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BOWLS REPORT - JANUARY 2018

27th January 2018 - SHIELDS BOOK PLATE SEMI

South Shields moved into the semi finals of the Denny Plate after an impressive 77-57 win over Boston at Selby. The early stages were nip and tuck and Shield’s led by only a couple of shots at the half way mark, however a 24-7 return across the four rinks between ten and fifteen ends saw them race into a 63-44 lead, from then on they saw the game out to finish twenty shots up. A late change saw Scott Baker come in lead for David Bolt and alongside Mal Peach and Phil Dixon they turned around a five end 8-1 deficit to beat R.Whyers 22-10. Neal Ridley, Stevie Cairns, Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh got off to a flier leading L.Feiry 14-3 after only five ends, in the end McIntosh ran out a 24-15 victor. Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar looked in trouble at half way against J.West as they trailed 13-5 however Farquhar rallied the troops and turned things around in the second half to finish a cracking 17-15 up. The remaining rink of Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse, Stewart Hubbard and Shaun McIntosh were the only rink to finish in arrears as they went down 17-14 to R.Vinter In the semi finals Shields will face Beccles, the Suffolk based club comfortably defeated Cambridge Chesterton 98-62, the tie will be played on March 10 at a yet to be agreed neutral venue, the other semi final will see Hounslow take on West Berks. In the actual Denny Cup Cumbria booked a semi final against Victory with a 75-56 win over Nottingham, the other semi final will see Moonfleet 2000 tackle Norfolk.

There were a couple of rearranged Inter County games last weekend, in the first division Houghton Gilpin were looking to bounce back from their previous defeat to Gateshead A as they faced The Parks, sadly it was a tale of two venues as Gilpin went down 72-60 overall. At The Parks both Houghton squads returned home winners, despite playing a man short,  Keith Waterson, Ian Whorlton and Frankie Froud did well to still get home 15-13 against P.Lunn while Michael Noble, David Armstrong, AN Other and John Jones held on for a 19-18 win over Peter Dawson to leave the away squad three shots in credit. At Houghton sadly both home rinks were beaten, Joe Sutherland, Jules Biggerstaff, Freddie Fletcher and Bryan Henderson (jnr) were always playing catch up against Steve Miller and eventually went down 17-12, Mal Baker, AN Other, David Wright and Brian Henderson (snr) never got going against Matthew Raftree and finished 24-14 down, that left the home squad 41-26 adrift and sealed a twelve shot loss, next for Gilpin is a crunch game against bottom placed Darlington. Sadly prior to the start at Houghton things were said which have no place on a bowling green and added to the fact that Houghton also fielded an ineligible player made it a disappointing afternoon all round. Last season when Sunderland called time on their Inter County career the Houghton committee agreed to enter the extra team to take up the expected excess players nominating to play, sadly things have not gone to plan as both teams have been hampered this season by withdrawals from the selected teams with many on the morning of the game so it would come as no surprise if the two teams were condensed to back to one which would be a disappointment.

In the second division South Shields maintained their unbeaten record as they comfortably ran out 80-48 winners over Shildon, all four Shield’s squads returned winning cards and the 10-0 win leaves them on the verge of promotion back to the first division. At Shields there was a rare skips role for stalwart Stevie Cairns as he steered Michael Baker, Tom Giles and Fred Knubley to a cracking 29-9 win over W.Dixon meanwhile Keith Thompson, Doug McAuley, Jaxon McKenna and Stewart Hubbard had to work hard for a 15-13 win over A.Bell, that left the home squad twenty two shots up. Down the A1 at Shildon Scott Baker, Derek Robson, Keith Taylor and an even rarer skips role for Mal Peach (pictured) had a cracking 17-14 win over W.Maddison while Bob Cragg, Mick Maher, Derek Wilson and Arthur Harrison made a late charge to defeat A.Johnson 19-12 to leave the away squad ten shots to the good, Shields have a bye in February. One frustrating rule in the Inter County league is the one shot on the first two ends, many a time both home and away rinks have to watch good counts going to waste.

In the senior inter county league the Houghton GIlpin squad were left kicking their heels as the planned game at home against Darlington B was cancelled due to the visitors getting their dates mixed up, this is just another game added to the ever growing list of cancelled matches that the three Houghton senior teams have to endure by opposing teams.

