YORKSHIRE Ladies had a fantastic victory against Warwickshire to power into the County Championship bowling final.
They won their semi-final – against the three times winners – by 16 points to emulate the Men and Juniors in reaching their big final.
The home team, playing at Linthwaite Hall and featuring all Huddersfield players, got off to a great start with wins to six and seven by Linda Gledhill and Marie Lockwood (New Mill) respectively.
Solid performances followed from their teammates while the away team faced a very difficult green at Solihull Marsh Lane and managed three winners – Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse) Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Morton House) and Debbie Davies (Pudsey BC), while the remainder of the team were all in double figures.
They finished their match first, leaving Yorkshire with an overall deficit of 23 points and four players on the home green.
Suzi Ladbroke had a great win, 21-8, followed by Julie Mallinson at 21-17 and Jacqui Roper at 21- 12.
Andrea Buckley was the final player needing to reach 19 to win – which she did in great style triumphing 21-8 to give Yorkshire victory by 16 points and sending the very supportive crowd into ecstatic applause.
Yorkshire will now meet South Yorkshire for the County Championship title at Waterloo, Blackpool, on September 9.
At Linthwaite Hall: Linda Gledhill (New Mill) 21 Sheena Leek 6; Marie Lockwood (New Mill) 21 Christine Faulkner 7; Ann Hinchliffe (Lockwood Con) 21 Michelle Chatwin 14; Karen Gant (Meltham) 21 Karen Worsey 11; Diane Radcliffe (Outlane) 18 Anne Fisher 21; Lynn Carter (Cowcliffe Lib) 19 Joan Garner 21; Katy Atkinson (Marsh Utd) 14 Sarah Sterland 21; Alicia Ormsby (Meltham) 16 Stephanie Witherspoon 21; Suzi Ladbroke (Lockwood Con) 21 Emma Goode 8; Julie Mallinson (Outlane) 21 Bev Prtichard 17; Jacqui Roper (Meltham) 21 Jodie Faulkner 12; Andrea Buckley (New Mill) 21 Sue Dunkley 8.
At Solihull Marsh Lane: Lisa Rice (Harold Club) 10 Kirsty Darling 21; Louise Whiteley (Hove Edge) 19 Kate Fall 21; Dawn Bray (Ossett Flying Horse) 21 Claire West 15; Karen Hill (Hanging Heaton) 11 Lorraine Kirby 21; Laura Middleton (New Mill) 18 Susanne Green 21; Amanda Hagen (Ossett Flying Horse) 10 Maureen Simpson 21; Sharon Gadd (West Park) 15 Maggie Paling 21; Christine Hasselby (Myrtle Park) 14 Anita Stanley 21; Helen Gilroy (Eccleshill) 13 Anne O’Loughlin (Hall Green) 21; Marjorie Haigh (Heckmondwike) 11, Sam Edwards 21; Alexis Lunn-Gadd (Morton House) 21 Faye Montgomery 18; Debbie Davies (Pudsey BC) 21 Kelly Round 14.