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25th March 2017 - BOLT CHAMPION OF CHAMPION TITLE

The first of the seasons County Champion of Champions finals went under the radar this week as the singles final was played at Darlington, originally planned for today the final was brought forward due to other commitments. The final saw South Shield’s David Bolt cruise to a 21-4 win over Shildon’s Billy Maddison, surprisingly it’s a first indoor County Champion of Champions Singles success for Bolt while it is the third success for the Shield’s club. The remaining County Champion of Champions finals take place tomorrow at Hartlepool, the Pairs final will see Brett Arkley & John Thurlbeck (Stanley) take on Aycliffe’s Dave Quickmire & Barry Attwood at 10am, then there is a double header at 2pm as the Triples final between Billy Maddison (Shildon) v David Quickmire (Aycliffe) and the Fours final Brett Arkley (Stanley) v Brian Poulter (Gateshead) take place.

This seasons National Championships get underway at Melton Mowbray today, a full week of action will see twelve National titles decided. Today the Fours opens proceedings, local hopes lay with the South Shield’s quartet of Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt as they face Westlecot’s Neil Smith in the last sixteen; the tie of the round is the Andy Thomson (Cyphers) against Stephen Farish (Cumbria) clash. The Ladies Fours is also on today with the Durham quartet of Sandra Hind, Faye Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard taking on Lincoln’s Penny Strong in their last sixteen tie. On Monday the Hartlepool trio of Carl Higgins, Marc Squirrell and Paul Hartley face Bedford Borough’s Wayne Bailey in the Triples and then on Wednesday Higgins & Hartley face Adur’s David Hubbard in the last sixteen of the Pairs competition. The blue ribband event the Singles gets underway on Friday with Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp facing Bedford Borough’s Russell Thompson. There is no local interest in the Ladies Pairs or Triples however Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley faces Lincoln’s Penny Strong in the Singles. Four team event’s conclude the week off, in the Under 25 Double fours Devon face Lincolnshire, the Ladies Vivienne Trophy final will see Lincoln face Palmerston, the Over 60’s Inter County final will feature Kent & Norfolk and the same two counties meet in the final of the Ladies Atherley Trophy final.

England men retained the Home International series for a third successive year in Belfast last weekend, as is the norm of recent years the series was decided by the auld enemy clash against Scotland when England ran out 118-112 winners to compete a hat trick of wins and seal a 37th Hilton Trophy success. South Shield’s David Bolt played third to Jamie Chestney and the rink was unbeaten in their three matches, overall England only had three losing rinks out of the eighteen played.

The final round of Inter County fixtures take place next weekend, the curtain on 35 years of competing in the league finally falls on Sunderland as they face South Shield’s, the following side has been selected for the final fixture.
At Houghton - R.Usher, W.Roberts, R.Jobling, F.Froud, E.Downes, P.Thomson, M.Davis, P.Thomson
At South Shields - G.Brown, M.Carr, TW.Todd, S.Angus, A.Grimes, P.Brickle, J.Jones, P.Dixon
Houghton end there campaign against Durham but as yet the team hasn’t been selected.

Houghton’s Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and Foster Johnson ran out 21-15 winners over Durham in Week 10 of the Seniors Premier League played at Gateshead, the win was Houghton’s fourth out of ten, the final round of fixtures takes place at Ferryhill in April with leaders Gateshead A needing a point against Ferryhill A to take the title, Houghton’s final fixture is against Gateshead B.

Latest Table – Gateshead A 8-14, Stanley A 7-10, Darlington B 8-10, Houghton 8-8, Durham 8-8, Ferryhill A 7-8, Darlington A 7-6, Gateshead B 7-6,Ferryhill B 8-4, Stanley B 8-2

The Senior’s end of season play-offs are taking place, yesterday Houghton A made the trip to The Parks for their Quarter final tie with the winners facing Hartlepool A in the semi-finals after they defeated South Shields. The other semi will see Durham B who defeated Shildon 3-2 face either Darlington A or B, the semi-finals and final are set for Tuesday & Wednesday at Darlington (1230)

The Durham County Seniors maintained their unbeaten record to secure the Midlands League title with a 151-101 win over Nottingham at York, the 18-4 points return saw Durham leap frog Yorkshire at the top of the table to take the title by five points.

