BOWLS REPORT - NOVEMBER 2016

26th November 2016 - HOUGHTON PLATE EXIT

Both Houghton Senior squads were in Seniors Inter Club action this week, in Group 2 the Houghton A team took a massive step to securing an end of season play-off spot with a cracking 4-1 away win over third placed Gateshead A. The pick of the rinks was David Sim’s quartet of Joe Sutherland, Brian Race and Trevor Joicey who raced into a 11-0 lead against Bob Charlton before easing to a 19-12 win, John Doyle, Peter Noble, Jack Thuburn and Freddie Fletcher nearly let slip a 9-1 lead as they had to settle for a nervous 10-9 win over Alan Birrell. The remaining rink of Pat Collins, John Godfrey, Jimmy Swinney and team captain Foster Johnson looked set for victory as they led 12-7 after 12 ends however a dropped six on the 13th saw Johnson trail 13-12, going into the last end level they were left reeling as a dropped three on the final end sealed a 16-13 defeat to Ian Patterson. The 42-37 win gives the Houghton lads a little breathing space over third placed Gateshead A however they face leaders South Shield’s next who have notched nineteen out of a possible twenty points so far this season.

In Group 4 the Houghton B team went looking for their first win of the season as they entertained second bottom Gateshead B, however despite a spirited performance the B team narrowly missed that elusive first win as they were beaten 42-41 (3½-1½), the only win came from Keith Waterson, George Charlton, Fred Sanderson and Richard Thorpe, the B team will end 2016 with a trip to Hartlepool in a fortnight.  

Latest Standings
Group 1 – Darlington A 3-9, Spennymoor 3-9, Shildon 2-6, Gt Aycliffe 2-5, Durham A 2-1
Group 2 – Darlington B 3-14, Stanley 4-9, Hartlepool A 2-8, Ferryhill 3-5, Sunderland 4-4
Group 3 – Sth Shields 4-19, Houghton A 4-14, Gateshead A 3-9, Stanley B 4-5, Parks B 4-3
Group 4 – Durham B 3-13, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 3-9½, Hartlepool B 3-8, Houghton B 4-2½

Last weekend’s Denny Cup clash between South Shields and Durham lived up to its billing as Durham snatched a dramatic three shot win 69-66 to set up a last thirty two clash against Cumbria who in turn beat Copelands by 27 shots. In the Denny Plate two former power houses returned to winning ways as Stanley bounced back with an impressive 21 shot win over West Denton while Darlington beat Thornaby by 38 shots. In the next round Stanley face Blackpool while Darlington face Leeds with the winners facing each other.

Houghton ladies hopes of progressing into the next round of the Yetton Plate were dashed as they were beaten 81-61 by West Denton. At Houghton the home squad finished a single shot in credit, Jenny Smith steered her rink of Joan Watt, Gwen Eltringham and Brenda Robson to a cracking 23-15 win over Norma Craig however the other home rink of Betty Prudhoe, Margaret Eggleston, Ellen Faith and Joan Rodgerson were made to pay for a slow start going down 20-13 to Annie Lennie. At West Denton both Houghton squads went down, Jenny Hume, Ruth Turnbull, Joan Baker and Florence Phythian went down 23-17 to Margaret Cowan while Norma Stephenson’s quartet of Evelyn Barkes, Eleanor Barren and Margaret Metcalf had a tough morning going down 23-8 which left the away squad 21 shots adrift, West Denton face Eden in the next round.

There has been plenty of action in the local section of this year’s National competitions this week, in the singles the 2007 National champion Gary Smith won an all Durham affair against Mark Appleby 21-11 to set up a mouth-watering tie against South Shield’s David Bolt, the Shield’s lad has won the last two meetings 21-9. South Shield’s Shaun McIntosh eased past Durham’s Andrew Barkess 21-4 while Durham’s Michael Laydon had a cracking 21-8 win at Shield’s against Josh Minto. The all Shield’s affair between Jaxon McKenna and Stewart Hubbard saw the latter run out a 21-8 win. Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher & Steve Tindale’s run in the pairs came to an end with a 22-9 loss at Gateshead to Alec Bryden, there was another a Houghton exit in the pairs as Peter Thomson was beaten 20-9 at Durham by Phil Smithson & Gary Smith who will now travel to West Denton to face Clive Knott in the next round. In the Triples Gary Farquhar won an all Shield’s clash 19-7 against Billy Ferry and will head to Stanley next to face Gary Robson. There was a canny win in the Fours for Shield’s Stewart Hubbard as they beat Stanley’s Bret Arkley 18-14 and will face a trip to Houghton or Durham in the next round. In the Under 25 Singles South Shield’s Jaxon McKenna beat Durham’s Mark Barkess 2-0.

