26th December 2015 - BOLT HEADS FOR PREMIERS

The final stages of this year’s EIBA Premier Three’s competition were held at Erewash, the Premier Three’s format is spectator friendly quick fire as each game is a three bowl three end best of three set format. After battling his way through qualification in September at Lincoln South Shield’s star David Bolt carried the regions hopes, sadly in the quarter finals Bolt’s run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Malvern Hills Mark Atkins. The final saw Atkin’s face his own son Ryan and it was the latter who took the Premier Three’s title 2-1.

The Durham County selectors have named the Liberty Trophy team to face Cumbria, there are several changes to the team that were knocked out by Lincolnshire last season.  The Shield’s trio of Kevin Donkin, Neal Ridley and Billy Ferry plus Hartlepool’s John Wells have to settle for a place on the bench while there is a county debut for Shield’s Dan Targar, Shaun McIntosh and Stanley’s M.Barkass, Hartlepool’s former England internationalist Paul Hartley takes the skips berth vacated by Stanley’s John Thurlbeck. The full team is as follows -:
J.Forcer (H), M.Barkass (St), I.Jackson (H), GR.Smith (SS), P.Dixon (SS), M.Peach (SS), G.Farquhar (SS), P.Smithson (SS), D.Targar (SS), I.Riches (SS), S.McIntosh (SS), D.Bolt (SS), B.Arkley (St), C.Boston (H), G.Skipp (H), P.Mosley (H), M.Ray (H), C.Higgins (H), M.Squirrel (H), P.Hartley (H), N.Cummings (Da), B.Hopkins (Da), M.Jones (Da), A.Kirtland (Da)
Reserves – K.Donkin(SS), N.Ridley (SS), W.Ferry (SS), M.Higgins (St), A.Portaway (H), J.Wells (H)
With the Carlisle venue still recovering from the recent floods a decision on the venue and date has yet to be made.

Sunderland return to Inter County action on Sunday January 3 as they entertain defending champion’s Darlington, the following side has been selected.
At Houghton - P.Bulmer,F.Froud,J.Jones, P.Smithson, P.Thomson,E.Downs,M.Davis,P.Thomson
R.Usher,I.Fairweather, P.Dixon, G.Farquhar
At Darlington - G.Brown,M.Carr,R.Robinson, W.Ferry, P.Collins,A.Wood,TW.Todd,S.Angus

There will be a crunch game in the Seniors Inter Club Group 3 on Tuesday January 5 as Sunderland A entertain Houghton A, the reverse fixture saw Sunderland run out 4-1 winners but with only a single point separating the four teams vying for the second play-off spot in the group the losers hopes would almost certainly be ended.
Sunderland A Team - P.Bulmer, B.Walsh, M.Davis, W.Ferry, P.Collins, W.Hearne, F.Knubley, J.Jones, A.Baker, R.Robson, R.Robinson, R.Graham. Reserves – M.Carr, R.Rollason

Houghton A Team – T.Winship, J.Godfrey, J.Swinney, F.Johnson, J.Sutherland, P.Noble, F.Fletcher, D.Wright, J.Doyle, J.Thuburn, I.Whorlton, P.Harding

In Group 2 The Sunderland B team face a crunch game on Wednesday January 6 away at second placed Hartlepool A, with the hosts six points ahead of the Sunderland outfit anything but a win could terminally damage as play-off hopes, the following Sunderland team has been selected
A.Grimes, D.Gowland, F.Froud, R.Jobling, G.Brown, A.Wood, W.Conway, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downs, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, Reserve – J.Maxfield

In Group 4 Houghton B will be looking to replicate their win over Ferryhill when the two teams meet in the return fixture at Houghton on Thursday January 7, the following Houghton will take to the green
S.Barnes, W.Longley, W.White, F.Kell, P.Hicks, A.Gregory, R.Johnson, T.Baister, K.Waterson, P.Taylor, J.Hibbert, R.Thorpe.

The past few weeks have been hectic at Houghton as the various club competitions have all commenced, in the singles defending champion Peter Thomson held his nerve to defeat Brian Henderson (snr) 21-20 to set up a semi-final against Ray Robinson who defeated old school chum Freddie Fletcher, the other semi-final will see Jeff Wilson face Billy Holmes after wins over Peter Brickle and Michael Wright respectively. Billy Roberts & Frankie Froud remain on course to retain their pairs title after a quarter final win over Barney Walsh and Vic Hendry.

This seasons National Competitions will take a break until the New Year but there is still plenty of local interest harbouring hopes of qualifying for the National Championships in April.

