. (S)

Black Swan celebrated their first silverware of the season by clinching the McDonnell Cup after an exciting final against Starbeck, writes Ian Kennedy.

Mike Hine got the Starbeck team off to a winning start beating Alan Kirk 21-15 but Keith Agars pulled a win back for Black Swan after beating Joan Douglas 21-18.

Angela Hodgson put in a player of the match performance as she beat Arthur Donald 21-7 with Sue Lynch bringing the first half to a close with a 21-16 win over Samantha Rowson. The scores stood at 73-67 in Swan’s favour at the mid-way point.

Alan Hodgson stepped up to the plate and got Black Swan off to a second half winning start beating Brian Wilson 21-16. Dave Donaldson put in an excellent performance to secure another Swan win beating Brian Plummer 21-8 with Val Rowson putting the game beyond Starbeck after beating John Wood 21-11.

Ian McLeod brought the final to a close, beating Ernie Sadler 21-7 but celebrations were already under way as Black Swan won the McDonnell Cup.

HABA president Derrick Fox presented the trophy, congratulating Black Swan on their success. Bilton Dragon once again proved to be exceptional hosts.

It was the second clean sweep on the trot for Wayside Travellers in Division One as they beat Starbeck 10-0. With the green in great condition and running fast, Wayside managed to take advantage with a winning performance from each player. This gives them the advantage of the narrowest of margins as they lead by three points at the season half way point.

Bilton Centurions enjoyed a battle against Black Swan with Bobby Coker leading the way with a 21-7 win. Dave Lickley reclaimed his spot at the top of the Averages after a 21-7 win of his own but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Centurions taking the match 7-3. Bardsey showed little mercy to the Lions of Knaresborough as Mark Holmes 21-5, John Scurton 21-8 and Paul Crossling 21-9 helped them to a great 9-1 win.

Low Harrogate celebrated a much needed win as Kevin Clapham 21-8 steered them to an excellent 7-3 win over in-form Almscliffe Climbers. Things were tight as Swan B entertained Bilton WMC. Both teams clinched four winners each but stalwarts Derrick Fox 21-3 and Terry Connell 21-4 ensured the aggregate went to the visitors. Richard Hebblewhite’s excellent form continued as he secured a terrific 21-3 win over very strong opposition.

Pateley Bridge have a two point advantage in Division Two after beating Starbeck 6-4. With four winners apiece it was young star Tony Derrick who ensured the aggregate went to the visitors. Nidderdale neighbours Dacre Eagles are close on their tales after beating Bardsey Osprey 7-3 closely followed by Wayside Wanderers who beat a strong Bilton Trojans team 10-0. Skipper Derek Wood ran out a 21-0 winner with Mary Mason 21-9 also impressing.

Bilton Spartans enjoyed a good 8-2 win over Bilton WMC with Wetherby Knights also in great form beating Knaresborough Tigers 8-2.

Division Three still remains most competitive with any one of seven teams still in a good position to claim the crown. Bilton Athenians hold a slender lead after beating Knaresborough Badgers 7-3 (Olga Walkington 21-8). Dacre Falcons hold onto second spot despite going down 8-2 to Low Harrogate B. Keith Helsby put in a player of the match performance to win 21-6. Pateley Bridge’s Elizabeth Lambert 21-6 and Wes Lumley 21-6 helped them to a 9-1 win over Starbeck.

Black Swan was equal to this as Roy Flynn 21-8 bowled well as they beat Collingham 9-1. Almscliffe Ramblers battled it out with Boston Spa in a match that saw each team take four winners. James Bushby dropped down the leagues to enjoy a 21-4 win and Anne Smith put in a great display winning 21-9 which secured a 6-4 win for the Ramblers.

Low Harrogate C followed on from their England Cup success to beat Bilton Corinthians 8-2. Carol Hawkins 21-9 and Alan Winstanley 21-9 were in good form in a win that takes them top of Division Four. Wayside Rangers enjoyed their visit to Knaresborough Foxes as they won 7-3. It was a result shared by Dacre Kites over Almscliffe Strollers with Pete Houseman 21-9 proving the best of the night. Pateley Bridge beat Bardsey Merlins 6-4 as their excellent winning run continues.

Wayside Ramblers hold their best spot in Division Five this week as a 6-4 win over Low Harrogate sees them sit third at the half way point.

