This season’s Silver Jack Pairs final was held at Usworth and there was guaranteed to be a new name added to the roll of honour as Silksworth’s Neal Ridley & Ian Riches faced Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding & John Purdy. The early exchanges set the tone for the final as the Hetton duo dominated from the start and by the sixth end led 12-0, by the tenth end Purdy led 13-4 and when the Hetton duo won the next four ends the Silksworth lads shook hands with the score at 19-4. Although lady luck was out for the Silksworth pair there can be no disputing the better pair on the night won, Harding & Purdy will be attempting a double as alongside Terry Murphy they feature in the Burkett Shield final which is yet to be arranged.

The Champion of Champions last eight and semi-finals were played this week at Seaham Town and Roker Park respectively. In the main event Whitburn’s Bob Craggs secured his place in the final with a cracking couple of wins, in the quarter finals Craggs had a tremendous 21-11 win over  Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson 21-11 and then followed that up with a 21-14 win over Grindon Mills Alan Patterson, the other finalist at the time of the report had not been decided as Malcom Thompson (North Biddick) and David Bolt (Silksworth) were due to meet in the semi-finals but with Bolt still running in the Nationals at Leamington Spa the tie was not played and a decision from the Sunderland & District was due to be made.

Quarter Final Results - D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-11 E.Middlemass (Hylton CW), A.Patterson (Grindon Mill) 21-11 D.Fenwick (Ryhope), R.Craggs (Whitburn) 21-11 P.Thomson (Roker Marine), M.Thompson (North Biddick) 1-0 D.Gowland (Thompson Park)

Semi-Final Results - A.Patterson (Grindon Mill) v R.Craggs (Whitburn), D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.Thompson (North Biddick)

In the Senior’s event there will be a new name added to the honours board after two cracking finishes in the semi-finals, Washington Glebe’s Trevor Joicey held his nerve to collect a double to beat Barnes West End’s Bobby Alexander 21-20 while Hylton Colliery Welfare’s Eddie Middlemass also held his nerve to beat a gallant Jim Hansel (Whitburn) 21-20.

Quarter Final Results - T.Joicey (Washington) 21-16 F.Lulham (Roker Park), R.Alexander (Barnes WE) 21-4 J.Dinsdale (Seaham Town), J.Hansell (Whitburn) 21-10 (W.PIggott (North Biddick)
E.Middlemass (Hylton CW) bt H.Thompson (Ryhope)

Semi-Final Results - T.Joicey (Washington) 21-20 R.Alexander (Barnes WE), J.Hansell (Whitburn) 20-21 E.Middlemass (Hylton CW)

The National Championships at Leamington Spa are into its third week, in the Junior Singles Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna suffered a first round defeat 21-15 against Northants Adam Pitfield, the regions other hope Darlington RA’s Liam Macey also lost in the first round 21-20 against Worcestershire’s Jack Cook. The Hartlepool Park quartet skipped by Dale Oram defeated Devon’s Tony Main 23-6 in the prelims of the fours however went out in the next round 23-7 to Berkshire’s former England star Rob Newman, meanwhile the Leadgate rink skipped by Garry Robson were beaten in the second round 19-16 by Cambridgeshire’s Ian Miller. In the Triples two Silksworth squads took to the green, Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow agonisingly lost on an extra end 21-20 against Isle of Wight’s Alan Best however Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt have enjoyed a couple of good wins, firstly they defeated Warwickshire’s Tom Millership 23-5 and then moved into the last sixteen with a 21-16 win over Berkshire’s Neil Jones, they are due to face Hunt’s Eric Baker for a place in the last eight. The Women’s Senior Fours hopes lay with the Consett Park rink of Trudy Kitto, Edna Stokoe, Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones, after back to back single shot victories the Consett rink went beaten in the Quarter Finals 21-11 by Devon’s Di Morley.

