Following there disappointing October first round exit in the Denny Cup South Shields dropped down into the Denny Plate, wins over The Parks, Houghton, Copeland, Darlington and Boston set up a semi final against a Suffolk based Beccles outfit who had previously hit over ninety shots in four of their five wins en-route to the semi final. The two teams went head to head last weekend on a neutral green at Grantham, the confident Shield’s squad were quickest out of the blocks as they led 22-9 at the five ends mark, the lead was stretched to 44-18 by ten ends and by the fifteen end mark the writing was on the wall as Shield’s led by 23 shots, in the end it finished 83-46. Gary Farquhar’s quartet of Dave Paterson, Josh Minto and James Sneller were always in control against M.Todd and ran out impressive 25-9 winners. Jaxon McKenna, Paul Sainthouse, Stewart Hubbard and Shaun McIntosh defeated A.Clarke 23-11 while Phil Dixon, Mal Peach, Kris Storf and David Bolt eased to a 21-14 win over Ian Catchpole, the remaining rink of Neal Ridley, Stevie Cairns, Ian Riches and Ian McIntosh ground out a low scoring 14-12 win over A.Norman. The win sets up a final appearance against West Berks at Nottingham on Sunday April 8 (1.30pm), although an unknown quantity - last season West Berks knocked out previous Denny Cup champions Whiteknights so the fancied Shield’s squad will need to be at it from the off, they will however not have the services of David Bolt who will be in Commonwealth Games action.

The Houghton Sancroft squad ended their seniors inter club league campaign on a high as they defeated Gateshead 5-0 to leap frog them and finish third in the group. Mal Baker, George Brown, Freddie Fletcher and David Wright never looked back from an early 13-2 lead over John Atkinson, in the end Wright ran out an 18-9 winner. Joe Sutherland, Foster Johnson, Jimmy Swinney and Terry Todd had to come from behind against Ian Patterson, trailing 10-6 Todd collected a vital five on the 14th end on the way to a 16-11 win. The remaining rink of Peter Thomson (snr), Trevor Joicey, Ian Whorlton and Frankie Froud survived a late scare; leading Bill Bolam 8-2 Froud slumped to 9-8 down going into the final end however the Sancroft quartet held their nerve and a last end three secured an 11-9 win. Overall Sancroft ran out 45-29 winners and finished only four points outside a play off place.

Area 1 – Darlington A and Great Aycliffe qualified - Area 2 – Hartlepool A and Darlington B qualified
Area 3 – Stanley & South Shields qualified - Area 4 – Hartlepool B and The Parks A qualified

The draw for the play off quarter finals is as follows-:
Darlington A v Darlington B, Hartlepool A v Great Aycliffe, Stanley v The Parks A, Hartlepool B v South Shields. In the all Darlington affair the B team ran out 4-1 winners.

Houghton ladies concluded their Inter club season with a cracking 6-4 (73-55) win over Great Aycliffe. At Houghton both home rinks returned winning cards, Joan Watt, Evelyn Barkes, Susan Forster and Ellen Faith were in scintillating form as they beat Jane Robinson 32-8, Doreen Fenwick, Margaret Eggleston, Brenda Robson and Florence Phythian eased past Esther Helm 19-11 to leave the home squad exactly thirty shots to the good. Down the A1 despite a decent performance both away rinks went down., Margaret Metcalf, Eleanor Barren, Joan Baker and Jenny Smith were a touch unlucky to go down 16-13 to J.Rogers while Maureen Hall, Elizabeth Morris, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson saw things slip away in the second half to finish 18-9 down to E.Hugill, despite the away deficit of 12 shots it was still a good performance.

Former Sunderland player and now playing out of Stanley Stevie Angus continues to shine in the Disability Bowling circle, last weekend Angus competed in the Ann Trotman Open singles competition at Gedling. The three bowl singles format started as four groups of four with the winners progressing to semi finals then final, Angus topped his group after securing three wins, 21-6 Dave Walker, 21-6 Colin Wagstaff and 21-15 Tim Swann. In the semi finals the Stanley player recovered from 12-7 down against Jonathan Stokes to snatch an extra end 17-16 win which set up a final against Gary Swift. Sadly for Angus the final didn’t go to plan as Swift ran out a 21-9 winner. 

