BOWLS REPORT - DECEMBER 2017

30th December - SMITH SUFFERS EARLY OSC LOSS

Barwell held the latest Open Singles Circuit event, Durham’s Gary Smith was looking for a decent run to collect important ranking points and improve his current 98th ranking position, a comfortable 10-1, 11-3 win over Tony Barwell set up a second round tie against Cypher’s Tom Doig, sadly for Smith a narrow 6-4,7-6 loss ended his hopes however that solitary win has moved the previous winner up to 74th in the rankings. This weekend Spalding hosts an event with Durham’s Michael Laydon currently ranked 55th in action.

After the New Year the indoor season is straight into the thick of it as the Seniors Premier league returns on Thursday with Ferryhill playing hosts for round six, both Houghton squads are in action.
Houghton – P.Thomson (snr), R.Thorpe, F.Froud
Houghtonians – J.Sutherland, F.Johnson, TW.Todd

Latest Standings – Gateshead A 3-6, Stanley A 4-6, Houghtonians 4-6, Darlington B 4-4, Stanley B 3-4, Houghton A 3-4, Gateshead B 4-4, Durham 3-2, Ferryhill 3-2, Ferryhill A 3-0, Drlington A 4-0

Houghton Gilpin return to Inter County action next Sunday looking to bounce back from the last game loss to Gateshead B as they take on The Parks.
At Houghton – M.Baker, S.Patterson, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr), J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, R.Robson, B.Henderson (jnr)
At The Parks – K.Waterson, F.Johnson, I.Whorlton, F.Froud, M.Noble, T.Patterson, M.Davis, J.Jones

Houghton Kepier are due to meet bottom of the table Darlington but as yet no team has been selected.

Latest League Standings
Division One – Gateshead 2-19, Durham 2-18, Hartlepool 2-16½, Houghton GIlpin 2-10, Houghton Kepier 3-8½, The Parks 3-5, Darlington 2-3
Division Two – Dunelm 2-11, Sth Shields 1-10, Ferryhil 1-6, Aycliffe 2-6, Stanley 1-4, Gateshead A 1-3, Shildon 0-0 

In the Seniors Inter club Houghton Sancroft have a vital trip to leaders Stanley on Monday January 8 (1030), currently outside the play offs by a couple of points anything from this trip will keep alive there qualification hopes.
Sancroft – J.Sutherland, A.Wood, D.Wright, TW.Todd, P.Thomson (snr), B.Race, D.Sim, I.Whorlton, J.Swinney, T.Joicey, J.Jones, F.Froud.

The Houghton Gilpin squad also return to action as they face a tough trip to unbeaten group leaders Hartlepool  A, the game takes place on Wednesday January 10 (1030).
Gilpin – K.Waterson, A.Ross, W.Longley, W.Roberts, E.Downes, P.Robinson, P.Noble, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, M.Walker, R.Robson

Latest Group Standings
Area 1- Aycliffe 4-16½, Darlington A 4-15, Spennymoor 4-10½, Shildon 3-5, Durham 5-3
Area 2 – Hartlepool A 5-22, Darlington B 5-18, Ferryhill 5-12, Houghton Gilpin 4-6, Sth Shields 5-2
Area 3 – Stanley 4-18, Sth Shields 5-14, Houghton Sancroft 5-12, Gateshead A 4-10, Parks B 4-1
Area 4 – Hartlepool B 5-22, Parks A 5-16½, Durham B 4-13, Gateshead B 5-5½, Houghton Kepier 5-3
   

The Houghton ladies inter club squad are back in action on Wednesday January 10 as they take on South Shields, as yet no team has been selected.

The latest standings in the various in house club leagues at Houghton are as follows –

Monday Leagues
1030 Fours - Sim 20, Scullion 19, Carter 15, Storey 14, Duell 14, Dinsdale 10, Thompson 10, Close 10, Pattison 8, Wells 8,Holland 2, Newton 2

1430 Pairs - Johnson 18, Mitchinson 16, Stephenson 15, Angus 14, Watt 11, Todd 8, Glover 7, Stirman 4, Summers 3, Pullan 2

1830 Fours - Johnson 18, Harding 16, Sim 14, Collins 14, Henderson 14, Noble 12, Piggott 12, Joicey 11, Lobb 8, Charlton 6, New 4, Taylor 3

Tuesday Leagues
1030 Fours - Harding 18, Owens 14, Joicey 13, Kerry 13, Barnes 13, Close 12, Matthews 12, Oakes 10, Graham 8, Barkes 8, Moore 7, Thompson 4

1430 Fours - Smith 20, Johnson 18, White 16, Stephenson 16, Coulson 14, Prudhoe 10, Fenwick 10, Stewart 8, Lowes 8, Charlton 8, Moody 2, Moore 2

1830 Fours - Kempster 19, Usher 16, Patterson 16, Brickle 15, Froud 13, Wilson 12, Dunn 10, Prescod 10, Connelly 8, Hills 6, Elliott 4, Rice 3

Wednesday Leagues
1030 Triples - Ramshaw 16, Barkes 15, Brown 14, Fletcher 14, Williamson 14, Joicey 14, Piggott 13, Matthews 10,Wright 8, Lanagan 7, Dinsdale 4, Thompson 3