The Earl Cup title was decided this week as Silksworth secured there 6th league title in the last eight years, in the battle of the top two Silksworth defeated Roker Marine 5-2 and coupled with third placed Barnes West End losing 6-1 at Houghton Dairy Lane the title was Silksworth’s. Despite losing Barnes West End have made a big impression and have added much needed competition to the league and if they collect all seven points in a rearranged game against relegated Houghton Town they will finish runners up. In the second division Usworth needed to beat Thompson Park by at least 6-1 to not only get promoted but to go up as champions, the 15 shot win was accompanied by the required 6-1 score line which meant Seaham Town dropped to third as Usworth joined Hylton Colliery Welfare in the top flight. In division three North Biddick were already confirmed as champion’s however the remaining promotion spot has yet to be decided, currently Ryhope occupy the other promotion spot but should Washington beat Sunderland 6-1 in a rearranged game then Washington will leapfrog Ryhope.

The Swan Cup will go the distance, Roker Marine moved six points clear at the top of the table following a 7-0 win at Usworth although the new leaders have played two games more than their rivals. The big showdown between Silksworth & Houghton Dairy Lane was cancelled while third placed Barnes West End are 17½ points behind the leaders following a 6-1 win at Seaham Town but they have three games in hand. The battle to avoid the drop will also go to the final round of games as Houghton Town’s 7-0 win over Thompson Park brings them within touching distance of Usworth. North Biddick have secured promotion after a cracking 7-0 win at Pemberton, the win also ensures they go up as champions, South Hylton will join them if they avoid defeat against Roker Park in their final game.

Barnes West End retained their Howey title last week but they suffered only a second defeat of the season as second placed Houghton Dairy Lane B beat them 4-0, the battle to avoid the drop is wide open, North Biddick A secured there status with a 4-0 win over Roker Marine A who now must sweat on other results, South Hylton are now safe due to Marine’s defeat, Chester le St’s 4-0 home loss to Houghton Dairy Lane A means they are relegated while the remaining place will go to either Thompson Park B, Hylton Colliery Welfare A or Roker Marine A, only the latter have completed all their fixtures. The top two in the second division went head to head and it was leaders and now promoted as champions Houghton Town A who came out on top 4-0 over second placed Whitburn, after back to back defeats third placed Wearmouth got back to winning ways 3-1 at Sunderland B however they are relying on Whitburn slipping up at Pemberton B to have a chance of sneaking into the other promotion place. Roker Marine B’s 3-1 win over North Biddick leaves South Hetton bottom.    

Seaham Town clinched the Storey Bowl title with a cracking 6-1 win over Thompson Park, the newly crowned champions rattled up another ton on their way to a second title in five years, holders Hetton Workmen’s dream of equalling North Biddick’s four consecutive titles may have been ended but they maintained their winning ways with a 7-0 win at Dawdon, Wearmouth moved off the bottom with a 6-1 win over Pennywell who now drop to the bottom, the other game saw Hylton Colliery beat Houghton Town 6-1.

The final of the Grindon Leagues Tommy Thompson double fours took place at Dairy Lane last week and it was a case of ground hog day for holders Silksworth (pictured top right) as they defeated a spirited Usworth squad 43-17, Silksworth won on both rinks as Paul Baker beat Gordon Tyzack 26-6 and David Bolt beat Stephen Copeland 17-11, Silksworth will complete the league and cup double if they beat South Hylton in a yet to be arranged final league game.

There was more Open tournament success for the area as Barnes West End’s Joe Metters, Bobby Alexander and Frankie Froud (pictured right) retained the Chester le Street Open Triples title.


The Silver Jack’s will have a new name added to the roll of honour as this year’s final will see Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding & John Purdy take on Silksworth’s Neal Ridley & Ian Riches. In the semi-finals played at Seaham Town both pairs came from behind to snatch dramatic last end victories, the Harding & Purdy combination came from 15-8 down with only four ends to played to leave Barnes West End’s Billy Roberts & Frankie Froud shell shocked losers 16-15. In the other semi-final  Ridley & Riches came back from 13-9 with three ends to play to beat Barnes West End’s Gary Wallace & Bryan Sanderson 14-13.

Quarter Final Results – F.Froud (Barnes WE) 18-12 P.Thomson (Roker Marine), B.Sanderson (Barnes WE) 15-14 AJ.Dunn (Dairy Lane), J.Purdy (Hetton Wkm) 20-15 R.Bamborough (North Biddick), I.Riches (Silksworth) 18-12 J.Wilson (Dairy Lane)

The Burkett Shield semi-finals took place last week, in an all Silksworth affair Eric Downes, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt got the better of club mates Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and Billy Ferry 20-14, in the final they will face Hetton Workmen’s Terry Murphy, Peter Harding and John Purdy who survived an extra end to beat Marine’s John Smith, Fred Knubley and Stevie Don 19-17, the date for the final has yet to be decided.

