With the Storey Bowl leaders Roker Park on a bye this left the door open for new leaders as round four of fixtures were completed. Last season Hetton Workmen’s missed out on a fourth consecutive title by half a point by Seaham Town, however they gained a little bit of revenge last weekend as they inflicted a 87-49 (7-0) home defeat on the holders to go top of the table. Houghton Town moved into third with a 83-63 (5-2) win at Thompson Park while Hylton Colliery Welfare got back to winning ways beating Pennywell 69-51 (6½-½). Round five takes place today with leaders Hetton hosting Hylton Colliery, Houghton Town host Seaham Town and Wearmouth head to Roker Park.

The Earl Cup holders Silksworth came away from Hetton Workmen with a 7-0 win and Barnes West End defeated Seaham Town 96-46½ (7-0), Houghton Dairy Lane suffered their first loss of the season going down 75-64 (6-1) at Barnes Park, Roker Marine had a good 81-47 (6-1) win at Hylton Colliery and there was an away win for Usworth 71-60 (5-2) at Houghton Town. The second division leaders Grindon Mill eased to 77-52 (7-0) win at Sunderland while Thompson Park made it four out four with a 71-61 (6-1) win over Whitburn. North Biddick moved into third with a 75-57¾ (5-2) win over Washington and there was a smashing away win for South Hylton 67-56½ (6-1) at Roker Park, Pemberton’s search for a win goes on after a 67-44 (6-1) loss at Ryhope.

Both unbeaten records in the Swan Cup remained intact after week four of fixtures, holders Dairy Lane defeated North Biddick 93-47 (7-0) and Silksworth worked hard for a 60-57 (6-1) win over Barnes West End. South Hylton moved into third with a 75-65 (5-2) win over Barnes Park while Roker Marine moved off the bottom of the table with an 80-60 (7-0) home win over Seaham Town. With the division two leaders Grindon Mill losing 89-44 (6-1) at Usworth that left the door open for Washington to go top with a 88-47 (7-0) win at Hylton Colliery, Thompson Park hit winless Pemberton for a ton 113-25¾ (7-0)

In the Harold Howey Barnes Park B are still unbeaten at the top following a 43-21 (4-0) win over Ryhope B, Silksworth’s 38-24 (4-0) win at Ryhope A shunts them into second place, Houghton Dairy Lane B notched a third win on the trot 32-26 (3½-½) at Roker Park while early leaders Roker Marine A bounced back with a 39-22 (4-0) win over Whitburn. There was a first win for Hylton Colliery A 34-32 (3-1) over winless South Hylton. In the second division leaders Chester le Street defeated Pemberton A 41-15¾ (4-0), Roker Marine B had a good win at New Herrington 33-26 (4-0) while Pennywell moved into fourth with a 42-26 (4-0) win over Thompson Park.

The Grindon league got underway last week, with holders Silksworth already committed to a couple of double fours there game against Grindon Mill was cancelled, Barnes West End made a winning start 77-24 (5-0) at home against South Hylton and Usworth also won at home defeating Ryhope 67-35¾ (5-0), New Herrington’s first venture into the Grindon league ended in defeat as Whitburn ran out 55-41 (½-4½), no result was received from the remaining game between Hylton Colliery and Dairy Lane.           

There has been more action in area two’s county competitions this week as the triples got underway. It was a good night for Houghton Dairy Lane as all four of their hopes made progress, Joe Sutherland defeated Silksworth’s Neal Ridley 24-19 and James McKinney defeated another Silksworth trio Paul Baker 21-14. David Armstrong held on to a thrilling 16-15 home win over Barnes Park’s Albie Hill while Ian Whorlton completed the quartet of wins with a 24-14 victory at Sunderland against Dennis New. Last year’s beaten county finalist Silksworth Josh Halcrow claimed a last end 13-12 win over Marine’s Richie Mckie and Billy Ferry came out on top in an all Silksworth affair 21-8 against Peter Brickle. On Tuesday night the next round of the singles  take place with the pick of the ties being the all Silksworth affair between Josh Halcrow and David Bolt, a couple of ties have already been played, Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar beat Hylton’s Bob Craggs 21-4 and Jimmy Richardson won another all Silksworth affair against Scot Baker 21-4. On Thursday night the next round of the pairs takes place with an all Barnes West End local derby as Bryan Sanderson takes on Gary Wallace.

