BOWLS REPORT - DECEMBER 2016

31st December - GOODBYE 2016

(Our final report of 2016 features a short look back over the year, can I take this opportunity to wish everyone a cracking 2017 and thank the local bowls scene for providing enough material to get a report out each week and thanks to the Sunderland Echo for the now full page feature..... long may it continue)

It has been another eventful year for the local bowls scene, while many clubs scrape around for players to fore fill their various league commitments a few continued to attract players to increase their player power, 2016 will be remembered as the year Sunderland Council wielded the axe on several local outdoor greens in an attempt to save money a move which has been replicated around the country, it has also been another fruitless year in the Sunderland Indoor clubs search for a new venue and with the definition of leisure facilities moving more to coffee outlets a decision on the direction of the club is looming. On the green the Team of the Year was Houghton Dairy Lane as they completed a domestic treble, in the Earl Cup they ended Silksworth’s four year dominance as Dairy Lane went through the campaign unbeaten to take the title for the first time in seven years, in the Swan Cup Dairy Lane secured a third title on the trot although this time they did lose one game, the treble was completed with a Grindon League title. The Dairy Lane duo of Joe Sutherland & Alan J Dunn added the Silver Jack’s title to the club’s magnificent season while the Seaham Town trio of Bryan Henderson (jnr), Mal Baker and Brian Henderson (snr) lifted the Burkett Shield which was a first for the Seaham club. Silksworth may have lost out in the Sunderland & District league’s however they made up for it in the various

Bowls Durham County competitions as they collected three county titles, David Bolt lifted the Singles and went onto to lift the Northern Counties title, the quartet of Shaun McIntosh, Stevie Cairns, Billy Ferry and Gary Farquhar took the County Fours title and talented youngster Jaxon McKenna the Two Bowl Singles, the latter was also runner up in the Junior Singles, Dairy Lane’s Colin Brown, Dave Armstrong and Dan Todner were runners up in the Triples.

In the Ladies County competitions two Dairy Lane bowlers stood out- Susan Forster & Joan Rodgerson, aided by Glynis Morgan in the Triples and Margaret Metcalf in the Fours the Dairy Lane duo picked up the Triples & Fours County titles while Forster & Rodgerson also ended up runners up in the Pairs, at the National Championships at Leamington Spa the Dairy Lane pair saw a golden chance of a National title slip away as they lost in the semi-finals.

It was a disappointing season for both men’s and ladies County A teams as both failed to set the world on fire, the ladies were well beaten in the Johns Trophy while the men failed to get a head of steam up in the Middleton Cup. The men’s County indoor Liberty squad went from losing the Liberty final in April to crashing out in the first round to Cumbria in November.

Two players maintained their domination of the local scene and during 2016 continued to add to an already impressive playing CV, indoors Gary Smith continued to enhance his reputation on the national stage with another appearance at the televised World Indoor Championships at Potters, this was then followed up by lifting the Open Singles Circuit title in November, Smith’s hopes of adding the Premier Three’s title were dashed in the last eight. Bolt having already secured a county outdoor title went onto represent England in the Hong Kong Singles Classic and in the process became only the 4th Englishman to take the prestigious title, Bolt also cemented his place in the England team at both indoor & outdoor level and has qualified for the latter stages of the indoor champion of champions in February next year.

Sadly 2016 has been cruel on the local bowls scene as many respected and loved bowlers sadly passed away  - Tommy Murray (Sunderland IBC), John Hall (Silksworth), Margaret Clark (Barnes WE), Norman Gray (LNER), Stan Turner (Services), Tommy Hayes (Houghton DL), Ernie Graham (Grindon Mill), Tommy Turnbull (Roker Marine), George Storey (Roker Marine), George (Spadger) Grieves (Sth Hylton), Gordon Thompson (Sth Hylton), Jimmy Laidler (Barnes Park), Laurence Williams (Washington Glebe), John Dunn (Dawdon), Ron Bell (Houghton DL), Mary Middleton (Silksworth), Keith Sunley (Roker Marine) – each one will be missed.

It’s a swift return to Inter County action for both local sides next weekend with both looking to bounce back after disappointing defeats. Sunderland entertain bottom of the table Gateshead A who have yet to notch a rink point out of two games, following the heavy loss against Hartlepool the Wearsider’s will be looking for an improved performance.
At Houghton – R.Usher, I.Fairweather, R.Jobling, F.Froud, P.Thomson (snr), E.Downes, W.Roberts, P.Thomson
At Gateshead – K.Armstrong, M.Carr, R.Mckie, P.Dixon , G.Brown, TW.Todd, P.Brickle, S.Angus    

Houghton face second placed The Parks, as yet no team has been selected.

