The Durham County A team had to dig deep to come from behind to beat a resolute Yorkshire team in the second round of Middleton Cup group games at Houghton Dairy Lane, with the game looking to be drifting away a late Durham charge turned things around as they ran out 133-120 winners. Across the green it was an even split as Durham had three winning rinks and three losing rinks, Elm Tree’s Colin Boston steered his rink to a 26-9 win over Paul Humphrey’s, Stockton’s Paul Mosely (pictured right) had a high energy 27-14 win over Mark Walton and Hartlepool’s John Mansfield continues to impress with a 31-19 win over Gary Bunce. Team manager Silksworth’s David Bolt lost his four year unbeaten Middleton record going down 26-20 to Steve Walton, Silksworth’s Billy Ferry’s quartet nearly survived a peach of a wrong bias but still finished 25-15 down to Dave Clark while the remaining rink skipped by Silksworth’s Ian Riches went down 27-14 to Sam Winter. The 16-6 points return in Durham’s favour combined with Derbyshire’s 18-4 win over Notts sets up a winner takes all final group game between Durham and Derbyshire in two week’s time at Kirbymoorside for the quarter final place.
Scores (Durham skips first) – W.Ferry 15-25 G.Clark, J.Mansfield 31-19 G.Bunce, P.Mosely 27-14 M.Walton, D.Bolt 20-26 S.Walton, C.Boston 26-9 P.Humphreys, I.Riches 14-27 S.Winter.

Latest Group standings – Derbyshire 36 (+46), Durham 36 (+44), Yorkshire 10, Notts 6

It was also a good day for the County B team as they followed up their opening 20-2 Alsop Trophy win over Yorkshire with a hard fought 14-8 win at Morpeth over Northumberland. As the points return suggests Durham only had two winning rinks, Barnes Park’s Albie Hill beat Ian Dickenson 26-12 and Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson beat Bill Ray 27-13, team captain Dale Oram’s rink couldn’t repeat their previous heroics as they went down 25-15 to Lee Birch, Hunden’s Stuart Clarke lost 23-15 to George Donkin and Dairy Lane’s Alan J Dunn went down 17-12 to Bob Donkin, the quartet of losing rinks was completed by Leadgate’s David Warnaby who went down 26-19 to former Thompson Park player Jackie Taylor. The win was Durham’s first in three attempts over Northumberland and it sets Durham up for a crunch game against leaders Cumbria at Dairy Lane next Saturday.

Latest Standings – Cumbria 38, Durham 33, Northumberland 22, Yorkshire 9, Lancashire 4

There was a return to winning ways for the Durham County ladies Stella Logan squad, after the 86 shot hammering against Lancashire the Durham squad bounced back to record a tremendous 21 shot win over a Yorkshire side who had won the previous six meetings. Durham had three winning rinks, Darlington North Park’s Sam Pattison with Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny at third eased to a 27-8 win, Roker Park’s Maureen Firth steered Jackie Classen (Houghton DL), Evelyn Barkes (Hetton) and Pauline Vincent (Houghton Town) to a 26-11 win, the third win saw Horden’s Val Gray get home 24-17. The 8-2 points return moves Durham above Yorkshire into third place, next up is a trip to Kirkbride to face Cumbria.

The county ladies John’s Trophy squad’s hopes of progressing were all but ended three weeks ago with a 20-2 loss to Notts, today they return to Copmanthorpe to take on Derbyshire knowing nothing less than a clean sweep will keep their very slim hopes alive, the following team has been selected
S.Forster (Houghton DL), M.Metcalfe (Houghton DL), G.Morgan (Houghton DL), J.Rodgerson (Houghton DL), J.Stephenson (Darl Woodland), N.Hart (Durham), E.Atkinson (Bishop Auckland), N.Stephenson (Hetton Workmen), J.Graham (Sunderland), M.McGee (Darl Woodland), F.Slinn (Newton Hall), S.Almond (Sunderland), J.Brown (Pelton Fell), M.Taylor (Owton Lodge), T.Pearson (Consett Park), G.Jones (Consett Park), J.Robinson (Darl Woodland), A.Camp (Darl Woodland), E.Horan (Newton Hall), A.Anderson (Darl Woodland), D.Jackson (Owton Lodge), E.Stokoe (Consett Park), J.Pattison (Darlington NP), J.Woodward (Durham)

Tomorrow the ladies Walker Cup Double Fours squad start out on the road attempting to repeat their National title success in 2013, Durham travel to Hexham to face Cumbria with the following squad. S.Forster (Houghton DL),F.Slinn (Newton Hall), G.Morgan (Houghton DL), J.Rodgerson (Houghton DL), J.Brown (Pelton Fell), S.Almond (Sunderland), T.Pearson (Consett Park), A.Anderson (Darl Woodland)

The good weather has seen plenty of league action this week, in the Earl Cup Roker Marine scrapped home against Hetton Workmen’s 5½-1½ to move to the top of the table, Barnes Park hit Houghton Town for 100 in their 7-0 win – the latter have now lost their last seven games. Holders Houghton Dairy Lane are bizarrely occupying one of the relegation spots although they have only played three games. In division two leaders Hylton Colliery had a mixed week, first they were beaten in a rearranged game 5-2 at home to Whitburn and then they bounced back with a 4-3 win at South Hylton, Hylton lead by half a point from Usworth. In the third division leaders North Biddick lost their unbeaten record as they were beaten 6-1 at Sunderland but they still have a 7½ point lead over Washington, Pemberton notched their first win of the season 7-0 over Grindon Mill.

