27th October 2018 - DURHAM DENNY EXIT

There has been more action in the local section of the national singles, South Shield’s Phil Dixon had a good 21-9 win at The Parks against Steve Miller to set up an all Shield’s affair against Neal Ridley, Houghton’s Peter Thomson defeated Shield’s Derek Robson 21-7 and will head to West Denton next to face Michael Bennett. Shaun McIntosh came out on top in an all Shield’s affair with Paul Sainthouse 21-8 and will face either Mal Johnston (Gateshead) or club-mate Joe Webster next. In the south section Hartlepool’s Vinnie O’Neill beat Redcar’s Tom Entwhistle 21-6, there was better news for Redcar’s Paul Bostock who had an impressive 21-5 win at Hartlepool against Albert Ward, in the next round Bostock will host Hartlepool’s Dale Oram who eased past Redcar’s Denis Gavin 21-3, an all Hartlepool tie saw Glen Skipp beat Marc Squirrell 21-16. In the pairs Stanley’s Ian Peacock beat Gateshead’s Brian Orrell 21-10 and will host Durham’s Jim Hutchinson who in turn beat West Denton’s David Morrison, Mathew Raftree (Parks) beat Gateshead’s Mark Smith 27-10 and South Shield’s Dave Paterson had a good 23-14 win at West Denton against Stephen Bolton. In the south section Paul Hartley (Hartlepool) defeated Thornaby’s Stan Crowe 21-10. In the triples Stanley’s Brett Arkley eased past West Denton’s Cecil Swick 26-7 to set up a clash at Durham against Gary Smith. There should be a repeat clash in the fours as Arkley had an 18-11 win at Shield’s against Paul Sainthouse while Smith should get past West Denton’s James Curtis. There was more disappointment for Sainthouse in the two bowl singles losing at home 21-12 to Durham’s Michael Laydon.

In the over 60’s singles Stanley’s John Thurlbeck over powered Durham’s Malcolm Robinson 21-3 and West Denton’s Roy Goldsmith beat Stanley’s Derek Craig 21-6. Thurlbeck also progressed in the over 60’s pairs beating South Shield’s Bob Cragg 28-6.

In the mixed pairs there will be an all Shield’s affair as David Bolt tackles Jaxon McKenna in the second round, Bolt eased past Gateshead’s Tim Mohon 36-2 while McKenna had to grind out a 20-18 win over West Denton’s Herbie Blacklock. In the south section Hartlepool’s Paul Mosley defeated Redcar’s Alan Jones 19-15 and will face club mate Paul Hartley in the next round. In the mixed fours Shaun McIntosh (Shields) won a thriller 14-12 against Durham’s Michael Laydon while Hartlepool’s Marc Squirrell defeated Redcar’s Alan Jones 15-12. The only tie in the family pairs to have been played saw Durham’s Mark Higgins record a 31-11 win at Gateshead against Tim Mohon.

In the champion of champions Darlington’s Mark Jones defeated Aycliffe’s Dave Quickmire 21-14 and will now face Hartlepool’s Glen Skipp who ground out a 21-18 win over Thornaby’s Steve Slaughter, the winner will face Ferryhill’s Alan Hind. South Shield’s Phil Dixon progressed with a 21-19 win over the Parks Peter Dawson, in the next round Dixon heads to Stanley next to face Billy Bell who had a cracking 21-18 win at West Denton against Clive Knott.

This season’s Denny Cup got underway last weekend, the clash of the round locally saw Durham and Hartlepool go head to head with the latter looking to avenge a four shot loss when the teams met last season.  As expected it was a tight affair with Hartlepool coming out on top 82-72, across the venues Hartlepool won on two of the four rinks with Marc Squirrell’s eight shot win over Durham talisman Gary Smith proving the difference, Stanley will provide the opposition after they cruised to a 97-67 win over Redcar, a resurgent Gateshead inflicted a 92-55 defeat on West Denton and will face Darlington next who as expected beat the Parks 79-44, all the losers drop into the Denny Plate. 

