8th December 2018 - BOLT LANDS DURHAM PRIZE

Durham played hosts to the latest Open Singles Circuit event, South Shields David Bolt quickly erased his disappointment in the Grand Finals weekend at Potters by winning the Durham event with a straight set 9-2,10-0 victory over Lincolns Graham Smith. On route to the title Bolt defeated John Askwith 10-1,10-3, Kevin Rands (Lincoln) 8-2,4-6, 2-0, Pat Briscoe (Betteshanger) 7-2,5-1, Glenn Skipp (Hartlepool) 4-5,9-1,2-1, in the semi finals a classic Bolt final bowl draw ended the host clubs Mark Higgins hopes 7-6,2-7,2-1. One of the favourites for the event Durham’s Gary Smith went out in the last eight to Lincolns Alan Watts 2-7,6-4,2-0. The win moves Bolt up to 4th in the ranking while Smith sits at 6th, with the top 32 ranked players guaranteed a spot in the 2019 grand finals weekend both players points total already looks good enough to qualify.

There was even more good news for Bolt, following last weekend’s international trials at Rugby the Shields star has retained his place in the England team for the home international series in March at Falcon IBC, Bolt continues at third bowl to Exonia’s Jamie Chestney. Fellow club mate and England hopeful Nina Riches sadly missed out on breaking into the England ladies team.  

Houghton Sancroft’s hopes of reaching the end of season play off’s in the over 60’s inter club are still alive after a thrilling last gasp 38-35 home win over South Shields A. Peter Thomson, Trevor Joicey, Dave Sim and Frankie Froud collected a match winning four on their last end to beat Ebby Dent, Derek Wilson, Ronnie Chapman and Bobby Graham 14-8. Ian Whorlton’s quartet of Joe Sutherland, Jimmy Swinney and Freddie Fletcher also collected a vital last end double to beat Alan Lawton 12-8, those scores cancelled out Alfie Ferguson, Barney Walsh, Dave Sim and John Jones 19-12 loss at the hands of Billy Ferry. Points wise it was 4-1 in Sancroft’s favour which closes the gap to second placed Shield’s to just a couple of points, Sancroft travel to leaders Stanley on January 7 in another must win game while Shield’s have a bye.
Latest Group standings – Stanley 3-13, South Shields A 4-11, Houghton Sancroft 4-9, Gateshead A 2-2

The latest round in the ladies Mason Trophy double fours saw Houghton and South Shields go head to head with the latter running out 41-24 winners. At Houghton Jenny Smith, Evelyn Barkes, Brenda Robson and Joan Rodgerson narrowly went down 16-15 to A.Jamieson, Jean Chapman, P.Bryne and Marilyn Robson however on the quicker Shield’s carpet the Houghton quartet of Doreen Fenwick, Liz Morris, Joan Baker and Norma Stephenson were swept away 25-9 by Irene Kirtly, M.Paton, Ann Upsall and Pam Carlin, in the next round Shields will face either Redcar or West Denton in the new year.

There has been some cracking games in the local stages of the national competitions, the result of the week came in the singles as an impressive Phil Smithson defeated Durham club mate Gary Smith 21-9, Smithson’s reward is a trip to Shields to face David Bolt. There was a Durham double as Mark Higgins cruised to a 21-4 win over Houghton’s Dan Todner and Michael Laydon had a smashing 21-18 win at Stanley against Brett Arkley, in the next round Laydon heads to Shields to face Gary Farquhar who defeated club mate Shaun McIntosh 21-19.

In the pairs Paul Mosley’s 18-9 win over Aycliffe’s Jordan Harston sets up an all Hartlepool clash against Paul Hartley, Durham’s Michael Laydon eased past Houghton’s Sam Patterson 23-4 and will host Stanley’s Ian Peacock next. There will be another Durham/Stanley clash as Mark Higgins 20-12 win over Paul Sainthouse (Shields) sets up a tie against Brett Arkley who had a hard fought 17-14 win at Shields against Josh Minto, Dave Paterson (Shields) beat Gateshead’s Alex Bryden 22-18 while Ian McIntosh won a thrilling all Shield’s affair against Ian Riches 17-16.