Current Standings – Hartlepool 2-19½, Parks 3-19, Durham 2-17, Sunderland 3-10, Sth Shields 2-8, Houghton 2-6½, Gateshead A 2-0 

In the Seniors League Sunderland travel to Hartlepool, currently bottom of Group 2 Sunderland’s hopes of even reaching the second play-off spot already look beyond them and defeat against second placed Hartlepool would extinguish all hopes.
At Hartlepool – G.Brown, J.Jones, R.Robson, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, A.Grimes, M.Carr, F.Froud, R.Jobling. Reserve – A.Wood

In Group 3 Houghton A will look to maintain their charge at the top with a trip to Stanley B

Latest Group Standings
Group 2- Darlington B 5-23½, Hartlepool A 5-17½, Stanley 5-9½, Ferryhill 5-5½, Sunderland 4-4
Group 3 – Sth Shields 5-19, Houghton A 5-19, Gateshead 5-10, Parks B 5-7, Stanley B 4-5
Group 4 – Durham B 4-17, Hartlepool B 5-14, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Houghton B 5-2½      


24th December - THOMSON ON COURSE FOR TREBLE

The various National Competitions will take a short break over the Christmas festivities however there has been plenty of late action this week. In the Singles there was a surprise 21-15 defeat for Stanley’s former England lead Brett Arkley at West Denton against Peter Duffy. In the Pairs Durham’s Mark Higgins beat Stanley’s Stevie Angus 19-6 and will now face another Stanley pair after Brett Arkley’s 21-10 win over South Shield’s Jaxon McKenna. There was a surprise defeat for Durham’s Gary Smith as Gateshead’s Alec Bryden ran out a 18-12 winner to set up a home tie against South Shield’s David Bolt, the latter defeated club mate Paul Sainthouse 22-14. In the Fours the all Shield’s affair between Gary Farquhar and Billy Ferry resulted in a 17-8 win for Farquhar. The Area final of the Under 25 Singles will see South Shield’s youngster Jaxon McKenna take on Hartlepool’s Matty Ray, Mckenna booked his place with a cracking 2-1 win over club mate Josh Minto. Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher’s run in the Over 60’s Pairs came to an end with a 23-9 loss at Gateshead against Brian Poulter. In the Mixed Pairs South Shield’s Jacky Tallack and David Bolt enjoyed a 24-10 win at Durham against Brian Brown and will face club mate Jaxon McKenna in the next round. McKenna will also face club mate Phil Dixon in the Mixed Fours after a cracking 18-16 win over West Denton’s Peter Duffy. In the Family Pairs Houghton’s Sam Patterson suffered a 29-8 home loss to West Denton’s Aron Robson.

Latest Draws with local interest -
Singles – C.Knott (West Denton) v GR.Smith (Durham), B.Houghton (Parks) v S.McIntosh (Sth Shields), S.Hubbard (Sth Shields) v M.Barkess (Durham) with the winner to entertain P.Duffy (West Denton)
Pairs – M.Higgins (Durham) v B.Arkley (Stanley), A.Bryden (Gateshead) v D.Bolt (Sth Shields)
Triples – G.Farquhar (Sth Shields) or B.Arkley (Stanley) v M.Johnston (Gateshead), J.Taylor (Durham) v P.Thomson (Houghton) or A.Robson (West Denton)
Fours – B.Orrell (Gateshead) v B.Brown (Durham), J.Brass (Sth Shilds) v S.Patterson (Houghton), G.Farquhar (Sth Shields) v M.Laydon (Duhram) or S.Hubbard (Sth Shields)
Over 60’s Singles – A.Lawton (Gateshead) v W.Ferry (Sth Shields), J.Young (West Denton) v E.Henry (Stanley)
Over 60’s Pairs – B.Harris (Stanley) or B.Orrell (Gateshead) v B.Poulter (Stanley), D.Robson (Sth Shields) or M.London (Parks) v B.Brown (Duham)
Over 50’s Triples – B.Arkley (Stnaley) v M.Laydon (Duham) or B.Orrell (Gateshead), M.Barkess (Durham) v M.London (Parks) or D.Paterson (Sth Shields)

Durham County ladies were well beaten in the first round of the Atherley Trophy, the Durham squad suffered a 36 shot defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire at New Earswick.

The Durham County Under 25’s were well beaten in the first round of the Under 25 Double Fours, the tie against Lincolnshire was played at York and the two Durham rinks were given a lesson going down 37-7 overall.

