Last season’s top two in the Earl Cup both suffered defeats this week, holders Houghton Dairy Lane suffered back to back defeats as they were beaten 6-1 at home by a Barnes Park outfit that ended a three match losing streak, last season’s runners up Silksworth were also beaten 5-2 at Barnes West End – the latter are now unbeaten in four, Hetton Workmen’s recorded their first win of the season 6-1 at home to a Houghton Town squad who have now lost their last four games. In the second division Usworth had a cracking 5-2 win at Seaham Town while Thompson Park ended a six match losing streak with a nice little 6-1 home win over South Hylton. In the third division New Herrington ended a run of four defeats with a 5-2 home win over Grindon Mill, North Biddick beat Ryhope 6-1 and Sunderland beat Pemberton 4½-2½.

In the Swan Cup the Barnes local derby saw Park run out 5-2 winners at West End, defending champions Houghton Dairy Lane made it nine straight wins with a 5-2 win at Seaham Town, Silksworth are now unbeaten in seven and moved into top spot with a 5½-1½ win at Thompson Park, Houghton Town got there first win of the season 5½-1½ at home over Usworth.  In division two Washington beat South Hylton 6-1 this despite only having one winning rink Washington got home by a single shot. Hylton Colliery had a good 7-0 win at home over Pemberton.

The early Harold Howey leaders Seaham Town A lost their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 loss at Hylton Colliery Welfare B which put the latter top of the table, the current form team of the division Roker Park are unbeaten in six after a 3-1 win over North Biddick A, Roker head to Hylton on Thursday. Holders Barnes West End had a to work hard for a 3-1 win at South Hylton albeit by a single shot while Barnes Park B cruised to a 4-0 win at Thompson Park B. In the second division Washington A have a 100% record after a 4-0 home win over Dawdon, Houghton A moved into second with a 4-0 home win over Pennywell and South Hetton broke there duck with a smashing 4-0 win over Pemberton A.

Seaham Town made it four out of four in the Storey Bowl after a 5-2 win at Roker Park and are now unbeaten in seven, holders Hetton however can go one better after a 7-0 win over Houghton Town while there were good away days for Thompson Park and Hylton Colliery as both recorded 7-0 wins.

The draw for the Silver Jacks and Burkett Shield have been made, the Jack’s holders Dairy Lane’s Joe Sutherland and Alan J Dunn will start their defence at home to Thompson Park’s John Horton while the Burkett holders Seaham Town’s Bryan Henderson, Mal Baker and Brian Henderson entertain Barnes West Ends Frankie Froud.

3-2-1 Knock Out Triples Draw
Roker Park v Silksworth, North Biddick v Barnes West End, Seaham Town, Usworth, Roker Marine v Thompson Park, Washington Glebe v Ryhope, Grindon Mill v Sunderland, Houghton DL v Dawdon, Wearmouth have a bye. (Ties to be played before 24th June)

The triples and fours took centre stage in the Area 2 qualifying stage of the county championships, the defending fours county champions Silksworth’s Billy Ferry had a cracking 26-6 at Dairy Lane over Keith Makepeace while Dairy Lanes John Thurlbeck ground out a 22-14 win at Silksworth against county president Michael Carr, only other tie saw Richie Mckie’s Roker Marine quartet sneak home 21-20 at Silksworth against Carl Elliott, the next stage of the fours is on June 6 at Barnes Park. There were eight triples ties played this week five of which were at Dairy Lane however the home players had a mixed night, John Thurlbeck completed a double over Silksworth’s Michael Carr 27-15 and Jeff Wilson had to hold his nerve to get home on the last end 15-14 against Silksworth’s Neal Ridley. Dan Todner lost 15-9 to Marines Richie Mckie and Brian Cain also lost to another Marine triple this time Ray Bell 24-17, the final Dairy Lane casualty was Alan J Dunn who was beaten 22-9 by Barnes Park’s Michael Laydon. Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow had a narrow 17-16 at Roker Marine against Fred Knubley while the Farquhar/Fairweather result is yet to be confirmed, the next round of the triples takes place at Barnes Park on Thursday 8. This week ten singles and pairs ties take place on Tuesday and Thursday.