The draw for the Champion of Champions is as follows
B.Poulter (Usworth) 0-1 P.Thomson (Silksworth), M.Moore (Sunderland) v R.Craggs (Whitburn), G.Wallace (BWE) v D.Bolt (Silksworth), B.Henderson (Seaham Town) 16-21 M.Thompson (North Biddick), A.Patterson (Grindon Mill) v D.Fenwick (Ryhope), E.Middlemass (Hylton CW), D.Gowland (Thompson Park) both got byes into the last eight, the quarter final ties take place on Tuesday at Seaham Town.

Seniors Draw – R.Maxwell (Marine) 19-21 J.Hansell (Whitburn), W.Piggott (North Biddick) v M.Carr (Silksworth), F.Lulham (Roker Park) v P.Wallace (Houghton Town), E.Middlemass (Hylton CW) v D.New (Sunderland), T.Westwood (Thompson Park) v T.Joicey (Washington Glebe), R.Alexander (BWE) v J.Dinsdale (Seaham Town), H.Thompson (Ryhope) received a bye, the quarter finals take place on Tuesday at Seaham Town.

As the outdoor season enters its final four weeks the Sunderland & District leagues are reaching a climax with both Earl & Swan Cup titles still up for grabs. In the Earl Cup three teams can still win the title, with leaders Barnes West End on a bye Silksworth took full advantage to go top with a 6-1 win at Barnes Park, Roker Marine moved joint top with a 6-1 win over relegated Houghton Town although they have played a game more than the other two, last year’s champions Houghton Dairy Lane have had a campaign to forget but avoided the drop with a 7-0 win over Hetton Workmen’s who now join Thompson Park in division two. The top two meet at Silksworth in a rearranged game this week, Silksworth also have a home game against Barnes Park while Barnes West End have two rearranged games against Dairy Lane and Houghton Town. 

Latest Earl Standings (top three) – Silksworth 10-53½, Roker Marine 11-53½, Barnes West End 10-48½

In Division Two Hylton Colliery Welfare’s 6-1 win over Roker Park has secured them promotion, Usworth’s 5-2 loss at South Hylton leaves them needing two points from their rearranged game at Thompson Park to pinch the other spot from Seaham Town, if Usworth collect four points they will go up as champions. At the foot of the table Thompson Park’s relegation fate was already sealed however the other spot will be between Whitburn and Roker Park, if Whitburn collect six points from their outstanding game against Thompson Park then Roker Park will be relegated.

Latest Earl Div 2 Standings (top three) – Hylton CW 12-53, Seaham Town 12-51, Usworth 11-49½

In the Third Division North Biddick were already up as champion’s, Ryhope’s 5-2 win at Pemberton has moved them into the other spot  and coupled with Washington’s 5-2 home loss to Grindon Mill means Washington need to collect six points at Sunderland in their outstanding fixture to pinch second place.

Latest Earl Div 3 Standings (top three) – North Biddick 12-60, Ryhope 12-52½, Washington 11-47½

In the Swan Cup only a single point covers the top three, holders Houghton Dairy Lane saw their nine game winning streak ended as they were beaten at third placed Roker Marine 6-1, Silksworth took advantage of Dairy Lane’s loss to go top with a 5-2 win at Barnes Park, Seaham Town eased their relegation fears with a cracking 6-1 win at Hetton Workmen’s while Usworth moved out of the relegation places with a 5-2 win at already relegated Thompson Park.

Latest Swan Standings (top three) – Silksworth 15-76½, Houghton DL 15-75½, Roker Marine 16-75½
Bottom three – Usworth 15-35½, Houghton Town 15-32, Thompson Park 15-17

North Biddick’s lead in Division Two has been cut to 7½ points after South Hylton’s 7-0 win over Pemberton, Hylton Colliery Welfare are only three points outside a promotion place after a 6-1 home win over Grindon Mill, Roker Park’s promotion hopes took another blow as they were beaten 5-2 at Ryhope.

