The second stage of this season’s county competitions continued this week with plenty of local interest in all five disciplines as the majority of the quarter final line up’s were confirmed. Seaham Town played host to the remaining last sixteen ties in the four’s, locally Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner missed out on a quarter final place losing 15-14 on an extra end against Darlington RA’s Tony Macey, Silksworth’s Paul Baker was beaten 26-13 by Hartlepool Old Boys Mark Higgins but there was better news for another Silksworth squad as Josh Halcrow survived a late scare to beat Dipton’s Michael English 19-15. The quarter finals are at Seaham on Tuesday with four local squads in action, the 2014 national champion’s Silksworth’s David Bolt faces Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson while Halcrow faces the 2015 county champions Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland, the other local hope Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie faces the current county champions Leadgate’s Garry Robson.

The triples took place at Leadgate with four local squads in action, Silksworth’s Billy Ferry (pictured) had a cracking 19-15 win over host club’s Garry Robson but it was a mixed night for the three Dairy Lane triples, Ray Robinson got home on the last end against Dunston’s Malcolm Johnston however John Thurlbeck was beaten 20-5 by Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland and Dan Todner went down 21-14 to Dunston’s David Livingston. The quarter finals take place on Monday at the same venue, Robinson faces Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle while there is an all Silksworth affair between Billy Ferry and the current county champions David Bolt.

The remaining three last sixteen Pair’s ties were played at Darlington RA, Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson saw victory snatched away on the last as Dipton’s Alan Clark sneaked home 19-18 while Silksworth’s Shaun McIntosh had a better ending with a last end 19-18 win over Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood. The quarter finals take place on Wednesday at RA, McIntosh faces the host club’s Vince Rewcastle and Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe plays Old Boys Mark Higgins.

The first batch of last sixteen ties in the singles were played at Roker Marine, locally Silksworth’s Jimmy Richardson went down 21-16 to Owton Lodge’s Albert Ward and the three times singles champion Silksworth’s David Bolt progressed with a 21-6 win over the host club’s Peter Thomson, there was better news for another Mariner as Richie Mckie defeated Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson 21-10, the quarter final line has yet to be confirmed.

Pelton Fell hosted another batch of two bowl singles ties although all four local hopes were beaten, the 2016 champion Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna was a tad unlucky to go down 14-13 to Dipton’s Michael English, an all Dairy Lane clash saw Alan Hind defeat Ron Dixon 16-7 but that was as good as it got for Hind as he succumbed 18-5 to Dipton’s English in the quarter finals, another Dairy Lane hope went out as Mal Peach lost out on the last end 17-16 to Hunden’s Jordan Hartson, in the quarter’s Harston booked a semi final place with an outstanding display defeating the two time county champion Leadgate’s David Warnaby 19-1. The semi final line up is J.Hartson (Hundens) v P.Coulson (Darlington RA), M.English (Dipton) v D.Bolt (Silksworth). Roker Marine’s Peter Thomosn booked a semi final place in the county champion of champions with a 21-16 win over Dairy Lane’s Freddie Fletcher, Thomson will face Hunden’s Jason Taylor next.

There was disappointment in the latter stages of the ladies County pairs at Bishop Auckland, the Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson suffered a 21-18 semi final loss to the eventual winners Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan and Fay Slinn.     

The Sunderland Women’s Town triples final was played at Barnes Park, the Sunderland trio of Dorothy Neville, Charlotte Bayliss and Lorraine Breheny took the title after a hard fought 15-11 win over Whitburn’s Maureen Smith, Vicky Happer and Muriel Felce.

The SWBA League standings at the halfway mark are as follows - :
Silksworth 24½, Sunderland 23½, Roker Marine 21, Houghton Town 19, Roker Park 17, Barnes Park 16½, Ryhope 9, Whitburn 6½   

The Women’s Association is now in its 80th year and once again the association held its annual open rinks competition at a scorching Barnes Park, in the seven end final a combined Ryhope & Silksworth rink of Maureen Hall, Brenda Hardy, Sheila Moody and Norma Stephenson (pictured) got the better of Sunderland’s Dorothy Neville, Jo Summers, Liz Cowell and Lorraine Breheny 11-7.   

The first round of the Grindon league Tommy Thompson double fours has been played, holders Silksworth eased past Wearmouth 49-16 and last year’s beaten finalist’s Usworth defeated New Herrington 41-24, the other tie saw Houghton Dairy Lane win 44-26 at Whitburn.

Quarter Final draw – Grindon Mill v Barnes West End, Usworth v South Hylton, Hylton CW v Ryhope, Houghton DL v Silksworth (ties to be played on Friday July 20)

It has been an amazing week in the leagues not only the scorching greens but every league leader suffered defeats and the three unbeaten records all fell. Barnes West End’s only league success in the Earl Cup was 74 years ago however they moved to the top this week after a local derby 70-49½ (6-1) win over neighbours Barnes Park, previous leaders and holders Silksworth suffered their first loss of the season 63-53 (6-1) at Roker Marine, it was a decent week for the bottom two teams as Hytlon Colliery won a thriller 63-62 (5½-1½) against Houghton Town and Seaham Town ended a seven game losing streak with a 68-68 (2½-4½) draw against Usworth. In division two it was a bad week for the top two as both lost, leaders North Biddick 70-61 (4-3) at Thompson Park and Grindon Mill 71-69 (5-2) at Ryhope, third placed Sunderland closed the gap on the top two with a 55-51 (5-2) win over Roker Park, Whitburn moved off the bottom with a 75-59 (6-1) win over South Hylton.

As the Swan Cup reached the halfway stage holders Houghton Dairy Lane returned to the top with a 86-53 (6½-½) win over South Hylton, this week’s leaders curse saw Silksworth lose 63-58 (6-1) at home to Roker Marine, Barnes West End notch a second local derby win over Barnes Park 72-60 (6-1) while Hetton Workmen’s move off the foot of the table with a 60-56¼ (5-2) win over Seaham Town.
In division two leaders Usworth lost their unbeaten record going down 71-60 (6-1) at Hylton Colliery however second placed Grindon Mill also lost 66-63 (6-1) at Roker Park, third placed Thompson Park also missed out losing a thriller 58-57 (5-2) at home to Houghton Town, the remaining game saw Washington Glebe beat Ryhope 75¾-51 (7-0).

Roker Park not only lost their unbeaten record in the Storey Bowl losing 72-52 (6-1) at Houghton Town but also top spot after Hetton Workmen’s 101-28 (7-0) win over Pennywell, Wearmouth and Thompson Park went head to head as were searching for their first win it was the latter who broke their duck 68-50 (5½-1½).

