Houghton ladies produced a five star performance in the latest round of the Yetton Trophy to knock out a Cumbria outfit that last season reached the last sixteen. At Houghton both home rinks enjoyed the taste of victory, Joan Watt, Eleanor Barren, Val Bambrough and Joan Rodgerson cruised to a 25-11 win over E.Gass while Sam Richardson, Ruth Turnbull, Brenda Robson and Jenny Smith never looked back after collecting an early seven to defeat J.Clifford 27-13, those scores gave Houghton a 28 shot advantage. At Carlisle Margaret Metcalf, Margaret Eggleston, Joan Baker and Ann Banks turned around a 16-7 deficit to defeat Cindy Edmondson 28-18, the remaining quartet of Maureen Hall, Liz Morris, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson dug in against Sue Kirkpatrick but in the end went down 27-12 which left the away leg 5 shots in Cumbria’s favour however Houghton progressed 92-68 and will take on Darlington next who in turn ended Durham’s hopes 93-73.

After their surprise loss in the first round of the Yetton Trophy South Shield’s ladies dropped into the plate and they made a winning start defeating West Denton 79-62, at home Pam Carlin steered Karen Paterson, Irene Kirkley and Ann Upsall to a 21-21 draw against Diane Archer while Nina Riches, A.Jameson, J.Craig and P.Bryne beat Annie Lennie 17-15 to leave the home squad only a couple of shots up. However at West Denton both away rinks won, Jackie Tallack, J.Beaney, Jean Chapman and Maureen Charles defeated N.Craig 20-15 and M.Elliott, Brenda Harper, M.Paton and D.Sproates beat A.Moore 21-13 to seal a 17 shot win overall and set up a tie against Eden who surprisingly beat Hartlepool 91-86.

It was also Denny Cup day as Houghton and South Shields went head to head, last season they met in the Plate and Shield’s ran out winners by 53 shots but at the half way there was a shock on the cards as Houghton led 61-51, however after their Plate title success the Shields outfit stepped up a gear and dominated the second half restricting the four Houghton rinks to just 8 shots across the green as Shield’s ran out 85-59 winners. At Houghton it was a tale of two rinks, the Houghton rink of Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, Jimmy McAdoo and Bryan Henderson (snr) raced into a 22-4 lead against Scott Baker, Paul Sainthouse, Josh Halcrow and Shaun McIntosh however the Shield’s quartet dug in and in the end Henderson finished 28-17 up. The other Houghton rink of Mal Baker, Richard Thorpe, Alan J Dunn and Frankie Froud were always chasing the game as Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt eased to a 25-6 win which after the early scare left Shield’s 8 shots up. At the Jack Clark Centre both Shield’s squads recorded wins, Neal Ridley, Kris Storf, James Sneller and Ian McIntosh were good value for their 22-9 win over Tony Grimes, Bob Johnson, Tom Patterson and Peter Thomson while Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, Stewart Hubbard and Ian Riches ran out 21-16 winners over Eric Downes, Stevie Tindale, Dan Todner and Richie McKie although the latter were left to rue a couple of dropped fives, those scores sealed a 26 shot win over a spirited Houghton outfit.  In the last thirty two Shield’s will face Hornsea for the first time, the latter having dispatched a strong York team in the previous round.

The other local tie saw Hartlepool get the better of Darlington 74-37 to set up a classic against the Denny holders Cumbria who eased past Copeland by 66 shots.

In the Denny Plate Durham defeated West Denton 88-62 and will face Blackpool NH next, Great Aycliffe will face Selby after Aycliffe defeated Thornaby 97-70.