There has been more action this week in the various local sections of this seasons national competitions, in the singles north section the all Shield’s affair between Shaun McIntosh and Stewart Hubbard saw the latter run out an impressive 21-18 winner, in the north semi final Hubbard heads to Durham to face Gary Smith with the winner to face Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley in the area final. In the pairs Josh Minto and Chris Yeomans booked thier place in the north semi final after a cracking 20-11 win over fellow Shield’s players Phil Dixon and Gary Farquhar, in the semi final Minto heads to Durham to face Mark Higgins. Houghton’s Peter Thomson (pictured) booked a place in the north semi finals with a 21-5 home win over Gateshead’s Brian Orrell, in the semi final Thomson will make the trip to Shield’s to face Gary Farquhar. The Shield’s duo of Jackie Tallack and David Bolt set up an mixed pairs area final clash with Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley after Bolt eased past The Parks Pat Browne 20-3. There was a tremendous win at Durham in the Over 60’s fours as Michael Wright, Peter Thomson (snr), Terry Todd and Frankie Froud defeated Brian Slinn 20-12, in the north semi final Froud will have home advantage against South Shield’s Billy Ferry. There were mixed results for Houghton in the family pairs, the Thomson brothers had a smashing 21-14 win at West Denton against Aaron Robson however Tom and Sam Patterson went down 30-6 at West Denton against Martin Rogan, the Thomson pairing travel to Durham next to face Carl and Mark Higgins.

Latest Singles Draw

Northern Section – GR.Smith (Durham) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section area finalist - P.Hartley (Hartlepool)

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v  J.Minto
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v  A.Hind (Ferryhill) or A.Ward (Hartlepool) 

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) or G.Farquhar (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v R.Hudson  (Redcar)

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section –G.Farquhar (Shields) v  P.Thomson (Houghton)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v, P.Bostock (Redcar) or G.Skipp (Hartlepool) 

Mixed Pairs Area Final  – P.Mosley (Hartlepool)  v D.Bolt (Shields)
Mixed Fours Area Final -  P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v P.Dixon (Shields)

Over 60’S Singles
Northern Section – A.Lawton (Shields) v R.Richardson (Gateshead), B.Orrell (Gateshead) v E.Dent (Shields)
Southern Section – P.Barion (Aycliffe ) v J.Selley (Redcar) or G.Fordy (Thornaby)

Over 60’s Pairs
Northern Section – B.Houghton (Stanley) v B.Harris (Stanley), B.Orrell (Gateshead) v B.Poulter (Gateshead)
Southern Section – S.Crowe (Hartlepool) or AL.Ward (Hartlepool) v W.Edwards (Aycliffe)

Over 50’s Triples
Northern Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v B.Orrell (Gateshead), D.Armstrong (Houghton) v P.Duffy (West Denton)
Southern Section – B.Attwood (Aycliffe) v D.Oram (Hartlepool), AL.Ward (Hartlepool) v K.Weallans (Ferryhill)

Over 60’s Fours
Northern Section – M.Wright (Houghton) v W.Ferry (Shields), E.Henry (Stanley) v B.Harris (Stanley)
Southern Section – A.Ingledew (Shildon) v M.Hagon (Hartlepool or W.Edwards (Aycliffe)

Tow Bowl Singles
Northern Section – B.Orell (Gateshead) v D.Bolt (Shields), M.Bennett (West Denton) v N.Ridley (Shields)
Southern Section -  J.Forcer (Hartlepool) or A.Jones (Redcar) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool)

Fmaily Pairs
Northern Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v P.Thomson (Houghton), M.Rogan (West Denton) v S.McIntosh (Shields)
Southern Section – B.Mosley (Thornaby) v J.Forcer (Hartlepool)

West Denton’s talented youngster Aaron Robson heads to the City of Ely this weekend as he competes in the latter stages of the Under 25 Singles, in the last sixteen Robson will face Riverain’s newly capped England Under 25 player Glenn Williams.

The latest round in this season’s Top club takes place tomorrow as South Shields head to Great Aycliffe, the following Shields squad has been selected.
Two Bowl Singles - Men – I.McIntosh, Ladies – N.Riches
Mixed Pairs – J.Tallack, D.Bolt
Mixed Triples – P.Dixon, A.Upsall, I.Riches
Mixed Fours – K.Paterson, P.Carlin, G.Farquhar, S.McIntosh

At the indoor World Championships the 22 year old Ipswich star Katherine Rednall claimed her third singles title with an outstanding display of bowling, in a repeat of last year’s final against Norwich’s Rebecca Field the Ipswich star cruised to a 13-3, 13-6 straight set win. The Mixed Pairs title went to Scotland’s Liz Doig and England’s Jamie Chestney after they defeated England’s Rebecca Field and Scotland’s Darren Burnett 8-4, 7-6.    

