The curtain came down on the Sunderland seniors this week as they ended 27 years of competing in the County Seniors League with a 3-2 home loss to Stanley A. George Brown, Billy Roberts, Ronnie Robson and John Jones looked set for a handsome win against Derek Craig as they built up a 10-2 and 15-8 lead however failure to nick anything on the last three ends saw Jones having to settle for a 15-12 win. Peter Thomson, Michael Carr, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd looked down and out against Colin Chapman as they trailed 10-2 at the half way mark however a five on the 10th end turned the tie Todd’s way and despite dropping a last end double Todd secured a 15-14 win. The remaining rink of Bobby Usher, Tony Wood, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling got off to a flier against Davey Webb and led 5-0 however the wheels came off as Jobling went down 20-9. So overall despite leading at 14 ends Sunderland snatched a 46-39 defeat from the jaws of victory to end the squads twenty seven year association with the county league.

In Group 3 Houghton A confirmed an end of season play-off place with a cracking 4-1 win at The Parks. David Sims quartet of John Godfrey, Brian Race and Trevor Joicey were a touch unlucky to go down 14-11 to Brian Bolam but that loss was cancelled out by Joe Sutherland, Jimmy Swinney, David Wright and Ian Whorlton who defeated Billy Blyth 15-11. The match was decided by Houghton’s remaining rink of John Doyle, Freddie Fletcher, Foster Johnson and Peter Harding who had a cracking 24-6 win over Bob Harrison which sealed a 50-31 win overall. The end of season play-off format is a straight knock out  with the various group winners guaranteed a home draw in the quarter finals, as Houghton are most likely to finish runners up in Group 2 then they will have to travel away.

Latest Standings
Group 1 – Spennymoor 7-20, Shildon 5-19½, Darlington A 7-18½, Aycliffe 6-16, Durham A 7-6
Group 2 – Darlington B 7-32, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley A 8-15½, Sunderland 8-12, Ferryhill 7-9
Group 3 – South Shields 7-28, Houghton A 7-24, Gateshead A 7-15, Stanley B 7-13½, Parks B 8-9½
Group 4 – Durham B 5-22, Parks A 5-17, Hartlepool B 6-17, Gateshead B 6-11½, Houghton B 6-2½

South Shields have had a cracking season after decent runs in the Denny Cup and the Mixed Egham Trophy, this weekend the club could land a couple of national titles as the latter stages of the Mixed Fours and Mixed Pairs take place at Loddon Vale. In the Mixed Fours Jackie Stewart-Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna & Shaun McIntosh face Bournemouth’s Chris Daniels in the last sixteen while at the same stage in the Mixed Pairs Jackie Stewart-Tallack and David Bolt face Riverrain’s Tony Webb.  

In the Over 60’s Singles Area Final South Shield’s Alan Lawton will face Shildon’s Billy Maddison after latter’s semi-final 21-13 win over Ferryhill’s Alan Hinds. In the Over 55 Triples area semi-final there was a tremendous 16-13 win for South Shield’s Dave Paterson at Durham over Michael Laydon, the win sets up a area final against Hartlepool’s Dale Oram. There was disappointment in the Over 60’s Fours for Shield’s Billy Ferry after a 20-14 loss at Gateshead to Brian Orrell, the latter will face Aycliffe’s Fred Edwards in the area final. The Area final of the Two Bowl will be between Alan Lawton (Shields) and either Matty Ray or Paul Hartley (both Hartlepool), Lawton secured his place with a 21-12 win over West Denton’s Dave Morrison.

The County Champions of Champions competitions are nearing the business end, in the Singles final either David Bolt (Shields) or Glen Skipp (Hartlepool) will face Shildon’s Billy Maddison while in the Pairs Houghton’s Frankie Froud’s hopes were ended in the semi-finals by Stanley’s Brett Arkley, the latter could collect three titles as he is still running in the triples and fours. In the Senior Fours semi-finals Houghton’s Ian Whorlton’s run was ended without a bowl being played after falling foul to one of the games many infamous unwritten rules regarding substitute players in the county champion of champions, although nothing in the county year book the unwritten rule is that a substitute can only play if they didn’t play in the clubs competition in the same year, Sunderland fell foul of the same rule a few years ago and it needs to be put into black & white.

The England Men’s Under 25’s squad retained the Home International Series title held at Newport this week, England recorded three wins – Ireland 84-73, Wales 96-58 before coming from behind in the auld emery clash with Scotland 76-72.    