1630 Mixed Triples - Brickle 22, Henderson 19, Prudhoe 18, Coulson 18, Robson 15, Nicolson 13, Holmes 7, Pattison 0

Thursday Leagues
1030 Fours - Usher 16, Scullion 16, Cooper 14, Duell 14, Rothwell 13, Carter 13, McAdam 12, Stephenson 12, Graham 8, Bew 5, Thompson 5, Holland 4

1430 Pairs - Houghton 19, Brown 18, Phythian 15, Chambers 14, Smith 14, Longley 12, Wilson 10, Laidler 10, Bamborough 8, Dinsdale 8, Booth 2, Moore 2

1830 Fours - Milner 18, McAdoo 18, Sykes 16, Lumsden 13, Wilson 11, Hind 10, Joicey 10, Grimes 10, Storey 8, Summers 2, Classen 2

Friday Leagues
1030 Triples - Walsh 18, Piggott 17, Baker 16, Jobling 15, Laidler 14, Usher 11, Todd 11,Waterson 8, Kerry 8, Childs 8, Garrett 4, Bamborough 2

1430 Triples - Faith 20, Johnson 19, Glover 17, Robson 16, White 13, Stephenson 13, Nicolson 8, Lowes 8, Todd 6, Stirman 6, Stewart 4, Brenheny 2

1830 Fours - Johnson 20, McAdoo 20, Storey 16, Patterson 15, Buckingham 15, Collins 11, Patterson 10, Temple 8, Hills 7, Nicolson 5, Longley 4, Smillie 1

Saturday Leagues
1030 Triples – Jobling 20, Henderson 18, Harding 17, Noble 14, Borthwick 13, Burt 13, Todd 10, Holmes 9, Longley 4, Pattison 2

Sunday League
1000 Fours - Walsh 20, Sykes 20, Joicey 17, Milner 14, Sim 14, Hutchinson 13, Oakes 7, Thurburn 6, Pattison 3,

Prior to the Christmas break it has been the usual hectic time at Houghton as the club competitions are played down to the latter stages, the defending club singles champion Peter Thomson’s hopes of a fourth consecutive title were ended without a bowl being bowled, due to the tight schedule and a winter bug Thomson had to concede his quarter final tie, the latest draws are as follows with the latter stages to be played late March / April.

Men’s Competitions (Semi Finals)
Singles – F.Froud v B.Henderson (jnr), P.Brickle v P.Thomson (snr)
Pairs – W.Piggott v F.Froud, B.Henderson (snr) v P.Thomson (jnr)
Triples – A.Patterson v F.Johnson, C.Higgins v H.Shields
Fours – B.Henderson v TW.Todd, AJ.Dunn v P.Thomson
Over 60’s Singles – TW.Todd or P.Thomson (snr) v W.Holmes, R.Robinson v P.Brickle or F.Froud
Over 60’s Pairs – W.Piggott v F.Froud, R.Thorpe v W.Laidler
Over 60’s Triples – TW.Todd v F.Froud, I.Whorlton v W.Piggott
Over 60’s Fours – D.Wright v F.Froud, I.Whorlton v TW.Todd

Ladies Competitions (down to the finals)
Singles – N.Stephenson v J.Watt
Pairs – N.Stephenson v E.Morris
Triples (Final) – J.Baker v J.Watt
Mixed Pairs (Semi Finals) – W.Laidler v F.Froud, W.Piggott v E.Stirman

The local stages of this year’s national competitions take a break until after the New Year however there are plenty of local favourites still in the running
Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham), S.McIntosh (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section - P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool) 

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v A.Ward (Hartlepool) 

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe) 

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Thomson (Houghton) v B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Laydon (Durham) v P.Browne (Parks), D.Bolt (Shields) v J.McKenna (Shields)
South Section – C.Larcombe BME (Ferryhill) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool), P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v J.Robinson (Aycliffe)

Latest Mixed Fours Draw 
North Section – S.McIntosh (Shields) or P.Dixon (Shields) v M.Higgins (Durham)
South Section – S.Pattison (Darlington) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool)


A look back through 2017 saw Silksworth continue to build an impressive array of league and county titles, Earl Cup success was backed up by county titles for Gary Farquhar and David Bolt in the pairs who were joined by Phil Dixon to take the triples title, Jaxon McKenna collected the Under 25 county title and the Farquhar/ Bolt partnership collected a Northern Counties title, those successes were all the more welcome as Silksworth’s Michael Carr (pictured) was county president. Houghton Dairy Lane continued their dominance of the Swan Cup with a 4th consecutive success and only need another twenty one to match Herrington Workmen’s unbelievable 25 year run over three decades, Dairy Lane also had county success as Ken Briscoe lifted the champion of champions. Barnes West End retained the Harold Howey as well as a third 3-2-1 knock-out triples title in a row and Sunderland & District saw two long serving officials standing down in secretary Eric Weightman and competition secretary George Charlton.

Sadly 2017 also saw the loss of several well known bowlers, John “Scotty” Scott (Thompson Park), Jim Patterson (Roker Marine), John Wilson (Roker Park), Kathy Cassap (Thompson Park), Les Gardiner (Hylton CW), Billy Hearne (Barnes West End) and Jimmy Crone (Hylton CW), there was more sad news this week as the former LNER and Roker Marine member Kevin Wilkinson sadly lost his battle against ill health, a gentleman on and off the green Kevin was one of the most underrated leads of the eighties.