The first of the ladies County titles was decided at Bishop Auckland on Wednesday as Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson (pictured) defeated Stockton’s Teresa Parnell in the final 27-19, both squads do however qualify for the national championships at Leamington Spa in August. The final stages of the triples take place on Monday again at Bishop Auckland, local hopes are with the Dairy Lane trio of Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson who face Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard in the semi finals at 10am, there will be live-score updates of the final from 13.30pm via the Bowls Durham website.

Despite a spirited performance the Durham County men’s Muras Trophy squad lost their opener at Dairy Lane against Yorkshire 119-116, across the green Durham had four winning rinks but defeats for rinks skipped by Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar and Ian Riches resulted in a 14-8 point’s loss. The other game saw Cumbria defeat Northumberland 16-6.

Rink Scores (Durham skips first) – C.Boston 23-15 D.Clark, D.Oram 19-14 P.Emmerson, I.Riches 14-25 G.Bunce, J.Mansfield 21-19 S.O’Brien, G.Farquhar 13-27 M.Walton, J.Halcrow 26-19 S.Walton

The now traditional Muras double header takes place today as Gosforth and Ponteland host all four counties, Durham are based at Gosforth for both their games as the take on hosts Northumberland at 10am and then Cumbria at 2pm.

Current Standings – Cumbria 16, Yorkshire 14, Durham 8, Northumberland 6

Durham v Northumberland (10am)
J.Harston (Hundens), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), C.Boston (Stockton), 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.McKenna (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Old Boys), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), S.McIntosh (Silksworth)
D.Paterson (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), C.Jefferson (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)

Durham v Cumbria (2pm)
J.Harston (Hundens), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), TBC, P.Mosley (Stockton)
P.Coulson (Darlington RA), 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 (SilksworthS.Patterson (Hetton Workmen), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth)
J.McKenna (Silksworth), K.Burton (Darlington RA), L.Maughan (Old Boys), S.McIntosh (Silksworth) P.Hudseth (Houghton DL), N.Ridley (Silksworth), P.Baker (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)

There was more disappointment for the County ladies Stella Logan squad as they suffered a second loss of the season this time against Cumbria at Pelton Fell. Across the green Durham could only muster one winning rink and went down by 42 shots overall, the 9-1 points loss leaves Durham propping up the table with defending champions Lancashire next up at Bishop Auckland on June 1.

The White Rose is Bowls England’s County U25 double fours competition, recent times have seen Durham having to concede due to player availability issues however this season they just about have a squad. In last weekend’s opening round the Durham young guns recorded a tremendous 55-34 at Gosforth against Northumberland to progress to the regional day at Kirbymoorside in June. Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow steered Jack Deverson (Silksworth), Liam Berry (Darlington South Park) and Sam Patterson (Hetton Workmen’s) to a creditable 21-21 draw however all the damage was done on the other rink. Jordan Harston (Hundens), Matty Gleeson (Spennymoor), Keith Burton (Darlington RA) and Bryan Henderson (Hartlepool Old Boys) were in rampant form as they beat former U25 international Josh Minto 33-12. A special mention to South Park’s Liam Berry who at 13 years old becomes the youngest player to have represented Bowls Durham at any level. In the semi finals Durham will face Cumbria.

In the Bowls England club double fours Roker Marine had a cracking 40-32 win at Silksworth B and will head to Dairy Lane A on Monday who in turn defeated Barnes Park A 47-31. The Dairy Lane B squad were beaten 43-23 by Dipton while the Silksworth A team received a walk over off Leadgate and travel to Dunston next. In the senior singles Barnes Park’s Les Taylor’s impressive form continued with a 21-20 win over Dunston’s Mal Johnston, there were a couple of local exits in the senior pairs – Dairy Lane’s James McKinney narrowly lost 17-16 to Pelton Fell’s Jim Hutchinson and Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson went down 21-19 to Vane Tempest’s John Webster. In the family pairs Marine’s Patrick & Peter Thomson were beaten 20-18 at Darlington RA by the Macey’s. In the Mixed Pair’s Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson had a cracking 23-8 win over Owton Lodge’s Carmel Guy and will head to Stockton next to face Andrew Parnell. In the Mixed fours Dairy Lane’s James McKinney moved into the next round with a 26-14 win over Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood, in the next round McKinney hosts Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn. The importance of player affiliation within county and national competitions was highlighted this week, following a clerical error on the ladies side Silksworth’s David Bolt had to withdraw from both mixed events, having already defeated Stockton’s Paul Mosley in the mixed fours Bowls England reinstated the Stockton quartet but they were subsequently beaten in the next round.  