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad are in action today at Carlisle as they face Cumbria in the first round of this season’s competition. Having lost in the final last year the Durham squad will need to be at their best if they harbour any hopes of progressing, after last year’s loss in the final to Kent team manager Dave Kilner has made seven changes to the Durham line up. After a year’s absence the counties most capped player Stanley’s John Thurlbeck makes a welcome return to the county fold while there were surprisingly no nominations from Darlington which contributes to five of the changes, the full team is as follows although there will be a change to the selected team as Paul Mosley is not
available.
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), P.Smithson (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), M.Peach (Shields), W.Ferry (Shields), G.Farquhar (Shields), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), P.Dixon (Shields), C.Boston (Hartlepool), G.Skipp (Hartlepool), P.Mosley (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), I.Jackson (Hartlepool), I.Peacock (Stanley), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), M.Squirrel (Hartlepool), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), J.Minto (Shields), S.McIntosh (Shields), C.Yeomans (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields) – Reserves A.Barkess (Durham), J.Wells (Hartlepool), N.Ridley (Shields), A.Bryden (Gateshead), J.McKenna (Shields), J.Sneller (Shields)

The County Under 25’s Double Fours squad will be looking for a repeat performance from last season as they face Lincolnshire in the first round of this year’s competition, last season en-route to the semi-finals Durham sneaked past Lincolnshire by a single shot but with only two of that eight on show a new look Durham squad will need to be at their best to progress into the next round. The following team has been selected for the tie at York on Sunday 18 December at 12pm.
C.Morrison (Ferryhill), J.McKenna (South Shields), M.Gleeson (Great Aycliffe), J.Minto (South Shields), J.Harston (Darlington), M.Barkess (Durham), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool), M.Ray (Hartlepool)

The England selectors have named a thirty two man trial team which will be whittled down to twenty four, locally South Shield’s David Bolt, Stanley’s Brett Arkley and Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley are all included for the trial at Northampton in two week’s time, the Home International series takes place at Belfast in March.

After winning three of the last four outdoor Under 25 Home International series Team Manager Hedley Bowen has decided to step down, this means that Bowls England are currently looking for new team managers for all four teams.


19th November 2016 - INTER COUNTY DOUBLE DISAPPOINTMENT

The latest round of Inter Club fixtures saw both local squads go down 7-3, Sunderland snatched defeat from the jaws of victory as they led on three of the four rinks and by 20 shots after thirteen ends but ended up going down 63¼-61 against The Parks. At Houghton Karl Armstrong, Dennis Gibson, Peter Brickle and Phil Dixon were a tad unlucky to lose on the final bowl 18-17 to Roy Goldsmith while Peter Bulmer, Mel Milner, Richie Jobling and Richie Mckie squandered a 15-5 lead to sneak home 16-14 against Alan Hall which left the home squad only a single shot to the good. At The Parks George Brown, Tony Wood, Terry Todd and Stevie Angus dropped a last end treble to seal a 14¼-12 defeat against a man light John Morgan, the other rink of Peter Thomson, Eric Downes, John Jones and Peter Thomson were cruising at 16-6 with six ends to play but failed to score again and went down 17-16 to Malcom White which sealed a 31¼-28 defeat for the away squad, the scale of the late Sunderland collapse across the green is demonstrated by the 35-7 return in The Parks favour from the 13th end, Sunderland’s next game is against defending champions Hartlepool in December.

