BOWLS REPORT - OCTOBER 2017

28th October - STANLEY SPRING SURPRISE

The first round of this seasons Denny Cup threw up a cracker of a tie between South Shields and Stanley, the last time the sides clashed Shields ran out winners by 36 shots but the table was turned this time around as Stanley sprang a surprise albeit by a single shot. At Stanley both Shield’s rinks put in spirited performances, David Bolt’s quartet of Phil Dixon, Jaxon McKenna and Dave Paterson were beaten 16-12 by Davey Webb while Chris Yeomans rink of Mal Peach, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Minto also finished four shots down 16-12 to Brett Arkley, those scores left the away squad only eight shots adrift. At Shield’s Scott Baker, James Snellar, Gary Farquhar and Shaun McIntosh went down 19-13 to John Thurlbeck (pictured) who played some big bowls over the latter stages of the game notably drawing shot when seven down and trailing the jack on the last end for a count of four. The other Shield’s rink of Neal Ridley, Stewart Hubbard, Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh nearly proved to be the match winners as they defeated Brian Houghton 27-14 a score which actually flattered the Stanley quartet, that left the Shield’s home squad seven shots up which left Stanley the narrow 67-66 winners. In the next round Stanley will face Gateshead who eased past The Parks 84-46 while Shield’s will now have to concentrate on the Denny Plate where they will face The Parks.

Houghton open up there Denny Cup campaign next weekend as they face West Denton, this will be a first meeting of the clubs in the Denny, other local ties will see Durham entertain Darlington and Hartlepool facing Redcar. The Houghton squad for the West Denton tie is as follows :-

At Houghton – M.Noble, AJ.Dunn, J.McAdoo, B.Henderson, M.Baker, S.Tindale, I.Whorlton, F.Froud
Reserves – A.Patterson, M.Wright

At West Denton – S.Patterson D.Todner, M.Davis, P.Thomson (jnr), F.Fletcher, TW.Todd, J.Jones, R.Mckie
Reserve – A.Wood

Houghton ladies are due to be in Yetton Plate action against Darlington next Saturday but as yet they only have eight nominations of the sixteen players required.

Houghton are in Egham Trophy action tomorrow as they face a South Shield’s squad who last season reached the last eight in the country, although missing several players Shield’s will be strongly  fancied to make progress into the next round, the following squads have been selected.

At Houghton
Houghton – J.Watt, A.Wood, F.Phythian, TW.Todd, E.Morris, S.Patterson, B.Robson, F.Fletcher
Shields – N.Riches, J.Chapman, J.Snellar, G.Farquhar, A.Upsall, P.Carlin, J.McKenna, S.McIntosh

At Shields
Houghton - M.Hall, A.Grimes, N.Stephenson, F.Froud, P.Thomson (snr), E.Barkes, J.Baker, R.Mckie
Shields – J.Tallack, M.Charles, N.Ridley, C.Yeomans, M.Robson, K.Paterson, D.Paterson, S.Hubbard

Other local ties are Hartlepool v Ferryhill, West Denton v Durham while Great Aycliffe have been given a walk over against Thornaby.

In the local section of this seasons national singles Phil Dixon (Shields) produced a cracking performance to knock out Stanley’s Brett Arkley at Stanley 21-6, Dixon’s reward is a trip to West Denton to face Cecil Swick,  fellow Shield’s player Paul Sainthouse had a good 21-3 win at West Denton against Jacky Taylor and will now host Stanley’s Eddie Henry, Houghton’s Dan Todner went down 21-4 at home to Gateshead’s Alex Bryden, in the southern section of the draw Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins defeated Ferryhill’s N.Tallentire 21-8. In the pairs Neal Ridley & Billy Ferry (Shields) cruised to a 38-4 win at Gateshead against C.Copp and will now host Stanley’s Garry Robson in the next round, West Denton youngster Aaron Robson had a good 17-7 win over Shield’s Dave Paterson and Ian Riches (Shields) eased to a 20-9 win at Houghton against Dan Todner. Durham’s Mark Higgins notched a second pairs win with an 18-14 home win over West Denton’s Michael Bennett. In the triples Stewart Hubbard (Shields) defeated Houghton’s Dan Todner 20-8 and Durham’s Mark Higgins narrowly beat Gateshead’s Malcolm Johnston 22-21, in the southern section Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley defeated club mate Paul Hartley 22-3. An all Shield’s affair in the Two bowl singles saw David Bolt beat Phil Dixon 21-16 while an all Gateshead affair saw Alex Bryden beat Malcolm Johnston 21-17. In the Over 60’s Pairs Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher narrowly went out 16-15 at home to South Shield’s Derek Robson. In the Mixed Pairs Durham’s Michael Laydon eased to a 20-5 win over Shield’s Paul Sainthouse and West Denton’s Aaron Robson narrowly beat Dave Paterson (Shields) 13-12 and will next entertain The Park’s Mathew Raftree in round two.

