The top of the table clash in the Earl Cup between Barnes West End and Silksworth was a feisty affair, leaders Barnes West End last lifted the Earl Cup in 1944 and their hopes of ending the wait for a second took a hit as a rampant Silksworth outfit cruised to a 86-49 (7-0) win to move top of the table. Roker Marine’s 76-57 (6½-½) win at Houghton Town lifts them into the second, a special mention to the Houghton Town members who deserves medals having to play on an atrocious playing surface. Usworth’s 68-60 (5-2) home win over Barnes Park propels them up to third while Hetton Workmen’s moved off the bottom and out of the relegation places with a thrilling 61¼-61 win over Seaham Town, the remaining game saw Hylton Colliery default 7-0 against Houghton Dairy Lane. The second division leaders North Biddick are seven points clear after a 92-54 (6½-½) win over bottom of the table Whitburn, Ryhope moved into the other promotion spot with a 87-39 (7-0) win over South Hylton, Grindon Mill’s 67-43¼ (6-1) loss at Washington drops them down to fourth, a mid table clash saw Sunderland defeat Thompson Park 70-64¾ (6-1).

After much deliberation the Sunderland & District took the sensible decision to give clubs the option of cancelling their Swan Cup fixtures due to England’s world cup semi final, in the current climate it was a brave decision and was warmly greeted by the majority of the clubs. One game in the second division did however manage to get played early as leaders Usworth extended their lead with a 62¾-49 (6-1) win over Houghton Town.

The race for the Storey Bowl is wide open again after leaders Roker Park were beaten 89-54 (7-0) by holders Seaham Town, not only was it world cup Saturday but the Storey bowl produced two draws, Houghton Town and Hetton Workmen’s finished 69-69 (3½-3½) and like a bus service a second draw appeared as Wearmouth and Hylton Colliery finished 65-65 (3½-3½). Leaders Roker Park head to Hylton Colliery today, second placed Houghton Town have a bye.

Houghton Diary Lane last won the Harold Howey in 1977, this season they have two chances of lifting the title as their A & B teams are joint top with Silksworth. The Dairy Lane B team missed out on the chance to go top outright as they were beaten 41-32 (4-0) at Hetton Workmen’s while the A team moved joint top with a 41-28 (4-0) win over North Biddick A, Roker Marine A got back to winning ways with a 38-21 (4-0) win at Ryhope while Seaham Town defeated fifth placed Roker Park 32-19 (3-1). The division two the result of the day saw South Hetton defeat the leaders Chester le Street 29-28 (3-1), North Biddick B moved up to sixth with a 42-20¼ (4-0) win over Pemberton A while Thompson Park A had a fruitful trip to Roker Marine B as the visitors ran out 40-24 (4-0) winners, Sunderland A remain fifth after a 41-27 (3-1) win over New Herrington.

The semi finals of the 3-2-1 knock out triples take place at Roker Park & Roker Marine on Tuesday, holders Barnes West End booked their place with a win over Usworth and will face Roker Marine who defeated Ryhope. The other semi final will see beaten finalist’s Silksworth take on Seaham Town after wins over Sunderland and Roker Park respectively.

Barnes West End still lead the Grindon league after week seven of fixtures, West End’s 5-0 win over Hylton Colliery moved them a point clear of Silksworth who are still unbeaten following a 4-1 win at South Hylton, Ryhope defeated Whitburn 5-0 but the stand out result was Wearmouth’s 4-1 home win over Houghton Dairy Lane. This week the top two are both away, West End are at New Herrington and Silksworth at Whitburn.

This season’s county competitions are at the heartbreaking semi final stages; not only are the winners guaranteed a place in the county final but they also secure a place at the national championships in August at Leamington Spa. There is still plenty of local interest with Silksworth’s David Bolt still on course for a four timer, on Monday Bolt faces Dunston’s Alex Bryden in the singles at Dairy Lane, the Silksworth four of Jack Deverson, Stevie Cairns, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow are also in action at the same venue as they face the current county four’s champions Leadgate’s Garry Robson.     

It is a busy night on Wednesday as Bolt is joined by club mates Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley and Ian Riches in the fours as they take on Darlington RA’s Liam Macey, Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson faces Hunden’s Jason Taylor in the George Turley champion of champion’s semi final. There is also a pair’s tie at Roker Marine as Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe &John Thurlbeck take on Stockton’s Mark Hodgson.

Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna faces RA’s Liam Macey in the semi finals of the Junior Singles at Dairy Lane on Thursday plus the current county triples champions Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt go head to head with Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield.
The remaining action is on Friday at Roker Marine as Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach takes on RA’s Liam Macey in the singles and Silksworth’s David Bolt tackles Dipton’s Michael English in the two bowl semi final.

Today (at Pelton Fell)
Triples - V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v A.Kirtland (Darlington RA)

Monday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)
Singles - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v A.Bryden (Dunston)
Pairs - V.Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v M.English (Dipton)
Fours - J.Halcrow (Silksworth) v G.Robson (Leadgate)
Two Bowl - J.Harston (Hundens) v P.Coulson (Darlington RA)

Wednesday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)

Fours - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)
Champion of Champions - J.Taylor (Hundens) v P.Thomson (Roker Marine), A.Jobling (Dunston) v S.Brodie (Darlington South Park)
(at Roker Marine)
Pairs - K.Briscoe (Houghton DL) v M.Hodgson (Stockton)

Thursday (at Houghton Dairy Lane)

Triples - J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park) v G.Farquhar (Silksworth)
Junior Singles - J.Harston (Hundens) v K.Burton (Darlington RA), J.McKenna (Silksworth) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)

Friday (at Roker Marine)

Singles - M.Peach (Houghton DL) v L.Macey (Darlington RA)
Two Bowl - D.Bolt (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton)

In the Bowls England senior singles Barnes Park’s Albie Hills run came to an end with a spirited 21-12 loss against Leadgate’s Ian Peacock, Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe also went out 21-18 to Dunston’s Alan Jobling. There was better news for Briscoe in the senior pairs; a 22-18 win over Darlington RA’s John Hills has set up an area final against Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram. In the Champions of Champions Silksworth’s David Bolt eased past Gosforth’s Kevin Bone 21-5 to set up an area semi final against Workington’s David Forster. It was a disappointing weekend for Houghton Dairy Lane, first in  the Tony Allcock mixed double fours they were beaten 41-35 at Hunden’s and then 24 hours later they were beaten in  the Top club 4-1 at home by Darlington RA.

Whitburn held its popular Open Pairs competition last weekend in scorching weather, the honours eventually went to the Dipton pair of Alan Clark and Michael Creegan who defeated last year’s winners Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud and Brian Sanderson 14-4 in the final, beaten semi finalists were Joe Sutherland, Jimmy McAdoo, Bill Laidler and Freddie Fletcher. (group photo)


Durham’s Middleton Cup squad brought a frustrating campaign to an end with a 23 shot win over Derbyshire at Kirbymoorside.  With qualification to the quarter finals not possible Durham were not only playing for pride but also looking to get revenge for the defeat they suffered at the same venue last season at the hands of Derbyshire which ultimately cost Durham a quarter final place. Across the green Durham won on four of the six rinks, team captain David Bolt steered his all Silksworth rink of Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow to a 22-8 win over Dan Thornhill which completes an unbeaten Mddleton campaign for the Bolt quartet. Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram step up to the A team resulted in five out of six wins as he steered Silksworth’s Scott Baker & Jimmy Richardson and Marine’s Richie Mckie to a 28-21 win over Martin Allsopp. Stockton’s Paul Mosley and Colin Boston both recorded wins, Mosley defeated Paul Broughton 25-16 while Boston defeated Andrew Poynton 30-12 which also included an eight, the two losing rinks were Silksworth’s Ian Riches 27-22 to Russ Robinson while the normally reliable Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield suffered a heavy 28-8 loss to John Bowley.  The 18-4 points win lifted Durham off the bottom of the table, Derbyshire’s loss however left the door open for Yorkshire to qualify as they defeated Nottinghamshire 18-4, the latter finish bottom of the group. The groups are shuffled around every two years and next season Durham will be tackling Lancashire and Cumbria both away before finishing off at home to Yorkshire.
Final Group Standings – Yorkshire 46, Derbyshire 31, Durham 28, Nottinghamshire 27

The Durham County B team’s hopes of retaining the Alsop Trophy had already been dashed with the previous loss at Cumbria, this left Northumberland and Yorkshire to battle it out for the title, in the end it was the Tynesider’s who came out on top 110-107 and the 18-4 points return was enough to  complete a Alsop and Muras double.
Final Standings – Northumberland 55, Durham 52, Yorkshire 49, Cumbria 46, Lancashire 18

