28th July 2018 - COUNTY FINAL'S BECKON

After agonisingly missing out on a fourth consecutive Storey Bowl title Hetton Workmen’s are in pole position after a 89-52 (6-1) win over second placed Seaham Town, that win has moved Hetton 8½ points clear at the top plus they have a game in hand. Houghton Town returned to winning ways with a 79-53 (6-1) home win over Thompson Park while Pennywell ended a five match losing streak with a 83-58 (6-1) win over Hylton Colliery Welfare. Today the leaders head to Hylton Colliery, Seaham host Houghton Town and Wearmouth host Roker Park.

Silksworth extended their lead in the Earl Cup following a 87-61¼ (7-0) win at Houghton Town, second placed Roker Marine went down 65-62 (4-3) at third placed Houghton Dairy Lane, Hylton Colliery lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a much needed 74-60 (6-1) win over Seaham Town who now drop into the bottom two, Hetton Workmen’s hopes of survival received a boost following a cracking 70-45¼ win over Barnes Park.  In division two North Biddick are still clear at the top after a comfortable 82-55 (7-0) win over South Hylton, Washington remain second after a good 85-43 (6-1) away win at Ryhope, Whitburn beat Sunderland 74-50 (6-1) to move off the bottom of the table.

The Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane hit North Biddick for a ton in a 100-61 (6-1) away win while Roker Marine had a fruitful trip to Seaham Town winning 86-35½ (7-0). The second division leaders Usworth notched a ninth win of the season 74¾-55¼ (5½-1½) over Grindon Mill which keeps their lead at the top to eleven points, second placed Washington defeated Hylton Colliery 81-43¾ (6-1), Houghton Town had a good away win 94-60 (6½-½) at Ryhope while Thompson Park beat bottom of the table Pemberton 87-50 (6-1).

It’s down to shots difference at the top of the Harold Howey, Silksworth’s 52-31 (3-1) win over neighbour’s Ryhope coupled with Barnes Park B’s 36-18 (4-0) win at Roker Marine A has left both teams level on points but Silksworth have a better shot difference, the all Houghton Dairy Lane affair saw the B team defeat the A team 35-24¼ (4-0), Ryhope A and Hylton Colliery A shared a 33-33 (2-2) draw while Houghton Town A narrowly beat Seaham Town A 28¼-28 (3-1), Washington Glebe B beat Roker Park 33-31 (3-1) and bottom of the table Whitburn narrowly missed out on a second win as they succumbed 33¼-31 (3-1) at Hylton Colliery B. In division two the Pemberton local derby saw the A team run out 35½-35 (3-1) winners over the B team, Washington Glebe A moved above South Hetton after inflicting a 35-24 (4-0) defeat on them.

The final of the 3-2-1 knock out triples takes place at Barnes West End on Tuesday, last season’s runners up Silksworth will be looking to add a ninth success while their opponents Roker Marine will be attempting to take the title for the first time. 

The Silver Jack’s defending champions Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding and John Purdy will not be repeating their feat as they were beaten 21-11 at home by Silksworth’s Billy Ferry.
Latest Draw – G.Farquhar (Silksworth) v P.Thomson (Roker Marine), J.Wilson (Hetton Workmen) v J.Wilson (Houghton DL), K.Doyle (Grindon Mill) v B.Sanderson (Barnes WE), W.Ferry (Silksworth) v M.Smith (Usworth), V.Avery (Silksworth) v D.Wright (Seaham Town), K.Hemborough (Sth Hylton) v G.McPheators (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine) 24-14 J.Huntingdon (Roker Park), D.Fenwick (Ryhope ) v I.Fairweather (Barnes WE)

In the Grindon league it was Tommy Thompson double fours quarter finals night, holders Silksworth secured a semi final place with a hard fought 29-24 win at Dairy Lane, Usworth’s 35-29 win over South Hetton sets up a repeat of last year’s final as they face Silksworth in one of the semi finals, the other tie will see Barnes West End who had a walk over take on Hylton Colliery who defeated Ryhope 46-29, the semi final ties will take place at Roker Marine on August 10.

The SWBA held the latter stages of the annual Marjorie Marshall Triples competition this week,  from a field of twenty triples the final saw Roker Marine’s Andrea Brown, Pat Whittaker and Grace Maxwell (pictured) take the honours defeating Sunderland’s Sheila Maddison, Mavis Pullan and Janis Petrucci  13-7. As usual over the two weeks of the competition a tombola was run which raised £210 to be shared between St Benedict’s Hospice and the Great North Air Ambulance.

This year’s county finals take place at Houghton Dairy Lane tomorrow; there are livescore updates on the bowls Durham website and the action starts at 11am.

The Bowls Durham President’s team made a losing visit to Silksworth last weekend, the planned fixture at John Whitehead Park next weekend has been cancelled. Meanwhile the Sunderland & District president’s team enjoyed a 101-82 win at Usworth, next weekend they head to Jack Clark Park to face the Tyneside Bowling Association.