In the Top club South Shield’s had to work hard to see off a strong Hartlepool 10-6, in the singles Nina Riches defeated Dawn Jackson 21-8 however Shaun McIntosh lost the men’s tie 21-17 against Glenn Skipp. In the mixed pairs there was a rare defeat for Jackie Tallack and David Bolt as they lost 21-9 to Paul Hartley. However the tie was decided in the remaining two disciplines, the mixed triple of Marilyn Robson, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar turned around a 6-1 deficit to defeat Paul Mosley 15-11 and the mixed four of Ann Upsall, P.Bryne, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh held on to a 21-19 victory over Marc Squirrell, in the next round The Parks will provide the opposition. Durham were beaten 12-4 by Blackpool while Darlington defeated Eden 14-2 to set up a clash against each other.

In the latest round of the seniors inter club fixtures the Houghton Sancroft won a thriller away at Gateshead B 38-37. Sancroft’s top rink was Joe Sutherland, Jimmy Swinney, Freddie Fletcher and Ian Whorlton who defeated Peter Hudspeth 16-7, that advantage was cancelled out as George Brown, Barney Walsh, David Sim and John Jones let slip a 7-5 lead against Ian Patterson finish 16-7 down. However the 4-1 wpoints win was sealed by Alfie Ferguson, Trevor Joicey, David Wright and Frankie Froud who sneaked home 15-14 against R.Pennycock, next is a must win home clash against South Shields.
Latest Standings –
Group 2 – Darlington B 4-15½, Hartlepool A 3-9½, Ferryhill 3-7½, South Shields B 4-7½, Houghton Gilpin 4-5    
Group 3 - Stanley 3-13, Sth Shields 3-10, Houghton Sancroft 3-5, Gateshead A 2-2  
Group 4 – Durham B 3-14½, Parks A 4-13½, Hartlepool B 3-10½, Gateshead B 3-1, Houghton Keiper 3-½ 

Houghton return to Top Ten action today looking for their first win of the season as they tackle Darlington.
Singles – R.Mckie, Pairs – TBC & AJ.Dunn,
Triples – E.Downes, K.Armstrong, P.Brickle, Fours – A.Grimes, R.Thorpe, D.Wright, P.Thomson

South Shield’s David Bolt will look to emulated Durham’s Gary Smith’s 2016 Open Singles Grand final success this weekend at Potters, Bolt was one of last season’s top thirty two ranked players and will now battle for the £1,600 first prize, due to a few withdrawal’s the next highest ranked players are given the chance and Durham’s Michael Laydon will now also feature.
The next round of the Egham Trophy takes place tomorrow with South Shield’s facing Hornsea, selectors have kept faith with the team that ended West Denton’s hopes in the last round although David Bolt could be missing depending on his fortunes at Potters this weekend.
At Shields – A.Upsall, P.Carlin, P.Dixon, I.Riches, M.Robson, K.Paterson, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar
At Hornsea – N.Riches, J.Chapman, D.Paterson, D.Bolt or S.Hubbard, J.Tallack, M.Charles, J.McKenna, S.McIntosh

The next round of the Over 60’s double fours takes place on Tuesday with both Houghton squads in action, Houghton A take on South Shields while the B team face Darlington B.
Houghton A – J.Sutherland, M.Baker, F.Fletcher, M.Davis, G.Brown, P.Thomson, J.Jones, F.Froud
Houghton B – A.Grimes, D.Forth, D.Robson, W.Roberts, S.Barnes, D.Armstrong, R.Thorpe, F.Kell

17th November 2018 - INTER COUNTY DOUBLE LOSS

Both our local clubs beaten in the latest round of inter county fixtures, Houghton were beaten by defending champions Gateshead 106-51 (7-3) and South Shield went down 67-55 (8-2) to Great Aycliffe. In the Houghton game both away rinks put in creditable performances, Michael Wright, Karl Armstrong, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Thomson recovered from 10-2 down against Mark Smith to lead 15-13 however it slipped away on the last two ends as they finished 16-15 down, Eric Downes, Tony Grimes, Tom Patterson and Sam Patterson put in a terrific effort to beat Alan Jobling 20-18 to seal the away total 35-34. At Houghton it was carnage, Michael Noble, Barney Walsh, Alan Patterson and John Jones never recovered from trailing 18-0 against Tom Pope and it finished 36-4, Mal Baker, Alan Gibson, Trevor Joicey and Jules Biggerstaff were actually drawing 9-9 at the half way against M.Peet but then dropped 26 shots in 8 ends to eventually finish 36-12 down, that left the home squad 56 shots in arrears and sealed a second consecutive loss.