2018 will be a big year for Silksworth’s David Bolt, in March he will feature for England at the indoor home international series at Paisley before heading to the Gold Coast in April to represent England at the Commonwealth Games, to cap it off Bolt will skip for England in the outdoor home international series at Leamington Spa in June.

23th December - KEPIER LOSS

The Houghton Kepier inter county squad ended 2017 on a losing note as they narrowly went down by six shots to Hartlepool in the latest round of inter county fixtures.  At Hartlepool Peter Thomson (snr), Steve Tindale, Dan Todner and Peter Thomson (jnr) looked on course for a cracking win as they led 16-9 however in the space of six ends the Thomson quartet found themselves 21-16 down against Keith Wilford, over the last four ends Thomson rallied and a 6-1 return earned the Kepier quartet a well deserved 22-22 draw. The other rink of George Brown, Richard Thorpe, Alan Patterson and Richie Mckie were left to rue a barren spell of seven ends in the middle of the game which saw them go from 7-3 down to 17-3 down, however a spirited finish over the last eight ends including a last end five made the score more respectable as it finished 22-17 to Albert Ward, those scores left the away squad only six shots adrift which was a decent effort. At Houghton it was a case of what might have been, Tony Grimes, Eric Downes, Karl Armstrong and Jimmy McAdoo led right up to the 19th end against Dale Oram, however failure to score on any of the last three ends proved costly for McAdoo’s four as a run of 3,1,3 condemned them to a harsh 21-15 loss. The other rink of Michael Wright, Bob Johnson, debutee Barney Walsh and Terry Todd recorded the only Kepier win, a late five on the 18th end proved to be the difference as Todd defeated Jim Ainger 21-16, the home squad finished one shot down overall, points wise it ended up being a harsh 8½-1½ loss for the Kepier squad and they will need a positive result against bottom of the table Darlington in the New Year to have any hope of avoiding relegation. Houghton Gilpin had a bye and return to action against The Parks in January.

Latest Inter Club Standings
Division 1 – Gateshead B 2-19, Durham 2-18, Hartlepool 2-16½, Houghton Gilpin 2-10, Houghton Kepier 3-8½, The Parks 3-5, Darlington 2-3
Division 2 – Dunelm 2-11, Sth Shields 1-10, Ferryhill 1-6, Gt Aycliffe 2-6, Stanley 1-4, Gateshead A 1-3, Shildon 0-0        

Seniors Inter Club Standings
Group 1 – Gt Aycliffe 4-16½, Darlington A 4-15, Spennymoor 4-1 0½, Shildon 3-5, Durham 5-3
Group 2 – Hartlepool A 5-22, Darlington B 5-18, Ferryhill 5-12, Houghton Gilpin 4-6, Sth Shields B 5-2
Group 3 – Stanley 4-18, Sth Shields A 5-14, Houghton Sancroft 5-12, Gateshead A 4-10, Parks B 4-1
Group 4 – Hartlepool B 5-22, Parks A 5-16½, Durham B 4-13, Gateshead B 5-5½, Houghton Kepier 5-3   

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad finally got their attempt at a 12th Liberty title underway last weekend as they faced Cumbria at Durham. Still smarting from last year’s fifty two shot humbling by the same opposition Durham gained revenge with a thirty three shot 109-75 victory. Across the green Durham won on four of the six rinks, Paul Hartley’s (pictured) (Hartlepool) quartet of Jonathon Forcer (Hartlepool), Carl Higgins (Hartlepool) and Gary Farquhar (Sth Shields) were the pick of the bunch with a 25-5 win over Ian Gallagher. Durham’s Gary Smith defeated Mark Nanson 18-11 and Shield’s David Bolt defeated Stuart Airey 24-17, the other Durham win saw Stanley’s John Thurlbeck get home 16-13 against Steve Irwin. The two Durham casualties were Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill and Paul Mosley going down 12-11 to Gavin Taylor and 18-15 to David Forster respectively. Durham will now face Lincolnshire on January 13 at New Earswick, the teams have met twice in the last four years with both winning one each, the Durham selectors have not surprisingly named an unchanged team for the quarter final tie.
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), K.Minnis (Durham), R.Bewick (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), P.Dixon (Shields), M.Peach (Shields), I.Riches (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool), M.Higgins (Durham), G.Skipp ( Hartlepool), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), B.Houghton (Stanley), M.Jones (Hartlepool), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray ( Hartlepool), C.Boston (Hartlepool), P.Smithson (Durham), P.Mosley (Hartlepool).
Reserves – J.Sneller (Shields), P.Sainthouse (Shields), B.Henderson, M.Laydon (Durham), MSquirrell (Hartlepool)

The County Under 25’s were due to take on Lincolnshire the following day in the first round of the double fours competition, despite having a selected squad Durham had to concede after a couple of late withdrawals, this event is looked upon as a stepping stone into the Liberty team and it will be a huge disappointment to the county officials.