Final Table – Durham 94, Yorkshire 89, Nottinghamshire 59, Warwickshire 44, Lincolnshire 32, Leicestershire 10   

The latter stages of the Houghton club competition dates have been confirmed.
Singles Tuesday April 6 (6.30pm)– P.Thomson (jnr) v S.Tindale, B.Henderson (snr) v S.Patterson, Pat Thomson v J.Sutherland, E.McKeown v P.Thomson (snr)
Pairs Monday April 10 (6.30pm) – TW.Todd v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v T.Burt
Triples Friday April 7 (6.30pm) – S.Patterson v D.Todner, W.Piggott v  AJ.Dunn 
Fours Friday April 7 (6.30pm) – D.Sim v S.Kempster,  R.Johnson v B.Henderson

Over 60’s 
Singles
 Wednesday April 5 (10.30am) –P.Thomson v R.Jobling, F.Froud v M.Wright
Pairs Sunday April 9 (10.00am) – F,Froud v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v P.Brickle
Triples Monday April 10 (10.30am) - W.Piggott v TW.Todd, F.Froud v AJ.Dunn 
Fours Saturday April 8 (10.30am) –W.Piggott v R.Johnson, F.Froud v TW.Todd

Ladies 
Singles
 TBC - N.Stephenson v E.Faith 
Pairs Friday March 24 (2.30pm)– S.Moody v N.Stephenson, E.Faith v M.Eggleston
Triples Final Friday March 31 (2.30pm) – E.Faith v N.Stephenson
Mixed Pairs Thursday April 6 (2.30pm) – E.Faith v B.Robson, F.Phythian v J.Watt

As the outdoor season is now less than a month away the Bowls Durham County competition draws have taken place, the old six districts have now been reorganised into four areas, locally Houghton Dairy Lane, Hylton Colliery and Washington Glebe have moved into Area 2 alongside the majority of the Sunderland based clubs. Seaham, Dawdon and Hetton Workmen’s have moved into Area 4 which will see a bit of travelling as they are in with Hartlepool & Stockton clubs, the other change will see all the ties played on a set night with the County finals played at Silksworth on Sunday 30th July.

18th March 2017 - HOUGHTON GO FOR PLAY OFF GLORY

Houghton have never won the Seniors Inter Club play-off’s but having finished runners up in there group the Houghton A team are potentially three games away from lifting the title for the first time. In the quarter finals Houghton will have to be at their best as they head to last year’s runners up and three times previous winners The Parks A, the following team has been selected for the game on Friday at 2pm.
J.Doyle, F.Fletcher, F.Johnson, P.Harding, J.Swinney, J.Godfrey, D.Wright, I.Whorlton, P.Collins, B.Race, T.Joicey, D.Sim
The rest of the draw is as follows – Shildon v Durham B, Darlington B v Darlington A, South Shields v Hartlepool A

In the Area final of the National Pairs Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins & Paul Hartley secured a place at Melton Mowbray with a hard fought 20-16 win over Stanley’s Brett Arkley & John Thurlbeck, in the last sixteen the Hartlepool duo will face Adur’s David Hubbard. In the Triples Area final Higgins & Hartley were joined by Marc Squirrell as they comfortably defeated Durham’s Jimmy Taylor 23-9, at Melton the Hartlepool trio will face Bedford Borough’s Alex Walton. In the Over 60’s Pairs Area final Stanley’s Brian Harris & Dave Webb cruised to a 29-7 win over Redcar’s Alan Jones, at Nottingham Webb will face Banister Park’s Brian Barber. The Area final of the Over 50’s Triples saw South Shield’s Dave Paterson, Ian Riches and Alan Lawton defeat Hartlepool’s Dale Oram to secure a place at Nottingham however in the Two Bowl area final there was disappointment for Lawton as he was beaten 21-20 by Hartlepool’s Matty Ray. Darlington have secured a place in the Denny Plate final after a thumping 78-29 semi-final win over Dorchester, in the final Darlington will be looking for a 4th Plate success against Wellingborough. The National Championship final stages are split between two venues with Melton Mowbray hosting the main four events commencing next weekend until April 1, one of the first events will be the fours and next Saturday the Shield’s quartet of Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt open up their pursuit of national glory with a last sixteen tie against Westlecott’s Neil Smith. All the Senior Championship final stages are then held at Nottingham from April 7 to April 15.