The quarter finals of the county singles were played at Roker Marine with four local lad’s in action, Silksworth’s David Bolt sealed a semi final spot with a 21-15 win over Owton Lodge’s Albert Ward, in the semi final’s Bolt will face Dunston’s Alec Bryden who defeated Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna 21-12. Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach (pictured) eased past Marine’s Richie Mckie 21-9 to set up a semi final tie against Darlington RA’s Liam Macey who had an impressive 21-10 win over Old Boy’s Mark Higgins.
In the pairs quarter finals at Darlington RA the Dairy Lane duo of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck ground out a 20-15 win over Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins however Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh narrowly went down 20-18 to Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle.

The all Silksworth triples quarter final affair at Leadgate between David Bolt and Billy Ferry resulted in Bolt booking a semi final spot with a 19-11 win, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson’s run came to an end with a harsh 16-14 loss to RA’s Vince Rewcastle.

It was a goodnight for the two Silksworth squad’s left in the quarter finals of the fours at Seaham, Jack Deverson, Stevie Cairns, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow had a cracking 16-14 win over Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland while the former Bowls England fours champion’s Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt defeated Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson 21-8, it was a bad night for Marine as Richie Mckie’s quartet missed out 19-15 to current county champions Leadgate’s Garry Robson.

After missing out on the ladies County singles title Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster suffered more heartache in the two bowl final as a field of twenty one gathered at Horden. In the opening rounds Forster defeated Owton Lodge’s Carmel Guy 14-10 and then Darlington Woodland’s Anne Camp 16-11, in the last eight Forster defeated Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan 16-9 before securing a final spot with a 17-9 win over defending champion Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn. Sadly in the final the Dairy Lane star was beaten 16-11 by Stockton’s former England star Teresa Parnell, there was however some consolation for Forster as both finalist’s qualify for the national championships at Leamington Spa in August.

The Durham County ladies B team head to Stockton today in the latest round of Stella Logan matches, after suffering four defeats on the bounce the Durham squad finally broke their duck with a tremendous 111-102 (9-1) win at Cumbria, today they have the chance to build on that win as they take on bottom of the table Northumberland.


The second stage of this seasons county pairs was held at Darlington RA this week and it was a mixed night for our two remaining local hopes. The Houghton Dairy Lane pairing of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck booked a semi final place with a hard fought 20-14 win over Hartlepool Old Boy’s Carl Higgins, in the semi final’s Thurlbeck will play Stockton’s Mark Hodgson. Our other hope was Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Shaun McIntosh however they just missed out going down 20-18 to RA’s Vince Rewcastle. The singles competition is currently playing catch up as Roker Marine hosted the remaining last sixteen ties, locally Houghton Dairy Lanes Mal Peach continued his good run of form beating Leadgate’s Garry Robson 21-16 while Silksworth’s talented Jaxon McKenna beat Darlington RA’s 21-14 to book a last eight place.

The curse of top spot in this seasons Earl Cup struck again as leaders Barnes West End were beaten 7-0 at Houghton Dairy Lane, Roker Marine closed the gap on the leaders with a 68-54 (5-2) win at Usworth while Hylton Colliery Welfare lifted themselves off the foot of the table with a narrow 61-59½ (5-2) win at Hetton Workmen’s. With the second division leaders North Biddick on a bye second placed Grindon Mill missed a chance to go top as they were beaten 80-64 (5½-1½) at South Hylton, Ryhope moved third with a smashing 80-51½ (7-0) win at Sunderland while Washington defeated bottom of the table Whitburn 78-51 (7-0).

In the Swan Cup the holders and leaders Houghton Dairy Lane lost 5-2 at home to Roker Marine which allowed Barnes West End to go top after beating North Biddick 69-60 (5-2). In division two the leaders Usworth maintained top spot with a good 74-62 (6-1) win at Thompson Park and have a healthy 7½ points lead over second placed Washington who in turn inflicted a ninth defeat straight defeat onto Pemberton 64-60 (6-1), third placed Grindon Mill went down 64-49¾ (6-1) at Hylton Colliery, the remaining game saw Roker Park beat Ryhope 91¼-49 (7-0).