27th July 2018 - WHAT A PEACH

The remaining two county semi finals were played at Roker Marine and it was another great night for our local hopes, in the four bowl singles Houghton Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach (pictured) continued his great run of results with a tremendous 21-17 win over Darlington RA’s Liam Macey, it has been a tough week for the RA youngster as this was a third semi final loss in a week. In the remaining two bowl tie Silksworth’s David Bolt was immense against Dipton’s Michael English, Bolt cruised to a 18-4 win with six ends left un-played.

The county finals take place at Houghton Dairy Lane on Sunday and it could be a magnificent day for our local hopes as we have chances in eight of the nine finals. The action starts at 11am with four finals taking place, in the fours final the 2014 champions Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt face the current county champion’s Leadgate’s David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson, in the Under 25 pairs not only is a county title at stake but just one place at the national championships is also on the line, the Silksworth duo of Jaxon McKenna and Josh Halcrow will attempt to prise the title away from defending champions Darlington RA’s Keith Burton and Liam Macey. Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson will look to get the better of Dunston’s Alan Jobling as they clash in the George Turley Champion of Champions final. The other final will see the defending senior fours champion’s Dipton’s Michael English take on Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood in a repeat of last season’s final.

In the afternoon another three finals take place, in the blue riband four bowl singles final Silksworth’s David Bolt will look for a fourth singles title as he takes on the host club’s Mal Peach who is appearing in his first. The Dairy Lane club is also represented in the pairs as Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck tackle the 2016 winners Dipton’s Michael English and George Williams. The third final will see Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna attempt to retain his Under 25 singles crown against Darlington RA’s Keith Burton.

Late afternoon in the two bowl final Silksworth’s David Bolt could create a bit of county history as former winner Darlington RA’s Peter Coulson stands between Bolt becoming the first player to have won all six major county titles during their career as only the two bowl is missing from Bolt’s CV.

The finals day bonanza is then rounded off as Bolt in his fourth final of the day is joined by fellow Silksworth players Phil Dixon and Ian Riches as they try to defend their triples title against past winners Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins, Mark Jones and Andrew Kirtland.
In the Bowls England Top Club it was always going to be a tough ask for Silksworth at Darlington RA and sadly so it proved as the fancied RA squad ran out 4-1 winners, in the last sixteen RA will face either Leicestershire’s New Lount or Kingscroft for a place at Leamington.

There was disappointment for the Dairy Lane duo of Stevie Krimpen and Ken Briscoe in the senior pair’s area final, with home advantage the Dairy Lane pair were beaten 22-19 by Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram who now qualifies for the latter stages at Leamington.  Meanwhile in the senior singles Dunston’s Alan Jobling secured a trip to Leamington after defeating Leadgate’s Ian Peacock 21-16. In the mixed pairs Stockton’s Lauren and Paul Mosley have qualified for the latter stages after defeating club mate’s Teresa Parnell and David Fenwick 19-18 in the area final.

There was a classic Middleton Cup quarter final tie played at Silksworth last weekend as Cumbria and Yorkshire went head to head for a semi final place at Leamington Spa, as expected the lead exchanged hands several times, Yorkshire led by fourteen before Cumbria turned it around to lead by eight only for Yorkshire to turn it around, however it all came to ahead  and after 125 ends and 2,015 bowls it came down to the 2,016th and final bowl, with Yorkshire two shots up across the green and holding shot it was all down to Cumbria’s England international Stephen Farish, despite Farish catching the shot bowl and moving the jack Yorkshire held onto shot to get home by three shots overall. In the semi finals Yorkshire will face Leicestershire while Buckinghamshire will have to tackle the mighty Devon in the other semi final.

In the latest round of Northern Trophy fixtures the Durham County ladies A team bounced back to winning ways in emphatic fashion as they cruised to a 72 shot win over Northumberland at Ashbrooke. Across the green Durham won on five of the six rinks with the pick of them being Consett Park’s Gill Jones racking up a 42-7 victory, locally Susan Forster (Dairy Lane), Lorraine Breheny (Sunderland), Glynis Morgan (Dairy Lane) and club mate Joan Rodgerson got home 17-13, Durham City’s Joyce Woodward with Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall at lead ran out 26-16 winners, Hetton’s Norma Stephenson steered her quartet to a 21-15 win which included Sunderland’s Charlotte Bayliss at second bowl. Points wise it was 9-1 in Durham’s favour, with one round of fixtures to go there are only three points between Durham, Cumbria and Yorkshire although the latter must be favourites as they face bottom of the table Northumberland.

Northern Trophy Latest Standings – Yorkshire 31½, Cumbria 31, Durham 28½, Northumberland 9
Stella Logan Standings – Lancashire 36½, Cumbria 34, Yorkshire 30½, Durham 23, Northumberland 16 

The ladies County Champion of Champions title went to Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, in the final played at Bishop Auckland Parnell defeated defending champion Lyndhurst’s Sandra Hind 21-11.