The first league title could be decided today in the Storey Bowl, last weekend leaders Seaham Town had a vital 5½-1½ win at third placed Houghton Town and despite holders Hetton Workmen’s hitting Hylton Colliery Welfare for a ton in a 7-0 win Seaham Town go into today’s home game against Thompson Park needing six points to secure the title. Bottom of the table Pennywell completed back to back wins as they had a cracking 6½-½ win over Dawdon.

In the Harold Howey holders Barnes West End have retained their title; this week’s 4-0 home win over Roker Park means they cannot be caught, second placed Barnes Park had a good 3-1 win at Hylton Colliery B, the battle to avoid the drop is between five teams, bottom of the table Thompson Park B lost 4-0 at Houghton Dairy Lane A while Chester le Street gave themselves a chance of escaping with a 3-1 win at Seaham Town A but they only have one game left at home to Houghton Dairy Lane A which they must win.

Latest Howey Div 1 Standings (bottom four) – Roker Marine 16-22, Hylton CW A 14-21½, Sth Hylton 15-20, Chester le St 16-20, Thompson Park B 14-16.

South Hetton have had a tough baptism of fire in Division two and despite being bottom they had a tremendous 3-1 win at Thompson Park A, Pennywell and Pemberton A played out a 2-2 draw while the Pemberton B team defeated Dawdon 3-1, the only other result received saw North Biddick B beat Sunderland B 3½-½, the top two Houghton Town A and Wearmouth were due to meet but no result submitted. The running total of teams playing short this season stands at 112 although four clubs Thompson Park, Pemberton, Roker Park and Dawdon between them contribute 69 to the total.

In the Grindon League  Tommy Double Fours the semi-final’s were played at Roker Marine last week, Silksworth narrowly beat Barnes West End 39-37 and Usworth beat Pennywell 39-30, the final will take place at Houghton Dairy Lane. With only a couple of outstanding league fixtures still to be played Silksworth will need a couple of points from their rearranged game at home to South Hylton, Usworth however missed out on finishing third when they were beaten 5-0 at Grindon Mill.

At the National Championships at Leamington Spa it has been a lean week for the local Durham qualifiers as the women’s events start to wind down. One of the few bright spots this week saw Stockton’s Teresa Parnell reach the singles last sixteen before going down 21-4 to Somerset’s Stef Branfield. In the triples the Houghton Dairy Lane trio of Susan Forster, Gylnis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson had a cracking 20-18 win over Leicestershire’s England internationalist Jamie Lea Winch but then went out in round two 15-14 to another England star Lincolnshire’s Amy Gowshall, the other Durham hope Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn lost in the prelims 18-15 to Kent’s Jackie Amess. In the Pairs Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson were beaten in the first round 24-14 by Gloucestershire’s Jenny Hill, the Newton Hall duo of Eileen Horan & Fay Slinn also lost in the first round 16-14 to Bedfordshire’s Pauline Bright. In the Two Bowl singles Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan went out in the prelims 16-9 to Middlesex’s Janine Bancroft however club mate Fay Slinn did reach the last sixteen before narrowly losing 14-13 to the eventual national champion Leicestershire’s Jamie Lea Winch. Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson’s defence of her Senior Singles title ended in the second round with a 21-12 defeat to Hant’s Elizabeth Russell. This week the men’s competition’s take centre stage, locally Silksworth have two squads in the triples as well as Jaxon McKenna in the Under 25 Singles.

There has been even more local success on the Open Tournament circuit, the Barnes West End triple of Jason Britton, Gary Wallace and Gary McPheator’s collected the Cramlington Triples title, Wallace then teamed up with club mate Bryan Sanderson to take the Ryton Pairs title and the weekend was capped off with Silksworth’s Phil Dixon and David Bolt retaining the Seaham Pairs title. (all pictured)



