Hill edged out by Gilroy in Yorkshire bowls final thriller

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Hanging Heaton bowler Karen Hill was edged out by Helen Gilroy in the final of the Yorkshire Crown Green Ladies Bowling Championships at Ossett C&BC last Sunday.

Gilroy of Rufford Park, Bradford retained her Yorkshire title as she edged a nail-biting final 21-20.

Gilroy and Hill, both county team players, had an excellent game on a very tricky and fast green.

Hill favouring the corner marks, while Gilroy shortened and round-pegged with the game evenly balanced at 9-9.

Gilroy made a break to 20 which was only interrupted by two pairs from Hill, who then she stepped in with a great comeback to level the game at 20-20 before Gilroy found the final single to win.

In the semi-final Gilroy beat Pam Lindley (Tyersal) 21-07 and Hill defeated Andrea Buckley (New Mill) 21-14.

Five of the finalists will now go forward to the British Crown Green Ladies Merit final on July 13 at Windle BC, St Helens

Quarter-final results: Helen Simpson (Brighouse C & B) 11, Andrea Buckley (New Mill) 21; Karen Hill (Hanging Heaton) 21, Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse) 13; Linda Gledhill (New Mill) 16, Helen Gilroy (Rufford Park) 21; Pam Lidley (Tyersal) 21, Suzy Ladbrooke (Lockwood Cons) 17.