BOWLS REPORT - SEPTEMBER 2018

29th September 2018 - BOLT LANDS ENGLAND SPOT

After their opening loss to South Shields the Houghton Sancroft seniors were looking to bounce back in the latest round of group fixtures as they played hosts to Stanley, however things didn't go to plan and they were beaten 46-30 (4-1). The only bright spot came from the rink of Peter Thomson, Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and Frankie Froud, trailing 5-2 against Derek Craig the Sancroft quartet rallied to record a smashing 15-10 win. The other two Sancroft rinks were beaten, Michael Wright, George Brown, Jimmy Swinney and Ian Whorlton had a tough day at the office against David Webb, scoring on only four of the fourteen ends played Whorlton succumbed to a 17-5 loss.
Alfie Ferguson, Brian Race, Trevor Joicey and Dave Sim trailed 11-4 against Michael English but a spirited fightback saw Sim get back to 11-10, sadly that was as good as it got as they lost the remaining four ends to finish 19-10 down.

Other Results - South Shields 5-0 The Parks, Houghton Gilpin 4-1 Hartlepool A

There was more disappointment for Houghton as they were beaten 10-0 in the opening round of Premier Top Ten fixtures, despite a spirited performance it was always going to be a big ask against defending champions Durham on a lightening Durham playing surface. In the singles Peter Thomson had the task of facing Gary Smith, during the early stages Thomson gave as good as he got however with Thomson trailing 6-4 Smith moved up a gear and scored 10 shots without reply to lead 16-4, it finished 20-9 in Smith's favour. In the pairs Michael Wright and Richie Mckie were left to rue a couple of dropped fours in a 15-11 loss to Keith Minnis with the impressive Liam Hall leading in. The triple of Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and Stevie Tindale put in a creditable performance going down 14-7 to Jim Hutchinson. The whitewash was completed in the fours, the quartet of  Eric Downes, Richard Thorpe, Alan J Dunn and Frankie Froud found themselves 11-1 adrift and never recovered against Mark Higgins, a last end dropped five sealed a 23-11 loss, next up for Houghton is a home fixture against Stanley in November.

Houghton ladies made a losing start to there 2018 inter club campaign as they were beaten 67-55 (7-3) by Great Aycliffe. At Aycliffe both Houghton squads went down, Joan Baker's quartet of Maureen Hall, Eveline Barkes and Audrey Vout trailed 9-1 against Julie Robinson but stuck to the task and only finished 17-12 down, Margaret Metcalf, Eleanor Barren, Brenda Robson and Jenny Smith also made a slow start trailing 8-1 to E.Hugill but did get back to 8-6 however things slipped away and Smith finished 21-9 down, that left the away leg 38-21 in Aycliffes favour. At Houghton Doreen Fenwick, Margaret Eggleston, Florence Phythian and Ellen Faith led 12-10 against Esther Helm but just couldn't hang on and finished 18-16 down. The only winning rink came from Gwen Eltringham, Olwyn Charlton, Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson,  trailing 6-1 Rodgerson turned things around to run out 18-11 winners which also sealed the home aggregate 34-29.      

The first Open Singles Cirucit event was held at Worksop last weekend and there was plenty of local interest. An opening win over Durham's Mark Barkess for South Shield's David Bolt was followed up with straight 2-0 sets wins over Durham's Malcolm Wright and Spalding's Graham Smith, this was followed with a last eight win over Lincoln's Alan Watt however a straight forward 2-0 sets loss in the semi final against Cumbria's Stu Irwin ended Bolt's hopes of repeating last years Worksop win. The title however still came north, last season Durham's Gary Smith failed to make the top 32 but he has made a winning start to this years campaign. A bye in the first round was followed by wins over Pat Briscoe (Betteshanger) 2-0, Paul Hartley (Hartlepool) 2-0, Phil Last (Ipswich) 2-0, a semi final win over Scarborough's Jack Bird set up a final with Cumbria's Stu Irwin which Smith won 2-0 to take the £750 first prize and 100 ranking points.    

The Durham County Seniors will open their season with the annual match against Yorkshire for the John Dodsworth Trophy, Durham are the current holders after last seasons successfull trip to Scarborough, the following local bowlers have been selected for the game at Durham - Billy Ferry & Bob Craggs (South Shields), Steve Krimpen (Durham), James McKinney (Stanley).