The Harold Howey results were a bit on the sparse side with only third placed Roker Park’s 34-34 (2-2) draw against Hetton Workmen’s received out of the top ten teams. Bottom of the table Whitburn went down 36-29 (4-0) at Houghton Town A while Hylton Colliery B enjoyed a 34-29 (3-1) win at Ryhope A. The second division has new leaders, Pennywell’s narrow 28-26 (3-1) win over Pemberton coupled with last week’s leaders Thompson Park B going down 38-28 (3-1) at New Herrington lifted Pennywell top. South Hetton notched back to back away wins this time 35-23 (3-1) at Wearmouth, Roker Marine B also had a good away day 34-29 (3-1) at Washington Glebe A to move into fifth, Thompson Park A beat Sunderland B 36-34 (3-1) to move into the top half while Pemberton A recorded win number three 30½-24 (3-1) at home against Barnes Park A.

The Storey bowl leaders Roker Park got back to winning ways with a 70-46 (6-1) win at Thompson Park, Houghton Town hit Pennywell for a ton 107-31 (7-0) to move second, holders Seaham Town beat winless Wearmouth 73-67 (5-2) but they are twelve points behind the leaders and will need an improved second half of the season to have any chance of retaining their title.

There is a Sunderland & District Special General Meeting on Saturday 21st July at 10am, due to limit space at the Roker Park club house clubs are requested to only send two representatives, any club that has not received a letter are asked to contact the association secretary Jim Huntingdon.

The final of the SWBA rink’s was played on a torched Barnes Park surface, the final was an all Sunderland affair as Jean Graham, Mavis Pullan, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond (pictured) faced Mary Clarke, Vi Dixon, Sheila Maddison and Brenda Parkin. The early exchanges set the tone for the final as Almond raced into a 14-5 lead and never looked back as they ended up 23-8 victors.

The Sunderland & District president’s team have had a busy time of it as they have rattled off four friendlies - winning three and losing one, most recently they hosted Hertfordshire County tourists. They have the return game against Retford today and tomorrow Carlisle Subscription are the visitors, both games are at Roker Park.

Results - S&D 78-68 Seaton Sluice, S&D 132-83 Retford,  S&D 75-132 Hertfordshire CBA, S&D 69-63 Grindon Mill

Week 6 in the Grindon league saw Wearmouth break their duck with a win at the early season leaders Whitburn 46-37 (4-1), the new leaders however are Silksworth who made it five out of five with a 48-35 (4½-½) local derby win over Ryhope. Barnes West End drop to second after going down 57-41 (4-1) at Houghton Dairy Lane, Usworth move to fourth after a 58-41 (5-0) win at New Herrington, the remaining game saw South Hylton win at Grindon Mill 54-41 (4-1). 

 In the Bowls England senior pairs Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe progressed into the next round following a high scoring 29-23 win over Pelton Fell’s Brian Brown, in the next round Briscoe face’s a trip to Darlington RA against John Hills. In the women’s senior singles Dairy Lane’s Glynis Morgan had a tremendous 21-11 win over Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson, in the next round Morgan heads to Darlington North Park. There was more good news for Morgan in the senior pairs alongside Joan Rodgerson the Dairy Lane duo defeated Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn 21-18 and will now face Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson. Following their 44-25 win over Keswick in the Tony Allcock Over 60’s mixed double fours Houghton Dairy Lane head to Hundens tomorrow, however their run in the top club came to an end with a 4-1 loss to Darlington RA, meanwhile Silksworth progressed into the next round with a 5-0 win at New Deleval and will next face Silloth.

At the Home International series at Leamington Spa England were left to rue a disappointing afternoon performance against Ireland as they missed out on a fourth consecutive series success.  An opening 123-106 win over Scotland was followed by the disappointing 133-98 loss to Ireland which left England needing to beat Wales in the final game by 40 shots to retain the title, however the best it got for England was a lead of 21 shots which in fact was the final winning margin 128-107, ultimately it left Wales champions albeit by 34 shots, Scotland collected a third successive wooden spoon. Silksworth and Durham’s David Bolt had a cracking series and was the only England skip to record three wins, his rink of Lee Haywood, Louis Ridout and Northumberland’s Chris Yeomans  defeated Scotland’s Derek Oliver 23-14, Ireland’s Simon Martin 24-20 and capped it off with a 24-17 win over Paul Taylor.