Sunderland & District played hosts to the Durham County President’s team last weekend at a sunny Roker Park, the Association have a total of twenty friendly fixtures this season and will be using Roker Park as their home base. The 2018 District President John Patterson saw his team (pictured) make a losing start going down 136-91 to the County Presidents; top rink for the District was Dave Simpson, Trevor Halcrow, Michael Noble and Alan Patterson while Michael Wright, Billy Storey, Jeff Wilson and Keith Sykes were top rink for the County Presidents.

Scores (District skips first) -  A.Patterson 24-18 R.Mckie, J.Patterson 10-31 K.Sykes, W.Davis 17-33 H.Dougherty, A.Hall 23-30 A.Taylor, M.Thompson 17-24 D.Oram

19th May 2018 - BARNES MOVE TOP

It’s all change at the top of the Harold Howey, leaders Roker Marine A went down 30-28 (3½-½) away at Ryhope B which allowed the 2012 champions Barnes Park B to go top after a comfortable 45-19 (4-0) win at South Hylton, Hetton Workmen moved up to second after they defeated Washington B 41-28 (3-1), Roker Park’s 29-24 (3-1) win at Hylton Colliery B leaves them third. Back to back defending champions Barnes West End were beaten at Silksworth 36-31 (3½-½) while Seaham Town moved into fourth with a 34-24 (3-1) win over Houghton Dairy Lane A, there was better news for the Dairy Lane B squad as they defeated North Biddick A 47-22 (4-0), Whitburn notched their first win of the season 38-35 (3-1) at home against Ryhope A. In the second division North Biddick B maintained their impressive unbeaten start with a 32-20 (4-0) win over Houghton Town, Sunderland B moved into second place with an impressive 37-17 (4-0) win over New Herrington, South Hetton collected their first win of the season with a cracking 37-28½ (3-1) success over Pemberton B to move into the top half of the table.

Round three of fixtures in the Storey Bowl saw leaders Roker Park make it three out of three with a 77-58 (6-1) win over Hylton Colliery Welfare, holders Seaham Town bounced back from their previous week loss with a 90-49 (7-0) win at Pennywell while Hetton Workmen’s cruised to a 94-43 (7-0) win over bottom of the table Thompson Park. Today’s fixtures see last season’s top two clash as Seaham Town host Hetton Workmen, Hylton Colliery host Pennywell and Thompson Park will look for their first win at home against Houghton Town, leaders Roker Park & Wearmouth have byes.

In the Earl Cup holders Silksworth crushed Houghton Town 108-25 (6-1) but are still a point behind early leaders Houghton Dairy Lane, the latter had a cracking 68-59 (5-2) win at Roker Marine. Barnes Park beat Hetton 72-66 (5-2) and West End enjoyed a trip to Usworth running out 76-43 (7-0) winners, Hylton Colliery claimed their first win 78-64 (5-2) at Seaham Town. Sunderland are the early leaders in division two after they defeated Whitburn 67-45 (7-0), Grindon Mill beat Roker Park 67-49¼ (7-0) while Thompson Park completed a third win 77-49¼ (5-2) away at Pemberton, North Biddick eased to a 64-48 (7-0) win at South Hylton while the remaining match saw Washington defeat Ryhope 63¼-56 (6-1).

The Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane remain unbeaten after defeating Barnes Park 56-48 (5-2) while Silksworth survived a scare as they narrowly beat North Biddick 72-71 (4½-2½), Seaham Town recorded their first win at the expense of South Hylton 75-49 (5½-1½), Hetton Workmen’s are searching for their first win after a 78-49 (6-1) loss at Barnes West End. Grindon Mill remain unbeaten in division two after beating Houghton Town 99-46 (7-0), last week week Roker Park hit a ton this time however they went down 66-56 (6-1) at Washington, Pemberton lost their third game on the trot 53-49¼ (5-2) against Hylton Colliery while Thompson Park had a good away win 79-43 (7-0) at Ryhope.

The draw for the Silver Jacks and Burkett Shield have been sent to all club secretaries, anyone not received a copy are requested to contact Jim Huntingdon. In the Jack’s Hetton’s Peter Harding and John Purdy will open their defence at home against Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna & Billy Ferry. In the Burkett the defending champion  Phil Dixon (Silksworth) host Barnes West End’s Bobby Alexander.

The men’s area two county singles got underway this week, the current Junior Singles champion Jaxon McKenna (Silksworth) held his nerve to record a smashing 21-20 win at Marine over Patrick Thomson, there was another 21-20 away win this time for Marine’s Richie Mckie at Dairy Lane against Alan Hinds, Silksworth enjoyed five more victories, Josh Halcrow overpowered West End’s Frankie Froud 21-9 and Jimmy Richardson steamrollered last season’s county semi finalist Dairy Lane’s Peter Hudspeth 21-2, Neal Ridley had an impressive 21-6 win at Sunderland while Gary Farquhar came out on top in a hard fought 21-18 win at Dairy Lane against Ron Dixon, the fifth Silksworth success saw Adrian Dalzell beat A.Constable 21-12 at Grindon Mill. Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson enjoyed his trip to Marine beating Keith Ford 21-8 while Dan Todner won an all Houghton affair 21-18 against Ray Robinson. The remaining ties saw Marines John Smith beat Silksworth’s Peter Brickle 21-9 while Peter Thomson received a walk over against club mate Stevie Don. Last year’s county champion of champion Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe had a good 21-17 win at Silksworth against Gary McPheators.  

In the county pairs Grindon Mill’s Alan Patterson had a cracking 29-7 win over Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson while Silksworth’s Paul Baker won the battle of the Bakers 46-9. Marine’s Peter Thomson had a good 27-10 win at Dairy Lane against Ron Dixon but there was better news for Dairy Lane as Ian Whorlton made progress with a hard fought 17-15 win over Marine’s Mel Waites. The star match saw Silksworth’s Shaun McIntosh beat Dairy Lanes Mal Peach 21-13 while Barnes Park’s Albie Hill had a smashing 19-16 win at Marine against Richie Mckie and will host the defending county pairs champions Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar and David Bolt, Barnes West End’s Gary Wallace made home advantage count with a 23-18 win over Silksworth’s Gary McPheators.

On Thursday the triples gets underway, beaten county finalist’s Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow entertains Marine’s Richie Mckie, there are a couple of Dairy Lane v Silksworth ties as Joe Sutherland takes on Neal Ridley and Jimmy McKinney hosts Paul Baker, an all Marine affair will see Stevie Don and Peter Thomson clash and an all Silksworth affair will see Billy Ferry and Peter Brickle go head to head, the remaining tie will see former Sunderland player Ian Whorlton return to Ashbrooke to face Dennis New.

The Two bowls singles springs into life on Friday with nine ties taking place, the pick of the ties are Ken Briscoe (Dairy Lane) hosting beaten county finalist Marine’s Patrick Thomson and an all Silksworth affair between Phil Dixon and David Bolt, the latter is trying to win the only county title to elude him so far.

The latest rounds in the ladies county triples and fours took place this week, locally in the triples Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson booked a last eight spot with a 20-7 win over Sunderland’s Janet Sykes, Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson eased past Hetton’s Evelyn Barkes 30-4 and will face Woodland’s Ann Anderson on Monday. There was disappointment for Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny losing out 15-14 to Pelton Fell’s O.Brown. Local interest in the fours came to an end in the quarter finals when Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson was beaten at home 19-14 by Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, the semi finals & final take place at Bishop Auckland on Wednesday (10am)    

The ladies county Northern Trophy squad suffered an opening defeat in their 2018 Northern Counties campaign, despite having two rinks up and a draw Durham went down 126-108 (7½-2½) at York Railway against Yorkshire, locally Hetton’s Norma Stephenson was one of the winning skips (23-16), the other game in the group saw Cumbria beat Northumberland 111-104 (8-2).