With the sport trying to reinvent itself and the focus of many of the top end players on cash induced competitions the EIBA have tried to compete with them by increasing the prize money for the national champions starting from next season for both the men’s & ladies, the four main events the singles, pairs, triples, fours first prize has been bumped up to £1,000 with the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours joining them. The Denny Cup & Yetton Trophy raises to £1,4000 and the Top Club maxs out at £2,000.

The remaining County Champion of Champions finals are due to be held next weekend at Hartlepool, the singles final between  South Shield’s David Bolt (Shields) and Shildon’s Billy Maddison (Shildon) might be rearranged due to Bolt being at Melton Mowbray in the National Fours, the Pairs final will see Brett Arkley & John Thurlbeck (Stanley) take on Aycliffe’s Dave Quickmire & Barry Attwood at 10am, the following days action starts at 2pm with the Triples final between Billy Maddison (Shildon) v David Quickmire (Aycliffe) and the Fours final Brett Arkley (Stanley) v Brian Poulter (Gateshead).

As the season enters the final month and the leagues at Houghton start to reach a climax the various club competitions will recommence early April, the dates have now been confirmed for the semi-finals.
Singles Tuesday April 6 (6.30pm)– P.Thomson (jnr) v S.Tindale, B.Henderson (snr) v S.Patterson, Pat Thomson v J.Sutherland, E.McKeown v P.Thomson (snr)
Pairs Monday April 10 (6.30pm) – TW.Todd v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v T.Burt
Triples Friday April 7 (6.30pm) – S.Patterson v D.Todner, W.Piggott v  AJ.Dunn 
Fours Friday April 7 (6.30pm) – D.Sim v S.Kempster,  R.Johnson v B.Henderson

Over 60’s 
Singles
 Wednesday April 5 (10.30am) –P.Thomson v R.Jobling, F.Froud v M.Wright
Pairs Sunday April 9 (10.00am) – F,Froud v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v P.Brickle
Triples Monday April 10 (10.30am) - W.Piggott v TW.Todd, F.Froud v AJ.Dunn 
Fours Saturday April 8 (10.30am) –W.Piggott v R.Johnson, F.Froud v TW.Todd

Ladies 
Singles
 TBC - N.Stephenson v E.Faith 
Pairs Friday March 24 (2.30pm)– S.Moody v N.Stephenson, E.Faith v M.Eggleston
Triples Final Friday March 31 (2.30pm) – E.Faith v N.Stephenson
Mixed Pairs Thursday April 6 (2.30pm) – E.Faith v B.Robson, F.Phythian v J.Watt

The Houghton Indoor and Houghton Town outdoor clubs have both benefited from the fund raising skills of George Duffield after he raised £12,000 to buy 12 Para Handy Bowling Wheelchairs the first six were handed over to the indoor club this week, over the years George has raised more than £160,000 for various good causes

This year’s British Isles Championships are currently taking place in Belfast, out of the 11 individual finals England reached eight however had to settle for three titles, Sam Tolchard & Louis Ridout took the pairs while both Under 25 titles were secured by Edward Elmore and Katy Smith, Scotland secured the Gedling Trophy by collecting four titles. The men’s Home International Series is the main course at the Championships and the opening round of fixtures saw England defeat Wales 128-93 and Scotland beat the host’s Ireland 110-77, in the England win South Shield’s David Bolt played third bowl to Jamie Chestney in a 19-14 win over former England player now skipping for Wales Robert Chisholm. Earlier in the week the Ladies Series was won by Scotland with England finishing runners up, the decisive result saw Scotland comfortably defeat England by 45 shots, there was a bit of consolation for England & Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley as she was named player of the series.       

With the outdoor season just around the corner clubs on the council owned greens are still waiting for the new licences to arrive plus Pemberton’s members are still un-sure of where they will be playing this season although a visit to the green indicates work has been carried out (pictured right) , as these changes were introduced as costing cutting measures by the council the communication from the council to the affected clubs has been lamentable.

