The Durham County Middleton Cup squad had to dig keep to keep their hopes alive in the latest round of group games against Derbyshire at Selby. After their disappointing opening 18-4 loss to Lancashire the Durham outfit bounced back with a six shot 18-4 win. Across the green Durham had four winning rinks with Darlington RA’ s Andrew Kirtland the pick of them with a vital 34-12 win which cancelled out Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar’s 32-12 loss, David Bolt maintained his unbeaten county season with a two shot win while Stockton’s Paul Mosley ground out a 21-18 win, Hartlepool’s John Mansfield snatched a last end five for a high scoring 27-24 win while Silksworth’s Phil Smithson went down by four. There was a surprise in the other group game as Lancashire defeated Cumbria by a single shot even though Cumbria had four rinks up. In the final round of matches Durham must beat Cumbria and then hope to collect eleven points more than Lancashire on the day, those games take place on July 9.

Scores (Durham skips first) – G.Farquhar 12-32 A.Clipston, P.Smithson 14-18 P.Broughton, D.Bolt 23-21 T.Doig, J.Mansfield 27-24 M.Allsopp, A.Kirtland 34-12 D.Allsopp, P.Mosley 21-18 J.Arnett

Latest Table – Lancashire 32, Cumbria 26, Durham 22, Derbyshire 8

There was more misery for the County B team as they were beaten by 30 shots 16-6 by Northumberland in the latest Northern Counties Alsop Trophy games played at Stockton. Houghton Dairy Lane’s Alan J Dunn skipped one of the three Durham rinks to victories 20-16 however Seaham Town’s Jimmy McAdoo was putting out fires all day going down 34-5. The result leaves Durham in fourth with a trip to Wigton next to face defending champions Cumbria next Saturday.

Scores (Durham skips first) – AJ.Dunn 20-16, D.Oram 13-28 L.Birch, H.Dougherty 27-13 P.Dawson, D.Todner 10-20 G.Donkin, J.McAdoo 5-34 I.Dickinson, S.Clarke 26-20 M.Simmonette

Latest Table – Cumbria 41, Northumberland 38, Yorkshire 20, Durham 10, Lancashire 1

The men’s County competitions have moved into the second stage phase and it has been mixed week for local hopes. In the singles a trio of Silksworth players secured quarter final spots. Colin Jefferson held his nerve to defeat Vane Tempest’s Mark Robinson 21-19 and Neil Reid also saw off  Vane Tempest opposition in Paul Bailey 21-17, David Bolt’s hopes of a third singles title remain on course after an impressive 21-14 over Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle. The following night Bolt was joined by Gary Farquhar in the pairs as they won an all Silksworth affair 24-7 against Phil Dixon & Kevin Donkin at Leadgate to book a last eight place. Blackhall held the first part of the triples, there was disappointment for Marine’s Stevie Don as they were beaten 18-14 by Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram while there were mixed fortunes for two Dairy Lane squads. David Armstrong sneaked home 15-13 against Spennymoor’s Stuart Land but Jimmy McKinney was well beaten 20-7 by Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson, Silksworth’s Ian Riches also narrowly went down 15-13 to Leeholme’s Barry Attwood. In the fours at Silksworth Brian Henderson steered his Seaham Town quartet to a comfortable 31-13 over Vane Tempest’s Paul Bailey while Richie Mckie ran out a 19-7 win in the all Marine affair against Stevie Don, there was disappointment for Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McKinney as the 2013 county champions went down 18-14 to Stockton’s Paul Mosley. There is more action this week with one of the highlights being the fours clash at Silksworth between David Bolt and Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland

Singles  (at Stockton) – M.English (Dipton) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton) v G.Alderson (Vane Tempest), J.Ballentyne (Stockton) v D.Todner (Dairy Lane), G.Robson (Leadgate) v C.Higgins (Old Boys), S.Baker (Silksworth) v B.Watson (Sockton)