Singles Area Quarter Finals - B.Arkley (St) v N.Ridley (SS), D.Bolt (SS) v M.Higgins (St), D.Targar (SS) v M.Barkass (St), I.McIntosh (SS) v P.Smithson (SS)

Pairs Area Quarter Finals - P.Duffy (WD) v P.Thomson (Ho), GR.Smith (SS) v M.Laydon (St), P.Dixon (SS) v C.Knott (WD), D.Bolt (SS) v D.Targar (SS)

Triples Area Quarter Finals - Stanley’s Michael Laydon moved into the area semi-finals after a cracking 21-19 win over South Shield’s Ian Riches, in the semi Laydon will play either West Denton’s Clive Knott or Stanley’s Brett Arkley. P.Duffy (WD) v D.Bolt (SS), G.Robson (St) 17-15 S.Hubbard (SS)

Fours Area Semi-Finals - Ian Riches (Shields) booked a place in the regional play off’s with a 23-11 win over Stanley’s Mark Higgins. D.Bolt (SS) v C.Yeomans (Pa) or C.Knott (WD)

In the Under 25 singles the talented Shields youngster James Sneller had a cracking 2-1 set win over new England internationalist The Parks Josh Minto to book a place in the final stages at White Oak in February.

Over 60’s Singles Area Semi Finals - A.Lawton (SS) v R.Richardson (Ga), E.Dent (SS) v D.Craig (St)
Over 60 Pairs Area Semi-Finals - I.Brown (Pa) v B.Harris (St), B.Poulter (Ga) v A.Stewart (PV)
Over 50 Triples Area Final - D.Craig (St) v B.Arkley (St)
In the Over 60’s Fours Dave Morgan(Shields) secured a place in the area final with a 20-13 win over Stanley’s Brian Harris, Morgan will now face The Park’s Michael London in the area final.

Mixed Pairs Area Final – I.McIntosh (SS) v H.Blacklock (WD)
Mixed Fours Area Final – P.Mason (Pa) v I.Riches (SS)
In the last sixteen of the Under 25 Double Fours South Shields were beaten 45-38 by Rugby.


Houghton’s Inter County squad backed up their opening win over Ferryhill with an equally impressive 11-1 win over Spennymoor.  At Houghton the visitors were never in it as all three home rinks eased to victories, R.Johnson, John Doyle, Richard Thorpe and Freddie Fletcher eased to a 29-6 win over P.Morris while Mal Baker, Sam Patterson, David Wright and Brian Henderson (snr) rattled up a 36-16 win over H.Hall. The remaining rink of L.Williams, M.Thompson, Tom Patterson and Jack Scullion ground out a 24-11 win over J.Williams, those combined scores saw the home squad finish 45 shots in credit. At a cold Spennymoor the only Houghton loss came from Ian Whorlton’s quartet of Karl Armstrong, Matty Henderson and Jimmy McAdoo who went down 20-10 to C.Bowdon while Keith Waterson, Fred Sanderson, Trevor Joicey and Billy Davis recorded a cracking 27-13 win over D.Gibson. The remaining rink of Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, John Godfrey and Alan J Dunn collected 10 shots over the final six ends to defeat P.Gibson 24-21 to leave the away squad 7 shots up which sealed a 52 shot win overall. After their first two games Houghton have amassed 23 out of 24 points and will face Shildon next in the New Year.

Latest Division 2 Table – Houghton 23, The Parks 11½, Durham 11, Spennymoor 2, Shildon ½, Ferryhill 0

Latest Inter Club Seniors Tables
Area 1 – Aycliffe 19, Spennymoor 12½, Shildon 12½, Darlington A 12, Durham A 4
Area 2 – Stanley 18½, Hartlepool A 16, Darlington B 12½, Sunderland B 10½, Park View 2½
Area 3 – South Shields 22, Sunderland A 10, Gateshead A 10, Houghton A 9, Parks B 9
Area 4 – Hartlepool B 22½, Parks A 21, Durham B 16, Gateshead B 10, Houghton B 9½, Ferryhill 6

Sunderland will return to Inter County action on January 3 with a tough game against current holders Darlington, squad rotation has seen six changes to the side that defeated Gateshead.
At Houghton – P.Bulmer, F.Froud, J.Jones, P.Smithson, R.Usher, I.Fairweather, P.Dixon, G.Farquhar, P.Thomson, E.Downs, M.Davis, P.Thomson
At Darlington - G.Brown, A.Wood, TW.Todd, S.Angus, M.Wright, A.Grimes, P.Brickle, M.Higgins, P.Collins, M.Carr, R.Robinson, W.Ferry

Houghton Ladies run in this seasons Mason Double fours has come to an end after they suffered a 46-26 defeat at the hands of West Denton, the winners will face Cumbria in the last thirty two.