Lawrie Teasdale won 21-8 with Joan Forbes also bowling terrifically well to secure a 21-9 win. Star of the night however was reserved for Alison Wright who not only lit the green up with her illuminating smile but dazzled a few with her bowling as she won 21-7. Almscliffe Stragglers beat Dacre Owls 7-3. Ron Pattinson was the best Straggler of the night winning 21-5 with Roy Barton putting in an excellent Owl display with a 21-4 win. Brian Plummer 21-8 and Mike Hine 21-8 helped Starbeck to a 7-3 win over Knaresborough Hounds despite a good fight back from Glyn Clavert 21-7.

The ‘Bowls Development Alliance’ will be videoing at Low Harrogate on Monday from 6pm.

Having received a three quarters of a million pound grant from Sport England the Alliance will use these videos as part of a recruitment campaign to get people of all ages involved in Bowls (Crown, flat and mat). All bowlers in the region are invited along to take part, especially any of our junior bowlers.

Tonight sees the much anticipated Individual Merit Final at Low Harrogate from 6.30pm. Qualifying has been under way this week with 64 bowlers working their way down to the final eight. Details of the Final Green can be gained from or by calling Ian Kennedy.

Harrogate Bowling Club Men’s Section beat Hull Road Park by just nine shots in the first round of the Williamson Cup and now play Stewart of Pocklington at home on June 27 for a place in the quarter finals.

In the York League the men had a 6-2 win against Clifton at Clarence Gardens putting them fourth. Kay Gordon, Jeanette Crampton, Sue Wallace and Judiith Chappel (skip) played in the ladies quarter and semi finals in the County Fours, but got beaten in the semis by seven shots by Helmsley.

The men lost 0-8 at home to Ben Rhydding in the Dales League at home last week, whilst the ladies in the Harrogate Ladies League won all eight points against Ben Rhydding to hold a joint lead at the top of the table. They lost 105-91 at Northallerton.

In Division One of the Veterans League, Knaresborough Knights beat Black Swan 6-4 helped by Trevor Ingledew 21/6 and Bill Robson 21/8, writes David Ayres.

Bardsey Barn Owls had a good win against Bilton Dragon A 7-3 helped by Alan Baldwin 21/7 but matched by Dragon’s John Small also 21/7. Dacre Banks A lost to Boston Spa 3-7 in spite of Brian Furniss’s 21/2 win. However Boston Spa’s Ann Morris, Leo Wynzar and David Taylor more than made up for that with wins of 21/8 each.

Low Harrogate A had an excellent win against Collingham, Dave Spilsbury 21/3 the best.

In Division Two, Bilton Dragon B had a good win against Bardsey B with 8:2, though all losing scores were in double figures. Tarnfield B got the better of Starbeck A beating them 7-3, Barry McCourt 21/5 and Barry Larkins 21/9. Almscliffe A lost to Wetherby in spite of wins by Gaynor Olding and Jim Walker 21/9.

Only John Mokes of Wetherby managed a single figures win with 21/7. Knaresborough Knaves managed a 7-3 win against Wayside A with Olga Walklington shining with a good 21/5 win. Pateley Bridge A beat Dacre B 6-4 after just getting the aggregate by three chalks.

Tarnfield C beat Low Harrogate B 7-3 in Division Three, Ron Whiteley 21/5 and Ray Clarke 21/4. Starbeck B just scraped a win against Almscliffe B 6-4 by just winning the aggregate 142/140. Richard Bradley contributed to this with his 21/8 win. Knaresborough Squires prevailed over Pateley Bridge B with a win of 7-3 helped by Mell Herrington with 21/5.

GALTRES Triples League results June 13: Sowerby Flatts 7pts (78) shots Stillington 0, 43; Easingwold 0, 48 Boroughbridge 7, 69; Wetherby 5, 63 Topcliffe 2, 57; Sessay 1 , 65 Dishforth 6, 73; Thirsk B 1, 54 Thirsk a 6, 64.

Sowerby v Bishop Monkton rain affected 3.5 points each.

BATESON Bowls League results: Easingwold 2,51 Boroughbridge 5,60; Dishforth 5,71 Bedale 2, 66;Thirsk 6, 81 Northallerton 1, 41;Masham 1,58 Ripon 6, 79.