In the Top club competition South Shield’s secured top of the draw spot with a comfortable 14-2 win over The Parks, in the two singles Ian McIntosh went down 17-13 while Nina Riches collected a last end double to get home 14-13, in the mixed pairs Jackie Tallack & David Bolt cruised to a 43-4 win while Phil Dixon, Ann Upsall and Ian Riches secured the mixed triples 23-11, Karen Paterson, Pam Carlin, Chris Yeomans and Shaun McIntosh completed the win with a 11-9 victory in the mixed fours. In the next round Shields will host either Cumbria or Blackpool NH on November 5.

On Wednesday it is Houghton’s turn to host the latest round of Seniors Premier League matches, Houghton face Durham while the Houghtonian’s face unbeaten Stanley  B, the other two games are Darlington A v Gateshead B and unbeaten Stanley A v Darlington B, the action starts at 1230.

Houghton triple v Durham  – P.Thomson, R.Thorpe, F.Froud
Houghtonian triple v Stanley B – F.Fletcher, J.Sutherland, TW.Todd

The Durham County seniors got their season off to a winning start with a narrow 124-121 win over Yorkshire to retain the John Dodsworth Cup, despite only having two of the six rinks up Durham got home on the last two ends, Darlington’s Alan Stephenson steered T.Griffiths (Shields), R.Metcalfe (Ferryhill) and G.Alderson (Durham) to a 29-19 win while Hartlepool’s Dale Oram skipped Stevie Krimpen (Durham), Alan Mole (Hartlepool) and Alan Taylor (Hartlepool) to a 22-10 victory.

Durham’s Liberty Trophy planned squad day at Hartlepool today will be missing a host of players due to a clash with the qualifying event for the World Singles and Pairs at Carlisle.  

21st October - HOUGHTON LOSE TOP TEN TIE

There was disappointment for Houghton in the latest round of Top Ten Premier league fixtures as they were beaten 67-50 at home by Durham, in the singles Peter Thomson (pictured) found Gary Smith too hot to handle and was beaten 21-7 while the Henderson father & son combination lost the pairs and Frankie Froud lost the fours, the only win came from Dan Todner in the triples. Next up is another home game against Stanley with the following side
Singles – P.Thomson
Pairs – M.Wright, D.Todner
Triples - TBC, F.Froud, B.Henderson
Fours – F.Fletcher, M.Carr, S.Tindale, TW.Todd

Week 1 Results – Darlington 6-4 Houghton, Durham 8-2 Stanley
Week 2 Results – Stanley 4-6 Ferryhill, Houghton 2-8 Durham

Latest Standings – Durham 2-16, Darlington 1-6, Stanley 2-6, Ferryhill 2-6, Houghton 2-6

Last season South Shield’s Inter County league campaign was a struggle both on and off the green and it was no surprise relegation to the second tier followed, this season it appears they are taking a bit more interest as they attempt to bounce back into the top flight at the first attempt, In their rearranged opener against Aycliffe a strong Shields squad won on all four rinks to record a 89-56 win. At Aycliffe both rinks eased to victories - David Bolt 30-12 and Gary Farquhar 22-12 which secured the away points 52-24, at Shield’s Ian Riches converted a late 18-14 deficit into a 23-20 win while it took a cracking final Stewart Hubbard bowl to seal a 14-12 win, those scores left the home squad 37-32 up which also completed a 10-0 whitewash, next for Shields is Gateshead A.
All three Vets squads at Houghton have had a stop start campaigns this season, between the three squads they have played five games but have only mustered two points out of a possible twenty five  between them. In Group two Houghton Gilpin must have a chance of recording a first win as they entertain a Ferryhill squad that have lost both their opening two games, meanwhile in group three Houghton Sancroft will need to be at their best as they look to get their first win of the season at table topping South Shields on Thursday, Houghton Kepier have a bye.