The top four all won in the latest round of Earl Cup fixtures, leaders Silksworth notched a 78-63 (7-0) win over Usworth to maintain a six point lead over a chasing pack of three teams, Roker Marine’s 81-47½ (7-0) win over Hetton Workmen’s keeps them second albeit on shots from Barnes West End who returned to winning ways with a 74-31 (7-0) win at bottom of the table Hylton Colliery, Barnes Park defeated Houghton Town 81-44 (7-0), fourth placed Houghton Dairy Lane lost a bit of ground on the leaders despite a 75-49¼ (5½-1½)  away win at Seaham Town, the other game saw Barnes Park defeat Houghton Town 81-44 (7-0). In the second division North Biddick’s 80-61 (6-1) win over Grindon Mill has opened up a ten point lead over Washington, the latter moved up to second following a narrow 62-60 (5-2) win at South Hylton, the race for that second promotion place however is wide open, Thompson Park showed their credentials with a 82-50 (7-0) win over Ryhope while Roker Park had a good away win at bottom of the table Whitburn 67-51 (6-1).

In the Swan Cup it was a cracking night for leaders Silksworth as not only did they beat North Biddick 84-49 (6-1) but there nearest challengers both lost, second placed Houghton Dairy Lane went down 65-59 (5-2) at Barnes Park while bottom of the table Hetton Workmen’s produced the result of the night defeating third placed Barnes West End 82-56 (6-1), it was a good night for both bottom clubs as second bottom South Hylton also won 73-54 (6-1) against Seaham Town. The second division leaders Usworth had a bye but it was still had a goodnight for them as second placed Washington were beaten 68-62 (5-2) at Roker Park, Thompson Park move up to fourth with a 89-48 (7-0) win over Ryhope and Houghton Town defeated Grindon Mill 65-45 (7-0), Pemberton’s search for a first win continues as they were beaten 87-50 (6-1) at Hylton Colliery.

Silksworth are the new Harold Howey leaders this after a 38-23¼ (4-0) away win at South Hylton, the leaders are three points ahead of Dairy Lane A who eased to a 42-19 (4-0) win at Roker Park while the Diary Lane B team moved into third with a 41-25 (4-0) win over Seaham Town, Roker Marine A and Hylton Colliery B shared the spoils in a 34-34 (2-2) draw and Hetton Workmen’s extended their unbeaten run to five games with a 41-23 (4-0) win at Houghton Town A. Pennywell cemented their place at the top of division two with a 36-22 (4-0) win over third placed Thompson Park B, South Hetton’s run of five games unbeaten came to an end as they were beaten 44-20 (4-0) at Pemberton A, the mid table clash between Sunderland B and Roker Marine B resulted in a 35-22 (4-0) win for Marine.   

It is all change in the Storey Bowl as Hetton Workmen’s went top following a 74-55 (7-0) win at Thompson Park, last week’s leaders Roker Park were narrowly beaten 67-65 (5½-1½) at Hylton Colliery, holders Seaham Town have dragged themselves back into contention with a 89-54 (6-1) home win over Pennywell. Today will see a top versus third clash as Hetton host Seaham, second placed Roker Park have a bye. 

Barnes West End’s hopes of becoming the first team to win the 3-2-1 knock out triples four years in a row were dashed as they were beaten by Roker Marine in the semi final played at Roker Park. In the final Marine who have never won the 3-2-1 will face Silksworth who came out on top in the other semi final against Seaham Town which actually went down to the last bowl of the game.

It has already been a tremendous week for our local hopes in the county semi finals and the good news continues, in the triples the defending county champion’s Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt had to come from behind to beat Hartlepool Park’s Alan Mole, John Mansfield and Ian Jackson, with ends running out and trailing 13-7 Bolt turned a bowl out for a count of seven to lead 14-13 and then on the last end produced another match winning draw when lying a count down to get home 19-15, the win secures a third Leamington appearance for the England star as the Bolt 2018 juggernaut shows no signs of stalling. In the Under 25 singles another of our local defending county champions booked a final appearance as Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna (pictured) got home in a repeat of last year’s county final against Darlington RA’s Liam Macey. With one bowl to play and facing a match down the Silksworth youngster got a good result off a short bowl to get home 21-19, in the final McKenna will face another Darlington RA youngster in the form of the 2011 winner Keith Burton who impressively dispatched Hunden’s Jordan Harston 21-10.

The Durham County president’s team have won four of their six games this season, tomorrow they touch down at Silksworth. It proved unlucky thirteen for the Sunderland & District President’s team as they were beaten 108-57 by North Biddick, out of the thirteen games played the President’s team have notched nine victories.

Week 8 in the Grindon League saw new leaders, despite Barnes West End winning 55-45 (3-2) at New Herrington that allowed Silksworth to go top with a 63¼-32 (5-0) win at Whitburn to maintain their unbeaten record. South Hylton’s 45-34¼ (4-1) win at Usworth moved them up to third with Dairy Lane in fourth after a 79-44 (4-1) win over Ryhope, Wearmouth continued their run of form with a 50-38 (4½-½) win at Hylton Colliery. The league takes a rest this week as the Tommy Thompson double fours quarter finals are played, holders Silksworth head to Dairy Lane, Hylton Colliery host Ryhope and Usworth entertain South Hylton, the other tie has already been decided as Barnes West End received a walk over from Grindon Mill. The semi finals will take place at Roker Marine on August 10.     

