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19th January 2019 - WORLD EXIT FOR SHIELDS STAR

The 2019 World indoor championships are taking place at Potters over the next two weeks, after battling through the qualifiers at Carlisle in October South Shield’s Ian McIntosh (pictured) made his second appearance on the infamous blue carpet, it was always going to be a tough first round for McIntosh against last year’s beaten finalist Devon’s Robert Paxton, despite a spirited performance the Shield’s star was beaten in straight sets 8-2, 7-4. Durham’s Gary Smith is in action on Monday as he faces the 16th seed Scotland’s Michael Stepney. In the pairs event the Shield’s duo of Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh also qualified via Carlisle in October but needed to win a preliminary tie against Paul Sharman & Mike Titcombe to progress to the main arena, however a narrow straight sets 6-4,5-3 loss ended their hopes, to qualify for the championships is a feat in itself however not to be rewarded with a chance to play in the main arena is disappointing.

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad kept alive their hopes of a twelfth liberty title with a tremendous 126-92 win over holders Lincolnshire at New Earswick. For most of the game Durham held a six shot lead before a late surge saw them extend it to 19 shots and then finish off 34 shots up. Across the green Durham won on five of the six rinks with the pick of them being the all Shield’s rink of Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt who beat J.West 30-12, the only loss saw Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill lose 17-13 to Graham Smith. In the semi finals Durham will face Northants who defeated Leicestershire 136-111, the tie takes place on March 2 on a yet to be agreed neutral green, in the other semi final Devon face Berkshire.
Scores (Durham skips first) GR.Smith 19-16 J.Philpott, D.Bolt 30-12 J.West, V.O’Neill 13-17 G.Smith, P.Smithson 21-20 T.Morton, P.Mosley 19-11 M.Orrey, P.Hartley 24-16 W.Jackson.

The over 60’s version of the Liberty takes place on Tuesday with the county seniors looking to book to also place in the semi finals, first of all they have to overcome Yorkshire, locally Billy Ferry (Shields) and Michael Wright (Houghton) have been selected, the tie is home and away with the home leg being held at Durham (1230 start), the winners face either Leicestershire or Norfolk.  

Houghton ladies bounced back from last weekend’s Yetton exit to beat South Shields 69-53 in the latest round of inter club fixtures. The foundations of the win were laid at home in particular Joan Rodgerson’s rink of Joan Watt, Evelyn Barkes and Susan Forster who defeated C.Bennett 26-4, the other home rink skipped by Ellen Faith collected a 20th end six to defeat D.Sproates 22-19 which left Houghton 25 shots up at home. At Shield’s both Houghton squads were beaten, Norma Stephenson narrowly lost 13-11 against Pam Carlin and Jenny Smith 17-9 against Marilyn Robson which was good enough for Houghton to get home overall by 16 shots. Points wise it was 6-4 in Houghton’s favour, they have a bye in February with their final game against Durham due to be played on March 13.

South Shield’s face probably the best club in the country Cumbria today in the quarter finals of the Denny Cup, the eight times winners of the Denny will be a real test of this shield’s squad pedigree, the last time the sides met three years ago Cumbria ran out winners by 18 shots but this should be a classic encounter, the winners face Nottingham or Wellingorough.
At Shields – D.Paterson, J.Minto, I.Riches, C.Yeomans, K.Storf, S.Hubbard, J.Sneller, I.McIntosh
At Carlisle – P.Dixon, M.Peach, G.Farquhar, D.Bolt, J.Halcrow, P.Sainthouse, J.McKenna, S.McIntosh

 
The local stages of the national championships are progressing along, in the pairs the Shield’s duo of Ian & Shaun McIntosh booked an area semi final place after defeating club mate Dave Paterson 20-13, in the semi finals McIntosh will face another club mate this time James Sneller.