The top of the Swan Cup is an all Barnes affair as West End lead Park by 1½ points, on Wednesday West End ground out a 4½-2½ win over Seaham Town while Park were beaten at Hetton Workemn, Thompson Park’s losing streak was extended to nine games after a 7-0 home loss to Houghton Town. The division two leaders North Biddick defeated Pemberton 6-1 while Roker Park had a cracking 5-2 win at Washington, Ryhope ended a seven game losing streak with a 5-2 win over Grindon Mill who have now gone 10 games without a win.

The Harold Howey leagues are both being headed by Washington teams, in the top flight the Washington B team are now seven games unbeaten after a 4-0 win at Hylton Colliery, Roker Park are in second just three points behind, holders Barnes West End had a good 4-0 win at Houghton Dairy Lane A and are only four points off the leaders, in division two Washington A moved to the top with a 4-0 home win over South Hetton while Pemberton A won the battle of the bottom two as they won 3-1 at Marine B.

In the Storey Bowl leaders Seaham Town are currently enjoying an 11 game unbeaten run which is the best in all the leagues, the leaders made it eleven wins with a 7-0 win over Thompson Park, holders Hetton Workmen beat Dawdon 6-1 and Pennywell got their first win of the season 6-1 against Wearmouth, the remaining game saw Houghton Town move into third with a 6-1 win over Hylton Colliery Welfare.

The Grindon League have new leaders, Whitburn’s 4-1 win at Wearmouth moves them top by a couple of points, Usworth’s 5-0 win over Pennywell moves them second, holders Dairy Lane are in third. The league takes a break this week as the Tommy Thompson double fours first round takes place – Hylton CW v Whitburn, Ryhope v Silksworth, Dawdon v Grindon Mill, Pennywell v South Hylton.

The Sunderland & District knock out competitions are slowing getting underway, in the 3-2-1 Knock Out Triples holders Barnes West End made a winning start in their pursuit of a third consecutive 3-2-1 title with a 233-199 win at North Biddick to set up a quarter final trip to either Dairy Lane or Dawdon, Silksworth also booked a last eight spot with a 239-191 win at Roker Park.
Grindon Mill’s Alan Patterson had a cracking win in the first round of the Burkett Shield 18-2 over Dairy Lane’s Alan J Dunn, in the next round Patterson has a local derby against fellow Miller C.Barella.
In the Silver Jacks an all Silksworth affair saw John Kelly run out a 20-5 winner over Terry Todd, holders Dairy Lane’s Joe Sutherland & Alan J Dunn have received a walk over into the second round.

The county competition second stages continued this week with plenty of local interest, in the Fours Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson saw his hopes end with a 22-9 loss to Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland. The remaining last sixteen ties take place on Monday at Stockton, current holders Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar takes on Hunden’s Stuart Clarke, Barnes Park’s Michael Laydon faces Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins, Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McKinney faces Dunston’s Malcom Johnston and Silksworth’s David Bolt plays Marine’s Richie Mckie.

In the Triples despite a cracking performance Barnes Park’s Les Taylor, Mark Higgins and Michael Laydon narrowly went down 17-15 to Stockton’s county skip Paul Mosely, current county champion’s Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram were beaten 26-16 by Dunston’s Alan Theobold, on Tuesday the remaining five ties will be played at Silksworth. The host club have a quartet of triples involved which includes an all Silksworth affair between Paul Baker and Ian Riches. In the pairs at Nevilles Cross Dairy Lane’s Alan Thurlbeck was super sub for Ian Whorlton and alongside Joe Sutherland they beat Silksworth’s Neal Ridley and Ian Riches 25-11, another Silksworth squad were beaten as Phil Dixon & Shaun McIntosh agonisingly lost on an extra end 24-23 to Stockton’s Paul Mosely, on Wednesday five more ties take place at Nevilles Cross with the pick of them being the Billy Ferry (Silksworth) clash with Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland.

The first part of the Two Bowl singles was played at Barnes Park, locally Roker Marine’s Pat Thomson secured a county semi-final spot with a 17-10 win over Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow however Dairy Lane legend Ken Briscoe missed out after losing 17-10 to Stockton youngster Mark Hodgson.

In the ladies county competition’s it was a hard week for Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, in the singles semi-final the search for that elusive singles county title goes on after a 21-18 loss to Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson on a heavy sodden Horden playing surface, earlier in the pairs Forster teamed up with club mate Joan Rodgerson and were beaten 22-21 at home by Pelton Fell’s O.Brown, there is still local interest in the pairs as Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson had a cracking 20-19 win over Consett Park’s Gill Jones, that win moves Stephenson into the semi-finals where she will face the Pelton Fell pair on Monday at Dairy Lane.

In the Bowls England senior singles Barnes Park’s Les Taylor had a fine 21-17 win over Hunden’s former county singles champion Stuart Clarke, in the next round Taylor will face either Elm Tree’s Gordon Allison or Dairy Lane’s Ian Whorlton, another Dairy Lane player Peter Hudspith made progress with a 21-20 win over Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown, Hudpsith will play either Dunston’s Alec Bryden or Leadgates Ian Peacock next. In the senior pairs Marine’s Ray Bell had a good 21-11 win over Hetton’s Chris Fish and will next head to Elm Tree to face Gordon Allison, two local pairs were beaten, Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson lost 22-10 at Leadgate to Derek Metcalfe and Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe went down 19-17 to Pelton Fell’s Jim Hutchinson. Barnes Park head to Dipton tomorrow in the next round of the top club competition, the winner will entertain the Morpeth based St George’s next. In the ladies senior pairs Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson had a cracking 19-7 win over Consett Park’s Gill Jones and will head to Pelton Fell next, Sunderland’s Sue Almond however was beaten 18-12 by Rodgerson’s next opponents.