With the Earl Cup leaders Silksworth not in action this week both Barnes West End and Roker Marine took advantage to drag themselves back into the title race, West End’s 6-1 win over holders Houghton Dairy Lane moves them top while Roker Marine’s 6-1 win at Hetton Workmen leaves them a point adrift in third, Houghton Town’s 6-1 home loss to Barnes Park has confirmed there relegation to division two. With a few outstanding games still to play Monday’s final round of fixtures will not decide the title, leaders Barnes West End are on a bye while Silksworth head to Barnes Park, Marine entertain Houghton Town and there is a relegation battle as Hetton Workmen need to win at  Dairy Lane otherwise they will take the second relegation spot. With both promotion spots in the second division already done and dusted Usworth and Hylton Colliery Welfare are still battling it out to go up as champions, current leaders Usworth had a bye this week but still have a half point lead over Hylton after Hylton’s 6-1 loss at Whitburn. In division three North Biddick are already promoted but the remaining place is still up for grabs, Washington’s 6-1 win at New Herrington has moved them to within two points of second placed Ryhope who were on a bye, Washington also have a game in hand.

Houghton Dairy Lane remain on course to retain their Swan Cup title, in the latest round of fixtures Dairy Lane hit bottom on the table Thompson Park for a ton in a 7-0 win to maintain a three point lead over Silksworth, the latter beat Hetton Workmen 7-0, third placed Marine won 5-2 at Barnes Park while Seaham Town leap frog Houghton Town after a 6-1 away win, Usworth’s 6½-½ home loss to Barnes West End leaves them in the second relegation spot albeit by 1½ points. In division two North Biddick came out on top in the battle of the top two; 6-1 against South Hylton, the win moves Biddick 14½ points clear at the top, the fight for the other promotion spot is between South Hylton, Hylton Colliery and Roker Park, the latter two clashed this week with Hylton Colliery running out 6-1 winners. 

In the Howey current holders Barnes West End are favourites to retain their title after a 3-1 win at North Biddick A, the holders have only lost one game all season and have played a game less than the chasing pack. Roker Park’s challenge is fading after a 4-0 home loss to Washington B, Ryhope B eased any relegation worries with a tremendous 4-0 local derby win over Silksworth, South Hylton’s 3-1 win over Hylton Colliery B moves them out of the drop zone but bottom of the table Thompson Park B remain rooted after a 4-0 home loss to Seaham Town. In the second division the top three surprisingly all lost, leaders Houghton Town A were beaten 3-1 at home by North Biddick B, second placed Wearmouth saw their eight game unbeaten run come to an end as they lost 3½-½ at Washington A, third placed Houghton Town B lost 3-1 at New Herrington which allows Whitburn to leap frog them after their 3-1 win at South Hetton.

The Storey Bowl top two went head to head last weekend and it was a thriller as leaders Seaham Town beat holders Hetton Workmen’s 63-62, more importantly it was 6-1 to Seaham which moves them ten points clear of Hetton who do have a game in hand but will need Seaham to lose one of their last two games to secure a fourth consecutive title. Bottom of the table Pennywell recorded only their second win of the season 6-1 at mid table Hylton Colliery Welfare, the other game saw Dawdon defeat Roker Park 6-1.

The Burkett Shield was due to be played to a finish this week however Tuesday’s scheduled Quarter Finals were washed out and were played 48 hours later. Silksworth’s David Bolt beat  Marine’s Richie Mckie 17-14 to set up an all Silksworth semi-final against Billy Ferry, in the quarter’s Ferry got the better of Grindon’s Alan Patterson, the other semi-final will see Hetton’s John Purdy take on Marine’s Stevie Don after wins over Silksworth’s Gary McPheators and West End’s Frankie Froud respectively. the semi-finals are due to take place at Seaham with the final at Usworth on a date yet to be confirmed. On Tuesday Roker Park will host the Silver Jack’s Quarter finals there will be livescore updates via the website.

In the Grindon League the final week of scheduled fixtures saw Houghton Dairy Lane go top after a 5-0 win over South Hylton, with Dairy Lane having completed their fixtures the door is open for Silksworth who are only a point behind after a 4-1 win at Pennywell, the second placed club have one game to rearrange against South Hylton and will need only a point to take the title as they have a better shots difference. Whitburn ended the season with a 4-1 win at Hylton Colliery Welfare while Usworth’s 5-0 win over Wearmouth gives them a chance to finish third if they beat Grindon Mill in a rearranged game. The Tommy Thompson double fours semi-finals will feature Barnes West End against Silksworth and Pennywell against Usworth, the final is due to be played on Friday.

