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2016 ARCHIVED BOWLS REPORT

30th January 2016 - HOUGHTON LADIES FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE

Houghton ladies produced a five star performance to defeat Hartlepool 75-69 to move into the Yetton Plate quarter finals. At Hartlepool Jenny Smith put in a gutsy performance to defeat J.Ridpath 19-15, Florence Phythian’s quartet let it slip at the end as they dropped nine shots over the last three ends to finish 22-11 down against P.Tweddle; however the away squad still only finished seven shots in arrears. At Houghton Ellen Faith was always playing catch up against J.Meadows and eventually finished 21-19 down, the match winning rink was steered home by Betty Johnson with a 26-11 win over J.Wilton to leave the home squad 13 shots up and seal a cracking 6 shot win. In the Quarter Finals Houghton will face either Lincoln or Carlton on February 20.

The latest round of Senior’s Inter Club fixtures take place this week with local play-off hopes hanging in the balance, in Group 3 the Sunderland A team currently occupy second place, with Shield’s already cemented in top spot anyone of the other four can still take the second play-off spot. Sunderland A entertain Gateshead A at Houghton on Tuesday (1230) with the following team – P.Bulmer, B.Walsh, M.Davis, W.Ferry, P.Collins, R.Robson, F.Knubley, J.Jones, A.Baker, M.Carr, R.Robinson, R.Graham. Reserves –: W.Hearne, R.Rollason.

Latest Group Standings – South Shields 7-29, Sunderland A 6-15, Gateshead A 6-13, Parks B 7-13, Houghton A 6-10

Last week in Group 2 the Sunderland B team had a cracking 4-1 win at Houghton over defending play-off champions Darlington B, Terry Todd steered Peter Thomson, Eric Downes and Peter Brickle to a match winning 14-9 win over S.Summers. Bobby Usher, Tony Grimes, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling turned round a 7-3 deficit to run out 12-11 winners over Alan Stephenson. The remaining rink of Joe Maxfield, Tony Wood, Billy Conway and Billy Roberts slipped to a 16-11 loss to S.Blewitt. On Thursday the B team travel to Park View needing a win to maintain their slim play-off hopes, the following team has been selected – A.Grimes, R.Usher, F.Froud, R.Jobling, G.Brown, A.Wood, W.Conway, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, TW.Todd. Reserves – J.Maxfield, D.Gowland

Latest Group Standings – Stanley 7-31, Hartlepool A 6-20, Darlington B 7-18½, Sunderland B 6-15½, Park View 6-3½

Sunderland return to Inter Club action next Sunday with a crunch game against Aycliffe, players are reminded the away leg starts at 1pm and it is greys not the usual whites.

At Houghton - P.Bulmer, M.Carr,J.Jones, P.Smithson, P.Thomson,E.Downs,R.Jobling,P.Thomson, R.Usher,I.Fairweather,F.Froud,G.Farquhar

At Great Aycliffe - P.Collins, R.Mckie,R.Robinson, W.Ferry, G.Brown,A.Wood,TW.Todd,S.Angus, M.Wright,A.Grimes,P.Brickle,M.Higgins

There was disappointment for the Durham County Under 25’s as their hopes of reaching the national final were blown away following a 50-25 semi-final loss to Suffolk. Sadly both Durham rinks were beaten, Darlington’s Noah Cumming’s rink narrowly went down 19-16 to Ben Harber however fellow Darlington player Barry Hopkin’s quartet were thumped 31-9 by Martin Heitzman, the semi-final was played on a neutral venue at Nottingham. Suffolk will next face Devon in the national final.

Following the win over Cumbria the Durham County Liberty Trophy side for the Quarter final against Lincolnshire has been named; the only change see’s South Shield’s Phil Dixon relegated to the bench while club mate Billy Ferry retains his place but drops into Phil Smithson’s rink. Houghton youngster Bryan Henderson’s good performances in the Under 25’s have been rewarded with a place in the 30 man squad for the first time. The tie is being played at York IBC next Saturday.