Area semi finals line ups
Singles – V.O’Neill (Hartlepool) v D.Bolt (Shields), G.Farquhar (Shields) v M.Higgins (Durham)
Pairs – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v I.Peacock (Stanley), J.Sneller (Shields) v I.McIntosh (Shields)
Triples – G.Skipp (Hartlepool) v GR.Smith (Durham), N.Ridley (Shields) v P.Thomson (Houghton)
Fours – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), GR.Smith (Durham) v GFarquhar (Shields)

In the Over 60’s singles South Shields Billy Ferry’s run came to an end with a 21-13 home loss to Gateshead’s Brian Orrell. An all Stanley affair in the over 60’s pairs saw John Thurlbeck defeat Brian Houghton 17-8, in the over 55 triples both remaining Houghton squads were beaten, Stevie Tindale lost 20-9 at Shields against Dave Paterson and Frankie Froud missed out on home advantage losing 17-14 to Gateshead’s Alex Bryden while The Parks Peter Dawson had a cracking 17-16 win over Stanley’s Brett Arkley. In the two bowl singles South Shields Alan Lawton defeated Durham’s Michael Laydon 21-14.

The area final line up in the mixed pairs has been confirmed, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley will face South Shield’s David Bolt this after Bolt’s 20-16 win over club mate Dave Paterson. The mixed fours area final will see another Hartlepool / Shields clash as Marc Squirrell plays Ian Riches, the latter had a smashing 20-9 win at West Denton against Michael Bennett. In the family pairs Shields Josh Halcrow moved into the next round with a 18-12 win over Durham’s Brian Brown.

In the Under 25’s singles the talented Shields youngster Josh Minto heads to Ely next weekend for the latter stages of the competition, in the last sixteen Minto will face past winner Malvern Hills Ryan Atkins.

In the ladies singles South Shield’s Nina Riches moved into the zone semi final with a tremendous 21-16 win at Durham against Christine Budd, in the semi final Riches will have home advantage against The Parks Pat Brown, in the fours Riches club-mate Pam Carlin heads to Durham to face Christine Budd.

In the county seniors inter club league both Houghton Gilpin and Kepier are in action this week, Gilpin  host leaders Darlington B on Tuesday (1230) then on Friday Kepier head to play off chasing Durham B (1230)

Gilpin Squad – E.Downes, W.Longley, K.Barnes, D.Gibson, P.Noble, P.Robinson, D.Hockaday, W.Roberts, R.leonard, T.McClaren, K.Morris, R.Robson
Kepier Squad – S.Barnes, D.Armstrong, W.Barkes, F.Kell, A.Grimes, W.Wells, D.Spotiswood, B.Johnson, E.Joice, P.Taylor, D.Ward, K.Hembrough

Latest Group Standings
Group 2 – Darlington B 6-21, Hartlepool A 6-19½, South Shields 6-12½, Ferryhill 5-11, Houghton Gilpin 5-6
Group 4 – Hartlepool B 6-19½, Durham B 4-18½, Parks A 6-18½, Houghton Kepier 5-5½, Gateshead B 5-3  
      

12th January 2019 - SHIELDS BOOK DENNY QUARTERS PLACE

In the last sixteen of the Denny Cup South Shields produced a stunning performance at Leeds to knock out the 2017 champions Kingsthorpe 75-62, out of the four rinks Shield’s won on three of them. Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar defeated new England cap Connor Cinato 18-14 while Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse, Josh Halcrow and Chris Yeomans recovered from 13-8 to defeat Mick Sharpe 24-18. The third winning rink was Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Kris Storf and David Bolt who defeated another England player Jamie Walker 19-14, the only losing squad was Neal Ridley, Michael Bryne, Stewart Hubbard and Ian McIntosh who had to dig in trailing 14-5 to only finish 16-14 down against Alan Manton. In the quarter finals current champions Cumbria will provide the opposition, the two clashed three years ago when Cumbria ran out winners by 18 shots however this is a confident Shields squad and are due a result against the Cumbrian’s.
Quarter finals draw - Wey Valley v Victory, Swale v Exonia, Nottingham v Wellingborough, Cumbria v South Shields.

There was however disappointment for Shield’s in the mixed Top Club as they were beaten 10-6 by a strong Blackpool Newton Hall outfit, in the last eight Blackpool will face Barwell.