There has been more local success on the Open competition circuit as Silksworth’s Peter Brickle lifted the Jarrow Open singles title, a semi final win over Maurice Dunlop was followed up with a cracking win over Alan Lawton in the final. There was more good news for Brickle as he teamed up with Seaham’s David Wright to land the Chester le Street Open pairs for the second year running (pictured).


This season’s county competitions have reached the dreaded semi final stages, with a place in the county final at stake and the much sort after place at the national championships it is the hardest round to lose.  So far it has been a decent week for our local hopes, in the singles Silksworth’s David Bolt remains on course for a fourth county singles title after defeating Dunston’s Alex Bryden 21-15;  this after trailing 8-0, in the final Bolt will face either Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach or Darlington RA youngster Liam Macey.  Roker Marine hosted one of the pair’s semi finals which resulted in more good news as the Dairy Lane duo of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck ground out a 22-18 win over Stockton’s Mark Hodgson, in the final Thurlbeck will face the 2016 county champion Dipton’s Michael English and George Williams. There was mixed news for Silksworth in the fours semi finals, Jack Deverson, Stevie Cairns, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow suffered heartache going down 19-18 to the defending county champion Leadgate’s Garry Robson, however the 2014 national champion’s Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt booked a final place with a 19-14 win over Darlington RA’s Tony Macey. 
Due to the low number of entries only the winners of the Under 25 Pairs county final will secure a place at Leamington Spa, in the semi final played at Pelton Fell the Silksworth duo of Jaxon McKenna and Josh Halcrow booked a final spot with a 26-19 win over Spennymoor’s Matthew Gleeson, in the final the Silksworth pair will face defending champions Darlington RA’s Keith Burton & Liam Macey.

The George Turley champion of champion’s singles named after the legendary Hartlepool and England player sadly doesn’t progress any further than the county final however there will be local interest in this year’s final. Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson (pictured) secured his place with a hard fought 21-16 win over Hunden’s Jason Taylor, in the final Thomson will face Dunston’s Alan Jobling who defeated Darlington South Park’s Simon Brodie 21-10.

In the various Bowls England competition’s Silksworth’s run in the Top Club continues after an impressive 4-1 win over Silloth at Appleby, the win sets up a cracker against Darlington RA who defeated Nafferton 3-2 at Dunnington, the Darlington outfit will have home advantage.
There was disappointment for Dairy Lane’s Glynis Morgan who missed out on a trip to Leamington Spa in the senior singles after going down 21-18 away to Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison. There was however better news for Morgan who alongside Joan Rodgerson booked a place at Leamington in the senior pairs albeit with a walk over against Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson.

The Durham County ladies Stella Logan squad may have lost their opening four group games but they have run into a bit of form as they completed back to back wins with a hard fought 117-111 win over Northumberland at Stockton. Houghton Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe steered Maine Tuffnell (Newton Hall), Nicole Kirtland (Darlington North Park) and Liz Morris (Horden) to a match winning 31-11 win, across the green Durham won on three of the six rinks. Shildon’s Esther Helm’s quartet which included Sunderland’s Charlotte Bayliss at second got home 16-13 and Stockton’s Josie Hodgson’s quartet with Dairy Lane’s Jackalyn Classen at lead ran out 26-11 winners. Points wise it was 7-3 in Durham’s favour which lifts them off the bottom of the table, there is a break now until late August when a trip to Southport beckons as Lancashire provide the opposition.

The Ladies A team are in action today as they face Northumberland at Ashbrooke, despite only one win in four games the Durham squad still have an outside chance of snatching the Northern Trophy but will need a big win today before heading to Cumbria in late August.

There is top class Middleton Cup action at Silksworth (2pm) tomorrow as Cumbria and Yorkshire go head to head in the quarter finals, any miss conceptions that the sport is a quiet and gentile affair will be dispelled in what should be three hours of sporting drama.


The top of the table clash in the Earl Cup between Barnes West End and Silksworth was a feisty affair, leaders Barnes West End last lifted the Earl Cup in 1944 and their hopes of ending the wait for a second took a hit as a rampant Silksworth outfit cruised to a 86-49 (7-0) win to move top of the table. Roker Marine’s 76-57 (6½-½) win at Houghton Town lifts them into the second, a special mention to the Houghton Town members who deserves medals having to play on an atrocious playing surface. Usworth’s 68-60 (5-2) home win over Barnes Park propels them up to third while Hetton Workmen’s moved off the bottom and out of the relegation places with a thrilling 61¼-61 win over Seaham Town, the remaining game saw Hylton Colliery default 7-0 against Houghton Dairy Lane. The second division leaders North Biddick are seven points clear after a 92-54 (6½-½) win over bottom of the table Whitburn, Ryhope moved into the other promotion spot with a 87-39 (7-0) win over South Hylton, Grindon Mill’s 67-43¼ (6-1) loss at Washington drops them down to fourth, a mid table clash saw Sunderland defeat Thompson Park 70-64¾ (6-1).