South Shields were hoping to build on their opening win over Houghton as they tackled Great Aycliffe, at home it was a mixed afternoon, Malcolm Baker, D.Gray, Stevie Cairns and Paul Sainthouse defeated David MacDonald 17-12 however Billy Ferry’s quartet of Ernie McCord, Paul Hart and Hendy Shield’s were beaten 23-7 by P.Rogers which left the home squad 11 shots adrift. At Aycliffe the away squad nearly snatched the away points but in the end went down 32-31, Arthur Harrison steered Bob Cragg, Keith Taylor and R.Chapman to a 17-15 win over Dave Quickmire while Peter Brickle’s rink of Bill Upsall, Ian McDonald and Derek Robson were a tad unlucky to finish 17-14 down against P.Payne, so overall it was a 8-2 loss. 

In the latest round of the Egham South Shields made light work of West Denton as they ran out 85-39 winners with the game ending at the fifteen end mark. At Shield’s Marilyn Robson, Karen Paterson, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar defeated Peter Duffy 19-7 while the rink of Anne Upsall, Pam Carlin, Phil Dixon and Ian Riches suffered a rare loss 17-13 against Aaron Robson. At West Denton it was plain sailing for both Shields squads, Nina Riches, Jean Chapman, Dave Paterson and David Bolt beat Michael Bennett 24-8 while Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh eased to a 29-7 win over David Morrison. Shields face Hornsea next, Durham will face Blackpool after they defeated Hartlepool 82-62.

Houghton ladies made a winning return to inter club action as they defeated Gateshead 68-57 (7-3). At Gateshead both Houghton squads put in creditable performances, Margaret Metcalf, Margaret Eggleston, Joan Baker and Jenny Smith fought back from 13-3 down to run out 15-14 winners against D.Kelly while Norma Stephenson’s rink of Maureen Hall, Eleanor Barren and Audrey Vout were left to rue an early dropped five as they finished 18-16 down to J.Dinah, that left Gateshead 32-31 winners. At Houghton both rinks won, Joan Watt, Gwyn Eltringham, Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson turned around a 15-10 deficit to record a last end 17-16 win over M.Charles, the remaining rink of Doreen Fenwick, Anne Todd, Brenda Robson and Ellen Faith were never in trouble and ran out a match winning 20-9 against K.Cromarty. Darlington provide the opposition next on December 12.  

Houghton hosted Stanley in the latest round of the Premier Top Ten fixtures, in the singles Patrick Thomson looked set to collect two points, leading 20-12 against Gordon Dews the Houghton player saw the game slip away as Dews recovered to get home 21-20. In the pairs Joe Sutherland and Stevie Tindale let slip a 15-12 lead dropping consecutive fours to finish 20-15 down against Derek Craig.

There was better news in the triples as Eric Downes, Karl Armstrong and Peter Brickle had a cracking 13-8 win over Billy Bell. In the fours Tony Grimes, Sam Patterson, David Armstrong and Alan J Dunn put in a spirited performance but as with the pairs saw their hopes dashed over the last two ends as they went down 15-11 to Joe Dixon. Overall it was a flattering 8-2 win for Stanley which leaves Houghton at the foot of the table, next up is a trip to Darlington.  
The next round of the Denny Cup takes place today with our two local teams Houghton and South Shields going head to head, last season they met in the plate with Shields running out winners by 53 shots and they will be strong favourites to make progress today.
At Houghton
(Houghton) – M.Baker, R.Thorpe, AJ.Dunn, F.Froud, J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, J.McAdoo, B.Henderson
(Shields) – D.Paterson, J.Minto, S.Hubbard, I.Riches, N.Ridley, K.Storf, J.Sneller, I.McIntosh
At Shields
(Houghton) – A.Grimes, B.Johnson, T.Patterson, P.Thomson, E.Downes, S.Tindale, D.Todner, R.Mckie
(Shields) – P.Dixon, M.Peach, G.Farquhar, D.Bolt, J.McKenna, P.Sainthouse, J.Halcrow, S.McIntosh