Houghton ladies hopes of a quarter final place in the Yetton Trophy were dashed as they were beaten by defending champions York 108-56, at Houghton both home rinks put in spirited performances. The lone Houghton win came from the rink of Susan Forster, Sam Richardson, Brenda Robson and Jennie Smith defeating Carol Instone 20-18 while Joan Watt, Evelyn Barkes, Val Bambrough and Joan Rodgerson were beaten 21-15 by Helen Walker to leave the home squad 4 shots down. Sadly the two away rinks never got to grips with the quicker York playing surface, Norma Stephenson’s quartet of Maureen Hall, Liz Morris and Audrey Vout never recovered from 25-0 down after 11 ends and eventually finished 32-10 down against Helen Wood, the other rink of Margaret Metcalf, Doreen Fenwick, Joan Baker and Florence Phythian also found the going tough losing 37-11 against Linda Harrison which left the away squad 48 shots down and sealed a 52 shot defeat, York face Barwell next. 

In the latest round of seniors inter club fixtures Houghton Sancroft’s hopes of reaching the end of season play off’s suffered a major setback, a 4½-½ loss at group leaders Stanley leaves Sancroft relying on South Shields A to drop points against Gateshead A, that would at least take it to the final round of games.  The only bright spot came from Frankie Froud’s rink of Peter Thomson, Trevor Joicey and Jimmy Swinney, leading 9-4 against Michael English the Sancroft quartet lost the next 7 ends to trail 13-9 however a single followed by a last end treble saw Froud snatch a 13-13 draw. Michael Wright, Alfie Ferguson, David Wright and John Jones actually led 6-4 against Derek Craig but then proceeded to drop 19 shots in five ends in a 27-10 loss. The remaining rink of Joe Sutherland, George Brown, Freddie Fletcher and Ian Whorlton were in the hunt for a point against David Webb, trailing 7-6 but the wheels fell off as they dropped 12 shots over the last three ends to finish 19-6. With the Parks having withdrawn Sancroft do not complete their campaign until late February as the host Gateshead A.
Latest Standings - Stanley 4-17½, South Shields A 4-11, Houghton Sancroft 5-9½, Gateshead A 3-2 

The men’s inter county league resumed last weekend with a relegation battle between Houghton and Great Aycliffe, sadly for Houghton they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory losing 77-75.  Down the A1 both away rinks were beaten, Michael Wright, Karl Armstrong, John Jones and Peter Thomson (jnr) looked set for a decent win leading Ian Payne 16-10 with five ends to play, however they were left to rue a dropped six on the 15th end and they succumbed to a 22-17 loss. The other rink of Tony Grimes, Eric Downes, David Wright and Richie Mckie went from 5-2 up against Fred Edwards to 14-5 down, a dropped six on the 12th end compounded matters as Edwards cruised to a 26-10 win, those scores left the away squad 21 shots in arrears. At Houghton it looked at one point as if the home squad were going to pull off the win 23 shots up however in the latter stages the game slipped away. Brian Henderson’s rink of Michael Noble, Jimmy McAdoo and Freddie Fletcher looked to be in control leading Ian Prentice 14-6 however a 14-3 return over the last seven ends in the visitors favour sealed Henderson fate 20-17. The remaining rink of Mal Baker, Richard Thorpe, Alan Patterson and Frankie Froud got off to a flier, a seven on the 4th end help open up a 20-2 lead over Dave McDonald, the Houghton squad were never in trouble and they eased to a 31-9 win. Points wise Houghton only collected a single point and are now looking down the barrel of relegation to division two, they face Hartlepool next.
Latest Table – Hartlepool 3-22, Gateshead B 3-21, Durham A 2-19, Sth Shields 4-19, Gt Aycliffe 4-18, Houghton 3-10, Darlington 3-1

Houghton ladies return to inter club action on Wednesday as they face South Shield’s.
At Houghton – M.Eggleston, D.Fenwick, B.Robson, E.Faith, J.Watt, E.Barkes, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
At Shields – M.Hall, A.Vout, F.Phythian, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, E.Morris, J.Baker, JB.Smith

The Durham County Liberty squad head to New Earswick today as they look to secure a semi final place with a win over Lincolnshire. This is the fourth meeting of the teams in the last five years with Durham still smarting from last season’s 23 shot loss at the same stage. The full squad is as follows - B.Henderson, M.Laydon, P.Smithson, M.Barkess, R.Bewick, M.Higgins, GR.Smith (all Durham), J.Sneller, J.Halcrow, P.Dixon, M.Peach, G.Farquhar, D.Bolt (all South Shields), M.Ray, C.Boston, M.Squirrel, D.Oram, C.Higgins, G.Skipp, V.O’Neill, P.Mosley M.Jones, P.Hartley (all Hartlepool), J.Harston (Aycliffe)

There has been plenty of action in the local stages of the national competitions, in the singles South Shield’s Gary Farquhar had an impressive 21-5 win over Durham’s Michael Laydon to set up an area semi final against another Durham player Mark Higgins, in the other semi final Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill will have home advantage against David Bolt (Shields) this after O’Neill ended Ferryhill’s Alan Hinds run 21-9.