There was a new county senior fours competition introduced this season which is also extended to the national championships, Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding moved into the last eight with an impressive 22-19 win over Dunston’s Mal Johnston while Dairy Lanes Steve Krimpen eased past Silksworth’s Michael Carr 26-8, there were however defeats for a couple of fancied Dairy Lane
squads as Keith Makepeace went down 25-6 at Owton Lodge to former England lead Dave Kilner and James McKinney lost at home 21-14 to RA’s John Lynch.

In the Ladies county competitions hopes of a local county fours county title were dashed as this seasons competition was played to a finish at Pelton Fell, in the semi-finals Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Brenda Parkins, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond  agonisingly went down 19-18 to Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison however the Hetton Workmen’s quartet of Maureen Hall, Eveline Barkes, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson put in a five star performance to defeat the fancied 2014 winners Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson, Edna Stokoe, Trudy Kitto and Gill Jones 23-9 and book a place in the final. Sadly for Stephenson the final slipped away as the Darlington quartet produced a stunning performance and after only 18 ends the title was there’s 21-11 to record their first fours success, both finalist’s will now head to Leamington Spa to represent Durham in the National Fours Championships in August.

The Durham County men’s Muras squad face the annual double header today as they host Lancashire & Yorkshire respectively, the following teams have been selected –

v Lancashire
M.Peach (Houghton D.L), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), D.Warnaby (Leadgate), S.Clarke (Hundens), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park)
S.Baker (Silksworth), D.Todner (Houghton DL), M.Laydon (Barnes Park), G.Farquhar (Silksworth)
J.Richardson (Roker Marine), AJ.Dunn (Houghton DL), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), P.Smithson (Silksworth)

v Yorkshire
K.Burton (Darlington RA), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth)
V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), J.Ballantyne (Stockton), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), P.Mosley (Stockton)
P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Harston (Hundens), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park), S.Baker (Silksworth), A.Hill (Barnes Park), M.Laydon (Barnes Park), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), B.Poulter (Usworth), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), P.Smithson (Silksworth)

In the Bowls England double fours Houghton Dairy Lane moved into the next round after defeating Barnes Park 44-30 and will entertain Dunston next, Roker Marine were well beaten at Pelton Fell 44-24. In the Top club Barnes Park had a cracking 3-2 win over Dunston to set up a tie against Silksworth while Dairy Lane lost 3-2 at home to Dipton. Dairy Lane legend Ken Briscoe moved into the next round of the champion of champion singles with an impressive 21-5 win over Darlington RA’s Peter Coulson and will head to Leadgate next to face David Warnaby. Barnes Park’s Les Taylor had a good 21-17 win over Dunston’s Mal Johnston and Dairy Lanes Jeff Wilson beat Leadgate’s Derek Metcalfe 21-19 both in the senior singles. In the senior pairs Hetton Workmen’s Chris Fish had a tremendous 21-7 win over former county star Dipton’s Eddie Henry.

In the national Mixed Pairs Dairy Lanes Jeff Wilson defeated Marine’s Rod Maxwell 16-13 and will next head to Darlington South Park to face Scot Morland, Silksworth’s Ian Riches was beaten 21-16 by Hartlepool Park’s Ian Jackson however club mate David Bolt moved into the next round with a 27-8 win over Darlington North Park’s Sam Pattison and will next host Elm Tree’s Allen Hart. In the mixed Fours Dairy Lane’s James McKinney sneaked home 18-17 against Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn and now await the winner of the David Bolt (Silksworth) / Iain Prentice (Hundens) tie.   


The weather restricted this week’s Earl Cup to a just a couple of games both in the first division, last season’s top two clashed as Silksworth hosted defending champions Houghton Dairy Lane. After thirteen consecutive wins Dairy Lane’s unbeaten run which stretched back to the start of last season finally came to an end as Silksworth bounced back from the Marine loss to record a 73-65 (5-2) win, the only other game played saw Roker Marine follow up that win over Silksworth with a hard fought 6-1 win at Barnes Park.

In the Swan Cup Silksworth hit the ton mark for the second consecutive home game as they romped to a 7-0 win over Barnes West End, defending champions Dairy Lane defeated neighbours Houghton Town 7-0 to go eight games unbeaten while Usworth won the battle of the promoted teams 7-0 at home to Hetton Workmen’s, Roker Marine’s dismal run of eight defeats came to an end as they beat Thompson Park 6-1. In division two North Biddick defeated Hylton Colliery Welfare 6-1 and South Hylton defeated Ryhope 5½-1½.