Hartlepool face rivals Darlington and holders Cumbria face Copeland’s, meanwhile in the Denny Plate Durham face West Denton and Thornaby face Great Aycliffe.

After their cracking win over Hartlepool the Houghton ladies Yetton squad are back in action today as they take on Cumbria, the following team will attempt to book a place in the last thirty two.
At Houghton - J.Watt, E.Barren, V.Bamborough, J.Rodgerson, S.Richardson, R.Turnbull, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At Carlisle – M.Metcalf, M.Eggleston, J.Baker, A.Banks, M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson

South Shields ladies are in Yetton Plate action as they face West Denton.

The next round of the Top club takes place tomorrow, locally South Shields face Hartlepool, the other local ties are Ferryhill v The Parks, Eden v Darlington, Blackpool v Durham
Singles – S.McIntosh & N.Riches, Pairs – J.Tallack, D.Bolt, Triples – M.Robson, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar, Fours – P.Bryne, A.Upsall, J.McKenna, I.Riches

There has been more local action in the national competitions, in the singles South Shield’s Mal Peach lost at home 21-9 to Stanley’s Brett Arkley, there was mixed fortunes for two Houghton players, Dan Todner had a smashing 21-14 win over Gateshead’s Alan Jobling and will head to Durham next to face Mark Higgins who in turn ended Houghton’s Adrian Dalzell’s hopes. In the pairs an all Shields affair saw Ian McIntosh win a thriller against Ian Riches 17-16 while in the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley defeated club mate Marc Squirrel 15-11, Darlington’s Tony Macey defeated Thornaby’s Vince Whaites 22-9. In the fours South Shield’s Gary Farquhar beat Durham’s Mark Higgins on an extra end 19-18 while Houghton’s Peter Thomson defeated Billy Ferry (Shields) 21-13 and will head to Gateshead next to face Malcolm Johnston.
In the two bowl singles Houghton’s Patrick Thomson lost 21-13 at West Denton against Aaron Robson who will now face Shields Mal Peach who in turn ended Stanley’s Brian Houghton’s hopes 21-18. There was a Shield’s double as Alan Lawton beat Durham’s Jimmy Richardson 21-10 and Neal Ridley beat Gateshead’s Brian Poulter 21-8.

In the Over 60’s singles Billy Ferry (Shields) beat Durham’s Brian Brown 21-3 and will host West Denton’s Roy Goldsmith next, Stanley’s John Thurlbeck booked a tie against Gateshead’s Ronnie Richardson after beating Shield’s Bob Cragg’s 21-9. Ian Riches won an all Shields affair in the mixed pairs 25-16 against Paul Sainthouse but there was double Shields disappointment in the mixed fours as Shaun McIntosh lost 21-18 to West Denton’s Aaron Robson and Phil Dixon lost 17-11 to another West Denton quartet skipped by Michael Bennett.

In the ladies pairs Nina Riches (Shields) lost at home 16-9 to Durham’s Arlene Stafford but there was some revenge in the fours as club mate Pam Carlin defeated Stafford 17-14.

At the Bowls Durham AGM Houghton Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson will remain as county president and Bishop Auckland’s Eileen Atkinson remains as the ladies president, Silksworth’s David Bolt was made the 60th honorary life member of the county.