Houghton meanwhile faced South Shields, at Houghton Mal Baker, Bryan Henderson (jnr), Jules Bickerstaff and Brian Henderson (snr) raced into a 16-5 lead against James Sneller and looked set for a decent win but in the end Henderson had to settle for a 19-15 win while the other home squad of John Doyle, Tom Patterson, Jack Scullion and Peter Harding were left to rue an early dropped five as they went down 16-15 to Gary Farqhuar, those scores left Houghton with a slim three shot advantage - however things went astray at Shield’s. Joe Sutherland, Dave Armstrong, Freddie Fletcher and Alan J Dunn started brightly and led 6-1 against Jamie Brass however a shocking set of eight ends saw Dunn drop 23 shots including three 5’s to trail 24-7, a spirited finish left Dunn 25-14 down. It got no better on the other rink as Michael Wright, Keith Waterson, Ian Whorlton and Jimmy McAdoo dropped a couple of 5’s and a six as Stevie Cairns ran out a 22-6 winner, that left the away squad 27 shots down and sealed a 78-54 Shields win, Houghton’s next game is in the New Year as they have a bye next month.

The local section of this season’s National competitions continues at a pace, in the singles Houghton’s Peter Thomson was beaten at home 21-18 by West Denton’s Clive Knott while the all Shield’s affair between Shaun McIntosh and Gary Farquhar resulted in a McIntosh 21-8 win, McIntosh will host Durham’s Andrew Barkess in the next round. Another Shield’s exit as Neal Ridley went down 21-14 at home to Gateshead’s Brian Orrell. In the Pairs Billy Ferry (Shields) beat club mate Ian McIntosh 21-15 and will host Stanley’s James McKenna next. Two Houghton Triples made first round exits as Freddie Fletcher went down 23-3 at Shields against Jamie Brass and Sam Patterson went down 18-8 at Durham to Andrew Barkess. In the Fours there was good away trip to Durham for South Shields Gary Farquhar’s quartet as they eased to a 25-9 win over Andrew Barkess. In the Junior Singles Houghton’s Sam Patterson went down at home 2-1 to Shields Josh Minto. Houghton’s Michael Wright’s run in the Over 60 Singles came to an abrupt halt with a 21-5 home loss to Shields Alan Lawton, the latter also moved in the next round of the Two Bowl with a 21-11 win over club mate Jonathon Morgan.

There has a been a couple of decent wins for Houghton squads in the County Champion of Champions this week, in the pairs Pat Thomson (subbing for Billy Roberts) and Frankie Froud held their nerve to get home on the last end 19-18 against Ferryhill’s Mark Ralphs and will face a trip to Stanley next. In the Triples Billy Piggott had a tremendous 19-11 win at Hartlepool over Carl Higgins and will entertain Stanley’s John Thurlbeck next while in the Senior Fours there was a cracking win for Jimmy Swinney, George Brown, Foster Johnson & Ian Whorlton as they beat Stanley’s Eddie Henry 19-13, their reward is a home tie against Hartlepool’s Mark Pavin.  

The Denny Cup action continues this today with an intriguing tie between South Shields and Stanley, over the last 12 months Durham has had an influx of players from Stanley and South Shields notably Gary Smith’s move and today’s game should be a competitive affair, the Shields squad is given a boost with the return from the far east of David Bolt – the winners will most likely face Cumbria in the next round who should see off Copelands. After hitting Redcar for a ton Hartlepool will be looking to avoid defeat against an Aycliffe outfit that will still be on a high after the win over Darlington. The Denny Plate also resumes today with two of the regions clubs looking to rebuild their reputation after surprise Denny Cup exits, Stanley face West Denton while Darlington face Thornaby.

The Yetton Trophy also resumes today, locally South Shield’s face Durham while Hartlepool face Redcar, in the Plate Houghton ladies are in action as they take on West Denton this morning with the following team –
At Houghton – J.Watt, G.Eltringham, B.Robson, JB.Smith, B.Prudhoe, M.Eggleston, E.Faith, J.Rodgerson. Reserves – D.Fenwick, A.Todd
At West Denton – E.Barkes, E.Barren, M.Metcalf, N.Stephenson, J.Hume, R.Turnbull, J.Baker, F.Phythian.

