HUDDERSFIELD Indoor Bowling Club bounced back from a 14-4 defeat to rivals Featherstone by toppling Yorkshire League leaders North Cave 12-6.
Two excellent winning rinks at home set up the game well and a gutsy performance by the two away rinks, who both lost by the narrowest of margins, gave Huddersfield the overall scalp.
Next up for Huddersfield are Ryedale IBC on Saturday, February 17, and a good result would virtually ensure the team of a place in the play-offs at the end of the season.
In addition, the team was also in action in the qualifying round of the Yorkshire County Double Rinks Knockout competition against Hornsea IBC.
And, once again, the home team made a decisive contribution to the game by making their advantage count with a 23-15 win.
This superb eight-shot cushion was achieved by skip, ex-Yorkshire Crown Green Merit winner Mark Sykes, as his team gave the away team - which was skippered by current England Under 25 international Michael Hick - a big chance to wrap up the game by being just one shot down at 17-16, but maintaining an overall seven-shot lead going into the final end.
The end had to be played five times as the Hornsea skip, outdoors world single champion Mark Walton, killed the end four times in succession, but finally they were unable to kill the jack and the Huddersfield rink were happy to give one shot away and lose 18-16, but safe in the knowledge that the match was in the bag.
Huddersfield now go forward to the finals which are played at New Earswick on Saturday, February 24.