The Howey holders Barnes West End remain unbeaten after a 3-1 home win over Ryhope B as do Hylton Colliery B who sneaked home 3-1 by a single shot at North Biddick A, the trio of unbeaten records remain intact as Seaham Town A defeated Hetton Workmen 3-1, Seaham head to Hylton on Thursday.  In the second division the early leaders are Washington A who remain unbeaten after a good 4-0 win at Pennywell while there was a first win for Thompson Park A 4-0 at home to Marine B.

In the Storey Bowl Seaham Town hit the ton as they extended their unbeaten run to six games with a 7-0 win over Wearmouth to move to the top of the table, Roker Park ended a five match losing streak with a cracking 6-1 win at Thompson Park and there was a first win of the season for Dawdon at Hylton Colliery Welfare. Today’s fixtures are – Hetton v Houghton Town, Pennywell v Thompson Park, Roker Park v Seaham Town, Wearmouth v Hylton CW.

The Grindon league got underway last week, Houghton Dairy Lane defeated Hylton Colliery 4-1, Silksworth defeated Grindon Mill 4-1 and Barnes West End had a good 4-1 win at South Hylton.

The county competitions are underway, in Area 2 the early round of the singles & pairs were played this week. In the singles defending county champion Silksworth’s David Bolt received a walk over against Marines Stevie Don, Michael Laydon won an all Barnes Park affair against Albie Hill 21-17 and will next head to Marine to face Jimmy Richardson who defeated Silksworth’s Neil Reid 21-7. The 2008 county champion Marine’s Peter Thomson ground out a 21-16 win at Dairy Lane against Dan Todner while the battle of the county leads saw Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach get the better of Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna 21-19, Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud had a cracking 21-13 win at Silksworth against Phil Dixon. In the pairs Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar & David Bolt won a high scoring 27-19 game against Barnes Park’s Albie Hill while there were wins for three Dairy Lane pairs – Ian Whorlton, Keith Makepeace and Stevie Krimpen, Marine’s John Smith ran out 19-7 winners at Dairy Lane’s David Armstrong while fellow Marine Fred Knubley defeated Dairy Lane’s Brian Cain 21-12, this week it’s the turn of the fours, triples and two bowl singles to take centre stage, the first round of the two bowl is being played on a home and away basis with only the area finals played at Barnes Park.

The Durham County ladies Northern Trophy squad made a winning start to their eight game campaign with a cracking 10 shot win over Yorkshire at Scarborough, Durham had four winning rinks which included a 22-17 win for the Dairy Lane quartet of Susan Forster, Mary Metcalfe, Gylnis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson. Hetton’s Norma Stephenson steered her rink to a 20-12 win but there was a 27-18 defeat for county secretary Sunderland’s Sue Almond. In the other game Cumbria defeated Northumberland by 82 shots (11-0).
The first round of the ladies county triples took place this week with plenty of local interest, defending champions - Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson got their defence off to a winning start with a 16-12 home win over Durham’s Joyce Woodward to set up a trip to Hunden’s on Monday, Sunderland’s Janet Sykes moved into the next round with a 19-15 home win over Darlington’s Anne Camp and will head to Pelton Fell next, the only loss saw Hetton’s Norma Stephenson go down 24-17 to Elm Tree’s L.Simpson.
The ladies fours semi-final and county final takes place at Pelton Fell on Wednesday 10am, Sunderland’s Sue Almond faces Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison while Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson faces Consett Park’s Gill Jones. 
In the ladies County champion of champions Sunderland’s Jean Graham had a cracking 21-14 win at Darlington over Sam Pattison, there was more good news for Graham as she receives a bye into the semi-finals after her next opponent withdrew.

The Durham County men’s A team open up their three match Muras Trophy campaign today against Northumberland at Dairy Lane, Durham have beaten Northumberland on the last two occasions at Dairy Lane but with the loss of a few regulars it is an ideal opportunity to experiment and with places in the Middleton Cup squad up for grabs team manager David Bolt will be keeping a close eye on proceedings, the following team will take to the green. 