The ever popular Sunderland Carpet League will sadly lose one of its long standing venues as after forty years the Farringdon Sport club will host their final league game against Silksworth’s St Leonards on January 30. Although the carpet format doesn’t get as much coverage as the other formats the league was formed in 1980 by Billy Shergold, Bob Cooke and George Labourne, of which the first letter of each surname was incorporated hence the Sunderland Carpet League name. Originally there were fifteen teams - , Commercial Road, DLI Club, East End, Farringdon, Grangetown, Hepworth and Grandage, Humbledon and Plains Farm, Hylton Castle, Pallion, Royal Navy, Silksworth Buffs, Steels, Catholic Club, Transport and Social club and Southwick Jubilee club. The league popularity increased and in 1982 Castletown, Doxford Park, Ford and Hylton Lane, Gilley Law, Holly Rosary Catholic club, Houghton Glendale and Silksworth St Leonards all joined. The bowls fraternity has had its fair share of bad news and it will be another sad evening for everyone connected with the Farringdon club,  current and past players are all invited to see the end of a era.

20th January 2018 - LIBERTY WOE

There was massive disappointment for the Durham County Liberty Trophy squad as their hopes of a twelfth Liberty title were left in pieces following a 127-104 loss at the hands of Lincolnshire. On a sluggish New Earswick surface Durham again were left to rue a slow start as Lincolnshire raced into an early twenty shot lead, despite a late Durham charge which got them back to within four shots Lincolnshire regrouped and pulled away to finish twenty three shots up. Across the green Durham lost on all six rinks, Stanley’s John Thurlbeck and Durham’s Gary Smith both went down by one shot each while South Shield’s David Bolt lost by three, Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley lost by four and club mate Paul Hartley went down by six, Lincolnshire’s clean sweep was completed as Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill lost by eight. Lincolnshire will now face Norfolk in the semi finals who sneaked past Northants 122-118, the other semi final will be between Wiltshire and Kent.
Scores (Durham skips first) – J.Thurlbeck 19-20 J.Philpott, GR.Smith 15-16 M.Spenser, D.Bolt 20-23 G.Smith, P.Mosley 17-21 B.Jackson, P.Hartley 19-25 J.West, V.O.Neill 14-22 M.Orrey

At the World Indoor Championships at Potters South Shield’s Ian McIntosh’s hopes were dashed at the first hurdle, despite a spirited performance the Shield’s star went down in straight sets 8-3, 11-4 to former World Champion Norfolk’s Mervyn King. A nervous first end saw McIntosh drop a three and by the fourth end of the nine McIntosh found himself 6-0 down which allowed the local crowd favourite King to use his experience on this stage to see out the set 8-3. The second set again saw McIntosh drop an opening end three after a loose end gave King an opportunity to lift the sole McIntosh bowl out for three which the England international gladly took with both hands however this time hopes were raised as McIntosh responded and got back to 3-2, King won the next two ends to lead 6-2 and then an unlucky result with a last bowl McIntosh runner saw King stretch the lead to 8-2. Again Mcintosh responded with a double which made it 8-4 only to drop a double on the next end, in the end King took the second set and match 11-4, although disappointed with the outcome this will be a great experience for the Shield’s star and it will have wetted his appetite to return.

The quarter finals of this season’s Denny Plate take place today, local hopes are with South Shield’s who face Boston on a neutral green at Selby, after their previous thirty shot win over Darlington the following unchanged Shield’s squad will attempt to reach the semi finals.
N Ridley, S Cairns, I Riches, I McIntosh, J McKenna, P Sainthouse, S Hubbard, S McIntosh, P Dixon, M Peach, K Storf, D Bolt, D Paterson, J Minto, J Sneller, G Farquhar
In the Denny Cup quarter finals last year’s beaten semi finalists Cumbria face Nottingham at York.