The Durham County Muras squad get their 2018 campaign underway today at Dairy Lane against Yorkshire, last season a loss to Yorkshire in the final group game proved costly allowing Northumberland to take the Northern Counties Muras title. With several faces missing there are plenty of opportunities to stake a Middleton Cup place, the following squad was selected but no doubt there will be a few changes prior to the game.
J.Harston (Hundens), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.Halcrow (Silksworth)
S.Baker (Silksworth), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), M.Higgins (Old Boys), C.Boston (Stockton)
M.Peach (Houghton DL), D.Paterson (Silksworth), L.Maughan (Old Boys), G.Farquhar (Silksworth)
P.Dixon (Silksworth), N.Ridley (Silksworth), C.Jefferson (Silksworth), I.Riches (Silksworth)
M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park)
J.Richardson (Silksworth), J.Deverson (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park)
Reserves - D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Mckenna (Silksworth), S.McIntosh (Silksworth), V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA), S.Cairns (Silksworth), G.Cockerill (Stockton), P.Hudspeth (Houghton DL)

On Sunday the County Under 25’s will look to make progress in the double fours as they travel to Gosforth to face Northumberland, the following squad was selected but there may be changes due to availability issues.
J.Mckenna (Silksworth), S.Patterson (Hetton), J.Deverson (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth)
J.Harston (Hundens), M.Gleeson (Spennymoor), K.Burton (Darlington RA), B.Henderson (Seaham Town)

In the national mixed pairs Silksworth’s David Bolt moved into the second round after a 21-6 win over Stockton’s Lauren Mosley, Bolt awaits the winner of the Mark Hodgson (Stockton) and Anne Bernard (Newton Hall) tie. In the family pairs Silksworth’s Scot and Paul Baker defeated Northallerton’s Anthony Margerrison and will head to Middlesbrough next to face Vinnie O’Neill.

This year’s home international series and British Isles Championships are taking place at Leamington Spa, with free entry to the four day bonanza it is an ideal opportunity to catch Durham & Silksworth’s David Bolt on the international stage, the international series takes place on Saturday July 30 & Sunday July 31.


Roker Park have never lifted the Storey Bowl league title however after the second round of fixtures they sit top of the table, last Saturday Roker had a cracking 6-1 home win over holders Seaham Town, Houghton Town went down by a single shot at home to Hetton Workmen with the visitors running out 5-2 on points. Pennywell bounced back from their opening day loss to defeat Thompson Park 6-1 while Hylton Colliery Welfare and Wearmouth played out a 61-61 draw however Hylton came out on top points wise 4-3. Today’s third round of fixtures will see Roker Park’s unbeaten start put to the test as they entertain Hylton while Hetton Workmen host bottom of the table Thompson Park, the remaining game will see holders Seaham Town travel to Pennywell.

The signs are ominous for the rest of the teams in the Swan Cup first division as last year’s top two are already six points clear after both made it two from two. Silksworth are top on shots difference after a 7-0 home win over Barnes Park while holders Houghton Dairy Lane beat Seaham Town 6-1, newly promoted South Hylton had a cracking 6-1 home win over Roker Marine. Usworth suffered relegation to the second division last season however they are off to a flier this time around as a second 6-1 win this time at Houghton Town has seen Usworth go top of the table, Grindon Mill recorded back to back wins 6-1 at Thompson Park while Hylton Colliery notched their first win 5-2 against Ryhope, Roker Park hit Pemberton for a ton as they ran out 7-0 winners.

The Earl Cup holders Silksworth had a good 36 shot 6-1 win at Usworth but it is Houghton Dairy Lane who lead the way albeit on shots difference after they defeated Seaham Town 6-1, Barnes West End defeated newly promoted Hylton Colliery 6-1 and Barnes Park had a successful trip to Houghton Town as they ran out 6-1 winners, the remaining game saw Roker Marine grind out a 5-2 win at Hetton Workmen. Last season Thompson Park only managed a single win which resulted in relegation however in the second division they have already surpassed that total with a 4½-2½ win at Ryhope and sit top of the table, Sunderland defeated Pemberton 6-1 while South Hylton enjoyed a trip to Washington as they ran out 5-2 winners, the remaining game saw North Biddick beat Grindon Mill 6-1 in a fixture that was switched to Grindon due to North Biddick having playing surface issues.