Latest Tables
Group 1 – Gt Aycliffe 2-8½, Darlington A 1-4, Spennymoor 2-1½, Durham 1-1, Shildon 0-0
Group 2 – Darlington B 3-14, Ferryhill 2-6, Hartlepool A 1-4, Houghton Gilpin 2-1, South Shields 2-0
Group 3 – South Shields 2-9, Stanley 2-9, Gateshead A 1-1, Houghton Sancroft 1-1, Parks B 2-0
Group 4 – Hartlepool B 2-8, Durham B 1-5, Parks A 1-4½, Gateshead B 2-2½, Houghton Kepier 2-0 
  

In the Seniors Premier league both Houghton squads will be looking to make home advantage count as Houghton host the third round of fixtures, Houghton A face Durham while Houghtonians face unbeaten Stanley B, the other two games are Darlington A v Gateshead B and Stanley A v Darlington B.
Houghton team v Durham  - P.Thomson, F.Froud, R.Thorpe
Houghtonians team v Stanley B – F.Fletcher, J.Sutherland, TW.Todd

There is plenty of team action coming up at Houghton, following their whitewash of Ferryhill in the ladies Inter club Houghton are due to return to action against Hartlepool. In the mixed Egham Trophy Houghton have yet to progress past the first round in four attempts, next weekend they will need to be at their best if they are to break that sequence of defeats as they face a strong South Shields outfit that reached the last eight last season.

The Durham County select are in action tomorrow as Durham play hosts to them, locally Houghton’s Sam Patterson, Bill Race, Les Young and Jack Scullion are all included in the select team.  

The Durham County ladies Atherley Trophy squad enjoyed a cracking win last weekend in the first of two warm up games, against South Shields the County squad won on five of the six rinks, there second game is at Houghton in November against the HVP’s.

There has been more action in the local section of the national singles, in an all Durham affair Gary Smith got the better of club-mate Russell Bewick 21-17, Smith will face another club-mate as Malcolm Wright eased to a 21-4 win at Shields over Derek Robson. Houghton’s Pat Thomson lost his opener at Shields against John Morgan 21-14, Stanley stalwart Eddie Henry held his nerve to pip The Park’s Matt Raftree 21-20 while South Shield’s Alan Lawton progressed with a 21-15 win over West Denton’s Ray Robson. In the pairs Durham’s Mark Higgins cruised past Houghton’s Freddie Fletcher 23-4, the only other tie played saw Stanley’s Garry Robson get home 16-15 against Gateshead’s Brian Orrell. In the champion of champions it was a case of what might have been for Houghton's Peter Thomson, facing Shield’s David Bolt the Houghton lad opened up a 15-7 lead and looked set for a cracking home win however Bolt dug deep and turned the tie around to run out a 21-18 winner, next for Bolt is a trip to West Denton or Gateshead.    

In the national Top Club competition South Shields are in action tomorrow as they travel to The Parks in a first round tie, an extra incentive for the winners will be the much sought after top of the draw home advantage. The following Shields squad has been selected
Men’s Singles – I.McIntosh
Ladies Singles – N.Riches
Mixed Pairs – J.Tallack, D.Bolt
Mixed Triples – P.Dixon, A.Upsall, I.Riches
Mixed Fours – K.Paterson, P.Carlin, C.Yeomans, S.McIntosh.

The popular South Shield’s Men’s classic triples competition is being held again at the Jack Clark centre, the two day event generally attracts a high quality field and is set to be held on Saturday December 2 and Sunday December 3, entry costs £33 per triple with a thirty two entry limit.

In the Under 18 British Isles home international mixed championships Scotland avenged last year’s loss to England by taking the title this time around.

The Houghton feast Open Singles was won by Spennymoor's Malcolm Dent, in the final Dent ended defending champion Leadgate's David Warnaby's hopes of retaining the title.   

The Grindon League will hold its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday October 25 at Grindon Mill (630pm).