The top two in the Harold Howey both lost, leaders Silksworth went down at home to Roker Park 33-25 (4-0) who move into third, second placed Barnes Park B were beaten at Houghton Dairy Lane A 46-18 (4-0), holders Barnes West End notched a third consecutive win to get back in the leading pack 45-31 (4-0) over Ryhope. The bottom two changed places as Hylton Colliery B defeated South Hylton 42-28 (4-0). In division two the leaders Chester le Street defaulted a 4-0 loss to Barnes Park A while Pennywell kept their promotion hopes going with a cracking 36-31 (3-1) win at South Hetton, Sunderland B sneaked home 29-28 (3-1) against mid table Washington Glebe A and Roker Marine B cemented a mid table place with a 31-27 (3-1) win over Pemberton A.

In the Bowls England champion of champions Silksworth’s David Bolt defeated Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson 21-16 and will host Gosforth’s Kevin Bone next, Bolt is on England duty this weekend as the Home International series takes place at Leamington Spa. The all Barnes Park affair in the senior singles saw Albie Hill will a epic encounter 21-20 against pairs partner Les Taylor, Hill heads to Leadgate to face Ian Peacock next, Ken Briscoe won an all Dairy Lane affair 21-11 against Ian Whorlton and will now head to Dunston to play Alan Jobling. There is action in the Top club tomorrow as Dairy Lane host Darlington RA  and Silksworth head to New Deleval Newsham. In the ladies senior singles Dairy Lane’s Jackalyn Classen narrowly missed out 21-20 to Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison, there was better news for Dairy Lane in the senior pairs as Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson booked a area final place with a 20-18 win over Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn.

29th June 2018 - ALSOP DEFENCE A GO-GO

The Durham County B team’s hopes of defending their Alsop Trophy title are still alive after a hard fought 122-115 win against Lancashire at Southport last weekend. For the third game running Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor steered his rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Mark Hodgson (Stockton) to a match defining 33-14 win over C.Yates. Across the green Durham had another two winning rinks, Houghton Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner (pictured) eased to an impressive 22-12 win over K.Hayes while Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie sneaked a last end treble to get home 17-16 against P.Rogers. A couple of rink points slipped away on the last ends, team captain Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram went down 19-16 to J.Muldoon and Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo lost on a last end measure 24-23 to R.Murray, the remaining Durham rink skipped by Hunden’s Stuart Clarke had a tough afternoon going down 30-11 to S.Goulding to leave it 16-6 points wise in Durham’s favour. The B team head to Courtfield tomorrow to face Cumbria knowing a win would see them register a first for the county going two year’s unbeaten, a win however would not be enough to retain their title as other results could transpire against them.
J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), A.Hill (Barnes Park), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), A.Hind (Houghton DL), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), D.Todner (Houghton DL), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL), G.Dougherty (Hartlepool Park), S.Clarke (Hundens), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park), B.Poulter (Usworth),A.Mole (Hartlepool Park), M.Davis (Barnes Park), A.Taylor (Hartlepool Park), A.Greathead (Hartlepool Park), C.Howie (Hartlepool Park), R.Robinson (Roker Marine), A.Parnell (Stockton), R.Dixon (Houghton DL), D.Metcalfe (Leadgate), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL)
Reserves - S.Patterson (Hetton Workmen), V.Tunstall (Hundens), R.Mckie (Roker Marine)

Latest Table – Durham 3-48, Northumberland 3-37, Cumbria 3-28, Yorkshire 2-27, Lancashire 3-14

The Durham County ladies John’s Trophy squad produced a stunning performance in their final group game at Shipton as they cruised past Derbyshire 161-86, the 18-4 points return does however mean Nottinghamshire have to beat Derbyshire in the remaining group game to pinch the quarter final place. Durham had four winning rinks with the pick of them being Consett Park’s Gill Jones who racked up an astonishing 51-8 win, locally Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, Margaret Metcalfe, Lorraine Breheny (Sunderland) and Joan Rodgerson (Dairy Lane) had a cracking 30-15 win, Hetton’s Norma Stephenson went down 22-16.

Latest Table – Durham 2-23, Nottinghamshire 1-17, Derbyshire 1-4

There was disappointment for both the men’s and ladies County double fours squads, in the Balcomb Trophy at a scorching Kirbymoorside the men’s squad defeated Derbyshire in the morning regional semi finals, both rinks recorded win’s as Silksworth’s David Bolt defeated Andrew Clipston 23-12 and Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield defeated Paul Broughton 20-8 to seal a 43-20 win. Sadly despite a spirited fight back it was not to be in the final as Lancashire ran out 42-36 winners, Mansfield beat Dominic McVittie 18-17 while Bolt went down 25-18 to Chris Gale, Lancashire will face Sussex at Leamington Spa in August. In the ladies Walker Cup Durham faced Nottinghamshire at Copmanthorpe, sadly both rinks were beaten, Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson lost 15-12 to T.Womble and Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson lost 27-15 to J.Eames, Notts will face Northumberland in the regional semi final.

At the fifth time of asking the County ladies Stella Logan squad finally got a win under their belts, taking on Cumbria at Appleby the Durham squad ran out 111-102 (9-1) winners to gain revenge for the 42 shot loss at Pelton Fell in May, locally Roker Park’s Maureen Firth steered her rink to a 21-14 win, Durham host Northumberland in two weeks time at Stockton.

The Ladies A team return to Northern Trophy action today (Friday) at Horden as they take on holders Yorkshire, in May Durham went down by 18 shots at York Railway so will be looking to overturn that result.

Latest Standings – Cumbria 3-21, Yorkshire 3-17½, Durham 3-15½, Northumberland 3-6

Hopes of a fifth County Pairs title for the Houghton Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson were dashed in the semi finals at a roasting Bishop Auckland, in a marathon three hour semi final the Dairy Lane pair were beaten by the defending champions Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan and Fay Slinn 21-18. It was a good day for the Newton Hall pair as they went on to claim back to back titles after defeating Stockton’s Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell 16-10 in the final.