Both men’s and ladies County squads are in action tomorrow, the men’s Liberty squad are having a squad game at Hartlepool ahead of next weekend’s Liberty clash at Cumbria while the ladies county squad are playing a friendly at Durham.   

Both Houghton’s Senior squads return to action this week, on Wednesday in Group 2 the Houghton A team travel to Gateshead (230pm start), with only two points between the teams a win for Houghton would cement their play-off hopes,  the following team has been selected.
J.Sutherland, B.Race, T.Joicey, D.Sim, J.Doyle, P.Noble, J.Thuburn, F.Fletcher, P.Collins, J.Godfrey, J.Swinney, F.Johnson.

The following day the Houghton B team will go looking for their first win of the season as they host Gateshead B (1230 start), with only a single rink point out of nine second bottom Gateshead is an opportunity for the Houghton lads to record their first win of the season, the following squad has been selected.
S.Barnes, D.Forth, P.Taylor, F.Kell, P.Hicks, J.Eggleston, A.Glover, R.Johnson, K.Waterson, GW.Charlton, F.Sanderson, R.Thorpe.

The following Houghton ladies team has been selected to face Hartlepool in the latest round of the Ladies Inter Club on Wednesday 14th December (1230 start)
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

At the recent Bowls Durham Annual General Meeting Silksworth’s Michael Carr (pictured right) was installed as the County President for 2017, Carr becomes the first Silksworth County President and the 35th Sunderland based President.

Sunderland & District also held their AGM last weekend, all the notices of motion were defeated barring the return of the 28 day rule whereby all cancelled games due to bad weather must be played within 28 days and all cancelled games must be played before the set date. Usworth’s David Simpson was installed as President with Seaham Town’s Arthur Gregory as Senior Vice and Silksworth’s Michael Carr as new Junior Vice, after 37 years of service the Association Secretary Eric Weightman will be stepping down after next season as will the competition secretary George Charlton, two long serving members of the executive council have also stood down – Alf Ferguson (Silksworth) and Harry Welsh (Roker Park).

12th November 2016 - BOLT'S FAR EAST WIN

There was some tremendous news from the Far East as Silksworth’s David Bolt lifted the 2016 Hong Kong International Bowls Classic at the Craigengower Cricket Club. Representing England the Silksworth star was part of a 128 man field (42 overseas and 86 local players) the participating countries were Australia, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and Wales. Early wins over local players Terry Kung (9-0, 7-7) and Adrian Yau (7-5, 7-3), before defeating 2005 champion Paul Girdler (New Zealand) 11-2, 7-3 set up a Quarter final against South Africa’s Prince Neluonde, a 7-6, 10-6 win moved Bolt into the semi-finals where he secured a final spot with a 7-5, 9-0 win over Scotland’s Kevin Anderson. In the final Bolt faced Wales David Wyn Kongdon , the early signs were good as Bolt took the opening set 8-6 but narrowly lost the second set 5-6 which sent the final into a three end tie breaker. Bolt dropped a single on the first end but collected a double on the second end, however on the third and deciding end and lying shot down lady luck popped her head up as Bolt’s final bowl got a small rub off a wing bowl onto the jack to hold shot, Kongdon need to remove the shot bowl for the title but his final bowl drifted under the head and the title was Bolt’s. In winning the title Bolt becomes the fourth Englishman to secure the title following in the footsteps of Mark Walton (2004 and 2008), Robert Newman (2010) and Richard Catton (2013) and will receive an automatic invite to defend his title next year.

Houghton’s hopes of progressing in this year’s Denny Plate were ended, despite a spirited performance they were beaten 74-61 by a Stanley squad still smarting from there Denny Cup exit. At Houghton Brian Henderson’s quartet of Mal Baker, Peter Harding and Alan J Dunn produced a cracking 17-8 win over John Thurlbeck while Michael Wright, Tom Patterson, Richie Jobling and Frankie Froud couldn’t repeat their previous Denny Cup win over David Bolt as they let slip a 8-3 lead to finish 16-11 down against David Webb which left the home squad 28-24 up. In recent years visiting teams have struggled to cope with the lightening Stanley surface however the newly laid blue carpet has lost that electric pace, Peter Thomson (snr), David Armstrong, Dan Todner and Pete Thomson (jnr) got to grips with the decreased pace and recorded a high scoring 25-22 win over Gary Robson, sadly the remaining rink of Joe Sutherland, Stevie Tindale, Jimmy McAdoo and Ian Whorlton had a hard day at the office as Brett Arkley’s quartet dominated from the start and romped to a 28-8 win which left the Houghton away squad 17 shots down and sealed a 13 shot defeat.