M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.Bannantyne (Stockton), P.Mosley (Stockton), S.Baker (Silksworth), J.McKenna
(Silksworth), P.Smithson (Silksworth), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), D.Todner( Houghton DL), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)
Reserves – D.Ray (Park), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), J.Harston ( M.Hodgson (Spennymoor), J.Taylor ( M.Laydon (Barnes Park)

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Thompson Park’s Kathy Cassap (87) and Hylton Colliery’s Les Gardiner sadly passed away, both were much respected bowlers and good club members and will be missed.


The final league to get underway this season was the Earl Cup - holders Houghton Dairy Lane extended last season’s 12 match unbeaten run to thirteen straight wins with a 6-1 home win over neighbours Houghton Town, there was a surprise 5½-1½ defeat for last season’s runners up Silksworth at Roker Marine while Barnes West End opened up their campaign with a 43 shot 6-1 home win over newly promoted Hetton Workmen. In the second division Thompson Park’s 7-0 home loss to Roker Park was their sixth consecutive loss while Seaham Town beat Whitburn 6-1 and Hylton Colliery Welfare beat Usworth 6-1. In the third division Sunderland ended a nine game losing streak with a 6-1 win over Grindon Mill.

In the Swan Cup Barnes West End followed up last week’s 7-0 at Thompson Park with a 6-1 home win over Roker Marine, the latter are currently on the worst run of defeats in all the leagues - eight games. Holders Houghton Dairy Lane extended their unbeaten run to seven games with a hard fought 5-2 win at Usworth, both Barnes Park and Silksworth enjoyed 6-1 away wins at Houghton Town and Seaham Town respectively while Hetton Workmen’s sneaked home by a couple of shots to record a 4½-2½ win over Thompson Park. In division two Roker Park completed back to back wins with a 6-1 home win over Pemberton while Grindon Mill lost a thriller against North Biddick by a quarter of a shot which left North Biddick 5-2 winners.

The Howey first division holders Barnes West End recorded a second consecutive 4-0 win this time at Chester le Street, both Houghton Dairy Lane squads bounced back from opening defeats with 4-0 wins over Roker Marine A and South Hylton respectively, Hylton Colliery B enjoyed a second 3-1 win this time Hetton Workmen provided the opposition. Roker Park extend their unbeaten run to five games but had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Barnes Park B. In division two the all Houghton Town local derby saw honours even for the A & B teams as it finished 35-35 while Pennywell opened their campaign with a 4-0 win at South Hetton however Whitburn are the early pace setters with a second 4-0 win this time over Roker Marine B.     

In the Storey Bowl the defending champions Hetton Workmen made it seven wins on the bounce with a 46 shot 6-1 win at Pennywell, Seaham Town recorded a fifth consecutive win defeating neighbours Dawdon 6-1, Wearmouth ended their losing streak with a cracking 6-1 win over Thompson Park. Today’s fixtures will see Houghton Town entertain Pennywell, Hylton Colliery v Dawdon, Seaham Town v Wearmouth and Thompson Park v Roker Park.

The Grindon League kicked off yesterday but the league suffered a double blow before a bowl had been played as Dawdon and Ryhope both resigned due to a lack of players which now leaves 10 teams in the league.

Next Saturday the Durham County A team open up their three match Muras Trophy campaign against Northumberland at Dairy Lane, Durham have beaten Northumberland on the last two occasions at Dairy Lane but with the loss of a few regulars it is an ideal opportunity to experiment and with places in the Middleton Cup squad up for grabs team manager David Bolt will be keeping a close eye on proceedings, the following team will take to the green. 
M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.Bannantyne (Stockton), P.Mosley (Stockton), S.Baker (Silksworth), J.McKenna (Silksworth), P.Smithson (Silksworth), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), M.Higgins (Barnes Park), L.Maughan (Silksworth), W.Ferry (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), D.Fenwick (Elm Tree), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Park), J.Mansfield (Park), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), D.Todner( Houghton DL), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)
Reserves – D.Ray (Park), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), J.Harston ( M.Hodgson (Spennymoor), J.Taylor ( M.Laydon (Barnes Park)

The transition from the B team to the A team has in recent years fell by the wayside but Bolt is looking to change that and has included eleven B team players in a forty man Muras squad in readiness for the up and coming double header against Yorkshire and Lancashire - D.Warnaby (Leadgate), S.Bennett (Pelton Fell), J.Richardson (Roker Marine), A.Hill (Barnes Park), B.Poulter (Usworth), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), A.Dunn (Houghton DL), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL), S.Clarke (Hundens), A.Parnell (Stockton)