After much deliberation the Sunderland & District took the sensible decision to give clubs the option of cancelling their Swan Cup fixtures due to England’s world cup semi final, in the current climate it was a brave decision and was warmly greeted by the majority of the clubs. One game in the second division did however manage to get played early as leaders Usworth extended their lead with a 62¾-49 (6-1) win over Houghton Town.

The race for the Storey Bowl is wide open again after leaders Roker Park were beaten 89-54 (7-0) by holders Seaham Town, not only was it world cup Saturday but the Storey bowl produced two draws, Houghton Town and Hetton Workmen’s finished 69-69 (3½-3½) and like a bus service a second draw appeared as Wearmouth and Hylton Colliery finished 65-65 (3½-3½). Leaders Roker Park head to Hylton Colliery today, second placed Houghton Town have a bye.

Houghton Diary Lane last won the Harold Howey in 1977, this season they have two chances of lifting the title as their A & B teams are joint top with Silksworth. The Dairy Lane B team missed out on the chance to go top outright as they were beaten 41-32 (4-0) at Hetton Workmen’s while the A team moved joint top with a 41-28 (4-0) win over North Biddick A, Roker Marine A got back to winning ways with a 38-21 (4-0) win at Ryhope while Seaham Town defeated fifth placed Roker Park 32-19 (3-1). The division two the result of the day saw South Hetton defeat the leaders Chester le Street 29-28 (3-1), North Biddick B moved up to sixth with a 42-20¼ (4-0) win over Pemberton A while Thompson Park A had a fruitful trip to Roker Marine B as the visitors ran out 40-24 (4-0) winners, Sunderland A remain fifth after a 41-27 (3-1) win over New Herrington.

The semi finals of the 3-2-1 knock out triples take place at Roker Park & Roker Marine on Tuesday, holders Barnes West End booked their place with a win over Usworth and will face Roker Marine who defeated Ryhope. The other semi final will see beaten finalist’s Silksworth take on Seaham Town after wins over Sunderland and Roker Park respectively.

Barnes West End still lead the Grindon league after week seven of fixtures, West End’s 5-0 win over Hylton Colliery moved them a point clear of Silksworth who are still unbeaten following a 4-1 win at South Hylton, Ryhope defeated Whitburn 5-0 but the stand out result was Wearmouth’s 4-1 home win over Houghton Dairy Lane. This week the top two are both away, West End are at New Herrington and Silksworth at Whitburn.

This season’s county competitions are at the heartbreaking semi final stages; not only are the winners guaranteed a place in the county final but they also secure a place at the national championships in August at Leamington Spa. There is still plenty of local interest with Silksworth’s David Bolt still on course for a four timer, on Monday Bolt faces Dunston’s Alex Bryden in the singles at Dairy Lane, the Silksworth four of Jack Deverson, Stevie Cairns, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow are also in action at the same venue as they face the current county four’s champions Leadgate’s Garry Robson.     

It is a busy night on Wednesday as Bolt is joined by club mates Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley and Ian Riches in the fours as they take on Darlington RA’s Liam Macey, Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson faces Hunden’s Jason Taylor in the George Turley champion of champion’s semi final. There is also a pair’s tie at Roker Marine as Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe &John Thurlbeck take on Stockton’s Mark Hodgson.

Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna faces RA’s Liam Macey in the semi finals of the Junior Singles at Dairy Lane on Thursday plus the current county triples champions Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt go head to head with Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield.
The remaining action is on Friday at Roker Marine as Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach takes on RA’s Liam Macey in the singles and Silksworth’s David Bolt tackles Dipton’s Michael English in the two bowl semi final.

Today (at Pelton Fell)
Triples - V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v A.Kirtland (Darlington RA)

Monday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)
Singles - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v A.Bryden (Dunston)
Pairs - V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v M.English (Dipton)
Fours - J.Halcrow (Silksworth) v G.Robson (Leadgate)
Two Bowl - J.Harston (Hundens) v P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

Wednesday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)

Fours - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)
Champion of Champions - J.Taylor (Hundens) v P.Thomson (Roker Marine), A.Jobling (Dunston) v S.Brodie (Darlington South Park)
(at Roker Marine)
Pairs - K.Briscoe (Houghton DL) v M.Hodgson (Stockton)

Thursday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)

Triples - J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth)
Junior Singles - J.Harston (Hundens) v K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.McKenna (Silksworth) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)

Friday (at Roker Marine)

Singles - M.Peach (Houghton DL) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)
Two Bowl - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton)

In the Bowls England senior singles Barnes Park’s Albie Hills run came to an end with a spirited 21-12 loss against Leadgate’s Ian Peacock, Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe also went out 21-18 to Dunston’s Alan Jobling. There was better news for Briscoe in the senior pairs; a 22-18 win over Darlington RA’s John Hills has set up an area final against Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram. In the Champions of Champions Silksworth’s David Bolt eased past Gosforth’s Kevin Bone 21-5 to set up an area semi final against Workington’s David Forster. It was a disappointing weekend for Houghton Dairy Lane, first in  the Tony Allcock mixed double fours they were beaten 41-35 at Hunden’s and then 24 hours later they were beaten in  the Top club 4-1 at home by Darlington RA.