The National Championship’s are currently taking place at Leamington Spa, over the next 30 days dreams will be made or shattered. The Durham County qualifiers have had a mixed start, the big highlight was the achievement of Dipton’s Michael English (pictured) who steered his quartet to the final of the inaugural Men’s Senior Fours, after navigating through four rounds into the final the Dipton rink were beaten 19-16 by Wiltshire’s former England international Mel Biggs. In the Junior Pairs Darlington RA’s Liam Macey made it through the first round only to lose in the next 20-13 to Middlesex’s Glen Adams. In the Women’s event’s Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson was well beaten 25-8 in the first round of the Senior Pairs, Norton’s Jennifer Parkin also made a first round exit 21-15 against Leicestershire’s Alice Atkin in the Junior Singles, Darlington North Park’s Stacy Pattison won her opener but then went down 21-9 to Warwickshire’s Hannah Smith. In the Women’s Fours Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall, Evelyn Barkes, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson beat Hunts Dina Barlow 23-9 in the prelims but went out in the next round 21-16 to Notts Jayne Croxall, Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison made the second round before succumbing to a 28-9 loss at the hands of Cambridgeshire’s Jean Stephens. The women’s singles has just started and Stockton’s Teresa Parnell had a cracking first round 21-6 win over Warwickshire’s Elizabeth Wooding, on Monday Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson will open their triples campaign against Leicestershire’s England international Jamie Lea Winch. The men’s Middleton Cup title went to Devon for a third year running, in a repeat of last season’s final Devon beat Kent by 32 shots, there was better news for Kent in the women’s John’s Trophy final as they beat Norfolk by 14 shots.  


This season’s County finals were played at Silksworth last weekend, locally Silksworth collected three titles and Houghton Dairy Lane one. The Pairs final saw Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar & David Bolt take on Darlington RA’s Mark Jones & Andrew Kirtland, as expected it was a cracker, with the scores tied at 16-16 Kirtland had the chance to spoil the Silksworth lads morning but failed to convert the head with the game’s final bowl leaving Bolt a 17-16 winner. There was more good news for the Farquhar / Bolt combination as they teamed up with Phil Dixon to take the Triples title, in an all Silksworth final against Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow the Bolt trio ran out 18-13 winners. In the Under 25 Singles there was more Silksworth success as Jaxon Mckenna made up for losing in last year’s final with an impressive 21-13 win over Darlington RA’s Liam Macey. Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson’s hopes of lifting the Two bowl singles county title were dashed as Stcokton’s Mark Hodgson ran out a 17-9 winner. The final piece of local silverware came in the George Turley Champion of Champions when Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe survived a rain interrupted final against Leadgate’s David Warnaby to take the title 21-14. The blue riband Singles title went for the first time to David Fenwick, the Elm Tree star beat Dunston’s Alex Bryden 21-13 in the final, the fours title went to Leadgate’s David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson after beating Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram 23-15.

The women’s County Singles final took place at a sodden Horden green, Darlington Woodlands Ann Anderson secured her 8th singles success with a hard fought 21-17 win over Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, Anderson’s first success was some 22 years ago, both finalists qualify for the national championships at Leamington Spa.  The National Championship’s get underway today at Leamington Spa, the 30 day festival of bowls runs until Sunday September 3.

Barnes West End last won the Earl Cup way back in 1944 however this season they are leading the pack with three games to go, a cracking 6-1 win at previous leaders Roker Marine has moved them into top spot, the only other result received saw Barnes Park knock Hetton Workmen’s for a ton in a 7-0 home win. In division two Usworth’s 7-0 win over Roker Park secured a return to the top flight next season, the Usworth lads bounce back after their relegation in 2015 meanwhile Hylton Colliery Welfare’s 6-1 home win over third placed Seaham Town virtually guarantees promotion as they only need a point from their final two games.  Third division leaders North Biddick suffered only their second defeat of the season 5-2 at Washington however Biddick look odds on for promotion; Grindon Mill’s draw against Ryhope has moved them off the bottom albeit by half a point.

