This season’s county finals take place at Stockton tomorrow with Silksworth looking to pick up four county titles. In the singles final David Bolt will be looking to add to his singles success in 2011 & 2012 as Bolt takes on Dipton’s Michael English. In the fours final Shaun Mcintosh, Stevie Cairns, Billy Ferry and Gary Farquhar take on the host club’s Paul Mosley, it could be a cracking day for Jaxon McKenna as the talented youngster takes on Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins in the two bowl final and then in the Junior Singles will take on defending champion Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins. Houghton Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner will look to win a first county title against Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram.

Full Schedule – (livescores via the county website)
Saturday 30th July 2016 – (2pm start) Champion of Champions – P.Mosley (Stockton) v P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst) 
Sunday 31st July 2016 – (10am start no livescores for the morning session) Pairs – M.English (Dipton) v P.Mosley (Stockton) , Two Bowl Singles – C.Higgins (Old Boys) v J.Mckenna (Silksworth)

(2pm start livescores via the county website) - Singles – M.English (Dipton) v D.Bolt (Silksworth), Triples – D.Oram (Hartlepool Park) v D.Todner (Houghton DL), Fours – W.Ferry (Silksworth) v P.Mosley (Stockton), Junior Singles – J.McKenna (Silksworth) v B.Hopkins (Darlington RA)

The ladies county Stella Logan squad produced a cracking performance at top of the group Lancashire, despite only having two rinks up Durham ran out 7-4 (115-112) winners at Heaton Park. The win moves Durham into third place but with Yorkshire unbeaten in six games the best Durham can hope for is second.
Houghton Dairy Lane are still in the box seat to take the Earl Cup title as they maintained their unbeaten record with a comprehensive 84 shot (7-0) win over Thompson Park, defending champion’s Silksworth remain eight points behind the leaders after a 7-0 win over Roker Marine, Houghton Town’s 6-1 win over Seaham Town leaves the latter stranded at the bottom. In the third division Whitburn’s 5-2 win over Ryhope has put them on the verge of promotion as they are 22 points clear of third placed Washington. The only unbeaten record in the Swan Cup came to an abrupt end this week as holders Houghton Dairy Lane were beaten 5½-1½ at home by Barnes West End, that result allowed Silksworth to open up a six point leader after they won 5½-1½ at Seaham Town although Dairy Lane do have two games in hand, the top two face each other in a couple of weeks. In the Storey Bowl Hetton Workmen only needed three points from their final three games to retain the title, in the latest round of fixtures Hetton’s 61 shot (7-0) win over Wearmouth was enough to secure an eighth Storey title with two games to spare.

The first of the season’s Sunderland & District final’s takes place at Dairy Lane on Tuesday as holders Barnes West End will look to repeat last year’s win over Roker Marine. (livescore updates via the website)

The ladies Marjorie Marshall triples competition was concluded this week at Barnes Park with the Whitburn trio of Maureen Smith, Brenda Harper and M.Felce taking the honours, in the final the impressive Whitburn trio defeated Ryhope’s B.Hardy, P.Charleton and Margaret Mitchinson 15-7. As usual a tombola was run during the competition and it raised £125 which goes to St Benedict’s Hospice.

Quarter Final’s – M.Felce (Whitburn) bt N.Stephenson (Silksworth), B.Robson (Houghton Town) bt V.Moore (Sunderland), M.Pullan (Sunderland) bt B.Campbell (Sunderland), M.Nitchinson (Ryhope) bt P.Wayman (Roker Marine)
Semi Finals – M.Mitchinson (Ryhope) 12 M.Pullan (Sunderland) 4, B.Robson (Houghton Town) 9 M.Felce (Whitburn) 10.

The Under 25 Home International series was held at Bridgend BC, in a cracking finish England, Scotland and Wales all finished on points however England secured the title on shots thanks to Scotland’s win over Wales and a 82 shot thumping of Ireland in England’s final game.
Final Table – England 4 (+97), Scotland 4 (+56), Wales 4 (+3), Ireland 0 (-156)

In the Bowls England competitions it has been a mixed week for Dairy Lane’s James McKinney, first a cracking 21-8 win in the senior pairs over Hartlepool’s Harry Dougherty set up a trip to Darlington RA to face John Lynch was followed by disappointment in the mixed fours as the Dairy Lane quartet went down 19-12 to Wigton’s Nicola Bowe. In the ladies senior pairs Consett’s Gill Jones secured a place at Leamington Spa after defeating Pelton Fell’s Joan Brown 23-7.