It’s Egham Trophy time tomorrow with four ties taking place, Houghton’s record in recent years has been poor having not progressed past the first round in the last five years, West Denton provide the opposition with the sides having met twice in the last five years which Denton have comfortably won on each occasion, the following Houghton squad will be looking to end the run of defeats, the action starts at 10am.
At Houghton – J.Watt, B.Robson, C.Young, F.Froud, J.Sutherland, M.Baker, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
At West Denton – M.Wright, J.Baker, N.Stephenson, P.Thomson, M.Hall, P.Thomson (snr), F.Phythian, R.McKie

Last season South Shield’s reached the last sixteen only to miss out against Hartlepool, this season Shield’s tackle a Stanley outfit who have only recently returned to the Egham competition although they have lost twice in the first round in their two attempts, the following Shield’s squad has been selected for a 10am start.
At Shields – A.Upsall, P.Carlin, P.Dixon, I.Riches, M.Robson, K.Paterson, J.Sneller, G.Farquhar
At Stanley – N.Riches, J.Chapman, D.Paterson, D.Bolt, J.Tallack, M.Charles, J.McKenna, S.McIntosh

The other two local ties will see Aycliffe face last season’s beaten quarter finalists Hartlepool and Durham face Ferryhill. The early action in the top club saw Durham sneak past West Denton on shots (93-91) after it finished all square on rink points, Durham face Blackpool NH  next.

In the next round of county league senior’s fixtures Houghton Keiper head to the Parks looking for their first win of the season, the following team has been selected for a 10am start.
S.Barnes, D.Armstrong, W.Barkes, F.Kell, A.Newton, W.Race, D.Ward, K.Hemborough, T.Grimes, W.Wells, T.Baister, B.Johnson

Meanwhile Houghton Gilpin will look to record a second win of the season as they head to Jack Clark to face South Shields B, the following team has been selected for the 1.30pm start.
P.Noble, P.Robinson, D.Hockaday, W.Roberts, E.Downes, D.Robson, R.Thorpe, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, T.McLaren, D.Scott, R.Robson
Reserves – M.Walker, M.Winter

Houghton face Ferryhill in the first round of the over 60’s double fours, a mixture of youth and experience will take to the green on Tuesday November 6 with a 1030am start.
At Houghton – J.Sutherland, M.Baker, F.Fletcher, M.Davis
At Ferryhill – G.Brown, P.Thomson, J.Jones, F.Froud

It has been confirmed that the Durham County’s senior’s Over 60’s Liberty tie against Lincolnshire will take place at York on Monday November 19, this is due to the 100 mile rule.

The Norfolk based Potters leisure resort is not only renown as the home of the indoor World Championships but also a popular destination for bowling touring parties, one such group from Seaham, Houghton and Sunderland made the trip. During each week the resort holds a knockout fours event and the local quartet of Tony Grimes, Elizabeth Morris, T.McLaren and Kevin Morris battled through 100 entries to finish runners up.

It may be seen as one small step for mankind but it was another big step for the governing bowling authorities as it was finally confirmed the wearing of coloured bowls shoes would be allowed, there cannot be many sports whereby attempts to move away from tradition and introduce some colour is so reluctantly accepted with many clubs still against the wearing of coloured bowls shirts.

With Birmingham hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games it has been confirmed the Leamington Spa will be the home of the bowls competition, the 2,000 spectator Victoria Park venue is the home of Bowls England. The games are due to take place July 27 to August 7 which will have to see the current thirty day national championships at Leamington moved back a couple of weeks.   

20th October 2018 - SHIELD'S WIN LOCAL OPENER

Houghton and South Shields went head to head in the first round of Inter club fixtures last weekend, last season Shield’s took division two by storm and they continued their run of form with a 67-57 (6-4) win. It was a tale of halves, at Houghton the home quartet of Mal Baker, Sam Patterson, Alan Patterson and Frankie Froud were in scintillating form against Bill Upsall, Graham Brass, Keith Taylor and Josh Minto as they ran out 24-7 winners. The other Houghton squad of Michael Noble, Bob Johnson, David Wright and John Jones raced into an early 11-1 lead against Robert Hunter, Michael Carr, Derek Wilson and Billy Ferry however full credit to the Shield’s quartet who rallied back to finish only 16-15 down to leave Houghton 40-22 up at home. At Shield’s both their home squads had handsome wins, Bob Craggs, Eric Weightman, Ronnie Chapman and Arthur Harrison eased to a 21-6 win over Alfie Ferguson, Eric Downes, Trevor Joicey and Richie Mckie. The other Shield’s rink of Ernie McCord, Michael Baker, Josh Halcrow and James Sneller (pictured) turned around a 9-2 deficit against Michael Wright, Karl Armstrong, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Thomson to run out 24-11 winners although the nine shots over the last two ends was a tad harsh on the Houghton quartet, those results left Shield’s 45-17 up which secured the overall total and a 6-4 points return. Other results saw both Hartlepool and Durham record 10-0 wins against Darlington and Aycliffe respectively.