The majority of the club competitions at Houghton have reached the semi-final stage, in the singles Peter Thomson’s hopes of a third successive title are still on course after a win over Peter Brickle, the latest draws are as follows
Singles – P.Thomson (jnr) v S.Tindale, B.Henderson (snr) v S.Patterson, Pat Thomson v J.Sutherland, W.Laidler or E.McKeown v P.Thomson (snr)
Pairs – TW.Todd v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v T.Burt
Triples – S.Patterson v D.Todner, W.Piggott v  AJ.Dunn
Fours – D.Sim v W.Piggott, AJ.Dunn v S.Tindale, F.Froud v R.Johnson, B.Henderson v P.Brickle

Over 60’s 
Singles
 –P.Thomson v R.Jobling, F.Froud v M.Wright
Pairs – F,Froud v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v P.Brickle
Triples - W.Piggott v TW.Todd, F.Froud v AJ.Dunn 
Fours – I.Whorlton v W.Piggott, R.Hold v R.Johnson, F.Kell v F.Froud, TW.Todd v J.Wilson

Ladies 
Singles
 – E.Barren v N.Stephenson, E.Faith v B.Robson
Pairs – S.Moody v E.Barkes, M.Hall v N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf v E.Faith, E.Barren v M.Eggleston
Triples Final – E.Faith v N.Stephenson
Mixed Pairs – E.Faith v B.Robson, F.Phythian v J.Watt

The local bowls scene sadly lost a popular figure this week as Mary Middleton passed away, the former Hetton Workmen’s, Barnes West End, Silksworth and Houghton Indoor member had represented Durham County at both indoor and outdoor level winning several titles at both codes. Mary was a much respected player and a credit to the sport and will be missed by many within the bowling fraternity.

The various leagues at Houghton have all reached the half way mark and will recommence after the New Year, the latest standings are as follows
Monday
1030 Men’s Fours – Storey 18, Dinsdale 8, Thomson 6, Morris 5, Sim 18, Duell 20, Newton 5, Scullion 13, Smith 5, Holland 2,             Wells 16, Carter 16
1430 Ladies Pairs – Maddison 5, Wilson 18, Thompson 10, Douthwaite 22, Glover 9, Johnson 24, Middleton 25, Reay 7, Todd 6, Mitchinson 14
1830 Men’s Fours – Johnson 10, Joicey 4, Collins 16, New 4, Henderson 15, Lobb 10, Charlton 10, Harding 17, Noble 13, Taylor 6, Sim 18

Tuesday
1030 Mens Fours – Matthews 13, Moore 6, Kerry 8, Harding 15, Joicey 16, Oakes 6, Godfrey 17, Barnes 14, Thomson 4, Walker 7, Barnes 16, Godfrey 10
1430 Ladies Fours – Johnson 20, Smith 16, Coulson 14, White 10, Prudhoe 15, Charlton 8, Fenwick 10, Moody 11, Lowes 10, Moore 4, Stewart 2, Middleton 12
1830 Men’s Fours – Connolly 6, Elliott 0, Usher TBC, Patterson 10, Froud TBC, Dunn 14, Pescod 12, Rothwell 8, Brickle 20, Hills 12, Kempster 12, Wilson 10

Wednesday
1030 Men’s Triples – Lanaghan 7, Barkes 18, Thomson 4, Ward 3, Ramshaw 17, Piggott 12, Brown 16, Fletcher 16, Dinsdale 7, Matthews 10, Scullion 11, Joicey 11
1630 Mixed Triples – Holmes 14, Pruhoe 16, Coulson 14, Cowler, Nicholson16, Brickle 18, Pattinson 2
1830 Men’s Fours – Sim 18, Bowerbank 8, Harding 10, Usher 18, Classon 11, Robinson 0, Carr 7, Collins 12, Grimes 8, Burt 16, Hutchinson 8, Johnson 16

Thursday
1030 Men’s Fours – Carter 11, McAdam 3, Bew 18, Pattison 12, Walker 10, Hartis 8, Cooper 16, Rothwell 8, Hills 14, Thomson 8, Scullion 20, Graham 4
1430 Open Pairs – Waites 15, Wells 8, Brown 14, Laidler 18, Phythian 21, Houghton 18, Moore 3, Harrison 14, Longley 9, Chalmers 4, Wilson 6, Parrish 2
1830 Men’s Fours – McAdoo 18, Lyons 10, Sykes 16, Hind 10, Lumsden 6, Hicks 11, Joicey 9, Wilson 14, Summers 2, Johnson 14, Grimes 10, Milner 12

Friday
1030 Men’s Triples – Walsh 9, Piggott 16, Laidler 17, Usher 4, Garrett 13, Waterson 12, Bamborough 3, Kerry 7, Childs 6, Todd 13, Baker 18, Jobling 14
1430 Ladies Triples – Middleton 16, Robson 10, Johnson 15, Nicholson 10, Todd 10, White 10, Lowes 4, Faith 11, Bainbridge 6, Glover 12, Stewart 6
1830 Men’s Fours – Storey 12, Nicholson 10, Smillie 0, Patterson 12, Johnson 13, Temple 6, McAdoo 16, Buckingham 17, Collins 8, Longley 6, Hills 10, Patterson 0

Saturday
1000 Men’s Triples – Borthwick 14, Noble 12, Harding 11, Todd 8, Holmes 14, Burt 18, Henderson 21, Jobling 24, Longley 5, Pattison 3

Sunday
1000 Men’s Fours – Sim 10, Walsh 18, Sykes 26, Robson 8, Milner 16, Hutchinson 20, Joicey 12, Thuburn 15, Prisk 0, Pattison 13

South Shield’s held its Open Classic Triples competition last weekend, 24 triples battled it out with the first prize staying in house as the Shield’s trio of Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt took the honours. During the Christmas break there is another Bonanza Singles event taking place at Shields with a confirmed field of 32 taking part.

