28th April 2018 - BOLT STRIKES AGAIN

The latest round Open Singles Circuit event’s was held at South Shield’s last weekend, fresh from his exploits at the Commonwealth Games David Bolt (pictured right) returned to the indoor format in spectacular style as he secured a second Open Singles Circuit success of the season. A field of sixty one players battled it out over two days although frustratingly for the organisers there were several first round walkovers. Bolt did benefit from one of those walkovers before beating club mate Stevie Cairns 12-1, 11-2, a hard fought last sixteen 6-2, 6-5 win over South Shield’s Jaxon Mckenna set up a quarter final against another Shield’s player Neal Ridley. Bolt ran out a 11-1, 5-3 winner before despatching a fourth club mate Phil Dixon 9-5, 8-2 to set up a final against Durham’s Malcolm Wright. However the Bolt juggernaut was never going to be derailed and a 14-3, 8-2 win not only secured a second circuit win but also sealed a top thirty two ranking spot, added to his only other circuit appearance the title win at Worksop Bolt is guaranteed a place in the Grand Finals weekend at Potters in November. Former Grand finalist winner Durham’s Gary Smith’s hopes of getting into the top thirty two and a place at Potters were dealt a blow with a first round 2-1 tie breaker loss to Shield’s Phil Dixon, that defeat has left Smith outside the top thirty two and has to make the trek to Ipswich this weekend to compete in the final event of the season, if Smith reaches the quarter finals then a top thirty two spot should be secured and a place at Potters.

The South Shield’s club have had a cracking season and it ended on a high as they secured promotion into the Inter County top flight. Due to the Shield’s green being unavailable all four rinks were played at Durham the home of opponents Dunelm however that didn’t stop Shield’s from cruising to a 10-0 win. Keith Thompson steered Paul Hart, Joe Webster and Ray Gibb to a 23-9 win over Colin Chapman. Eric Weightman, Tony Giles, Keith Taylor and Arthur Harrison ran out 27-12 winners over Bill Canlon while Michael Baker, Ian McDonald, Robert Hunter and Derek Wilson eased past E.Stafford 32-15. The remaining rink of Michael Byrne, John Mills, Bill Upsall and Bob Cragg completed the whitewash with a 23-15 win over N.Spark. Overall it finished 115-51 and the ten points not only secured promotion but Shield’s go up as champions.

Final Standings – South Shields 53, Great Aycliffe 45, Stanley 44, Dunelm 24, Ferryhill 21, Gateshead A 21, Shildon 1

Indoor bowls club’s equivalent to footballs FA Cup is the Denny Cup therefore it was strange to see this season’s final competed by two clubs using their county name - Cumbria and Norfolk. In the end it was the formidable Cumbrian’s who ran out impressive 81-48 winners over a Norfolk outfit who have now been bridesmaids for a third time. Since 2000 Cumbria have lifted the Denny an impressive seven times and nine in total which is a feat many a local club are striving to replicate. In the semi finals Cumbria defeated Victory 82-69 while Norfolk beat Moonfleet 2000 70-63. The following day the ladies Yetton Trophy final stages took place and it was another title for the region as York secured a fifth Yetton title with a comprehensive 79-49 win over Torquay Utd. The remaining national title will be decided today as Nottingham, Swale, Torquay Utd and Falcon battle it out at Dolphin IBC for the Top Club title.

As the indoor season at Houghton came to an end two more club finals were played, in the men’s pairs Mal Baker and Brian Henderson defeated the defending champions Billy Robert’s and Frankie Froud 19-12. There was more disappointment for Froud who alongside Joan Baker were beaten in the final of the mixed pairs 18-17 by the defending champions Ellen Faith and Billy Piggott, with one bowl to come Froud was lying a match winning five before a cracking Piggott runner cleared and couple out of the head. The clubs AGM takes place today alongside the presentation of league and club competition winners.

Despite the chilly weather the outdoor season gets underway today as the Storey Bowl  kick starts the Sunderland & District season, holders Seaham Town head to Wearmouth, Pennywell host Houghton Town and Roker Park entertain Thompson Park.