Both local sides made winning starts in this seasons Denny Cup, after last year’s Denny Plate success South Shield’s made sure they didn’t drop into the Plate with a comprehensive 42 shot win over Thornaby.  At home both Shields rinks ran out comfortable winners, Dave Paterson, Josh Minto, Kris Storf and Ian Riches beat Bill Peirson 25-12 and Neal Ridley, Stewart Hubbard, James Sneller and Ian McIntosh eased to a 25-9 win over David Fairbairn to leave the home squad 50-21 up. At Thornaby  Scott Baker, Mal Peach, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt defeated Ian Marshall 22-18 and Shaun McIntosh steered Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow to a 21-12 win over Bill Watson which left the away squad 13 shots to the good and secure a 93-51 win.

Houghton ended a three year wait to record a win in the Denny with a late comeback against Great Aycliffe, at the fourteen end mark Aycliffe were 20 shots up and the Plate beckoned Houghton however a cracking fight back saw them get home albeit by a single shot (74-73). At Houghton  the rink of Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, Jimmy McAdoo and Bryan Henderson (snr) ground out a vital 17-12 win over Stuart Clarke however it was a tough morning for Mal Baker, Tony Grimes, Alan J Dunn and Frankie Froud as they trailed 23-5 against Dave McDonald but they battled back to finish 25-15 down which left the home squad five shots in arrears. At Aycliffe Peter Thomson’s rink of Michael Wright, Stevie Tindale and Colin Young after trailing 13-0 battled back to within five against Paul Payne but things slipped away and Thomson finished 26-17 down, the remaining rink of Eric Downes, Richard Thorpe, Trevor Joicey and Richie Mckie collected a momentum changing five on the 15th end to lead 18-8 and went on to defeat Ian Prentice 25-10 which left the away squad six up and secure a rare Denny win. In the next round Houghton and Shield’s are due to meet each other, last season they met in the Plate with Shield’s running out winners by 34 shots. Other local ties saw Hartlepool ease past Stanley 90-37 to set up a clash with Darlington who defeated Gateshead 91-78, in the Plate Durham beat Redcar 79-66 and will face West Denton next who comfortably beat The Parks 82-37.     

In the ladies Yetton Trophy Houghton had a cracking 92-67 win over Hartlepool which sets up a clash against Cumbria next. At Hartlepool Margaret Metcalf, Margaret Eggleston, Joan Baker and Ann Banks put in a spirited performance but still went down 25-12 to Janet Ridpath however that loss was covered by Norma Stephenson’s rink of Maureen Hall, Liz Morris and Audrey Vout who cruised to a 30-10 win over Kay Liddle to leave the away leg seven shots in Houghton’s favour. At Houghton both rinks recorded wins, Sam Richardson, Ruth Turnbull, Brenda Robson and Jenny Smith never looked back from an early 12-0 lead to finish 26-15 up against J.Wilton while Joan Watt, Evelyn Barkes, Val Bambrough and Joan Rodgerson recovered from 12-9 down to Dawn Jackson to run out 24-15 winners and seal a 25 shot win overall.

Houghton A made a winning start to their Over 60’s double fours campaign with a comfortable 45-25 win over Ferryhill, the away quartet of George Brown, Peter Thomson, John Jones and Frankie Froud recovered from an early 8-0 deficit to beat Kenny Peters 18-16. At Houghton Joe Sutherland, Mal Baker, Freddie Fletcher and Michael Davis rattled off 19 shots over the last seven ends to defeat Colin Larcombe MBE 27-9, in the next round South Shields will provide the opposition. The Houghton B team face Darlington B on Tuesday November 27 (1030 start)
At Houghton – A.Grimes, D.Forth, D.Robson, W.Roberts
At Darlington – S.Barnes, D.Armstrong, R.Thorpe, F.Kel

The next round of fixtures in the Top Ten takes place today as Houghton host Stanley, after the whitewash suffered at the hands of Durham  the hosts will be looking to bounce back.
Singles – P.Thomson
Pairs – J.Sutherland, S.Tindale
Triples – E.Downes, K.Armstrong, P.Brickle
Fours – A.Grimes, S.Patterson, D.Wright, AJ.Dunn

The latest round of county inter club fixtures take place tomorrow with both local sides in action. Houghton face defending champions Gateshead B and South Shields face newly promoted Great Aycliffe, the top two Hartlepool and Durham clash while Darlington have a bye.