In the Harold Howey its Roker all the way, the early leaders are Roker Marine A who beat South Hylton 3-1 while Roker Park sit second after a cracking 3-1 win at North Biddick A, defending champions Barnes West End moved into third with a 3-1 win over Whitburn, both Ryhope squads clashed with the honours going to the A team 37-30, Silksworth bounced back from their opening loss to defeat Washington B 4-0 while Seaham Town A had a good 4-0 home win over Hylton Colliery Welfare B. After narrowly being relegated to the second division Chester le Street sit top after a second 4-0 win this time over Wearmouth, Thompson Park A had a good 19 shot win at New Herrington while Pennywell notched their first win 3-1 over Pemberton A, an all Sunderland affair saw the B team defeat the A team 3-1.

This season’s men’s county competitions get underway in area two on Tuesday as the first round of the singles take place, the pick of the ties will see last season’s county two bowl runner up Roker Marine’s Pat Thomson entertain the county junior singles champion Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna. Dairy Lane’s Peter Hudspeth reached the county semi finals last season but has a tough start away to Silksworth new boy Jimmy Richardson.
Other ties – A.Hind (HDL) v R.Mckie (RM), J.Halcrow (Si) v F.Froud (BWE), A.Constable (GM) v A.Dalzell (Si), P.Baker (Si) v N.Ridley (Si), P.Thomson (RM) v S.Don (RM), R.Dixon (HDL) v G.Farquhar (Si), K.Ford (RM) v P.Brickle (Si), G.McPheators (Si) v K.Briscoe (HDL)

On Thursday there are eight pairs ties planned with the Shaun McIntosh (Silksworth) against Mal Peach (Houghton Dairy Lane) being the highlight.
Other ties – I.Whorlton (HDL) v M.Waites (RM), R.Dixon (HDL) v P.Thomson (RM), G.Wallace (BWE) v G.McPheators (Si), A.Patterson (GM) v R.Robinson (HDL), P.Brickle (Si) v T.Todd (Si), R.Mckie (RM) v A.Hill (BP), P.Baker (Si) v P.Baker (Su)

The ladies county competitions have already started and it has been a good week for Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson who made progress in the triples and fours, having finished runners up in the county triples Rodgerson alongside Susan Forster and Glynis Morgan got off to a wining start with a cracking 26-9 at Darlington Woodland’s against Ann Camp, in the next round on Monday the Dairy Lane trio entertain Hetton’s Evelyn Barkes. Also in action on Monday are Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny against O.Brown (Pelton Fell) while Hetton’s Norma Stephenson host Sunderland’s Janet Sykes. In the fours Rodgerson eased to a 27-13 win against Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison however two other local squads both went down by one shot, Sunderland’s Sue Almond 20-19 at Bishop Auckland and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson 23-22 at Hundens, on Wednesday Rodgerson will entertain Stockton’s Teresa Parnell in the next round.

In the national family pairs Roker Marine’s Patrick and Peter Thomson had a smashing 21-9 win over Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow and will head to Darlington RA next to face Liam Macey, Barnes West End’s Garry Wallace saw his hopes dashed with a 25-15 loss to Scot Moreland (Darlington South Park). In the mixed pairs Dairy Lane’s David Armstrong went out 22-15 to Spennymoor’s Barry Attwood and Marine’s Grace Maxwell also went out 21-10 to Stockton’s Mark Hodgson.

The Durham County ladies Stella Logan squad made a disappointing start to their 2018 campaign as they were beaten 125-106 (7-3) at Gosforth by Northumberland, last season Durham completed the double over Northumberland who went onto lose all eight games, Durham will be looking to bounce back at Pelton Fell on Friday as they host Cumbria.          