The local sections of this seasons national competitions are nearing the area final stages, in the north section of the singles Durham’s Gary Smith had a cracking 21-19 win at South Shield’s against an in form Ian McIntosh, the win moves Smith into the area semi final and will have home advantage against either Shaun McIntosh or Stewart Hubbard both Shields. There was disappointment for Smith in the Pairs as an all Durham affair against Mark Higgins saw the latter run out an impressive 22-15 winner, Higgins will have home advantage in the north semi final against either Josh Minto or Gary Farquhar both Shields. In the south section of the triples Redcar’s Richie Hudson defeated Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood 16-15 and will face either club mate Paul Bostock or Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley in the semi finals. Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley secured area final spots in the Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, in the pairs Mosley defeated club mate Paul Hartley 17-6 and in the fours Mosley had a good 17-12 win at Darlington over Samantha Pattison, in the area final of the mixed fours Mosley will face South Shield’s Phil Dixon who won a thriller against Durham’s Mark Higgins 15-14. In the Over 60’s Singles South Shield’s Ebby Dent had a work hard for a 21-18 win over West Denton’s Ged McCue while Gateshead’s Ronnie Richardson booked a trip to Shields to face Alan Lawton with a 21-13 win over Durham’s Steve Krimpen. Houghton’s Michael Wright narrowly went out 17-16 in the Over 50’s Triples at home to Stanley’s Brett Arkley however there was some success for Houghton as David Armstrong’s triple progressed with a cracking 18-11 win over Shield’s Dave Paterson, in the next round Armstrong will entertain West Denton’s Peter Duffy. Last year’s qualifier in the Two Bowl Alan Lawton (Shields) saw his hopes of a repeat ended as he went down 21-15 to club mate David Bolt, in the next round Bolt will head to Gateshead or West Denton.

Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – GR.Smith (Durham) v S.McIntosh (Shields) or S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section area finalist - P.Hartley (Hartlepool)

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v  J.Minto (Shields) or G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v  A.Hind (Ferryhill) or A.Ward (Hartlepool) 

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) or G.Farquhar (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v R.Hudson  (Redcar)

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section –G.Farquhar (Shields) v  P.Thomson (Houghton) or B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v, P.Bostock (Redcar) or G.Skipp (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Pairs Draw
Area Final  – P.Mosley (Hartlepool)  v P.Browne (Parks) or  D.Bolt (Shields)

Latest Mixed Fours Draw 
Area Final -  P.Mosley (Hartlepool) v P.Dixon (Shields)

In the Egham Trophy the last regional hope Hartlepool were beaten in the quarter finals 89-75 by Lincoln at New Earswick.

West Denton’s talented youngster Aaron Robson heads to the City of Ely next weekend as he competes in the latter stages of the Under 25 Singles, in the last sixteen Robson will face Riverain’s newly capped England Under 25 player Glenn Williams.

There are a couple of rearranged Inter County games tomorrow, in the first division Houghton Gilpin will be looking to bounce back from their previous loss to Gateshead B as they face The Parks.
At Houghton – M.Baker, JScullion, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr), J.Sutherland, J.Biggerstaff, F.Fletcher, B.Henderson (jnr)
At The Parks – K.Waterson, R.Usher, I.Whorlton, F.Froud, M.Noble, D.Armstrong, M.Davis, J.Jones

In the second division South Shields will be looking to maintain their unbeaten record as Shildon provide the opposition.
At Shields – K.Thompson, K.Taylor, F.Knubley, S.Hubbard, M.Baker, E.Weightman, S.Cairns, J.Snellar
At Shildon – S.Baker, D.Robson, M.Peach, K.Storf, R.Cragg, M.Maher, D.Wilson, A.Harrison

Latest Seniors Inter Club Standings
Area 1 – Darlington A 5-20, Aycliffe 5-16½, Spennymoor 5-15½, Shildon 4-5, Durham 5-3
Area 2 – Hartlepool A 6-27, Darlington B 6-23, Ferryhill 5-12, Houghton Gilpin 5-6, South Shields B 6-2
Area 3 – Stanley 5-23, South Shields 5-14, Houghton Sancroft 6-12, Gateshead A 4-10, Parks B 4-1
Area 4 – Hartlepool B 5-22, Parks A 5-16½, Durham B 4-13, Gateshead B 5-5½, Houghton Kepier 5-3   

In the Top Ten competition Houghton head to Durham this morning looking to avenge the twenty seven shot loss they suffered in the first meeting in October, the following line up has been confirmed
Singles – B.Henderson (jnr)
Pairs – M.Wright & AJ.Dunn
Triples – J.Sutherland, S.Tindale, J.McAdoo
Fours – E.Downes, K.Armstrong, D.Wright, TW.Todd.

South Shields are planning to run another Classic Open Pairs competition, the two day event will be restricted to thirty two pairs, pairs will be guaranteed six games for an entry fee of £33, the Coast Road Garage & Molston Coors sponsored competition will take place on Saturday March 3 & Sunday March 4 with a first prize of £500.

The area two draw of the outdoor Bowls Durham County competitions has been made, the current County Pairs champions Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar and David Bolt will head to Roker Marine or Barnes Park in their title defence opener, the Silksworth duo are joined by Phil Dixon in the triples and they will face either Sunderland’s Dennis New or Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ian Whorlton in the green final at Barnes Park. In the Fours draw due to the area having six qualifying places but only eleven entries Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow received a bye into the second stage. Overall the number of entries across the county has increased although there has been slight falls in the pairs and triples, area two provide thirty nine of the ninety six entries in the singles. The 2018 Grindon League fixtures are now on the Bowls Sunderland website.  