17th June - EIBA TRIBUTE

In February the Durham County Indoor Association were informed that long servant David Morgan had been awarded an EIBA Life Membership, in total there are only 31 life members of which David becomes only the second from the north east and the first from Sunderland. Since taking over from the late Joe Burnip as County Secretary and then incorporating the treasurers role over the last 27 years David transformed indoor bowls at County level and at the time injected some must needed enthusiasm into the role, his organisational skills and the respect he has throughout the county is second to none and many a bowler owes him a debt of gratitude. David was presented with his award at Darlington by the EIBA President Michael Andrew.  

After losing all three games Alsop Trophy games last season the County B team bounced back at Brotton last weekend to defeat Yorkshire by 53 shots (19-3), new team captain Hartlepool’s Dale Oram led from the front and steered his rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Alan Taylor (Hartlepool Park) to a tremendous 39-7 win, out of the six rinks Durham recorded five victories, Dairy Lane’s Alan J Dunn 24-12, Marine’s Richie Mckie 20-13 and Hunden’s Stuart Clarke 19-15, Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo collected a last end single to finish level while Barnes Park’s Albie Hill was left shell shocked  dropping a last end six to finish two down, points wise it was 19-3 in Durham’s favour which surpasses there total in the whole of last season’s miserable campaign. The next round of fixtures take place today with Durham heading to St George’s at Morpeth to face Northumberland who in their opener defeated Lancashire 18-4, there are a couple of enforced changes but the following team has been selected
A.Greathead (Park), G.Dougherty (Park), V.Tunstall (Hundens), S.Clarke (Hundens), B.Poulter (Usworth), A.Mole (Park), A.Taylor (Park), D.Oram (Park), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), A.Hind (Spennymoor), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), AJ.Dunn (Houghton DL), J.Richardson (Roker Marine), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), H.Dougherty (Park), A.Hill (Barnes Park), J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), S.Bennett (Pelton Fell), D.Warnaby (Leadgate), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), C.Howie (Park) A.Parnell (Stockton), R.Robinson (Houghton DL), Reserves –S.Patterson (Hetton Wkmn), M.Davis (Barnes Park), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL), J.Taylor (Barnes Park)

Durham 140-87 Yorkshire
Rink Scores (Durham Skips first) – D.Oram 39-7 P.Parsons, S.Clarke 19-15 C.Thomas, AJ.Dunn 24-12 P.Lund, A.Hill 19-21 T.Richardson, J.McAdoo 19-19 P.Reeves, R.Mckie 20-13 J.McAdoo

The second group games in this seasons Middleton Cup take place today with Durham looking to build on their cracking 20-2 win over Notts as they take on Yorkshire at Dairy Lane, the following team has been selected.
M.Peach (Houghton D.L), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), J.Ballantyne (Stockton), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), P.Mosley (Stockton), S.Baker (Silksworth), ), J.McKenna (Silksworth), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree),C.Boston (Elm Tree), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park), K.Burton (Darlington RA), D.Todner (Houghton DL), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), I.Riches (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), J.Harston (Hundens), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth), Reserves – M.Laydon (Barnes Park), N.Ridley (Silksworth), J.Hartson (Hundens), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA)

This seasons County Championships will progress to the second stage starting with the fours at Stockton on Monday, however locally the singles and pairs took centre stage as the area green finals were played at Barnes this week, in the singles Barnes Park’s Mark Higgins booked his second stage spot with an impressive 21-10 win over Marine’s Pat Thomson, there was a Marine double in the other two ties played as Jimmy Richardson defeated West End’s Brian Sanderson 21-14 and Richie Mckie sneaked past Silksworth’s Scott Baker 21-19, Dairy Lane’s Peter Hudspeth and Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar had already booked there places. In the pairs there were some cracking ties, Dairy Lanes Joe Sutherland & Ian Whorlton held there nerve to defeat Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow 17-16, there was better news for Silksworth hopes as they captured the remaining four places. David Bolt produced some big bowls when in trouble to defeat club mate Carl Elliott 20-18, Ian Riches ground out a 23-14 win over Marines Alan Middleton and Kevin Donkin eased to a 21-14 win over West End’s Brian Sanderson, the remaining tie went to the last bowl as Billy Ferry held on to beat Dairy Lane’s Keith Makepeace 17-16. In one of Area four’s green final the Seaham Town father & son Henderson combination moved into the second stage with a cracking 24-21 win over Elm Tree’s David Fenwick.