Fours (at Silksworth) – W.Ferry (Silksworth) v J.Maddison (Mainsforth), A.Kirtland (RA) v D.Bolt (Silksworth), G.Robson (Leadgate) v M.Johnston (Dunston), R.Tompkins (Hartlepool Park) v S.Summers (Sunderland)

Triples (at Blackhall) – C.Boston (Elm Tree) v P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Johnston (Dunston) v M.Ralphs (RA), D.Stoker (South Moor) v R.Sills (Pelton Fell), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v K.Richardson (Barnes Park)

Thursday (livescore updates at
Two Bowl Singles (at Barnes Park) – C.Higgins (Old Boys) v I.Brown (Spennymoor), P.Dixon (Silksworth) v M.Robinson (Vane Tempest), R.Robinson (Dairy Lane) v G.Peacock (Hundens), N.Ridley (Silksworth) v J.McKenna (Silksworth)

Friday (livescore updates at
Pairs (at Leadgate) – P.Mosley (Stockton) v P.Heath (Spennymoor), L.Macey (RA) v G.Alderson (Vane Tempest), N.Buckley (RA) v R.Mckie (Roker Marine), J.Thurlbeck (Dairy Lane) v J.Mckinney (Dairy Lane)

In the ladies County competitions the Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson are still on course for a third county title this season after a five star performance knocked out Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard 21-4, in the semi-finals Rodgerson will face Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison at Darlington Woodland’s on Monday morning with the final later that day. Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson is the new county singles champion, this is Pearson’s fourth singles success having previously won it in 2006/10/12.

The SWBA have completed the triples and fours competitions, in the fours the Barnes Park quartet of Linda Forrest, Maureen Burnett, Gwen Eltringham and Ann Callaghan defeated Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Christine Hopper, Janet Sykes and county skip Susan Almond 24-11. The triples title went to Ryhope as Sheila Wright, Sheila Thomson and Margaret Mitchinson defeated Whitburn’s Moira Smith, Maureen Smith and Brenda Harper 21-10. The ladies league has reached the half way mark with only five points covering the top four teams, Roker Marine ladies are the leaders albeit by a single point from Barnes Park, sadly the league suffered another loss as Ryhope had to withdraw and all the clubs they have played have had those points deducted.

Latest Standings – Roker Marine 19½, Barnes Park 18½, Roker Park 15, Whitburn 14½, Houghton Town 13, Sunderland 12½, Silksworth 12

The top two in the Earl Cup enjoyed away wins this week, leaders and still unbeaten Houghton Dairy Lane 5½-1½ at Barnes Park while Silksworth won 5-2 at Seaham Town, the other result saw Marine win 5-2 at Thompson Park. In the second division Barnes West End’s 7-0 win at Sunderland moved them to the top of the table. Whitburn’s 5½-1½ win at New Herrington coupled with second place Roker Park’s 5-2 loss at Pemberton moved Whitburn seven points clear at the top. In the Swan Cup Dairy Lane stretched their lead to 12½ points as they recorded a 7th straight win this time 6-1 at Barnes Park, atr the bottom of the table North Biddick recorded a cracking first win of the season 5½-1½ at South Hylton. The Storey Bowl champions Hetton Workmen’s moved seven points clear at the top with a 6-1 win at Hylton Colliery, Thompson Park lost their unbeaten record 5-2 at Roker Park. In the Harold Howey first division Thompson Park B made it eight wins out of eight with a 4-0 home win over Chester le Street while Barnes West End leap frogged Dairy Lane B into second with a 4-0 win over Dairy Lane B. Dawdon moved off the bottom with a cracking 4-0 win at Roker Marine A. The third division leaders Washington B moved four points clear with a 4-0 win over Marine B.        