23rd June 2018 - MIDDLETON CUP EXIT

The Durham County Middleton Cup squad’s hopes of qualifying into the last eight were ended with a 21 shot loss at Dunnington against Yorkshire, enforced changes and a tricky playing surface contributed to the loss but the latter is the same for both teams. The 16-6 points reversal leaves Durham bottom of the group, across the green it was a three rink split, Stockton’s Paul Mosley eased past Vinnie O’Neill 25-10 while Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram’s rink returned to winning ways beating Phil Emmerson 23-15, Silksworth’s David Bolt completed Durham’s three winning rinks with a hard fought 19-14 win over S.Walton. Sadly the remaining three rinks went down, the pick of them was Silksworth’s Paul Bakers 22-13 loss against Mark Walton, to other two rinks went down by 20 shots each, Stockton’s Colin Boston 32-12 to D.Clarke and Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson 28-8 to G.Bunce. Durham will still have to play their final group game against Derbyshire at Kirbymoorside as Derbyshire can still qualify from the group, not only having pride to play for Durham have the chance to avenge last season’s narrow loss
Latest standings (with one game to play)
Yorkshire 28, Derbyshire 27, Nottinghamshire 23, Durham 10.
Remaining Fixtures – Durham v Derbyshire, Notts v Yorkshire

The County B team’s Alsop Trophy title defence is still on track after a hard fought 126-116 win over neighbours Northumberland at Stockton. Despite several enforced changes the B team recorded three wins and a draw, for the second week running the rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), John Godfrey (Houghton DL), Michael Davis (Barnes Park) and Alan Taylor (Hartlepool Park) produced a match winning 23-12 win over J.Taylor, Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo defeated former Thompson Park player Jacky Taylor 21-20 and club mate Ray Robinson steered his quartet to a 23-18 win over A.Fantozzie, Stockton’s Andrew Parnell had to settle for a 19-19 draw against D.Copper. The losing rinks were Barnes Park’s Albie Hill 26-24 and Hunden’s Stuart Clarke 21-16. Durham make the trip to Southport on Saturday to face Lancashire and with more enforced changes players from the A team have been drafted in to make up the short fall.
Latest Standings (after two rounds of fixtures) – Durham 32, Yorkshire 27, Northumberland 23, Cumbria 20, Lancashire 8

The ladies county B team ‘s poor run of results in this season’s Stella Logan continued after a fourth consecutive loss this time at the hands of leaders Yorkshire. Durham had two winnings rinks, Horden’s Val Gray 21-19 and Woodland’s Julie Robinson 19-12 however overall it was 122-93 loss, the 8-2 points return leaves Durham rooted to the bottom of the table.
Latest Standings – Yorkshire 2-17½, Lancashire 2-9½, Cumbria 1-9, Northumberland 1-7, Durham 4-7

Durham head to Kirbymoorside on Sunday for the regional finals day in the Bowls England Balcomb double fours, in the semi final’s Durham will face Derbyshire with either Yorkshire or Lancashire await the winners in the afternoon final, with Stockton’s Paul Mosley unavailable Marine’s Richie Mckie is drafted in three to David Bolt.
Full squad is - J.Deverson (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), D.Bolt (Silksworth, M.Hodgson (Stockton), P.Dixon (SIlksworth), I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park)

There was heartache for Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster (pictured) as that first ladies County singles title still proves elusive, after a 21-11 semi final win over Bishop Auckland’s Heather Boon the Dairy Lane star faced Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson in the final at Bishop Auckland.  The early exchanges saw Pearson open up 10-5 and 15-10 leads before Forster responded to get back to 15-13, at 17-13 Forster notched back to back doubles to level the score at 17-17 and then when lying match down produced a cracking last bowl to lead 18-17. The next end looked promising for Forster however it was Pearson who produced a cracking couple of bowls to lead 19-18, sadly for the Dairy Lane star it was all over on the next end when a gallant last bowl connected with the shot bowl but agonisingly ran through a couple of inches to hand Pearson her fourth county singles title 21-18.

On Monday the ladies county pair’s semi finals and final will take place at Bishop Auckland and Forster is back in action alongside skip Joan Rodgerson as they will face Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn in the morning semi finals, the other semi final will feature Stockton’s Teresa Parnell against Consett Park’s Gill Jones.

In the Bowls England double fours both local squads were beaten, Houghton Dairy Lane A snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Elm Tree as they let slip a 15 shot lead with six ends to play to eventually lose on an extra end 40-39 while Silksworth A were well beaten at Dipton. In the champion of champions Silksworth’s David Bolt defeated Dairy Lane’s Freddie Fletcher 21-8 and will head to Roker Marine to face Peter Thomson. In the Tony Allcock Trophy Dairy Lane had a smashing 44-25 win at Brampton over Keswick Fitz Park which sets up a trip to Hunden’s next.

There was disappointment for the Durham County Under 25 double fours squad as they were beaten 46-39 at Kirbymoorside by Cumbria, Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow went down 24-13 to Lewis Baxter while Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson beat James Park 26-22.
Earl Cup leaders Silksworth maintained their unbeaten record with a 75-58 (5-2) win over Seaham Town, Barnes West End’s 61-47 (6-1) win at Houghton Town closed Silksworth’s lead to four points, Barnes Park snatched a last end 65-64 (5½-1½) win over Roker Marine to cement third place while Usworth defeated Hylton Colliery 76-60 (6-1). The second division leaders North Biddick were beaten at home 83-62 (5-2) by Sunderland however second placed Grindon Mill were also beaten 67-56¼ (5-2) by Whitburn. Roker Park leap frog Ryhope with a 89-53 (5-2) win, sadly as reported last week one of the leagues founder members Pemberton are having a tough time of it and they have had to drop out of the Earl Cup.

With the Swan Cup leaders Dairy Lane on a bye Silksworth took advantage to go top with a 93-53 (6-1) win at South Hylton, Barnes West End lost ground after they were beaten at Seaham Town 86-64 (6-1), Barnes Park eased past North Biddick 86-45 (7-0) while Hetton Workmen’s failed to get a team out against Roker Marine. Usworth remain unbeaten at the top of division two following a 95-46½ (7-0) win over Roker Park, Houghton Town defeated Hylton Colliery 64-53¼ (6-1) and Ryhope inflicted an eight loss on Pemberton 78-29 (7-0).
In the Storey Bowl Roker Park are still unbeaten at the top after thumping Hetton Workmen’s 87-37½ (7-0), holders Seaham had a good 76-47½ (6-1) win at Hylton Colliery while Wearmouth’s search for a win goes on after a 80-55 (6-1) home loss to Houghton Town, leaders Roker Park head to Houghton Town today.

In the Harold Howey leaders Silksworth were beaten 38-26 (3-1) at North Biddick A, Houghton Dairy Lane A had a good away win at Roker Marine A 33-27 (4-0) while Hylton Colliery A and Hetton Workmen’s played out a draw 35-35 (2-2). Roker Park’s 43-30 (4-0) win over Whitburn moves them up to fourth. The second division leaders Chester le Street extended their lead to three points with a 36-30 (4-0) win over Roker Marine B and there was good news for both Pemberton squad’s, the A team defeated Sunderland B 45-32 (3-1) and the B team notched their first win of the season 35¼-24 (4-0) at New Herrington.
Silksworth’s 79-48 (3-2) win at Wearmouth moved them to the top of the Grindon League, Barnes West End ended Whitburn’s unbeaten start to move second with a 65-44 (4-1) win, South Hylton moved third after a 55-47¾ (3-2) win over Ryhope although only 1½ points cover the top three.