13th January 2018 - SHIELDS WIN PLATE CLASH

South Shield’s booked a place in the last eight of this seasons Denny Plate after a comfortable thirty shot win over previous winners Darlington, despite a bizarre hiccup at home with the away scores for an hour the Shield’s squad ran out 83-53 winners. At Shields both rinks took their time to get going, Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse, Stewart Hubbard and Shaun McIntosh ground out a 21-16 win over Tony Macey while Neal Ridley, Stevie Cairns, Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh narrowly went down 19-18 to Andrew Henderson which left the home squad four shots in credit. Down the A1 both Shield’s rinks put in impressive performances, Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar eased to a 23-8 win over Steve Summers while Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Kris Storf and David Bolt defeated Stan Blewitt 21-10 to leave the away squad twenty six shots up. In the Quarter finals Shield’s will face Boston on a yet to be confirmed neutral green.

Houghton Kepier returned to Inter County action last weekend needing a win against bottom of the table Darlington to keep alive any hopes of avoiding the drop to the second division alive. At Houghton Pat Collings, Bob Johnson, Karl Armstrong and Jimmy McAdoo had a tough afternoon against Tony Macey, a dropped seven on the eighth end put McAdoo on the back foot trailing 14-4 and it was a case of damage limitation from then on, despite a spirited fight back it still finished 30-13 to the visitors. The other rink of Tony Grimes, Charlie Wallace, unbeaten Barney Walsh and Terry Todd had to scrap for their point against Liberty player Mark Jones, at 9-9 both sides exchanged sixes on back to back ends to make it 15-15, a Jones treble on the eighteenth end levelled it off again at 19-19 but in the end Todd held his nerve to get home 21-20. Those scores left the home squad sixteen shots adrift however that was cancelled out by the away squad. Down the A1 Michael Wright, Richard Thorpe, Alan Patterson and Richie Mckie were a touch unlucky to go down 19-14 to Tony Henderson with a last end dropped three leaving the score a bit harsh on the Houghton four, however the other rink the other away rink of Eric Downes, George Brown, Peter Thomson (snr) and Peter Thomson (jnr) were in scintillating form against Stan Blewitt, at the half way stage Thomson led 20-1 and never let up to eventually run out a 34-8 winner, that left the away squad twenty one shots up which secured a 81-77 win overall. Next up for Kepier is a tie against Durham in February. Houghton Gilpin were due to face The Parks however the Tyneside club were unable to field a team due to illness, the game has been rearranged for Sunday 21 January at 2pm.
In the second division South Shield’s finally returned to action as they took on Stanley, after their opening 10-0 win Shields backed it up with a hard fought 6-4 win. At Stanley both Shields squads were beaten, Jonny Morgan, Derek Robson, Mal Peach and Dave Paterson were beaten 28-14 by Michael English and Bill Upsall, Michael Carr, Peter Brickle and Paul Sainthouse succumbed 23-12 to J.Dixon which left Shields twenty five shots in arrears. At Shields however both home squads got home, K.Thompson, K.Taylor, Stevie Cairns and Stewart Hubbard ground out a 21-15 win over A.Turnbull but it was Potters bound Ian McIntosh’s rink of M.Baker, Eric Weightman and Neal Ridley who proved the match winners with an impressive 32-7 win over Brian Houghton to not only secure the home points but also the overall points with a 79-73 win, Shield have a bye next. 

In the latest round of Seniors Inter club fixtures Houghton Sancroft’s hopes of reaching the end of season play off’s suffered a set back after a 5-0 (57-33) loss at table topping Stanley. Peter Thomson, George Brown, Foster Johnson and Ian Whorlton led 7-4 at the half way mark against Michael English however a second half collapse saw Whorlton go down 14-8. Jimmy Swinney, Trevor Joicey, John Jones and Frankie Froud fought back from 15-8 down against an inspired Derek Craig to within one at 15-14 however it slipped away over the remaining three ends as Craig ran out a 21-15 winner. The remaining rink of Joe Sutherland, Tony Wood, David Wright and Terry Todd were holding Davey Webb 10-10 with only three ends to go, however Todd dropped counts of five and six to finish on the end of a harsh looking 22-10 loss, so overall it was a twenty four shot Stanley win which leaves Sancroft’s playoff hopes hanging by a thread as they head to bottom of the group The Parks next.