One of the area’s oldest indoor bowling venues Boldon Community Centre has been the home of Boldon Indoor Bowling club and in the eighties use to be the home of the late great Billy Bewick and county star Russell Bewick. Despite not being a member of the County Association for a number of years the club has somewhat gone under the radar and are still operating, they currently have 95 male and 41 female members who travel from the Sunderland, South Shields and Gateshead area plus members from Boldon, Jarrow, Hebburn, Washington and Gateshead. The three rink venue has recently just had a newly installed blue playing surface, they hold Men’s leagues on Monday 1030, 1330 and Wednesday 1030 with Ladies leagues on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 1300 alongside internal club competitions, if anyone is interested in joining the club or wants further information they can ring Gordon Whitfield   0750 485 9643 (Sec), Geoff Pattison 0759 342 9074 or Jim Huntingdon 0792 604 3194.

As outdoor club’s continue to look for funding it is worth noting that the Coalfields Community Investment Programme is currently accepting applications from not-for-profit groups and organisations working in the most deprived coalfield communities in the North East, North West, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Kent. The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that remain in coalfield communities across England. Projects should be based in an eligible coalfield community or be able to show clear and immediate benefits for an eligible coalfield community that has high levels of deprivation. A list of eligible wards in the North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Kent can be found on the Trust's website. The funding cannot be used for projects with capital costs only, and no more than £2,000 can be requested for capital costs in total. Applicants must complete the Eligibility Survey before they can complete a full application form, and the deadline for this survey is seven days before the application deadline of 17 March 2017. Click HERE to go to the site


The latest round of fixtures in the Seniors Inter Club take place this week, Wednesday will be a sad day for the Sunderland Seniors who will bring down the curtain on 27 years of competing in the league. During those years Sunderland use to have two squads A&B and both enjoyed success, the A team won the plays off final on five occasions and finished runners up on two more. The B team never lifted the title but were runners up twice, sadly since the loss of Crowtree a small band of players have kept the club name going for three years but the sands of time have caught up with the squad and it was reluctantly agreed to finish this season, although the club will not be dissolved. The squads final game is at Houghton against Stanley A, after breaking there duck against Ferryhill the Sunderland lads will be looking to end on a high note.

Sunderland v Stanley A  (Wednesday 22 February - 1230 start)
G.Brown, W.Roberts, R.Robson, J.Jones, P.Thomson, A.Wood, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, R.Usher, M.Carr, F.Froud, R.Jobling
Reserves – E.Downes, J.Maxfield, D.Gowland, C.Young

In Area 3 Houghton A return to action on Thursday as they face a trip to bottom of the group The Parks B, despite not having played a game for a month the Houghton squad have virtually secured a play-off spot and now only need half a point from their last two games.

The Parks B v Houghton A
J.Doyle, F.Fletcher, F.Johnson, P.Harding, J.Sutherland, J.Swinney, D.Wright, I.Whorlton, P.Collins, B.Race, T.Joicey, D.Sim
Reserves – J.Thuburn, J.Godfrey.

In Area 4 the Houghton B team entertain The Parks A at Houghton on Thursday, the hosts are still looking for their first win of the season while The Parks are locked in a fight for the second play off place with Hartlepool B.
Houghton B v The Parks A
At Houghton – S.Barnes, P.Taylor, F.Sanderson, F.Kell, P.Hicks, I.Richardson, T.Baister, B.Johnson, K.Waterson, D.Forth, G.Charlton, R.Thorpe
Latest Standings
Area 1 – Spennymoor 7-20, Shildon 5-19½, Darlington A 7-18½, Aycliffe 6-16, Durham A 7-6
Area 2 – Darlington B 7-32, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley A 7-12½, Sunderland 7-10, Ferryhill 7-9
Area 3 – South Shields 7-28, Houghton A 6-20, Gateshead A 7-15, Stanley B 7-13½, Parks B 7-8½
Area 4 – Durham B 5-22, Parks A 5-17, Hartlepool B 6-17, Gateshead B 6-11½, Houghton B 6-2½       

This season’s National competitions are reaching the area finals stages, in the singles the area final will be a repeat of the 2008 national final as Durham’s Gary Smith takes on Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp, in the semi-finals Smith eased past West Denton’s Peter Duffy 21-6 while Skipp defeated club mate Paul Mosley 21-7. In the pairs semi-finals Stanley’s Brett Arkley ended Gateshead’s Alec Bryden’s run 19-13 and will now take on Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley in the Area final. Hartley is also in the Fours Area final where South Shield’s Gary Farquhar will provide the opposition, Farquhar won an all Shields semi-final 21-14 against Jamie Brass. In the Over 60’s Singles South Shield’s Alan Lawton booked a place in the area final with a 21-7 win over West Denton’s James Young. Club mate Billy Ferry moved into the Fours semi-finals after defeating Stanley stalwart Eddie Henry 17-14, Ferry heads to Gateshead next to face Brian Orrell. Houghton played host this week to the Area final of the ladies pairs, West Denton’s Annie Lennie defeated Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley 20-10.