Pairs Semi Finals – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v I.Peacock (Stnaley), J.Sneller (Shields) v D.Paterson or I.McIntosh (both Shields)

In the triples Durham’s Gary Smith won a thriller against Shields Stewart Hubbard 13-12 and will now head to Hartlepool to face Glen Skipp. There was better news for Shields as Neal Ridley ended Houghton’s Frankie Froud’s run 23-9 and will have home advantage in the area semi final against Houghton’s Peter Thomson. There will be an all Hartlepool area semi final as Paul Hartley meets Paul Mosley, Hartley reached the semi finals with a 22-6 home win over Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood while Mosley defeated Darlington’s James Humble 24-19, the other semi final should be a cracker as Durham’s Gary Smith hosts Shield’s Gary Farquhar, Smith booked his semi final place with a 16-11 win over Shield’s Ian Riches while Farquhar recorded a 26-16 win at Houghton against Peter Thomson.

Talented Shield’s youngster Josh Minto has booked a place at the latter stages of the Under 25 singles later this month at Ely, in the area final Minto beat Hartlepool’s Matty Ray 2-0, in the last sixteen Minto will face the 2014 champion Malvern Hill’s Ryan Atkins.

In the over 60’s singles Houghton’s Michael Wright booked a last eight place with a 21-17 win over Durham’s Peter Miles, Wright heads to Stanley next to face John Thurlbeck. There was disappointment however for Wright in the over 60’s pairs as Shield’s Billy Ferry inflicted a 19-11 defeat on the Houghton player. The current over 55 triples champion Hartlepool’s Dale Oram made a first round exit at Thornaby 19-8 against Graham Fordy.

There was some good news for Silksworth’s David Bolt as he has been selected to represent England in the 2019 outdoor Atlantic championships, Bolt is part of a five man team that will head to Cardiff early May.
Men:- David Bolt (Durham), Ian Lesley (Devon), Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire). Reserves: Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire) and Andrew Walters (Worcestershire)
Women:- Natalie Chestney (Devon), Sian Honnor (Kent), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) and Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire). Reserves: Katherine Hawes (Oxfordshire) and Laura Holden (Somerset)

There was some sad news for the sport as the former women’s junior international captain Hannah Overton (28) sadly lost her battle against Leukaemia. The Huntingdonshire star was the inspiration behind the much acclaimed charity nude bowls calendar which to date has raised just under £10,000 for Cancer Research and Bloodwise.

5th January 2019 - HECTIC START TO 2019 & SINGLES WIN FOR FORSTER

It’s a busy weekend for our local sides as the last sixteen in the men’s Denny Cup and ladies Yetton Trophy take place today. South Shield’s will be looking to reach the quarter finals for the first time in the Denny as they tackle the 2017 champions Kingsthorpe at Leeds. Including last season’s Plate success the Shield’s lads are unbeaten in their last nine knock out ties, from the team that defeated Hornsea in the last round there are two enforced changes Gary Farquhar is moved to skip and in comes England international Chris Yeomans. The full team is ……D.Paterson, J.Minto, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar, N.Ridley, M.Bryne, S.Hubbard, I.McIntosh, P.Dixon, M.Peach, K.Storf, D.Bolt, J.McKenna, P.Sainthouse, J.Halcrow, C.Yeomans.

Houghton ladies will be attempting to reach the Yetton Trophy quarter finals for the first time as they face York today. From the team that performed the great escape against Darlington in the last round there are four changes to the line up. At Houghton Susan Forster comes in lead for Jenny Smith’s rink while at York Doreen Fenwick and Liz Morris come in at second bowl meanwhile Florence Phythian is handed Ann Banks skips job.
At Houghton – J.Watt, E.Barkes, V.Bambrough, J.Rodgerson, S.Forster, S.Richardson, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At York – M.Metcalf, D.Fenwick, J.Baker, F.Phythian, M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson.

