The latest round of Seniors Inter Club fixtures took place this week, in Area 2 Sunderland’s search for a first win of the season goes on despite a spirited performance they were beaten 5-0 at home by leaders Darlington B. Joe Maxfield, Tony Grimes, Billy Roberts and John Jones did lead 12-6 after 11 ends but the wheels came off in spectacular fashion as a 10-1 return in Darlington’s favour over the last four ends sealed a 16-13 loss to Alan Henderson. Peter Thomson, Eric Downes, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd only scored on three of the fourteen ends and went down 14-7 to Alan Stephenson, the remaining rink of Tony Wood, Michael Carr, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling never recovered from a 16-2 deficit and finished 23-15 down to Stan Blewitt which sealed an 18 shot defeat overall. With only two competitive games left Sunderland head to Ferryhill in a fortnight’s time where a win would lift them off the bottom of the group.

Latest Standings
Area 1 – Spennymoor 5-18, Shildon 4-15½, Darlington A 5-13½, Great Aycliffe 5-11, Durham A 5-2
Area 2 - Darlington B 6-27, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley 6-11, Ferryhill 5-5½, Sunderland 5-5
Area 3 – South Shields 6-24, Houghton A 6-20, Gateshead 5-10, Stanley B 5-9, Parks B 6-7
Area 4 – Durham B 4-17, Hartlepool B 5-14, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Houghton B 5-2½ 

Sunderland’s Inter County squad will be looking to build on their previous win over Gateshead as they return to Inter County action next weekend against a Durham side that has won both its opening games, the following squad has been selected
At Houghton – E.Downes, D.Gibson, M.Davis, R.Mckie, A.Grimes, G.Simpson, W.Roberts, R.Jobling
At Durham – P.Thomsonn, A.Wood, P.Brickle, P.Thomson, G.Brown, M.Carr, TW.Todd, J.Jones

In the County Singles Champion of Champions Houghton’s Peter Thomson failed to take advantage of a home draw and was beaten 21-16 by Durham’s Bill Routledge, local interest remains in the following events.

Singles Semi Final Draw Ties to be played on a neutral green – G.Skipp (Hartlepool) v D.Bolt (Sth Shields), W.Maddison (Shildon) v W.Routledge (Durham)

Pairs Semi Final Draw Ties to be played on a neutral green – F.Froud (Houghton) v B.Arkley (Stanley), J.Hutchinson (Durham) v D.Quickmire (Aycliffe)

Seniors Fours Semi Final Draw Ties to be played on a neutral green – E.Dent (Sth Shields) v I.Whorlton (Houghton), B.Hutchinson (Aycliffe) v B.Poulter (Gateshead)

Round Six of the Seniors Premier League was held at Houghton, league leaders Gateshead "A" were made to work hard to retain their position at the top against a resolute Ferryhill "B" with the leaders sneaking home 19-17, last year's winners and runners up Stanley and Darlington "B" both recovered from a slow start to the season to record their biggest wins to date. Stanley "A" overcame their club mates Stanley "B" 23-11 while Darlington B defeated Houghton 28-11. Durham picked up their second win of the season as they beat Darlington "A" 18-15, the shock result of the day was the defeat of second placed Ferryhill "A" by bottom club Gateshead "B" 21-12

Latest Table after Round 6
Gateshead A 6-12, Ferryhill A 5-8, Stanley A 5-6, Darlington B 5-6, Ferryhill B 5-4, Houghton 5-4, Durham 5-4, Darlington A 5-2, Stanley B 5-2, Gateshead B 4-2

The local stages in this seasons National Competitions have been taking place this week, in the singles Durham’s Gary Smith eased to a 21-6 win over The Parks Brian Houghton 21-6, Smith will have home advantage in the semi-final where he will face West Denton’s Peter Duffy, the latter secured a semi-final berth with a cracking 21-19 win at Shields against Stewart Hubbard. In the pairs Durham’s Mark Higgins run came to an end after a narrow 19-18 extra end home loss to Stanley’s Brett Arkley, the Stanley pair will now have home advantage in the semi-finals against Gateshead’s Alec Bryden. In the fours South Shield’s Jamie Brass moved into the semi-finals after a 17-12 win at Gateshead over Brian Orrell.