Houghton Dairy Lane’s hopes of a fourth consecutive Swan Cup title received a double boost, a 6-1 win at Barnes West End was their eighth consecutive win and second placed Roker Marine went down 5-2 at home to Silksworth to leave Dairy Lane three points clear and having played a game less. Seaham Towns 6½-½ win over Usworth has seen them leap frog Usworth out of the second relegation place although only one point covers three teams, bottom of the table Thompson Park proved it wasn’t unlucky thirteen as they notched their first win of the season 5-2 against Barnes Park. In division two leaders North Biddick were beaten 6-1 at Washington but they are still 9½ points clear at the top, bottom of the table Grindon Mill had a cracking 5-2 win over Roker Park.

In the Harold Howey Barnes Park B are the new leaders after a 3-1 win at Ryhope A, Barnes have a 1½ point lead over neighbours West End, third placed Roker Park suffered a setback as they were beaten by Houghton Diary Lane A 3-1, the fight to avoid the drop looks like it will go the distance as only 3½ points cover the bottom eight teams. In division two Wearmouth notched an eighth straight win 3-1 over South Hetton to maintain their strangle hold on the second promotion spot, Wearmouth are now only two points behind leaders Houghton Town A.

The Storey Bowl looks like a two horse race as Seaham Town and holders Hetton Workmen’s have opened up an eleven point gap over the rest, Seaham Town are still in pole position after a 7-0 win at bottom of the table Pennywell, holders Hetton Workmen’s are 5½ points adrift despite a 6½-½ win over Thompson Park. This weekend could go a long way to decide the title as the top two meet at Hetton, when the two met earlier in the season Seaham won 5-2.       

As the number of times a club has played short this season has finally hit the unprecedented 100 mark the time has come for the Sunderland & District Bowling Association to take a more proactive approach to deal with the situation rather than leave it until November’s AGM. Ten years ago a three rink league was introduced in an attempt to assist those clubs struggling to field sixteen players, back then the Earl Cup had 27 teams and the Swan Cup 25, that experiment lasted one season before reverting back to a four rink format, this season both the Earl Cup and the Swan Cup are both down by six teams each compared to ten years ago. The Association has the ideal opportunity to get feedback from all the member clubs on their preferred format which can then be analysed and proposals put forward to the clubs, for those clubs able to field sixteen then  create a division of four rinks and for those clubs able to field twelve then create divisions of three rinks, sadly if the Association and clubs continue to bury their heads in the sand and fail to see the bigger picture then the list of clubs unable to compete in the Associations main leagues is likely to increase in 2018.

The Burkett Shield Triples will be played to a finish this week as the quarter finals take place at Roker Park on Tuesday, the semi-finals on Thursday at Seaham Town and the final at Usworth on Friday.
Quarter Final Draw – F.Knubley (Roker Marine) v B.Henderson (Seaham Town) or F.Froud (Barnes West End), A.Patterson (Grindon Mill) v I.Riches (Silksworth), P.Harding (Hetton Workmen) v TW.Todd (Silksworth), P.Bamborough (North Biddick) or D.Bolt (Silksworth) v V.Avery (Silksworth) or R.Graham (Roker Marine)

The final of the 3-2-1 Knock Out triples took place at Usworth this week, the last team to lift the title three years on the trot was host club Usworth so it was fitting that Barnes West End (pictured) equalled that feat with a cracking 217-190 win over Silksworth, Frankie Froud finished 10 up against David Bolt, Bob Alexander 4 up against Gary McPheators and Gary Wallace beat Ian Riches by 15, the only Silksworth success saw Paul Baker beat Bryan Sanderson by 2. Next season West End will attempt to become the first club to lift the shield four years in a row.

The Grindon League title is still up for grabs as only half a point covers the top four teams, in round ten of eleven Houghton Dairy Lane moved joint top with a 4-1 win at Whitburn, Wearmouth moved into mid table with a 5-0 win over Grindon Mill while Usworth had a tremendous 5-0 win at Barnes West End, no result received from the Silksworth v Hylton CW game, there are a few outstanding fixtures still to be played.
Grindon Mill v Hylton CW, Grindon Mill v Usworth, Houghton DL v Wearmouth, Silksworth v South Hylton.
































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