Division two results – Stanley 10-0 Ferryhill, The Parks 10-0 Shildon, Dunelm 6-4 Gateshead A

The Houghton Gilpin seniors are in action on Tuesday as they play hosts to Ferryhill, the following team has been selected for a 12.30 start.
D.Robson, M.Walker, D.Hockaday, W.Roberts, P.Noble, M.Winter, R.Thorpe, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, T.McLaren, D.Scott, R.Robson. Reserves – E.Downes, P.Robinson

Latest Group Standings
Area 1 – Spennymoor 2-7, Aycliffe 2-6, Shildon 1-4, Darlington A 1-1½, Durham A 2-1½
Area 2 – Darlington B 3-14, Houghton GIlpin 2-4, Ferryhill 2-3½, South Shields B 2-1½, Hartlepool A 1-1
Area 3 – South Shields A 1-5, Stanley 1-4, Houghton Sancroft 2-1, Gateshead A 0-0
Area 4 – Hartlepool B 3-10½, Parks A 2-8, Gateshead B 2-1, Houghton Keiper 1-½, Durham B 0-0      

The draw for the various women’s County champion of champions have been released, local interest is as follows.
Singles – S.Young (Aycliffe) v N.Riches (Sth Shields), J.Wilton (Hartlepool) v J.Watt (Houghton)
Pairs – N.Stephenson (Houghton) v J.Wilton (Hartlepool), P.Carlin (Sth Shields) v S.Neely (Durham)
Triples – B.Robson (Houghton) v K.Cromarty (Gateshead), E.Horan (Durham) / S.Young (Aycliffe) v P.Carlin (Sth Shields)
Fours – J.Chapman (Sth Shields) v V.Henderson (Darlington)

The Durham county senior’s hopes of retaining the annual John Dodsworth trophy against Yorkshire were dashed as Yorkshire’s late charge saw them retake the trophy with a 125-117 win at Durham. Across the green Durham only had two winning rinks, Hartlepool’s Dale Oram defeated J.Phillips 20-15 and the host clubs John Hutchinson defeated G.Brooke 23-16, the remaining four squads all went down. South Shield’s Billy Ferry narrowly lost 22-21 to E.Costello , Keith WIlford (Hartlepool) 15-22 J.Whitley, Barry Attwood (Aycliffe) 19-23 A.Jones and Derek Craig (Stanley) 19-27  J.Normanton. The county seniors are next in action on Tuesday November 20 as they tackle Lincolnshire in the Over 60’s Liberty Trophy.

There has been plenty of action in the local stages of the national singles, David Bolt came out on top in an all Shield’s affair against Stewart Hubbard 21-7 which sets up a tie against West Denton’s Clive Knott who had a smashing 21-17 win at Shield’s against Josh Minto, James Sneller (Shield’s) progressed with a win over Houghton’s Sam Patterson and will face Durham’s Liam Hall next. Durham’s Gary Smith defeated Stanley’s James McKenna 21-10 and will host West Denton’s Kevin Blaylock who beat Stanley’s Eddie Henry 21-12. Phil Smithson won an all Durham affair against Malcolm Wright 21-17 and will tackle West Denton youngster Aaron Robson next. Neal Ridley (Shield’s) beat West Denton’s Scot Bolton 21-11 and Alan Lawton (Shields) beat Durham’s Andrew Barkess 21-11, two Durham lad’s did progress into the next round at the expense of two West Denton lad’s – Michael Laydon beat Stephen Robson 21-17 and Laughlin Todd beat Daniel Bennett 21-17, in the southern half of the draw Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley last season qualified for the latter stages at Melton and he is up and running again with an impressive 21-4 win over club mate Carl Higgins. In the pairs Houghton’s Tom & Sam Patterson had a cracking 20-6 win over Richie Mckie and Aycliffe’s Jordan Hartson defeated Redcar’s Tom Entwhistle 22-8.