The remaining places at the national championships have been decided, in the family pairs the talented Shield’s brothers Shaun and Ian McIntosh booked a place at Nottingham with a hard fought 15-13 area final win over Thornaby’s Bryn Mosley, in the last sixteen they will face Riverain’s Rod & Jamie Claydon. Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley secured a third qualification place at Nottingham following a 21-11 two bowl area final win over Gateshead’s Brian Orrell, Hartley will face Ipswich’s Martin Heitzman in the last sixteen.

West Denton’s talented youngster George Rogan will head to Church Gresley today for the latter stages of the Henselite sponsored Under 18’s singles competition, in the last sixteen Rogan will face Mote Park’s Joshua Austin.
There was heartache for the Durham County seniors as they narrowly missed out on retaining their Midland league title by a single point. Going into their final game played at Doncaster against  Warwickshire the Durham lads needed at least 21 of the 22 points on offer and win by 11 shots overall, sadly despite winning on five rinks and by 41 shots overall Durham only collected 20 points leaving Yorkshire as champions by a single point, it will be of little consolation that Durham won all five of their games while Yorkshire only won four.

Table – Yorkshire 93, Durham 92, Lincolnshire 54, Nottinghamshire 29, Warwickshire 24, Leicestershire 16

The British Isle championships are currently taking place at Paisley and it has been a good week for England ladies, in the women’s home international series Scotland were looking for a third consecutive series win but it was England who took the title. An opening 55 shot win over Wales was followed up by a 21 shot win over Ireland which set up a series decider against Scotland. With a partisan Scottish home crowd England needed to get off to a flyer and they did just that racing into a 44-15 lead after five ends, the lead was still 27 shots at the half way mark and as the anticipated second half Scottish revival never materialised England held on for a tremendous 115-99 win which secured a 39th series win. There was more good news in the ladies individual competitions, England’s Katherine Rednall fantastic year continues as she secured the Junior Singles title with a 21-14 win over Scotland’s Emma McIntyre, Rednall was then joined by Christine Rednall and Anna Chalk to take the triples title with a narrow 15-14 win over Ireland’s Catherine Beattie. England also took the fours title when Lydia Cutmore, Holly Baxter, Katy Baxter and Danielle Martinson defeated Wales Hanna Thomas 21-10. The only men’s success in the individual competitons came in the fours as Andrew Manton, Connor Cinato, Neil Mckee and Jamie Walker defeated Ireland’s Barry Kane 23-10. In the men’s home international series England men are looking for a fourth consecutive title, in their opening game against Wales they ran out comfortable 55 shot winners, South Shield’s David Bolt playing third in Jamie Chestney’s rink defeated Jason Greenslade 23-10, the hosts Scotland defeated Ireland by 42 shots, the series conclude today.


As the local stages of this seasons national competitions near a conclusion Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley continues his cracking run of form, having already sealed a place at the national championships in the singles Hartley accompanied by Carl Higgins secured a place in the pairs after an impressive 19-6 win over Durham’s Brian Henderson (jnr) and Mark Higgins, in the last at Melton Mowbray the Hartlepool duo will face Swales Andrew Rodgers & Josh Pound. Hartley still has a chance of a third spot as he faces Gateshead’s Brain Orrell in the area final of the two bowl singles. In the Over 60’s pairs area final the Aycliffe duo of Fred Edwards and Barry Attwood defeated Stanley’s Brian Houghton 20-13 to clinch a spot at Nottingham, in the last sixteen Attwood will face Desborough’s Gordon Knapper & Brett Long. There was more good news for Hartlepool in the Over 55 triples as Ian Peacock, Glenn Skipp and Dale Oram defeated Stanley’s Brett Arkley 19-10 in the area final, Oram now heads to Nottingham where they will face a triple from Sutton or Egham. In the Over 60’s fours area semi final the run of South Shield’s Billy Ferry came to an end with a 19-3 home loss to a strong Brain Harris Stanley quartet, in the area final the Harris quartet will face Hartlepool’s M.Hagon. In the ladies singles Hartlepool’s Lauren Mosley will face Blackpool’s Janice Gower in the inter area final with the winner qualifying for the latter stages at Melton Mowbray later this month.
Over 60’s singles area final – R.Richardson (Gateshead) v P.Barion (Aycliffe)

Next weekend West Denton’s talented youngster George Rogan will head to Church Gresley for the latter stages of the Henselite sponsored Under 18’s singles competition, in the last sixteen Rogna will face Mote Park’s Joshua Austin.