Bowls England have confirmed the following will serve a three year stint as the various International Team Managers, Junior Men – Martyn Sekjer (Hampshire), Senior Men – John Bell (Cumbria) 
Junior Women – Nicola Bowe (Cumbria), Senior Women – Gail Gilkes (Oxfordshire)
Each Team Manager is responsible for the management of the relevant Selection Committee, overseeing the assessment process at International Trials and International Matches, making changes in team formation during International Matches and the welfare of the England squad at international matches and series.

Bowls England have a new sponsor – Hoburne Holidays, the new agreement will see Hoburne Holidays become title sponsors of the Women’s National Singles Championship that will be held during the 2017 Bowls England National Championships in Royal Leamington Spa from Saturday 5th August to Sunday 3rd September inclusive.

Sport England has awarded £88 million to 26 various governing bodies of sport, Bowls has been awarded £1.6m which will be used by the Bowls Development Alliance over a four year period starting April 1 2017.   


17th December 2016 - SUNDERLAND THUMPED

The Sunderland Inter County squad ended 2016 with a heavy 43 shot defeat at the hands of table topping Hartlepool. At Houghton the only bright spot came from Frankie Froud’s (pictured right) rink of Bobby Usher, Ian Fairweather and Billy Roberts although 14-11 up with three ends to play had to settle for a 14-14 draw against Ian Jackson, the other home squad of Tony Grimes, Karl Armstrong, Peter Brickle and Richie Jobling never recovered from a dropped seven on the third end against Carl Higgins but a spirited finished saw Jobling come back from 21-7 down to finish 24-16 down, that left the home squad only eight shots in arrears however at Hartlepool both away squads were well beaten. George Brown, Michael Carr, Terry Todd and Richie Mckie led 3-1 but then failed to score for 10 ends to trail 21-3, the tide of shots was halted over the last five ends as it finished 23-8 against Albert Ward. The other rink of Peter Thomson (snr), Tony Wood, John Jones and Peter Thomson (jnr) were holding their own at half way against Marc Squirrell as Thomson was only 11-9 down however a nightmare second half saw them drop 18 shots without reply to finish 29-9 down, that left the away squad 35 shots down which sealed a 9½-½ points defeat. The next round of fixtures take place on January 8 with Sunderland entertaining Gateshead A and Houghton return to action against The Parks.

Latest Table – Hartlepool 19½, Durham 17, Parks 10, Sunderland 10, South Shields 7, Houghton 6½, Gateshead 0  

There was double disappointment for Houghton ladies this week as they were beaten in the Mason Trophy Double Fours and then the Inter Club league. In the Mason Trophy West Denton provided the opposition, sadly both Houghton rinks were beaten. At Houghton Norma Stephenson’s rink of Maureen Hall, Ruth Turnbull and Ellen Faith were a touch unlucky to lose 16-11 against Ann Lennie however at West Denton Florence Phythian’s quartet were left to rue a slow start and eventually went down 23-5 against Norma Craig which sealed a 39-16 win for West Denton. The Tyneside club will face Darlington in the round who won a cliff hanger 29-28 against Durham.

After their cracking win over Darlington the Houghton ladies Inter Club squad ended 2016 with a 32 shot defeat at the hands of Hartlepool. At Houghton the only spot bright came from Susan Forster’s quartet of Joan Watt, Doreen Fenwick and Jill Brown who ran out impressive 20-8 winners over J.Wilton, sadly the other two home rinks suffered defeats, Ellen Faith lost 25-17 and Joan Rodgerson lost 23-17 which left the home squad 56-54 down. Down the A19 all three Houghton squads were beaten, the pick of them being Joan Baker's rink who only went down 21-18, meanwhile Norma Stephenson lost 27-12 and Jenny Smith lost 24-12 to leave the away squad 28 shots down.  