The Durham County Middleton Cup squad head to Selby today for a make or break game in the latest round of group matches against Derbyshire. Following the 18-4 loss against Lancashire the Durham lads will need around a 20-2 win and then hope Cumbria beat Lancashire narrowly in order to extend the group to the final round of fixtures. Team manager David Bolt has made a couple of enforced changes to the team that were beaten in Manchester - S.Baker (Silksworth), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), C.Boston (Elm Tree), P.Mosley (Stockton), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), N.Ridley (Silksworth), M.Jones (Darlington RA), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), P.Smithson (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), I.Riches (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth), K.Burton (Darlington 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)

The County B team are also in action today as they take on Northumberland at Stockton in the latest round of Alsop Trophy fixtures, after the disappointing showing at Dairy Lane team manager Paul Heath has shuffled the pack as the B team look to avenge last season’s 17 shot loss at Morpeth - G.Dougherty (Park), M.Hodgson (Stockton), R.Robinson (Houghton DL), AJ.Dunn (Houghton DL), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), S.Land (Spennymoor), D.Oram (Park), A.Mole (Park), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), S.Clarke (Hundens), H.Dougherty (Park), J.Harston (Hundens), J.Ballentyne (Stockton), J.Halcrow (Whitburn), D.Todner (Houghton DL), A.Greathead (Park), S.Patterson (Hetton WM), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), B.Poulter (Usworth), J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), V.Tunstall (Hundens), A.Hill (Barnes Park)

There was disappointment in the men’s Balcombe Double fours as Durham were beaten 37-34 at a wet Houghton Dairy Lane by a new look Cumbria side, David Bolt steered his quartet to a hard fought 17-16 win over Ben Sherwin however RA’s John Fielding’s quartet were always playing catch up and despite a late charge went down 21-17 to Steve Irwin.

The Durham County Ladies Northern Trophy squad suffered a rare defeat at the hands of a resurgent Northumberland at Horden last week, despite having three winning rinks Durham went down by seven shots (8-3). Locally Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson’s rink maintained their unbeaten run with a five shot win and Sunderland’s Sue Almond got back to winning ways with a eight shot win. The defeat leaves Durham in third trailing the leaders Cumbria by 9½ points who they entertain in July at Dairy Lane.

Latest Table (after three rounds) – Cumbria 23, Northumberland 16½, Durham 14, Yorkshire 12½ 

This week will see the first half of the men’s County competition second stages getting underway with plenty of local interest in all competitions. On Monday in the singles three Silksworth hopes will be in action at Stockton, Neil Reid faces Vane Tempest’s Paul Bailey and Colin Jefferson will face another Vane Tempest entry M.Robinson, the third Silksworth hope is David Bolt who will face Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle, the RA county lead ended defending champion Andrew Kirtland’s hopes in the first round. On Tuesday Silksworth will host the first part of the fours competition, Seaham Town’s Brian Henderson faces Vane Tempest’s Paul Bailey while an all Roker Marine affair will see Bobby Graham take on Richie Mckie. Blackhall host the triples on Wednesday, Roker Marine’s Bobby Graham faces Hartlepool Park’s county B team skip Dale Oram, Silksworth’s Ian Riches faces Leeholme’s Barry Attwood while two Dairy Lanes triples David Armstrong and Jimmy McKinney face Spennymoor’s Stuart Land and Hartlepool Old Boy’s Ian Jackson respectively.

Pairs (Friday at Leadgate) – J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park) v G.Robson (Leadgate), B.Cain (HDL) or B.Henderson (Seaham Town) v M.English (Dipton), C.Higgins (Old Boys) v S.Land (Spennymoor)

Two Bowl Singles (Thursday at Barnes Park) – D.Warnaby (Leadgate) v N.Tallentine (Spennymoor), A.Bryden (Dunston) v M.Johnston (Dunston), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree) v L.Macey (Darlington RA), J.Taylor (Newton Hall) v P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

In the Ladies County Pairs competition the Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson are still on course for the third county title after a 27-8 win over Shildon’s Esther Helm, in the quarter finals on Monday the Dairy Lane duo have a tough trip to Newton Hall against Anne Bernard. In the singles Forster’s hopes were ended at Pelton Fell by Joan Brown 21-16, the semi-finals and final of the singles take place at Dairy Lane on Wednesday from 10am