The Earl Cup gets underway on Monday and it reverts to a two division format, holders Silksworth have dominated the Earl in recent years and will be looking to add to their six in eight record as they host last season’s runners up Barnes West End, Houghton Dairy Lane will be looking to put last season’s poor campaign behind them as they head to newly promoted Hylton Colliery Welfare,  the other promoted side Usworth travel to Barnes Park and Roker Marine host Houghton Town, the remaining game will see Seaham Town entertain Hetton Workmen’s. Houghton Dairy Lane will open their Swan Cup defence away to Roker Marine, in the vet’s Harold Howey league holders Barnes West End will be looking for a third consecutive title as they start their defence away to Ryhope B. Sadly there has already been a league casualty as Dawdon have dropped out of the Storey Bowl and the Harold Howey Division 2.

The Bowls Development Alliance (BDA) with the support of Bowls Durham will be holding a club afternoon session at Lyndhurst on Monday May 14 between 2-4pm, any club can attend where support and advice on coaching, club development, recruitment and funding will be available.

With the number of qualified Bowls Coaches in the region at an all time low the BDA are holding a Level 1 Coaching course in the area at Gateshead Indoor BC, the two day course takes place on Sunday June 24 and Sunday July 22 9am-5pm. With many clubs struggling to attract new members this is a cracking opportunity to take a step in the right direction, two club members can attend and the course costs £130, clubs can also apply to Bowls England who are offering a 50% bursary of the cost of the course. Anyone interested can register via a link on the Bowls Durham website where there is also the required forms to claim the Bowls England bursary.

21st April 2018 - GILPIN SURVIVE

Houghton Gilpin went into their final inter county fixture against Darlington knowing they needed to collect three points to avoid relegation, in a nail biting finale they collected four. At Houghton Mal Baker, Richie Jobling, David Wright and Peter Harding were left to rue a run of six ends without scoring as they went down 21-13 to Stan Blewitt, however Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, Freddie Fletcher and Brian Henderson were always in front against Alan Henderson and a last end five not only capped off a fine 23-14 win but also securing the required three points, the home squad finished one shot up. At Darlington Tom Patterson, Sam Patterson and John Jones were on the back foot from the start due to them playing a man short, although at the 16th end Jones only trailed 11-9 against Tony Macey however things slipped away and it finished 22-13. A rare bright spot away from home came from the rink of Keith Waterson, Foster Johnson, Jack Scullion and Frankie Froud, despite being pegged back from 13-6 up to 13-13 against John Lynch Froud rallied over the last four ends to get home 21-14. Those scores left the away squad 43-26 down and the overall 78-62 in Darlington's favour. The points return was 6-4 to Darlington and coupled with The Parks 9-1 loss to Hartlepool ensured both Gilpin and Darlington retain top flight status, sadly Houghton Kepier will be relegated alongside The Parks.

Final Table 
Division One - Gateshead B (champions) 50½, Hartlepool 47½, Durham A 38, Darlington 23, Houghton Gilpin 18, Houghton Kepier 17, The Parks 16. 

There has been plenty of club finals played at Houghton this week where Frankie Froud (pictured) has had a busy week, following on from his 21-17 singles win over Peter Brickle he retained the Over 60's Singles title with a 21-11 win over Terry Todd. A third Froud title came along in the Over 60's Pairs, alongside Mal  Baker they defeated Bill Laidler and Billy Holmes 22-15. The Over 60's Tiples title went to defending champions Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and an inspired Ian Whorlton after a 21-9 win over Mal Baker, Peter Thomson and Frankie Froud. In the Over 60's Fours final Joe Sutherland, Michael Carr, Freddie Fletcher and Alan J Dunn took the honours with a hard fought 20-16 win over Mal Baker, Peter Thomson, Frankie Froud and Stevie Kempster. There are a couple of finals taking place tomorrow as the Mixed Pairs and the men's Triples final's take place, both games start at 10am.