Whitburn held its popular Open Pairs competition last weekend in scorching weather, the honours eventually went to the Dipton pair of Alan Clark and Michael Creegan who defeated last year’s winners Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud and Brian Sanderson 14-4 in the final, beaten semi finalists were Joe Sutherland, Jimmy McAdoo, Bill Laidler and Freddie Fletcher. (group photo)


Durham’s Middleton Cup squad brought a frustrating campaign to an end with a 23 shot win over Derbyshire at Kirbymoorside.  With qualification to the quarter finals not possible Durham were not only playing for pride but also looking to get revenge for the defeat they suffered at the same venue last season at the hands of Derbyshire which ultimately cost Durham a quarter final place. Across the green Durham won on four of the six rinks, team captain David Bolt steered his all Silksworth rink of Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow to a 22-8 win over Dan Thornhill which completes an unbeaten Mddleton campaign for the Bolt quartet. Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram step up to the A team resulted in five out of six wins as he steered Silksworth’s Scott Baker & Jimmy Richardson and Marine’s Richie Mckie to a 28-21 win over Martin Allsopp. Stockton’s Paul Mosley and Colin Boston both recorded wins, Mosley defeated Paul Broughton 25-16 while Boston defeated Andrew Poynton 30-12 which also included an eight, the two losing rinks were Silksworth’s Ian Riches 27-22 to Russ Robinson while the normally reliable Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield suffered a heavy 28-8 loss to John Bowley.  The 18-4 points win lifted Durham off the bottom of the table, Derbyshire’s loss however left the door open for Yorkshire to qualify as they defeated Nottinghamshire 18-4, the latter finish bottom of the group. The groups are shuffled around every two years and next season Durham will be tackling Lancashire and Cumbria both away before finishing off at home to Yorkshire.
Final Group Standings – Yorkshire 46, Derbyshire 31, Durham 28, Nottinghamshire 27

The Durham County B team’s hopes of retaining the Alsop Trophy had already been dashed with the previous loss at Cumbria, this left Northumberland and Yorkshire to battle it out for the title, in the end it was the Tynesider’s who came out on top 110-107 and the 18-4 points return was enough to  complete a Alsop and Muras double.
Final Standings – Northumberland 55, Durham 52, Yorkshire 49, Cumbria 46, Lancashire 18

The quarter finals of the county singles were played at Roker Marine with four local lad’s in action, Silksworth’s David Bolt sealed a semi final spot with a 21-15 win over Owton Lodge’s Albert Ward, in the semi final’s Bolt will face Dunston’s Alec Bryden who defeated Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna 21-12. Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach (pictured) eased past Marine’s Richie Mckie 21-9 to set up a semi final tie against Darlington RA’s Liam Macey who had an impressive 21-10 win over Old Boy’s Mark Higgins.
In the pairs quarter finals at Darlington RA the Dairy Lane duo of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck ground out a 20-15 win over Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins however Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh narrowly went down 20-18 to Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle.

The all Silksworth triples quarter final affair at Leadgate between David Bolt and Billy Ferry resulted in Bolt booking a semi final spot with a 19-11 win, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson’s run came to an end with a harsh 16-14 loss to RA’s Vince Rewcastle.

It was a goodnight for the two Silksworth squad’s left in the quarter finals of the fours at Seaham, Jack Deverson, Stevie Cairns, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow had a cracking 16-14 win over Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland while the former Bowls England fours champion’s Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt defeated Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson 21-8, it was a bad night for Marine as Richie Mckie’s quartet missed out 19-15 to current county champions Leadgate’s Garry Robson.

After missing out on the ladies County singles title Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster suffered more heartache in the two bowl final as a field of twenty one gathered at Horden. In the opening rounds Forster defeated Owton Lodge’s Carmel Guy 14-10 and then Darlington Woodland’s Anne Camp 16-11, in the last eight Forster defeated Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan 16-9 before securing a final spot with a 17-9 win over defending champion Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn. Sadly in the final the Dairy Lane star was beaten 16-11 by Stockton’s former England star Teresa Parnell, there was however some consolation for Forster as both finalist’s qualify for the national championships at Leamington Spa in August.

The Durham County ladies B team head to Stockton today in the latest round of Stella Logan matches, after suffering four defeats on the bounce the Durham squad finally broke their duck with a tremendous 111-102 (9-1) win at Cumbria, today they have the chance to build on that win as they take on bottom of the table Northumberland.