The Durham County senior squad return to Midland’s League action this week as they head to Doncaster to face Warwickshire, currently Durham are 11 points behind leaders Yorkshire but with 22 points on offer and after three straight wins Durham will be hoping for a good points haul.
Cumbria are still on course for a unique double, after already securing a semi-final place in the Liberty Trophy they have also moved in the Denny Cup last four after defeating Spalding 73-64, in the semi-finals Cumbria will face Exonia.

The Over 50’s International Seniors Double Fours series takes place at Hayling Island this weekend, among the eight man England team is Hartlepool’s Glenn Skipp and former Sunderland player Keith Renwick, England last won the event three years ago.
At the World Indoor Championships at Potters England’s talented 21 year old Katherine Rednall secured a second women’s singles after defeating defending champion England’s Ellen Faulkner 2-0. The Mixed Pairs title went to Scotland’s Clare Johnston and England’s Nicky Brett with 7-6,7-9,2-1 win against England’s Rebecca Field and Scotland’s Paul Foster. The men’s pairs title was won with the final bowl by Wales Jason Greenslade and England’s Les Gillett after a 7-7,8-6 win over the Welsh pair of Dan Salmon and Damian Doubler.
Following the retirement of the Bowls Durham B Team manager Paul Heath the County are seeking a suitable replacement. Candidates for the post should have a detailed knowledge and experience of managing and/or the selection of bowls teams. The successful candidate would be appointed for an initial period of three years (subject to review by the County Management Committee throughout this initial tenure) and be responsible for the selection and management of the team with the support of the Assistant County Secretary and two Selectors. It will involve travel to home and away County B Team fixtures and also wherever possible at those of the A Team and U25 Team. If anyone is interested they can contact County Secretary Foster Johnson further information.


In the Seniors County Champion of Champions the Houghton quartet of George Brown, Jimmy Swinney, Alan J Dunn (sub) and Ian Whorlton cruised to a 24-5 win over Hartlepool’s Mark Pavin, the Houghton rink will face South Shield’s Ebby Dent in the semi-finals on a yet to be agreed neutral green. In the Triples Houghton’s Jack Hutchinson, Tom Winship and Billy Piggott put in a spirited performance against the might of Stanley’s Brett Arkley, Ian Peacock and John Thurlbeck, despite dropping a first end eight the Houghton trio got back to within six before the Stanley lads stepped up a gear.

The latest round of Senior’s fixtures take place next week with the two local squads in action both looking for their first win of the season. In Area 2 Sunderland entertain leaders Darlington B, with play-off hopes already ended the Sunderland lads will be playing for pride on Wednesday at Houghton.
Sunderland – E.Downes, P.Thomson, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, G.Brown, W.Roberts, R.Robson, J.Jones, A.Wood, M.Carr, F.Froud, R.Jobling

In Area 4 Houghton B will also be looking to break their duck as they head to leaders Durham B on Friday.
Houghton – S.Barnes, J.Mathews, W.White, F.Kell, P.Hicks, I.Richardson, T.Baister, B.Johnson, K.Waterson, A.Glover, F.Sanderson, R.Thorpe

Latest Seniors Standings
Area 1 – Spennymoor 5-18, Shildon 4-15½, Darlington A 5-13½, Aycliffe 5-11, Durham A 5-2
Area 2 – Darlington B 6-27, Hartlepool A 6-21½, Stanley 6-11, Ferryhill 5-5½, Sunderland 5-5
Area 3 – Sth Shields 6-24, Houghton 6-20, Gateshead 5-10, Stanley B 5-9, Parks B 6-7
Area 4 – Durham B 4-17, Hartlepool B 5-14, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Houghton B 5-2½ 

With Sunderland calling time on the Inter Club there is now a nomination sheet on the notice board at Houghton to gauge the level of interest in the Inter County next season, if there is sufficient interest then Houghton may enter another team.