On the Open Singles Circuit only the top 32 ranked players are guaranteed a place at the Grand finals weekend at Potters and the race is on for ranking points as the remaining three events take place, this weekend will see Bristol and South Shield’s event’s taking place while Ipswich will bring the curtain down next weekend. Regionally only Scarborough’s Jack Bird is in the top 32, locally Durham’s Michael Laydon is 39th, South Shield’s David Bolt 49th and Durham’s former winner Gary Smith 54th, all three are in action at Shield’s this weekend but only a title win would seal a top 32 spot. Fresh from the Gold Coast David Bolt faces West Denton’s Peter Duffy, Durham’s Michael Laydon faces host clubs Ann Upsall while Durham’s Gary Smith plays Shield’s Phil Dixon, the beaten Hartlepool finalist Durham’s Bryan Henderson takes on another Shield’s hope Stewart Hubbard, a field of 62 players will battle it out this weekend for the £750 first prize.

The senior’s national championships at Nottingham proved to be very fruitful for the region, following on from Hartlepool’s Over 50 men’s triples title and Redcar’s Over 60 ladies pairs title the region enjoyed another success. In the ladies Over 60 singles The Park’s Pat Browne lifted the title with a 21-11 win over Taunton Deane’s Di Routley. Lincolnshire landed the men’s Liberty Trophy defeating Kent 120-107 while Erewash took the ladies Yetton Plate title beating Ashford 93-56. The final stages of the Denny Cup take place today at Rugby, in the semi finals the fancied Cumbria outfit will face Victory while Moonfleet will take on Norfolk. The remaining national title to be decided is the ladies Yetton Trophy at Rugby tomorrow, in the semi finals York face Egham and Torquay Utd face Norfolk.

In the latter stages of the family pairs the South Shield’s brothers Shaun and Ian McIntosh saw their hopes of ending the season with a national title dashed in their opening last sixteen tie, despite leading for most of the way against Riverain’s Jamie Claydon the Shield’s duo narrowly went down 22-21.

South Shield’s hopes of adding another club national title were dashed in the semi finals of the Top club as they were beaten 10-6 by Nottingham at New Earswick. In the two bowl singles James Sneller won 12-11 which cancelled out Nina Riches first loss 13-12, Jackie Tallack and Gary Farquhar edged home in the mixed pairs 17-16, an agonising last end 19-18 defeat in mixed fours for Karen Paterson, Pam Carlin, Paul Sainthouse and Stewart Hubbard left Ann Upsall, Phil Dixon and Ian Riches needing six from the last two ends in the mixed triples, sadly it was not to be.

The Doshi Junior  Pairs final was held at Durham, in the final the experienced Hartlepool duo of Nial Thompson and Josh Halcrow proved too much for a gallant Ferryhill duo of Conrad and Nadia Morrison, it finished 27-8.

There was a chance to catch some top class international bowls last week as Hartlepool played host to the WIBC Championships, the men’s singles title went to Scotland’s Stewart Anderson who defeated England’s Andy Squire 10-1, 9-3 while the ladies title went to Guernsey’s Alison Merrien (MBE) who defeated Wales Kerry Packwood 8-7, 10-2, Anderson completed a double by collecting the mixed pairs title. 

As the indoor season comes to an end most of the council outdoor greens will open today, the first Sunderland & District league action takes place next Saturday as the Storey Bowl gets things started, defending champions Seaham Town head to Wearmouth, Dawdon host Hylton Colliery Welfare and Pennywell host Houghton Town, Thompson Park will be looking to put last season’s woes behind them as they travel to Roker Park, runners up Hetton Workmen have a bye.

There is an even earlier start for the Durham County ladies teams as the traditional A v B team friendly takes place on Friday at Sunderland, the first Stella Logan B team game is a week later at Gosforth.   