Second Stage action next week is as follows (live score updates on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday via the county website)

Monday 19 June at Stockton
Fours – S.Land (Spennymoor) v G.Robson (Leadgate), I.Hudson (Nevilles Cross) v P.Mosely (Stockton), M.English (Dipton) v H.Dougherty (Hartlepool Park), A.Kirtland (Darlington RA) v B.Sanderson (Barnes West End) or D.Armstrong (Dairy Lane)

Tuesday 20 June at Silksworth
K.King (Dunston) v D.Oram (Hartlepool Park), G.Peacock (Hundens) v M.Hodgson (Stockton) or C.Higgins (Old Boys), B.Henderson (Seaham Town) or P.Mosley (Stockton) v M.Laydon (Barnes Park)

Wednesday 21 June at Nevilles Cross
M.English (Dipton) v B.Henderson (Seaham Town), N.Ridley (Silksworth) v I.Whorlton (Dairy Lane), P.Mosley (Stockton) v P.Dixon (Silksworth)

Thursday 22 June at Barnes Park
J.Halcrow (Silksworth) v D.Reed (Leadgate), M.Hodgson (Stockton) v A.Hind (Spennymoor), S.Morland (Darlington South Park) v K.Briscoe (Dairy Lane), J.Wilson (Dairy Lane) v Pat Thomson (Roker Marine)

Friday 23 June at Leadgate
D.Fenwick (Elm Tree) v M.Higgins (Barnes Park), S.Clarke (Hundens) or J.Deller (Spennymoor) v M.Hodgson (Stockton), J.Hills (Darlington RA) v D.Warnaby (Leadgate), JS.Richardson (Roker Marine) v C.Higgins (Old Boys)

The ladies county competitions continued this week with the singles and pairs taking centre stage, in the singles we lost two local hopes as Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost 21-13 at Ann Anderson’s Darlington Woodlands and the 2015 champion Dairy Lane’s Glynis Morgan went down 21-12 at Stockton to Teresa Parnell. The area’s hopes are with Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster who is attempting to add the an elusive singles county title to an impressive CV booked a semi-final spot with a 21-18 win at Pelton Fell against Joan Brown, the semi-finals and final take place at Horden on Wednesday from 10am. In the pairs Forster teamed up with Joan Rodgerson to ease past Sunderland’s Sue Almond 25-5, Norma Stephenson won an all Hetton affair 22-15 however Sunderland’s Lorraine Berheny lost at home 22-13.

The preliminary round of the Silver Jacks saw the 2014 finalists have contrasting results, the 2014 winners Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar went out 22-17 at home to Marine’s Peter Thomson while the 2014 runner up Hetton’s Chris Fish defeated Marine’s Bobby Graham on an extra end 17-16. In the Burkett Shield Roker Park’s Jimmy Huntingdon collected a late five to come from behind to defeat Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson 17-16 and there was a cracking win for North Biddick’s Billy Piggott 23-11 at Hetton against Chris Fish. 
The first of the Sunderland Women’s Bowling Association finals was played at Barnes Park this week, in the final Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Christine Hopper, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond narrowly defeated Whitburn’s Kathleen Hulley, Maureen Smith, Florence Rodenby and Ann Raine 20-17. The semi-finals of the triples were rained off last week but they were finally played this week, Barnes Park’s Margaret Eggleston, Gwen Eltringham and Val Bambrough booked a final berth with an impressive 24-14 win over Sunderland’s Mary Clarke, Sheila Maddison and Brenda Parkins, hopes of an all Barnes final were dashed as Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond defeated Barnes Park’s Linda Forrest, Maureen Burnett and Ann Callaghan 22-11, the final will take place on Thursday at Barnes West End starting at 1.30pm.

In the Grindon League Whitburn made it three wins out of three with a 24 shot (5-0) win over Barnes West End, Silksworth moved to within a half point of leaders Dairy Lane with a 5-0 home win over Wearmouth while Usworth enjoyed a 4-1 win away at Hylton Colliery Welfare.
Latest Standings – Houghton DL 4-14½, Silksworth 4-14, Whitburn 3-13, South Hylton 4-11, Usworth 4-10, Hylton CW 4-10, BWE 4-9½, Wearmouth 3-4½, Grindon Mill 3-2, Pennywell 3-1½

The Earl Cup leaders Barnes West End lost their unbeaten record as they were beaten 5-2 at home by Roker Marine, Silksworth got back to winning ways with a 7-0 win at Houghton Town while Hetton Workmen’s had a cracking 6-1 home win over Barnes Park. In division two Usworth came out on top in the battle of the top two 6-1 at Roker Park, both Hylton Colliery and South Hylton had 5-2 away wins at Whitburn and Seaham Town respectively, North Biddick’s 5-2 win over Washington kept them top in division three although Ryhope are only half a point adrift after a 6-1 win at Grindon Mill.

The Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane got back to winning ways with a 5-2 win over Marine, there were 6-1 wins for Hetton Workmen’s, Usworth and Barnes West End. Roker Park moved to the top in division two with a 6-1 win over winless Ryhope and Grindon Mill narrowly missed out on a first win as they went down by 2 shots at home to Hylton Colliery Welfare.

In the Harold Howey leaders Washington B’s unbeaten run continues as they beat Houghton DL A 4-0, holders Barnes West End came from behind to beat Seaham Town A 4-0, North Biddick A notched their first win of the season 3-1 over Chester le Street. In the second division Pemberton B had a good 3-1 win at South Hetton while Whitburn had a cracking 4-0 win at Thompson Park. Last weekend’s Storey Bowl fixtures were washed out, leaders Seaham Town take their 9 game unbeaten record to Thompson Park today.

In the Bowls England Top club competition Barnes Park pulled off a surprise 3-2 win over a fancied Silksworth squad, in the next round Barnes travel to Dipton. There was disappointment for Dairy Lane in the Double Fours as they were beaten at home by Darlington RA 48-35, the latter now head to Holgate in the next round.    