In the Silver Jack’s Roker Park’s Jim Huntingdon defeat Grindon Mill’s Alan Patterson 20-19 while the 3-2-1 holders Barnes West End progressed with a 218-210 win at Washington.

The second stages of the county competitions have been taking place this week at various venues and there has been plenty of local interest. Leadgate hosted the triples where the defending county champion’s Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt made progress with a 21-13 win over Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown. All three squads in the fours progressed, Silksworth’s David Bolt avenged last season’s loss to Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram with a 20-12 win while there was a Roker Marine double as Patrick Thomson defeated Dunston’s Kevin King and Richie Mckie defeated Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood 18-12. In the pairs at Darlington RA  Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud and Bryan Sanderson were beaten 25-11 by Stockton’s Mark Hodgson, Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck booked a last eight place with a 18-12 win over Silksworth’s Phil Dixon and Colin Jefferson. In the Two bowl Silksworth’s David Bolt had back to back wins to move into the semi finals, Bolt defeated Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland 16-7 and then Old Boy’s Carl Higgins 16-7.

16th June 2018 - COUNTY B TEAM WIN

Today is make or break for Durham County’s Middleton Cup hopes, following their opening loss to Nottinghamshire the Durham squad must beat Yorkshire at Dunnington this afternoon to keep alive any hopes of getting out of the group.
M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Darlington RA),  G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), C.Jefferson (Silksworth), I.Jackson (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), M.Peach (Houghton DL), J.McKenna (Silksworth), C.Boston (Stockton), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), P.Baker (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)

The county B team made a winning start to their Alsop Trophy defence with a hard fought 124-118 win at Stockton over Yorkshire. Across the green Durham had two winning rinks and a draw, it was a good afternoon for Barnes Park’s Michael Davis (pictured) who after a twenty year wait in his 100th county appearance was part of Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylors match winning 30-11 rink. Durham are in action again today at Stockton as they face Northumberland.
Latest Alsop table – Yorkshire 2-27, Northumberland 1-18, Durham 1-15, Lancashire 1-4, Cumbria 1-2

In the Bowls England Balcomb double fours Durham have progressed to the regional finals day after a cracking 14 shot win over Lincolnshire at York Railway, Silksworth’s David Bolt went down by one however Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield steered his quartet to a 32-17 win, Durham face Derbyshire in the regional semi finals at Kirbymoorside next Sunday.

The county Under 25’s are in action tomorrow as they head to Kirbymoorside for the regional finals day in the White Rose double fours, Durham will face Cumbria in the semi finals with the following squad -: J.Mckenna (Silksworth), J.Deverson (Silksworth), S.Patterson (Hetton), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), J.Harston (Hundens), K.Burton (Darlington RA), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), B.Henderson (Seaham Town)

It has been a busy week in the Area two county competitions as the green finals in the singles, pairs and two bowl singles were completed. In the pairs, Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud and Bryan Sanderson had to fight hard for a 18-16 win over Houghton Dairy Lane’s Brian Cain while Patrick & Peter Thomson (Roker Marine) had an impressive 19-7 win over Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow. Barnes Park’s Albie Hill’s run came to an end as the Silksworth duo of Phil Dixon & Colin Jefferson eased to a 23-13 win, the experienced Dairy Lane pair of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck ran out 27-13 winners over Grindon Mill’s Alan Patterson although the score line was a touch harsh on the millers. The remaining tie saw Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh defeat Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner 22-12. The five winning pairs all progress to the second stage which is being held at Darlington RA over the next three Wednesday’s.

In the singles there were seven second stage places up for grabs although only six ties were played at a blustery Barnes Park as Marine’s Peter Thomson received a walkover, in an all Silksworth affair the 2016 county champion David Bolt defeated club mate Gary Farquhar 21-12, it was a good night for the Silksworth club as Jaxon McKenna and Jimmy Richardson both secured a second stage spot, McKenna defeated Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner 21-10 and Richardson beat club mate Adrian Dalzell 21-14. Dairy Lanes Mal Peach (pictured) eased past South Hylton’s Alan Thompson 21-4 and Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson beat Silksworth’s Jack Deverson 21-10, the remaining tie saw Marine’s Richie Mckie beat Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe 21-9, all seven now progress to the second stage which will be held at Roker Marine over the next three Friday nights.

In the two bowl singles Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach needed an extra end to beat Marine’s Peter Thomson 15-14 and the 2016 county champion Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna progressed with a 17-13 win over Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe. David Bolt won an all Silksworth affair 16-7 against Jimmy Richardson and Dairy Lane’s Alan Hind defeated South Hylton’s Alan Thompson. The result of the night was Dairy Lane’s Ron Dixon’s (pictured) 16-6 win over Silksworth’s Neal Ridley, the five qualifiers now move onto Pelton Fell for the last sixteen.

The second stages get underway on Monday with the triples at Leadgate, three ties are due to take place with local hopes riding on the defending county champions Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt as they face Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown. On Tuesday Seaham Town host the fours, there are three local squads in action, Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson faces Dunston’s Kevin King and fellow Mariner Richie Mckie faces Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood, Silksworth’s David Bolt will be looking to avenge last season’s loss against Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram as they go head to head.  On Wednesday the pairs start at Darlington RA, locally Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud & Bryan Sanderson face Stockton’s Mark Hodgson and Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe & John Thurlbeck take on Silksworth’s Phil Dixon & Colin Jefferson. Thursday night is two bowl night at Pelton Fell, there should be a cracker as Silksworth’s David Bolt faces Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland. The weeks action is concluded on Friday as Roker Marine host the singles, there are only three ties scheduled with local interest in two of them, Silksworth’s Jimmy Richardson faces Owton Lodge’s Albert Ward and Barnes West End faces Marine’s Richie Mckie.

In the ladies County singles Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster booked a semi final place with an impressive 21-11 win over last season’s beaten county finalist Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, Forster will head to Bishop Auckland on Wednesday looking for that elusive first county singles title. Before the singles however Forster will partner Joan Rodgerson in the pair’s quarter finals away at Darlington North Park against Jane Pattison

Earl Cup holders Silksworth made it six out of six with a 95-47 (6-1) win at Hylton Colliery Welfare, Barnes West End cemented second place with a 83-67 (6½-½) win over Roker Marine, Barnes Park’s 73-54 (6-1) win at Seaham Town moves them into third while Usworth had a cracking win at Dairy Lane, the remaining game saw Hetton Workmen’s defaulted against Houghton Town who were awarded a first win of the season 7-0. In the second division North Biddick stayed top after a 69-58 (6-1) win at Roker Park, Thompson Park moved into third with a 67-61 (6-1) win over South Hylton while Sunderland got home by a single shot 65-64 (4-3) against Washington, the other game saw Ryhope defeat Whitburn 69-59 (6-1).