At the Commonwealth Games it has been a rollercoaster ride for Silksworth’s David Bolt, earlier in the week hopes of a medal in the triples were cruelly snatched away but then in the fours Bolt landed a bronze medal. In the triples Bolt was leading in for the Devon duo of Jamie Chestney and Robert Paxton, after successfully negotiating the group format there was heartache in the quarter final for the English triple, after recovering from 14-9 down they were cruelly beaten on an extra end by the Norfolk Island’s 19-18. However Bolt’s second chance of a medal was in the fours, with Devon’s Louis Ridout at lead and Bolt at two, Chestney at three and another Devon star Sam Tolchard at skip. In the group format England eased past Singapore 25-6 and Brunei Darussalam 18-4 only suffering a 12-8 loss to Scotland’s Alex Marshall however a quarter final place was already secure without that defeat. In the quarter finals the England quartet over powered New Zealand 20-2 to set up a repeat auld emery clash against Marshall. In the semi final the English quartet raced into a 7-0 lead but a run of seven ends without scoring saw the momentum turn in Marshall’s favour to lead 12-7, despite getting back to 13-10 a dropped four on the 14th end sealed England’s fate 18-10 to leave them a bronze medal clash with Wales. In the play off the England quartet collected a decisive five on the 8th end to open up a 9-5 lead and in the end that proved the difference as they held on to a 15-9 win and collect the bronze medals. The gold went to Scotland’s Alex Marshall who collected a last end four to beat the hosts Australia 15-13, Marshall is now Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete.       

The second part of this seasons national championships have been taking place at Nottingham and it has been a cracking week with three national titles heading back to the region. Back in October South Shields Denny Cup hopes were left in tatters after a one shot loss to Stanley, that defeat saw Shield’s drop into the Denny Plate where they regrouped and took the competition by storm. Consecutive wins over The Parks, Houghton, Copeland, Darlington, Boston and a semi final win over Beecles set up a final against West Berks. Even without their England internationalist David Bolt the final was plain sailing for the confident Shield’s outfit who ran out 97-47 winners with 13 ends unplayed.  Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse, Stewart Hubbard and Shaun McIntosh eased to a 30-9 win over Tony Aubrey while brother Ian McIntosh steered Neal Ridley, Stevie Cairns and Ian Riches to a 27-9 win over Barry Williams. Scott Baker, Mal Peach, Phil Dixon and Kris Storf defeated Martyn Chant 22-15 with the remaining rink of Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar completing the whitewash by grinding out a 18-14 win over Gordon Ballantyne, it’s a first club national title for South Shield’s who will now look to build on this success next year and make progress in the Denny Cup as they will not want to defend their Plate title.

The second national title came in the men’s Over 50’s when Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson, Dale Oram and Glenn Skipp defeated Malvern Hill’s Mike Holmes 18-15, the Hartlepool trio performed the great escape in the semi finals as they collected a seven on the 16th end against Riverain’s Tony Webb to lead 19-18 and even then Skipp needed to score a last end three to book a final spot 22-21.

The third title was in the ladies Over 60’s pairs, Redcar’s Kath Delacoe and 82 year old legend Beryl Alderson defeated Lincoln’s Lin Mountain 15-12 in the final.

South Shield’s are still on course for a double national title as they head to New Earswick today to face Nottingham in the semi finals of the Top club, due to other commitments the McIntosh brothers and David Bolt are missing however there is no reason why Shield’s cannot progress to the final. Shaun and Ian McIntosh head to Nottingham tomorrow for the latter stages of the family pairs, in the last sixteen the Shield’s duo face Riverain’s Jamie Claydon. 