There were a couple of cracking away wins for Houghton triples, Frankie Froud recorded a 19-16 win at West Denton against Graeme Robinson and Patrick Thomson narrowly got home 14-13 at Durham against Mark Higgins.

In the fours Ian Riches (Shields) had a good 17-9 win at Gateshead over Brian Orrell and will head to Durham next to face Gary Smith who received a walk over, Houghton’s Peter Thomson got home on the last end in a low scoring 14-13 win also at Gateshead against Alan Jobling, in the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley beat Darlington’s Tony Macey 26-6 and will host Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood who ended Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp’s hopes 15-14.

In the Under 25’s Josh Minto (Shields) booked an area final place after defeating West Denton’s Arron Robson 2-0, Minto will face either Hartlepool’s Matty Ray or Darlington’s Keith Burton. Gateshead’s Brian Poulter’s run in the over 60’s singles continues, a 21-12 win over Stevie Krimpen (Durham) sets up a tie against Stanley’s Brian Houghton who in turn ended South Shield’s Peter Brickle’s hopes 21-11, Stanley’s John Thurlbeck had an impressive 21-9 win over Gateshead’s Ronnie Richardson.
There was more disappointment for Brickle in the over 60’s pairs at Durham as Malcolm Robinson inflicted a 22-14 defeat on the Shields player. In the over 50’s triples Dave Paterson (Shields) beat Brian Harris (Stanley) 17-13 and will host Houghton’s Stevie Tindale next, West Denton’s Peter Dawson defeated Durham’s Michael Laydon 23-16 and will face Stanley’s Brett Arkley who in turn defeated Gateshead’s Brian Poulter 17-10. The only tie in the over 60’s fours saw Billy Ferry (Shields) narrowly miss out 16-15 at Gateshead against Brian Orrell.

The Denny Cup resumes with South Shields looking to repeat their Egham success against Hornsea as the two teams meet again today, Shields have kept faith with the squad that battled back to beat Houghton in the last round.
At Shields – D.Paterson, J.Minto, S.Hubbard, I.Riches, N.Ridley, K.Storf, J.Sneller, I.McIntosh
At Hornsea – P.Dixon, M.Peach, G.Farquhar, D.Bolt, J.McKenna, P.Sainthouse, J.Halcrow, S.McIntosh
The other local tie should be a classic as Hartlepool will look to end defending champions Cumbria’s hopes.

The Denny Plate also takes place today, locally Durham have a tough tie against Blackpool NH and Great Aycliffe face Selby.

Houghton ladies are in Yetton Trophy action today as they attempt to book a place in the last sixteen with a win over Darlington, the only change from the squad that defeated Cumbria in the previous round will see Olwyn Charlton replace the unavailable Ruth Turnbull. The winners will play either York or Scunthorpe in the next round.
At Houghton – J.Watt, E.Barkes, V.Bambrough, J.Rodgerson, S.Richardson, O.Charlton, B.Robson, J.Smith
At Darlington – M.Metcalf, M.Eggleston, J.Baker, A.Banks, M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson

In the Yetton Plate South Shields will also look to book a last sixteen place as the face Eden, the winners will play either Harrogate or North Cave.

After their 7-3 win over Gateshead the Houghton ladies will look to build on that win as they return to inter club league action on Wednesday (1230 start) as they tackle Darlington.
At Houghton – M.Eggleston, S.Moody, B.Robson, E.Faith, J.Watt, E.Barkes, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
At Darlington – M.Hall, A.Vout, F.Phythian, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, A.Todd, J.Baker, JB.Smith

Durham County ladies start there Atherley Trophy campaign against Nottinghamshire at New Earswick next weekend, locally Houghton’s Maureen Hall, Joan Baker and Norma Stephenson plus the South Shields contingent of Jackie Tallack, Irene Kirkley, Ann Jamieson, Pam Carlin, Jean Chapman, M.Paton and Maureen Charles have all been selected to play.