The Earl Cup leaders Houghton Dairy Lane maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 5½-1½ home win over Seaham Town, defending champions Silksworth managed to close the lead at the top to 1½ points with a 6-1 home win over Thompson Park, Barnes Park moved into third place with a 6-1 win at Houghton Town. In the second division the leaders Hetton Workmen went down 6-1 at Barnes West End while there were good wins for Usworth and South Hylton. The top two in the third division didn’t play which allowed Washington Glebe and Ryhope to close the gap on the top two, bottom of the table Grindon Mill have only played one game and that was on week one. In the Swan Cup Dairy Lane made it six out of six with a 6½-½ win over South Hylton and have a 7½ point lead over Barnes West End who defeated Roker Marine 5-2. In the second division Roker Park’s 5-2 win over second placed Washington Glebe moved them level on points with the latter, leaders Hetton Workmen had a bye. The last time Thompson Park won the Harold Howey was 58 years ago in 1958 but they are on a roll this season as there B team recorded a 7th win on the bounce 3-1 at Washington A to maintain a four point lead at the top, Dairy Lane B defeated Marine A 4-0 to keep on the heels of the leaders while holders Silksworth are 10 points adrift in 6th. In the second division Washington B are the pacesetters with a three point lead over Hylton Colliery Welfare A. In the Storey Bowl Hetton Workmen and Thompson Park were both unbeaten in five and were due to meet last weekend but no result has been forth coming.

In the 3-2-1 Knock out triples Houghton Town recorded a 246-188 win at Sunderland while Seaham Town narrowly defeated Thompson Park 217-215, Ryhope defeated Dawdon 233-199 and last year’s beaten finalists Roker Marine came from behind at Washington Glebe to win 221-211.

Latest Results - Silver Jacks – A.Patterson (GM) 27 D.Murphy (HWM) 10, K.Armstron (HT) 11 B.Henderson (ST) 18, C.Fish (HWM) 11 D.Raine (TP) 18, P.Thomson (TP) 18 F.Knubley (RM) 19

Washington Glebe are celebrating their 60th anniversary this season, the club still compete in all the Sunderland & District leagues plus they dip into the Pelton Fell league while club member Laurie Williams is currently the Sunderland & District senior vice president. The highlight of their celebration happens next Saturday as they play a six rink fixture against a combined Usworth & North Biddick team, there will be refreshments and a band onsite with spectators welcome,

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Gordon Thompson (84) sadly passed away, the former Grindon Mill, Pennywell and South Hylton member was a much respected bowler, Gordon will be fondly remembered from the photograph that hung in the bowls hall at Crowtree since 1977 depicting HRH Prince Charles delivering the first bowl at the indoor arena.(pictured right)

In the Bowls England Champion of Champions Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar is the remaining local hope after a 21-20 win over Darlington South Park’s Paul Bailey, Farquhar will play either Spennymoor’s Stuart Land or Lyndhurst’s Peter Hudspith in the next round. In the Senior Pairs three Dairy Lane pairs made progress, Jimmy McKinney defeated Elm Tree’s Gordon Allison 20-5 to set up a trip to Dunston’s Alec Bryden, Keith Makepeace eased past Pelton Fell’s Alan Stannard 33-5 and Kenny Briscoe defeated Pelton’s Brian Brown 21-18. 

Bowls England have announced the introduction of three new competitions in 2017, Men's Senior Fours (eligible 55 and Over on 1st April annually), Women's Senior Fours (55 and Over on 1st April annually), Men's Junior Pairs (Under 25 years on 1st April annually). The three new competitions will be run at county level with only the winner from each county qualifying for the National Championships at Leamington Spa.


