The Halifax, Huddersfield Union golf team have secured the Yorkshire Inter District league runners-up spot for the second year running.
They needed an away win in their final outing at Knaresborough against Harrogate to hold on to second place.
The team was strengthened by county player and Midland Amateur Open winner Jamie Bower, of Meltham, who made his second appearance of the season.
They started well with Bower and Aaron Schnacke bringing home two points with a 3&2 win, while Matthew Colcombe and Jamie Smith had a 4&3 win, and Steve Martin and Graham McLean won 3&2, which helped to keep McLean ahead in the race for the Order of Merit – sponsored by Parnell Reilly.
James Ward and Clive Crawshaw won 2&1 and Mark Birkett and Andy Wilford brought in the last match with a 3&2 win giving Halifax, Huddersfield a 10-2 lead.
A confident Bower led the team out for the singles and made birdies at 15, 16 and 17 to win 2&1.
Colcombe then lost 5&3, but Schnacke was in devastating form with an impressive five under par and a 5&4 winner.
Smith finished all square, while Crawshaw lost 4&3, but Michael Murray had a real nip and tuck game, ending in a half.
The Union still needed a win to get over the finishing line, but Dave Stafford went down 3&2 and then Martin lost the last hole to a birdie to be beaten by one hole.
Team manager Chris Mear had, however, loaded the back of the team with in-form players.
McLean, who went into the match leading the Union’s Order of Merit, drew a Knaresborough home player, but rounded off a with a 5&4 victory to win the match 23-13 and see the team retain the YIDU runners-up Crystal Trophy.
McLean also clinched the Order of Merit trophy.
Mear said: “All in all it was a very good season.
“Again finishing two points behind the Sheffield Union was hard to take, especially after beating them at Meltham.
“A bad loss at Sandmoor scuppered our title hopes, but maybe we can go one better next season.”