14th October - HOUGHTON LADIES YETTON EXIT

It has been a mixed week for Houghton ladies as they exited this seasons Yetton Trophy at the first hurdle but then bounced back in the latest round of Inter County club fixtures. The Yetton tie against South Shield’s was always going to be a big ask against a decent Shields outfit and so it proved, despite a spirited performance Houghton were beaten by 44 shots overall. At Houghton both home rinks looked set for decent wins, Ellen Faith’s (pictured) quartet of Joan Watt, J.Clemment and Gwen Eltringham led 10-1 against Maureen Charles but were pegged back to 11-10 at the half way mark, by the fifteen end mark Faith led 18-11 but in the end had to settle for a 21-17 win. Jenny Smith’s rink of Evelyn Barkes, M.Glover and Brenda Robson led 12-5 but were left to rue a couple of dropped fives as Dorothy Sproates ran out a 22-20 winner, those scores did leave the home squad 41-39 up but the wheels fell off at Shields. Margaret Metcalf, Ruth Turnbull, Margaret Eggleston and Florence Phythian only trailed by four at the half way mark against Pat Burns but things slipped away and Phythian finished 26-12 down, the other away rink of Maureen Hall, Eleanor Barren, Audrey Vout and Joan Baker had a tough day at the office against Pam Carlin and were beaten 36-4, so the away squad finished forty six shots adrift which sealed a 101-57 defeat. In the next round South Shields face West Denton while Houghton drop into the Yetton Plate.

The Houghton ladies however bounced back this week as they cruised to a 53½ shot win over Ferryhill in the latest round of Inter club fixtures, with all four rinks recording handsome wins Houghton collected all ten points on offer. At Houghton Susan Forster, Evelyn Barkes, Ann Banks and Ellen Faith eased to a 25-8¼ win over E.Kidman while Jenny Smith steered Joan Watt, A.Latimer, and Brenda Robson to an impressive 24-10 win over S.Maughan, those scores left the home squad 30¾ shots to the good. At Ferryhill both Houghton squads put in cracking performances, Florence Phythian skipped Margaret Metcalf, M.Glover and Margaret Eggleston to an impressive 29-10 win over S.Heath while Joan Baker steered Maureen Hall, Ruth Turnbull and Audrey Vout to a 20-12 win which secured a 27 shot win away from home, next up is Hartlepool on Wednesday November 8.
The Houghton Gilpin senior men’s squad return to action as they make the trip down the A1 to face Darlington B, the following team has bene selected.
J.Harrison, P.Robinson, E.Downes, R.Robson, K.Waterson, A.Wood, W.Longley, R.Thorpe, D.Robson, F.Sanderson, D.Gibson, W.Roberts.

Houghton are in Top Ten action today as they play hosts to Durham, after a spirited performance at Darlington hopes are high for a win today, the following squad are in action
Singles – P.Thomson
Pairs – M.Wright & D.Todner
Triples – D.Armstrong, P.Harding, TW.Todd
Fours – P.Thomson (snr), J.Scullion, F.Fletcher, F.Froud

Week two in the Seniors Premier League took place at Stanley and it was a good afternoon for the host club as both there squads recorded comfortable victories, Stanley A followed up their opening 37-6 win over Darlington A with a 21-10 win over Gateshead B, Stanley B also completed a second win after their 27-9 win over Houghton they defeated Darlington A 19-9. It was a tough afternoon for the Houghtonians trio of Fred Fletcher, Joe Sutherland and Terry Todd as they slumped to a heavy 42-5 loss against Darlington B.

Week 1 Results (played at Gateshead)
Gateshead A 21-15 Darlington B, Gateshead B 22-13 Ferryhill B, Stanley A 37-6 Darlington A, Houghtonians 30-22 Ferryhill A, Houghton A 9-27 Stanley B

Week 2 Results (played at Stanley)
Stanley A 21-10 Gateshead B, Stanley B 19-9 Darlington A, Houghtonians 5-42 Darlington B
Durham 13-15 Ferryhill B, Ferryhill A 8-26 Gateshead A

Week three fixtures will see both Houghton squads in action, representing Houghton A against Durham will be Peter Thomson (snr), Richard Thorpe and Frankie Froud while Fred Fletcher, Joe Sutherland and Terry Todd lead the Houghtonians against unbeaten Stanley B

Other Week 3 Fixtures at Houghton (Wednesday November 1 at 1230)
Darlington A v Gateshead B, Stanley A v Darlington B
The Durham County ladies Atherley squad have two warm up games prior to their first round tie against Lincolnshire at Scarborough in November, the Durham squad are playing South Shield’s this afternoon with five Houghton ladies involved.
M.Hall (Houghton), M.Metcalf (Houghton), F.Slinn (Durham), N.Stephenson (Houghton), J.Kirby (Sth Shields), A.Jameison (Sth Shields), J.Baker (Houghton), P.Carlin (Sth Shields), R.Skinner (Hartlepool), E.Horan (Durham), J.Pickford (Durham), A.Stafford (Durham), J.Brown (Durham), S.Pegg (Darlington), M.Richardson (Ferryhill), S.Maughan (Ferryhill), J.Tallack (Sth Shields), Y.Cooke (Ferryhill), C.Budd (Durham), M.Charles (Sth Shields), K.Dixon (Aycliffe), JB.Smith (Houghton), A.Richie (Aycliffe), E.Helm (Aycliffe)
Reserves – D.Jackson (Hartlepool) A.Longmuir (Hartlepool), J.Pattison (Darlington), J.Hewitson (Aycliffe), L.Barkess (Durham)