The final stages of this seasons Under 25 singles took place at the City of Ely, the region was represented by Hartlepool’s Matty Ray however the Hartlepool youngster went out in the last sixteen, the title went to the host clubs Edward Elmore.

Stanley’s run in the Over 60’s Double Fours came to an end in the last sixteen after a thrilling 30-29 defeat by Hornsea.

On Friday the South Shield’s quartet of Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh head to Loddon Vale to take part in the final stages of the Mixed Fours, in the last sixteen McIntosh faces Bournemouth’s Chris Daniels.

The Under 25 Home International series takes place today and tomorrow at Newport, England will be looking to defend the title they won at Bristol last season.

Bowls England is urging its members to sign and share a petition regarding the Government preventing local councils to maintain bowling facilities, something that Sunderland Council have already introduced. As Britain has an ageing population withdrawing funding will result in older and vulnerable people in our society becoming less mobile and lose their only social contact something that local councils appear oblivious to, the link to the petition is available on the Bowls England and Bowls Sunderland website.


After six attempts the Sunderland Seniors finally broke there duck in round seven of the Seniors Inter Club league with a cracking 5-0 at Ferryhill. Bobby Usher, Tony Grimes, Michael Carr and Frankie Froud raced into an 11-0 lead and never looked back against Colin Larcombe as Froud finished 18-9 up, George Brown, Billy Roberts, Ronnie Robson and John Jones also got off to a flyer against R.Jefferson as they led 11-1, at 18-7 Jones looked set for a handsome win but in the end had to settle for a 19-14 win. The remaining rink of Eric Downes, Tony Wood, Peter Thomson and Peter Brickle trailed 10-4 at the half way mark but a cracking second half comeback saw Brickle collect 13 shots without reply to eventually secure a 18-12 win over K.Weallans. So overall Sunderland finished 20 shots up which saw them leap frog Ferryhill in the table, the squad’s final competitive game is against Stanley B on Wednesday 23 February (1230).

Sunderland v Stanley B
At Houghton – G.Brown, W.Roberts, R.Robson, J.Jones, P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, R.Usher, M.Carr, F.Froud, R.Jobling
Reserves – A.Wood, A.Grimes, J.Maxfield, D.Gowland, C.Young

Latest Standings
Area 1 – Spennymoor 6-19, Darlington A 6-17½, Aycliffe 6-16, Shildon 5-15½, Durham A 6-2
Area 2 – Darlington B 7-32, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley A 7-12½, Sunderland 7-10, Ferryhill 7-9
Area 3 – South Shields 7-28, Houghton A 6-20, Stanley B 6-12½, Gateshead A 6-11, Parks B 7-8½
Area 4 – Durham B 5-22, Parks A 5-17, Hartlepool B 6-17, Gateshead B 6-11½, Houghton B 6-2½

The latest round of Inter Club fixtures took place last weekend with the three local sides in action, Sunderland faced an unbeaten Durham outfit, at Houghton both home squads put in spirited performances, Eric Downes, Dennis Gibson, Mel Milner and Richie Mckie recovered from 12-7 down to go into the last end 14-12 down, a flashback final trail on the jack saw Mckie sneak a three and secure a 15-14 win against Jim Taylor. The other squad of Tony Grimes, Tony Wood, Billy Roberts and Richie Jobling were always a few shots down to Jim Hutchinson and despite a last end double Jobling had to settle for a 15-12 loss, those scores left the home squad a touch unfortunate to finish 29-27 down however it was a different story at Durham. Peter Thomson (snr), debutee Alan Patterson, Peter Brickle and Peter Thomson (jnr) were in awesome form as they notched 18 shots without reply against Alan Musgrove, by the 13th end the lead was 26-2 and despite a late Musgrove flurry the Sunderland quartet finished 27-14 up. The remaining rink of George Brown, Michael Carr, Terry Todd and John Jones also put in a cracking performance, at the half way mark Jones led Dave Christie 12-5 and despite dropping a late five Jones held on for a 19-16 win, that left the away squad 16 shots up which sealed a 14 shot win overall and a 7-3 points return, Sunderland have a bye in March before making their league farewell in April.
Houghton looked to build on their cracking January win over  The Parks as they faced leaders Hartlepool, sadly despite a spirited performance by the away squad Houghton suffered a 9-1 loss. At Hartlepool Alan J Dunn steered his quartet of Joe Sutherland, Richard Thorpe and Dan Todner to a cracking 18-12 win over Albert Ward. Jimmy McAdoo’s rink of Michael Wright, David Wright and David Armstrong put in a good effort against former internationalist Glen Skipp as they were only one down after ten ends before things slipped away in the second half as McAdoo finished 18-10 down, that left the away squad only four shots in arrears which was a good effort against a Hartlepool squad who have previously blitzed visiting teams. Sadly the home squad never recovered from a slow start, John Doyle, Keith Waterson, Tom Patterson and Ian Whorlton were always chasing the game against Marc Squirrell and had to settle for a 24-12 defeat, meanwhile Brian Henderson’s rink of Mal Baker, Jules Biggerstaff and Bryan Henderson (jnr) were in the same boat against Ian Jackson and had to settle for a 25-18 loss, that left the home squad 19 shots adrift which completed a 23 shot defeat overall, Houghton face Gateshead A who thumped South Shields 10-0 (83-55).
There has been some confusion over the new rule in this year’s Inter Club league however the County League Secretary has confirmed it is one shot on the first end only.