Houghton Club Competition Results
Singles –F.Froud bt R.Robinson, P.Thomson (jnr) bt P.Brickle, W.Pattison bt P.Harris, S.Tindale bt J.Wilson, D.Todner bt W.Holmes, B.Henderson (snr) bt D.Pattison, A.Maidment bt K.Barkley
Pairs – TW.Todd bt M.Baker, D.Armstrong bt R.Robinson, W.Pattison bt T.Patterson, AJ.Dunn bt P.Thomson, W.Piggott bt K.Armstrong, R.Mckie bt P.Brickle, W.Laidler bt J.Wilson, S.Tindale bt F.Froud
Triples – M.Baker bt R.Robinson, S.Patterson bt W.Roberts, D.Todner bt D.Simpson,

Over 60’s 
Singles
 –P.Thomson bt P.Brickle, R.Robinson bt E.McKeown, R.Jobling bt J.Sutherland, M.Carr bt D.Robson,  F.Froud bt W.Laidler, J.Wilson bt W.Holmes, M.Wright bt A.Maidment
Pairs – F,Froud bt P.Wallace, R.Robinson bt G.Brown, AJ.Dunn bt K.Waterson, M.Carr v TW.Todd, P.Thomson  bt I.Whorlton, W.Piggott bt S.Barnes, 

Ladies 
Singles
 – N.Stephenson bt E.Barren, E.Faith bt B.Robson


Last weekend saw the Denny Cup last 32 ties take place, locally Durham’s hopes of causing a upset against Cumbria were dashed as they were well beaten by 59 shots, Cumbria will face Hartlepool next who in turn defeated Featherstone by 21 shots. In the Denny Plate Stanley suffered a 82-65 defeat at the hands of Blackpool who will now face Darlington who defeated Leeds by 44 shots. In the Yetton Trophy there was heartache for South Shield’s ladies who narrowly went down by a single shot to Cumbria 60-59 however there was better news in the mixed Egham tie against York as Shield’s ran out 66-48 winners to move into the last eight where they will face Lincoln at New Earswick in January. In the Over 60’s Double Fours Stanley A defeated South Shields 50-30 to set up a last 32 tie against Cumbria A.

The latest round of the Seniors Premier League took place this week at Ferryhill, hosts Ferryhill B beat Stanley B 30-4 while Darlington B came from behind to beat Gateshead B 23-10, Houghton were beaten 19-14 by Gateshead A while the top two Durham and Stanley A met with the latter running out 13-12 winners.

The Grand Finals day of the EIBA’s Premier Three’s was held at Erewash is week, locally Durham’s Michael Laydon and Gary Smith were part of the eight man line up, the Premier Three’s is a quick fire three bowl, three end, best of three set’s affair where games tend to last around 30 minutes. Sadly both Laydon and Smith were both beaten in their opening games,  Laydon went down 2-0 to Tye Green’s Steve Mitchinson while tournament favourite Smith was beaten on the tie break by Falcon’s Andy Squire. The eventual winner was Nottingham’s Tom Doig who beat Squire 2-1 in the final to take the £3,000 first prize.  

At the outdoor World Championships in New Zealand the England duo of Sophie Tolchard & Ellen Faulkner collected a bronze medal to add to the gold in the men’s triples and silver in the ladies fours,  overall England finished 5th in the men’s team event and 6th in the ladies.

 

10th December 2016 - HOUGHTON TURN OVER LEADERS

In the latest round of Inter club senior fixtures the Houghton A team entertained leaders South Shields who had only dropped a single rink point in their opening four games, that recorded was shattered as the Houghton lad’s put in a five star performance as they ran out 5-0 winners. Ian Whorlton steered Pat Collins, Jimmy Swinney and David Wright to a cracking 21-14 win over Billy Ferry while John Doyle, Jack Thuburn, Jack Scullion and Peter Harding turned round a 8-7 deficit against Alan Lawton to run out 14-8 winners. The remaining rink of Joe Sutherland, Brian Race, Trevor Joicey and David Sim won 10 of the 16 ends to defeat Alan Cummings 14-10 and seal a 49-32 win, Houghton end 2016 cemented in the second play-off spot and are only behind leaders Shields on shots difference, 2017 will kick off with a trip to Stanley.
Latest Group 3 Standing’s - South Shields 5-19, Houghton A 5-19, Gateshead 4-9, Stanley B 4-5, Parks B 4-3

In Group 4 the Houghton B team ended 2016 still looking for their first win of the season, a trip to Hartlepool this week saw the Houghton lads put in a spirited performance only to go down 5-0 and remain rooted at the foot of the group
Latest Group 4 Standing’s - Durham B 4-17, Hartlepool 5-14. Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Houghton B 5-2½

The latest round of Inter County league fixtures take place tomorrow as Sunderland will need to be at their best and a bit more to get a result against last year’s unofficial winners Hartlepool, the following squad has been selected meanwhile Houghton have their bye.
At Houghton – A.Grimes, K.Armstrong, P.Brickle, R.Jobling, R.Usher, I.Fairweather, W.Roberts, F.Froud
At Hartlepool – G.Brown, M,Carr, TW.Todd, R.Mckie, P.Thomson, A.Wood, J.Jones, P.Thomson

Latest Standings – Hartlepool 1-10, Parks 2-10, Sunderland 2-9½, South Shields 1-7, Durham 1-7, Houghton 2-6½, Gateshead A 1-0

