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Whilst still maintaining their top of the table spot, Byland took their eye off the ball by losing a keenly fought match against mid table Normanby by the slender margin of two points. Mike Rowe’s 97 was the best score for Byland which was matched by a 97 from Niall Collinson but a 96 from Normanby’s Colin Rutland and Maxine Atkinson proved to be the difference in a closely fought match and just enough to win a contest which Byland may find costly.
In another closely fought encounter, mid table Albany dented Kirkham’s hopes of a table topping place with a narrow two point win which relegated the title contenders to third place. A 98 from Tom Edwards and a seasons best 96 from Mike Ware proved to be enough to dent Kirkham’s early title hopes for whom Steve Baker scored 97.
Joint league leaders Rievaulx made short work of beating a lowly Fountains team by a comfortable six points due mainly to a 99 from Jackie Hay which was the best score in Round 11 and very close to her first 100 of the season. Crying out for a really good performance, scores in the low 90’s were the best that Fountains could produce.
Scoresby continue to prop up the rest of the league and did not help their cause with yet another heavy defeat, on this occasion at the hands of Chomley, a team just two places above them in the league. With 98 from Simon Darrington and Tim Coates, Scoresby faced an uphill task from the outset their best being a 95 from Ewan Shimmin and Sam Atkinson.
In the Individual Competition Mike Rowe had an easy win to record his eleventh win in eleven matches. Chris Trousdale on the other hand, was rather more fortunate in his Division 7 match. With the luck of the draw playing a part, Chris maintained his 100% record in a match he could have lost had lady luck been against him.
Normanby 381 beat Kirkham 379
Normanby Niall Collinson 97 Maxine Atkinson 96 Colin Rutland 96 Jean Wood 92
Byland Mike Rowe 97 M Dossor 95 M Atkinson 95 C Dossor 92
Albany 383 beat Kirkham 381
Albany T Edwards 98 N Scarth 96 M Ware 96 C Taylor 93
Kirkham S Baker 97 J Kenworthy 96 E Craven 94 P Cattermole 94
Rievaulx 376 beat Fountrains 370
Rievaulx J Hay 99 P Hurworth 96 A Eddon 93 J Baker 88
Fountains C Moore 92 C Williamson 92 R Franks 92 H Bennett 91
Chomley 377 beat Scoresby 369
Chomley S Darrington 98 T Coates 98 M Holmes 89 D Jackson 84
Scoresby E Shimmin 95 S Atkinson 95 J Headley 91 C Trousdale 88
In a David v Goliath encounter, bottom of the table Scoresby held League leaders Kirkham to a draw with both teams scoring 376 points. In what Kirkham must have anticipated would be a formality and two certain points, they were made to struggle by a Scoresby team for whom Sam Atkinson showed some of the form he is capable of by scoring 98 to equal his best of the season. Jeff Kenworthy replied with the same score for Kirkham to tie up the match, which Kirkham will look on as two points lost rather than a point gained, dropping them to second place at the half way point of the season.
Although not at their best, league leaders Byland had no such problems against third place Rievaulx winning the match by a comfortable six points. Maintaining his form after the Christmas break Derek Atkinson followed his 100 in the previous round with a 98 which got Byland off to the start they were looking for. Jackie Hay's 95 and a similar score from Paul Hurworth was the best response Rievaulx could manage in what should have been a much closer contest.
The best score of the round went to Albany, their 381 being far too good for Fountains who replied with 374. With a 98 from the usually consistent Nigel Scarth and a seasons best 96 from Chris Taylor, Albany were in charge from the outset in a match which resulted in Albany maintaining their middle of the table place.
Normanby, despite a 98 from Maxine Atkinson and Niall Collinson, somehow managed to lose to fellow strugglers Chomley by 4 points. Simon Darringtons 97 was the best score for Chomley who won the match with a more solid team performance to secure the two points on offer.
In the individual competition, Chris Trousdale and Mike Rowe remain unbeaten although in Mike Rowe's case the luck of the draw played a part in a match he would have lost had he been shooting against anyone else in Division 3.
With his 98 in Round 10 Derek Atkinson moved ahead of Club Champion Steve Baker by two points to record a current average of 97.3 against 97.1
Kirkham 376 drew Scoresby 376
Kirkham J Kenworthy 98 S Baker 95 E Craven 92 P Cattermole 91
Scoresby S Atkinson 98 E Shimmin 96 J Headley 91 C Trousdale 91
Albany 381 beat Fountains 374
Albany N Scarth 98 C Taylor 96 T Edwards 94 M Ware 93
Fountains C Moore 95 B Gibbons 95 C Williamson 94 R Franks 87
Byland 374 beat Rievaulx 368
Byland D Atkinson 98 M Rowe 93 M Dossor 92 C Dossor 91
Rievaulx J Hay 95 P Hurworth 95 A Eddon 90 J Baker 88
Chomley 376 beat Normanby 372
Chomley S Darrington 97 T Coates 96 R Lammerton 94 M Holmes 81
Normanby M Atkinson 98 N Collinson 98 C Rutland 88 J Wood 88