Houghton ladies stunned defending champions South Shields in the latest round of ladies Inter club fixtures,  despite losing the away leg by thirty two shots the Houghton home rinks won by an amazing thirty four shots to secure a 6-4 (73-71) win. At Shields both Houghton squads were beaten, Maureen Hall, Sheila Moody, E.Morris and Norman Stephenson were always playing catch up against Pam Carlin and eventually went down 21-11, Florence Phythian’s quartet of Margaret Metcalf, G.Armstrong and Joan Baker were well beaten 27-5 by Pat Byrne to leave the away leg thirty two shots in Shields favour. However at Houghton the tables were turned, Ellen Faith steered Joan Watt, M.Angus and Susan Forster to a cracking 19-13 win over Dorothy Sproates but it was down to the remaining rink of Doreen Fenwick, Margaret Eggleston, Brenda Robson and Jenny Smith to complete the fight back with a tremendous 38-10 win over Brenda Harper and get Houghton home by a couple of shots, Valentine’s Day will see Houghton face Durham and Shields face Aycliffe.  

In the latest round of the national Top Club competition the South Shield’s steam train continues as they fought back to defeat a decent Cumbria outfit 10-6. Defeats in the ladies Two bowl singles for Nina Riches (13-9) and in the Mixed Fours for Shaun McIntosh (23-10) were cancelled out by wins in the men’s Two Bowl singles by Ian McIntosh (21-6) and in the Mixed Triples by Ian Riches (22-15) meant it all went onto the result of Jackie Tallack and David Bolt in the Mixed Pairs. With two ends to play and Bolt 15-14 up the match defining moment came with a four for Bolt to go into the final end five up, the last end saw Bolt collect a single to seal a 20-14 win and secure the tie overall, next up is Great Aycliffe who had a cracking 10-6 win over Durham.

The local stages of this seasons national competitions have resumed, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley has been in the thick of it, first he secured his place in the area final of the singles after a 21-6 win over fellow Hartlepool player Carl Higgins, then  in the pairs Hartley booked a semi final spot after a 18-12 win over Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood. In the triples north section Stewart Hubbard ensured an all Shield’s semi final after a cracking 20-5 win over Stanley’s Garry Robson, in the semi final Hubbard awaits the winner of the Dave Paterson and Gary Farquhar affair. In the Fours the Shield’s quartet of Mal Peach, Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt had a cracking 23-15 win at Stanley against John Thurlbeck, the Shields squad will face either Houghton’s Pat Thomson or Gateshead’s Brian Orrell in the north semi final, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley’s run of form continued after a 16-10 win in the south section of the fours over Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood. In the Two bowl singles Neal Ridley (Shields) held his nerve after seeing a 20-14 lead wiped out by Gateshead’s Alec Bryden to get home 21-20, Ridley will head to West Denton to face Michael Bennett in the next round. In the Over 60’s Fours South Shield’s Billy Ferry had a good 19-10 win at Gateshead over Brian Orrell, in the next round Ferry will face either Brain Slinn (Durham) or Michael Wright (Houghton). Durham’s Michael Laydon’s run in the Mixed Pairs came to an end with a narrow 18-16 home loss to The Parks Pat Browne, in the area semi final Browne will host Shields David Bolt who defeated club mate Jaxon McKenna 19-4. In the Mixed Fours Phil Dixon won an all Shield’s clash against last year’s qualifiers Shaun McIntosh 19-13, Dixon will host Durham’s Mark Higgins in the north semi final, in the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley beat club mate Carl Higgins 20-6 to book a semi final trip to Darlington against Sam Pattison.

Latest Singles Draw

Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham), S.McIntosh (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section - P.Hartley (Hartlepool)

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v  A.Hind (Ferryhill) / A.Ward (Hartlepool) 

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) / G.Farquhar (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe) 

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section –G.Farquhar (Shields) v  P.Thomson (Houghton) / B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v, P.Bostock (Redcar) / G.Skipp (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Pairs Draw
North Section –P.Browne (Parks) v  D.Bolt (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Fours Draw 
North Section –P.Dixon (Shields) v M.Higgins (Durham)
South Section – S.Pattison (Darlington) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool)


There is still local interest in the Over 60’s double fours after Darlington B defeated Doncaster 35-24 to set up a last sixteen tie against Cumbria who narrowly pipped Durham B by a couple of shots.