The Houghton ladies Inter County team will bring 2016 to an end as they face Hartlepool on Wednesday (1230 start), the following squad has been selected.
At Houghton – N.Colling, J.Classen, G.Eltringham, J.Rodgerson, J.Watt, D.Fenwick, J.Brown, S.Forster, B.Prudhoe, M.Eggleston, B.Robson, E.Faith
At Hartlepool  - M.Hall, E.Barren, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, R.Turnbull, A.Todd, F.Phythian, J.Hume, M.Glover, J.Baker, JB.Smith
 
As the leagues at Houghton take their annual Christmas break its time for the club competitions to take centre stage this week and there is plenty of action from Monday until 20 December to digest.

Men’s
 
Singles 
– R.Robinson v F.Froud, P.Brickle v P.Thomson (jnr), P.Harris v W.Pattison, S.Tindale v J.Wilson, D.Todner v W.Holmes, B.Henderson (snr) v D.Pattison, K.Bartley v A.Maidement, Pat Thomson v M.Wright, K.Armstrong v J.Sutherland, W.Laidler v E.McKeown, D.Robson v P.Thomson (snr), S.Patterson (Bye)
Pairs – TW.Todd v M.Baker, D.Armstrong v R.Robinson, W.Pattison v T.Patterson, P.Thomson v AJ.Dunn, K.Armstrong v W.Piggott, P.Brickle v R.Mckie, J.Wilson v W.Holmes, F.Froud v TBC
Triples – M.Baker v R.Robinson, W.Roberts v S.Patterson, D.Simpson v D.Todner, G.Noble v F.Johnson, K.Bartley v W.Piggott, R.Mckie v J.Wilson, AJ.Dunn v D.Wright
Fours – D.Sim v W.Piggott, AJ.Dunn v S.Tindale, F.Froud v R.Johnson, B.Henderson v P.Brickle
Over 60’s 
Singles
 – P.Brickle v P.Thomson, E.McKeown v R.Robinson, R.Jobling v J.Sutherland, M.Carr v D.Robson, W.Laidler v F.Froud, W.Holmes v J.Wilson, A.Maidment v M.Wright
Pairs – F,Froud v P.Wallace, R.Robinson v G.Brown, K.Waterson v AJ.Dunn, TW.Todd v M.Carr, I.Whorlton v J.Scott, W.Piggott v S.Barnes, P.Brickle v F.Johnson
Triples - F.Johnson v W.Piggott, J.Lanagan v G.Noble, D.Wright v TW.Todd, R.Hold v F.Froud, R.Thorpe v AJ.Dunn 
Fours – I.Whorlton v W.Piggott, R.Hold v R.Johnson, F.Kell v F.Froud, TW.Todd v J.Wilson
Ladies 
Singles
 – E.Barren bt E.Barkes, N.Stephenson bt S.Moody, E.Faith bt M.Metcalf, B.Robson (Bye)
Pairs – S.Moody v E.Barkes, M.Hall v N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf v E.Faith, E.Barren v M.Eggleston
Triples Final – E.Faith v N.Stephenson

The County Seniors return to Midland’s League action on January 5 as they make the short trip to New Earswick to face table toppers Yorkshire, after the 85 shot win over Leicestershire the Durham squad has seen very few changes with only South Shield’s Billy Ferry currently in the starting line-up.
Latest Table – Yorkshire 2-42, Durham 1-20, Warwickshire 1-18, Leicestershire 3-6, Lincolnshire 1-2.

The local stage of this season’s National Competitions continue to progress, in the singles the clash of the area’s top two players Gary Smith (Durham) and David Bolt (South Shields) saw Smith halt a run of back to back defeats against Bolt in Singles with a majestic 21-5 win at Durham, Smith’s reward will be a trip to either West Denton or South Shield’s in the next round. In the Pairs Mark Higgins won an all Durham affair against Joe Hutchinson and will now entertain Stanley’s Stevie Angus who had a cracking 18-10 win at Shield’s against Billy Ferry. Jaxon McKenna (Shields) ground out a cracking 17-14 win at the Parks against Ian Brown and will have home advantage in the next round against Stanley’s Brett Arkley. Meanwhile in the triples Arkley will have to make the trip to Shield’s to face Gary Farquhar who had a good 19-14 away win over Stanley’s Gary Robson. Houghton’s Peter Thomson moved into the next round with a 22-13 win over West Denton’s Clive Knott to set up a home tie against another West Denton hope Aaron Robson. There was more good news for Houghton in the fours as Sam Patterson’s quartet defeated Durham’s Steve Krimpen 14-11, a trip to Shields or Gateshead is Patterson’s reward. In the Over 60 Pairs Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher cruised to a 23-4 win at Houghton over the Park’s Maurice White, in the next round Fletcher heads to Gateshead to face Brian Poulter.