Following the World Indoor Bowls Council’s decision to become an affiliate member of World Bowls Limited, with a new name of 
International Indoor Bowls Council, this has resulted in there only being one set of Laws for the sport of flat green bowls in 2019, these 
Laws will be the Crystal Mark Third edition.

There was good news for Silksworth's David Bolt, after last weekends international trial at Leamington Spa Bolt has retained his skips berth for the 2019 Home International Series in June at Ayr. Bolt will skip Lee Haywood (Devon), a debutee Harry Goodwin (Devon) and Chris Yeomans (Northumberland), other Northern Counties players in the squad are Chris Gale (Lancashire) and David Forster (Cumbria). 

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Pennywell have decided to resign from the Sunderland & District, the anti social issues surrounding the King George V green prompted neighbours South Hylton to relocate to Barnes Park last season, plus a low membership has prompted club officials to reluctantly call time on a club that use to see the late great Bransby brothers on the green.

The Sunderland & District AGM will take place on Saturday 24th November at 2pm 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.

22nd September 2018 - SANCROFT LOSE OPENER

Last season the Houghton Sancroft seniors were left to rue a slow start to the season which ultimately cost them a play off place, their opener against playoff qualifiers South Shields was always going to be a tough start and so it proved as Shield’s ran out  40-25¾  (5-0) winners. John Jones quartet of George Brown, Brian Race and Barney Walsh never recovered from trailing 10-0 to Bobby Graham and were always playing catch up, in the end Jones had to settle for a 14-9 loss. Alfie Ferguson, Peter Thomson snr, Freddie Fletcher and Frankie Froud will look back on a dropped five on the 6th end as they went down 14-7 to Arthur Harrison, the remaining Houghton rink skipped by Ian Whorlton won 13-12 against Alan Lawton however they had to lose a quarter hence Whorlton lost 12-9¾, Sancroft face Stanley next while Shield’s head to the Parks.    

Houghton Gilpin are in action on Tuesday as they host Hartlepool A (12.30 start)
E.Downes, M.Walker, P.Noble, D.Gibson, P.Robinson, D.Robson, D.Hockaday, W.Longley, R.Leonard, W.Roberts, D.Scott, R.Robson

The Top Ten premier league gets underway today, Houghton have a tough opener as they travel to face last year’s winners Durham while Ferryhill host Darlington.
Houghton squad for the Durham fixture is as follows -:
Singles – P.Thomson
Pairs – M.Wright, R.Mckie
Triples – J.Sutherland, F.Fletcher, S.Tindale
Fours – E.Downes, R.Thorpe, AJ.Dunn, F.Froud

Houghton ladies open up there 2018 Inter club campaign Wednesday as they face Great Aycliffe (12.30 start)
At Houghton - D.Fenwick, M.Eggleston, F.Phythian, E.Faith, J.Watt, G.Eltringham, S.Forster, J.Rodgerson
At Aycliffe - M.Hall, E.Barkes, A.Vout, J.Baker, M.Metcalf, E.Barren, B.Robson, JB.Smith

The draw for the county champion of champions has been made, here are the local interest only.
Singles – A.Hind (Ferryhill) v F.Froud (Houghton), P.Dixon (Shields) v R.Richardson (Gateshead)
Pairs – B.Henderson (Houghton) v GR.Smith (Durham), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v P.Sainthouse (Shields)
Triples – B.Orrell (Gateshead) v I.McIntsoh (Shields), AJ.Dunn (Houghton) v G.Dougherty (Hartlepool)
Fours – B.Henderson (Houghton) v A.Macey (Darlington), A.Hind (Ferryhill) v I.McIntosh (Shields)
Senior Singles – J.Ainger (Hartlepool) v F.Froud (Houghton), J.Deller (Spennymoor) v F.Knubley (Shields)
Senior Pairs – F.Froud (Houghton) v D.Webb (Stanley), R.Graham (Shields) v J.Ainger (Hartlepool)
Senior Triples – AJ.Dunn (Houghton) v A.Stewart (Durham), R.Graham (Shields) has a bye.
Senior Fours – W.Dixon (Spennymoor) v AJ.Dunn (Houghton), B.Hutchinson (Aycliffe) v W.Ferry (Shields)

The draws for the various national competitions have been released with some mouth-watering clashes in prospect, in the singles a couple of ties stand out, an all Shield’s affair will see Stewart Hubbard tackle David Bolt while Durham’s Russell Bewick hosts Shield’s Ian McIntosh. The pairs stand out ties will see Shield’s Neal Ridley host Durham’s Gary Smith plus the all Shield’s affair between Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh, while in the fours the Gary Farquhar against Durham’s Mark Higgins should be a cracker.