Houghton v Gateshead
At Houghton – M.Noble, B.Walsh, A.Patterson, J.Jones, M.Baker, A.Gibson, T.Joicey, J.Biggerstaff
At Gateshead – M.Wright, K.Armstrong, F.Fletcher, P.Thomson, E.Downes, A.Grimes, T.Patterson, S.Patterson

South Shields v Aycliffe
At Shields – E.McCord, P.Hart, H.Shields, W.Ferry, M.Baker, W.Gray, S.Cairns, P.Sainthouse
At Aycliffe – R.Cragg, K.Taylor, R.Chapman, A.Harrison, W.Upsall, I.McDonald, D.Wilson, P.Brickle

Latest Standings (after round 1) – Hartlepool 10, Durham 10, South Shields 6, Houghton 4, Gateshead B 0, Great Aycliffe 0, Darlington 0

It will be a busy day at the Jack Clark centre as South Shields are also in Egham Trophy action tomorrow as they face Houghton’s conquers West Denton.
At Shields – A.Upsall, P.Carlin, P.Dixon, I.Riches, M.Robson, K.Paterson, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar
At West Denton – N.Riches, J.Chapman, D.Paterson, D.Bolt, J.Tallack, M.Charles, J.McKenna, S.McIntosh

Houghton ladies are in inter club action on Wednesday (1230 start) as they face Gateshead.
At Houghton – D.Fenwick, A.Todd, B.Robson, E.Faith, J.Watt, G.Eltringham, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
At Gateshead – M.Hall, E.Barren, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, M.Eggleston, J.Baker, J.Smith

There has been plenty of action in the local stages of this seasons national competitions, in the singles Neal Ridley had a cracking 21-18 win over Shields club mate Phil Dixon, in the next round Ridley will face another club mate after Ian McIntosh’s thrilling 21-20 win over Jaxon McKenna. West Denton’s Michael Bennett ended Houghton’s Peter Thomson’s hopes 21-10 and will face Durham’s Phil Smithson next who beat West Denton’s Aaron Robson 21-8, South Shields Alan Lawton beat club mate Peter Miles 21-10 and will head to Durham next to face Gary Smith. James Sneller (Shields) had a smashing 21-20 win over Durham’s Liam Hall, in the next round Sneller will tackle club mate David Bolt. In the southern section Darlington’s sole representative Keith Burton held his nerve to beat Hartlepool’s Colin Boston 21-20, Burton’s reward is a trip to face Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley. Burton also progressed in the pairs with a 25-10 win at Aycliffe against Ian Prentice, Houghton’s Stevie Tindale narrowly went down 15-12 at home to Durham’s Michael Laydon and West Denton’s Clive Knott eased past Houghton’s Adrian Dalzell 34-7 to secure a trip to Durham against Gary Smith. In the triples there was a Houghton double, Stevie Tindale had a good 22-9 win at The Parks against Mathew Raftree while Sam Patterson beat West Denton’s Aaron Robson 22-15. In the fours Durham’s Gary Smith recorded a 17-3 win at West Denton against James Curtis to set up a cracker against Stanley’s Brett Arkley. In the Under 25 singles South Shield’s Jaxon McKenna beat Durham’s Brian Henderson 2-0 and will face West Denton’s Aaron Robson who in turn beat Josh Halcrow (Shields) 2-1.

In the Over 60’s pairs Peter Brickle (Shields) eased to a 27-11 win at West Denton against Joe Allen while in the Over 50’s triples Houghton’s David Armstrong had a cracking 18-16 win against Stanley’s Derek Craig. South Shields Phil Dixon had an impressive 21-9 win over Stanley’s Billy Bell in the champion of champions and will host Durham’s Gary Smith in the next round.