South Shield’s are in Top club action tomorrow as they face a tough tie against Blackpool Newton Hall, the last sixteen tie takes place on a neutral green at York, the following squad will be in action
Ladies – A.Upsall, M.Charles, J.Tallack, P.Bryne, M.Robson
Men – D.Bolt, P.Dixon, J.Minto, S.Hubbard, G.Farquhar, J.Sneller, C.Yeomans, J.McKenna

The inter club league returns also returns tomorrow with Houghton facing a must win game against Great Aycliffe, Jimmy McAdoo returns to the fold at home, the away leg starts at 1pm.
At Houghton – M.Baker, S.Patterson, A.Patterson, F.Froud, M.Noble, J.McAdoo, F.Fletcher, B.Henderson
At Aycliffe – M.Wright, K.Armstrong, J.Jones, P.Thomson, A.Grimes, E.Downes, D.Wright, R.Mckie

South Shield’s were due to face Darlington but the latter have cancelled due to them being unavailable to field a team, at last year’s indoor county AGM it was passed all games had to be played on the set date with no cancellations therefore it would be no surprise to see Shield’s awarded all ten points.

Latest Table – Hartlepool 2-19, Durham 2-19, Gateshead B 2-14, Great Aycliffe 3-11, South Shields 3-9, Houghton 2-7, Darlington 2-1
The Houghton Sancroft seniors have to get a positive result at Stanley on Monday to keep alive any hopes of reaching the end of season play off’s, the game starts at 10.30am
J.Sutherland, G.Brown, F.Fletcher, I.Whorlton, P.Thomson, T.Joicey, J.Swinney, F.Froud, M.Wright, A.Ferguson, D.Wright, J.Jones

Table – Stanley 3-13, South Shields A 4-11, Houghton Sancroft 3-9, Gateshead A 3-2

On Wednesday Houghton Gilpin are in action away at play off hopeful’s Hartlepool A, the following team has been selected for a 10.30am start.
P.Noble, P.Robinson, D.Hockaday, W.Roberts, E.Downes, M.Walker, D.Robson, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, T.McClaren, D.Scott, R.Robson

Latest Table – Darlington B 5-17, Hartlepool A 5-15½, South Shields B 5-11½, Ferryhill 5-11, Houghton Gilpin 4-5

In the local stage of the national singles Durham’s Mark Higgins booked an area semi final spot after defeating Gateshead’s Brian Orrell 21-10, in the semi final Higgins will face either club mate Michael Laydon or South Shield’s Gary Farquhar. In the pairs Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley moved into the area semi final with a 15-6 win over club mate Paul Mosley, Hartley will face either West Denton’s Arron Robson or Stanley’s Ian Peacock next. There was however disappointment for Hartley in the triples, in an all Hartlepool affair Hartley lost to Glenn Skipp 18-13.

One half of the area finalist’s in the mixed pairs is known after Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley defeated Darlington’s Jane Pattison 27-9, the other semi final is an all Shield’s affair between David Bolt and Dave Paterson.

The first club competition final at Houghton to be played was the ladies singles whereby Susan Forster defeated Brenda Robson, this was Forster’s first indoor singles success, en-route to the final Forster defeated Ellen Faith and Norma Stephenson. There could be a domestic treble for Forster as alongside Joan Rodgerson they are in the pair’s final against Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson, then in the triples final the Forster-Rodgerson combination are joined by Jenny Smith against Margaret Metcalf, Joan Baker and Ellen Faith. The fours title went to Jean Watt, Brenda Robson, Jenny Smith and Ellen Faith, in the final they beat Maureen Hall, Audrey Vout, Liz Morris and Norma Stephenson.

The men’s competitions are all at the semi final stages, the various draws are as follows
Singles – P.Brickle v F.Fletcher, Pat Thomson v D.Todner
Pairs – I.Whorlton v D.Armstrong, A.Maidment v P.Thomson

Over 60’s
Singles – P.Thomson v F.Fletcher, W.Holmes v I.Tracey
Pairs – D.Sim v I.Whorlton, D.Wright v AJ.Dunn
Triples final – N.Holmes v F.Froud
Fours final – F.Froud v AJ.Dunn