The Seniors County Champion of Champions finals took place at Darlington this week, in the singles South Shield’s Bobby Graham collected his first indoor county title after defeating Ferryhill’s Alan Hinds. The formidable Stanley duo of Billy Bell and David Webb took the pairs with a win over Aycliffes Fred Edwards. Webb then teamed up with Tom Duffy and Brian Houghton to take the triples after beating Shildon’s Bill Dixon, the fours went to the host club Darlington as Barry Cooper, G.Temple, Alan Stephenson and Stan Blewitt defeated Shildon’s Billy Madison, Hartlepool host the remaining four finals.
March 24 at Hartlepool
Pairs (1230) – A.Ward (Hartlepool) v B.Attwood (Aycliffe)
Fours (2pm) – B.Attwood (Aycliffe) v P.Hartley (Hartlepool)
March 25 at Hartlepool
Singles (1030am) – B.Arkley (Stanley) v M.Smith (Gateshead)
Triples (2pm) – B.Arkley (Stanley ) v M.Lynch (Darlington)
Week 10 of the senior’s Premier league was played at Durham this week as Houghton’s Richard Thorpe, Peter Thomson (snr) and Frankie Froud performed the great escape against Ferryhill, trailing 18-9 with five ends to play Froud rattled off 21 shots without reply to run out 31-18 winners, the other local squad the Houghtonians were on a bye. Week 11 will be at Stanley on March 28. 

It has been another frustrating week for a couple of the Houghton teams, in the seniors inter club Sancroft were due to end their league campaign at Gateshead but five late withdrawals meant the game was cancelled and will be rearranged, then after last week’s “beast of the east” disruption the planned inter county fixture for Gilpin against Darlington was moved back a week to tomorrow however that has now been cancelled due to the opposition being unable to field a team, a new date has yet to be agreed. 

Houghton ladies bring the curtain down on their inter club campaign as the face Great Aycliffe on Wednesday (1230), after last month’s loss to Durham the Houghton squad will be looking to end the season on a high.
At Houghton – J.Watt, E.Barkes, S.Forster, E.Faith, D.Fenwoick, M.Eggleston, B.Robson, F.Phythian
Reserve – O.Charlton
At Great Aycliffe – M.Metcalf, E.Barren, J.Baker, JB.Smith, M.Hall, E.Morris, A.Vout, N.Stephenson
Reserve – M.Angus, G.Armstrong

Other fixtures - Durham v Darlington, South Shields v Gateshead, Hartlepool v Ferryhill.

Last weekend South Shields once again held its Classic Open pairs competition and it was a home success as Gary Farquhar and David Bolt took the £500 first prize, Houghton’s Frankie Froud and Peter Thomson (jnr)  took t he first day top pair prize.

The men’s and ladies British Isles championships got underway yesterday at Paisley IBC Scotland, over the next eight days the individual champions will then be followed by the home international series. On Thursday in the men’s home international series England will be looking to retain the Hilton Trophy, locally South Shield’s David Bolt will be in action playing third bowl to Exonia’s Jamie Chestney.

Aero bowls have announce that there new distributor for all their products in the UK will be Alex Marshall Sports Ltd, last year the Australian based Aero decided to reorganise their UK operations from their current Peterborough location and will now move to Marshall’s distribution centre in Dalkieth.

With the outdoor season on the horizon Bowls England have confirmed the 2018 qualification places for the latter stages of the various national competitions, in the men’s Junior singles Northumberland were amongst the six counties with the lowest number of entries therefore will only be allocated one place at Leamington while Durham held on to their current two, in the Junior pairs all counties will only receive one entry each, in the women’s Junior pairs Durham have no entries so lose their place. In the main events counties with 5% or more of the total number of entries in that national championships are rewarded with a third spot, not surprisingly Kent with 161 clubs and Surrey 131 get an extra places in all eight events.