The North Biddick club had an eventful 2018 outdoor season, at the start of the season they had to cope with having to play their opening home league games away due to issues with the green however this didn’t deter them and they went on to win the Earl Cup division two title, they recently held there presentation evening at the North Biddick social club where Deputy Mayor Cllr David Snowdon (pictured) presented the trophies. The evening was a personal triumph for Bill Piggott who despite suffering all season with a foot injury won seven trophies including the pairs with Dave Cowley, Piggott also landed club player of the year while Ray Patterson in his first season playing bowls won the Rose Bowl, Ellen Faith dominated the ladies section winning two trophies, the final trophy for the club championship was won by Bill Robson.

1st December 2018 - SHIELD'S EGHAM PROGRESS

In the latest round of the Egham Trophy South Shield’s had to rely on a terrific performance from both away rinks as they defeated Hornsea 88-60. At home Marilyn Robson, Karen Paterson, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar fought back from 11-1 down to only finish 21-19 down against Carl Stoakes while Ann Upsall, Pam Carlin, Phil Dixon and Ian Riches went down 24-17 to England skip Danielle Martinson which left the visitors 9 shots up, however it was a different story at Hornsea. Nina Riches, Jean Chapman, Dave Paterson and David Bolt romped to a 28-8 win over Cliff Holmes while Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh were impressive 24-7 winners over David Tooley which left the away squad a massive 37 shots up and sealed the overall win. In the last sixteen Shield’s will face Blackpool after the latter ended Durham’s hopes 69-64.

Houghton ladies moved into the next round of the Mason Trophy double fours with a hard fought 36-31 win over Great Aycliffe. The away quartet of Doreen Fenwick, Liz Morris, Joan Baker and Norma Stephenson went down 21-15 to E.Hugill however the home rink of Jenny Smith, Evelyn Barkes, Brenda Robson and Joan Rodgerson collected a last end four to get home 21-10. In the next round Houghton will face South Shield’s who defeated Ferryhill 41-21.

In the next round of the men’s over 60’s double fours both Houghton squads were beaten. The A team faced South Shields A and succumbed 35-27, at Houghton Joe Sutherland, Mal Baker, Freddie Fetcher and Michael Davis collected an early seven against Ernie McCord, Bob Cragg, Alan Lawton and Billy Ferry but had to settle for a narrow 17-15 win, at Shield’s George Brown, Peter Thomson, John Jones and Frankie Froud saw things slip away in the second half of the game going from 9-9 to finish 20-10 down to Ebby Dent, Fred Knubley, Ron Chapman and Bobby Graham, in the next round Shield’s will face Cumbria. The Houghton B squad also tasted defeat this time 40-22 at the hands of Darlington B. The home quartet of Tony Grimes, David Forth, D.Robson and Billy Roberts were left to rue a slow start trailing 7-0 and in the end had to settle for a 13-12 loss to Alan Henderson, down at Darlington Stan Barnes, Dave Armstrong, Richard Thorpe and Frankie Kell led 7-1 against Stan Summers but that was as good as it got and they eventually succumbed to a 25-10 loss, in the next round Darlington will face Thornaby. South Shield’s B narrowly lost 32-31 against Great Aycliffe who will face Stanley next.

The local stages of this seasons national competitions continue at a pace, in the singles an all Shield’s clash saw David Bolt defeat Ian McIntosh 21-19, Durham’s Gary Smith defeated Shield’s Alan Lawton 21-12 and will now face his pairs partner Phil Smithson who had a cracking 21-8 win at West Denton against Michael Bennett, Gary Farquhar (Shields) eased past Gateshead’s Mark Smith 21-9 and will next face club mate Shaun McIntosh. Houghton’s Patrick Thomson enjoyed a 21-13 win at Durham against Mark Barkess and heads to Gateshead next to face Brian Orrell. In the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley’s run came to an end with a 21-19 loss at Ferryhill against Alan Hinds, the Ferryhill player will head to Hartlepool to face either Vinnie O’Neill or Glen Skipp.