In the Houghton club pairs Michael Wright & Peter Thomson (jnr) defeated Jimmy Swinney & Foster Johnson to set up a quarter final against Steve Wilson & Ray Robinson with Billy Piggott waiting for the winners in the semi-final, the other semi will see Billy Roberts & Frankie Froud face C.Brown & Davie Armstrong. The singles quarter final line up will see Ray Robinson v Tony Grimes, Brian Henderson (snr) v Peter Thomson (jnr), Jeff Wilson v Peter Brickle, Michael Wright v Billy Holmes.

All the leagues at Houghton have reached the halfway mark, all the latest standings are as follows -:

Monday 1030am Fours – Holland 0, Wells 18, Carter 19, Storey 11, Dinsdale 9, Thompson 8, Morris 10, Sim 10, Duell 16, Newton 6, Scullion 14, Smith 11
Monday Ladies Pairs – Reay 12, Todd 9, Mitchinson 8, Maddison 4, Wilson 16, Thompson 8, Watt 10, Glover 14, Johnson 22, Middleton 17, Robson 4, Coulson 8
Tuesday 1030 Fours – Walker 5, Barnes 13, Graham 9, Matthews 14, Moore 4, Kerry 13, Thuburn 18, Joicey 12, Sowerby 12, Godfrey 16, Barkes 12, Thompson 4
Tuesday Ladies 230 Fours – Moore 8, Stewart 6, Middleton 16, Johnson 20, Smith 16, Coulson 20, White 0, Prudhoe 8, Charlton 12, Fenwick 10, Banks 6, Lowes 10
Wednesday 1030 Triples – Matthews 9, Scullion 17, Joicey 7, Lanagan 10, Barkes 12, Thompson 2, Ward 8, Ramshaw 14, Piggot 17, Brown 18, Fletcher 10, Dinsdale 8
Wednesday 630 Fours – Burt 14, Hutchinson 16, Morgan 10, Sim 10, Bowerbank 4, Harding 16, Usher 18, Classon 6, Robinson 0, Carr 14, Collins 12, Grimes 10
Thursday 1030 Fours – Thompson 4, Scullion 16, Graham 10, Carter 15, McAdam 6, Bew 20, Smith 10, Walker 11, Hartis 8, Cooper 16, Rothwell 4, Hills 12
Thursday 230 Open Pairs – Chalmers 4, Thompsn 4, Booth 0, Waites 14, Wells 12, Brown 20, Laidler 14, Pythian 18, Houghton 16, Moore 6, Piggott 10, Langley 14
Thursday 630 Fours – Johnson 14, Grimes 7, Milner 12, McAdoo 16, Armstrong 0, Sykes 17, Hind 7, Piggott 12, Hicks 12, Joicey 12, Wilson 16, Summers 7
Friday 1030 Triples – Todd 2, Baker 17, Jobling 18, Walsh 7, Piggott 16, Holmes 16, Usher 9, Garrett 8, Waterson 8, Hayley 8, Kerry 15, Todd 8
Friday 230 Triples – Bainbridge 6, Glover 13, Middleton 16, Robson 18, Johnson 15, Nicholson 8, Todd 8Banks 8, White 10, Lowes 10, Faith 16
Friday 630 Fours – Collins 16, Longley 6, Hills 8, Storey 14, Nicholson 10, Smillie 6, Patterson 14, Johnson 16, Hartis 8, Temple 4, McAdoo 16, Buckingham 14
Saturday 1000 Triples – Jopling 20, Usher 12, Longley 2, Walsh 10, Borthwick 14, Noble 9, Harding 16, Todd 0, Holmes 6, Burt 16, Henderson 11
Sunday 10am – Hutchinson 14, Williams 11, Thurburn 16, Sim 12, Walsh 12, Sykes 23, Robson 8, Milner 14, Bew 2

In the latest rounds of the national pairs South Shield’s Gary Smith enjoyed a return to Stanley with a 23-15 win over James Mckenna which sets up a home tie against Stanley’s Michael Laydon who won the all Stanley affair against Mark Higgins 29-16. Phil Dixon & Gary Farquhar defeated Stanley’s Gary Robson 21-17 and will now entertain West Denton’s Clive Knott. In the fours the all Shield’s affair between Gary Smith and David Bolt saw the latter come out on top 21-14.