The County Seniors are in action on Wednesday as they head to York to face Nottinghamshire in the latest round of Midland League fixtures,
There should be a cracking National Pairs tie on Monday at Houghton as Patrick and Peter Thomson face South Shield’s Phil Smithson and Gary Smith, the winners will face either Phil Dixon or Dan Targar (both Shields) in the area final. In the triples Stanley’s Michael Laydon had a cracking 15-14 win over West Denton’s Clive Knott to clinch a place at the regional play-offs in March at Durham.

In the Denny Cup holders Cumbria defeated Hartlepool by 10 shots to set up a Quarter Final against Nottingham which will be played at Darlington on February 20.

At the World Championships England’s Nicky Brett secured his first World Singles title with a 9-9, 12-9 win over fellow countryman Robert Paxton.

 

23rd January 2016 - SUNDERLAND VET'S DISAPPOINTMENT

The Sunderland Senior A team’s hopes of reaching the end of season play offs were put on hold after a disappointing 4-1 loss at bottom of the group The Parks, in the corresponding fixture earlier in the season Sunderland ran out 4-1 winners but the 10am start did them no favours as they went down 48-28. The only bright spot came from Arthur Baker, Michael Carr, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham who withstood a late charge to finish 13-8 winners. John Jones quartet of Pat Collins, Billy Hearne and Ronnie Robson never recovered from a slow start and went down 19-6 to Billy Blyth. The remaining rink of Peter Bulmer, Barney Walsh, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry recovered from a 8-0 deficit to get to within two shots at 10-8 only to drop eleven shots over the run in to finish 21-9 down. The defeat leaves the second play-off spot in the group wide open with challengers Gateshead providing the next opposition in early February.

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad had to dig keep as they made their long awaited bow in this year’s competition against Cumbria, with the Carlisle venue still recovering from flood damage the tie was switched to Penrith however the 4pm start made it albeit a successful long day for the Durham squad. At one stage Durham trailed by 20 shots across the green but Durham have in recent years had the knack of making late charges and they repeated it again as they eventually ran out 123-110 winners. Out of the six rinks Durham had four winning rinks, Gary Smith put behind his recent World Championship singles exit behind him to guide his rink to a 23-15 win over Stephen Farish, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley defeated Stuart Airey 24-17 and Darlington’s Andrew Kirtland defeated Ian Gallagher 22-18, South Shield’s Phil Smithson removed a bowl for a last end five to defeat S.Irwin 24-23. The only losing squads saw David Bolt go down 20-16 to Gavin Taylor and Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley lost 18-14 to John Wills, in the quarter finals Durham will face Lincolnshire on February 6 most likely at York.

Houghton ladies now know they will face Hartlepool in the next round of the Yetton Plate after Hartlepool defeated Scarborough 88-72, the last sixteen tie was due to be played next Saturday however it has been brought forward to Wednesday at 1230.

The local section of this seasons National competitions are reaching the latter stages, in the singles David Bolt (Shields) moved into the area semi-finals with a 21-16 home win over Stanley’s Mark Higgins, Bolt will now make a return to Stanley to face Brett Arkley.  In the pairs Patrick and Peter Thomson had a cracking last bowl extra end win at West Denton defeating Peter Duffy 21-20, the Thomson win gives them home advantage in the semi-final against Phil Smithson & Gary Smith (Shields). In the fours semi-final there was disappointment for David Bolt (Shields) after losing 22-20 at home to West Denton’s Clive Knott
Singles Semi Finals – B.Arkley (St) v D.Bolt (SS), D.Targar (SS) v I.McIntosh (SS)
Pairs Semi-Finals – P.Thomson (Ho) v GR.Smith (SS), P.Dixon (SS) v D.Targar (SS)
Triples Semi Final – M.Laydon (SS) v C.Knott (SS), D.Bolt (SS) and G.Robson (St) have already qualified for the regional play offs at Durham in March.
Fours Play Off Qualifiers – I.Riches (SS), S.Hubbard (SS), C.Knott (WD)