There was better news for Hartley in the pairs with two quick fire wins over Darlington opposition, an away 18-8 win over Keith Burton and then a home 23-9 win over Tony Macey, West Denton’s Arron Robson defeated Stanley’s Eddie Henry 20-9 and will face The Park’s Matthew Raftree next who in turn defeated Houghton’s Peter Thomson 24-5. South Shield’s James Sneller cruised to a 31-13 win over Durham’s Mark Barkess and will now head to Durham to face Gary Smith. In the triples Smith defeated Stanley’s Brett Arkley 18-9 and will next face club mate Michael Laydon who ended Houghton’s Stevie Tindales hopes 18-7, there was better news for Houghton’s Sam Patterson who had a cracking 18-14 win at Gateshead over Malcolm Johnston. In the fours Durham’s Gary Smith completed a double over Stanley’s Brett Arkley this time 17-5 and South Shield’s Ian Riches defeated West Denton’s Clive Knott 17-14.

In the over 60’s singles Billy Ferry (Shields) defeated West Denton’s Roy Goldsmith 21-11 and Houghton’s Michael Wright defeated South Shields Joe Webster 21-8. Wright also progressed in the pairs with a 18-16 win over Gateshead’s Brian Poulter and will now head to Shields to face Billy Ferry who narrowly beat Stanley’s Eddie Henry 14-12. In the over 50 triples there was a Houghton double over Gateshead as Stevie Tindale beat Brian Orrell 12-11 and Michael Wright defeated Malcolm Johnston 20-7 however another Houghton squad went out as Dave Armstrong went down 17-13 at Durham to Mark Barkess.

In the champion of champions Durham’s Gary Smith won a thriller against Shield’s Phil Dixon 21-20 and will now face Darlington’s Mark Jones in the area final after the latter defeated Ferryhill’s Alan Hinds 21-18.

It has been a good week in the mixed pairs for South Shields as three squads booked quarter final places, David Bolt’s 23-9 win over Durham’s Mark Higgins sets up a clash against club mate Ian Riches who ended Paul Sainthouse’s hopes 25-16, the third success saw Dave Paterson run out a 22-13 winner over Durham’s Brian Brown. In the mixed fours South Shields Shaun McIntosh went out losing 21-18 at home to West Denton’s Aaron Robson.

The Durham County seniors had a resounding 126-89 win over Lincolnshire in the first round of the over 60’s Liberty Trophy, in the next round Durham face Yorkshire. The seniors also made a winning start in the Midland Seniors league defeating Leicestershire 194-70 (21-1) at Selby.

Durham have named there Liberty Cup team to face Cumbria on December 15, three clubs dominate the 24 man squad – Hartlepool (10), Durham (7) and South Shields (6), there are three debutee’s in one rink – Aycliffe youngster Jordan Harston and South Shield’s James Sneller both get well deserved call ups and (Shields) and following last season’s over 50’s national title Hartlepool’s Dale Oram gets the nod to form Durham’s Phil Smithson’s front three, there are also overdue debuts for Durham’s Bryan Henderson and Michael Laydon.
The Potters resort was once again the venue for the Open Singles Circuit grand finals weekend, last season’s top thirty two ranked players battled it out for the £1,600 first prize, locally South Shield’s David Bolt and Durham’s Michael Laydon were part of the field. In the group stages the top two qualified into the knock out last sixteen stages, sadly Bolt finished third in his group with a final group tie breaker loss to Torquay’s Danny Denison ending his hopes. Laydon however reached the knock out stages finishing second in his group with a straight sets win over last season’s top ranked player Oxford’s Scott Edwards, in a last sixteen tie that could have gone either way Laydon’s dreams were dashed as the Durham player went down 4-3,5-4 to Huntingdon’s  Nicky Brett. The eventual winner was Moonfleet’s Martin Pluckett last season’s number three seed. 

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene this week as Jimmy Blair (72) sadly passed away, the Hetton Workmen’s member was a very popular character within the game and a much respected player.  


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