Latest Inter County League Standings
Hartlepool 2-19½, Parks 4-19, Durham 2-17, Houghton 3-16½, Sunderland 4-16½, South Shields 2-8, Gateshead A 3-3½

Although the decision to call time on the various representative teams the Sunderland club has not been dissolved, it will still feature in the EIBA Yearbook as it will still pay its membership fee to the EIBA, by doing so it will still keep open all lines of support to the governing body in the event of a venue being un-earthed, in the event of any future dissolution then a meeting of all past members would be called to decide the fate of the clubs funds. 

The local stages of this seasons national competitions are gradually reaching crunch time, this week has seen no progress in the singles, pairs or fours however in the triples Gateshead’s Malcom Johnston had a cracking 15-14 win over Gary Farquhar at Shields. In the Under 25 singles Jaxon McKenna’s hopes of securing a place at the final stages were ended after a 2-0 sets defeat to Hartlepool’s Matty Ray in the Area 2 final, the Hartlepool youngster will travel to the City of Ely next weekend for the final stages where he will face Falcon’s Steven Dunn in the last sixteen.
In the Mixed Pairs there were a couple of all Shield’s affairs completed, David Bolt defeated Jaxon McKenna 24-7 while Dave Paterson defeated Paul Sainthouse 21-3, the winners meet each other in the next round. There was better news for Mckenna in the Mixed Fours after a 19-18 win over club mate Phil Dixon secured a place in the area final tie against Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley.

In the Top club competition Hartlepool will face Lincoln in the last sixteen after a smashing 14-2 win over Cumbria. Stanley A moved into the last sixteen of the Over 50’s Double Fours after a tremendous 39-29 win over Cumbria A, the Stanley outfit will fit Hornsea next.

There was disappointment in the Egham Trophy for South Shields as they were beaten in the quarter finals 78-62 by Lincoln at New Earswick, the early stages saw Shields lead by 12 but that was over turned by Lincoln who went 14 shots up, despite a spirited fight back which got the deficit down to 6 shots things slipped away from Shield’s and Lincoln secured a semi-final spot against Victory (Portsmouth)
Scores (Shields skips first) – G.Farquhar 31-9 M.Smith, D.Bolt 20-14 B.Jackson, J.Minto 6-26 J.Gilroy, I.Riches 6-30 D.Brown

Cumbria moved into the Liberty Trophy semi-finals after comfortably defeating Lincolnshire by 30 shots at Hartlepool, Cumbria will face Leicestershire while Northants will face Devon in the other semi-final, the latter knocked out the holders Kent by 25 shots.  The Ladies Atherley Trophy semi-final line up will see Norfolk face Notts and Kent face Dorset.

The County Seniors have gone top of the Midlands Seniors League after an impressive 22-0 win over Lincolnshire at York. The pick of the results saw South Shield’s Billy Ferry steer his quartet to a 43-12 win to maintain Durham’s unbeaten record, Durham face unbeaten Warwickshire next on  February 2 at Doncaster.

The 2017 Indoor World Championships are once again taking place at Potters, defending champion England’s Nicky Brett opens his defence on Monday against Israel’s Andrew Kyle, the event will be covered on BBC2.


The latest round of Inter County games took place last weekend and it proved a good weekend for our local teams as both Sunderland and Houghton recorded wins. Sunderland gained a little bit of pride back after last month’s mauling against Hartlepool as the Wearsider’s defeated Gateshead A 65-59. At Houghton the home squad struggled again to record a win, Peter Thomson (snr), Eric Downes, Billy Roberts and Peter Thomson (jnr) went from 9-8 up to finish 19-10 down while Bobby Usher, Ian Fairweather, Richie Jobling and Frankie Froud turned round a 8-2 deficit to grind out a last end 16-15 win, those scores combined left the home squad eight shots in arrears however there was better news at Gateshead. Karl Armstrong, Michael Carr, Richie Mckie and Phil Dixon let slip an 11-6 lead and left it late to snatch a last end double for a 14-14 draw, however the match winners were Stevie Angus’s rink of George Brown, Terry Todd and Peter Brickle leading 15-11 with four ends to play Angus rattled off another 10 shots to seal a 25-11 win to leave the away squad 14 shots to the good and seal the overall result,  the 65-59 win resulted in a 6½-3½ points return in Sunderland’s favour, Durham will provide the next opposition in February.