The first round of the Denny Cup takes place today with four interesting ties, Stanley face a tricky tie against Redcar while a resurgent Gateshead face a West Denton outfit that reached the last 32 last season, two clubs that made first round exits last season go head to head as The Parks face Darlington, the pick of the four ties however is the Hartlepool v Durham clash, on paper both are more than capable of going far in the competition with Hartlepool looking for payback on last season’s four shot loss in the same fixture last season, all the losing teams drop into the Plate. The ladies equivalent competition the Yetton Trophy also gets underway today, South Shield’s face Great Aycliffe, Durham play Redcar and the Parks play Darlington.

The Sunderland & District AGM will take place on Saturday November 24 at 2pm in the Roker Park pavilion; there are a several notice of motions to be discussed ranging from dropping down to 15 ends in August to no bowls tours during the season.


The World Singles and Pairs qualifying events were held at Carlisle last weekend and it turned out to be a fantastic weekend for South Shield’s based players. The singles final turned out to be an all Shield’s affair as David Bolt faced Ian McIntosh, the previous weekend Bolt missed out on a qualifying place in the International Open and it was a case of groundhog day as McIntosh came out on top in a high quality final 6-4, 5-5. This will be McIntosh’s second appearance on the big stage as he qualified last year for the World Singles and despite losing his opening tie against Mervyn King that experience will be invaluable this time around. At Potters McIntosh has been drawn against last year’s beaten finalist England’s Robert Paxton on Wednesday January 18 at 2pm.

In the World Pairs qualifiers there was even more good news for the Shield’s club as Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh battled their way through three rounds before eventually beating Durham’s Michael Laydon and Mark Higgins in the final, the Shield’s pair took the first set 9-0 before the Durham lads landed the second 11-8 to send the final into a best of three tie breaker, in the end the Shield’s lad’s ran out 2-0 winners to secure a place at Potters in January. The Shield’s pair will need to beat another English qualifying pair Paul Sharman & Mike Titcombe in the preliminary round for them to experience playing on the famous portable blue rink in the international arena, the preliminary round takes place on Friday January 11 at 945am.

The Durham Inter County league gets underway for our two local sides as Houghton and South Shield’s go head to head, last season Houghton just avoided relegation while Shield romped to the Division Two title, the following squads have been selected for a 2pm start.
At Houghton
Houghton Team – M.Noble, B.Johnson, D.Wright, J.Jones, M.Baker, S.Patterson, A.Patterson, F.Froud
Shield’s – W.Upsall, G.Brass, K.Taylor, J.Minto, R.Hunter, M.Carr, D.Wilson, W.Ferry

At Shields
Houghton Team - M.Wright, K.Armstrong, F.Fletcher, P.Thomson , A.Ferguson, E.Downes, T.Joicey, R.Mckie
Shields Team – E.McCord, M.Baker, J.Halcrow, J.Sneller, R.Cragg, E.Weightman, R.Chapman, A.Harrison

Following the Parks B decision to withdraw from the Area 3 Seniors group the league standings have been revised - South Shields A 1-5, Stanley 1-4, Houghton Sancroft 2-1, Gateshead A 0-0

In the seniors Area 4 Houghton Kepier are back in action as they host Durham B on Wednesday at 12.30, the following squad has been selected - P.Taylor, TBC, D.Armstrong, F.Kell, TBC, W.Wells, T.Baister, B.Johnson, A.Newton, D.Ward, TBC, K.Hembrough. Reserves – D.Forth, J.Eggleston, S.Barnes

In the national competitions there has been action in the local stages of the singles, South Shield’s Ian McIntosh had a cracking 21-14 win at Durham against Russell Bewick while Gateshead’s Brian Orrell defeated Durham’s Brian Brown 21-17. In the southern section of the draw, Hartlepool’s Marc Squirrell defeated club mate Peter Robson 21-5 and will face another club-mate after Glenn Skipp’s 21-3 win over Thornaby’s Joseph Dadd. An all Ferryhill clash saw Ken Gill defeat Neil Tallentire 21-5 while Redcar’s Tom Entwhistle ended the other Thornaby entry Vince Thwaites 21-11.  In the pairs southern section Darlington’s Tony Macey won a thriller against Aycliffe’s Barry Attwood 16-15. There was a comfortable win in the triples for Durham’s Gary Smith 25-5 over club mate Brian Brown, Smith will face either Stanley’s Brett Arkley or West Denton’s Cecil Swick next. Durham’s Mark Higgins  set up an all Durham affair against Michael Laydon in the mixed pairs after Higgins won 23-7 at the Parks against Pat Browne, Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley had a tremendous run in several competitions last season reaching Melton Mowbray in three competitions, he is up and running again after a hard fought 17-11 win in the mixed pairs at Aycliffe over Barry Attwood.