Latest Standings – Hartlepool 3-28½, Sunderland 5-23½, Durham 3-20, Parks 4-19, Houghton 4-17½, Gateshead A 4-13½, South Shields 3-8   

Houghton ladies returned to winning ways in the Inter County league with a full house against Gateshead as all six rinks returned winning cards. At Houghton Susan Forster manoeuvred Jean Watt, Ruth Turnbull and Jill Brown to a 15-12 win over Maureen Charles while Jenny Smith’s rink of A.Latimer, Hala Collingwood and Ann Banks defeated M.Warren 21-17. Top rink at home was Ellen Faith’s squad of Betty Prudhoe, Jackie Classen and Brenda Robson who defeated A.Gregory 16-9 to leave the home squad with a 14 shot advantage. At Gateshead all three rinks enjoyed wins with the pick of them being Norma Stephenson’s rink of Maureen Hall, Evelyn Barkes and Audrey Vout who defeated E.Wright 20-11. Florence Phythian steered Jenny Hume, C.Martin and Mary Melcalf to a 19-14 win over D.Kelly while the full house was completed as Gwen Eltringham, Doreen Fenwick, M.Glover and Joan Baker defeated A.Hubbard 15-12 which sealed an impressive 31 shot win overall.

South Shield’s David Bolt’s hopes of lifting the Champion Of Champions title at Hayling Island were dashed at the semi-final stage, after opening wins against Egerton Park’s Rob Morphett (21-5) and Spalding’s Graham Smith (21-18) Bolt’s adventure was ended by the eventual winner Exonia’s Jamie Chestney 21-12 in the last four, Chestney took the title with a hard fought 21-19 win over Falcon’s Andrew Squires.

After securing the Open Singles Circuit title Durham’s Gary Smith will need to get into the top 32 ranked players in order to defend the title, last weekend Smith competed in his first ranking tournament at Worksop. After successfully negotiating five rounds and only dropping a single set Smith secured the £800 first prize with a straight 2-0 sets win over Sam O’Donnell in the final. The win bounces Smith into the top 32 and with a few more local events should easily seal a place at next seasons Grand Finals day again.

There was more good news for South Shields in the Mixed Fours as Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh secured a place in the National Finals after defeating Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley 25-16, the Shield’s quartet will face Bournemouth’s Chris Daniels at Lodden Vale in the last sixteen on February 24.

Latest Area Final Updates
Singles – GR.Smith (Durham) or P.Duffy (West Denton) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool)
Pairs – B.Arkley (Stanley) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool)
Triples – M.Johnston (Gateshead) or J.,Taylor (Durham) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool) or L.Macey (Darlington)
Fours – J.Brass (South Shields) or G.Farquhar (South Shields) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool)
Over 50 Triples – M.Laydon (Durham) or D.Paterson (South Shields) v D.Oram (Hartlepool) or A.Jones (Redcar)


The Inter County league continues tomorrow with all three local sides in action, after their win over Gateshead A the Sunderland squad will be looking to build on that win as they face an unbeaten Durham outfit meanwhile Houghton will need to be at their best against table topping Hartlepool, the third local team South Shield’s will be looking to pick up points against bottom of the table Gateshead A although all four rinks will be travelling away.