In the actual Denny Cup South Shield’s scrapped past Gateshead 70-67 and will face Gary Smith’s Durham who eased past The Park’s by 36 shots, the winners will probably face Cumbria who play Copelands next. Hartlepool thumped Redcar by 55 shots while there was a surprise win for Great Aycliffe who knocked out Darlington 70-63.

In the Over 60’s double fours both local squads made first round exits, Houghton can count themselves unlucky not to progress against Durham B as they went down by a single shot 29-28, at Houghton Ian Whorlton won by three however at Durham Peter Harding went down by four. Sunderland were due to face Stanley however the already depleted Sunderland team was further depleted just 24 hours before the game leaving them no option but to concede the tie.

The latest round of Senior Inter club fixtures have been played this week with mixed results for the three local squads. In Group Two it proved a long morning for Sunderland as they were well beaten 5-0 at Stanley by 42 shots, Frankie Froud’s rink of Bob Usher, Joe Maxfield and Richie Jobling were left to rue a dropped five as they only went down 14-11 to Derek Craig while Peter Thomson, Eric Downes, Michael Carr and Terry Todd never recovered from a third end dropped seven against David Webb to finish 26-9 down. The remaining rink of Tony Grimes, Colin Young, Tony Wood and George Brown dropped an opening end five against Billy Bell and never got into the game and finished 26-4 down. The loss leaves Sunderland at the foot of the group and with their next game not until January it is a disappointing end to 2016 for them.

In group three Houghton A returned to action in impressive style as they beat bottom of the group The Parks B 5-0 by 40 shots at Houghton. Top rink on the day was John Doyle, Jack Thuburn, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Harding who thanks to a couple of late six’s eased to a 28-8 win over J.Phillip. Ian Whorlton bounced back from the Denny loss to steer Joe Sutherland, Trevor Joicey and David Sim  to record a  20-7 win over R.Stephenson while the remaining rink of Pat Collins, Tom Winship, Jimmy Swinney and David Wright ran out 21-14 winners over R.Harrison, the win cements the A teams second spot in the group with a trip to third placed Gateshead A next.

In Group Four Houghton B’s search for their first win of the season continues as they were well beaten away at The Park’s A 5-0.

Latest Group Standings
Area 1 – Darlington A 3-9, Spennymoor 3-9, Shildon 2-6, Great Aycliffe 2-5, Durham A 2-1
Area 2 – Darlington B 3-14, Stanley 4-9, Hartlepool A 2-8, Ferryhill 3-5, Sunderland 4-4
Area 3 – South Shields 4-19, Houghton A 3-10, Gateshead A 3-8, Stanley B 4-5, Parks B 4-3
Area 4 – Durham B 3-13, Parks A 4-12, Hartlepool B 3-8, Gateshead B 3-6, Houghton B 3-1  
 

The latest rounds of Inter Club fixtures take place tomorrow with both Sunderland and Houghton in action. A thread bare Sunderland squad will hope to build on their narrow win over Houghton as they face The Park’s with the following team (2pm start)
At Houghton – P.Bulmer, D.Gibson, R.Jobling, R.Mckie, K.Armstrong, M.Milner, P.Brickle, P.Dixon
At The Park’s – P.Thomson (snr), E.Downes, J.Jones, P.Thomson (jnr), G.Brown, A.Wood, T.Todd, S.Angus

Meanwhile Houghton entertain South Shields with the following team (2pm start)
At Houghton – J.Doyle, T.Patterson, T.Joicey, P.Harding, M.Baker, M.Henderson, J.Bickerstaff, B.Henderson
At South Shields – J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, F.Fletcher, AJ.Dunn, M.Wright, K.Waterson, I.Whorlton, J.McAdoo