Durham County suffered blow after blow last weekend as all three teams were beaten. In the Middleton Cup opener the men’s A team made a unsuccessful trip to Manchester as they were beaten 18-4 by Lancashire, despite a slow start Durham got back to within four but couldn’t maintain the charge and eventually went down by 15 shots as Lancashire repeated last season’s win. Across the green Silksworth’s David Bolt maintained his rinks unbeaten season with a cracking 23-11 win over Chris Gale while Stockton’s Paul Mosley fought back to defeat Dan McVittie 24-15 sadly the remaining four Durham squads went down by a combined 36 shots. In the other group game Cumbria defeated Derbyshire 18-4 which means Durham must beat Derbyshire and hope Cumbria defeat Lancashire in the next round of games for Durham to have a crack at Cumbria in the final group games.

Scores (Durham skips first)  D.Bolt 23-11 C.Gale, PMosley 24-14 D.McVittie, J.Fielding 13-28 S.Rimmer, G.Skipp 16-26 I.Mayne, A.Kirtland 16-23 B.Kitson, J.Mansfield 15-19 R.Wood

The second Durham blow came in the Ladies Johns Trophy as Durham made the short trip Copmanthorpe to face Lincolnshire in the group opener, last season Durham lost 18-4 and things got no better this time as Lincolnshire ran out 20-2 winners which in the three team group virtually ends Durham’s hopes of progressing. The only bright spot saw Houghton Dairy Lanes Joan Rodgerson’s quartet who ran out 26-15 winners however with the other five Durham squads suffering defeats Durham were beaten by 37 shots overall.  It will take an extra ordinary couple of results for Durham to progress and its likely only pride will be at stake in their final game against Yorkshire.

Scores (Durham skips only) S.Almond (Sunderland) 17-20, J.Rodgerson (Dairy Lane) 26-15, N.Stephenson (Hetton Workmen) 12-19, A.Anderson (Darlington Woodlands) 9-37, T.Pearson (Newton Hall) 16-17, G.Jones (Consett Park) 14-23

The third Durham defeat came in the Northern Counties Alsop Trophy as the men’s B team were beaten 18-4 at Dairy Lane by Yorkshire. Locally the host club’s Dan Todner made a winning county skipping debut with a hard fought 16-14 win, Sunderland’s Jack Devison made his debut at second in Todners rink with Whitburn’s Josh Halcrow at three. The only other successful Durham rink was skipped by Hartlepool’s Dale Oram who continued his impressive run of results for the B team with a 24-16 win. The B team face Northumberland next weekend at Stockton where Durham haven’t lost for three years.

Scores (Durham skips first) AJ.Dunn 12-27 P.Reeves, D.Oram 24-16 M.Pulvers, H.Dougherty 13-17 D.Phillips, D.Todner 16-14 T.Richardson, J.McAdoo 17-22 P.Jackson, A.Hill 12-24 J.Phillips

There should be some cracking action at Dairy Lane tomorrow as Durham face Cumbria in the first round of the Balcombe Trophy double fours, the action starts at noon and the following squad will take to the green.
P.Dixon (Silksworth), C.Boston (Elm Tree), P.Mosley (Stockton), D.Bolt (Silksworth)
M.Peach (Houghton DL), M.Jones (Darlington RA), A.Kirtland (Darlington RA), J.Fielding (Darlington RA)
Res: G.Farquhar (Silksworth), G.Skipp (Elm Tree), J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park)

The Singles and Pairs took centre stage as Barnes Park played hosts to the District 2 green finals, in the singles there were five places up for grabs and it was a clean sweep for Silksworth players as they took all five places. Gary Farquhar’s great run of form continued with an impressive 21-6 win over Marine’s Stevie Don while former National Singles title winner David Bolt was in majestic form as he defeated Marine’s Richie Mckie 21-10, the remaining three finals were all Silksworth affairs. Neil Reid defeated Kevin Donkin 21-15 while Colin Jefferson defeated Jaxon McKenna 21-9, the remaining place went to the ever improving Scot Baker who defeated Phil Dixon 21-7. In the three pairs finals Silksworth were again at the forefront, Gary Farquhar & David Bolt eased past club mates Gary McPheators & Michael Laydon 23-8 while Phil Dixon & Kevin Donkin inflicted a 29-8 defeat on Marine’s Jimmy Richardson & Alan Middleton, in the second stage those two pairs will face each other at Leadgate. Silksworth’s hopes of a clean sweep were dashed as Marine’s John Smith & Richie Mckie defeated last year’s county runners up Lee Maughan & Billy Ferry 25-13. The remaining green finals in the Two Bowl singles are as follows – M.Laydon (Si) v J.McKenna, P.Dixon (Si) v JS.Richardson (Si), B.Sanderson (BWE) v NRidley (Si)