Middleton Cup Quarter Final Results - Lancashire 120-119 Yorkshire, Kent 124-101 Surrey
Bedfordshire 140-110 Leicestershire, Devon 128-97 Warwickshire

Johns Trophy Quarter Final Results - Sussex 86-136 Kent, Cambridgeshire 117-108 Hertfordshire, Cumbria 87-156 Lincolnshire, Somerset 111-135 Worcestershire

Over the season there are a shed load of Open Pairs event’s and last weekend we had some local success as the Silksworth pair of Peter Brickle and Gary McPeators (pictured right) took the Charlie Martin Berwick Open Pairs title, club mates Terry Todd and Tommy Jopling were beaten semi-finalists.

Some of the team indoor national competitions draws have been made, in the Denny Cup Houghton face South Shields with the winners facing either Stanley or Gateshead, Houghton ladies face The Parks in the first round of the Yetton Trophy. In the Over 60’s double fours Sunderland face Stanley A while Houghton face either Durham B or The Parks, in the ladies equivalent competition the Mason Trophy Houghton ladies face West Denton. Durham’s County Liberty squad will have to overcome Cumbria in the first round of this year’s competition while the county ladies face Nottinghamshire, the county Under 25’s await the winner from the Yorkshire / Lincolnshire tie while the Over 60’s squad face Lincolnshire.



It has been make or break in the county competitions as the semi-finals were completed this week, with places at the national championships only guaranteed to the county finalists defeat at this stage is a bitter pill to swallow. In the singles Silksworth’s former national singles champion David Bolt had to work hard for a 21-17 win over Stockton’s Joe Ballentyne however hopes of an all Silksworth county final were dashed as Scott Baker narrowly went down 21-19 to Dipton’s Michael English. In the Pairs Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck secured a semi-final spot with a comfortable 25-7 win over Roker Marine’s John Smith & Richie Mckie however the Dairy Lane duo’s hopes were dashed in the semi’s with a 26-15 loss to Stockton’s Paul Mosley, Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar & David Bolt were left to rue a 20th end dropped six in the quarter finals as Dipton’s Michael English secured a 20-18 win. In the Triples Dairy Lane’s  Jimmy McAdoo (sub), David Armstrong and Dan Todner  produced the result of the week against ElmTree’s Glenn Skipp, David Fenwick and Colin Boston, going into the last end Todner was 12-10 down but a last end three secured a cracking 13-12 win. In the Fours the Silksworth quartet of Shaun McIntosh, Stevie Cairns, Billy Ferry and Gary Farquhar collected a match winning five on the 20th end to go 21-15 up against Dipton’s Michael English, the Silksworth quartet dropped a double on to the last end to finish 21-17 up. Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna (pictured) had a cracking week as the talented youngster secured county final places in the Two Bowl Singles and the Under 25 Singles, in the two bowl semi-final McKenna held his nerve to beat Dunston’s Malcom Johnston 15-12 while in the Under 25’s Mckenna proved to strong for Stockton’s Mark Hodgson as the 21-10 score shows. Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson’s run in the champion of champions was ended by Lyndhurst’s Peter Hudspith 21-14.

Other Semi Final Results
Pairs – M.English (Dipton) 24-17 C.Higgins (Old Boys)
Triples – D.Oram (Hartlepool Park)  22-4 D.Stoker (South Moor)
Fours – P.Mosley (Stockton) 21-14 M.Johnston (Dunston)
Under 25 Singles – B.Hopkins (Darlington RA) 21-12 J.Ballentyne (Stockton)
Champion of Champions – P.Mosley (Stockton) 1-0 G.Robson (Leadgate)


The County finals are due to take place at Stockton on Sunday July 31 but with a few player duplications the dates and times may change

County Finals
Singles – D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton)
Pairs – P.Mosley (Stockton) v M.English (Dipton)
Triples – D.Armstrong (Houghton DL) v D.Oram (Hartlepool Park)
Four – P.Mosley (Stockton) v W.Ferry (Silksworth)
Two Bowl Singles – J.McKenna (Silksworth) v C.Higgins (Old Boys) or P.Coulson (Darlington RA)
Junior Singles – J.McKenna (Silksworth) v B.Hopkins (Darlington RA)
Champion of Champions – P.Mosley (Stockton) v P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst)

There was some good news for the County Ladies Walker Cup double fours as they secured a semi-final spot at the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August. In the regional event Durham defeated Yorkshire 52-42 before they secured there place with a cracking 9 shot win over Cumbria, at Leamington Durham will face Devon in the semi-finals.