The Denny Cup action continues today as the last thirty two ties take place, locally after their cracking win over Shields the Durham squad will have their hands full as they take on a fancied Cumbria squad, the winners will face either Hartlepool or Featherstone. In the Denny Plate Stanley face Blackpool while Darlington take on Leeds.

South Shield’s David Bolt has been selected to represent England in this season’s Home International series due to be played in Belfast during March, Bolt’s recent achievement’s has seen him rewarded with a third man’s berth to Exonia’s Jamie Chestney, the only other regional player in the squad is Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley who is on the bench.

On Thursday the Grand Final day of the EIBA’s Premier Three’s takes place at Erewash, locally two Durham players are in the last eight, Michael Laydon faces Tye Green’s Steve Mitchinson while club mate Gary Smith faces Falcon’s Andy Squire. All the action can be seen on British Eurosport 2 starting at 11am right the way to the final at 2.30pm.

At the 2016 outdoor World Championships in New Zealand last weekend England collected a gold and silver, the gold success came in the men’s triples when Rob Paxton steered Jamie Walker and Andy Knapper to an extra end 15-14 win over Australia’s Aron Sheriff, the silver went to the ladies fours skipped by Ellen Faulkner – in the final the England quartet were well beaten 23-8 by Australia’s Natasha Scott, the event concludes this weekend with the singles and pairs. 


3rd December 2016 - DURHAM CRASH OUT OF LIBERTY

The Durham County Liberty Cup squad suffered their heaviest defeat in over 30 years as there hopes of a 12th Liberty title were clinically ended by Cumbria in the first round tie played at Carlisle. En-route to the final last season the two counties met at the same stage albeit played at Eden due to the Carlisle surface being underwater and Durham ran out winners by 13 shots, with Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley unavailable the selected team was hit by three withdrawal’s all of whom were backend players and with no recognised backend players on the bench it resulted in a hastily late shuffle of the pack which sadly was dismantled by a rampant Cumbrian outfit. Out of the six rinks Durham only recorded one win and that saw South Shield’s David Bolt steer his quartet to a 11-10 win over Stu Irwin, Stanley’s John Thurlbeck’s Liberty return ended in a 15-8 loss to Stephen Farish while Durham’s Gary Smith went down 17-11 to Gavin Taylor, The Hartlepool duo of Glenn Skipp and Paul Hartley both went down – Skipp lost 20-9 to Martyn Rice and Hartley lost 18-9 to Ian Gallagher, the remaining rink skipped by Durham’s Phil Smithson had a tough day at the office and were beaten 26-8 by Stuart Airey this after leading 8-1. Across the green at the five end mark Durham only trailed by a couple of shots however a 56-10 return in Cumbria’s favour over the next set of five ends decided the match and when the infamous late Durham charge failed to materialise with Cumbria 52 shots up Durham conceded leaving 21 ends left un-played across the green, Cumbria face Northumberland next.

In the local stage of the national pairs Durham’s Mark Higgins had a cracking 16-12 win at Stanley against Gary Robson while club mate Gary Smith had a good 22-11 win at West Denton against Clive Knott. In the triples however Higgins went out 18-7 at West Denton to Peter Duffy, Durham’s Michael Laydon progressed into the next round of the fours with a 18-8 home win over Houghton’s Peter Thomson and will entertain South Shield’s Stewart Hubbard next. In the Over 60 singles South Shield’s Billy Ferry had a good 21-14 win at Durham over Malcom Robinson and will be at home to The Parks Phil Mason. The Area final of the Warner sponsored Champion of Champions saw South Shield’s David Bolt defeat Hartlepool’s Glen Skipp 21-9, the win secures Bolt a place at the final stages in February down at Hayling Island where he will face Egreton Park’s Rob Morphettin the last sixteen.

The final round of fixtures in the Seniors League before the Christmas break takes place this week, in Group 2 Houghton A will look to inflict a first defeat of the season on leaders South Shields as they go head to head at Houghton (1230) on Thursday. The following team will look to avenge the earlier loss in the season at Shield’s.
J.Sutherland, B.Race, T.Joicey, D.Sim, J.Doyle, J.Thuburn, J.Scullion, P.Harding, P.Collins, J.Swinney, D.Wright, I.Whorlton. Reserves – F.Johnson, C.Wallace

On Wednesday in Group 4 the Houghton B team make the trip to Hartlepool looking for their first win of the season, the following team has been selected.
B.White, D.Forth, P.Taylor, F.Kell, P.Hicks, I.Richardson, F.Sanderson, R.Johnson, K.Waterson, A.Gregory, A.Glover, R.Thorpe. Reserves – G.Charlton