It is five years since the Durham County men have lifted the Liberty Trophy however as a county Durham are still the most successful county in England with eleven Liberty titles, last season a disjointed Durham were humbled in the first round by Cumbria going down by fifty shots and any hopes of a 12th success will need a united front on the green with past grievances put to bed, team manager David Kilner has selected the following players for a trial and squad day on Saturday October 28 at Hartlepool.
K. Burton (Darlington), M. Barkess, R.Bewick, M.Laydon, K.Minnis, GR.Smith, P.Smithson, M.Wright (all Durham), M. Glessson, J.Harston (both Aycliffe), C. Boston, D.Fenwick, J.Forcer, C.Higgins, P.Hartley, J.Halcrow, I.Jackson, M.Jones, P.Mosley, V.O’Neill, D.Oram, M.Squirrell (all Hartlepool)
J. Snellar, S.Barker, D.Bolt, G.Farquhar, D.Paterson, M.Peach, N.Ridley, P.Sainthouse, I.Riches (all Sth Shields), B. Arkley, J.Thurlbeck, B.Houghton, J.Thurlbeck (all Stanley)


With the indoor season just getting started the local qualification rounds in the national competitions are yet to get a head of steam up, however there have a been a few ties played in the singles. Area Two is virtually a north-south split before the two halves meet in the area final, the northern half has sixty entries fighting for the one place while the south section has sixteen entries fighting for the other spot. In the north section Durham’s Mark Higgins continues to impress with a cracking 21-11 win over club mate Mark Barkess, Gateshead’s Mal Johnston moved into the next round with a 21-18 home win over Durham’s Jimmy Richardson, West Denton youngster Aaron Robson eased to a 21-11 home win over The Park’s Roy Stephenson while South Shield’s Stewart Hubbard recorded a cracking 21-11 win at Stanley against James McKenna, Houghton’s Peter Thomson, Carl Elliott (Shields) and M.Appleby (Durham) have all been given a walkover into the next round alongside Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins in the south section. In the Two bowl singles Alex Bryden won an all Gateshead affair against Mal Johnston 21-17.

The Denny Cup gets underway next weekend with a tasty opener as South Shields and Stanley go head to head, they met two years ago and South Shields ran out winners by 36 shots, last season Stanley crashed out in the first round to Gateshead who were then narrowly beaten by Shields. On paper Shields have a strong looking squad and have selected the following team.

At Shields – J.Lambert, J.Snellar, G.Farquhar, S.McIntosh, N.Ridley, S.Hubbard, I.Riches, I.McIntosh
At Stanley – P.Dixon, J.McKenna, D.Paterson, D.Bolt, M.Peach, P.Sainthouse, J.Minto, C.Yeomans
 

There has been plenty of international bowls on the television with test matches for both England men and ladies against Scotland covered on ITV4, York hosted the ladies match with Scotland running out 6-5 winners and the auld enemy completed the double in the men’s match 8-3 at New Earswick.

There will be another change in venue for the South Hylton lads next outdoor season, due to council cuts there green at King George V was sacrificed so they had to move onto their neighbours Pennywell green, however a season that has been plagued by anti social issues has seen the Hylton lads take the decision to move to Barnes Park and share the West End green.