11th March 2017 - HENDERSON SECURES INTER COUNTY WIN

Houghton returned to Inter Club action last weekend as they faced bottom of the table Gateshead A, after their heavy loss to leaders Hartlepool the Houghton lads were looking to bounce back and despite only having one winning rink Houghton ran out winners by 5 shots overall. At Gateshead both Houghton squads put in spirited performances, Trevor Joicey, Jack Scullion, Stevie Tindale and Alan J Dunn were left to rue a dropped five in the middle of the game as they went down 17-13 to Tom Pope. Jimmy McAdoo’s quartet of Michael Wright, David Wright and David Armstrong were also left to rue a second last end dropped four to finish 18-14 down, those scores left the away squad eight shots in arrears. At Houghton Keith Waterson, Freddie Fletcher, Peter Harding and Ian Whorlton were a touch unlucky to go down 17-16 to Bill Watson however the overall match was decided by a five star performance by Mal Baker, Peter Hicks, Bryan Henderson and Brian Henderson (snr), 14-1 up at the half way stage against Bob Charlton the Henderson quartet eased to a match winning 22-8 win which left the home squad 13 shots up and in the process sealed a 65-60 win overall although the match points were shared 5-5. Other results confirmed Hartlepool as champions after a 6-4 win over The Parks, Durham defeated South Shields 10-0 while Sunderland had their bye, in the final round of matches on April 2 Houghton face Durham while Sunderland will make their league bow out against South Shields.

Latest Standings – Hartlepool 5-43½, Durham 5-31, Sunderland 5-23½, Parks 5-23, Houghton 5-22½, Gateshead A 5-18½, South Shields 4-8

Houghton ladies ended their Inter Club season on a low note as they were comprehensively beaten by Great Aycliffe 126-76 with only one Houghton squad retuning a winning card. At Aycliffe the three away rinks made a decent fist of it, Doreen Fenwick, M.Glover, Gwen Eltingham and Joan Baker returned the only winning card 17-14 over E.Hugill while Jenny Smith’s rink of Jenny Hume, Evelyn Barkes and Margaret Metcalfe were unlucky to go down 16-12 to Susan Young. The remaining squad of Maureen Hall, Margaret Eggleston, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson were always playing catch up and the game just slipped away over the final 6 ends as they were beaten 19-9 by Esther Helm, those scores left the away squad 11 shots adrift however the wheels came off at home in spectacular fashion. Ellen Faith’s rink of Betty Prudhoe, Eleanor Barren and Brenda Robson missed out in a high scoring 22-20 loss to Ann Ritchie however the other two squads had afternoons to forget. A.Latimer, Hala Collingwood, Ann Banks and Florence Phythian were beaten 29-10 by J.Rogers and Susan Forster’s quartet of Joan Watt, Ruth Turnbull and Betty Johnson were beaten 26-8 by Julie Robinson which left the home squad 39 shots down and sealed a 50 shot defeat overall.

Houghton hosted another two County Champions of Champions Ladies finals and it proved another fruitful day for Durham’s Ann Bernard, after already securing the triples and fours titles Bernard completed a full house by adding the singles and pairs titles. In the singles final Bernard was pushed all the way by South Shields. M,Robson with Bernard recovering from 19-16 down to take the title 21-19. The pairs final was a more straight forward affair, with Sandra Hinds at lead the Durham pair cruised to a 25-6 win over J.Hewitson.

The Men’s Senior Champion of Champions finals were completed at Darlington this week with Stanley collecting three titles and South Shield’s one. In the Singles final Stanley’s Alan Stewart defeated Aycliffe’s Brian Hutchinson while Stanley’s Jimmy McKinney & David Webb defeated Shildon’s Ken Wlaker & Bill Maddison 17-12. A Stanley treble was completed in the triples as Tom Duffy, D.Haggarth and David Webb defeated Aycliffe’s Fred Edwards 17-9. The four title went to the Shield’s quartet of Ebby Dent, Fred Knubley, Bobby Graham and Billy Ferry who defeated Aycliffe’s Stuart Land 23-10. The main four finalists are all known and will converge onto Hartlepool on Sunday March 26, the ties are as follows.
Singles – D.Bolt (Shields) v B.Maddison (Shildon) 10am start
Pairs – B.Arkley (Stanley) v D.Quickmire (Aycliffe) 10am start
Triples – W.Maddison (Shildon) v D.Quickmire (Aycliffe) 2pm start
Fours – B.Arkley (Stanley) v B.Poulter (Gateshead) 2pm start