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad return to action today as they tackle Lincolnshire at New Earswick, the teams have met twice in the last four years with both winning one each, following Durham’s impressive win over Cumbria it’s not surprising that the selectors have named an unchanged team for the quarter final tie.
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), K.Minnis (Durham), R.Bewick (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), P.Dixon (Shields), M.Peach (Shields), I.Riches (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool), M.Higgins (Durham), G.Skipp ( Hartlepool), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), B.Houghton (Stanley), M.Jones (Hartlepool), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray ( Hartlepool), C.Boston (Hartlepool), P.Smithson (Durham), P.Mosley (Hartlepool).
Reserves – J.Sneller (Shields), P.Sainthouse (Shields), B.Henderson, M.Laydon (Durham), MSquirrell (Hartlepool)


The Durham County Vice President’s team is at Houghton tomorrow as they face Houghton in the second of their annual friendly fixtures, the Vice Presidents do a lot of fund raising for the indoor County Association and at the end of season County AGM the Vice President’s present a cheque to booster the County coffers, the following Houghton squad will take to the green for a 2pm start.
R.Carter, O.Charlton, D.Robson, F.PHythian, A.Pratt, F.Holmes, J.Robson, B.Holmes, C.Middleton, M.Glover, P.Martin, N.Stephenson, J.Watt, E.Marriner, M.Eggleston, K.Armstrong, C.Martin, G.Charlton, A.Glover, B.Robson.

The World Indoor Championships get underway at Potters this weekend, locally all eyes will be on South Shield’s Ian McIntosh (pictured) who after qualifying via the Carlisle play off’s gets his chance on the big stage. On Wednesday the talented 100-1 title outsider will go head to head against former World Champion Mervyn King, the game starts at 7.30pm and is being streamed live via the World Bowls Tour website.

6th January 2018 - SHIELDS CLASH PLATES WITH DARLINGTON

As the second half of the indoor season gets underway locally the Denny Plate takes centre stage as South Shield’s and Darlington battle it out this morning for a quarter final place. For all the Plate is for first round losers in the actual Denny Cup it is still classed as a national title something that Darlington have lifted on three occasions and were beaten finalists last season. South Shield’s meanwhile have cruised past The Parks, Houghton and Copeland’s to reach this stage although the pain of that Denny Cup first round exit will not have been erased quite yet. The following Shield’s squad will take to the green.

At Shields - N Ridley, S Cairns, I Riches, I McIntosh, J McKenna, P Sainthouse, S Hubbard, S McIntosh (pictured)
At Darlington - P Dixon, M Peach, K Storf, D Bolt, D Paterson, J Minto, J Sneller, G Farqhuar

Tomorrow will see all three local sides return to Inter Club action, in Division One Houghton Gilpin will be looking to bounce back from their last game loss to Gateshead as they take on The Parks. Also in Division One Houghton Kepier will need a positive result against a newly promoted Darlington outfit that has lost both its opening games. In Division Two South Shield’s resources will be put to the test as other commitments have hampered their attempt at promotion having had to cancel their last two games, Shield’s face a Stanley squad that only just rejoined the league this season.

Houghton Gilpin v The Parks 
At Houghton – M.Baker, S.Patterson, D.Wright, B.Henderson (snr), J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, R.Robson, B.Henderson (jnr)
At The Parks – K.Waterson, F.Johnson, I.Whorlton, F.Froud, M.Noble, T.Patterson, M.Davis, J.Jones

Houghton Kepier v Darlington
At Houghton – P.Collings, K.Armstrong, G.Wallace, J.McAdoo, A.Grimes, B.Johnson, B.Walsh, TW.Todd
At Darlington – M.Wright, R.Thorpe, A.Patterson, R.Mckie, P.Thomson (snr), E.Downes, G.Brown, P.Thomson (jnr)

South Shields v Stanley
At Shields - S Hubbard, S Cairns, K Taylor, K Thompson, I McIntosh, N Ridley, E Weightman, M Baker
At Stanley - D Paterson, M Peach, D Robson, J Morgan, P Sainthouse, P Brickle, M Carr, W Upsall

Prior to Shield’s Inter County fixture they face Cumbria in the next round of the Top Club competition, after comfortable wins over The Parks and West Denton this should be a good test for the ambitious Shields squad with the winners to face Durham or Aycliffe in the last sixteen, the following squad has been selected.
2 Bowl Singles
Mens - I McIntosh, Ladies - N Riches
Mixed Pairs – JS.Tallack, D Bolt 
Mixed Triples – P.Dixon, A.Upsall, I.Riches
Mixed Fours – K.Paterson, P.Carlin, G.Farquhar, S.McIntosh

The action in the Seniors Inter club will recommence this week as Houghton Sancroft make a vital trip to leaders Stanley on Monday (1030), with Sancroft currently outside the second play off place by a couple of points and with games running out they need something from this trip to keep alive there qualification hopes.
Houghton Sancroft  v Stanley
J.Sutherland, A.Wood, D.Wright, TW.Todd, P.Thomson (snr), G.Brown, F.Johnson, I.Whorlton, J.Swinney, T.Joicey, J.Jones, F.Froud.