In the Earl Cup there were three 6-1 away wins, leaders and still unbeaten Dairy Lane sneaked home by a couple of shots at Roker Marine to extend their lead at the top to eight points over holders Silksworth. Barnes Park won by 15 shots at bottom of the table Seaham Town while Houghton Town’s 12 shot win over Thompson Park moved them out of the other relegation spot. The second division leaders Barnes West End had a bye which allowed Hetton Workmen’s to close the lead to four points with a 6-1 win over North Biddick. In the third division leaders Whitburn beat second placed Roker Park 5-2 but a special mention to Grindon Mill after waiting all season for their first win two come along in a week, 7-0 at New Herrington and 6-1 over Pemberton moved the Mill off the bottom of the table.  The Swan Cup first division was disrupted by the weather as the holders and still unbeaten Dairy Lane were rained off at North Biddick, however Dairy Lane have a four point lead over Silksworth with a game in hand. The second division was unaffected by the weather as leaders Hetton Workmen won 6-1 at Grindon Mill while Usworth’s 6-1 win over neighbours Washington Glebe saw them leap frog the Glebe into second place. In the Harold Howey there are new leaders as Barnes West West have a one point lead over season long leaders Thompson Park B, the two Houghton Dairy Lane squads are chasing the top two but they have played a game more. In the second division Washington B have a seven point lead over Hylton CW A who moved into second place after a 3-1 win over Sunderland B coupled with Houghton Town B’s 3½-½ home loss to Pemberton A. The Storey Bowl title could be decided today as holders and leaders Hetton Workmen’s need only three points from their final three games to take the title, last Saturday a 6-1 win at Seaham Town extended their lead to 17½ points over a resurgent Roker Park who notched a third consecutive 6-1 win.

The first Sunderland and District final line up has been decided, there will be a repeat of last year’s 3-2-1 Triples final as holders Barnes West End will face Roker Marine. In the semi-finals the holders beat Usworth 224-108 while Marine beat Houghton Town 226-206, the final takes place on Tuesday  August 2 at Houghton Dairy Lane.

There were mixed feelings following the unveiling of the council’s plans for the council owned greens, there was sadness that Pemberton, Hetton Park and one green each at King George, Thompson Park and Usworth were to close however it could have been a lot worse. The remaining greens will require clubs to agree to a £850 licence from the council unless two clubs are sharing whereby it would be £635 per club. There will be more responsibility on clubs to contribute to the general upkeep of Flower/Rose/ Herbaeous Beds, Litter Pick and empty bins, Long handled Sheer work, Cut grass Surrounds, Brush greens daily before 9am, Clear and top up gullies, Shrub Bed Maintenance, Hedge Trimming, Hand Weed – hard/soft surfaces but those conditions are location specific and will be clarified at each venue. The council’s remit is Cutting of Greens, Renovation of greens, Large Machinery Work, Fungicide and weed treatments, Fertilising of greens, Green reinstatements, Cutting of banksides around greens, Hedge trimming, Chainsaw work plus the maintenance of the outside of the club pavilions. The green fees will be increased although these fee’s will go direct to the club while the council will look into the possibility of installing irrigation systems, the licence’s will be reviewed every year.


It was make or break for Durham’s Middleton Cup hopes last weekend, going into the final round of group games Durham needed to beat Cumbria and then hope Derbyshire beat group leaders Lancashire, sadly things didn’t go the plan. In the game against Cumbria on a tricky John Whitehead Park playing surface Durham were always playing catch up, at the halfway mark Cumbria led by 32 shots and despite a spirited fightback whereby Durham got back to within eight shots it was not to be as Cumbria held on for a seven shot 17-5 win. Cumbria also needed a Derbyshire win but that never materialised as Lancashire ran out 16-6 winners to book a quarter final battle of the roses against Yorkshire. It wasn’t all gloom and doom for Durham though as team manager David Bolt defeated Stephen Farish 14-11 which stretches Bolt’s unbeaten Middleton run to four years and 10 games. Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland came from behind to beat Ian Gallagher 24-19 while club mate John Fielding snatched a hard fought 21-21 draw against Stuart Airey, the remaining three rinks went down by a combined total of 15 shots.