Men's Singles: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey
Men's Two Wood Singles: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey
Men's Pairs: Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Men's Triples: Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Men's Fours: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey
Women's Singles: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey
Women's Two Wood Singles: Devon, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Surrey
Women's Pairs: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey
Women's Triples: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Women's Fours: Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex


South Shield’s are on the verge of a return to the top flight of the Inter County league after a comprehensive sixty six shot win over Gateshead A. At Shield’s both home squads broke the thirty shot barrier,  Mick Maher, P.Hart, Fred Knubley and Alan Lawton cruised to a 38-8 win over Tom Magnay while Ian McIntosh steered Michael Baker, Eric Weightman and Stewart Hubbard to a high scoring 33-18 win over Bob Charlton, those scores left the home squad 45 shots in credit. The clean sweep was completed at Gateshead as both away squads recorded wins, Scott Baker, T.Giles, Peter Brickle and James Sneller had a cracking 29-13 win over Bob Wood while Bill Upsall, Michael Carr, Keith Taylor and Paul Sainthouse ground out a 20-15 win over John Wolfendon to leave the away squad 21 shots up and in the process completing a 10-0 points win. The win puts Shield’s top of the second division and mathematically would only need nine points from their last two games against Dunelm and Ferryhill, this weekend’s game against Dunelm had already been cancelled due to Shield’s holding there Classic Open Pairs competition today and tomorrow.

Latest Division 2 standings – South Shields 4-36, Great Aycliffe 5-35, Gateshead A 4-21, Stanley 3-15, Dunelm 4-14, Ferryhill 3-9, Shildon 3-0

Over the last few days the “beast from the east” has played havoc with the internal club leagues at Houghton, due to the dangerous road conditions the club cancelled three consecutive days play. In the Seniors Inter club league Houghton Sancroft and Kepier’s final games of the season against Gateshead A and B respectively were cancelled pre the bad weather and will be rearranged, meanwhile Houghton are due to face Darlington in the Inter County league tomorrow but that must be in doubt.

In the area final of the national singles Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley booked a place at the national championships in March after a cracking 21-17 win over Durham’s Gary Smith, in the last sixteen at Melton Mowbray Hartley will face either Anthony Blackler (Erewash) or Kevin Rands (Lincoln).

The latter stages of the mixed fours and mixed pairs were held last weekend at Loddon Vale, in the mixed fours last sixteen the Hartlepool quartet of Lauren Mosley, Bev Lynch, John Lynch and Paul Mosley faced Wellingborough’s Paul Broderick, a straight forward early exit looked on the cards for Mosley trailing 12-4 at the half way mark but a 13-2 return over the next five ends saw Mosley go 17-14 ahead, however failure to score on the final three ends proved decisive as Broderick rattled eleven shots without reply to leave the Hartlepool quartet a shell shocked 25-17 losers. 

In the mIxed pairs Lauren and Paul Mosley were flying the regions flag and after the mixed fours disappointment the Hartlepool husband and wife pairing produced four stunning performances to take the national title. In the last sixteen a 22-7 win over the newly crowned WIBC junior singles champion Ely’s Ed Elmore was followed by an impressive 20-16 win over Extonia’s newly crowned world indoor pair’s winner Jamie Chestney - this after Mosley trailed 13-7. In the semi finals the Mosley’s defeated two England international’s Swales Sandy Hazell and Perry Martin comfortably 17-6 with three ends un-played which set up a final against Welford on Avon’s Amy and Andrew Walters. In the final the Hartlepool duo always had their noses in front, at five ends 8-3 then 11-7 at half way, with three ends to play the lead was down to 15-13 but they held their nerve to clinch the title 17-14.

Disability Bowls England have appointed Bob Love as its first ambassador, Love is one of the top para bowls players in the world and has won medals at the Paralympics, World Bowls Championships, plus a prestigious bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is captain of the Disability Bowls England International Squad.

The latest World Tour event the Co-op Funeralcare International Open is due to start today, the top sixteen ranked players are joined by sixteen qualifiers from around the world for the week long event at Blackpool, as usual the WBT are covering all games via their website live streaming.

With the outdoor season only three months away the draw for this season’s Grindon League Tommy Thompson double fours has taken place, holders Silksworth have been drawn at home to Wearmouth while last season’s beaten finalist’s Usworth host New Herrington.

First Round
Silksworth v Wearmouth, Usworth v New Herrington, Whitburn v Houghton DL (ties to be played on Friday June 22)

Second Round
Grindon Mill v Barnes West End, Usworth or New Herrington v South Hylton, Hylton CW v Ryhope, Whitburn or Houghton DL v Silksworth or Wearmouth (ties to be played on Friday July 20)




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