One of the games leading lights Andy Thomson MBE has retired from international bowls, the scot has represented England indoors for 38 years captaining the side for the last 15 years, he made his debut in 1981 and has played in every indoor home international series up to his final appearance last March at Paisley, Thomson will still feature in the World Bowls Tour and be involved in the development of national Under 25’s squad.

The first Open Singles Circuit event takes place today and tomorrow at Worksop, locally Carl Higgins, Paul Hartley (both Hartlepool), Gary Smith, Michael Laydon (both Durham) and David Bolt (Sth Shields) are all in Sunday’s draw.

The final outdoor national title was decided at Leamington last weekend as the Devon based club Kings BC completed a Top Club double as they lifted both the men’s and women’s titles. The men’s side defeated Darlington RA’s conquerors New Lount 3-2 in the semi finals before beating Norfolk also 3-2 in the final. The women’s squad completed the double with a 4-0 win over Sutton.

Seaham Town will be holding their club presentation evening at the Seaham Conservative club on Friday 5th October at 7pm, tickets are priced at £5 and available via Arthur Gregory 0191-5815206

There is worrying news from the Hartlepool area as ongoing council cuts look to hit hard, in the pipe line the council owned clubs are to be offered the chance to purchase there green for £1 however in return they would have to take over all the cost of maintaining the green which isn’t financially viable for the majority of the clubs involved.   

15th September 2018 - WASHINGTON SNATCH EARL SPOT

After last week’s wash out the final promotion place in the Earl Cup second division has finally been confirmed, Ryhope moved into the remaining promotion spot with a 52-43 (6-1) win over Sunderland, that however only lasted 24 hours as Washington Glebe snatched it back with a 56-48 (5-2) win at bottom of the table Whitburn.

Earl Cup
Division 1 - Silksworth 85½, Roker Marine 80½, Barnes WE 76½,  Houghton DL 72, Barnes Park 71½, Usworth 70½, Hetton Wkmn 48½, Hylton CW 34½, Seaham Town 28, Houghton Town 27½.

Division 2 - North Biddick 75½, Washington Glebe 66, Ryhope 63½, Grindon Mill 55½, Thompson Park 54½, Roker Park 50, South Hylton 45½, Sunderland 45, Whitburn 41½.

Swan Cup
Division 1 - Silksworth 80, Roker Marine 77½, Houghton DL 77, Barnes WE 60, Barnes Park 52, South Hylton 47, North Biddick 42½, Seaham Town 37, Hetton Wkmn 31

Division 2 - Usworth 88½, Grindon Mill 71½, Roker Park 62½, Washington Glebe 57½, Thompson Park 56½, Hylton CW 54, Houghton Town 48, Ryhope 40, Pemberton 18½.

Storey Bowl - Hetton Wkmn 75½, Seaham Town 67, Houghton Town 60, Roker Park 57, Hylton CW 49½, Wearmouth 34½, Pennywell 27½, Thompson Park 21.

Harold Howey
Division 1 - Barnes Park B 55, Houghton DL B 50½, Silksworth 50, Houghton DL A 49, Barnes WE 46½, Hetton Wkmn 39½, Seaham Town A 36½, Roker Marine A 34, North Biddick A 32, Roker Park 29½, Washington Glebe B 28, Ryhope B 27, Hylton CW B 25½, Ryhope A 25½, Houghton Town A 25½, South Hylton 22, Hylton CW A 21, Whitburn 15.

Division 2 - Thompson Park B 41, Washington Glebe A 40, Chester le Street 39, Roker Marine B 36, Pennywell 35½, Wearmouth 34½, Houghton Town B 32½, Barnes Park A 32, Thompson Park A 31, Sunderland A 29½, Pemberton A 27½, North Biddick B 27, Sunderland B 24, South Hetton 21½, New Herrington 15½, Pemberton B 13½

There was disappointment for the England U25 squad as they narrowly missed out on another Home International series title, an impressive 146-97 win over Wales was followed by a 108-100 loss to Scotland, in the final game against the hosts Ireland the English young guns ran out 129-100 winners to top the table, however in a thrilling finish Scotland recovered from a 20 shot deficit against Wales to score a last end three and secure the series with a 128-127 win.