In the Denny Cup South Shield’s missed a golden opportunity to advance to the last sixteen, with opponents Cumbria currently suffering flood damage it meant all four rinks were played at Shields however the current holders Cumbria showed their fighting spirt to inflict a 82-64 defeat onto Shield’s. In the last sixteen Cumbria will face Hartlepool who defeated Scarborough by 36 shots.

No decision has been made yet on the venue for Durham’s Liberty Trophy clash with Cumbria, the tie is scheduled for January 16 at Cumbria however the Carlisle venue was under three feet of water after Storm Desmond and this is the third time it has suffered flooding in the last ten years. There was good news for the County Under 25 Double fours squad as they battled to a 35-31 win over Yorkshire, in the semi-final Durham will face Suffolk on January 24.

Following the demise of the PlanetBowls empire the EIBA picked up the baton and renamed it the Open Singles Circuit, former Sunderland star Gary Smith is currently second in the rankings after two impressive tournament successes. In October Smith lifted the Peterbrough Open Singles title and the £800 first prize and then earlier this month added the £1,000 Hornsea title, locally there are plans for a qualifying event at South Shields and Hartlepool in March plus York in April, the top 48 ranked players at the end of the season automatically qualify for the Grand Final due to be held at Northampton in 2016.

12th December 2015 - HOUGHTON SENIORS WOE

It has been a tough week for both Houghton’s Senior squads as both were on the end of 5-0 defeats. The Houghton A team were looking to halt leaders South Shields progress at Houghton however the visitors ran out winners by 15 shots with all three Houghton rinks suffering defeats. Joe Sutherland, Fred Sanderson, Jimmy Swinney and Foster Johnson dropped a last end double to narrowly go down 12-11 against Alan Harrison while John Doyle, John Thuburn, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Harding dropped a last end treble to finish 17-13 down against Alan Lawton. The remaining rink of Tom Winship, David Simpson, Trevor Joicey and Ian Whorlton never recovered from a slow start and eventually went down 18-8 to Alan Cummings. The win opens up a massive 12 point lead in Group three for Shield’s.

In Group four the Houghton B team also faced a group leader as they made the trip to play Hartlepool B, sadly they were well beaten by 38 shots. P.Hicks, P.Taylor, T.Baister and B.Johnson went down 20-9, J.Matthews, Arthur Gregory, Richard Thorpe and Joe Hibbert lost 20-6, the third rink of Stan Barnes, Billy Longley, W.White and Frank Kell lost 20-7. Both Houghton squads return to action in the New Year.

Houghton return to Inter County action tomorrow as they entertain Spennymoor, after their opening 12-0 whitewash of Ferryhill they will be looking to repeat that result against a Spennymoor side that loss by 69 shots to Durham. The following team has been selected
At Houghton – L.Williams, M.Thompson, T.Patterson, J.Scullion, J.Doyle, R.Johnson, R.Thorpe, F.Fletcher, M.Baker, S.Patterson, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr)
At Spennymoor – J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, J.Godfrey, AJ.Dunn, K.Armstrong, M.Henderson, J.McAdoo, I.Whorlton, K.Waterson, F.Sanderson, T.Joicey, W.Davis

Following last weekend’s international trial at Northampton there was good news for South Shields David Bolt as he has retained his place in the England team for the Home International series at Llanelli in March, Bolt is the only northern based player in the squad and is second in Torquay’s Sam Tolchard’s rink.

The Denny Cup 4th round was due to take place this weekend with South Shield’s due to face holders Cumbria however the Carlisle club has again suffered comprehensive flood damage, the other local interest will see Hartlepool face Scarborough with the winners of both ties facing each other in the next round. In the Denny Plate Durham face Copeland on a neutral green in Penrith.

The various national competitions are progressing along, in the singles Neal Ridley (Shields) had a cracking 21-19 win at West Denton over David Morrison and will face a trip to either Stanley or The Parks, an all Shields affair saw David Bolt defeat Phil Dixon 21-15 while Phil Smithson (Shields) had a good 21-16 win at The Parks against Michael Simmonette, Smithson will now face club-mate Ian McIntosh. In the pairs Gary Smith (Shields) returned to Stanley to inflict a 23-15 defeat on James McKenna and will next face either Mark Higgin’s or Michael Laydon (both Stanley). In the Area final play off of the Champion of Champions Phil Dixon was beaten 21-10 by J.Baird (Eden).