Top Club - Shields v Nottingham 
Men’s Two Bowl Singles – J.Sneller
Ladies Two Bowl Singles – N.Riches     
Mixed Pairs – J.Tallack, G.Farquhar
Mixed Triples – A.Upsall, P.Dixon, I.Riches
Mixed Fours – K.Paterson, P.Carlin, P.Sainthouse, S.Hubbard

It has been a tough Inter County campaign for both Houghton Kepier and Gilpin squads with both facing possible relegation following defeats in the latest round of games. Kepier were always up against it as they faced leaders Gateshead B who in turn needed three points to win the league for the first time in 31 years, at Gateshead both away squads were beaten. George Brown, Trevor Joicey, Stevie Tindale and Peter Thomson (jnr) saw an 11-9 lead slip away against Alan Jobling to finish 23-11 down while the other rink of Michael Wright, 87 year old debutee Arthur Baker, Alan Patterson and Richie Mckie went down 25-12 which left the away squad 48-23 down. At Houghton both home squads put in spirited performances, Eric Downes, Bob Johnson, Peter Thomson (snr) and Dan Todner nearly snatched a point, trailing 19-11 with four ends to play Todner battled back only to narrowly miss out 19-17 against Tom Pope. The remaining rink of Tony Grimes, Charlie Wallace, Barney Walsh and Terry Todd recovered from 10-2 down against George Hackett to lead 20-18 however Todd dropped a last end double which meant settling for a creditable 20-20 draw,  those two scores guaranteed the title for Gateshead and more than likely relegated Kepier.

Houghton Gilpin meanwhile also had a crunch game against an ever improving Durham outfit, sadly it turned out to be a tough afternoon for Gilpin as they were whitewashed 10-0. At Houghton Peter Harding’s quartet of Mal Baker, Foster Johnson and David Wright fought back from 17-7 down to get within a single shot against John Hutchinson, sadly a dropped four on the 20th end condemned them to a 24-18 loss. Ian Whorlton’s quartet of Richie Jobling, David Armstrong and Freddie Fletcher found themselves 13-8 down after 13 ends against Mark Higgins before the game turned into twenty twenty cricket as an amazing 32 shots were scored over the last eight ends which saw Higgins running out a 35-18 winner, those scores left the home squad 23 shots adrift. On the quicker Durham carpet both Houghton rinks were beaten, Keith Waterson, Ian Fairweather, Jack Scullion and Frankie Froud went down 25-15 to Russell Bewick while debutee J.Howlinson, Tom Patterson, Sam Patterson and John Jones were well beaten 34-9 by Gary Smith. So the away squad finished 59-24 down which left the overall score 117-51 in Durham’s favour. Gilpin do have one last chance to avoid relegation as they take on Darlington at 1030am tomorrow in a rearranged winner stays up game, Gilpin need at least three points to stay up and send Houghton Kepier down.

At Houghton – J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, F.Fletcher, B.Henderson (snr), M.Baker, R.Jobling, D.Wright, P.Harding
At Darlington – K.Waterson, I.Fairweather, J.Scullion, F.Froud, T.Patterson, AN Other, S.Patterson, J.Jones 

Latest League Standings
Division One - Gateshead B (champions) 6-50½, Hartlepool 5-38½, Durham A 6-38, Darlington 5-17, Houghton Kepier 6-17, The Parks 5-15, Houghton Gilpin 5-14
Division Two – Sth Shields 5-43, Gt Aycliffe 5-35, Stanley 5-35, Dunelm 5-24, Gateshead A 5-21, Ferryhill 6-21, Shildon 5-1

Houghton bought down the curtain on their Top Ten campaign away at Stanley, it has been a mixed campaign for the Houghton squad and it sadly ended with another 8-2 defeat. Frankie Froud had a tough time in the singles against former England lead Bret Arkley as the Stanley star cruised to a 21-4 win. The only bright spot came in the pairs where Michael Wright and Peter Thomson (jnr) recovered from 14-11 down with two ends left against Derek Craig to record a 16-14 win. In the triples Karl Armstrong, Stevie Tindale and Richie Mckie were left to rue dropped counts of five and seven as they went down 18-13 against Brian Houghton. Eric Downes, Richard Thorpe, David Wright and Terry Todd were unlucky in the fours; leading 13-9 with four ends to play Todd lost all four ends to go down 16-13 to Joe Dixon.