The area final of the Over 60’s singles saw an all Shields affair as Alan Lawton defeated Ebby Dent 21-9,Lawton will now face the winner from the Cumbrian section for a place at the national championships.
Over 60’s Pairs Area Final – I.Brown (Pa) v B.Poulter (Ga)
Over 55 Triples Area Final – B.Arkley (St) 17-9 D.Craig (St)
Over 60’s Fours Area Final – D.Morgan (SS) 15-23 M.London (Pa)

The Durham County Under 25’s squad will be looking to secure a place in the National Final as they head to Nottinghamshire tomorrow to face Suffolk in the Double Rinks semi-final, the team is unchanged from the previous win over Yorkshire – B.Cairns (Da), J.Halcrow (SS), A.Portaway (Ha), N.Cummings (Da), M.Ray (Ha), B.Henderson (Ho), J.Sneller (SS), B.Hopkins (Da)

In the latest round of the Seniors Premier League held at Ferryhill there were a couple of surprise results. Firstly the hosts Ferryhill inflicted the first defeat of the season on joint league leaders Stanley 17-9. That defeat for Stanley enabled Darlington "B" to move two points clear at the top of the league with another decisive 26-10 win over Durham. The second surprise result upset saw Gateshead run out unlikely winners over third placed Darlington "A" 21-13. The remaining match saw Houghton’s John Doyle, Terry Todd and Peter Harding run out 24-9 winners over Great Aycliffe.

At the World Indoor Singles Championships at Potters England’s Ellen Falkner secured the ladies title after a 10-9, 8-7 win over England’s Rebbeca Field, this was Falkner’s third success and follows on from the 2005 & 2006 titles.

 

16th January 2016 - HOUGHTON INTER CLUB STILL UNBEATEN

Houghton’s Inter County squad made it three wins out of three in their latest Division two Inter club fixture beating Shildon 124-122. At Houghton the home squad finished five shots up thanks to John Doyle, Tom Patterson, Jack Scullion and Peter Harding 23-16 win over D.Simpson. The other two home squads suffered last end defeats, Mal Baker, Sam Patterson, David Wright and Brian Henderson (snr) narrowly lost 19-18 to Ken Peters while Ian Whorlton’s quartet of Laurie Williams, R.Johnson and Richard Thorpe let slip a 21-16 to finish 22-21 down to Billy Maddison. At Shildon Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, John Godfrey and Alan J Dunn racked up a cracking 22-14 win over Richie Walker while Karl Armstrong, Matty Henderson, Freddie Fletcher and Jimmy McAdoo defeated L.Clark 21-18. The only losing rink was Keith Waterson, Fred Sanderson, Trevor Joicey and Tom Burt who went down 33-19 to L.Appleby which left the away squad three shots adrift. The 7-5 win keeps Houghton in the second promotion spot, leaders The Parks defeated Durham 9-3 while Spennymoor won the battle at the bottom against Ferryhill 7-5, Houghton face unbeaten The Parks next in February.  
Latest Standings
The Parks 32½, Houghton 30, Durham 18, Shildon 13½, Spennymoor 8, Ferryhill 6

Sunderland return to Division one action on February 7 with a crunch game against Aycliffe, following the Darlington cancellation the same team will be used for the Aycliffe game, players are reminded the away leg starts at 1pm and it is greys not the usual whites.
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 Great Aycliffe - G.Brown,M.Carr,R.Robinson, W.Ferry, P.Collins,A.Wood,TW.Todd,S.Angus
M.Wright,A.Grimes,P.Brickle,M.Higgins

The next round of Seniors Inter club fixtures take place this week with both Sunderland squads in action on Wednesday, in Group 2 the Sunderland B team must beat visitors Darlington B to keep alive their slim hopes of making the end of season play off’s. the following team has been selected
for the 1230 start at Houghton
A.Grimes, R.Usher, F.Froud, R.Jobling, J.Maxfield, A.Wood, W.Conway, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, TW.Todd. Reserves – G.Brown, D.Gowland