Scores (Durham skips first)
P.Mosley 19 B.Sherwin 21, G.Skipp 13 S.Irwin 19, A.Kirtland 24 I.Gallagher 19, J.Fielding 21 S.Airey 21, J.Mansfield 17 R.Chandler 24, D.Bolt 14 S.Farish 11

Final Group Standings – Lancashire 48, Cumbria 43, Durham 27, Derbyshire 14
Middleton Cup Quarter final draw - Lancashire v Yorkshire, Kent v Surrey, Bedfordshire v Leicestershire, Devon v Warwickshire

The final John’s Trophy group fixture between Durham ladies and Yorkshire ladies as expected wasn’t played as Lincolnshire had already secured top spot leaving it a meaningless fixture.

Final Group Standings – Lincolnshire 40, Yorkshire 2, Durham 2
John’s Trophy Quarter final draw - Sussex v Kent, Cambridgeshire v Hertfordshire, Cumbria v Lincolnshire, Somerset v Worcestershire

This seasons county competitions have reached crunch time as the semi-finals are played this week with only the winners guaranteed a place at the national championships at Leamington Spa in August. In the singles an all Silksworth county final is still a possibility, David Bolt secured a semi-final spot with a 21-13 win over Leadgate’s Gary Robson while Scot Baker won the all Silksworth quarter final tie against Neil Reid 21-9 however Colin Jefferson’s run came to an end with a 21-14 loss to Stockton’s Joe Ballentyne. The pair’s quarter finals were being played last night at Leadgate, locally Silksworth’s David Bolt faced Dipton’s Michael English and Dairy Lanes John Thurlbeck was due to face Roker Marines Richie Mckie. Local hopes in the triples are with Dairy Lanes David Armstrong after a16-12 win over Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson, that win sets up a semi-final against Elm Tree’s Colin Boston who ended Silksworth’s David Bolt’s hopes 19-13 at Blackhall. In the fours Silksworth’s Billy Ferry cemented a semi-final spot with a 22-14 win over Hartlepool’s Alan Taylor but there was disappointment for the other two local hopes as Seaham Town’s Brian Henderson went down 21-19 to Dipton’s Michael English and Marine’s Richie Mckie went down 19-18 to Dunston’s Malcom Johnston. In the Junior Singles Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna will be flying the flag in the semi-finals as he takes on Stockton’s M.Hodgson while Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson faces Lyndhurst’s P.Hudspith in the George Turley champion of champions semi’s although there is no national finals place at the end of the rainbow.

This week’s Semi-Final Line Up at Houghton Dairy Lane on Monday 630pm
Singles – M.English (Dipton) v S.Baker (Silksworth)
Triples – D.Stoker (South Moor) v D.Oram (Hartlepool Park)
Fours – M.Johnston (Dunston) v P.Mosley (Stockton)
Under 25 Singles – J.McKenna (Silksworth) v M.Hodgson (Stockton)
Champion of Champions - B.Sanderson (Barnes West End) v P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst)

This week’s Semi-Final Line Up at John Whitehead Park 630pm
Singles – J.Ballentyne (Stockton) v D.Bolt (Silksworth)
Triples – C.Boston (Elm Tree) v D.Armstrong (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Fours – W.Ferry (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton)
Two Bowl Singles - ,.Johnston (Dunston) v J.McKenna (Silksworth)