Scores (Sunderland skips first) – P.Thomson 10-19 W.Watson, F.Froud 16-15 R.Charlton, P.Dixon 14-14 T.Pope, S.Angus 25-11 T.Magnay

Houghton produced a cracking result as they notched there first of the season beating second placed Parks 85-45½ with all four rinks returning winning cards. At Houghton Peter Harding’s quartet of John Doyle, Keith Waterson and Ian Whorlton were in impressive form running out 25-9 winners while Mal Baker, Jules Biggerstaff and the Henderson father & son duo were never in trouble running out 21-9 winners, those scores left the home squad 28 shots up. At The Parks both Houghton rinks returned home victorious, Alan J Dunn steered Joe Sutherland, Richard Thorpe and Dan Todner to a cracking 24-16 win which was backed up by Jimmy McAdoo’s rink of Michael Wright, David Wright and David Armstrong who completed a clean sweep with a hard fought 15-11¼ win to leave the away squad 11¾ shots up, overall Houghton collected all ten points on offer and will face leaders Hartlepool next.

Scores (Houghton skips first) – B.Henderson (snr) 21-9 A.Hall, P.Harding 25-9 P.Dawson, AJ.Dunn 24-16 M.White, J.McAdoo 15-11¼ J.Morgan

South Shield’s game against Hartlepool was cancelled at the twelfth hour.

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

This week saw another round of Inter Club Seniors fixtures sadly it proved a disappointment one for both local teams. In Group 2 Sunderland’s search for a win continues as they were beaten 4-1 at Hartlepool to leave them rock bottom of the group, the only bright spot came from Peter Thomson, Eric Downes, Peter Brickle and Terry Todd who eased to a 16-7 win, sadly the other two rinks were beaten. Tony Grimes, Michael Carr, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling were left to rue an early dropped five to go down 13-9 while George Brown, John Jones, Ronnie Robson and Billy Roberts only managed to score on a couple of ends in a 21-3 loss which sealed a 13 shot loss overall, Sunderland’s entertain Darlington B in two week’s time.

Scores (Sunderland skips first) – TW.Todd 16-7 A.Ward, R.Jobling 9-13 J.Ainger, W.Roberts 3-21 K.Wilford

After ending 2016 joint top of Group 3 Houghton A got 2017 off to a disappointing start as they were beaten 4-1 at bottom of the group Stanley A, the only winning rink came from John Doyle, Foster Johnson, Jack Scullion and Peter Harding who ran out 18-14 winners while Pat Collins, John Godfrey, David Wright and Ian Whorlton let slip a 10-5 lead to finish 18-13 down. There was also no joy for David Sim’s quartet of Joe Sutherland, Mal Baker and Trevor Joicey who led 8-6 after 8 ends but failed to score again and went down 18-8 which sealed an 11 shot defeat overall. The Houghton squad have a bye next but will have one eye on their nearest play off place challengers Gateshead who entertain leaders South Shield’s.

Scores (Houghton skips first) – P.Harding 18-14 R.Hailney, I.Whorlton 13-18 K.Christopher, D.Sim 8-18 D.Scanlon

Despite not having a venue a small group of City of Sunderland members have been keeping the club’s teams running however the sands of time have caught up with them and with numbers slowly dropping the decision has been made that this season will be the clubs final season competing in the Inter Club League and the Seniors League, the club itself will maintain its membership to the EIBA for at least another 12 months which keeps open any funding support in the event of finding a venue, it is hoped that Houghton may enter an extra Inter Club team and a third Vet’s squad next season to take up the extra interest this will generate at Houghton.