The Swan Cup holders and leaders Houghton Dairy Lane were thumped 88-48 (6-1) at Silksworth who are now 2½ points behind the leaders with a game in hand, Barnes West End defeated Roker Marine 77-52 (6½-½) while the bottom two both won, Seaham Town beat North Biddick 65-51 (4½-2½) and bottom of the table Hetton Workmen’s beat South Hylton 65½-46 (5-2). The second division leaders Usworth made it six out of six with a 72-50 (6-1) win at Washington, Thompson Park had a good 86-49 (6-1) win at Hylton Colliery Welfare and Roker Park defeated Houghton Town 79-59 (7-0), so far it has been a tough season for Pemberton who fought tooth and nail to stay at their present location but they have a bigger fight on their hands to field full strength teams sadly they played short again going down 73-47¾ (6-1) at home to Grindon Mill.

Both unbeaten records in the Storey Bowl remained intact last weekend, leaders Hetton Workmen’s defeated Wearmouth 73-46 (7-0) and Roker Park had a good day at Pennywell winning 73-55 (7-0), the top two clash at Roker this afternoon, the remaining game saw Hylton Colliery inflict a sixth Thompson Park loss 79-57 (6-1).

The Harold Howey leaders Barnes Park B survived a trip to Hetton as the leaders sneaked a 31-27 (4-0) win, second placed Silksworth are hot on their heels following a 46-20 (4-0) win over Hylton Colliery B, holders Barnes West End returned to winning ways and jump to fourth with a 53-25½ (4-0) win at Washington. Ryhope B and Roker Park played out a 33-33 (2-2) draw. In division two leaders Chester le Street bounced back with a 39-23 (4-0) win at Sunderland B, South Hetton moved to mid table with a 30-20 (4-0) win over New Herrington, Pemberton A got home 26¼-26 (3-1) at Thompson Park A and Wearmouth notched a second win this time 39-32 (3-1) at Roker Marine B.

Round four in the Grindon League saw 5-0 home wins for both Houghton Dairy Lane and Hylton Colliery Welfare and 4-1 home wins for New Herrington, Ryhope and Silksworth, leaders Whitburn had a bye.
Latest Table – Whitburn 3-12, Barnes West End 3-11, Hylton CW 3-11, Houghton DL 3-10, Silksworth 2-9, New Herrington 4-8½, Usworth 4-6½, South Hylton 3-6, Ryhope 2-4, Grindon Mill 2-1, Wearmouth 2-0 

Barnes West End’s John Patterson is in his second stint as Sunderland & District president and has led his presidential team to three consecutive friendly victories over Roker Park, Guisborough Priory and the Sunderland Women’s Association.
Rink scores (District skips first)
v Roker Park - R.Robson 23-15 A.Raine, D.Sim 18-10 R.Craggs, J.Patterson 13-15 A.Hall, A.Patterson 18-9 A.Turnbull, W.Davis 15-19 A.Dix
v Guisborough Priory - T.Grimes 24-9 J.Smith, W.Davis 33-13 T.Cowle, A.Patterson 34-9 D.Pickard, J.Huntingdon 16-24 J.Smith

In the 3-2-1 knock out triples Ryhope defeated North Biddick and Seaham beat Houghton Town. Seaham’s David Wright moved into the second round of the Silver Jacks following a 17-9 win at Whitburn over Gordon Happer.

In the Bowls England champion of champions Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson had a cracking 21-11 win at Stockton’s David Fenwick and will host either Dairy Lane’s Freddie Fletcher or Silksworth’s David Bolt next. In the senior pairs Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe defeated Dipton’s Eddie Henry 23-21 and will face Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown next however Marine’s Ray Bell went out 22-9 at Dunston Social’s Alec Bryden. In the double fours Silksworth A head to Dipton and Dairy Lane A host Elm Tree this weekend. Houghton Dairy Lanes Jackie Classen had a tremendous 21-12 win over Pelton Fells Joan Brown in the ladies senior singles and club mate Joan Rodgerson defeated Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison 21-15 in the senior pairs. The remaining local hope in the mixed fours are out as Dairy Lane’s James McKinney lost 23-19 to Darlington RA’s Mark Ralphs.

Last season the Open tournaments proved rich picking’s for local players and this season it has started off in the same vein, for the second time Frankie Froud, Jason Britton and Michael Lowis landed the Amble Triples and then Froud alongside Iain Fairweather knocked off the Newbiggin Open Pairs, a third local success came in the Darlington Triples as Alastair Meek, Michael Lowis and David Wright (pictured) landed the first prize.

9th June 2018 - MIDDLETON CUP WOE

It has been a disappointing week for the various Durham County teams as all three suffered defeats. In the Middleton Cup hopes were high after last season’s decent campaign, those hopes soon evaporated against a Nottinghamshire side that Durham beat 20-2 last season however the tables were turned at Dairy Lane as Nott’s recorded a 133-113 (18-4) win. Durham only mustered two winning rinks, team captain Silksworth’s David Bolt defeated Steve Overton 33-19 and Hartlepool’s John Mansfield defeated John Emmerson 24-17, the remaining four rinks went down by a combined total of 41 shots. Looking back the game was lost in the five to fifteen end spell as the visitors’ nearly out scored Durham two to one 82-43, as it happens the other tie just keeps Durham’s qualification hopes alive as Derbyshire beat Yorkshire 12-10.
Rink scores (Durham skips first) – P.Mosley 7-26 M.Egginton, D.Bolt 33-19 S.Overton, J.Mansfield 24-17 J.Emmerson, D.Oram 19-29 D.Scott, S.McIntosh 16-20 S.Bailey, I.Riches 14 -22 E.Guthrie

To keep any qualification hopes going Durham will face a must win game against Yorkshire next Saturday at Dunnington with the following team.
M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Dalrington RA),  G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), C.Jefferson (Silksworth), I.Jackson (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), M.Peach (Houghton DL), J.McKenna (Silksworth), C.Boston (Stockton), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), P.Baker (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)
Reserves - P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL), D.Paterson (Dunston), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), S.Patterson (Hetton Workmen), Lee Maughan (Hartlepool Old Boys)

The second defeat came as the county ladies travelled to Driffield for their opening John’s game which was ironically also against Nottinghamshire, on a rain sodden afternoon the game was reduced to only 72 ends and when play was halted Durham were 67-60 down. Across the green Durham had two winning rinks plus Hetton’s Norma Stephenson drew 11-11 however the 17-5 points return in Notts favour added to it being only a three team group virtually ends Durham’s qualification hopes, in their final group game Durham head to Shipley to face Derbyshire.
Rink scores (Durham skips only) – N.Stephenson 1-11, J.Rodgerson 8-15, T.Parnell 6-11, A.Anderson 9-14, G.Jones 13-10, J.Pattison 13-6.

