Although plagued by rain for much of the day players in the Eastfield BC Over-60s Doubles Merit produced some excellent bowling.
Sponsored by Marshall Honda and run by Kevin Garside and Les Craggs, the competition attracted a good entry, and all concerned - players, officials and refreshments providers - were thanked by Eastfield president Moira Audsley before she presented the prizes.
In the quarter-finals North Cliff pair John Cooper and Richard Thompson beat Westgate’s Fran and Les Boyles 21-19, Borough’s Tony Bland and Mick Gates beat Hunmanby’s Betty Wild and Neil Ledingham 21-19, Jean and Frank Povey (Hunmanby) beat clubmates Steve Freer and Alan Kynaston 21-17 and Dave Clarke and Alan Bambrook (Dukes Park) beat Tom Mottram (Whitby) and John Lawton (Dukes Park) 21-19.
Cooper and Thompson had another close finish in the semi-finals, beating Bland and Gates 21-19, while Clarke and Bambrook beat the Poveys 21-12.
The final produced some exceptional play. With the score 10-10 after nine ends, 14-14 after 13 and 19-18 in Clarke and Bambrook’s favour after 20 ends, it could have gone either way. Cooper and Thompson took the last three ends, one, one and two to scrape through 21-19.
Winning through the first round of the Knockout Trophy competition were North Cliff No 2, who beat Bridlington Bay No 2 211-209, and Dukes Park No 2, who beat Westgate 215-178, six at home and six away.
Cliff No 2 will now take on the winners of the North Cliff No 1 and Borough No 1 clash while Park No 2 will face the winners of the Borough No 2 v Eastfield match on June 20.
The Hunmanby v Dukes Park No 1 and Whitby v Bridlington Bay No 1 games have received a bye and will go straight into the quarter-finals.