Next weekend Silksworth’s David Bolt will return to Leamington Spa to try and cement his international place for next year’s home international series,  after an unbeaten skips record in this year’s unsuccessful England campaign and having qualified in five national event’s it would be a major surprise if the Silksworth and Durham star didn’t retain his place.

There was more sad news for the local bowls scene as Whitburn’s long serving member of over 40 years and club president Ernie Naylor (96) sadly passed away, also a former member of Sunderland IBC Ernie was a popular figure within the bowling fraternity and a much respected player.
All attention now turns to the indoor season, the seniors inter club league gets underway this week, on Tuesday Houghton Sancroft have a tough opener as they head to South Shield’s, last season Sancroft were left to rue a slow start to the season which ultimately cost them a play off place while Shield’s made the play off’s only to lose in the quarter finals against Hartlepool B.
Sancroft team (1.30pm start)
A.Ferguson, P.Thomson (snr), F.Fletcher, F.Froud, G.Brown, B.Race, B.Walsh, J.Jones, M.Wright, G.Simpson, J.Swinney, I.Whorlton

Due to a fixture clash with the County Select Houghton’s inter county fixture against South Shields planned for October 7 has been moved back a week to October 14.

The various national club competitions have been confirmed, in the Denny Cup both Houghton and South Shield’s are not in action until November. Great Aycliffe will provide the opposition for Houghton while South Shield’s face Thornaby, having won last year’s Denny Plate Shield’s will not want to defend that title as it would mean a Denny Cup first round exit, the local tie of the round will see Hartlepool tackle Gary Smith’s Durham on October 20. In the ladies Yetton Trophy Houghton face Hartlepool while Shield’s face Great Aycliffe. In the mixed Egham Trophy Shield’s had a good run last season reaching the last sixteen, this time around they open their campaign against Stanley, Houghton will face West Denton for the umpteenth time. Last season in the Top Club Shield’s lost out in the quarter finals to Nottingham, they will tackle Hartlepool in the first round.  At county level Durham have to travel again in the Liberty Trophy, they head to Cumbria in December, on the same day in the ladies equivalent the Atherley Trophy Durham face Nottinghamshire probably somewhere in York. In the seniors version of the Liberty Durham face Lincolnshire on November 20 again most likely in York while the County Under 25’s face Nottinghamshire on December 23

8th September 2018 - SILKSWORTH COMPLETE LEAGUE DOUBLE

Silksworth retained the Earl Cup without bowling a bowl, with the weather washing out the leaders game at Barnes Park their nearest challengers Roker Marine in one of only two games played could only manage a 70-66¼ (4½-2½) win over Usworth in a game that ended in complete darkness, that result left Marine still half a point adrift handing Silksworth there sixth title in seven years plus it completed a Earl and Swan league double. The champions did however complete their campaign at Barnes Park later in the week with a last end 51-48 (5-2) win to break the ninety point barrier. Holders Houghton Dairy Lane finished off with a win 59½-54 (5-2) at Barnes West End while Hylton Colliery Welfare in their first season back in the top flight defeated Hetton Workmen’s 39¾-28¼ (6-1), the two relegated teams clashed as Houghton Town jumped above Seaham Town with a 56¼-38 (5-2) away win. The only game to survive the weather in division two saw South Hylton defeat Grindon Mill 64-60 (5-2) to cement a mid table finish.           

The final of the Grindon league Tommy Thompson double fours took place at Dairy Lane, having already retained the league Silksworth completed a back to back double as they defeated Hylton Colliery Welfare 38-25 in the final (both pictured).

Final Grindon League standings – Silksworth 41½, Houghton DL 34½, Barnes West End 34, South Hylton 34, Wearmouth 23½, Usworth 23, Whitburn 20, Ryhope 18½, New Herrington 17, Hylton CW 16½, Grindon Mill 12½.

The remaining SWBA competition was played to a finish as Roker Park hosted the Round Robin Pairs competition sponsored by Jeff Wilson Ashbrooke Funeral Directors, the winners were the reigning champions Roker Marine’s Marilyn Dodds and Grace Maxwell, in the final they beat the Sunderland county duo of Charlotte Bayliss and Loraine Breheny on an extra end. 