Latest Standings
Group 1 – Shildon 3-11, Darlington A 4-9½, Great Aycliffe 3-9½, Spennymoor 3-9, Durham A 3-1
Group 2 – Darlington B 3-14, Hartlepool A 3-13, Stanley 4-9, Ferryhill 4-5, Sunderland 4-4
Group 3 – South Shields 4-19, Houghton A 4-14, Gateshead 4-9, Stanley B 4-5, Parks B 4-3
Group 4 – Durham B 4-17, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Hartlepool 4-9, Houghton B 4-2½

Houghton ladies open up their Mason Trophy double fours against West Denton on Friday 9 November (1030), the following squad has been selected.
At Houghton – M.Hall, R.Tunbull, E.Faith, N.Stephenson
At West Denton – M.Metcalf, J.Baker, F.Phythian, JB.Smith

Sunderland return to Inter County action next weekend as they face a tough task against last year’s unofficial winners Hartlepool meanwhile Houghton have their bye.
At Houghton – A.Grimes, K.Armstrong, P.Brickle, A.Thurlbeck, R.Usher, I.Fairweather, R.Jobling, F.Froud
At Hartlepool – G.Brown, M,Carr, TW.Todd, R.Mckie, P.Thomson, A.Wood, J.Jones, P.Thomson

Latest Standings – Hartlepool 1-10, Parks 2-10, Sunderland 2-9½, South Shields 1-7, Durham 1-7, Houghton 2-6½, Gateshead A 1-0 

The draw for all the club competitions at Houghton have been made and are as follows,
Men’s
Singles
– R.Robinson v F.Froud, P.Brickle v P.Thomson (jnr), P.Harris v W.Pattison, S.Tindale v J.Wilson, D.Todner v W.Holmes, B.Henderson (snr) v D.Pattison, K.Bartley v A.Maidement, Pat Thomson v M.Wright, K.Armstrong v J.Sutherland, W.Laidler v E.McKeown, D.Robson v P.Thomson (snr), S.Patterson (Bye)
Pairs – TW.Todd v M.Baker, D.Armstrong v R.Robinson, W.Pattison v T.Patterson, P.Thomson v AJ.Dunn, K.Armstrong v W.Piggott, P.Brickle v R.Mckie, J.Wilson v W.Holmes, F.Froud v TBC
Triples – M.Baker v R.Robinson, W.Roberts v S.Patterson, D.Simpson v D.Todner, G.Noble v F.Johnson, K.Bartley v W.Piggott, R.Mckie v J.Wilson, AJ.Dunn v D.Wright
Fours – D.Sim v W.Piggott, AJ.Dunn v S.Tindale, F.Froud v R.Johnson, B.Henderson v P.Brickle

Over 60’s
Singles
– P.Brickle v P.Thomson, E.McKeown v R.Robinson, R.Jobling v J.Sutherland, M.Carr v D.Robson, W.Laidler v F.Froud, W.Holmes v J.Wilson, A.Maidment v M.Wright
Pairs – F,Froud v P.Wallace, R.Robinson v G.Brown, K.Waterson v AJ.Dunn, TW.Todd v M.Carr, I.Whorlton v J.Scott, W.Piggott v S.Barnes, P.Brickle v F.Johnson
Triples - F.Johnson v W.Piggott, J.Lanagan v G.Noble, D.Wright v TW.Todd, R.Hold v F.Froud, R.Thorpe v AJ.Dunn
Fours – I.Whorlton v W.Piggott, R.Hold v R.Johnson, F.Kell v F.Froud, TW.Todd v J.Wilson

Ladies
Singles
– E.Barren bt E.Barkes, N.Stephenson bt S.Moody, E.Faith bt M.Metcalf, B.Robson (Bye)
Pairs – S.Moody v E.Barkes, M.Hall v N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf v E.Faith, E.Barren v M.Eggleston
Triples Final – E.Faith v N.Stephenson

The 2016 Outdoor World Championships are currently taking place in New Zealand and so far it has been a good week for England as they have qualified for the Women’s Fours final and the Men’s Triples final. The women’s quartet skipped by Ellen Faulkner went through there group stage unbeaten in nine games before defeating a rink from the Philippines 18-15 to set up a final against Australia. Meanwhile the men’s triple skipped by Robert Paxton progressed from the group stage with eight wins before a 18-9 semi-final win over Japan to set up another final against Australia.

Over the years players in the Sunderland & District leagues have strived to try and win one of the iconic gold plated Sunderland & District League winners medal and some of the great players the area has seen never managed to get their hands on one, sadly for the first time this year’s winners missed out on them following the decision to stop handing them out by the association who instead opted for a plaque for the clubs. As most clubs know the game in the area has more important things to worry about and on the paper it may look a trivial thing but to a club player and to a new player that has managed to break into a team the sense of achievement of getting one of these iconic medals which are a part of the fabric of the history of bowls in Sunderland should not be underestimated and needs to be reintroduced.

 

 

 

 

 

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