Houghton Dairy Lane took a massive step to securing their first Earl Cup title since 2009 as they inflicted a second defeat on holders Silksworth, the sixteen shot 6-1 win albeit over a hampered Silksworth outfit due to county competition commitments puts Dairy Lane in the box seat as they have a two point lead and a game in hand over Silksworth. Despite a 6-1 home defeat at the hands of Roker Marine the point was enough to lift Houghton Town out of the bottom two as they leap frogged Thompson Park who suffered a 5-2 loss at Barnes Park. In the second division Barnes West End notched a fifth consecutive win this time 5-2 at South Hylton to open up a ten point lead at the top from Hetton Workmen’s. Whitburn’s 6-1 win at Washington moved them twelve points clear in the third division, the defeat for Washington enabled Roker Park to leap frog them into second place after a 7-0 win over Ryhope. In the Swan Cup Silksworth’s 7-0 win at South Hylton opened up a two point lead over holders Dairy Lane although the latter have two games in hand and are still unbeaten after nine games. The battle to avoid the drop saw bottom of the table North Biddick defeat second bottom Thompson Park 4-3 that result did however move Thompson Park out of the bottom two as Seaham Town lost 6-1 to Barnes West End. In division two only six points cover the top four, leaders Hetton Workmen defeated Ryhope 5-2 while second placed Washington defeated Pemberton 5-2, third placed Roker Park defeated Hylton Colliery 5-2. The Harold Howey was thrown wide open last week when leaders Thompson Park B lost their unbeaten record as they were beaten 4-0 at home by South Hylton, last season’s runners up Barnes West End are only a couple of points behind with a game in hand. In the second division Washington B still have a healthy lead over Houghton Town A, the latter beat Roker Marine B to close the gap to nine points. The Storey Bowl holders Hetton Workmen tightened their grip on the title with a 6-1 win over Dawdon, Hetton now have a 16½ point lead over Seaham Town.

The semi-finals of the 3-2-1 triples take place on Tuesday at Thompson Park 630pm - Houghton Town v Roker Marine, Barnes West End / Roker Park v Ryhope / Usworth

Sunderland Council will reveal their masterplan on Tuesday as they hold talks with clubs over the future cut backs to green maintenance.
Whitburn held its annual Open Pairs last weekend, in the final Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McKinney and John Thurlbeck (pictured alongside Whitburn President Ernie Naylor) defeated Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Ian Riches 10-7, the decisive moment came on the ninth of the ten end final when Thurlbeck collected a four to lead 10-4, the win was a repeat of the 2013 success for the Dairy Lane duo.   

9th July 2016 - COUNTY CRUNCH DAY

It’s make or break today for the County Middleton Cup squad as they entertain Cumbria in the final round of group games at John Whitehead Park. For Durham to progress into the quarter finals they first of all must beat Cumbria but then hope they collect eleven points more than group leaders Lancashire who face bottom of the group Derbyshire. Team manager David Bolt has made a couple of enforced changes to the team that defeated Derbyshire.
S.Baker (Silksworth), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton), VM.Gleeson (Spennymoor), N.Ridley (Silksworth), M.Jones (Darlington RA), J.Fielding (Darlington RA), M.Peach (Houghton DL), W.Ferry (Silksworth), P.Smithson (Silksworth), G.Skipp (Elm Tree), P.Dixon (Silksworth), S.Cairns (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth), K.Burton (Dalrington RA), B.Hopkins (Darlington RA), N.Cummings (Darlington RA), A.Kirtland (Darlington RA), M.Ray (Owton Lodge), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park). Reserves - J.Ballantyne(Stockton), V.Rewcastle (Darlington R.A), LMaughan (Silksworth)

Current Group Standings – Lancashire 32, Cumbria 26, Durham 22, Derbyshire 8

The B teams torrid Alsop Trophy campaign continued as their run of defeats was extended to three as they were beaten 120-100 (16-6) at Wigton by Cumbria. Across the green Durham did have three winnings rinks, former County President Dale Oram won 28-17 and Barnes Park’s Albie Hill won 23-12, Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo bounced back from his Northumberland mauling with a hard fought 13-12 win however the remaining three rinks went down by a combined 43 shots. The 16-6 points result was enough to confirm Cumbria as Alsop champions while Durham’s remaining fixture at Manchester against Lancashire will now not be played as there is nothing at stake.

The county competitions resume this week as the quarter final’s are held at various venues, on Monday at Stockton the singles kicks a busy week off, Silksworth still have four lads in the running, the two time county champion David Bolt faces Leadgate’s Gary Robson, Colin Jefferson face’s host club’s Joe Ballentyne while Scot Baker faces fellow Silksworth member Neil Reid. The remaining last sixteen pairs ties were completed at Leadgate, the all Dairy Lane affair saw John Thurlbeck defeat Ian Lambert 21-17 while Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie snatched a last end three to sneak home 23-22 against the 2013 county champion RA’s Neil Buckley. In the quarter finals on Friday at Leadgate Thurlbeck and Mckie meet each while Silksworth’s David Bolt faces Dipton’s Michael English. The triples quarter final’s take place at Blackhall on Wednesday, Dairy Lane’s David Armstrong faces Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson while Silksworth’s David Bolt faces Elm Tree’s Colin Boston. The fours takes place at Silksworth on Tuesday, Seaham Town’s Bryan Henderson faces Dipton’s Michael English while host club’s Billy Ferry entertains Hartlepool’s R.Tompkins, the remaining local hope see’s Marines Richie Mckie face Dunston’s Maurice Johnston.
Full Quarter Final Line Ups
Singles (Monday 11 July at Stockton)
G.Robson (Leadgate) v D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Ballentyne (Stockton) v C.Jefferson (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton) v M.English (Dipton), S.Baker ( Silksworth) v N.Reid (Silksworth)