Houghton ladies returned to Inter club action in style as they defeated Darlington 83-62, at Houghton both home squads recorded wins. Jenny Smith steered Doreen Fenwick, Ruth Turnbull and Brenda Robson to a cracking 27-12 win over Val Blewitt while Joan Watt, Olwyn Charlton, Susan Forster and Ellen Faith defeated B.Henderson 18-14 which saw the home squad finish 19 shots up. Down the A1 Houghton had one rink up and one down, Margaret Metcalf, Gwen Eltringham, Joan Baker and Florence Phythian eased to a 26-16 win over S.Lynch while Norma Stephenson’s quartet of Maureen Hall, Evelyn Barkes and Audrey Vout were beaten 20-12 by Jane Pattison but the away squad were still in credit by a couple of shots. Points wise Houghton ran out 9-1 winners to end 2017 on a high note.

As the season enters the Christmas break the action in the regional sections of the national championships has been sparse, in the south section of the singles Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley defeated club mate Paul Mosley 21-15 to set up an area semi final against another Poolie Carl Higgins. In the Fours Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood booked a quarter final place after defeating Redcar’s Richie Hudson 21-12, Attwood travels to Hartlepool next to face Paul Hartley. Darlington’s Samantha Pattison moved into the mixed fours semi finals with a hard fought 16-15 win over Redcar’s Alan Jones, Durham’s Mark Higgins also booked a place with a comfortable 20-2 win over The Parks Matthew Raftree. South Shield’s Jonny Morgan’s run in the two bowl singles came to an end after West Denton’s Michael Bennett inflicted a 21-12 defeat on the Shields player.

Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham), S.McIntosh (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section - P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool)

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v A.Ward (Hartlepool)

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe)

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Thomson (Houghton) v B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool)

Latest Mixed Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Laydon (Durham) v P.Browne (Parks), D.Bolt (Shields) v J.McKenna (Shields)
South Section – C.Larcombe BME (Ferryhill) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool), P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v J.Robinson (Aycliffe)

Latest Mixed Fours Draw
North Section – S.McIntosh (Shields) or P.Dixon (Shields) v M.Higgins (Durham)
South Section – S.Pattison (Darlington) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool)

Stanley’s Brett Arkley secured a place at the final stages of the Warner’s sponsored champion of champion with an impressive 21-7 win over Hartlepool’s Marc Squirrell, the finals stages are again held at the Warner Lakeside resort where Arkley will face Felixstowe’s Lee Calver on February 2.

Durham’s Gary Smith heads to Barwell today looking to collect ranking points in the Open Singles Circuit, currently ranked 98th Smith will be looking to kick start his campaign as he faces Tony Barwell in the first round. There was a blow for the circuit as the planned event at South Shields on January 6 has been cancelled.

With Birmingham being awarded the 2022 Commonwealth Games it has also been confirmed that Leamington Spa will play host to the bowls event and the para bowls event. The championship greens at Victoria Park are currently the home of Bowls England and it is hoped the venue will have a capacity of 3,300 spectators

16th December - SHIELD'S PLATE PROGRESS

South Shield’s moved into the last sixteen of the Denny Plate with an impressive 78-49 win over Copelands. At Shield’s both home squads recorded wins, Neal Ridley, Stewart Hubbard, Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh defeated Ian Williams 19-8 while Shaun McIntosh steered Jaxon McKenna, Josh Minto and Chris Yeomans to a 19-11 win over David Forster, those scores left Shield’s nineteen shots up at home. Over on the west coast at Copeland’s Gary Farquhar’s (pictured) rink of Dave Paterson, Paul Sainthouse and James Sneller had a cracking 31-10 win over Ryan Prince however a slow start for the quartet of Phil Dixon, Stevie Cairns, Kris Stof and David Bolt saw them go down 20-7 to J.Park which left the away squad eight shots to the good, overall it was 78-49 which sets up a last sixteen tie on January 6 against Darlington who defeated Hornsea 79-60

Durham’s brave run in the Denny Cup came to a cruel end, trailing by fourteen shots with only three ends to play they clawed their way back to finish level only to go out on an extra against York. At Durham Mark Higgins defeated Craig Newton 32-13 while Michael Laydon defeated Jeff Normanton 24-16 which left the Durham home squad twenty seven shots up however things didn’t go to plan at York, Gary Smith’s quartet were in all sorts of trouble trailing Jason Parkinson 22-2 after only nine ends  but did stem the flow of shots to finish 27-13 down, Phil Smithson’s rink were always playing catch up after a slow start and eventually went down 26-13 to Dave Stroughair which left the Durham away squad a shell shocked twenty seven shots adrift, with the game level the choice of extra end was in York’s hands and Smithson’s day was capped off losing the extra end leaving York 83-82 winners, in the last sixteen York will face Cumbria who cruised past West Denton 98-50.

In the ladies Yetton Plate despite a spirited display Houghton were beaten 94-70 by Eden and there was disappointment for the South Shield’s ladies Yetton Trophy squad as they were beaten 79-73 by Cumbria.

The South Shield’s juggernaut stalled last weekend as they were beaten by Hartlepool in the last sixteen of the mixed Egham Trophy. At Shields both rinks were beaten, Pam Carlin, Ann Upsall, Phil Dixon and Shaun McIntosh were beaten 15-13 by Paul Hartley while Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Stewart Hubbard and Ian Riches had a tough day losing 23-10 to Paul Mosley which left the home squad fifteen shots in arrears. Down the A19 Marilyn Robson, Karen Paterson, Dave Paterson and David Bolt slumped to a 25-8 loss to Marc Squirrell, the only Shield’s winning rink was Nina Riches, Jean Chapman, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar who beat Mark Jones 15-10, so overall it was a twenty seven shot win for Hartlepool who progress to the quarter finals where they will face a Lincoln squad who beat Shields last season in the semi finals before losing the final to Torquay Utd.