Sunderland v Durham
At Houghton – E.Downes, D.Gibson, M.Milner, R.Mckie, A.Grimes, A.Wood, W.Roberts, R.Jobling
At Durham – P.Thomson, A.Patterson, P.Brickle, P.Thomson, G.Brown, M.Carr, TW.Todd, J.Jones

Houghton v Hartlepool
At Houghton – M.Baker, J.Biggerstaff, B.Henderson, B.Henderson (snr), J.Doyle, K.Waterson, T.Patterson, I.Whorlton
At Hartlepool – J.Sutherland, R.Thorpe, D.Todner, AJ.Dunn, M.Wright, D.Wright, D.Armstrong, J.McAdoo

South Shields v Gateshead
At Gateshead – RP.forster, I.Scott, M.Baker, G.Brass, R.Craggs, K.Taylor, D.Wilson, W.Upsall, S.Hubbard, K.Thompson, T.Halcrow, E.McCord, P.Sainthouse, D.Wilson, E.Wightman, M.Byrne

Latest Table – Hartlepool 2-19½, Parks 4-19, Durham 2-17, Houghton 3-16½, Sunderland 4-16½, South Shields 2-8, Gateshead A 3-3½   

There is also Inter Club Seniors action this week, in Area 2 Sunderland will travel to Ferryhill on Wednesday with both squads still looking for their first win of the season.

Sunderland v Ferryhill
At Ferryhill - R.Usher, D.Gowland, A.Grimes, R.Jobling,G.Brown, W.Roberts, R.Robson, J.Jones
P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, F.Froud

Latest Table – Darlington B 7-32, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley A 7-12½, Ferryhill 6-9, Sunderland 6-5 

In Area 4 the Houghton B team entertain The Parks A at Houghton on Thursday, the hosts are still looking for their first win of the season while The parks are in a fight for the second play off place with Hartlepool B

Houghton B v Hartlepool B
At Houghton – S.Barnes, P.Taylor, F.Sanderson, F.Kell, P.Hicks, I.Richardson, T.Baister, B.Johnson, K.Waterson, D.Forth, G.Charlton, R.Thorpe

Latest Table – Durham B 5-22, Parks A 5-17, Hartlepool B 6-17, Gateshead B 6-11½, Houghton B 6-2½

The Houghton Ladies are in Inter Club action on Wednesday as they entertain Gateshead, the hosts will be looking to bounce back from the 32 shot defeat against Hartlepool.

Houghton v Hartlepool
At Houghton – J.Watt, R.Tunrbull, J.Brown, S.Forster, B.Prudhoe, J.Classen, B.Robson, E.Gaith, A.Latimer, H.Collingwood, A.Banks, JB.Smith
At Hartlepool – M.Hall, E.Barkes, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, J.Hume, C.Martin, M.Metcalf, F.Phythian, G.Eltringham, D.Fenwick, M.Glover, J.Baker

After the pre-Christmas rush the Houghton club competitions have been whittled down to the semi-final stages in most of the events, the latter stages recommence in April.

Singles – P.Thomson v S.Tindale, B.Henderson (snr) v S.Patterson, Pat Thomson v J.Sutherland, B.McKeown v P.Thomson (snr)
Pairs – TW.Todd v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v T.Burt
Triples – T.Patterson v D.Todner, W.Piggott v AJ.Dunn
Fours – D.Simm v S.Kempster, R.Johnson v J.McAdoo
Over 60’s Singles – P.Thomson v R.Jobling, F.Froud v M.Wright
Over 60’s Pairs – R.Jobling v AJ.Dunn, W.Piggott v P.Brickle
Over 60’s Triples – W.Piggott v TW.Todd, F.Froud v AJ.Dunn
Over 60’s Fours – W.Piggott v J.Scullion, F.Froud v TW.Todd   

The Durham County Seniors have moved to the top of the Midland’s League after defeating Warwickshire at Doncaster, with one game to play Durham have a 7 point lead at the top over Yorkshire and a Durham win against Nottinghamshire in their final game will secure the title.

South Shields star David Bolt will be looking for more National glory as he makes the 700 mile round trip to Hayling Island to compete in the final stages of the Champion of Champions, in the last sixteen Bolt takes on Egerton Parks Rob Morphett.

In the local stage of the Over 50’s Triples Durham’s Michael Laydon had a cracking 16-9 win at Stanley against Bret Arkley, in the area semi-finals Laydon’s triple will entertain South Shield’s Dave Paterson. In the Mixed Pairs the area will be represented by the South Shield’s pairing of Jackie Tallack and David Bolt, in the area final the Shield’s pair defeated Aycliffes Barry Attwood 15-12 to secure a place at the final stages in three week’s time at Loddon Vale.































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