In the mixed pairs South Shields David Bolt recorded a second win this time over club mate Jaxon McKenna and will head to Durham to face Mark Higgins, Ian Riches won an all Shields affair against Derek Wilson 19-13 and will face another Shields pair after Paul Sainthouse’s cracking 16-14 win at West Denton against Michael Bennett, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley continued his winning run and notched his third win with a 20-12 win over Aycliffe’s Peter Barion.

The Bowls Durham AGM takes place on Tuesday at Houghton Dairy Lane (7pm).


There was mixed news for our two local clubs in the opening round of the Egham Trophy, Houghton’s recent record of not progressing past the first round in their last five attempts looked like it might come to an end against West Denton as the game was level 55-55 at the 15 end mark however a 31-12 return in Denton’s favour saw a spirited Houghton outfit go down 86-67. At Houghton Joan Watt, Brenda Robson, Colin Young and Frankie Froud were left to rue back to back dropped three’s in a 16-15 loss to Herbie Blacklock, Joe Sutherland, Mal Baker, Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson looked set for a cracking win over Peter Duffy as they led 17-11 after 16 ends however they were left shell shocked as they dropped 15 shots over the remaining five ends to finish 26-17 down, those scores left the home leg 10 shots in arrears. At West Denton Maureen Hall, Peter Thomson (snr), Florence Phythian and Richie Mckie did well to get back to 19-13 down this after dropping counts of seven and five on the opening two ends against David Morrison, however things slipped away over the last seven ends to finish 28-14 in Morrison’s favour.  The other rink of Michael Wright, Joan Baker, Norma Stephenson and Peter Thomson (pictured) produced the solitary Houghton win as they plugged away to finish 21-16 winners over Michael Bennett to leave the away squad nine shots adrift.

Last season South Shield’s progressed through to the last sixteen before succumbing to Hartlepool, this season they have made a winning start with a comprehensive 103-32 win over Stanley, all four Shield’s rinks recorded wins while the four Stanley squads never reached double figures. At Shield’s Ann Upsall, Pam Carlin, Phil Dixon and Ian Riches beat Brian Houghton 26-9 while Marilyn Robson, Karen Paterson, James Sneller and Gary Farquhar defeated Brett Arkley 26-8 to leave the home leg 52-17 up. It was a similar tale at Stanley as both Shield’s squads had comfortable wins, Nina Riches, Jean Chapman, Dave Paterson and David Bolt ran out 24-6 winners and Jackie Tallack, Maureen Charles, Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh ran out 27-9 winners to leave the away squad 51-15 up. Next up is West Denton on November 11.

The Denny Cup continues today with both local clubs in action, Houghton will look to end a run of three consecutive first round exits as they tackle Great Aycliffe while South Shield’s will look to use last season’s Denny Plate title win as a platform to build on as they face Thornaby, other local ties will see Stanley provide another test for Hartlepool and there is an intriguing clash between Gateshead and Darlington.

Houghton v Aycliffe
At Houghton – M.Baker, A.Grimes, AJ.Dunn, F.Froud, J.Sutherland, D.Armstrong, J.McAdoo, B.Henderson (snr)
At Aycliffe – M.Wright, S.Tindale, C.Young, P.Thomson, E.Downes, R.Thorpe, J.Jones, R.Mckie

Shields v Thornaby
At Shields – D.Paterson, J.Minto, K.Storf, I.Riches, N.Ridley, S.Hubbard, J.Sneller, I.McIntosh
At Thornaby – S.Baker, M.Peach, G.Farquhar, D.Bolt, J.McKenna, P.Sainthouse, J.Halcrow, S.McIntosh.