7th October - HOUGHTON GILPIN WIN DERBY

The newly named Houghton Kepier and Houghton Gilpin went head to head as the Inter County league got underway last weekend, it turned out to be a good day for the Gilpin lads who ran out winners by 21 shots overall - winning on all four rinks. The pick of the Gilpin wins was the 29-16 win for Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, Bryan Henderson (jnr) and Alan J Dunn over John Doyle, Tom Williamson, Trevor Joicey and Gary Wallace, despite trailing 6-5 Dunn collected 15 shots in the middle of the game which laid the foundations for the win. The other three games could have gone either way, Mal Baker, Sam Patterson, David Wright and Brian Henderson (snr) turned a 9-8 deficit against Tony Grimes, Tony Wood, George Brown and Richard Thorpe into a 17-13 win. The John Jones quartet of Michael Noble, Tom Patterson and Michael Davis recovered from 11-4 down to defeat Michael Wright, Alan Patterson, Jimmy McAdoo and Richie Mckie 20-17. The clean sweep for Gilpin was completed by Bobby Usher, Freddie Fletcher, Ian Whorlton and Frankie Froud who defeated Eric Downes, Peter Thomson (snr), Terry Todd and Peter Thomson (jnr) 17-15.  Points wise it was a 10-0 win for Gilpin , in the next round of fixtures Gilpin face Gateshead B while Kepier face The Parks, other results saw Durham beat The Parks 9-1 and holders Hartlepool beat Darlington 8-2, the only game played in the second division saw Dunelm beat Gateshead A 7-3.

In the Seniors Inter club league Houghton Gilpin finally got there season underway as they entertained a  Hartlepool outfit that made the end of season play off semi finals, despite a gallant effort Gilpin were beaten 37-35. The sole Gilpin win came from Peter Noble, Fred Sanderson, Denis Gibson and Billy Roberts who recovered from 11-3 down with only five ends to play to beat former England internationalist Dave Kilner 13-11. Eric Downes, Arthur Gregory, Charlie Wallace and Ronnie Robson were unlucky to lose 15-12 to A.Bridgewater while D.Robson, P.Robinson, Bill Longley and Richard Thorpe ended up on the wrong end of a low scoring 11-10 loss to John Ainger.

Houghton ladies are in Yetton Trophy action this morning as they face a tough first round tie against South Shield’s, the following squad has been selected

At Houghton – J.Watt, J.Clemmet, G.Eltringham, E.Faith, E.Barkes, M.Glover, B.Robson, JB.Smith
Reserve – OJ.Charlton

At Shields – M.Metcalf, R.Turnbull, M.Eggleston, F.Phythian, M.Hall, E.Barren, A.Vout, J.Baker

On Wednesday Houghton ladies look to bounceback from there opening Inter Club defeat against Gateshead as they take on Ferryhill with the following squad.

At Houghton – S.Forster, E.Barkes, A.Banks, E.Faith, J.Watt, A.Latimer, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At Ferryhill – M.Metcalf, M.Glover, M.Eggleston, F.Phythian, M.Hall, R.Turnbull, A.Vout, J.Baker
Reserves from H.Collingwood, E.Barren

The qualifiers for the World Bowls Tour Scottish Open and International Open took place at Carlisle last weekend, there was good news for South Shield’s based David Bolt as he secured the Scottish Open place, wins over Robert Gordon (Lanarkshire), Connor Cinato (Kingsthorpe),Vinnie O'Neill (Hartlepool) and David Crawford (Galleon) set up a semi final against Hartlepool's Josh Halcrow. A straight forward 2-0 set win over Halcrow saw Bolt move into a mouth watering final clash against Durham’s Gary Smith, the first set went to Bolt 6-1 before Smith took the second set 8-7 to send the tie into a best of three end tie breaker, the tie breaker went to Bolt 2-0 which secured a place in the televised event at Perth in November. Bolt has a tough opener as he is drawn to face world champion Scotland’s Alex Marshall MBE.

In the International Open qualifiers hopes of a repeat Bolt performance were ended in the last sixteen with a 2-1 loss to Cumbria’s Kevin Harrison while Smith missed out again this time in the semi finals as eventual winner Cumbria’s Ian Gallagher inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Durham star.

A thirty six man squad has been selected for Durham’s Liberty Trophy campaign, there is a squad game pencilled in for Saturday October 26 at Hartlepool, the squad breakdown is as follows – Darlington (1), Durham (7), Aycliffe (2), Hartlepool (13), Houghton (1), South Shields (9) and Stanley (3). Durham are due to face Cumbria in the first round on December 16.

Following the EIBA’s Annual General Meeting the proposed annual affiliation fee of £4.50 per member was defeated, it was then resubmitted at a Special General Meeting in September but at £4.00 but again this was defeated, following that second defeat it has been resubmitted for a third time at a second SGM in October but now at £3.15 per member, the affiliation fee is the sports biggest income but has always been a bone of contention with the larger private clubs, the EIBA are planning to look at a change to per rink rather than per member.

The Houghton feast Open Singles will be played to a finish today as the remaining sixteen players brave the outdoor elements, holder Leadgate’s David Warnaby is still in the running to defend his title.

 

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