There has been plenty of club competition action at Houghton this week, in the men’s singles final Frankie Froud collected his first four bowl title with an impressive 21-7 win over Peter Brickle. Alongside Billy Roberts Froud is on course for a double after recovering from 11-3 down against Billy Piggott in the pairs semi finals to run out 18-11 winners, in the final Froud will face Mal Baker & Bryan Henderson who defeated Eric Downes & Peter Thomson (snr) 18-9. In the fours semi final Ian Whorlton steered Colin Brown, David Armstrong and Keith Makepeace to a 19-18 extra end win over Pter Thomson (jnr) while in the Over 60’s fours semi finals Stevie Kempster  steered Mal Baker, Peter Thomson (snr) and Frankie Froud to a 21-11 win over David Wright.

Fours Final – Monday 6.30pm B.Henderson(snr) v I.Whorlton
Pairs final – Tuesday 6.30pm F.Froud v B.Henderson (snr)

7th April 2018 - HENDERSON SHINES

A field of sixty players gathered at Hartlepool last weekend as the latest Open Singles Circuit event took place, Durham youngster Bryan Henderson (pictured) produced a string of cracking wins to reach the final against Scotland’s Robert Gordon. An opening 9-5,8-6 win over South Shield’s Josh Minto was followed by a 2-0 tie breaker win over the host clubs Paul Mosley. In the last sixteen Henderson eased past Mark Lee 10-1,11-2 before despatching Alan Taylor 8-3,6-6, in the semi finals a narrow 6-6,7-6 win over Kingsthorpe’s Jamie Walker booked Henderson’s final spot against Scottish internationalist Gordon, sadly for the Durham youngster he missed out on the £1,000 first prize as Gordon ran out a 6-6,10-2 winner. Previous grand final winner Durham’s Gary Smith picked up good ranking points by reaching the semi finals only to lose out to the eventual winner, Smith has however climbed up to 49th and is only nineteen ranking points outside the top thirty two who are automatically invited to the grand final weekend at Potters in November. Smith’s final chance to amass enough points will be the South Shields event on April 21-22, there are still places available for the Shield’s event with the entry fee at £22.50p and a first prize of £750 on offer.

Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley was left thinking what could have been as his attempt at lifting his first national singles title at Melton Mowbray were dashed at the semi final stage. Hartley has been in cracking form this season having qualified for three competitions at Melton and continued to produce the goods with a 21-15 last sixteen win over Lincoln’s Kevin Rands, in the quarter finals Hartley defeated former internationalist Wey Valley’s Paul Coleman 21-15 before succumbing in the semi finals 21-8 to Torquay’s Ryan Whitlock, the eventual winner was Scarborough’s Jack Bird who beat Whitlock 21-10.

the second week of national championships get underway at Nottingham today, the senior fours kick starts the ten day bonanza, Hartlepool’s Albert Ward’s rink of Tony Greathead, Mick Hagon and Jimmy Ainger will be carrying the regions hopes as they take on Sutton’s John Graham in the last sixteen. On Monday another Hartlepool hope are in action, this its Ian Jackson, Glenn Skipp and Dale Oram in the Over 50’s triples, in the last sixteen Oram takes on Egham’s Steve Fortescue, in the ladies competition West Denton’s Annie Lennie takes on Dolphins Penny Cresswell. Aycliffe’s Fred Edwards and Barry Attwood are in Over 60’s pairs action on Wednesday as they take on Desborough’s Brett Long, Redcar’s Berly Alderson & Kath Delacoe take on Rivermead’s Dalhne Jacob in the ladies competition. Gateshead’s Ronnie Richardson brings the curtain down on the individual events on Friday as he takes on Malvern Hill’s Martin Smith in the Over 60’s singles, The Park’s Pat Browne is the regions hope in the ladies singles, in the last sixteen Browne takes on Bound’s Green’s Rhoda Young.