There was some good news for two Sunderland County Carpet bowlers as Michael Laydon and Martin Campbell received England call ups for the forth coming International tri-nation match with New Zealand and Norway. The format of two day event at Potters will see each country represented by two rinks of four players competing in the first ever international carpet bowls match at Potters. The Sunderland duo are the only north east based players to make the eight man squad comprising of five from Suffolk and one from Norfolk, the action starts on May 15. 

When the Sunderland duo got the call from the England selectors to confirm they were in the team both were delighted, Laydon added “to be picked to represent your country is a tremendous honour and making such great history in carpet bowls makes it an extra special occasion. My late father Robert Laydon took me to play the sport at a very young age so needless to say I know my dad will be looking down feeling very proud. To be asked to skip a rink in the first ever international match is a massive honour and recognition for all the hard work I have put in over the years to become the player I am today.”
IIt’s a dream come true for Campbell adding “when we won the Sunderland pairs title five years out of six I felt that would be an honour that would not be beaten because of the very high standard of bowlers we managed to beat over the years, but to be called up to play for your country doesn’t get any better than that, well actually the only thing that can top such an honour is to come home with an international title winner’s medal.”

Anyone who is interested in playing carpet bowls or at least giving it ago can contact Michael via email:


The first round of Earl Cup fixtures took place on Monday, despite the freezing conditions holders Silksworth made a winning start in their league defense with hard fought 6-1 win over last seasons runners up Barnes West End. Houghton Dairy Lane had a tough time last season but they are off to a winning start with a good 6-1 win at newly promoted Hylton Colliery Welfare while Roker Marine defeated Houghton Town 6-1, there were also good 6-1 away wins for Usworth and Hetton Workmen's against Barnes Park and Seaham Town respectively. In the second division the result of the night saw Grindon Mill hit Washington for a ton in a 7-0 whitewash, Whitburn defeated North Biddick 6-1 and there was a home defeat for South Hylton at their new home 6-1 at the hands of Ryhope. Best finish of the night saw Thompson Park get home by a single shot to beat Sunderland 5-2, the remaining game saw Pemberton fail to turn a team out and concede the game against Roker Park.

The Swan Cup holders Houghton Dairy Lane thumped Roker Marine 7-0 while runners up SIlksworth had a good 6-1 win at Seaham Town. In the second division Grindon Mill had a cracking 5-2 win over Hylton Colliery Welfare, last season’s relegated duo of Usworth and Thompson Park went head to head and it was Usworth who ran out 6-1 winners, Ryhope defeated Roker Park 6-1.
In their pursuit of a third consecutive Harold Howey title Barnes West End made a winning start with a hard fought 3-1 win at Ryhope B, last season’s second and third Houghton Dairy Lane B and Barnes Park B clashed and it was Barnes who came out on top 4-0, promoted Whitburn were beaten at home by Washington Glebe B 4-0. Chester le Street suffered relegation last season but they have made a winning start to life in the second division 4-0 over Pennywell.

Storey Bowl holders Seaham Town survived a scare at Wearmouth, despite only having one rink up the holders got home 4-3, Houghton Town had a good 85-38 win at Pennywell and Roker Park defeated Thompson Park by 23 shots. The second round of games take place this afternoon, holders Seaham entertain Roker Park, runners up Hetton Workmen's get their campaign underway away at Houghton Town while Hylton Colliery host Wearmouth.

The first county game takes place at Gosforth as the Durham County ladies Stella Logan squad take on Northumberland, last season Durham completed the double over the Tynesiders and will be looking to improve on their 4th place finish last season.

Durham's Gary Smith's made a late decision to head to the final Open Singles Circuit event at Ipswich in an attempt to collect enough ranking points for a place in the top thirty two which would guarantee a place at the Grand finals weekend in November at Potters. Smith needed to make at least the quarter finals to collect enough ranking points, a first round 9-4, 7-3 win over the home club's Simon Toop was followed by a straight forward 10-1, 92 win over Erewash's Jacqueline Henderson however Smith's hopes were dashed at the last sixteen stage as the host clubs Dom Warren inflicted a 9-1, 6-6 defeat to end Smith's qualification hopes. Smith finished 41st with club mate Michael Laydon 35th, the only local hope at the Grand Final's weekend will be South Shield's David Bolt who finished 13th.