Meanwhile in Group 3 the Sunderland A team have an early 10am start at The Parks with the following team -
P.Bulmer, B.Walsh, M.Davis, W.Ferry, P.Collins, W.Hearne, R.Robson, J.Jones, A.Baker, M.Carr, R.Robinson, R.Graham

In Group 4 Houghton B will look to lift themselves off the bottom of the group as they head to Durham on Friday with the following team –
P.Hicks, J.Eggleston, B.Johnson, T.Baister, S.Barnes, K.Waterson, W.Wright, F.Kell, J.Matthews, A.Gregory, W.Longley, R.Thorpe. Reserve - A.Glover

Houghton ladies enjoyed a winning start to 2016 as they defeated Durham 7-5 in the latest round of Inter club fixtures. At Houghton Jenny Smith eased to a 26-16 over F.Slinn while Ellen Faith defeated T.Kitto 24-17, the only home defeat saw Joan Rodgerson go down 23-14 to E.Horan. At Durham the only Houghton win saw Mary Middleton run out a 22-13 winner against D.Appleby, Florence Phythian narrowly went down 18-17 to L.Tipping while Jean Lewins lost 24-12 to A.Stafford. Houghton face Hartlepool next on Februay 10..

Houghton ladies should find out their opposition in the next round of the Yetton Plate as Hartlepool face Scarborough today, Houghton will face the winners in the last sixteen on January 30.

Durham Vice Presidents turn up at Houghton tomorrow for a mixed friendly, the game starts at 2pm and the following Houghton team has been selected.
E.Barkes, M.Watson, W.Laidler, J.Scullion, A.Pratt, E.Barren, P.Martin, F.Phythian, M.Glover, O.Charlton, F.Sanderson, W.Davis, J.Watt, C.Martin, M.Eggleston, A.Glover, J.Lawson, F.Holmes, C.Middleton, W.Holmes, J.Eggleston, I.Koch Klau, M.Middleton, TW.Todd

The regional rounds of this seasons National championships have recommenced after the Christmas break, in the singles Stanley’s Brett Arkley secured a semi-final spot with a 21-10 win over South Shield’s Neal Ridley, Arkley will next play either David Bolt (Shields) or Mark Higgins (Stanley). Ian McIntosh won an all Shields affair 21-4 over Phil Smithson and will face club mate Daniel Targar. In the pairs Gary Smith (Shields) moved into the semi-finals after defeating Stanley’s Michael Laydon 23-11, Smith will now face a trip to either West Denton or Houghton next. Phil Dixon & Gary Farquhar (Shields) eased to a 26-15 win over West Denton’s Clive Knott to set up an all Shields semi-final against Daniel Targar who defeated club mate David Bolt 26-13. In the triples there was better news for Bolt after securing a place in the regional final play offs with a 23-9 win over West Denton’s Peter Duffy alongside Stanley’s Gary Robson,  the remaining place will be between Michael Laydon (Stanley) and Clive Knott (West Denton). Two of the three regional finalists have already been decided in the fours, Ian Riches (Shields) and Stewart Hubbard (Shields) while club mate David Bolt will need to beat West Denton’s Clive Knott to make it a Shields clean sweep.  The area final of the Over 60’s singles will be an all Shields affair as Alan Lawton faces Ebby Dent, the latter has received two walk overs out of his three games to reach the area final. The area final of the Over 50 triples was an all Stanley affair which saw Brett Arkley defeat Derek Craig 17-9, Arkley will now face Cumbria’s Ronnie McMath for a place at the National championships. In the area final of the mixed fours Ian Riches (Shields) defeated The Parks Phil Mason 22-10 and will play the area final winner from Cumbria.  In the Over 60’s double fours Stanley defeated Cumbria 40-39 while Hartlepool defeated Hornsea 44-31; the two now meet in the last sixteen.