The Area final of this seasons National Singles took place at Ferryhill last weekend and there was sweet revenge for Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp after a 21-18 win over Durham’s Gary Smith, the two met in the actual national final in 2008 whereby Smith was the victor. In the Four’s area final the Shield’s quartet of Mal Peach, Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt secured a place at the National Championships after beating Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley 22-16, in the last sixteen Bolt will face Westlecott’s Neil Smith meanwhile in the singles last sixteen Skipp will face Bedford’s Russell Thompson. In the Over 60’s Singles area final South Shield’s Alan Lawton defeated Shildon’s Billy Maddison 21-17 and will now face Exonia’s Kevin Phillips in the last sixteen in April at Melton Mowbray. Gateshead’s Brian Orrell secured a place in the latter stages of the Over 60’s Fours after a 20-17 area final win over Aycliffe’s Fred Edwards.

This year’s Liberty Trophy final will be between Cumbria and Devon, in the semi-finals Cumbria needed an extra end to get past Leicestershire 93-92 while Devon defeated Northants 110-95. The ladies equivalent event the Atherley Trophy will see Norfolk take on Kent in the final. In the Egham Trophy Shield’s conqueors Lincoln moved into the final with a 15 shot win over Victory where they will face Torquay Utd. 

The Disability Bowls England have selected the squad to represent England in the Home Nations Championships at Newport on March 21-23, there was good news for Sunderland’s Stevie Angus as he has been included in the B7 category.

The men’s and ladies British Isles Championships and Home International Series got underway yesterday in Belfast, locally South Shield’s David Bolt will feature in the men’s series at third bowl to Exonia’s Jamie Chestney, England will be looking for a third consecutive series win while in the ladies event England ladies will be looking to regain the series after Scotland ended a seven series win last year in Llanelli.

There was some sad news for the outdoor game with the news that Spennymoor’s Billy Condron passed away, as many of the regions competitive bowlers will acknowledge Billy was one of the best players in the county and was a vital part in the County’s only Middleton Cup success in 2000 but also part of many Liberty Trophy successes.  

 4th March 2017 - HOUGHTON SENIORS PLAY OFF BOUND

With a play-off place already in the bag the Houghton A seniors ended the group stages with an impressive 5-0 home win over Gateshead A. Joe Sutherland, John Godfrey, Jimmy Swinney and Ian Whorlton had to work hard for a 14-9 win over Bill Bolam while John Doyle, Freddie Fletcher, Foster Johnson and Peter Harding turned around a 7-3 deficit to beat Alan Birrell 14-8. The remaining rink of Pat Collins, Brian Race, Trevor Joicey and David Wright ran out 15-8 winners over Albert Patterson which sealed a 43-25 win overall. By finishing runners up in the group Houghton will have to travel in the play-off quarter finals as they will face the winners of group four Durham B or The Parks A. In Group 4 Houghton B ended their campaign with a 8th consecutive defeat against Gateshead B meanwhile in Group 2 Sunderland avoided bottom spot thanks to Ferryhill’s failure to beat Hartlepool A.
Latest Standings
Group 1 – Shildon 7-29½, Spennymoor 8-20, Darlington A 7-18½, Great Aycliffe 7-16, Durham A 7-6
Group 2 (Final Places) Darlington B 33, Hartlepool A 30½, Stanley A 15½, Sunderland 12, Ferryhill 9
Group 3 (Final Places) South Shields 33, Houghton A 29, Gateshead A 15, Stanley B 13½, Parks B 9½      
Group 4 – Durham B 7-29, Parks A 7-27, Hartlepool B 8-20, Gateshead B 8-16½, Houghton B 8-2½

End of Season Play-Off’s Quarter Final Draw
Shildon v Area 4 Runner Up, Darlington B v Area 1 Runner Up, South Shields v Hartlepool A, Area 4 Winner v Houghton A, Ties to be played by March 29, the semi-finals will both be played at Darlington on March 30 with the final at the same venue on the following day.