The Durham County A team made a winning start to their Middleton Cup campaign with a cracking 27 shot win over Nottinghamshire at Newark last weekend. Across the green Durham returned five winning scorecards, Silksworth’s Ian Riches steered his quartet of Darlington RA’S Keith Burton, Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner and Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar to an impressive 22-10 win over S.Bailey. Team manager David Bolt extended his Middleton Cup unbeaten run to 11 games with a 23-23 win over M.Owen while there were wins for Silksworth’s Billy Ferry 26-19, Hartlepool’s John Mansfield 20-11 and Stockton’s Paul Mosely 19-15, the only loss came on Silksworth’s Phil Smithson’s rink who went down 25-14. Points wise it meant a tremendous 20-2 win for Durham, the other group game saw Derbyshire beat Yorkshire 18-4, the next round of games take place next Saturday with Durham entertaining Yorkshire at Dairy Lane.
Rink Scores (Durham skips first) – W.Ferry 26-19 S.Overton, J.Mansfield 20-11 D.Robinson, P.Mosley 19-15 A.Lockhart, D.Bolt 23-13 M.Owen, P.Smithson 14-25 J.Emmerson, I.Riches 22-10 S.Bailey

The Durham County ladies John’s Trophy squad sadly had a day to forget in their opening group fixture against Nottinghamshire at Copmanthorpe as they were well beaten by 39 shots. Durham could only muster one winning rink which saw Consett Park’s Gill Jones beat R.Lewis 24-13, Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson was unlucky to lose by one shot while Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson went down 21-16 and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost 20-14, Sunderland’s Sue Almond went down 28-14 finally Durham City’s Joyce Woodward had a long afternoon losing 39-15. With only three teams in the group the 20-2 points loss virtually ends Durham’s qualification hopes and it will take a set of perfect storm results for them to progress, Durham return to Copmanthorpe next Saturday to face Derbyshire.
Rink Scores (Durham skips first) – S.Almond 14-28 S.Offler, A.Anderson 18-19 E.Adams, N.Stephenson 14-20 I.Wright, J.Rodgerson 16-21 A.Duceworth, J.Woodward 15-39 T.Wombell, G.Jones 24-13 R.Lewis

The Ladies County B team had a day to forget in the latest round of Stella Logan fixtures as they were hammered by 86 shots at Bolton on their infamous artificial surface. Not surprisingly with such a margin of defeat Durham lost 10-0 on points and lost on all five rinks, Durham will look to bounce back on Friday as they entertain Yorkshire at Stockton.
Rinks Scores (Durham skips only) – E.Helm 11-37, V.Gray 12-29, M.Firth 6-24, J.Collin 20-27, S.Pattison 11-29.

There was also disappointment for the men’s County Balcomb Trophy double fours squad as they were well beaten 50-24 at Dunnington against Nottinghamshire, with David Bolt on England squad duty the Durham lads had a day to forget, both rinks were beaten Stockton’s Paul Mosely 24-16 and Hartlepool’s John Mansfield 26-12.
Rink Scores – (Durham skips first) – P.Mosley 16-24 S.Overton, J.Mansfield 12-26 J.Emmerson             

The men’s county competitions lost out to the rain this week as Tuesday’s planned Four’s area finals at Barnes Park were washed out, the ties will now take place on Friday at the same venue. The area finals of the triples however did take place at Barnes Park on two playing surfaces that have seen better days, never the less it was a good night for Silksworth as four of their five squads got home. Scott Baker, Paul Baker and Phil Smithson had a cracking 25-8 win over Dairy Lane’s John Thurlbeck and in the second stage will face club mate Ian Riches who grabbed a last end four to beat Marine’s Richie Mckie 17-16. Josh Halcrow steered his squad to a 16-12 win over Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson and Gary Farquhar competed the quartet of wins with a 19-12 in over Marine’s Peter Thomson, the only Silksworth loss saw Billy Ferry go down on an extra end 14-13 to Barnes Park’s Albie Hill, the remaining tie saw Barnes Park’s Michael Laydon beat Marine’s Ray Bell 21-9.

The pair’s area finals take place on Tuesday with the singles on Thursday. A couple of area finals in the singles have been played early, Gary Farquhar won an all Silksworth affair against Gary McPheators 21-15 and Dairy Lane’s Peter Hudspeth beat Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow 21-10, both now progress to the second stage.

In the ladies competitions the pairs and singles took centre stage this week, in the singles the Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and the 2015 county champion Glynis Morgan both made progress, Forster had a cracking 21-14 win over Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard while Morgan came through a tough tie at Darlington North Park against Kath Toulson 21-17, the defending county champion Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson received a walk over as did Hetton’s Norma Stephenson. In the pairs Sunderland’s Sue Almond had a cracking 21-20 win over Darlington Woodland’s Ann Camp however club-mate Janet Sykes went down 31-6 at home to Durham City’s Joyce Woodward. The 2014 county champion’s Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster & Joan Rodgerson eased to a 29-12 win at Dawdon against R.Bullen.

This season Bowls England introduced a new Senior Fours competition and at county level in the ladies version Sunderland’s Sue Almond had a tremendous 22-11 win over Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, in the men’s equivalent Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding moved in the semi-finals after a cracking 20-9 win over Darlington RA’s John Lynch, in the semi-finals Harding will face Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood.