The national championships at Leamington Spa came to a close last weekend, Durham and Silksworth star David Bolt’s hopes of repeating his 2011 title success were dashed at the semi final stage. A 21-12 quarter final win over Yorkshire’s Vinnie O’Neill set up a semi final clash against Devon’s Louis Ridout, a slow start saw Bolt trail 12-3 but battled back to 14-13, just when the momentum was turning in Bolt’s favour lady luck deserted the Silksworth star and eventually succumbed to a 21-16 loss. Having qualified in five events it has been a long two weeks for Bolt and losing three semi finals will hurt however there was some good news as he has been selected again for another England trial in September, somewhat bizarrely the two unbeaten rinks in the home international series one of which Bolt skipped have not been pre-selected and have to attend the trial.

Houghton Dairy Lane’s popular Open Pairs title went to the Silksworth duo of Gary Farquhar and David Bolt, in the final they beat club mate Jim Richardson and Dairy Lane’s Ian Lambert.

The Durham County ladies B team ended their Stella Logan campaign with a defeat, despite a spirited performance they went down 113-109 to Yorkshire as Sessay BC.

Durham County President Jeff Wilson’s team hosted Bedfordshire CBA at Dairy Lane this week, sadly it ended in defeat as the tourists ran out 120-116 winners, meanwhile Sunderland & District President John Patterson ended his season on a high as the District defeated Brampton 106-81 with Patterson top rink winning 21-5.

There was a double dose of sad news for the local bowls scene, first the former Laing’s, Barnes West End and Roker Park member Bobby Brewis (85) passed away, although not seen on the green for a few years due to ill health Bobby was a popular figure and a respected player. Secondly Alex Robinson (86) also passed away, again not seen on the green for a few years the former Thompson Park member was one of the most under rated leads of the nineties who was easily good enough for county honours, both will be missed by their respective clubs and fellow bowlers from that era.   

Seaham Town will be holding their club presentation evening at the Seaham Conservative club on Friday 5th October at 7pm, tickets are priced at £5 and available via Arthur Gregory 0191-5815206.

As the outdoor season ends its straight into the indoor season, bowlers at Houghton will now have the benefit of a new carpet and under lay which was funded by the club and the Active Centre, the internal leagues get underway this morning and members are reminded they need to have paid their membership before playing  in any of the leagues.

The first round of Inter club Vets fixtures take place this week, Houghton Sancroft head to Shields and Houghton Kepier host Hartlepool B.

South Shield’s were due to host the season’s first Open Singles Circuit event however with the outdoors just finishing it was always going to be touch and go if the entries came in, they did get forty but it has be decided to cancel and rearrange to a later date. At the moment there are only two local events on the circuit, Durham (Dec 2) and Hartlepool (April 19), the OSC are also introducing a Masters event limited to 32 players at Dolphin Indoor in Poole with a £2,000 first prize, the entry fee is £52.50p.

1st September 2018 - JUST CHAMPION FOR HENDERSON & SMITH

The Champion of Champions titles were decided at a sunny Barnes West End, in the main final Seaham Town’s Bryan Henderson (snr) (pictured right) halted a Silksworth domestic clean sweep with an impressive 21-12 win over Silksworth’s Jimmy Richardson, this was not only Henderson’s first champion’s success but also Seaham Town’s. In the Senior’s final Roker Marines John Smith (pictured left) defeated North Biddick’s Billy Piggott 21-9, the Biddick player never recovered from a 17-2 start, this was Smith’s first Senior’s success.

The top two in the Earl Cup went head to head this week, in a thrilling last end finish in the dark leaders Silksworth defeated Roker Marine 64-62 (5-2) to extend their lead at the top to five points, in the final round of games Silksworth head to Barnes Park needing two points to retain their title while Marine host Usworth needing all seven and Silksworth to slip up. Barnes West End’s title hopes were ended as they were beaten by neighbours Barnes Park 73-68 (6-1), Hetton Workmen have had a tough season but produced a cracking 54½-54 (5-2) win over Houghton Dairy Lane, Houghton Town maybe relegated but they finished the season on a high defeating Hylton Colliery 87-51 (7-0), the other game saw Seaham Town default against Usworth 1-0 (7-0), Seaham must hope Hylton Colliery get nothing against Hetton and they pick up 6½ against Houghton Town to avoid the drop. In division two North Biddick are promoted as champions after a 71-57 (5-2) win over Thompson Park, the other promotion place could mathematically go to anyone of three teams, Washington need to beat bottom of the table Whitburn to guarantee second place, a Washington defeat could open the door for Ryhope or Grindon Mill.