The second stage of this seasons county pairs was held at Darlington RA this week and it was a mixed night for our two remaining local hopes. The Houghton Dairy Lane pairing of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck booked a semi final place with a hard fought 20-14 win over Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins, in the semi final’s Thurlbeck will play Stockton’s Mark Hodgson. Our other hope was Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh however they just missed out going down 20-18 to RA’s Vince Rewcastle. The singles competition is currently playing catch up as Roker Marine hosted the remaining last sixteen ties, locally Houghton Dairy Lanes Mal Peach continued his good run of form beating Leadgate’s Garry Robson 21-16 while Silksworth’s talented Jaxon McKenna beat Darlington RA’s 21-14 to book a last eight place.

The curse of top spot in this seasons Earl Cup struck again as leaders Barnes West End were beaten 7-0 at Houghton Dairy Lane, Roker Marine closed the gap on the leaders with a 68-54 (5-2) win at Usworth while Hylton Colliery Welfare lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a narrow 61-59½ (5-2) win at Hetton Workmen’s. With the second division leaders North Biddick on a bye second placed Grindon Mill missed a chance to go top as they were beaten 80-64 (5½-1½) at South Hylton, Ryhope moved third with a smashing 80-51½ (7-0) win at Sunderland while Washington defeated bottom of the table Whitburn 78-51 (7-0).

In the Swan Cup the holders and leaders Houghton Dairy Lane lost 5-2 at home to Roker Marine which allowed Barnes West End to go top after beating North Biddick 69-60 (5-2). In division two the leaders Usworth maintained top spot with a good 74-62 (6-1) win at Thompson Park and have a healthy 7½ points lead over second placed Washington who in turn inflicted a ninth defeat straight defeat onto Pemberton 64-60 (6-1), third placed Grindon Mill went down 64-49¾ (6-1) at Hylton Colliery, the remaining game saw Roker Park beat Ryhope 91¼-49 (7-0).

The Harold Howey results were a bit on the sparse side with only third placed Roker Park’s 34-34 (2-2) draw against Hetton Workmen’s received out of the top ten teams. Bottom of the table Whitburn went down 36-29 (4-0) at Houghton Town A while Hylton Colliery B enjoyed a 34-29 (3-1) win at Ryhope A. The second division has new leaders, Pennywell’s narrow 28-26 (3-1) win over Pemberton coupled with last week’s leaders Thompson Park B going down 38-28 (3-1) at New Herrington lifted Pennywell top. South Hetton notched back to back away wins this time 35-23 (3-1) at Wearmouth, Roker Marine B also had a good away day 34-29 (3-1) at Washington Glebe A to move into fifth, Thompson Park A beat Sunderland B 36-34 (3-1) to move into the top half while Pemberton A recorded win number three 30½-24 (3-1) at home against Barnes Park A.

The Storey bowl leaders Roker Park got back to winning ways with a 70-46 (6-1) win at Thompson Park, Houghton Town hit Pennywell for a ton 107-31 (7-0) to move second, holders Seaham Town beat winless Wearmouth 73-67 (5-2) but they are twelve points behind the leaders and will need an improved second half of the season to have any chance of retaining their title.

There is a Sunderland & District Special General Meeting on Saturday 21st July at 10am, due to limit space at the Roker Park club house clubs are requested to only send two representatives, any club that has not received a letter are asked to contact the association secretary Jim Huntingdon.

The final of the SWBA rink’s was played on a torched Barnes Park surface, the final was an all Sunderland affair as Jean Graham, Mavis Pullan, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond (pictured) faced Mary Clarke, Vi Dixon, Sheila Maddison and Brenda Parkin. The early exchanges set the tone for the final as Almond raced into a 14-5 lead and never looked back as they ended up 23-8 victors.

The Sunderland & District president’s team have had a busy time of it as they have rattled off four friendlies - winning three and losing one, most recently they hosted Hertfordshire County tourists. They have the return game against Retford today and tomorrow Carlisle Subscription are the visitors, both games are at Roker Park.

Results - S&D 78-68 Seaton Sluice, S&D 132-83 Retford,  S&D 75-132 Hertfordshire CBA, S&D 69-63 Grindon Mill

Week 6 in the Grindon league saw Wearmouth break their duck with a win at the early season leaders Whitburn 46-37 (4-1), the new leaders however are Silksworth who made it five out of five with a 48-35 (4½-½) local derby win over Ryhope. Barnes West End drop to second after going down 57-41 (4-1) at Houghton Dairy Lane, Usworth move to fourth after a 58-41 (5-0) win at New Herrington, the remaining game saw South Hylton win at Grindon Mill 54-41 (4-1). 

 In the Bowls England senior pairs Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe progressed into the next round following a high scoring 29-23 win over Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown, in the next round Briscoe face’s a trip to Darlington RA against John Hills. In the women’s senior singles Dairy Lane’s Glynis Morgan had a tremendous 21-11 win over Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson, in the next round Morgan heads to Darlington North Park. There was more good news for Morgan in the senior pairs alongside Joan Rodgerson the Dairy Lane duo defeated Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn 21-18 and will now face Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson. Following their 44-25 win over Keswick in the Tony Allcock Over 60’s mixed double fours Houghton Dairy Lane head to Hundens tomorrow, however their run in the top club came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Darlington RA, meanwhile Silksworth progressed into the next round with a 5-0 win at New Deleval and will next face Silloth.