After last week’s break the Earl Cup returned on Monday, holders Silksworth eased to a 7-0 win at Roker Marine to move into second place behind new leaders unbeaten Houghton Dairy Lane who won 6-1 at Thompson Park, the other game saw Houghton Town run out 5½-1½ winners at bottom of the table Seaham Town. In the second division Hetton Workmen’s 6-1 win over South Hylton moved them to the top while Hylton Colliery Welfare had a nice little 5-2 win over Barnes West End, the remaing game saw Sunderland defeat winless North Biddick 5½-1½. In the third division Whitburn’s 7-0 home win over Ryhope has shot them 10 points clear at the top from Roker Park. In the Swan Cup holders Dairy Lane made it five wins on the spin with a 6½-½ win at Silksworth, the leaders are being chased by a resurgent Barnes Park who moved into second place with a 7-0 home win over Seaham Town, Thompson Park are still looking for their first Swan win of the season after a 5-2 loss at South Hylton. In the second division Hetton Workmen’s moved to the top after inflicting a first defeat of the season on Washington 5-2, Usworth’s 5-2 win over Roker Park moves them into third place.  In the Howey first division the two Thompson Park teams are dominating both top and bottom, the B team are the early leaders after five straight wins while the A team are propping up the table. The two Dairy Lane squads faced each other this week with the B team running out 4-0 winners to move into second place, Chester le Street’s 3-1 win at Ryhope cements them in third place. In the second division Hylton Colliery Welfare A sit top after a 4-0 home win over Roker Marine B, sadly the second division lost a second team as Grindon Mill have resigned. The Storey Bowl has new leaders as Thompson Park maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 5-2 win over Seaham Town. (North Biddick Swan squad 2016 pictured left)
In the Silver Jacks North Biddick’s Jack Harrison and Billy Piggott had a cracking last end win at Barnes West End against Bobby & Brian Sanderson.

Burkett Shield First Round Result – TW.Todd (Si) 15 AJ.Dunn (HDL) 26

In the 3-2-1 Knock Out triples Ryhope defeated Dawdon 233-199 and will entertain either Usworth or Wearmouth in the quarter finals.

It has been a disappointing week for our local hopes in various Bowls England competitions. In the Top Club Dairy Lane were beaten 4-1 at home by a very strong Darlington RA squad. In the Double Fours both the Silksworth squads were beaten, the A team went down by 17 at Elm Tree while the B team narrowly went out by a single shot at Leadgate, Houghton Dairy Lane’s hopes were dashed at Gosforth by 27 shots. In the Senior Singles Jimmy McKinney (HDL) went down 21-8 at Dunston against Alan Jobling while Silksworth’s Billy Ferry lost 21-14 at Elm Tree, Houghton’s Jeff Wilson made it a treble with a narrowly 21-19 loss at Lyndhurst. On a positive note in the Senior Pairs Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe moved into the next round with a 21-18 win at Pelton Fell. Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar moved into the next round of the champion of champions with an impressive 21-13 win against Leadgate’s Gary Robson. The only local hope left in the Mixed Fours is Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McKinney, after a 22-12 win at Hunden’s, the Houghton squad head to either Pelton Fell or Newton Hall next.