However there could be a national title heading north tomorrow as South Shield’s head to Nottingham looking to lift the Denny Plate title, despite being without their talisman David Bolt who is on Commonwealth Games duty the Shield’s squad are more than good enough to bring the national title back north, in the final they face West Berks.
Shields squad – S.Baker, M.Peach, P.Dixon, Kris Storf, J.McKenna, P.Sainthouse, S.Hubbard, S.McIntosh, N.Ridley, S.Cairns, I.Riches, I.McIntosh, P.Paterson, J.Minto, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar
Reserves – B.Upsall, J.Morgan, D.Robson, M.Carr

Shield’s still harbour hopes of landing the Top Club title, in the semi final next weekend they face Nottingham however they will be without David Bolt and the McIntosh brothers, the latter will be in the final stages of the Family Pairs event.

Houghton Kepier bring their inter county season to a close tomorrow as they take on title chasing Gateshead B, with relegation looking likely Kepier need a win to avoid the drop while Gateshead will be crowned champions for the first time in 31 years if they win 7-3 or better..
At Houghton – E.Downes, B.Johnson, P.Thomson (snr), D.Todner, A.Grimes, C.Wallace, B.Walsh, TW.Todd
At Gateshead – G.Brown, T.Joicey, S.Tindall, P.Thomson (jnr), M.Wright, K.Armstrong, A.Patterson, R.Mckie

Houghton Gilpin are also in action tomorrow as they face Durham , Gilpin are also in need of points to avoid relegation but they do have another game against bottom of the table Darlington to play next Sunday morning.

At Houghton – M.Baker, F.Johnson, D.Wright, P.Harding, D.Armstrong, R.Jobling, F.Fletcher, I.Whorlton
At Durham – K.Waterson, I.Fairweather, J.Scullion, F.Froud, AN Other, T.Patterson, S.Patterson, J.Jones

Latest Standings –
First Division – Gateshead B 5-41, Hartlepool 5-38, Durham A 5-28, Houghton Kepier 5-16½, The Parks 4-15, Houghton Gilpin 4-14, Darlington 4-7
Second Division – South Shields 5-43, Great Aycliffe 5-35, Stanley 4-25, Gateshead A 4-21, Ferryhill 6-21, Dunelm 4-14, Shildon 4-1

Round 12 of the seniors Premier league takes place at Ferryhill on Thursday (1230), with the Houghtonian’s already finished the other Houghton squad of Peter Thomson Richard Thorpe and Frankie Froud are due to be in action.

Houghton’s Top Ten squad head to Stanley today to bring down the curtain on their season, a Houghton win would cement a third place finish.

The final of the men’s club singles at Houghton will see Frankie Froud take on Peter Brickle, in the semi finals Froud received a bye while Brickle proved to strong for Peter Thomson (snr) powering home 21-4. Brian Henderson’s squad of Joe Sutherland, Peter Harding and Freddie Fletcher secured a place in the fours final with a 17-14 win over Richie Mckie, the other finalist will be decided on Thursday. The line up for the mixed pairs final has be decided, Joan Baker & Frankie Froud will face Ellen Faith and Billy Piggott.

Men’s Competitions (Semi Finals)
Wednesday April 11
(6.30pm) Pairs – W.Piggott v F.Froud, B.Henderson (snr) v P.Thomson (snr)
(1030am) Over 60’s Triples – TW.Todd v F.Froud, I.Whorlton v W.Piggott
Thursday April 12
(1030am) Over 60’s Fours – D.Wright v F.Froud, I.Whorlton v TW.Todd
(6.30pm) Fours - AJ.Dunn v P.Thomson
Friday April 13 (1030am) Over 60’s Pairs – W.Piggott v F.Froud, R.Thorpe v W.Laidler

In the men’s triples competition at the Commonwealth Games Silksworth’s David Bolt is leading in for the Devon duo of Jamie Chestney and Robert Paxton, the early group format is round robin with the top two in each of the four groups going into a quarter final knock out stage. The good news is after three rounds the English trio remain unbeaten, an opening 24-6 win over Papa New Guinea was followed up with a hard fought 15-14 win over India, the Englishmen’s third win was a comfortable 24-13 win over South Africa which has sealed a quarter final spot, there remaining group game is against Wales who are also unbeaten.
































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