As it goes in threes the third County loss came in the ladies Northern Counties Stella Logan as holders Lancashire ran out 105-78 (9-1) winners at Bishop Auckland, across the green Durham only returned one winning scorecard as Horden’s Jennie Collins won 18-15, this was Durham’s third consecutive loss in the Stella and are rooted to the foot of the table, on Friday Yorkshire provide the opposition at Darlington Woodland’s.
Rink scores (Durham skips first) – J.Hodgson 12-21, M.Metcalfe 19-25, J.Robinson 16-26, S.Pegg 13-18, J.Collin 18-15     

Today the men’s county B team will open there defence of the Alsop as they face Yorkshire at Stockton, a much changed Durham side will look to repeat last season’s four match title winning run. Forty three years ago a young Michael Davis (pictured) won the county singles and it’s over twenty years since his last county appearance, however the Barnes Park stalwart will finally make his 100th county appearance, the following squad was selected however there have been several enforced changes.
G.Dougherty (Hartlepool Park), A.Middleton (Roker Marine), D.Livingston (Dunston), A.Hill (Barnes Park), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), A.Hind (Houghton DL), S.Tindale (Houghton DL), H.Dougherty (Hartlepool Park), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL), S.Patterson (Hetton Workmen), A.Parnell (Stockton), R.Robinson (Houghton DL), B.Poulter (Usworth), A.Mole (Hartlepool Park), M.Davis (Barnes Park), A.Taylor (Hartlepool Park), A.Greathead (Hartlepool Park), N.Willey (Stockton), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), D.Warnaby (Leadgate), R.Dixon (Houghton DL), D.Metcalfe (Leadgate), J.Wilson (Houghton DL), J.McAdoo (Houghton DL)
Squad Members - V.Tunstall (Hundens), S.Clarke (Hundens), J.Godfrey (Houghton DL), DTodner (Houghton DL), P.Brickle (SIlksworth), L.Berry (Darlington South Park), C.Howie (Hartlepool Park)

It has been another busy week in the area two county competitions as the fours and triples green finals were successfully held at Barnes Park. In the fours Paul Baker won an all Silksworth affair against the 2016 fours county champion Billy Ferry 22-15, another Silksworth quartet progressed as David Bolt steered his rink to a 23-15 win over Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joe Sutherland. There was better news for Dairy Lane’s other squad skipped by Dan Todner as they defeated Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud 24-21. Roker Marine had a goodnight as Peter Thomson defeated Dairy Lane’s John Thurlbeck 18-13 and Richie Mckie defeated Silksworth’s Colin Jefferson 27-12, all five winners move into the second stage.

It was a decent night in the triples finals for Houghton Dairy Lane as three of their five hopes got through to the second stage, John Thurlbeck needed an extra end to beat West End’s Frankie Froud 17-15, Dan Todner eased past Marine’s Peter Thomson 21-10 and Ray Robinson had a cracking win over last year’s county triples runners up Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow 20-15, Dairy Lanes only losing triple saw Ian Whorlton go down 23-12 to the defending county champions skipped by Silksworth’s David Bolt. The remaining tie saw Silksworth’s Billy Ferry defeat Dairy Lanes Jimmy McAdoo 17-10. The singles and pairs take centre stage at Barnes Park this week, on Tuesday there are five pairs and on Thursday there are seven singles.

In the ladies county singles the all Houghton Dairy Lane clash between former county champion Glynis Morgan and Susan Forster resulted in the latter running out a 21-14 winner, on Wednesday in the last eight Forster will have home advantage against last year’s beaten county finalist Stockton’s Teresa Parnell. The last sixteen of the pairs takes place on Monday although Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny’s hopes have already been dashed after a 21-16 loss at Bishop Auckland’s H.Boon.

In the Bowls England senior singles Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson had a terrific 21-9 home win over Dunston’s Alex Bryden to set up another home tie against Dairy Lane’s Peter Hudspeth or Leadgate’s Ian Peacock, Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson lost a thriller 21-20 against Dunston’s Alan Jobling. In the senior pairs Barnes Park’s Albie Hill went down 23-20 to Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown. The remaining hope in the mixed pairs went out as Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson lost 21-15 at Stockton’s Andrew Parnell.

Silksworth maintained their unbeaten start in the defence of the Earl Cup with a hard fought 66-58 (6½-½) home win over Houghton Dairy Lane to move 5½ points clear at the top, Barnes West End’s 78-60 (5-2) win at Houghton Town moves them into second place while Roker Marine jump to third after a 96-46¾ (6-1) win over Seaham Town,  Barnes Park notched a fourth consecutive win this time 72-42 (6-1) over Hylton Colliery Welfare while Usworth’s 74-56¾ (5-2) win over Hetton Workmen’s cements a mid table spot. In the second division the top two both enjoyed 7-0 home wins, leaders Grindon Mill beat Thompson Park 80-51 while North Biddick defeated Ryhope 82-39, Sunderland moved into third with a narrow 74-71 (5-2) win at South Hylton, Roker Park nicked a 68-65 (5-2) win at Washington while Pemberton’s search for a win goes on after a 74-47¼ (7-0) loss at Whitburn.

In the Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane bounced back to winning ways with a 81-42 (6-1) win over bottom placed Hetton Workmen’s and with second placed Silksworth on a bye Dairy Lane’s lead was extended to 7½ points, Barnes West End’s 80-53 (7-0) win at South Hylton moved them into third while Roker Marine held on for a 71-70 (5-2) win over North Biddick, the remaining game saw Barnes Park despite playing short on three rinks snatch a 58¾-57 win at Seaham Town. The division two leaders Usworth maintain their unbeaten start with a 89-34 (7-0) win over Pemberton while Washington consolidated second place with a 74-48 (6-1) win at Houghton Town, Grindon Mill returned to winning ways with a 59-49 (6-1) win over Ryhope, the remaining game saw Thompson Park snatch a 69-68 (6-1) win over Roker Park. With the top two in the Storey Bowl on byes Seaham Town took advantage to close the gap on them with a 77-47 (6-1) win over bottom of the table Thompson Park, Wearmouth’s search for a win goes on after Pennywell had a cracking 85-46 (7-0) away win, the other game saw Houghton Town defeat Hylton Colliery Welfare 77-54 (6-1). Today the leaders Hetton Workmen host Wearmouth, second placed Roker Park head to Pennywell while Thompson Park will try for a first win as they host Hylton Colliery Welfare.