Durham County finally get into Liberty Cup action against Cumbria today, the game is being held at Penrith due to flood damage at the Carlisle home venue however the 4pm start will make it a late finish for the Durham lads, due to the playing arrangements Durham have had to make a couple of changes from the original team with the Shields duo of Neal Ridley and Billy Ferry coming in from the subs bench.

Former Sunderland star Gary Smith’s (pictured left) hopes of having a good run in the World Championships at Potters were dashed in the first round after suffering a straight two set defeat at the hands of Scotland’s David Gourlay, in the first set Smith nearly completed a great comeback, on the final end and trailing 7-4 Smith played a tremendous double take out to hold four for the set however Gourlay drew within a couple of feet for third to take the first set 7-6. The second set Smith looked in control leading 6-2 but Gourlay rallied and notched up eight shots without reply to take the second set 10-6 and the match.

 

 

9th January 2016 - FERRY STEERS SUNDERLAND VET'S TO VICTORY

In the latest round of Senior Inter club fixtures there were mixed results for the local teams, in a crunch group three match the Sunderland A team defeated Houghton A 4-1. Peter Bulmer, Barney Walsh, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry (right) raced into a 16-2 lead after only six ends against Tom Winship, John Godfrey, Jimmy Swinney and Foster Johnson, in the end Ferry finished 23-11 up. Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, Fred Knubley and John Jones collected their first win of the season 13-9 against Ian Whorlton while Arthur Baker, Michael Carr, Ronnie Robson and Ray Robinson recovered from 13-1 down to finish only 17-14 down against Joe Sutherland, Peter Noble, Freddie Fletcher and David Wright. The win keeps Sunderland’s play-off hopes alive and travel to The Parks next while Houghton have a bye. 

In group two the play-off hopes of Sunderland B were dealt a body blow after going down 4-1 at Hartlepool A, the only winning Sunderland rink was Peter Thomson, Ernie Downs, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd who ran out 19-10 winners over J.Ainger. Tony Grimes, David Gowland, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling saw a 14-6 lead wiped out in the space of five ends as they dropped 17 shots to eventually go down 24-17 against Albert Ward. The remaining squad of George Brown, Tony Wood, Billy Conway and Billy Roberts suffered a 18-11 loss at the hands of Keith Wilford to leave Hartlepool 42-37 winners, the B team entertain Darlington B next.

Latest Group Standings (played-points)
Group 1 – Gt Aycliffe 5-19, Shildon 6-16½, Darlington A 6-13, Spennymoor 4-12½, Durham A 5-4  
Group 2 – Hartlepool A 6-20, Stanley 5-18½, Darlington B 5-12½, Sunderland B 5-11½, Park View 5-2½    
Group 3 – South Shields 6-27, Sunderland A 5-14, Gateshead 5-10, Houghton A 6-10, The Parks 6-9
Group 4 – Hartlepool B 6-22½, Parks A 6-21, Durham B 5-16, Gateshead B 6-10, Houghton B 6-9½, Ferryhill 5-6

(Top two in each qualify for end of season play off with each group winner getting home advantage in the quarter final draw)

In the Inter County league Houghton will look to make it three wins out of three as they take on Shildon tomorrow, having only dropped a single point from their first two games Houghton will be looking another good return before facing group leaders The Parks next month. There is a change in starting time at both venues to 1pm and the following team has been selected –

At Houghton – J.Doyle, T.Patterson, J.Scullion, P.Harding, L.Williams, R.Johnson, R.Thorpe, I.Whorlton, M.Baker, S.Patterson, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr)

At Shildon – J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, J.Godfrey, AJ.Dunn, K.armstrong, M.Henderson, F.Fletcher, J.McAdoo, K.Waterson, F.Sanderson, T.Joicey, T.Burt

Latest Standings (played-points)
The Parks 2-23½, Houghton 2-23, Durham 2-15, Shildon 2-8½, Spennymoor 2-1, Ferryhill 2-0

Houghton ladies were due to play Cumbria in the next round of the Yetton Plate next weekend however Cumbria have conceded therefore in the last sixteen Houghton will face either Scarborough or Hartlepool on January 30. The ladies are due to be in action on Wednesday as they entertain Durham in the latest round of Inter club fixtures.