Despite the rain there were still some Earl Cup games played this week, in the first division the all Barnes local derby only lasted 7 ends before play was abandoned while the other three ties were not even started however in division two Usworth moved to the top with a 5-2 win over Whitburn and Hylton Colliery beat Thompson Park 6½-½. All three games in the third division were played, North Biddick remain unbeaten after a good 4½-2½ win at winless Pemberton, Ryhope however moved to the top with an 53 shot (7-0) win over New Herrington, the remaining game saw Washington defeat Sunderland 5-2.

In the Swan Cup leaders Barnes Park suffered their first loss of the season going down 5-2 at Roker Marine, holders Houghton Dairy Lane got back to winning ways as they inflicted a sixth consecutive defeat on Thompson’s Park 6-1, Silksworth suffered another defeat this time 6-1 at Hetton Workmen’s while Barnes West End beat Usworth 5-2, the other game saw Seaham Town leap frog Houghton Town with a 7-0 win. Roker Park suffered their first loss in the second division 6-1 at Hylton Colliery Welfare which allowed North Biddick to extend their lead at the top as Biddick had a good 5-2 at South Hylton, Washington moved into second place with a 7-0 win over Pemberton.

The weather also played havoc with the Harold Howey, in the first division Hylton Colliery A got their second win of the season 3-1 at Chester le Street while the all Ryhope affair saw the A team get he better of the B team by 3 shots (3½-½), in division two Roker Marine B ended a five game losing streak with a 3-1 win over Pennywell.    

The top of the table clash in the Storey Bowl saw holders Hetton Workmen’s lose their 9 game unbeaten record to Seaham Town who now extend their own unbeaten run  to 9 games, Seaham ran out comfortable 5-2 winners by 31 shots overall. Despite their green woes Houghton Town hit 111 shots as they beat Thompson Park 7-0 while Hylton Colliery Welfare inflicted a fifth straight defeat on Pennywell 6-1, the remaining game saw Roker Park defeat Dawdon 5-2.

So far this season a total of 41 league games have been played where clubs have played short, with the current four rink format accounting for over half that figure surely it is time to revisit the format. 

In the Grindon League current leaders and defending champions  Houghton Dairy Lane lost their unbeaten record at Usworth as they were beaten 56-51 (4-1), Silksworth also suffered their first defeat as Barnes West End ran out 60-46 (4-1) winners, South Hylton move into second place after a 51-44 (4-1) win over neighbours Pennywell.

In the Bowls England senior singles Barnes Park’s Albie Hill went out 21-17 at Pelton Fell against Brian Brown, Peter Hudspeth won an all Dairy Lane affair against Kenny Briscoe 21-12 and will face Brown next, Dairy Lane’s Ian Whorlton heads to Elm Tree to face Gordon Allison after receiving a walk over.


The Durham County men’s A team narrowly missed out on securing the Northern Counties Muras Trophy last weekend by a single point, following last weekend’s double header Northumberland retained the title for a third consecutive year. The double header started well for Durham as they defeated their bogey team Lancashire at Dairy Lane by 8 shots, team manager Silksworth’s David Bolt led from the front and ran out 24-8 winner over Steve Rimmer, Hartlepool’s John Mansfield steered his rink to a 21-8 win over David Lockhart while Stockton’s Paul Mosely completed Durham’s successes with a 21-15 win over Barry Kitson. Silksworth’s Phil Smithson went down by 4, club mate Billy Ferry lost by 9 and Gary Farquhar lost by 13 however Durham finished 16-6 winners which put them in the box seat going into the afternoon session against Yorkshire at Silksworth. Sadly things didn’t go to plan as Yorkshire who were beaten earlier 16-6 by Northumberland bounced back to inflict a 21 shot defeat on a much changed Durham squad. Across the green Durham only had two winning rinks as David Bolt sneaked home by 1 and John Mansfield got home by 6 sadly the remaining four rinks went down, for the second time Billy Ferry got drawn on another ropey rink six and lost by 10, Elm Tree’s David Fenwick lost by 7 and Paul Mosely lost by 4, the remaining rink skipped by Gary Farquhar was last on and needed a six on his last end to win the Muras and despite killing the last end on three occasions Farquhar went down by 7 shots which left Durham on the end of a 18-4 defeat. That result left the door open for Northumberland who thumped Lancashire by 41 shots but more importantly 19-3 to retain the Muras by one point.
Durham 91 v 83 Lancashire (16-6)
(Durham skips first) – W.Ferry 7-16 D.McVittie, J.Mansfield 21-8 D.Lockhart, G.Farquhar 9-22 A.Atkinson, D.Bolt 24-8 S.Rimmer, P.Smithson 10-14 R.Sterling, P.Mosely 21-15 B.Kitson

Durham 93 v 114 Yorkshire (4-18)
(Durham skips first) – W.Ferry 11-21 G.Lewington, J.Mansfield 18-12 K.Tyeman, G.Farquhar 17-24 E.Bunce, D.Bolt 15-14 S.Walton, D.Fenwick 14-21 P.Humphreys, P.Mosely 18-22 B.Render