6th July 2018 - ALSOP HOPES SUNK

The Durham County Alsop Trophy team’s hopes of retaining their title were dashed as they were beaten 136-98 by Cumbria at Courtfield which also ended a two year unbeaten run. On a tinderbox playing surface which ultimately was the same for both sides it was Cumbria who adapted better to the scorching conditions, Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor steered his rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Barnes Park’s Michael Davis to another impressive 28-10 win over E.Orchard which meant Taylor’s rink went unbeaten through the campaign. The only other Durham win saw Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie grab a last end 19-16 win over Paul Bannister while Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson went down 21-14 to John Barber, sadly the remaining three rinks toiled in the heat. Team captain Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram lost 23-12 to K.Johnson and Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo went down 29-17 to P.Metcalfe, it was a case of after the lord mayor’s show for Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner who slumped to a 37-8 loss to S.Watson. Points wise it finished 18-4 in Cumbria’s favour and although Durham are still top the news that Yorkshire beat Lancashire 18-4 means mathematically there is no combination of result in the groups final fixture between Northumberland and Yorkshire that would see Durham hold onto top spot.
Current Standings – Durham 4-52, Cumbria 4-46, Yorkshire 3-45, Northumberland 3-37, Lancashire 4-18

There was disappointment for the ladies County Northern Trophy squad as they were beaten 129-111 at Horden by Yorkshire despite winning on four of the six rinks, bizarrely the two team met in May when Yorkshire ran out 18 shots winners. Locally Joan Rodgerson (Houghton DL) steered club mates Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Sunderland’s Lorraine Breheny to a narrow 21-20 win while Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson had a tough afternoon going down 38-11. The 6-4 loss on points however does still keep Durham’s slim hopes of snatching the Northern Trophy but will need a big win against bottom of the table Northumberland at Sunderland in two weeks time.
Current Standings – Yorkshire 4-21½, Cumbria 3-21, Durham 4-19½, Northumberland 3-6

Durham’s Middleton Cup squad will bring the curtain down on a disappointing campaign tomorrow as they head to Kirbymoorside to face Derbyshire, with qualification to the quarter finals not possible Durham have not only pride to play for but a chance to avenge last season’s gut wrenching loss which ultimately cost Durham a quarter final place. The following team has been selected - M.Gleeson (Spennymoor),K.Burton (Darlington RA), G.Farquhar (Silksworth), P.Mosley (Stockton), M.Hodgson (Stockton), A.Ward (Owton Lodge), I.Jackson (Hartlepool Park), J.Mansfield (Hartlepool Park), S.Baker (Silksworth), J.Richardson (Silksworth), R.Mckie (Roker Marine), D.Oram (Hartlepool Park), J.Deverson (Silksworth), P.Sainthouse (Silksworth), J.Halcrow (Silksworth), D.Bolt (Silksworth), J.Harston (Hundens), N.Ridley (Silksworth), D.Todner (Houghton DL), I.Riches (Silksworth), P.Dixon (Silksworth), M.Peach (Houghton DL), P.Baker (Silksworth), C.Boston (Stockton)
Current standings – Yorkshire 2-28, Derbyshire 2-27, Nottinghamshire 2-23, Durham 2-10

The County President’s team played hosts to the Hertfordshire County Bowling Association touring team at a sweltering Houghton Dairy Lane, it was a winning afternoon for county president Jeff Wilson’s team 132-70 with Hartlepool’s Dale Oram top rink 28-8 against M.Harris. 
Rink scores – (Durham skips first) – J.McAdoo 25-14 R.Cracknell, K.Sykes 15-23 D.Fox, J.Wilson 22-7 J.Loudon, A.Taylor 23-6 W.Orr, D.Oram 28-8 M.Harris, K.Richardson 19-12 B.Smith

The quarter finals of the County triples and fours were played this week, Leadgate hosted the triples where locally we were guarantee at least one triple into the semi finals. The all Silksworth affair between current county champions David Bolt and club mate Billy Ferry resulted in a 19-11 Bolt win, our other local hope were a tad unlucky to go down 16-14 to Darlington RA’s Vince Rewcastle. In the fours it was a good night for Silksworth as David Bolt defeated Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson 21-8 and Josh Halcrow had a tremendous 16-14 win over RA’s Andrew Kirtland, our other local hope Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie went out to the current county champion’s Leadgate’s Garry Robson 19-15.

The ladies County two bowl day was held at Horden and it was a mixed day for Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, after reaching the final Forster’s hopes of repeating her 1995 success were dashed following a 16-11 loss to Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, however the fact that both finalist’s qualify for the national championships at Leamington in August will have eased the loss.




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