On Thursday Ferryhill (1230) will host the next round of the Seniors Premier Three’s competition, John Doyle, Terry Todd and Peter Harding will be flying Houghton’s flag as they take on Great Aycliffe.

Following a hectic December the majority of the club competitions at Houghton have reached the latter stages and are moth balled until March

Singes Semi Finals – RR.obinson v P.Thomson, J.Wilson v W.Holmes
Pairs Semi Finals – F.Fletcher v J.Wilson, W.Holmes v J.Coundon
Triples Semi Finals – V.Hendry v W.Holmes, P.Thomson v W.Piggott
Fours Quarter Finals – F.Fletcher v W.Piggott, P.Thomson v B.Henderson, D.Sim v W.Davis, AJ.Dunn v F.Froud

Over 60’s Competitions
Singes Semi Finals – F.Fletcher v W.Laidler, M.Wright v A.Grimes
Pairs Semi Finals – P.Thomson or R.Robinson v W.Piggott, W.Roberts v D.Armstrong

Triples Semi Finals – AJ.Dunn v J.Wilson, T.Pescod v W.Holmes
Fours Semi Finals – AJ.Dunn v R.Johnson, F.Johnson v W.Piggott

The details for Durham Liberty Cup tie against flood hit Cumbria have been confirmed, with the Carlisle club out of action until March the tie has been moved to Penrith with a 4pm start. The selected Durham team has already suffered four withdrawals for next Saturday’s game.

The Durham County seniors suffered a 18-4 defeat in the latest round of Midland League fixtures, the 15 shot defeat leaves Durham 30 points adrift of unbeaten leaders Yorkshire

Latest Standings  (played-points)
Yorkshire 4-70, Durham 3-40, Lincolnshire 3-32, Leicestershire 4-28, Nottinghamshire 3-23, Warwickshire 1-16, Derbyshire 2-11

The 2016 World indoor Singles will once again take place in January at The Potters Leisure Resort, locally South Shield’s based Gary Smith is flying the regions flag, in the first round Smith will once again lock horns with former World Champion Scotland’s David Gourlay, the tie is due to take place on Thursday at 2pm with live coverage on the World Bowls Tour internet stream.

Two regional clubs are holding a round of the Open Singles Circuit, on March 5 South Shields so far have a field of 34 committed to the event, entries can be made via David Bolt with the entry fee £22.50 and a prize pot of around £1150, on March 25 Hartlepool are holding a round with a prize pot of £1,500, entries can be made via Carl Higgins.

Last year Bowls England moved its headquarters and National Championships to Leamington Spa however a proposed change in car parking regulations by Warwickshire County Council could see Bowls England review the championships future at Leamington, the new proposals would see reduced free parking near the championship greens with a maximum four hour stay reduced to two hours with a no return within four hours between 8am and 10pm, one of the reasons Worthing lost the championships was due to car parking issues so these proposals are being closely monitored by Bowls England.

 

2nd January 2016 - BUSY TIME FOR LOCAL VET'S SQUADS

2016 will see some crunch games in the various Seniors Inter Club leagues, in Group 3 on Tuesday 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 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.

Sunderland’s return to Inter County action tomorrow has been put on ice as opponents Darlington have cancelled the game, a new date has yet to be agreed.

The 2016 World indoor Singles will once again take place in January at The Potters Leisure Resort, locally South Shield’s based Gary Smith is flying the regions flag, in the first round Smith will once again lock horns with former World Champion Scotland’s David Gourlay, the tie is due to take place on Thursday 14th January at 2pm with live coverage on the World Bowls Tour internet stream.

This seasons National Competitions will recommence and there is still plenty of local interest vying for a place at 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)

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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