The final national title was decided at Bournemouth at South Shield's conqueror Nottingham lifted the Top Club title beating Falcon 11-1 in the final.
Houghton Indoor final league standings
Monday 10.30 Fours - Scullion 39, Sim 34, Storey 32, Barnes 29, Duell 24, Pattison 20, Wells 19, Thompson 18, Dinsdale 16, Close 12, Holland 11, Newton 9.

Monday 6.30 Fours - Harding 34, Henderson 33, Collins 27, Noble 27, Johnson 26, Sim 25, Piggott 21, Joicey 21, Charlton 15, Lobb 13, New 11, Taylor 10.

Tuesday 10.30 Fours - Harding 36, Joicey 28, Owens 28, Matthews 28, Barkes 22, Close 21, Barnes 20, Kerry 20, Oakes 18, Moore 15, Graham 13, Thompson 8

Tuesday 6.30 Fours - Usher 32, Johnson 32, Patterson 28, Froud 28, Dunn 26, Wilson 24, Prescod 14, Elliot 14, Connelly 12, Rice 11, Joicey 8.

Wednesday 10.30 Triples - Brown 31, Barkes 31, Ramshaw 30, Williamson 30, Piggott 26, Matthews 23, Fletcher 23, Joicey 21, Lanagan 14, Wright 12, Armstrong 8, Dinsdale 7.

Wednesday 6.30 Fours - Hutchinson 40, Usher 30, Johnson 28, Bowerbank 28, Sim 26, Harding 25, Burt 22, Classen 18, Grimes 16, Dixon 7, Robinson 0.

Thursday 10.30 Fours - Scullion 36, Usher 30, Carter 30, Duell 22, McAdam 22, Rice 21, Cowell 20, Stephenson 20, Graham 18, Bew 13, Thompson 13, Holland 10.

Thursday 6.30 Fours - Milner 34, McAdoo 32, Sykes 28, Storey 21, Joicey 21, Hind 20, Wilson 19, Piggott 19, Grimes 16, Classen 8, Summers 8.

Friday 10.30 Triples - Laidler 32, Baker 31, Jobling 29, Piggott 26, Kerry 20, Todd 19, Waterson 18, Childs 18, Garrett 14, Bamborough 6.

Friday 6.30 Fours - McAdoo 37, Johnson 34, Storey 36, Patterson 28, Buckingham 25, Collins 22, Pattison 18, Temple 15, Nicholson 13, Barkes 13, Longley 12, Smillie 3. 

Saturday 10.00 Triples - Henderson 42, Jobling 36, Burt 34, Harding 31, Borthwick 28, Noble 28, Holmes 25, Todd 18, Longley 10, Pattison 8.

Sunday 10.00 Fours - Sykes 38, Joicey 35, Milner 26, Hutchinson 25, Sim 24, Walsh 22, Oakes 21, Thuburn 12, Pattison 7.

Ladies Leagues -:
Monday 2.30 Pairs - Johnson 34, Stephenson 32, Mitchinson 28, Watt 28, Wilson 24, Todd 18, Angus 16, Glover 15, Summers 8, Pullan 2.

Tuesday 2.30 Fours - Johnson 38, Smith 38, Stephenson 34, White 26, Coulson 24, Prudhoe 18, Charlton 18, Fenwick 18, Lowes 14, Stewart 14, Moore 10, Moody 6.

Wednesday 4.30 Mixed Triples - Brickle 40, Henderson 37, Coulson 31, Prudhoe 20, Robson 28, Nicholson 25, Holmes 23, Pattison 2.

Thursday 2.30 Open Pairs - Houghton 35, Phythian 34, Brown 32, Smith 30, Laidler 28, Chambers 24, Dinsdale 22, Longley 19, Wilson 14, Bamborough 11, Booth 6, Moore 6.

Friday 2.30 Triples - Johnson 35, Robson 34, Faith 34, Glover 33, Stephenson 29, Lowes 18, White 17, Todd 16, Brenheny, Nicholson 14, Stirman 11, Stewart 7.

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Ethel Pattison (87) sadly passed away, a popular character both on and off the green Ethel was a former Services and Barnes Park member and was also part of the City of Sunderland Indoor committe
































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