Current Standing after Round 1
Division 1 – Hartlepool 10, Durham 7, Sunderland 6½, Houghton 3½, Parks 3, Gateshead 0
Division 2 – Spennymoor 9, Darlington 8, Gateshead B 6, Stanley 6, Ferryhill 4, Great Aycliffe 4, Dunelm 2, Shildon 1

In the local stage of the newly introduced Two Bowl singles South Shield’s Neal Ridley moved into the next round with a 21-15 win over Gateshead’s Brain Orrell, in the next round Ridley will face club mate James Sneller. In the Mixed Pairs an all Shields affair saw Derek Robson defeat Gary Farquhar with the final bowl to set up another all Shield’s affair against Paul Sainthouse. In the Top Club Durham were beaten 12-4 by Hartlepool who will now entertain Cumbria early in the New Year.

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Ron Bell (84) sadly passed away, a member of Houghton Dairy Lane and past President of the Sunderland & District Ron was a popular figure and a much respected player.

Two Annual General Meetings take place at Houghton Dairy Lane this week, today the Sunderland & District Bowling Association is at 2pm while Bowls Durham is on Tuesday at 7pm.


5th November 2016 - SMITH SEALS OPEN SINGLES TITLE

The Grand finals day of the Open Singles Circuit took place last weekend at Northampton where the top 48 seeded players over the season competed for the £1,500 first prize. After finishing top of the rankings former Sunderland favourite and now playing out of Durham Gary Smith (pictured right) was one of the favourites to take the title, in the first round Smith defeated the 32nd seed Malvern Hills Shaun Jones 8-2,6-3 and backed that up with a 5-3,7-3 win over  the 3rd seed Egham’s Steve Tuohy. In the last eight Smith beat the 47th seed Norfolk’s Wayne Willgress 9-0,5-5 which set up a semi-final against the 10th seed Westlecot’s Neil Smith, a 7-2, 6-1 win secured a final berth for Smith and it was fitting that the top two seeded players would compete for the £1,500 first prize as Risbygate’s Mark Royal provided the opposition. In the final Smith lost the opening set 6-5 but levelled the final off with a 9-1 second set win, that saw a best of three tie breaker which saw Smith hold his nerve to secure the title 5-6, 9-1, 2-1.

The local stages of this season’s national championships are finally getting a head of steam, in the singles David Bolt (Shields) defeated Gateshead’s Alan Jobling 21-7 while club mate Gary Farquhar defeated Durham’s Lee Maughan which sets up an all Shield’s clash against Shaun McIntosh. Durham’s Gary Smith eased past West Denton’s David Morrison. Michael Laydon (Durham) had a good win 21-17 away win at Shield’s against James Sneller while Mark Higgins (Durham) defeated Shield’s Paul Sainthouse 21-10, Houghton’s Pat Thomson went out 21-9 at Shield’s to Jaxon McKenna who will now meet Higgins at Durham in the next round. Neal Ridley’s (Shields) 21-16 win over West Denton’s James Young earns him a home tie against Gateshead’s Brian Orrell. In the pairs there was a cracking win for Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher & Stevie Tindale as they came from 17-10 down with only two ends left to defeat Shield’s Gary Farquhar 19-17 – the Houghton pair head to Gateshead next to face Alec Bryden. Shaun & Ian McIntosh (Shields) put on an exhibition to ease past Houghton’s Richie Mckie 19-4 and will now meet club mate Billy Ferry in the next round. Durham’s Mark Higgins enjoyed a 34-12 win at West Denton against Keith Sanders while Jaxon McKenna (Shields) had a cracking 23-15 win at Stanley over Eddie Henry. In the Over 60’s singles Houghton’s Michael Wright defeated Gateshead’s Brian Brown 21-15 and will entertain Shield’s Alan Lawton in the next round.

The next round of the Denny Cup takes place today, locally South Shield’s face a Gateshead side still on a high after their 30 shot win over Stanley while Durham face the Parks. After their first round exit Houghton dropped into the Denny Plate and face Stanley today, the following team has been selected
At Houghton- M.Baker, P.Harding, AJ.Dunn, B.Henderson, M.Wright, T.Patterson, R.Jobling, F.Froud
At Stanley- J.Sutherland, S.Tindale, J.McAdoo, I.Whorlton, P.Thomson, D.Armstrong, D.Todner, P.Thomson.