There were two cracking games in the Harold Howey this week, the top two change places as leaders Barnes Park B lost their unbeaten record to second placed Silksworth 3½-½, holders Barnes West End’s hopes of defending their title looked to be ending at home to Houghton Dairy Lane A but somehow West End recovered from double figures down to snatch a 2-2 draw, Roker Marine A’s 48-17½ (4-0) win over Hetton Workmen’s moves them into second  while neighbours Roker Park ‘s 33-26 (3-1) win over South Hylton pushes them into fourth. Hylton Colliery A are getting a head of steam up as a third consecutive win 44-21 (4-0) over Whitburn moves them into the top half of the table. Ryhope B notched their second win of the season this time 30-28 (3-1) at North Biddick while Hylton Colliery Welfare B broke their duck with a 43-24 (4-0) win at Washington, Ryhope A won the battle of the collieries as they defeated Seaham Town A 39-32 (3-1). Division two leaders Chester le Street lost their unbeaten record as Thompson Park inflicted a 35-26 (3-1) home defeat on them, Pennywell moved into second with a 38-25 (4-0) home win over Roker Marine B and bottom of the table New Herrington got off the mark with a tremendous 42¼-21 home win over North Biddick B.

An all North Biddick affair in the Burkett Shield saw the Bambrough’s defeat Billy Piggott 14-13 while there were wins for Silksworth’s Peter Brickle and Ryhope’s Dale Fenwick in the Silver Jacks. Seaham Town booked a quarter final place in the 3-2-1 knock out triples with a 68 shot win over Houghton Town which sets up a home tie against Roker Park.

In the Grindon League there were a host of 5-0 wins, holders Silksworth finally got there defence underway with a 81-35 win over Usworth, Dairy Lane defeated New Herrington 83-25¼ , South Hylton beat Hylton Colliery Welfare 65-36 and Barnes West End had a good trip to Wearmouth winning 72-42, however it’s Whitburn who are the early leaders after a third consecutive 47-34¾ (4-1) win keeps them unbeaten and top by a couple of points.

It has been a cracking 2018 for Silksworth’s David Bolt (pictured), last weekend another of a bucket list can be marked off as the Commonwealth Games bronze medallist was invited to represent Bowls England at a reception hosted at 10 Downing Street by Prime Minister Teresa May, all the Commonwealth Games medalling sports were invited.  



There has been plenty of County competition action in area two as the singles and the pairs took centre stage, Silksworth had thirteen players on show and by the end of the night five had survived with Ian Riches and Adrian Dalzell receiving walk over’s. David Bolt defeated club mate Josh Halcrow 21-7 and Jaxon McKenna had a good away win 21-18 against Barnes Park’s Albie Hill, the fifth Silksworth win came with Jack Deverson’s 21-9 win over Hylton Colliery’s Alan Maidment. Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson defeated Silksworth’s Stevie Cairn’s 21-13 and the Roker Marine duo of Peter Thomson and Richie Mckie defeated Silksworth’s Colin Jefferson 21-16 and Silksworth’s Paul Sainthouse 21-6 respectively. Houghton Dairy Lane notched a double as Mal Peach recorded an impressive 21-16 at Silksworth over Phil Dixon and Ken Briscoe held his nerve to get past Silksworth’s Paul Baker 21-20. South Hylton’s Alan Thompson had home advantage in a 21-18 win over Silksworth’s Neal Ridley. The current county champion Stockton’s David Fenwick is out after suffering a 21-7 loss to Hartlepool Old Boy’s Mark Higgins.

In the pairs the defending county champions Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar & David Bolt (pictured) are out going down 19-15 to Albie Hill at Barnes Park, Dairy Lane’s Brian Cain eased to an 27-6 away win against Sunderland’s Dennis New and fellow Dairy Lane member David Armstrong cruised to a 25-8 win over Silksworth’s Neal Ridley. Bryan Sanderson came out on top in an all West End affair against Gary Wallace 23-17 and Marine’s Peter Thomson defeated Silksworth’s Billy Ferry 25-17. Three more Silksworth pairs progressed through, Josh Halcrow beat club mate Paul Baker 19-18 and Phil Dixon beat Marine’s Alan Middleton 19-17, the trio of wins was completed with Shaun McIntosh’s 22-12 win at Dairy Lane against Ian Whorlton.

The weather affected the two bowl singles, Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe defeated last season’s county runner up Marine’s Patrick Thomson 17-8 and Alan Hind won an all Dairy Lane against Ray Robinson 18-10, Marine’s Peter Thomson got home 15-14 after an extra end against Dairy Lanes Steve Krimpen. The two bowl area finals are due to take place at Barnes Park on Friday.

The area finals of the fours and triples take place on Tuesday & Thursday at Barnes Park,
Fours draw – W.Ferry (Silksworth) v P.Baker (Silksworth), B.Sanderson (Barnes WE) v D.Armstrong (Houghton DL), J.McKinney (Houghton DL) v P.Thomson (Roker Marine), J.Sutherland (Houghton DL) v P.Dixon (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine) v P.Brickle (Silksworth)
Triples draw – J.McKinney (Houghton DL) v B.Sanderson (Barnes WE), W.Ferry (Silksworth) v J.Sutherland (Houghton DL), R.Robinson (Houghton DL) v J.Halcrow (Silksworth), G.Farquhar (Silksworth) v I.Whorlton (Houghton DL), P.Thomson (Roker Marine) v D.Armstrong (Houghton DL)

In the county champion of champions Marine’s Peter Thomson moved into the last eight with a 21-9 home win over Norton’s Keith Webster.

