Bilton dispose of Knaresborough while Dacre record debut win against Bardsey

BILTON WMC added a little spice to the lead title race with a 7-3 win over title hopefuls Knaresborough - Geoff Selby's 21-6 going some way to the victory although Lance Graham, back from a broken arm, showing he hadn't lost his touch with a 21-9 for the Lions.

Martin Hemingway 21-7 and Dave Hodgson 21-6 helped Swan to a 6-4 victory over the Dragon to keep tied in second place with the Lions.

Gordon Flower 21-5 and Steve Cochrane 21-9 inspired Wayside to an 8-2 win at Spartons.

Mike Hall produced a 21-9 for Pateley in their mid table clash with Low Harrogate the Nidderdale team running out 7-3 winners.

However, congratulations go to Dacre in winning their first game of the season 8-2 over Bardsey - Brian Furniss 21-8 Brian Wrigglesworth 21-6 and George Bellis putting the match beyond doubt early on.

Starbeck increased their lead in Division Two even though they could only tie 5-5 at Dragon - Alan Blackburn’s 21-9 giving Dragon the aggregate to add to their three winners. Challengers Knaresborough Tigers had another disappointment going down 8-2 at Bardsey.

Swan took advantage of the Tigers lapse, George Moorey 21-6 and Barbara Fryer 21-1 the Stars in the 10-0 win over Dacre.

Don Northing had a 21-8 for Pateley at Wayside, the Wanderers going down 8-2.

Collingham continued their revival with this week’s win 8-2 over Bilton Club - Stan Swaine 21-3 Macky Pickering 21-7 and Skipper Elsie Marshall 21-8 the big winners for Collingham.

John Simpson got Dacre off to a good start in their quest for survival with a 21-4 but Wetherby’s Linda Mokes nearly turned it round with a 21-8, Dacre holding on for a 6-4 win.

Adrian Dawson 21-8 and Herbie Rennison 21-9 were too strong for Almscliffe but Carl Bushby again showed his team-mates the way and pulled back a 21-8 as the Badgers ran out 8-2 winners.

It was the same score at Pateley as Stuart Vennart 21-9 gave Pateley the impetuous, Collingham having no real answers. Boston Spa were convincing winners over Low Harrogate 7-3, Vernon Gunn 21-4 and Ian Scott 21-8 making the difference.

In Division Four Low Harrogate took the aggregate thanks to Martin Seebers 21-7 and kept control of the league with a 6-4 win. Swan were victors by 7-3 at home to Wetherby, all the games going close. Joan Reynolds, 21-9 led Wayside Rangers to an 8-2 win at Almscliffe.

In Division Five, Dacre are back level with Swan after their 8-2 win at home to Almscliff, Kirsty Clarke 21-9 Bill Dalton 21-8 Eddie Russell 21-8 and Norman Nichol 21-7 giving Almscliffe no chance.

Peter Hartley gave Swan a great start with a 21-3 but Len Caine pulled it back with his own 21-3 to give Dragon the aggregate and tie the match 5-5.

Ken Drake played with pride to give Bardsey the edge at Wayside with a 21-8 but George Reynolds nearly pulled it back with a 21-4, Bardsey hanging on for a 7-3 win. There were only two chalks in it at Pateley as visitors Low Harrogate narrowly lost out and went down 7-3

Ladies Merit - The Ladies singles Merit gets under way at Dragon at 12 noon on Sunday. With a record entry and the recent hot weather it promises to be a great day.