Pairs (Friday 15 July at Leadgate)
C.Higgins (Old Boys) v G.Robson (Leadgate), P.Mosley (Stockton) v L.Macey (RA), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton), J.Thurlbeck (Dairy Lane) v R.Mckie (Roker Marine)

Triples (Wednesday 13 July at Blackhall)
B.Attwood (Leeholme) v D.Stoker (South Moor), D.Armstrong (Dairy Lane) v I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v C.Boston (Elm Tree), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park) v M.Ralphs (RA)

Fours (Tuesday 12 July at Silksworth)
W.Ferry (Silksworth) v R.Tompkins (Hartlepool Park), M.Johnson (Dunston) v R.Mckie (Roker Marine), M.English (Dipton) v B.Henderson (Seaham Town), P.Mosley (Stockton) v A.Kirtland (RA)

Only two games took place in the Earl Cup this week as the weather won the day, in the first division Silksworth took advantage of the leaders Houghton Dairy Lane having a bye with a 6-1 home win over Houghton Town, the result put the holders top by three points with the top two clashing at Dairy Lane on Monday. The only other game saw the third division leaders Whitburn extend their lead to 13½ points with a 7-0 win over Pemberton. In the Swan Cup Silksworth are the new leaders albeit on shots after a 6-1 win over Houghton Town, holders Dairy Lane are off the top for the first time this season but still had a good 6-1 win over Thompson Park, in the Barnes local derby it was Park that came out on top 6-1 at West End while Marine defeated Seaham Town 6-1, Seaham Town lifted themselves off the bottom with a 5-2 win at North Biddick. In the Howey first division Silksworth’s hopes of retaining their title are all but over after a 4-0 defeat at Hylton Colliery Welfare B, Ryhope B finally nailed their first win of the season 4-0 at home over Thompson Park A. In the second division Washington B extended their lead at the top to nine points with a 4-0 win over Seaham Town B while second placed Houghton Town A could only manage a 3-1 win over Barnes Park A. Bottom of the table New Herrington notched their second win of the season 3-1 over Roker Marine B. The Storey Bowl holders and leaders Hetton Workmen received a set back after they lost their unbeaten record with a 7-0 loss at Houghton Town, Seaham Town closed the gap to 11 ½ points with a 6-1 home win over Hylton Colliery, Roker Park defeated Dawdon 6-1 and Wearmouth had a cracking 5-2 win at neighbours Thompson Park.
England retained their Home International series in dramatic fashion at Llandrindod BC, Wales. A hard fought three shot win over Scotland was back up with a 25 shot win over Ireland, in the meantime the hosts Wales had also recorded two wins which set up a series decider between the two countries. After four hours play and 2,016 bowls it all came down to an umpires measure to decide the series destination as England got the match winning shot by an eighth of an inch. Silksworth’s David Bolt had a cracking series as he steered his rink to three wins, a 26-16 matching score against Scotland was followed by a 25-18 win over Ireland and then finally another match winning score against Wales 25-9.
There was more good news for Bolt as he has been selected to represent England in the 2016 Hong Kong International Bowls Classic, the full squad is Rebecca Field (Norfolk), Donna Knight (Oxfordshire), David Bolt (Durham) and Matt Marchant (Hampshire).  The prestigious tournament is one of the signature bowls events on the international bowls calendar and one of the largest annual international lawn bowls events in the world. To make the event even more competitive, invitations are sent to all national members of World Bowls and also all local clubs in Hong Kong to participate in.

In the Bowls England Senior pairs there was mixed news for Dairy Lane, Jimmy Mckinney moved into the next round with a hard fought 14-12 win over Dunston’s Alec Bryden and will entertain Hartlepool’s Harry Dougherty next however Ken Briscoe went out losing 17-16 to Darlington RA’s John Lynch. Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar’s run in the Champion of Champions came to an end 21-17 against Lyndhurst’s Peter Hudspith. 