Northumberland played hosts to the now traditional Northern Counties Muras Trophy double header last weekend with games at Gosforth and Ponteland respectively; in the morning fixtures Durham faced the hosts at Gosforth and were looking to bounce back from their opening loss at the hands of Yorkshire sadly it was not to be as a flat Durham performance resulted in Northumberland easing to a 123-85 (20-2) win. Across the green only Hartlepool’s Dale Oram’s (pictured) quartet of Silksworth’s Scott Baker and Jimmy Richardson and Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie returned a winning card 20-16 against Clive Knott, team captain David Bolt and John Mansfield both went down by a couple of shots while the remaining three rinks went down by a combined 36 shots. The other morning game saw Yorkshire defeat Cumbria 100-87 (18-4). That Durham loss left them to face Cumbria again at Gosforth with only pride and a Middleton place to play for, a much improved Durham performance resulted in a 106-92 (16-6) win but it still left Durham bottom of the group albeit on shots difference. This time across the green Durham recorded three wins, Silksworth’s Ian Riches defeated I.Williams 17-12 and Hartlepool’s John Mansfield got home 18-16 against E.Orchard while Hartlepool’s Dale Oram’s squad capped a good day with a 27-11 win over J.Barber, Silksworth’s Shaun McIntosh and team manager David Bolt both went down on the final end while Stockton’s Paul Mosley lost by six. In the title decider at Ponteland Northumberland defeated Yorkshire 118-93 (16-6) to retain the Muras Trophy.
Final table – Northumberland 42, Yorkshire 38, Cumbria 26 (-13), Durham 26 (-27)

This season’s Middleton Cup gets underway today as Durham face Nottinghamshire at Houghton Dairy Lane (2pm). Last season Durham beat Notts 20-2 but eventually agonisingly missed out on a quarter final place with a narrow loss to Derbyshire, from the team that lost to Derbyshire there are eight changes. The other group game will see Yorkshire host Derbyshire.
The Durham squad is as follows - M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), L.Maughan (Hartlepool Old Boys), 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)
M.Peach (Houghton DL), J.McKenna (Silksworth), C.Boston (Stockton), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), P.Baker (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth).
Reserves - J.Harston (Hundens), K.Burton (Darlington RA), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL), D.Paterson (Dunston), C.Jefferson (Silksworth), P.Coulson (Darlington RA), S.Patterson (Hetton Workmen)

The latter stages of the ladies County triples were played at Bishop Auckland this week, sadly the Houghton Dairy Lane trio of Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson’s hopes were dashed in the semi finals as they were beaten 19-10 by the eventual winners and defending champions Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard (pictured). There was better news for Forster and Morgan in the latest round of the singles as both enjoyed home wins, past county champion Morgan had to come from behind to beat Darlington Woodland’s Julie Robinson while Forster made light work of Owton Lodge’s Dawn Jackson 21-3. In the next round the Houghton Dairy Lane duo will go head to head for a quarter final spot.

With the recent Bank holiday and county competitions on the following night meant there were no Earl Cup fixtures this week however there was plenty of action in Wednesday’s Swan Cup. In the first division the top two both lost their unbeaten starts to the season, holders Houghton Dairy Lane went down 73-59 (5-2) at Barnes West End while second placed Silksworth failed to capitalise as they went down 62¼-61 (5-2) at bottom of the table Hetton Workmen’s, Roker Marine had a good win at Barnes Park 57-69 (6½-½). Usworth’s 68-52 (7-0) win at Ryhope propelled them to the top of the second division as leaders Washington were held 69-69 (3½-3½) at home by Thompson Park. Hylton Colliery suffered a second consecutive 7-0 loss this time at Roker Park 80-36. The battle of the bottom two saw Houghton Town leap frog Pemberton with a 67½-59 (4-3) win.

The Harold Howey leaders Barnes Park B remain unbeaten after a 38-25 (3½-½) win at Whitburn, Silksworth maintain the pressure with a 39-25 (4-0) home win over fourth placed Roker Marine A, third placed Houghton DL B enjoyed a 33-26 (3½-½) win at Hylton Colliery B while the Hylton A team defeated Ryhope B 55-18 (4-0), Barnes West End’s title defence isn’t going to plan as they lost again this time 37-24 (4-0) at Seaham Town, Hetton Workmen’s are the only other team unbeaten following a 44-21 (3½-½) win over Ryhope A. The second division leaders Chester le Street narrowly maintained their unbeaten start with a hard fought 26-25¾ (3-1) win at Washington Glebe, North Biddick B lost their unbeaten record losing at home 45-18 (4-0) to Sunderland A, the Sunderland B team also won 41-34 (3-1) at home to Pennywell. There was a good away win for Thompson Park B 45-21 (4-0) at South Hetton while New Herrington’s search for a win goes on after a 41-15¼ (4-0) loss at Barnes Park A.

The Storey Bowl top two both recorded victories, leader’s Hetton Workmen’s defeated Hylton Colliery 99-38 (7-0) and second placed Roker Park defeated Wearmouth 73-49 (6½-½), the remaining game saw holders Seaham Town bounce back with a 65-63 (5-2) win at Houghton Town. With the top two not in action today the rest have a chance to close the gap at the top, Hylton Colliery host third placed Houghton Town, defending champions Seaham Town entertain winless Thompson Park while Wearmouth will look for their first win at home to Pennywell.

The weather put pay to most of round two fixtures in the Grindon league, the only game completed saw Whitburn notch a second win 41-35 (3½-1½) at Usworth.       

There was cracking finish in the Bowls England  double fours as Houghton Dairy Lane A beat Roker Marine A on an extra end 40-39, in the next round Diary were due to face Darlington RA who thumped Elm Tree 45-16 however Dairy Lane will face Elm Tree who have been reinstated as RA fell foul to the Bowls England rules and regulations. Silksworth A had a smashing 35-27 win at Dunston and will head to Dipton next. In the Top club Dairy Lane had a cracking 3-2 win over Stockton and will travel to Spennymoor next.
Dairy Lane’s Ian Whorlton moved into the next round of the senior singles with a nail biting 21-20 win over Dunston’s Kevin King, in the next round Whorlton will face club mate Ken Briscoe who defeated Lyndhurst’s Dennis Edney 21-7. There was disappointment in the senior pairs as Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson went out 21-19 to Vane Tempest’s John Webster. James McKinney moved into the next round of the mixed fours with a hard fought 21-20 win against Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, McKinney will face either Anthony Margerrison (Northallerton) or Mark Ralphs (Darlington RA) at Dairy Lane. In the family pairs the Silksworth Baker father & son combination were left licking their wounds after a narrow 21-20 loss at Middlesbrough to Vinnie O’Neill.

The Sunderland & District President’s team were narrowly beaten in their latest friendly fixture, facing the English Civil Service at Courtfield BC Carlisle the district went down 95-94.
Scores (District skips only) – A.Patterson 30-18, M.Thompson 15-17, W.Davis 23-13, J.Patterson 9-27, J.Huntingdon 17-20

Without volunteers the sport would be in dire straits therefore any recognition from outside the sport can only be good news, the former Houghton Dairy Lane member and now the current club president of Stanley indoor bowls club Brian Harris (pictured) has been awarded two outstanding achievement awards by Stanley town council, it is fair to say during his fourteen years stint as club president come chairman and club director there have been a few interesting moments within the club but Harris has been the driving force in bringing top class bowls to the region, four prestigious British Isle’s home international series and three televised test matches helped make the south west Durham club the envy of many both locally and nationally, at a gala dinner Harris was presented with the Voluntary Leadership and Management awards by the Stanley Mayor Bala Nair.

































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