Durham County ladies were well beaten in the Atherley Trophy 155-86 by Yorkshire while the men’s county Senior’s narrowly lost by 2 shots in their Over 60’s Liberty Trophy tie against Lincolnshire. The County Under 25’s squad are in action tomorrow as they face Yorkshire in the quarter finals of the National double fours.

Houghton Club Competition Results
Singles – R.Robinson bt E.McKeown, F.Froud bt J.Coundon, A.Griems bt S.Wilson, P.Thomson (snr W/O P.Thomson, B.Henderson (snr) bt K.Armstrong, W.Laidler bt S.Patterson, P.Thomson (jnr) bt A.Maidment, F.Fletcher bt D.Todner
Pairs – F.Johnson bt S.Patterson, R.Robinson bt J.Wilson, D.Sim bt W.Holmes, S.Tindale bt J.McAdoo
Over 60’s Singles F.Feltcher bt E.McKeown, R.Robinson bt P.Thomson (snr), J.Wilson bt T.Patterson, M.Lewis bt P.Noble, W.Laidler bt TW.Todd
Over 60’s Pairs – S.Kempster bt K.Taylor, R.Jobling bt S.Barnes, W.Piggott bt K.Waterson, F.Fletcher bt V.Sowerby, D.Wright bt R.Borthwick
Over 60’s Triples – AJ.Dunn bt F.Froud

Ladies Singles – J.Watt bt M.Metcalf, B.Robson bt E.Barkes, E.Faith bt E.Barren, S.Moody bt N.Stephenson


Sunderland bounced back from the 12-0 opening game mauling at the hands of Hartlepool to defeat Gateshead 8-4 in their latest Inter Club fixture. At Houghton the home squad went down by 8 shots with the only bright spot coming from the rink of Peter Thomson (snr), Ernie Downs, Michael Davis and Peter Thomson who ran out 22-15 winners over John Atkinson. The other two home rinks were beaten, Peter Bulmer, George Simpson, Ray Robinson and John Jones trailed 18-11 with only four ends to play and despite a 9-3 return Jones went down 21-20 at the hands of George Hackett. The remaining quartet of Bobby Usher, Michael Lowis, Billy Roberts and Richie Jobling never got started and were well beaten 27-13 by Mark Smith. There was better news at Gateshead as all three rinks won, George Brown, Tony Wood, Terry Todd and Stevie Angus ground out a 19-15 win over M.Peet while Michael Wright, Tony Grimes, Peter Brickle and Mark Higgins ran out 17-10 winners over Michael Laydon. The third rink of Pat Collins, Michael Carr, Billy Conway and Richie Mckie produced the match winning result romping to a 33-2 win over Billy Watson to leave the away squad 42 shots in credit and seal a 124-90 win. Sunderland’s next game is against holders Darlington on January 3.

Latest Table
Division 1 - Hartlepool 12, Gateshead 12, Sunderland 8, Great Aycliffe 4, Darlington 0, South Shields 0
Division 2 – Houghton 12, The Parks 11½, Durham 11, Spennymoor 1, Shildon ½, Ferryhill 0 

Houghton’s hopes were dashed in the Over 60’s Double Fours as they lost a dramatic tie against Stanley 55-44, at Houghton Mal Baker, Joe Sutherland, Frankie Froud and Ian Whorlton put in the cracking performance to record a 34-14 win however the away quartet of John Doyle, R.Johnson, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Harding wilted on the lightening quick Stanley carpet as they went down 41-10 to Dave Webb, Stanley face Cumbria in the next round.

The latest round of Senior Inter club fixtures take place this week, in group three Houghton A have an opportunity to leapfrog Sunderland A as they host current leaders South Shields on Thursday (1230), the following team has been selected - T.Winship, D.Simpson, T.Joicey, I.Whorlton, J.Doyle, J.Thuburn, F.Fletcher, P.Harding, J.Sutherland, F.Sanderson, J.Swinney, F.Johnson
In group four the Houghton B team have a tough trip to leaders Hartlepool B to content with, the following team has been selected for Wednesday’s game (1030) - S.Barnes, W.Longley, W.White, F.Kell, P.Hicks, P.Taylor, T.Baister, R.Johnson, L.Williams, J.Mathews, R.Thorpe, J.Hibbert