Houghton return to Inter County action tomorrow as they face Gateshead A, after the defeat to leaders Hartlepool the Houghton lads will be looking to bounce back to winning ways.
At Houghton – M.Baker, P.Hicks, B.Henderson, B.Henderson (snr), K.Waterson, F.Fletcher, P.Harding, I.Whorlton
At Gateshead – T.Joicey, J.Scullion, S.Tindale, AJ.Dunn, M.Wright, D.Wright, D.Armstrong, J.McAdoo

Bottom of the table South Shields also return to action as they face a Durham side that need to win to keep their slim hopes alive of lifting the title for the first time.
At Shields – I.Scott, D.McCauley, R.Cragg, A.Lawton, K.Taylor, T.Young, A.Harrison, C.Elliott
At Durham – K.Thompson, T.Halcrow, N.Ridley, I.Riches, C.McCord, J.Drummond, S.Hubbard, J.McKenna

Sunderland have their bye this month.

Latest Standings – Hartlepool 4-37½, Sunderland 5-23½, Durham 4-21, Parks 4-19, Houghton 4-17½, Gateshead A 4-13½, South Shields 3-8
Division 2 - Darlington 5-44, Gateshead B 5-34, Stanley 5-26½, Aycliffe 4-26, Dunelm 4-20½, Spennymoor 5-16½, Ferryhill 5-11½, Shildon 5-11

Houghton ladies conclude their Inter Club campaign on Wednesday as Great Aycliffe provide the opposition,  after the clean sweep against Gateshead in their previous game Houghton will be full of confidence as they attempt end the season on a winning note.

At Houghton – J.Watt, R.Turnbull, B.Johnson, S.Forster, B.Prudhoe, E.Barren, B.Robson, E.Faith, A.Latimer, H.Collingwood, A.Banks, F.Phythian
At Hartlepool – M.Hall, M.Eggleston, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, J.Hume, E.Barkes, M.Metcalf, JB.Smith,  D.Fenwick, M.Glover, G.Eltringham, J.Baker

Last weekend Houghton hosted a couple Ladies County Champion of Champions finals, in the Fours final Durham’s Ann Bernard narrowly defeated Hartlepool’s Janet Ridpath 12-9, following that success Bernard then went onto to complete a double as a 21-10 win over Aycliffe’s J.Rogers secured the triples title.

South Shields have had a cracking season so far and hopes were high of a National title last weekend as the latter stages of the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours were held at Loddon Vale, sadly it proved to be a disappointing weekend for the Shields squads. In the Mixed Pairs Jackie Tallack-Stewart and David Bolt were always playing catch up in their last sixteen opener and finally succumbed 20-9 to Riverain’s Tony Webb, the title eventually went to Swale’s Sandy Hazell & Perry Martin. In the Mixed Fours Jackie Tallack-Stewart, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh defeated Bournemouth’s Chris Daniels on the last end 15-13 however they went out in the quarter finals 20-8 to Norfolk’s Wayne Willgress, the title went to Whiteknight’s Andy Knapper.

There should a cracking singles match at Ferryhill today (5pm) as the Area Final of the National Singles takes place, it will be a repeat of the actual 2008 National Final when Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp takes on Durham’s Gary Smith. The Pairs Area final between Stanley’s Brett Arkley & John Thurlbeck against Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins & Paul Hartley will be played at Durham while the triples and fours finals will be played at Darlington.

South Shield’s held its popular Classic Open Pairs last weekend and it was a home pair that took the honours as Dave Paterson & Alan Lawton came out on top, Jacky Taylor & Maurice Dunlop finished runners up.   

Silksworth's David Bolt has been named in a 14 man squad to represent England in a series of outdoor matches in Australia to signal the start of preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The matches in Australia will include a three-day test match at Broadbeach BC against the hosts from Wednesday 26 to 28 April. This will be followed by a series of one day events against representative teams from across the Gold Coast from Sunday 30 April to Friday 5 May.
The last Sunderland player to appear in a Test Series for England was Hylton Colliery Welfares Jimmy Lambert in 1991.

During the outdoor close season clubs were invited to attend various meetings with the council regarding cut backs, as the outdoor season is now around 5 weeks away unbelievably those clubs are still waiting to receive the finalised contract details from the council plus Pemberton are still waiting find out if there green has received a stay of execution.

The draw for the Grindon League Tommy Thompson Double Fours has been made and is as follows – Hylton CW v Whitburn, Ryhope v Silksworth, Dawdon v Grindon Mill, Pennywell v South Hylton, Barnes WE v Wearmouth, Houghton DL v Usworth

 

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