There has been plenty of local action in this season’s various national competitions, in the singles northern section Durham’s Gary Smith over powered South Shield’s Paul Sainthouse 21-1 to set up a trip to Shield’s to face Ian McIntosh meanwhile Shaun McIntosh (Shields) put in an impressive performance at Durham defeating Michael Laydon 21-6. In the quarter finals McIntosh will face club mate Stewart Hubbard who eased past Gateshead’s Alan Jobling 21-13, in the southern section Paul Hartley won an all Hartlepool affair against David Fenwick 21-2 and will meet club mate Paul Mosley who had a good 21-13 win at Redcar against Paul Bostock. Another all Hartlepool affair saw Carl Higgins book a semi final spot with a narrow 21-19 win over Josh Halcrow.

Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham), S.McIntosh (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section - P.Hartley (Hartlepool) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool)

The only action in the pairs was in the southern section, Paul Hartley (Hartlepool) beat club mate Matty Ray 20-13 and will now have home advantage against Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood who defeated fellow Aycliffe player Matthew Gleeson.

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v A.Ward (Hartlepool)

In the triples South Shields completed a double over Durham, firstly Dave Paterson, James Sneller and Alan Lawton had a cracking 16-9 home win over Durham’s Russell Bewick, Phil Smithson and Gary Smith which sets up an all Shield’s affair with Gary Farquhar, the second Shield’s success saw Stewart Hubbard narrowly get home 17-16 against Michael Laydon, in the last eight Hubbard will entertain Stanley’s Garry Robson.

Latest Triples Draw
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe)

Houghton’s Peter Thomson had a cracking 24-11 win in the fours at West Denton against Peter Duffy, Thomson will face Gateshead’s Brian Orrell who defeated Shield’s Neal Ridley 22-14, the all Shields clash between Dave Paterson and Gary Farquhar saw the latter run out a 15-11 winner which sets up a classic trip to Stanley to face Brett Arkley. 

Latest Fours Draw
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Thomson (Houghton) v B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe) or R.Hudson (Redcar), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool)

In the Over 60 singles Alan Lawton (Sth Shields) eased past Stanley’s Derek Craig 21-7 and will face either Gateshead’s Ronnie Richardson or Durham’s Steve Krimpen in the quarter finals. Houghton’s Michael Wright, Terry Todd and Frankie Froud moved into the next round of the Over 50 triples with a 22-13 win at West Denton against Raymond Robson, in the next round the Houghton trio will host Stanley’s Brett Arkley. Houghton’s David Armstrong will also have home advantage against South Shield’s Dave Paterson who defeated Gateshead’s Alec Bryden 19-14. In the Two bowl singles David Bolt (Shields) had a good 21-15 win at Durham over Michael Laydon, Bolt will next face club mate Alan Lawton. The area final of the Under 25 singles will see Thornaby’s Joseph Dadd face West Denton’s Aaron Robson, the winner will qualify for the final stages at Ely in January.

It has been a long wait but Durham County finally get their Liberty Trophy campaign under way at Durham today, the eleven times title winners take on Cumbria and will be looking to avenge last year’s disastrous fifty shot loss to them, there is only one change from the selected squad as Gary Farquhar (Shields) replaces the unavailable Marc Squirrell (Hartlepool). 
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), K.Minnis (Durham), R.Bewick (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), P.Dixon (Shields), M.Peach (Shields), I.Riches (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool), M.Higgins (Durham), G.Skipp ( Hartlepool), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), B.Houghton (Stanley), M.Jones (Hartlepool), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray ( Hartlepool), C.Boston (Hartlepool), P.Smithson (Durham), P.Mosley (Hartlepool).
Reserves – J.Snellar (Shields), P.Sainthouse (Shields), B.Henderson, M.Laydon (Durham), M.Wright (Durham)

Houghton Kepier return to Inter club action tomorrow as they face a big ask against defending champions Hartlepool, the following squad has been selected
At Houghton – M.Wright, B.Johnson, B.Walsh, TW.Todd, A.Grimes, E.Downes, K.Armstrong, J.McAdoo
At Hartlepool – P.Thomson (snr), S.Tindale, D.Todner, P.Thomson, G.Brown, R.Thorpe, A.Patterson, R.Mckie

Also tomorrow the Durham County under 25’s take on Lincolnshire in the first round of the double fours, the tie is being played on a neutral green at York.
J.Cairns (Darlington), J.Minto (Shields), M.Barkess (Durham), M.Ray (Hartlepool), J.Harston (Darlington), K.Burton (Darlington), M.Gleeson (Aycliffe), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool).

