THE Yorkshire Merit qualifying round at Steeton Bowling Club produced some good bowling.

Richard Hargreaves met Phil Dowgill in the first round and looked on track for a good win leading 11-5, but Dowgill then produced a super 16-point break to win 21-11.

Peter Clark was on form with a 21-6 win over Graham Reay, Peter Haworth won 21-5 against Lund Park’s Wayne Hudson, while Robbie Ellis had to produce a good comeback to win.

After trailing 14-7 to team mate Kevin Burnett, he turned it round allowing and went through 21-15.

The last eight matches saw Dowgill still in top form as he swept aside Haworth 21-6.

Keighley’s Chris Wilson was going well with a 13-3 lead against Andrew Tate, only for Tate to recover and level at 14-14. Wilson put in four good ends to go through 21-15.

Peter Hepworth got himself into a 19-9 lead against Andy Uttley, before his rival drag the score back to 19-16.

Hepworth took the next two ends and go through 21-16.

The game of the round saw Devon team mates Clark and Ellis go head to head.

Clark got the better start to lead 14 -6 before Ellis produced eight good ends to go 17-14 up.

Clark levelled at 17-17, then two doubles for Ellis sent him through to meet Dowgill with a 21-17 win.

The two qualifying matches produced some excellent bowling with all four players at their best.

The battle between Hepworth and Wilson was nip and tuck throughout. Eventually Hepworth got a 20-16 lead but that was not it, three singles put Wilson in with the jack for game, but the point went to Hepworth, and Yorkshire Merit qualification.

Dowgill got on his previous match-winning mark to lead 8-0 and 11-2, but Ellis was up to the challenge.

He hit back to lead 14-12. It was a great match with both players testing each other.

Ellis held the lead at 18-17, Dowgill then found just that bit more to make the qualification with a 21-18 win.

The final at Almonbury Liberal Club in Huddersfield was somewhat overshadowed by football's Championship play-off at Wembley.

This was a big day for Hepworth and he had a tough draw against Liam Griffin who bowls for Pudsey Limited.

Hepworth enjoyed the occasion but went down 21-11.

Dowgill loves these occasions and once again produced on the day, with a first-round win over Michael Sweeney, then a good win 21-18 against Tony Green.

The quarter final match was against Josh Brown from Kirkheaton Cons which Dowgill just lost 21-20.