It was another sad week for the local bowls scene, founded in 1932 Grindon Mill’s eighty six year stay at their Grindon Lane home came to an abrupt end this week following a dispute with the landowner, hopefully an alternate venue for the club and its members can be found.

Bowls Durham will hold its AGM on Tuesday November 13 at Houghton Dairy Lane 7pm start, clubs are reminded entry fees for the 2019 county competitions need to reach the county treasurer no later than October 31 and entrants must be a paid member of the club before September 30 this year.

The Sunderland & District AGM will take place on Saturday November 24 at 2pm in the Roker Park pavilion, club secretaries should have received the minutes and any notice of motions, any club that has not received them are asked to contact Jim Huntingdon.

6th October 2018 - OPEN BLOW FOR BIG TWO

Last weekend Carlisle hosted the qualifying events for two of the World Bowls Tour events - the International Open Singles and the Scottish International Open Singles, the winners of each event earns a place in the lucrative televised stages later this year. Both finals however ended in disappointment for the area’s big two, in the International Open final South Shield’s David Bolt was beaten by West of Scotland’s Graeme McDougall and in the Scottish International Open final Durham’s Gary Smith missed out in a three end tie breaker to Cumbria’s Paul Wallace. The is another chance for TV stardom as the qualifiers for the World Singles and World Pairs take place this weekend also at Carlisle.

Houghton ladies will be looking to bounce back from their opening league loss to Aycliffe as they tackle Hartlepool on Wednesday in the latest round of fixtures, the following side has been selected.
At Houghton
M.Metcalf, G.Armstrong, F.Phythian, E.Faith, J.Watt, E.Barkes, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
Reserves – A.Todd, G.Eltringham, S.Moody, O.Charlton
At Hartlepool
M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson, D.Fenwick, J.Baker, B.Robson, J.Smith
Reserves – E.Barren, M.Eggleston

The latest round in the seniors inter club league take place this week, in Area three Houghton Sancroft have a bye and following the Parks B dropping out Sancroft don’t have a game until November. In Area two after their cracking win over Hartlepool A Houghton Gilpin head to Darlington B on Friday with the following side
D.Robson, M.Winter, D.Hockaday, W.Longley, E.Downes, T.Mclaren, R.Thorpe, D.Gibson, R.Leonard, P.Robinson, .WRoberts, R.Robson. Reserve – D.Scott
In Area four Houghton Kepier’s fixture at home against Durham B has been put back a week and is now taking place on Wednesday October 18 at 12.30, the following squad has been selected.
P.Taylor, TBC, D.Armstrong, F.Kell, TBC, W.Wells, T.Baister, B.Johnson, A.Newton, D.Ward, TBC, K.Hembrough. Reserves – D.Forth, J.Eggleston, S.Barnes

The Durham County Vice Presidents visit Houghton tomorrow for the first of two planned friendlies, the game starts at 2pm and the Houghton team is as follows
W.Race, G.Charlton, J.Lilley, R.Thorpe, A.Pratt, J.Taylor, R.Spargo, B.Robson, C.Martin, J.Summers, D.Taylor, D.Robson, P.Martin, O.Charlton, J.Eggleston, M.Eggleston, C.Middleton, E.Barkes, S.Summers, M.Glover, I.Whitfield, E.Barren, A.Lilley, K.Armstrong

The Durham County women’s Atherley squad have a practice match next Saturday against South Shields at the Jack Clark Centre, the Houghton trio of Maureen Hall, Joan Baker and Norma Stephenson have been selected plus South Shield’s Jackie Tallack, I.Kirkly, A.Jamison, Pam Carlin, J.Chapman, M.Pattern and Maureen Charles, in the first round of the Atherley Durham face Nottinghamshire in December.

The County seniors are in action on Thursday as they face Yorkshire in the annual John Dodsworth Trophy clash, the game takes place at Durham. Last season Durham lifted the trophy with a win at Scarborough.

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Peter Bulmer (pictured right) sadly passed away, the former Barley Mow and SIBC member was a popular figure within the game and a much under rated lead.


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