9th December - SANCROFT SENIORS WIN

In the Seniors Inter club Houghton Sancroft after a slow start to the season are starting to gather a head of steam, following their 5-0 win over the Parks B the Sancroft outfit atoned for an early season loss to last season’s playoff qualifiers South Shields to defeat them at Houghton 4-1 (40-35). Jimmy Swinney (pictured), Trevor Joicey, John Jones and Frankie Froud were the match winners as they rattled off 19 shots without reply to defeat Alan Cummings 21-5. Joe Sutherland, David Wright, Freddie Fletcher and Terry Todd looked down and out trailing 9-1 at the half way stage against Bobby Graham but a 11-1 return on the run in including a vital five on the 13th end got Todd over the line 13-10. The remaining rink of George Brown, Colin Young, David Sim and Ian Whorlton led 5-4 at half way but the wheels came off in the second half as Whorlton slumped to a 20-6 loss, however the five shot win overall takes Sancroft into the Christmas break back in with a chance of making the play off’s and will head to group leaders Stanley in the new year.

 Latest Standings – Stanley 4-18, South Shields 5-14, Houghton Sancroft 5-12, Gateshead A 3-6, Parks B 3-0

The Denny Cup and Denny Plate competitions continue today, in the Denny Cup Durham must have a decent chance of reaching the last sixteen as they face York while in the Denny Plate South Shield’s will also be looking to secure a last sixteen spot as they face a long trek to Copeland, the following Shields team has been selected
At Shields – N.Ridley, S.Hubbard, I.Riches, I.McIntosh, J.McKenna, J.Minto, C.Yeomans, S.McIntosh
At Copeland – D.Paterson, P.Sainthouse, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar, P.Dixon, S.Cairns, K.Storf, D.Bolt

Also today in the ladies Yetton Trophy South Shields face a tough tie against Cumbria while in the Yetton Plate Houghton face Eden with the winners set to face either Scunthorpe or North Cave in the last sixteen, the following team has been selected
At Houghton – J.Watt, D.Fenwick, E.Baker, V.Bambrough, S.Richardson, OJ.Charlton, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At Eden – M.Hall, E.Barren, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, E.Barkes, G.Armstrong, E.Morris, F.Phythian


There has been plenty of action in the regional sections of this seasons national championships, in the singles only one tie has been completed with Carl Higgins winning an all Hartlepool affair against Vinnie O’Neill 21-14, Higgins will face club mate Josh Halcrow in the last eight.

Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham) or P.Sainthouse (Shields), M.Laydon (Durham) v S.McIntosh (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v A.Jobling (Gateshead)
Southern Section - D.Fenwick (Hartlepool) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool), P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool)

Durham’s Mark Higgins booked a quarter final spot in the pairs with a 19-9 home win over Stanley’s Garry Robson, that win sets up an all Durham affair against Gary Smith who defeated Richie Mckie 24-16. Josh Minto came out on top in an all Shield’s affair with the McIntosh brothers 17-15 and will now face another Shield’s pair after Gary Farquhar’s 17-14 win over Gateshead’s Lee Maughan. In the southern section Hartlepool’s Albert Ward defeated club mate Stan Crowe 14-12 and will now head to Ferryhill to face Alan Hind.

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v M.Ray (Hartlepool), B.Attwood (Aycliffe) v M.Gleeson (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v A.Ward (Hartlepool)

In the Triples the only tie played this week saw Stanley’s Garry Robson defeat West Denton’s Peter Duffy 18-15

Latest Triples Draw
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) or GR.Smith (Durham) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) or M.Laydon (Durham) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe)

In the fours Stanley’s Brett Arkley eased past West Denton’s Aaron Robson 25-6 while in the southern section Paul Hartley won an all Hartlepool clashed against Paul Mosley 16-15.

Latest Fours Draw
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v G.Farquhar (Shields) or D.Paterson (Shields), P.Duffy (West Denton) v P.Thomson (Houghton), B.Orrell (Gateshead) v N.Ridley (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe) or R.Hudson (Redcar), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool)

Houghton’s Michael Wright saw his run in the Over 60’s singles come to an end with a 21-10 loss to South Shield’s Alan Lawton, in the next round Lawton will host Stanley’s Derek Craig. In the Over 60 pairs Billy Ferry (Shields) missed out on home advantage going down 20-12 to Gateshead’s Brian Orrell. Jackie Tallack and David Bolt (Shields) secured a last eight spot in the mixed pairs with a last end 18-16 at Durham against Mark Higgins, Bolt will now face club mate Jaxon McKenna who sneaked home 21-20 against West Denton’s Ron Brown, South Shield’s Jamie Brass went out 17-15 to the Park’s Pat Browne. In the mixed fours Shaun McIntosh steered his Shield’s quartet to a 20-12 home win over West Denton’s Peter Duffy and will face club mate Phil Dixon next after the latter’s 17-11 win over Durham’s Michael Laydon, Durham’s Mark Higgins defeated West Denton’s Aaron Robson 15-12 which sets up a meeting with the Parks Matthew Raftree who in turn defeated Shield’s Paul Sainthouse 18-6.