Final Muras Table – Northumberland 39, Durham 38, Lancashire 29, Yorkshire 26

The A team are in Middleton Cup action today as they open their campaign with a trip to Newark to face Notts, this is a new group for Durham consisting of Notts, Yorkshire and Derbyshire, the following squad has been selected. - M.Peach (Houghton D.L), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), J.Bannantyne (Stockton), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), P.Mosley (Stockton), S.Baker (Silksworth), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), P.Smithson (Silksworth), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), D.Todner (Houghton DL), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), C.Boston (Elm Tree), D.Bolt (Silksworth) - Reserves – M.Laydon (Barnes Park), K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.McKenna (Silksworth), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), J.Hartson (Hundens)

On Sunday the Balcomb Trophy squad will look to make progress as they head to a neutral green at Dunnington to face Notts, with Silksworth’s David Bolt on an England squad day Hartlepool’s John Mansfield is given one of the skips berths alongside Stockton’s Paul Mosely, the full squad is as follows - S.Baker (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), I.Riches (Silksworth), J.Mansfield (Park), P.Dixon (Silksworth), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosely (Stockton) - Squad Members – D.Bolt (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), I.Jackson (Park)

After losing all three of their Northern Counties Alsop Cup fixtures last season the Durham B team will look to improve this season as they open up there 2017 campaign against Yorkshire next Saturday at Brotton. The following squad has been named – A.Greathead (Park), G.Dougherty (Park), V.Tunstall (Hundens), S.Clarke (Hundens), B.Poulter (Usworth), A.Mole (Park), A.Taylor (Park), D.Oram (Park), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), A.Hind (Houghton DL), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), AJ.Dunn (Houghton DL), J.Richardson (Roker Marine), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), H.Dougherty (Park), A.Hill (Barnes Park), J.Taylor (Barnes Park), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), S.Bennett (Pelton Fell), D.Warnaby (Leadgate), J.Harston (Hundens), M.Hodgson (Stockton), R.Robinson (Houghton DL), R.Mckie (Roker Marine) – Reserves – C.Howie (Park), S.Patterson (Hetton Wkmn), J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), M.Davis (Barnes Park), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL)

After the good win against Yorkshire at Scarborough the Durham County ladies A team made the shorter trip to face Northumberland at Gosforth, historically Durham have had the upper hand against their near neighbours and the trend continued as Durham ran out 9-2 winners although the 117-109 final score shows it was not all plain sailing. Across the green Durham had four winning rinks with the pick of them being Consett Park’s Gill Jones quartet of Joan Brown, Marjorie Taylor and Teresa Pearson who ran out 25-14 winners, Sunderland’s Sue Almond’s rink notched a 23-14 win and Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson recorded a 20-14 win, the other win came from Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson who steered her rink to a 20-16 win. The remaining two rinks both went down, Hetton’s Norma Stephenson and Durham City’s Joyce Woodward both lost by 11, so back to back wins sets up a clash against Cumbria at Darlington Woodland on June 9.

Latest Northern Trophy Standings – Durham 18, Cumbria 13, Yorkshire 11, Northumberland 2

The Ladies A team are in John’s Trophy action today as they head to Copmanthorpe to face Notts, with Durham in a group of three a win in the first game is a must, the following squad has been selected - S.Forster (Houghton DL), M.Metcalfe (Houghton DL), G.Morgan (Houghton DL), J.Rodgerson (Houghton DL), J.Stephenson (Darl Woodland), N.Hart (Durham), E.Atkinson (Bishop Auckland), N.Stephenson (Hetton Workmen), J.Graham (Sunderland), M.McGee (Darl Woodland), F.Slinn (Newton Hall), S.Almond (Sunderland), J.Brown (Pelton Fell), M.Taylor (Owton Lodge), T.Pearson (Consett Park), G.Jones (Consett Park), J.Robinson (Darl Woodland), A.Camp (Darl Woodland), E.Horan (Newton Hall), A.Anderson (Darl Woodland), D.Jackson (Owton Lodge), E.Stokoe (Consett Park), J.Pattison (Darlington NP), J.Woodward (Durham)

This season’s Ladies County Triples competition was played to a finish at Consett Park as the semi-finals and finals were played, the holders Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson booked a final spot with a 21-12 win over Elm Tree’s Lisa Simpson while Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard secured her final spot with a 17-14 win over Pelton Fell’s Olive Brown. Sadly the final didn’t go to plan for the Dairy Lane trio as Bernard ran out 17-13 winners to secure a first triples title, there was some consolation for the Dairy trio as both finalists will represent Durham at the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August. The pairs and singles take centre stage this week, in the singles former County champion Dairy Lane’s Glynis Morgan heads to Darlington North Park to face Kath Toulson while club mate Susan Forster entertains Owton Lodge’s Dawn Jackson, Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson faces Woodland’s Ann Camp.

The focus in Area two men’s county competitions has been on the singles and pairs, in the singles the current county champion Silksworth’s David Bolt looked set for the next round as he led club mate Scott Baker 20-15 however the latter who reached the county semi-finals last season stunned the defending champion with consecutive threes to record a tremendous 21-20 win. Brian Sanderson won an all Barnes West End affair 21-12 against Frankie Froud while Barnes Park’s Mark Higgins defeated Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach 21-17, Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar progressed with a 21-18 home win over Marine’s Peter Thomson while Marine’s Jimmy Richardson defeated Barnes Park’s Michael Laydon 21-14.