Houghton ladies put in a spirited performance in their latest Inter Club fixture against South Shields, in the end Shield’s ran out winners by 15 shots but the points return was only 7-5 in the latter’s favour. At Houghton the home squad ended 16 shots to the good, Ellen Faith steered Betty Prudhoe, Ann Todd and Brenda Robson to a cracking 24-10 win while Joan Watt, Sheila Moody, Jill Brown and Susan Forster finished 19-12 up, the only loss saw Joan Rodgerson’s quartet of Jenny Hume, Olwyn Charlton and Gwen Eltringham go down 23-18. Sadly the away squad went down by 33 shots, Doreen Fenwick, Margaret Eggleston, Ruth Turnbull and Jenny Smith were well beaten 28-8 and Maureen Hall, Evelyn Barkes, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson went down 22-10. There was some good news as Florence Phythian’s rink of Margaret Metcalf, Eleanor Barren and Joan Baker held their nerve for a 15-14 win.

Scores (Houghton skips first) – J.Rodgerson 18-23 D.Sproates, S.Forster 19-12 J.Chapman, E.Faith 24-10 A.Stipolph, N.Stephenson 10-22 P.Carling, F.Phythian 15-14 M.Robson, JB.Smith 8-28 J.Craig.

The local stage of this season’s National competitions have resumed after the Xmas break, in the singles Durham’s Gary Smith moved into the next round with a hard fought 21-17 win at West Denton against Clive Knott. There was disappointment in the pairs for South Shield’s David Bolt as Gateshead’s Alec Bryden backed up his previous round win over Durham’s Gary Smith with a 19-18 win over Bolt. South Shield’s Billy Ferry saw his run in the Over 60’s singles halted as club mate Alan Lawton won a thriller 21-20.

Last weekend saw the Denny Cup resume, locally Hartlepool’s hopes were dashed as Cumbria beat them by two shots to set up a quarter final against Spalding. In the Denny Plate Darlington moved into the last eight after a dramatic extra end win over Blackpool, in the last eight Darlington will face North Cave. The Liberty Trophy quarter finals take place today, Durham’s conqueror’s Cumbria face Lincolnshire at Hartlepool while holders Kent face Devon.

Weather permitting South Shield’s will face Lincoln tomorrow in the last eight of the mixed Egham Trophy, the tie is being played at New Earswick.

The Durham County Seniors have given themselves a great chance of lifting the Midland Seniors League title, in the latest round of ties Durham inflicted a first defeat of the season on table toppers Yorkshire 115-113, the 16-6 points return moves Durham to within 10 points of the leaders and with two games in hand, Durham face bottom of the table Lincolnshire on Thursday at York.

The regional finals of the EIBA’s School of Excellence takes place at Hartlepool tomorrow, the best young bowlers in the county will compete for a place at the National Finals at Melton Mowbray in April.

There was more sad news for the local bowls scene following the loss of John “Scotty” Scott, a member of the Thompson Park outdoor club and still a member of the City of Sunderland IBC John was a much respected bowler and a popular figure around the bowls scene and will be missed by many. Roker Marine has suffered another sad loss, following the sudden loss of Keith Sunley they lost Jim Patterson, both were keen bowlers and good club members.

The Sunderland & District 2017 fixtures are now on the website, Earl Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane have home local derby against Houghton Town to kick off their title defence while there Swan Cup title defence starts with a home tie against newly promoted Hetton Workmen’s. The Harold Howey holders Barnes West End host Thompson Park B while in the Storey Bowl Hetton Workmen’s attempt at the 4th consecutive title opens at home against Roker Park.


It’s a return to Inter County action tomorrow for our three local teams, Sunderland will be looking for a much improved effort against pointless Gateshead A, following last month’s mauling at the hands of Hartlepool the Sunderland squad will be looking to put in a better performance.
At Houghton – R.Usher, I.Fairweather, R.Jobling, F.Froud, P.Thomson (snr), E.Downes, W.Roberts, P.Thomson
At Gateshead – K.Armstrong, M.Carr, R.Mckie, P.Dixon , G.Brown, TW.Todd, P.Brickle, S.Angus

After losing both their opening two games Houghton will be looking to break that run against second placed The Parks.
At Houghton – M.Baker, J.Biggerstaff, B.Henderson (jnr), B.Henderson (snr), J.Doyle, K.Waterson, I.Whorlton, P.Harding
At The Parks – J.Sutherland, R.Thorpe, D.Todner, AJ.Dunn, M.Wright, D.Wright, D.Armstrong, J.McAdoo

