SKIPTON Inter District Ladies team put on a great show, but once again lost to the top team Huddersfield Ladies in the final.

Huddersfield Ladies Crown Green Bowling team notched up their seventh consecutive victory in the Yorkshire County Crown Green Bowling Association Ladies Inter-District, when they narrowly beat Skipton and District for the second year in succession.

The event, which attracted ten teams from across the county, began with a series of round robin games in four groups, progressing to semi-finals at Garforth Rec BC.

First round match results:

At Garforth Rec front green: Harrogate 139, Skipton 205; East Coast 170, Harrogate 162; East Coast 170, Skipton 170. Skipton qualified on greater aggregate points.

At Garforth Rec Back Green: Aire and Wharfe 192, West Riding 180; West Riding 173, Aire and Wharfe 192.

At Smirthwaite Park: Castleford 176, Leeds 186; Leeds 156, Castleford 201. Castleford qualified on greater aggregate points.

At Allerton Bywater: Bradford 156, Halifax 201; Bradford 154, Huddersfield 201; Halifax 177, Huddersfield 189.

Semi-final match results:

Aire and Wharfe 156, Huddersfield 204; Skipton 187 Castleford 167.

In the final, the teams were level at 73 points each after the first four jacks and only two points in favour of Huddersfield separated them after eight jacks with two games remaining on the green.

Karen Hill (Huddersfield) gained a steady lead over fellow county player Viv Abell (Craven) finishing at 21-13, while Andrea Buckley (Huddersfield and Yorkshire captain) had a ding-dong battle with Claire Russell (Colne Cricket Club) just winning by 21-19.

There were also excellent performances from Carol Uttley (Steeton), Christine Hasselby (Crosshills) and Liz Bland (Oakworth), while Melissa Hoyle, Sophie Brown and Catherine Hoyle (Huddersfield) also did well.

Final team result : Skipton 175, Huddersfield 187. C Uttley 21, L Hirst 17; K Whittaker 21, J Haigh 19; S Gadd 10, M Hoyle 21; L Bland 21, K Gant 16; M Hemsley 14, S Brown 21; C Hasselby 21, S Ladbrooke 14; S Finney 14, C Hoyle 21; C Rushton 21, M Brown 16; V Abell 13, K Hill 21; C Russell 19, A Buckley 21.

The Men’s Senior Inter District will be held on Sunday, July 28, in Castleford District. Skipton are drawn to play the hosts Castleford and Harrogate at Allerton Bywater with a 9.30am start.