Latest Tables
Group 1 – Great Aycliffe 14, Shildon 12½, Spennymoor 12½, Darlington 9, Durham A 2
Group 2 – Stanley 15, Hartlepool A 14½, Sunderland B 10½, Darlington B 8½, Park View 1½
Group 3 – South Shields 17, Sunderland 10, Houghton A 9, Parks B 8, Gateshead A 6
Group 4 – Hartlepool B 17½, Parks A 17, Durham B 16, Houghton B 9½, Gateshead 9, Ferryhill 6 

Houghton Ladies bring 2015 to an end with a Inter Club game against South Shields on Wednesday, the following team has been selected.
At Houghton - J.Watt, S.Boll, S.Forster, B.Johnson, J.Classen, D.Wilson, B.Robson, J.Rogerson, E.Prudhoe, V.Thompson, A.Todd, E.Faith
At Shields - M.Hall, S.Moody, A.Vout, M.Middleton, M.Metcalf, E.Barren, E.Barkes, J.Baker, N.Reay, M.Glover, M.Angus, J.Smith

Sunderland’s Stevie Angus helped steer England to a hard fought 18-14 points win over Scotland in the first Disability Test match played between the two countries, Angus recorded wins in two of his four games. This event, which was for players with a physical disability will now become an annual fixture in the International calendar with the Countries competing again in Scotland next year.

The latest round of the Seniors Premier League took place this week at Aycliffe, the top two teams consolidated their positions as both Stanley and Darlington "B" gaining victories. Stanley powered to a 27-7 win over Gateshead and go top albeit on shots difference while Darlington B defeated the hosts Aycliffe 22-11. The fight for third place between Ferryhill and Darlington "A" saw the latter come from behind to sneak home 18-17. Despite putting in a spirited performance the Houghton triple of Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and Foster Johnson were relegated to bottom spot after a 17-9 loss to Durham.

Latest Table – Stanley 8 (+68), Darlington B 8 (+62), Darlington A 6 (-5), Ferryhill 3 (-23), Aycliffe 2 (-14), Durham 2 (-15), Gateshead 2 (-32), Houghton 1 (-41)

Darlington youngster Noah Cummings has been selected to play for England in the Under 25’s Home International series due to be held at Bristol City & County IBC, the series takes place in February.
The Durham County selectors have named the same Under 25 Double fours that defeated Lincolnshire in the previous round, Houghton youngster Bryan Henderson keeps his place at second. The county young guns take on Yorkshire on December 13 with the home leg at Darlington and the away leg at Harrogate.

On Wednesday the Durham County senior’s squad face Lincolnshire at York in the first round of the Over 60 Inter County competition, there is a first senior’s call up for Shield’s Billy Ferry. In the Liberty Trophy Durham’s opposition has been confirmed as Cumbria thumped Northumberland by 98 shots, Durham will travel to Cumbria in the New Year. In the ladies equivalent competition the Atherley Trophy Durham ladies take on Yorkshire tomorrow.

In the latest round of national singles South Shield’s Neal Ridley defeated Gateshead’s Brian Orrell 21-17 to set up a trip to West Denton against David Morrison, Phil Smithson (Shields) moved into the next round without bowling a bowl and will now head to The Parks to face Michael Simmonette. In the Pairs Houghton’s Patrick & Peter Thomson recorded a cracking 26-15 home win over Stanley’s Brett Arkley & John Thurlbeck and will play either Ian Riches (Shields) or Peter Duffy (West Denton) in the next round. Still in the Pairs David Bolt (Shields) moved into the next round after a 23-14 win at The Parks over Ian Brown. Bolt is still running in the triples after a 21-14 win over club mate Dave Patterson and will head to West Denton to face Peter Duffy in the quarter finals, this season the triples competitors have been left scratching their heads as the top half of the draw winning quarter finalist’s progress to the regional finals day however only the winner from the bottom half of the draw semi final will join them; the fours draw follows the same format.

The much anticipated Denny Cup tie between South Shields and Stanley fizzled out as Shield’s ran out comfortable winners 95-59, in the next round Shield’s face the current holders Cumbria who defeated Blackpool by 23 shots. In the Denny Plate Durham sprung a surprise 2 shot win over The Parks to set up a tie against Copeland. In the Egham Trophy South Shield’s defeated West Denton 76-65 and will face Hartlepool next.
There was some good news for the sport as the Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed that Lawn Bowls plus Para Lawn Bowls must be included within the Commonwealth Games until 2030, the Federation have named Lawn Bowls as one of 16 compulsory sports that must feature from 2022 to 2030 inclusive, the games are due to be held in the Gold Coast Australia in 2018 with Durban South Africa hosting the 2022 event.


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