South Shields will also look to bounce back from a surprise defeat at the hands of The Parks as they entertain current leaders Hartlepool, the leaders have only dropped half a point from their opening two games.
At Shields – P.Hart, J.Drummond, J.McKenna, J.Minto, K.Taylor, J.Wilson, P.Sainthouse, D.Paterson
At Hartlepool – E.McCorol, K.Thompson, N.Ridley, I.Riches, E.Dent, D.Robson, I.Scott, A.Lawton

Current Standings – Hartlepool 2-19½, Parks 3-19, Durham 2-17, Sunderland 3-10, Sth Shields 2-8, Houghton 2-6½, Gateshead A 2-0  

Next week the Seniors Inter Club League recommences, on Wednesday morning in Group 2 Sunderland travel to Hartlepool, currently bottom of the table Sunderland’s hopes of even challenging for the second play-off spot will be ended with defeat down the A19.
At Hartlepool – G.Brown, J.Jones, R.Robson, W.Roberts, P.Thomson, E.Downes, P.Brickle, TW.Todd, A.Grimes, M.Carr, F.Froud, R.Jobling. Reserve – A.Wood

On Monday morning in Group 3 Houghton A have a tricky trip to Stanley B, after a good finish to 2016 the Houghton squad are currently joint top of the group and have a nine point cushion over third placed Gateshead.
At Stanley – J.Sutherland, AN.Other, T.Joicey, D.Sim, J.Doyle, F.Johnson, J.Scullion, P.Harding, P.Collins, J.Godfrey, D.Wright, I.Whorlton

In Group 4 Houghton B have a bye and are not back in action until Friday 27 January at leaders Durham B.

Latest Group Standings
Group 2- Darlington B 5-23½, Hartlepool A 5-17½, Stanley 5-9½, Ferryhill 5-5½, Sunderland 4-4 
Group 3 – Sth Shields 5-19, Houghton A 5-19, Gateshead 5-10, Parks B 5-7, Stanley B 4-5
Group 4 – Durham B 4-17, Hartlepool B 5-14, Parks A 4-12, Gateshead B 4-9½, Houghton B 5-2½  

In the latest round of National ties played Houghton’s Peter Thomson lost at home 18-6 in the triples to West Denton’s Aaron Robson while South Shields Gary Farquhar defeated Stanley’s Brett Arkley 15-12 to set up a home tie against Gateshead’s Malcom Johnston. In the Fours Houghton’s Sam Patterson went down 27-14 at Shields against Jamie Brass, there was more success in the fours for Shield’s as Stewart Hubbard had a cracking 19-18 win at Durham against Michael Laydon, that win sets up an all Shields affair against Gary Farquhar. In the Over 50 Triples Durham’s Michael Laydon edged home 16-15 against Gateshead’s Brian Orrell which sets up an interesting looking tie at Stanley against Brett Arkley.

There should be a cracking Denny Cup last sixteen tie today as Hartlepool face Cumbria, in the Denny Plate past winners Darlington face Stanley’s conquerors Blackpool. In the ladies Yetton Trophy Cumbria face York while West Denton face Hornsea in the Yetton Plate. Following their dismantlement of Durham in the Liberty Trophy Cumbria progressed to the Quarter finals without bowling a bowl as Northumberland couldn’t field a team, Cumbria face Lincolnshire next Saturday at Hartlepool in the last eight after the latter beat Yorkshire by 47 shots.

South Shield’s will be looking to progress into the Mixed Egham Trophy semi-finals however standing in their way are Lincoln, the last eight tie is being played next Sunday on a neutral venue at New Earswick
At New Earswick – A.Upsall, P.Carlin, D.Paterson, D.Bolt, N.Riches, K.Paterson, I.Riches, S.McIntosh, M.Robson, J.Chapman, P.Dixon, G.Farquhar, J.Tallack, M.Charles, J.McKenna, J.Minto

The 2017 Grindon League fixtures have been finalised and can be download via the website, the correct fixture list to use is version 2. The Sunderland & District fixtures have also been finalised and are also available to download from the website.


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