SHIPLEY youngsters have done their county proud by grabbing gold for the Yorkshire Youth Bowling Team.

Local bowling stars across two age groups travelled with the county squad in the quest for glory in the finals.

It was the U12s who impressed most, with both the male and female teams securing top spot at Guildford earlier this month.

Shipley Youth Bowling Club (YBC) members Grace Thomis and Hariette Bowes were among the girls team of four.

Their fellow team member Abbie Rhodes got the highest game score and highest average award for the U12 girls.

Meanwhile, the U12 boys also struck gold with Ross England, Jayden Hartley, Ben Erangie and Sam Cummings in the team.

Cummings had a particularly good day, earning the highest average award for the category.

The Yorkshire U16 teams mustered half the success of their younger counterparts, when travelling to Dunstable at the end of April for their finals.

A five-strong boys team boasted four members from Shipley (YBC).

Jack Blyth, George Jagger, Ryan Smith and Tom Cummings were joined by Dan Birch and together they racked up a record breaking 908 points in the final round to win gold.

Blyth impressed all who were watching with the highest game of the tournament at 263 points.

The U16 girls also put in a valiant performance.

But, a team comprised of Shipley's U12 starlet Grace Thomis, as well as fellow club member Sophie Bell, were unable to convert it into a win.

Despite this, several of the other county managers commented on how well Yorkshire had performed across the two weekends.

Mike Cummings, Team Manager of Yorkshire, said he was extremely proud of such an outstanding achievement for the county.

A large number of Shipley YBC bowlers will travel to Dunstable again over the next two weeks to compete in the 53rd NAYBC Junior Nationals.