The ladies Yetton Trophy also takes place today with Houghton looking to end a four year wait to reach the second round of the Yetton as they take on Hartlepool, the following squad has been selected.
At Houghton – J.Watt, E.Barkes, V.Bambrough, J.Rodgerson, S.Richardson, R.Tunrbull, B.Robson, J.Smith
At Hartlepool – M.Metcalf, M.Eggleston, J.Baker, A.Banks, M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson

South Shields suffered a first round 90-60 loss at the hands of Great Aycliffe who will face neighbours Darlington today, the other local tie will see Durham face West Denton. Meanwhile Shield’s drop into the Yetton Plate but as yet do not know there opponents.

Houghton face Ferryhill in the first round of the over 60’s double fours on Tuesday (1030am) , a mixture of youth and experience will take to the green.
At Houghton – J.Sutherland, M.Baker, F.Fletcher, M.Davis
At Ferryhill – G.Brown, P.Thomson, J.Jones, F.Froud

There is another Atherley Trophy practice match for the Durham County ladies this time against Durham, there is plenty of local interest in the selected county team with Houghton’s Maureen Hall, Joan Baker and  Norma Stephenson plus South Shield’s  Jackie Tallack, A.Jameson, I.Kirkly, Pam Carlin, Jean Chapman, M.Patton and  Maureen Charles all selected to play.

The men’s and ladies international trial teams have been released, in the men’s squad South Shield’s David Bolt is third bowl to Devon’s Jamie Chestney, should Bolt get selected for the series in March at Falcon it will be his 8th series while England will attempt a 5th consecutive series win which they last achieved in the eighties, despite a cracking run in last season’s nationals Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley is only named as a travelling reserve. In the ladies trial South Shield’s Nina Riches is second bowl in Erewash’s Jacqueline Henderson’s rink, Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley is lead for Adur’s Lorraine Kuhler, England will be attempting to defend the title they won in Paisley last year.

There has been more action in the local stages of the national competitions, in the singles Durham’s Gary Smith eased past West Denton’s Kevin Blaylock 21-7 and will face either Alan Lawton (Shields) or club mate Peter Miles, David Bolt (Shield’s) beat West Denton’s Clive Knott 21-11, an all Ferryhill affair saw Ken Gill defeat Neil Tallentire 21-5 while Gateshead’s Mal Johnston defeated Durham’s John Webster 21-7 which sets up a tie against Shield’s Shaun McIntosh next. Mal Peachdefeated fellow Shield’s member Tom Young21-7 and will host Stanley’s Brett Arkley next who in turn defeated Gateshead’s Steven Wearmouth 21-7.

In the pairs south section Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley narrowly got home 14-12 at Ferryhill against Alan Hinds, back up north Durham’s Gary Smith had a good 24-6 win at Shield’s against Neal Ridley but there was better news for Shield’s as James Sneller had a cracking 20-11 win at Stanley against Brian Houghton. Houghton’s Peter Thomson beat Shield’s Bob Cragg 22-13 and will now head to the Parks to face Mathew Raftree, Gateshead’s Alex Bryden defeated Mal Peach (Shields) 17-8 and will return to Shield’s to face Dave Paterson, Houghton’s Frankie Froud went down 22-11 against West Denton’s Aaron Robson however there was better news for Froud in the triples following a smashing 17-6 win over Gateshead’s Brian Orrell.

In the Over 60’s singles South Shield’s Bob Cragg held his nerve to run out a 21-20 winner over Durham’s Laughlin Todd. In the mixed pairs Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley won a thriller against club mate Paul Mosley 16-15 while Phil Dixon (Shield’s) lost at home 18-9 to West Denton’s Aaron Robson. In the mixed fours Robson enjoyed another win at Shield’s this time 23-8 against Dave Paterson and Darlington’s Samantha Pegg beat Ferryhill’s Colin Larcombe. In the ladies singles Nina Riches won an all Shield’s affair with Katie Donkin 21-11.

The Grindon League are holding its AGM on Thursday (6.45pm) at the Grangetown Community Centre, Stannington Grove.



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