At the Home International series at Leamington Spa England were left to rue a disappointing afternoon performance against Ireland as they missed out on a fourth consecutive series success.  An opening 123-106 win over Scotland was followed by the disappointing 133-98 loss to Ireland which left England needing to beat Wales in the final game by 40 shots to retain the title, however the best it got for England was a lead of 21 shots which in fact was the final winning margin 128-107, ultimately it left Wales champions albeit by 34 shots, Scotland collected a third successive wooden spoon. Silksworth and Durham’s David Bolt had a cracking series and was the only England skip to record three wins, his rink of Lee Haywood, Louis Ridout and Northumberland’s Chris Yeomans  defeated Scotland’s Derek Oliver 23-14, Ireland’s Simon Martin 24-20 and capped it off with a 24-17 win over Paul Taylor.

6th July 2018 - ALSOP HOPES SUNK

The Durham County Alsop Trophy team’s hopes of retaining their title were dashed as they were beaten 136-98 by Cumbria at Courtfield which also ended a two year unbeaten run. On a tinderbox playing surface which ultimately was the same for both sides it was Cumbria who adapted better to the scorching conditions, Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor steered his rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Barnes Park’s Michael Davis to another impressive 28-10 win over E.Orchard which meant Taylor’s rink went unbeaten through the campaign. The only other Durham win saw Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie grab a last end 19-16 win over Paul Bannister while Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson went down 21-14 to John Barber, sadly the remaining three rinks toiled in the heat. Team captain Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram lost 23-12 to K.Johnson and Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo went down 29-17 to P.Metcalfe, it was a case of after the lord mayor’s show for Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner who slumped to a 37-8 loss to S.Watson. Points wise it finished 18-4 in Cumbria’s favour and although Durham are still top the news that Yorkshire beat Lancashire 18-4 means mathematically there is no combination of result in the groups final fixture between Northumberland and Yorkshire that would see Durham hold onto top spot.
Current Standings – Durham 4-52, Cumbria 4-46, Yorkshire 3-45, Northumberland 3-37, Lancashire 4-18

There was disappointment for the ladies County Northern Trophy squad as they were beaten 129-111 at Horden by Yorkshire despite winning on four of the six rinks, bizarrely the two team met in May when Yorkshire ran out 18 shots winners. Locally Joan Rodgerson (Houghton DL) steered club mates Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny to a narrow 21-20 win while Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson had a tough afternoon going down 38-11. The 6-4 loss on points however does still keep Durham’s slim hopes of snatching the Northern Trophy but will need a big win against bottom of the table Northumberland at Sunderland in two weeks time.
Current Standings – Yorkshire 4-21½, Cumbria 3-21, Durham 4-19½, Northumberland 3-6

Durham’s Middleton Cup squad will bring the curtain down on a disappointing campaign tomorrow as they head to Kirbymoorside to face Derbyshire, with qualification to the quarter finals not possible Durham have not only pride to play for but a chance to avenge last season’s gut wrenching loss which ultimately cost Durham a quarter final place. The following team has been selected - M.Gleeson (Spennymoor),K.Burton (Darlington RA), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park), S.Baker (Silksworth), J.Richardson (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park), J.Deverson (Silksworth), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Harston (Hundens), N.Ridley (Silksworth), D.Todner (Houghton DL), I.Riches (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), P.Baker (Silksworth), C.Boston (Stockton)
Current standings – Yorkshire 2-28, Derbyshire 2-27, Nottinghamshire 2-23, Durham 2-10

The County President’s team played hosts to the Hertfordshire County Bowling Association touring team at a sweltering Houghton Dairy Lane, it was a winning afternoon for county president Jeff Wilson’s team 132-70 with Hartlepool’s Dale Oram top rink 28-8 against M.Harris. 
Rink scores – (Durham skips first) – J.McAdoo 25-14 R.Cracknell, K.Sykes 15-23 D.Fox, J.Wilson 22-7 J.Loudon, A.Taylor 23-6 W.Orr, D.Oram 28-8 M.Harris, K.Richardson 19-12 B.Smith

The quarter finals of the County triples and fours were played this week, Leadgate hosted the triples where locally we were guarantee at least one triple into the semi finals. The all Silksworth affair between current county champions David Bolt and club mate Billy Ferry resulted in a 19-11 Bolt win, our other local hope were a tad unlucky to go down 16-14 to Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle. In the fours it was a good night for Silksworth as David Bolt defeated Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson 21-8 and Josh Halcrow had a tremendous 16-14 win over RA’s Andrew Kirtland, our other local hope Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie went out to the current county champion’s Leadgate’s Garry Robson 19-15.

The ladies County two bowl day was held at Horden and it was a mixed day for Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, after reaching the final Forster’s hopes of repeating her 1995 success were dashed following a 16-11 loss to Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, however the fact that both finalist’s qualify for the national championships at Leamington in August will have eased the loss.
































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