The next round of the mixed Egham Trophy takes place tomorrow as South Shields and Hartlepool lock horns with the winners facing Nottingham or Lincoln in the quarter finals. The following team will carry Shield’s hopes
At Shields – P.Carlin, A.Upsall, P.Dixon, S.McIntosh, J.Tallack, M.Charles, S.Hubbard, I.Riches
At Hartlepool – N.Riches, J.Chapman, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar, M.Robson, K.Paterson, D.Paterson, D.Bolt

Hartlepool’s involvement in the Egham has resulted in the planned Inter club game tomorrow against Houghton Kepier being put back to next Sunday, the following Kepier squad has been selected.
At Houghton – M.Wright, B.Johnson, G.Wallace, TW.Todd, A.Grimes, K.Armstrong, B.Walsh, J.McAdoo
At Hartlepool – P.Thomson (snr), S.Tindale, D.Todner, P.Thomson, G.Brown, A.Wood, A.Patterson,
R.Mckie

The Houghton ladies return to Inter club action on Wednesday as they face Darlington, the following squad has been selected
At Houghton – J.Watt, OJ.Charlton, S.Forster, E.Faith, D.Fenwick, R.Turnbull, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At Darlington – M.Metcalf, G.Eltringham, J.Baker, F.Phythian, M.Hall, E.Barkes, A.Vout, N.Stephenson

Following last weekend’s ladies international trial South Shield’s Nina Riches has been rewarded with a non travelling reserve slot, considering Riches is only new to the game the Shield’s star definitely has a bright future in front of her, Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley is the only other north east player selected in an England squad consisting of three new caps and four recalls. There was more good news for the Shield’s club as David Bolt retained his place in the England squad for the home international series at Paisley in March, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley bizarrely has gone from last season’s travelling reserve to non travelling reserve, there are no northern based players involved in either the men’s or ladies under 25 squads.

Durham’s Gary Smith’s hopes of repeating last season’s tremendous Open Singles Circuit Grand final success were dashed at Potters, in a new group format the defending champion failed to get out of his group as he suffered two defeats on the sluggish Potters carpet. In his opener Smith narrowly went down 7-2, 6-6 to Swales Ian Honnor and then suffered a second loss to Malvern Hill’s Mark Atkins 7-3,5-8 (tie breaker 0-2). With the top two in each group qualifying Smith needed to win his remaining game and hope other the other group result went his way, sadly despite defeating eventual semi finalist Erewash’s Tom Smith 8-3,5-4 the Durham star went out. The eventual winner was the 29th ranked player Moonfleet’s Martin Puckett, in the meantime Smith looks to collect some ranking points in the Barwell Open on December 23 as he takes on Stamford’s Tony Barwell in the first round, the top 32 ranked players will qualify for next year’s Grand final with around 140 points the target to secure a spot.

The Durham County under 25 team manager Dave Kilner has selected the following squad to take on Lincolnshire next Sunday in the first round of the double fours, the tie is being played on a neutral green at York.
J.Cairns (Darlington), J.Minto (Shields), M.Barkess (Durham), M.Ray (Hartlepool), J.Harston (Darlington), K.Burton (Darlington), M.Gleeson (Aycliffe), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool).

There was some sad news for the region as Darlington’s Eric Ramsdale sadly passed away, a good servant to the game and a big character off the green during the 1980’s Ramsdale was one of the best players at the Darlington club.

2nd December - RICHES STEERS SHIELD'S INTO LAST SIXTEEN

South Shield’s moved into the last sixteen of the mixed Egham Trophy with an impressive 18 shot win over Blackpool Newton Hall. At Blackpool the away squad finished nine shots in arrears, Pam Carlin, Jean Chapman, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar had a cracking 21-19 win over internationalist Mark Dawes however Marilyn Robson, Karen Paterson, Dave Paterson and David Bolt found it tough going against Dominic McVittie going down 23-12. The game was ultimately decided at Shields where the home squad rallied, Shaun McIntosh steered his quartet of Nina Riches, Ann Upstall and Phil Dixon to a 21-16 win over Chris Gale but it was the rink of Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Stewart Hubbard and Ian Riches (pictured) who put in a five star performance to defeat Neal Foulds 34-12 and secure a 88-70 win overall. In the last sixteen Hartlepool will provide the opposition after they beat York 75-68.

In the latest round of Seniors Inter club fixtures Houghton Sancroft bounced back from back to back losses to notch their first win of the season 5-0 against The Parks B, top rink was Joe Sutherland, David Wright, Freddie Fletcher and Terry Todd who cruised to a 23-5 win over Billy Blyth. Frankie Froud navigated Jimmy Swinney, Trevor Joicey and John Jones to a 16-10 win over Ray Harrison while George Brown, Brian Race, David Sim and Ian Whorlton collected nine shots on the last two ends to beat Bob Stephenson 15-11, so overall it was a 54-26 win for the Sancroft lads who host South Shield’s A next.
Latest Standings – Stanley 4-18, South Shields 4-13, Houghton Sancroft 4-8, Gateshead A 3-6, Parks B 3-0

There has been more action in the various local sections of this seasons national competitions, in the singles there were only three ties played this week, in an all Shield’s affair Ian McIntosh continued to impress with four bowls with a 21-8 win over club mate Phil Dixon while Durham’s Michael Laydon defeated Houghton’s Peter Thomson 21-13 to set up a home tie against Shield’s Shaun McIntosh. In the southern section Hartlepool’s Josh Halcrow defeated club mate Dale Oram 21-12, Halcrow awaits the winner of the all Hartlepool tie between Carl Higgins and Vinnie O’Neill.
Last Sixteen Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham) or P.Sainthouse (Shields), M.Laydon (Durham) v S.McIntosh (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v A.Jobling (Gateshead)
Southern Section - D.Fenwick (Hartlepool) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool), P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins or V.O’Neill (both Hartlepool)