This week saw Barnes Park hold the District 2 county green finals in the triples and fours competitions. Four places in the second stage were on offer in the triples, Silksworth’s Ian Riches eased to a 28-6 win over Roker Marine’s Eddie Cook while Marine’s Stevie Don defeated Barnes Park’s Albie Hill 25-15. The remaining two ties were much closer, Barnes Park’s Kevin Richardson defeated Silksworth’s Kevin Dyson 15-14 and David Bolt won an all Silksworth affair 19-18 against Billy Ferry. In the fours there were five places up for grabs, Billy Ferry won a tight all Silksworth affair 20-18 against Colin Jefferson and Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie sneaked past Silksworth’s Michael Laydon 24-14, the 2014 National Champions Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt defeated Sunderland’s Dennis New 23-13, the remaining two ties weren’t played as Roker Marine’s Bobby Graham received a walk over when South Hylton’s Malcom Winter ‘s quartet failed to make an appearance and Sunderland’s S.Summers had already been given the tie against Whitburn’s Derek Wilson, across all six District’s there has been a total of 36 walk overs with District Two accounting for 16 of them.

The pairs and singles competitions take the stage this week at Barnes Park.

(Tuesday) Pairs - W.Ferry (Si) v R.Mckie (RM), D.Bolt (Si) v M.Laydon (Si), J.Richardson (RM) or S.Baker (Si) v P.Dixon (Si)
(Thursday) Singles – R.Mckie (RM) v D.Bolt (Si) or M.Higgins (Si), K.Donkin (Si) v N.Reid (Si), S.Don (RM) v G.Farquhar (Si), C.Jefferson (Si) v J.Mckenna (Si), P.Dixon (Si) v S.Baker (Si)
(Friday) Two Bowl Singles -  M.Laydon (Si) v J.McKenna (Si), P.Dixon (Si) v JS.Richardson (RM), B.Sanderson (BWE) v N.Ridley (Si)

District 3 Results
Singles – M.Peach (HDL) 21-9 A.Maidment (HCW), D.Todner (HDL) 21-11 R.Robinson (HDL)
Final on Tuesday at Seaham Town (6.30pm)
Triples Green Finals – B.Henderson (ST) v J.McKinney (HDL), D.Wright (ST) v D.Armstrong (HDL)
Ties to be played on Thursday at Washington Glebe (6.30pm)

The Durham County A team were left to rue the previous week’s defeat against Northumberland after notching up back to back wins in the Muras Trophy double header last weekend at Redcar. In the morning fixture against Yorkshire the Durham squad ran out 103-101 winners collecting 18 points in the process, across the green Durham had four winning rinks with team manager David Bolt steering his rink to a 26-12 win, there were also wins for Silksworth’s Phil Smithson (17-14), Hartlepool’s John Mansfield (15-14) and Darlington’s Barry Hopkins (24-12) while Elm Tree’s Glenn Skipp went down 24-16 and Stockton’s Paul Mosley lost 25-5 but did clinch the overall score with his final bowl. In the afternoon fixture against Lancashire it was another good team performance that produced a 18 shot win with Durham collecting 19 points. As with the Yorkshire game David Bolt led the way with a 25-13 win, there were wins for Phil Smithson (17-12), John Mansfield (17-14) and Billy Ferry (21-11) while Paul Mosley played out a draw, the only defeat landed on Darlington youngster Noah Cummings doorstep 22-10. With Northumberland also winning both their games they retained the Muras Trophy by 15 points.

Final Standings – Northumberland 57, Durham 42, Yorkshire 23, Lancashire 10

The A team are in action today as they open up this year’s Middleton Cup campaign with the long trip to Manchester to face Lancashire, in the reverse fixture last season Lancashire ran out winners by 12 shots. Team manager David Bolt has made a few changes to the team based on performances in this season’s Muras campaign and has selected the following team.

