Silksworth’s Harry Barker and Jim Thompson (pictured) added to their recent Durham County Fours success by winning the Sunderland & District Silver Jacks title. It was a second successive Silver Jacks for Silksworth following the victory of Les Peverley and Frank Adams. Peverley partnered by Alan Nelson this time around provided the opposition in an all Silksworth final. In the final Peverley and Nelson opened the scoring with a two but Barker and Thompson hit back with a one and four to lead 5-2. After eight ends the eventual champions still held a 7-5 advantage but their opponents hit a golden patch scoring seven shots over the next six ends to 12-7. The situation changed dramatically over the next two ends with Barker and Thompson collecting counts of three and five to edge ahead 15-12. The final two ends were very tense with both sides scoring a single to produce a final score line of 16-13. Barker and Thompson had recorded a narrow 20-18 quarterfinal win over the 1991 champions Ryhope’s George Simpson and Steve Doneathy. They reached the final with an 18-12 result against Roker Park’s George Foster and Gordon McDonald.
Q/Finals – J.Thompson (Silksworth) 20 S.Doneathy (Ryhope) 18, G.MacDonald (Roker Park) 20 D.Bowerbank (Thompson Park 10, A.Nelson (Silksworth) 19 R.Robinson (Roker Marine) 18, V.Avery (Silksworth) 18 J.Horton (Thompson Park) 17.
Semi Finals – Thompson 18 MacDonald 12, Nelson 16 Avery 11
Final – Thompson 16 Nelson 13

Sunderland & District were in action against the Francis Drake Tourists and Barnard Castle, winning both matches. Bill McCready, Ronnie Hood, George Gent and Billy Kirton led the way against the tourists with a runaway 28-10 win.
Ray Parkin, Alf Ferguson, Albert Wilson and Stuart Tizard were the District’s top rink against Barnard Castle with a 34-12 score line. Earlier the District had secured a 133-103 success against Durham HVP’s at Ryhope, with Bob Bell, Harry Ellerington, Peter Moss and Ron Coulthard cruising home 37-11.

The finalists have been decided in all the Sunderland Echo sponsored Grindon League competitions. Michael Spain (Grindon Mill) and George Charlton (Ryhope) play each other in both the Jim Brown triples and Hood fours finals. The Powley Pairs first competed for in 1952 will have a new club inscribed on the trophy, in either Thorney Close or Pemberton.

Silksworth who won the Tommy Thompson double fours title in 1990 are through to the final once again, they play Usworth at Houghton Dairy Lane tomorrow.
The Durham EBA double pair’s competition’s area final is on tomorrow with Grindon Mill tackling Houghton Dairy Lane




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