It will be a busy week for both Sunderland & Houghton seniors as both are in Over 60’s Double Fours action on Tuesday, Sunderland face Stanley while Houghton face Durham – both games start at 1030am
Sunderland Squad
At Houghton – C.Young, A.Wood, W.Hearne, W.Roberts
At Stanley – R.Usher, E.Downes, M.Carr, G.Brown

Houghton Squad
At Houghton – J.Sutherland, M.Baker, F.Froud, I.Whorlton
At Durham – J.Doyle, P.Collins, F.Fletcher, P.Harding

The latest round of Seniors Inter club fixtures also take place, on Monday as Sunderland travel to Stanley (1030 start) with the following team - R.Usher, R.Maxfield, R.Jobling, F.Froud, G.Brown, A.Wood, W.Hearne, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downes, M.Carr, TW.Todd.

On Wednesday the Houghton B team will be looking for their first win of the season as they head to the Parks with the following team – S.Barnes, A.Glover, B.White, F.Kell, P.Hicks, A.Gregory, M.Moore, B.Johnson, K.Waterson, GW.Charlton, A.Newton, R.Thorpe

The following day the Houghton A team are also at the Parks with the following team – J.Sutherland, T.Joicey, D.Sim, I.Whorlton, J.Doyle, J.Thuburn, F.Fletcher, P.Harding, P.Collins, T.Winship, J.Swinney, D.Wright

Latest Tables
Area 1 – Darlington A 3-9, Spennymoor 2-9, Great Aycliffe 2-5, Shildon 1-1, Durham A 2-1
Area 2 – Darlingotn B 3-14, Hartlepool A 2-8, Ferryhill 3-5, Sunderland 3-4, Stanley 3-4
Area 3 – South Shields 3-14, Gateshead A 3-8, Houghton A 2-5, Stanley B 3-5, Parks B 3-3
Area 4 – DurhamB 2-9, Hartlepool B 3-8, Parks A 3-7, Gateshead B 2-5, Houghton B 2-1

Sunderland return to Inter County action next weekend as they entertain the Parks, several enforced changes have been made to the Sunderland line up that narrowly beat Houghton in the opening round of fixtures
At Houghton - P.Bulmer, W.Hearne, R.Jobling, R.Mckie, W.Roberts, K.Armstrong, A.Thurlbeck, P.Dixon
At The Parks - P.Thomson, E.Downes, J.Jones, P.Thomson, G.Brown, A.Wood, TW.Todd, S.Angus


Silksworth’s David Bolt is currently in Hong Kong representing England in the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic, Bolt is part of a mixed four player squad who will compete in singles and pairs – the action starts today and concludes next Sunday, there will be a live youtube stream of the singles final tomorrow with the same for the pairs on November 13.

The first Bonanza Bowls event took place at Shields last weekend, the £350 first prize went to Josh Minto who defeated David Bolt in the final.
The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad for the game against Cumbria on November 26 has been confirmed, after last year’s loss in the final to Kent team manager Dave Kilner has made seven changes to the Durham line up. After a year’s absence the counties most capped player Stanley’s John Thurlbeck makes a welcome return to the county fold while there were no nominations from Darlington which contributes to five of the changes. The full team is as follows -:
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), P.Smithson (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), M.Peach (Shields), W.Ferry (Shields), G.Farquhar (Shields), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), P.Dixon (Shields), C.Boston (Hartlepool), G.Skipp (Hartlepool), P.Mosley (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), I.Jackson (Hartlepool), I.Peacock (Stanley), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), M.Squirrel (Hartlepool), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), J.Minto (Shields), S.McIntosh (Shields), C.Yeomans (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields) – Reserves A.Barkess (Durham), J.Wells (Hartlepool), N.Ridley (Shields), A.Bryden (Gateshead), J.McKenna (Shields), J.Sneller (Shields) - There will be a squad get together at Hartlepool on November 20. 

 

 

 

 

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