The Area 2 County singles first round takes place on Tuesday with 10 ties, defending county champion Silksworth’s David Bolt is due to meet Marine’s Stevie Don, after a change in area’s Seaham Town dropped into the Stockton & Hartlepool area, despite the change there was a cracking first round win for Bryan Henderson (pictured right) , the talented 19 year old continues to improve and a smashing 21-20 win over Stockton’s county skip Paul Mosley sets up Henderson with another home tie against Stockton’s Mark Hodgson.

In the Ladies County competitions there was disappointment for the defending fours champions as Dairy Lanes Joan Rodgerson’s quartet crashed out 18-17 at Darlington North Park against Jane Pattison, there was however a cracking win for Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson who defeated Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson 22-15, Stephenson’s reward is another home tie against Bishop Auckland’s Edna Atkinson on Wednesday.

Ladies County Results
Triples Preliminary Round – M.Simpson (Hetton Wkm) 11-21 A.Anderson (Darlington Woodland)

In the national double fours Roker Marine pulled off a surprise 41-30 win over a fancied Silksworth B squad, Marine will head to Pelton Fell or Spennymoor next.

The final World Tour indoor event - the European Masters, took place last weekend at Blackpool with a prize of two wild card entries into all next season’s major televised tour events. Durham’s Gary Smith opened up with a straight forward 10-4,10-7 win over Falcon’s James Ripley which set up a tie against the home clubs Chris Gale, an out of sorts Smith lost the first set 8-7 but bounced back to his best to take the second set 12-4 to set up a three end tie breaker, Smith lost the first end and looked to have sent the tie into a third end after drawing a back toucher only to see it fall back and push the jack to Gale’s bowl to seal Smith’s fate. Fellow Durham member Michael Laydon was unlucky to go out against Lincoln’s Billy Jackson, under the old scoring format Laydon would have won 20-11 but under the new quicker sets format Laydon went out 9-6, 0-13, 2-1, the two Tour cards eventually went to Torquay’s Danny Denison and Swale’s Perry Martin.

The Bonanza bowls format continues to go from strength to strength, the final indoor event took place at South Shield’s with 48 players from around the region in action, the final saw Durham’s Mark Higgins face Sunderland’s Houghton’s Peter Brickle, in the end it was weekend to remember for Brickle who played out of his skin and deserved to take the £450 first prize.


The Sunderland & District leagues got underway this week, the Storey Bowl champions Hetton Workmen’s attempt at a fourth consecutive title got off to a winner start as they eased to a 7-0 home win over Roker Park, last season’s runners up Seaham Town also made a winning start with a 5-2 home win over Hylton Colliery Welfare, in the remaining games Thompson Park beat Dawdon 6-1 and Houghton Town beat Wearmouth 5-2.

The Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane made a winning start to their defence with a 5-2 win over newly promoted Hetton Workmen, Silksworth rattled off 110 shots in their 7-0 home win over Houghton Town while Seaham Town had a cracking 6-1 win at Roker Marine, last season’s second division champions Usworth made a losing start in the top division going down 6-1 at Barnes Park. In Division 2 Roker Park defeated North Biddick 6-1 although the fixture was reversed as North Biddick’s green isn’t ready yet, after being relegated last season and this season having to move onto Pennywell’s green South Hylton enjoyed a 6-1 win over Grindon Mill.

In the Harold Howey Vet’s first division last season’s runners up Houghton Dairy Lane B suffered an early set back going down 4-0 away at Ryhope A, in fact Ryhope completed a Dairy Lane double as there B team had a cracking single shot 3-1 away win against Dairy Lane’s A team, newly promoted Washington B had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Chester le Street. The all Pemberton second division local derby saw the B team run out 3½- ½ winners although the fact they still had a green to play on was an even bigger victory for the club members, Sadly the leagues lost another team as Seaham Town B have resigned from the Howey second division. A worrying start to the season is that out of the 24 league fixtures played this week 7 clubs were unable to field full teams which if it continues will put the focus on the current formats, the start time stated in the rule book is incorrect – it should read “All matches prior to 17th May to commence no later than 6:45pm. There after all matches to commence no later than 7:00pm. Up to and including the 8th August. All matches after the 8th August to commence no later than 6:45pm.”