The Swan Cup title was already in Silksworth’s grasp, the champions did however lose their final game at Roker Marine 71-58 (6-1), it was a bitter sweet Marine win who were bottom after two games and were the only team to complete the double over the champions finishing runners up 2½ points behind the champions. Holders Houghton Dairy Lane finished third defeating South Hylton 91-50 (6-1), Barnes Park completed a double derby week win as they beat West End 71-68 (5-2), Seaham Town defeated Hetton Workmen’s 68¾-52½ (6-1) however both will be in division two next season. In division two Usworth go up as champions defeating Hylton Colliery 70-42¾ (6-1) and Grindon Mill will be joining them, a 78¾-34½ (7-0) win over Roker Park sealed the deal while Ryhope finished on a high defeating third placed Washington 77-53 (6-1), the remaining game saw Houghton Town beat Thompson Park 61¾-52 (6-1).

The issue of teams playing short will no doubt be discussed during the close season and various proposals will be put forward at the AGM in November, this season’s total of137 occurrences where a club failed to field a full team was a small increase on last season   with the 16 man Earl Cup and Swan Cup accounting for 89 of the total, more alarming there were 14 games defaulted 1-0 a trend which needs to be nipped in the bud. Last year there were calls to change to format to 12 players however this move would be detrimental to those few clubs able to field 16 so a move to 14 players consisting of two rinks and two triples could be a workable solution and appease clubs struggling and the larger membership clubs. The Sunderland & District AGM will be held on Saturday 24th November at 2pm in the Roker Park Pavilion, the minutes will be circulated at a later date.

The only outstanding result in the Harold Howey first division was Hylton Colliery A’s 26½-26 (3-1) win over North Biddick, had Hylton nicked the 4th point they would have avoided relegation however they go down with Whitburn.  In division two leaders Chester le Street were left stranded as a bye in the last round of games allowed Thompson Park B and Washington Glebe A to pinch the two promotion places.

Hetton Workmen’s ended another successful Storey Bowl title campaign with a 77-49 (6-1) win at Pennywell, holders Seaham Town finished second while Houghton Town finished third with a 77-56 (6-1) win at Roker Park.

There has been three Sunderland Women’s final’s played, in the champion of champions Barnes Park’s Val Bamborough took the title with a 21-19 win over Ryhope’s Brenda Forrest (pictured left) . There was some consolation for Forrest however as the Ryhope star landed the Town Singles defeating Whitburn’s Florence Rodenby 21-8. The Town Pairs title went to Sunderland as Charlotte Bayliss and Lorraine Breheny (pictured bottom right) repeated their 2016 success this time defeating Whitburn’s Sheila Happer and Muriel Felce 21-12.

Final League SWBA Standings
Silksworth 49½ , Roker Marine 45, Sunderland 41½, Houghton Town 39, Barnes Park 29½, Roker Park 29, Ryhope 18, Whitburn 17½.

The ladies round robin Triples sponsored by Jeff Wilson (Ashbrooke Funeral Directors) went to the Silksworth trio of Sheila Moody, Suzanne Kelly and Norma Stephenson, runners up were Whitburn’s Maureen Smith, Joan Wilson and Muriel Felce.

As the national championships at Leamington Spa enter its final few days there was more semi final heartache for Silksworth’s David Bolt, in the triples alongside Phil Dixon and Gary Farquhar the Silksworth trio were beaten 19-11 by Devon’s England internationalist trio of Louis Ridout, Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard. Having qualified in five event’s it has been a long two weeks for Bolt, dreams of a two bowl title were dashed in the first round with a 16-7 loss to the eventual national champion Essex’s Edward  Morris, Bolt’s final hopes of a national title was in the singles as he looked to repeat his tremendous 2011 success, an early 21-7 win over Somerset’s Julian Hembury was followed up with a 21-13 win over Kent’s Michael Cheeseman, Bolt moved into the quarter finals with 21-17 win over Suffolk’s Roger Adams, in the quarter’s the Silksworth star is due to face Yorkshire’s Vinnie O’Neill.

There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Bobby Brewis (85) sadly passed away, although not seen on the green for a few years due to ill health the former Laings, Barnes West End and Roker Park member was a much liked and respected player.

Seaham Town will be holding their club presentation evening at the Seaham Conservative club on Friday 5th October at 7pm, tickets are priced at £5 and available via Arthur Gregory 0191-5815206

 

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