After the Christmas break the internal leagues at Houghton recommence today, the first half standings are as follows
Monday 10.30 Fours – Barnes 16, Pattison 16, Scullion 14, Rice 14, Sim 13, Storey 12, Newton 12, Holland 10, Dinsdale 10, Close 8, Tindall 5, Wilson 2.
6.30 Fours – Harding 18, Henderson 16, Sim 13, Piggott 12, Johnson 12, Noble 11, Taylor 10, Joicey 9, New 8, Charlton 8, Robinson 7, Collins 6

Tuesday 10.30 Fours – Joicey 20, Harding 18, Graham 16, Barkes 15, Oakes 14, Matthews 14, Moore 10, Owens 8, Kerry 8, Barnes 6, Close 3, Wilson 2
6.30 Fours – Brickle 22, Froud 18, Thomson 16,Johnson 12, Elliott 12, Dixon 12, Pescod 10, Pattison 8, Wilson 8, Connell 6, Rice 2, Cowell 2

Wednesday 10.30 Fours – Matthews 18, Brown 16, Williamson 14, Wright 14, Baker 14, Lanagan 13, Barkes 12, Piggott 12, Fletcher 6, Joicey 6, Dinsdale 5, Armstrong 2
4.30 Mixed Triples – Brickle 18, Nicolson 18, Robson 16, Henderson 14, Holmes 12, Prudhoe 12, Pattison 8, Coulson 6, Walker 6
6.30 Fours – Sim 18, Bowerbank 18, Johnson 16,Classen 14, Grimes 12, Joicey 10, Usher 10, Harding 8, Collins 8, Hutchinson 6, Robinson 6, Dixon 6

Thursday 10.30 Fours – Cowell 16, Usher 16, McAdam 16, Scullion 14Bew 14, Rice 12, Carter 10, Graham 9, Stephenson 8, Holland 8, Ramsey 8, Wilson 1
2.30 Open Pairs – Phythian 21, Smith 17, Dinsdale 16, Laidler 16, Brown 16, Houghton 12, Longley 10, Wilson 8, Chambers 6, Moore 4, Bambrough 3, Booth 3
6.30 Fours – Carr 17, McAdoo 16, Storey 16, Wilson 15, Sykes 12, Hind 11, Johnson 10, Grimes 10, Piggott 8, Summers 5, Classen 4,Joicey 4

Friday 10.30 Triples – Jobling 18, Baker 18, Piggott 18, Kerry 14, Usher 12, Laidler 12, Garrett 8, Forth 4, Child 4, Bambrough 3, Todd TBC, Waterston TBC.
6.30 Fours – Storey 16, Barkes 13, McAdoo 13, Patterson 12, Longley 12, Tindall 12, Collins 12, Johnson 10, Cowell 6, Patterson 4, Walker 0

Sunday 10.00 Fours – Sykes 19, Carr 16, Hutchinson 15, Walsh 15, Sim 14,Thuburn 10, Oakes 9, Joicey 8, Pattison 6

Ladies league standings
Tuesday 2.30 Fours – Smith 19, Johnson 15, Stephenson 14,Coulson 13, White 13, Fenwick 12, Lowes 8, Stewart 7, Moody 5, Moore 4, Charleton 0

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene with the news that Gordon Reay (86) sadly passed away, the Ryhope and former Barley Mow member was a popular figure and a much respected player.

The World Bowls Tour suffered a blow as the planned International Open in March at Blackpool Newton Hall has been cancelled, one of the sponsors of the event has called in the liquidators and then the remaining sponsor decided to pull out due to uncertainties over cash availability in time for the event, the WBT are hoping to still run the tournament sometime in September.  

The 2019 World Indoor Singles and Pairs gets underway next Friday at the Potters resort, there is local interest in the pairs as the South Shield’s pairing of Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh are in action against England’s Paul Sharman & Mike Titcombe. In the singles club mate Ian McIntosh isn’t in action until Wednesday January 16 (2pm) against last year’s runner up and the 4th seed Robert Paxton, Durham’s Gary Smith was handed a place after the planned tour card qualifier dropped out, Smith will face the 16th seed Michael Stepney on Monday January 21.

Bowls England are endorsing twelve players to compete in the prestigious Tiger Bowls World Invitation event in Hong Kong during March, locally the Northumberland quartet of Josh Minto, Steve Pallas, Simon Richardson and Chris Yeomans have been selected. 

              

 

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