Other League results
Swan Cup Div 2 – Washington 2-5 Hylton CW
Howey Div 1 – Seaham Town A 4-0 Sth Hylton, Roker Marine 0-4 Roker Park, Barnes Park B 4-0 North Biddick
Howey Div 2 –Houghton Town B 1-3 Washington A (played at Washington), Whitburn 4-0 Sunderland B, Sunderland A 3-1 Hetton Park, Dawdon 4-0 New Herrington

The Earl Cup gets underway on Monday with holders Houghton Dairy Lane hosting neighbours Houghton Town, last season Dairy went through the season unbeaten with 12 straight wins.

The Bowls Durham ladies county fours competition gets underway this week, defending county champions are Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson’s quartet of Susan Foster, Margaret Melcalf and Glynis Morgan, on Wednesday they have a tricky trip to Darlington North North to face Jane Pattison, Hetton’s Norma Stephenson’s quartet entertain Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson.

Area 2 Men’s County Draws showing First Round ties only
Singles – P.Hudspeth (HDL) v R.Robinson (HDL), J.Richardson (RM) v N.Reid (Si), A.Hill (BP) v M.Laydon (BP), D.Bolt (Si) v S.Don (RM), D.Todner (HDL) v P.Thomson (RM), Pat Thomson (RM) v J.Wilson (HDL), B.Sanderson (BWE) v S.Cairns (Si), M.Peach (HDL) v J.McKenna (Si), M.Higgins (BP) v A.Maidment (HCW), P.Dixon (SI) v F.Froud (BWE) – Ties to be played on Tuesday May 16.

Pairs – A.Hill (BP) v G.Farquhar (Si), I.Whorlton (HDL) v M.Carr (Si), K.Makepeace (HDL) v S.Cairns (Si), D.Armstrong (HDL) v JA.Smith (RM), F.Knubley (RM) v B.Cain (HDL), P.Brickle (Si) v S.Krimpen (HDL) – Ties to be played on Thursday May 18

Triples – S.Krimpen (HDL) v N.Ridley (Si), J.McKinney (HDL) v M.Carr (Si), S.Tindle (HDL) v R.Bell (RM), D.Armstrong (HDL) v R.Mckie (RM), J.McAdoo (HDL) v M.Laydon (BP), Pat Thomson (RM) v M.Peach (HDL), F.Knubley (RM) v J.Halcrow (Si), G.Farquhar (Si) v I.Fairweather (BWE) – Ties to be played on Thursday May 25

Fours – K.Makepeace (HDL) v W.Ferry (Si), M.Carr (Si) v J.McKinney (HDL), J.Halcrow (Si) v R.Mckie (RM) – Ties to be played on Tuesday May 23.
Two Bowl Singles – J.Halcrow (Si) v N.Reid (Si), S.Krimpen (HDL) v R.Robinson (HDL), J.Mckenna (Si) v M.Laydon (BP), Peter Thomson (RM) v L.Maughan (Si), P.Dixon (Si) v J.Richardson (Si), N.Ridley (Si) v K.Ford (Si) – Ties to be played on Friday May 26

In the national double fours the Silksworth A squad narrowly went down 41-39 against Stockton while the B team entertain Roker Marine on Thursday.

The Durham County indoor AGM will take place at Houghton Dairy Lane on Wednesday May 24 at 7pm, meanwhile at the Ladies AGM Houghton’s Norma Stephenson will be installed as the ladies County President. The sport’s indoor national governing body the EIBA have revealed a loss of £70,000 over the past year, this is mainly due to costs incurred in the live television coverage the sport has enjoyed over the last 12 months, plans to increase the membership affiliation fee to £4.50 per member are on the agenda at there AGM to help cover future losses it is worth highlighting the TV coverage attracted around three million viewers which is a first for the sport.

The final indoor World Tour card event of the season is taking place at Blackpool this weekend, on offer is a pair of tour wild cards into all the major events next season, Durham’s Gary Smith will be looking to repeat his feat of a couple of years ago by clinching one of those cards, Smith will need to win four games and in the first round will face Falcon’s James Ripley.  



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