Other Singles Results – K.Ford (Marine) 17-21 P.Hudspeth (Dairy Lane), R.Mckie (Marine) 21-19 P.Baker (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth) 13-21 J.Halcrow (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Silksworth) 7-21 G.McPheators (Silksworth)

Green Finals (Barnes Park Thursday June 15) – M.Higgins (Barnes Park) v Pat Thomson (Marine), B.Sanderson (Barnes West End) v J.Richardson (Marine), P.Hudspeth (Dairy Lane) v J.Halcrow (Silksworth), S.Baker (Silksworth) v R.Mckie (Marine), G.McPheators (Silksworth) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth)

In the pairs there were some cracking finishes at Silksworth, Billy Ferry collected a last end four to beat Marines Peter Thomson 17-16, an all Silksworth affair saw Phil Dixon hold off a late comeback from Paul Baker 21-20 and Ian Riches got home 19-18 against Marines Richie Mckie, there was a cracking win for Marines Alan Middleton 18-16 against Dairy Lane’s John Thurlbeck while Keith Makepeace won an all Dairy Lane 19-18 against Stevie Krimpen.

Other Pairs Results – R.Robinson (Dairy Lane) 8-19 F.Froud (Barnes West End), I.Whorlton (Dairy Lane) 20-18 M.Laydon (Barnes Park), W.Rea (Washington Glebe) 17-25 J.Halcrow (Silksworth), J.McKenna (Silksworth bt F.Knubley (Marine), S.Tindle (Dairy Lane) 10-19 G.Farquhar (Silksworth)

Green Finals (Barnes Park Tuesday June 13) – J.Richardson (Marine) v N.Ridley (Silksworth), J.McKenna (Silksworth) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth), F.Froud (Barnes WE) v P.Dixon (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth) v K.Makepeace (Dairy Lane), J.Halcrow (Silksworth) v I.Whorlton (Dairy Lane)  

The triples, fours and 2 bowl green finals take place at Barnes Park next week, the line ups for each night are as follows.

Fours (Barnes Park Tuesday June 6) – P.Brickle (Silksworth) v M.Laydon (Barnes Park), P.Dixon (Silksworth) v F.Knubley (Marine), R.Mckie (Marine) v P.Baker (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth) v J.McAdoo (Dairy Lane), W.Rea (Washington Glebe) v J.McKinney (Dairy Lane), B.Sanderson (Barnes WE) v D.Armstrong (Dairy Lane)

Triples (Barnes Park Thursday June 8) – P.Brickle (Silksworth) v R.Mckie (Barnes Park), J.McKinney (Dairy Lane) v P.Baker (Silksworth), M.Laydon (Barnes Park) v RA.Bell (Marine), A.Hill (Barnes Park) v W.Ferry (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth) v S.Krimpen (Dairy Lane), Pat Thomson (Marine) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth)

Two Bowl Singles (Barnes Park Friday June 9) – N.Ridley (Silksworth) v K.Briscoe (Dairy Lane), J.Richardson (Marine) v M.Laydon (Barnes Park), R.Robinson (Dairy Lane) v B.Sanderson (Barnes WE), M.Peach (Dairy Lane) v J.Halcrow (Silksworth), Pat Thomson (Marine) v Pete Thomson (Marine), J.Wilson (Dairy Lane) v S.Cairns (Silksworth)  

This seasons Swan Cup division one title looks wide open as the top two unbeaten teams were both beaten at home, holders Houghton Dairy Lane saw there nine game unbeaten run abruptly ended as Barnes West End thumped them 7-0 while Silksworth saw there seven game unbeaten run halted with a 6-1 home loss to Roker Marine, Barnes Park are now the only unbeaten team after they defeated Thompson Park 6-1. In the second division the early leaders North Biddick beat second placed Washington Glebe 6½-½ and by 50 shots to extend their lead at the top, Roker Park remain unbeaten after a 7-0 win over Grindon Mill. In the Harold Howey first division Washington B moved to the top after a 3-1 home win over Hetton Workmen, it was a good day for Ryhope as both A and B teams won, the A team beat South Hylton 3-1 while the B team had a good 4-0 win at Roker Marine A. In division two Sunderland A inflicted a fifth consecutive defeat on Roker Marine B 4-0 while leaders Washington A remain unbeaten in five after a 4-0 win at winless Pemberton A. New Herrington won a thriller against South Hetton 38-37 (3-1).

In the Storey Bowl leaders Seaham Town made it eight wins in a row after a comprehensive 50 shot 7-0 home win over Pennywell, holders Hetton Workmen were equally impressive as they stretched their unbeaten run to 9 games after a 55 shot 7-0 win at Thompson Park, one of those unbeaten record will go today as they go head to head at Hetton. Dawdon recorded their second win of the season 5-2 against Wearmouth while Hylton Colliery beat Roker Park 6-1.
The 2014 Silver Jacks winners Silksworth’s David Bolt and Gary Farquhar were beaten in the preliminary round at home 23-18 by Marine’s Pat & Peter Thomson.

In round three of the Grindon League Houghton Dairy Lane eased to a 5-0 win over Grindon Mill and sit top of the table, Hylton Colliery Welfare moved into second with a 5-0 home win over Pennywell while Whitburn beat Usworth 4-1, the remaining tie saw South Hylton beat Wearmouth 4-1.

In the Bowls England national double fours Houghton Dairy Lane will entertain Darlington RA after the latter’s 10 shot win over Spennymoor. Dairy Lane’s Kenny Briscoe’s run in the champion of champions came to an end with a 22-12 loss to Leadgate’s David Warnaby.        
































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