 The local bowls scene lost another popular figure this week as Barnes Park’s Jimmy Laidler (79) sadly passed away. Jimmy (pictured above) was a one club man and that club was Barnes Park, he was a much respected bowler who always appreciated a good bowl and will be missed by many within the bowling fraternity. County Treasurer for 24 years in 2002 he was made an Honorary Life Member of the County, in 2014 Bowls England awarded Jimmy the Certificate of Merit which is presented to individuals that are deemed to have provided outstanding service to the sport of outdoor bowls at club and county level in England; to date only 15 such awards have been handed out.


The County competitions continued this week with plenty of local interest in all five events, five more singles ties took place at Stockton but it was a mixed night for local players. Silksworth’s Scot Baker booked a last eight place with an impressive 21-10 win over host club’s Barry Watson however Baker’s club-mate Gary Farquhar narrowly went down 21-19 to Dipton’s Michael English. There was disappointment for Dairy Lanes Dan Todner after a 21-19 loss to Stockton youngster Joe Ballentyne. In the Pairs the Seaham Town Henderson father & son combination went down 21-14 to Dipton’s Michael English, three other local pairs are due to play their ties this week. In the Triples at Blackhall the Silksworth trio of Gary McPeators, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt eased to a 21-3 win over Barnes Park’s Kevin Richardson to join Dairy Lanes David Armstrong in the last eight. The expected fours classic between Silksworth’s David Bolt and Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland looked like being a damp squid as Bolt led 18-9 however Kirtland battled back and a last end three made the score 19-19 to force an extra end, if the disappointment of losing the lead wasn’t enough for the Silksworth quartet they had to watch Kirtland get the all decisive match winner with the final bowl of the extra end 20-19. There was better news for the other Silksworth squad skipped by Billy Ferry as they ground out a 18-16 win over Mainsforth’s Jimmy Maddison, Sunderland’s S,Summer’s quartet were beaten 30-13 by Hartlepool’s R.Tompkins. 

Quarter Final Line Ups

Singles (Monday 11 July at Stockton)
G.Robson (Leadgate) v D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Ballentyne (Stockton) v C.Jefferson (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton) v M.English (Dipton), S.Baker ( Silksworth) v N.Reid (Silksworth)

Pairs (Friday 15 July at Leadgate)
C.Higgins (Old Boys) v G.Robson (Leadgate), P.Mosley (Stockton) or P.Heath (Spennymoor) v L.Macey (RA) or G.Alderson (Vane Tempest), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton), J.Thurlbeck (Dairy Lane) or J.McKinney (Dairy Lane) v N.Buckley (RA) or R.Mckie (Roker Marine)

Triples (Wednesday 13 July at Blackhall)
B.Attwood (Leeholme) v D.Stoker (South Moor), D.Armstrong (Dairy Lane) v I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v C.Boston (Elm Tree), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park) v M.Ralphs (RA)

Fours (Tuesday 12th July at Silksworth)
W.Ferry (Silksworth) v R.Tompkins (Hartlepool Park), M.Johnson (Dunston) v R.Mckie (Roker Marine), M.English (Dipton) v B.Henderson (Seaham Town), P.Mosley (Stockton) v A.Kirtland (RA)

Barnes Park held the second half of the Two Bowl singles, Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna secured a semi-final place with two impressive performances, a 16-6 win over club mate Neal Ridley and then an equally impressive 16-9 win over another club mate Phil Dixon. The other semi-final spot went to Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins who saw off Spennymoor’s Ian Brown 18-6 before ending Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson’s hopes 16-13.

Semi Final Line Up (Dates and Venue to be confirmed)
C.Higgins (Old Boys) v P.Coulson (RA), J.McKenna (Silksworth) v M.Johnston (Dunston)

The County B team head to Wigton today to face unbeaten Cumbria in the latest round of Alsop Trophy fixtures, following Cumbria’s third consecutive 20-2 win over Northumberland the Cumbrian’s  only require three points to secure the Alsop title, on the other hand Durham after two very disappointing defeats are only playing for pride, the following squad has been selected
G.Dougherty (Park), N.Willey (Stockton), R.Robinson (Houghton DL), AJ.Dunn (Houghton DL), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), S.Land (Spennymoor), D.Oram (Park), C.Howey (Park), D.Edney (Lyndhurst), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), H.Dougherty (Park)
J.Harston (Hundens), J.Devison (Sunderland), M.Hodgson (Stockton), D.Todner (Houghton DL), A.Greathead (Park), P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), B.Poulter (Usworth), J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), A.Taylor (Park), A.Hill (Barnes Park)
Squad Members J.Wilson (Houghton DL), S.Patterson (Hetton Workmen)

Durham’s remaining game against Lancashire already has nothing at stake barring the wooden spoon and may not be played.