On Wednesday the Houghton Gilpin seniors squad also return to action as they face a tough trip to unbeaten group leaders Hartlepool  A, the following squad will look to spring a surprise.
Houghton Gilpin v Hartlepool A
K.Waterson, A.Ross, W.Longley, W.Roberts, E.Downes, P.Robinson, P.Noble, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, M.Walker, R.Robson

Houghton ladies return to Inter Club action on Wednesday as they face South Shields then on Sunday Houghton will play hosts to the Durham County Vice Presidents, names are required for this annual fixture, Houghton’s planned Top Ten tie against Durham has been rearranged to Saturday 20 January (1030)

The local stages of this year’s national competitions are entering the make or break stages with only one National Championships qualifying place at stake, the only action over Christmas was in the South Section of the Mixed Pairs as Paul Hartley eased to a 23-3 win against Ferryhill’s Colin Larcombe (BEM) while Hartley’s club mate  Paul Mosley defeated Aycliffe’s Jane Pattison 20-10 which sets up an all Hartlepool affair next.
Latest Singles Draw
Northern Section – I.McIntosh (Shields) v GR.Smith (Durham), S.McIntosh (Shields) v S.Hubbard (Shields)
Southern Section - P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool) 

Latest Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Higgins (Durham) v GR.Smith (Durham),  J.Minto (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v A.Ward (Hartlepool) 

Latest Triples Draw 
North Section – D.Paterson (Shields) v G.Farquhar (Shields), S.Hubbard (Shields) v G.Robson (Stanley)
South Section – P.Bostock (Redcar) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool), R.Hudson v B.Attwood (Aycliffe) 

Latest Fours Draw 
North Section – B.Arkley (Stanley) v G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Thomson (Houghton) v B.Orrell (Gateshead)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe), P.Bostock (Redcar) v G.Skipp (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Pairs Draw
North Section – M.Laydon (Durham) v P.Browne (Parks), D.Bolt (Shields) v J.McKenna (Shields)
South Section – P.Hartley (Hartlepool) v P.Mosley (Hartlepool) 

Latest Mixed Fours Draw 
North Section – S.McIntosh (Shields) or P.Dixon (Shields) v M.Higgins (Durham)
South Section – S.Pattison (Darlington) v C.Higgins (Hartlepool) or P.Mosley (Hartlepool)

The Durham County Liberty Trophy squad return to action next Saturday as the Lincolnshire New Earswick, the teams have met twice in the last four years with both winning one each, following Durham’s impressive win over Cumbria its not surprising that the selectors have named an unchanged team for the quarter final tie. 
J.Forcer (Hartlepool), C.Higgins (Hartlepool), G.Farquhar (Shields), P.Hartley (Hartlepool), M.Barkess (Durham), K.Minnis (Durham), R.Bewick (Durham), GR.Smith (Durham), P.Dixon (Shields), M.Peach (Shields), I.Riches (Shields), D.Bolt (Shields), J.Halcrow (Hartlepool), M.Higgins (Durham), G.Skipp ( Hartlepool), V.O’Neill (Hartlepool), B.Arkley (Stanley), B.Houghton (Stanley), M.Jones (Hartlepool), J.Thurlbeck (Stanley), M.Ray ( Hartlepool), C.Boston (Hartlepool), P.Smithson (Durham), P.Mosley (Hartlepool).
Reserves – J.Sneller (Shields), P.Sainthouse (Shields), B.Henderson, M.Laydon (Durham), MSquirrell (Hartlepool)

Over recent years the Stanley indoor club has had its fair share of trials and tribulations but the club members commitment to McMillan Cancer Support has never wavered, the south west Durham club has raised a tremendous £25,454.

It may be only January but the Sunderland & District 2018 outdoor league fixtures have been released, with New Herrington dropping out of the Earl Cup it has seen a return to a two division Earl Cup each one consisting of ten teams each, the action starts on April 30 as holders Silksworth entertain Barnes West End. The Swan Cup remains two leagues of nine teams with holders Houghton Dairy Lane heading to Roker Marine on May 2. The Harold Howey leagues start on May 3 but the season gets underway with the Storey Bowl on April 28. 

    

 

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