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v G.Robson (Stanley), GR.Smith (Durham) v R.Mckie (Houghton), I.McIntosh v J.Minto (both Shields), L.Maughan (Gateshead) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Harltey v M.Ray (both Hartlepool), B.Attwood (Aycliffe) v M.Gleeson (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v S.Crowe or A.Ward (both Hartlepool)

In the Triples the only tie played saw Gary Farquhar (Shields) ease into the last eight of the north section with a 19-5 home win over Houghton’s Patrick Thomson.
Latest Triples Draw
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) or GR.Smith (Durham) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v M.Laydon (Durham), P.Duffy (West Denton) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe)

In the fours West Denton youngster Aaron Robson set up a trip to Stanley following a 19-16 win over club mate Clive Knott while Shield’s Neal Ridley narrowly got home 18-16 at home against Durham’s Steve Krimpen, the south section of the draw has yet to see any action.
Latest Fours Draw
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v A.Robson (West Denton), G.Farquhar v D.Paterson (both Shields), P.Duffy (West Denton) v P.Thomson (Houghton), B.Orrell (Gateshead) v N.Ridley (Shields)
South Section – P.Mosley v P.Hartley (both Hartlepool), B.Attwood (Aycliffe) v R.Hudson (Redcar), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool)

Durham’s Mark Barkess had a cracking 2-1 win at Shield’s in the Under 25 Singles against Jaxon McKenna and will host West Denton’s Aaron Robson next who beat Houghton’s Sam Patterson 2-0.

South Shield’s Alan Lawton cruised into the next round of the two bowl singles with an impressive 21-4 win over Stanley’s Brian Houghton and will face club mate David Bolt or Durham’s Michael Laydon next. In the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley progressed with a comfortable 21-5 home win against John Selley.

In the Over 60’s singles Billy Ferry (Shields) was beaten 21-12 at Gateshead by Brian Orrell while Durham’s Steve Krimpen had a cracking 21-12 home win against Shield’s Albert Hunter. Houghton’s Michael Wright and Frankie Froud were beaten at home in the Over 60’s Pairs 18-12 by Gateshead’s Brian Poulter and George Hackett, the Gateshead duo will have home advantage against West Denton’s Ken Hooker next. In the Over 50’s Triples Houghton’s Joe Sutherland, Stevie Tindale and Jimmy McAdoo went down at home 26-16 to West Denton’s Peter Duffy.

In the Mixed Pairs Ian Riches (Shields) went down 20-16 at home to The Park’s Pat Browne, the Park’s pairing will host Shield’s Jamie Brass who defeated club mate Derek Robson 28-5. Durham’s Mark Higgins set up a home tie against Shield’s David Bolt with a 19-5 win over club mate John Stafford, Jaxon McKenna (Shields) had a cracking 24-15 win over West Denton’s Michael Bennett, in the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley beat Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood 19-2. In the Mixed fours the all Shield’s affair between Ian Riches and Shaun McIntosh saw the latter receive a walk over, McIntosh will host West Denton’s Peter Duffy next.

Houghton’s remaining squad in the national Over 60’s double four’s were beaten 50-27 by South Shield’s A, in the next round Shield’s will face Durham B who beat The Parks 45-29.

Houghton’s Peter Thomson moved into the next round of the county champion of champions singles with a 21-11 win over Durham’s Liam Hall, in the next round Thomson will head to Ferryhill to face Alan Hinds.

Despite having four rinks up the Durham County Seniors went out in the first round of the national Inter County knock out by four shots at the hands of Yorkshire, the three Durham rinks at York did a good job with Barry Attwood (Aycliffe) and Hartlepool’s Keith Wilford winning while Darlington’s Alan Stephenson only lost by two which actually saw Durham finish one shot to the good. At Durham Billy Ferry (Shields) and Durham’s Alan Musgrove got home by 5 shots between them but the game was decided on Stanley’s Dave Webb’s rink who went down by 10 shots. They did however bounce back in the Midland’s league as they beat Leicestershire (18-6) at Selby, Durham again won on four rinks with both Webb and Ferry the pick of them both winning by thirteen shots.

At the recent Sunderland & District AGM Barnes West End’s Alan Patterson was confirmed as the associations new President for 2018, Houghton Town’s Billy Davis is senior vice with Barnes Park’s Ronnie Robson the junior vice. After 37 years of service to the association Whitburn’s Eric Weightman ended his reign as secretary and after 33 years Ryhope’s George Charlton stood down as competition secretary, Roker Park’s Jim Huntingdon is the new secretary and Houghton Town’s Billy Davis the new competition secretary. The notice of motion proposing a change in start time and the number of ends to combat any light issues was defeated and there will be no change in format in any of the leagues for the coming season.

Cambridgeshire’s Ellen Falkner has won the Bowls England Woman Bowler of the Year award for a third time, the Littleport player lifted the Taylor Bowls sponsored honour following two national titles at Leamington Spa in August, Falkner had previously won the award in 2007 & 2011, the Junior award went to Warwickshire’s Kirsty Richards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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