The A teams final Middleton Cup group game against Cumbria will take place at  John Whitehead Park in Billingham, it had originally been Silksworth but due to a below par playing surface it was switched to Spennymoor however another below par surface has forced a third switch.
The Houghton Dairy Lane duo Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson hopes of securing a third county title this season were ended with defeat in the pairs final, an 18-12 semi-final win over Darlington’s Jane Pattison set up a final against Elm Tree’s L.Simpson which saw the Dairy Lane pair go down 24-12.

The ladies Stella Logan squad suffered a third defeat in four games as they went down 126-101 (9-2) at Darlington Woodlands against unbeaten leaders Lancashire.
In the John’s Trophy Durham’s ladies very slim hopes of qualifying were ended as Lincolnshire secured a quarter final spot when they defeated Yorkshire 20-2, that result leaves next weekend’s Durham – Yorkshire clash meaningless.

In the Bowls England Mixed Fours the Dairy Lane quartet of Susan Forster, Jimmy McKinney, Joan Rodgerson and John Thurlbeck moved into the next round after a 25-15 over Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, the Dairy Lane squad will either head to Wigton or Gosforth in the next round.

Houghton Dairy Lane made it six from six in the Earl Cup this week with a 7-0 home win over neighbours Houghton Town, Silksworth’s 6½-½ win over Barnes Park saw the holders slip to three points behind Dairy Lane while Roker Marine’s 7-0 win over Seaham Town cemented them into third place, Silksworth could go top this week as the leaders are on a bye. In the Second Division Barnes West End’s 5-2 win over Usworth coupled with Hetton Workmen’s bye enabled West to go top, Hylton Colliery Welfare defeated Sunderland 6-1 while North Biddick notched their first win of the season 5½-1½ at South Hylton. In the Third Division Washington’s 6-1 win at Roker Park moved them into second while Ryhope defeated Pemberton 6-1, leaders Whitburn were due to face Grindon Mill. In the Swan Cup it was a good week for the holders Dairy Lane even though their game was rained off, second placed Silksworth went down 6-1 at Marine and third placed Barnes West End lost 5-2 at home to South Hylton. In the Second Division leaders Roker Park lost the chance to open up a gap at the top as they were beaten 6-1 at home by Hetton Workmen. In the Howey First Division leaders Thompson Park B are now unbeaten in nine after a 3½-½ win at Ryhope A and now lead Barnes West End by 7½ points, holders Silksworth are languishing in 16th some 18 points behind the leaders. In the clubs 60th anniversary year the Washington B vets have a four point lead in the Third Division following a 4-0 win at Pemberton A. In the Storey Bowl holders Hetton Workmen are racing away at the top, a 7-0 win over Roker Park has opened up a 16½ lead over Thompson Park, that lead was aided this week by a 7-0 claimed game over the latter who failed to field a team two weeks ago.

Silksworth’s David Bolt heads to Wales this weekend as Llandrindod Wells hold the Home International series, Bolt will return to his skips role as England look to retain the series and repeat their 2008 series win at the same venue.          

July 19 could be a massive day in the future of outdoor bowls in Sunderland as clubs playing on council maintained greens will be informed of the council’s proposals regarding the future maintenance of them. Clubs have already attended meetings in June whereby the council have outlined the likely hood of eleven greens to be closed although four of them LNER, Barley Mow, Services and Mowbray have already gone which leaves another seven under threat. The council’s favoured option is for neighbouring clubs to amalgamate as they look to save on the maintenance of the playing surfaces, it has been muted that a leasing the green option to clubs is also a possibility which could cost the clubs around £1,000 a year which could signal the end of a few. Whatever the outcome the bowling fraternity has felt the brunt of council cut backs after already losing the indoor venue at Crowtree and with the council oblivious to the benefits that the sport brings both physically and mentally to an age group that is so often disregarded the sport locally is being forced to face up to some big challenges.
































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