S.Baker (Silksworth), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), C.Boston (Elm Tree), P.Mosley (Stockton)
V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), N.Ridley (Silksworth), M.Jones (Darlington RA), J.Fielding (Darlington RA)
M.Peach (Houghton DL), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), G.Skipp (Elm Tree)
P.Dixon (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth)
M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), B.Hopkins (Darlington RA), P.Smithson (Silksworth), A.Kirtland (Darlington RA)
M.Ray (Owton Lodge), K.Burton (Darlington RA), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park)

Reserves - J.Ballantyne(Stockton) N.Buckley (Darlington R.A) S.Cairns (Silksworth) N.Cummings (Darlington R.A) D.Fenwick(Elm Tree) M.Laydon (Silksworth) G.McPheators (Silksworth)

The County B team are also in action today as they begin there Northern Counties Alsop Cup campaign at Houghton Dairy Lane against Yorkshire, in the corresponding fixture Yorkshire ran out winners by 26 shots but Durham will have taken heart finishing with back to back wins, team manager Spennymoor’s Paul Heath has named the following team which is packed with local talent.

G.Dougherty (Park), M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Parnell (Stockton), AJ.Dunn (Houghton Dairy Lane)
J.Sutherland (Houghton Dairy Lane), S.Tindale (Houghton Dairy Lane), S.Land (Spennymoor), D.Oram (Park)
A.Mole (Park), C.Howie (Park), R.Robinson (Houghton Dairy Lane), H.Dougherty (Park)
J.Devison (Sunderland), J.Harston (Hundens), J.Halcrow (Whitburn), D.Todner (Houghton Dairy Lane)
A.Greathead (Park), S.Patterson (Hetton WM), J.McAdoo (Houghton Dairy Lane), A.Taylor (Park)
A.Middleton (Roker Marine), J.McKenna (SIlksworth), J.Wilson (Houghton Dairy Lane), A.Hill (Barnes Park)

Reserves - N.Willey(Stockton) V.Tunstall(Hundens) S.Clarke (Hundens) J.Godfrey (Houghton D.L)  D.Edney (Lyndhurst) P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst)

The Ladies County A team suffered a setback in their second Northern Trophy matches, after a cracking 8-3 win at holders Cumbria it was a case of after the lord mayors show as Durham were beaten 8-3 by Yorkshire at Darlington Woodlands. Durham had three rinks up, locally Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson won 18-14 but Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost by 12 and Sunderland’s Sue Almond lost by 5, despite the loss Durham are only a couple of points behind the leaders and entertain Northumberland next on Friday at Horden.

Latest Standings – Cumbria 13, Yorkshire 11½, Durham 11, Northumberland 8½  

Following there County Four’s title success Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Foster and Joan Rodgerson have notched a second county title, the Dairy Lane stars continue to add to their impressive CV’s by taking the triples title with a cracking 23-15 win over Elm Tree’s A.Simpson at Consett Park. In the semi-finals Rodgerson needed an extra end to defeat the host club’s Gill Jones 21-19.
Despite the cold weather the Sunderland & District leagues continue at a pace, with the Earl Cup having a week off the Swan Cup took centre stage. In the first division holders Houghton Dairy Lane made it four wins on the trot with a 6-1 home win over Roker Marine while Barnes West End’s 6½-½ win at North Biddick keeps them in second place, Silksworth enjoyed a 40 shot win at Thompson Park and Barnes Park inflicted a 6-1 home defeat onto bottom of the table Houghton Town. In the second division leaders Hetton Workmen’s were beaten 5½-1½ at home to Usworth while Roker Park defeated Pemberton 7-0. In the Howey first division there were good away wins for North Biddick A and Seaham Town A against Hylton CW B and Ryhope B respectively. In the second division after beating the leaders Pennywell notched another win this time 3-1 at home to Hetton Park. The Storey Bowl leaders Hetton Workmen remain unbeaten after a 6-1 win over Seaham Town as do Thompson Park after a hard fought 5-2 win at Houghton Town.

Silver Jacks Results – K.Armstrong (HT) 11-18 B.Henderson (ST), C.Fish (HM) 11-18 D.Raine (TP)

The 3-2-1 Triples holders Barnes West End progressed into the next round with a 224-208 win at North Biddick, in the next round they entertain Roker Park.































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