It has been a mixed week for Houghton ladies as they exited this seasons Yetton Trophy at the first hurdle but then bounced back in the latest round of Inter County club fixtures. The Yetton tie against South Shield’s was always going to be a big ask against a decent Shields outfit and so it proved, despite a spirited performance Houghton were beaten by 44 shots overall. At Houghton both home rinks looked set for decent wins, Ellen Faith’s (pictured) quartet of Joan Watt, J.Clemment and Gwen Eltringham led 10-1 against Maureen Charles but were pegged back to 11-10 at the half way mark, by the fifteen end mark Faith led 18-11 but in the end had to settle for a 21-17 win. Jenny Smith’s rink of Evelyn Barkes, M.Glover and Brenda Robson led 12-5 but were left to rue a couple of dropped fives as Dorothy Sproates ran out a 22-20 winner, those scores did leave the home squad 41-39 up but the wheels fell off at Shields. Margaret Metcalf, Ruth Turnbull, Margaret Eggleston and Florence Phythian only trailed by four at the half way mark against Pat Burns but things slipped away and Phythian finished 26-12 down, the other away rink of Maureen Hall, Eleanor Barren, Audrey Vout and Joan Baker had a tough day at the office against Pam Carlin and were beaten 36-4, so the away squad finished forty six shots adrift which sealed a 101-57 defeat. In the next round South Shields face West Denton while Houghton drop into the Yetton Plate.

The Houghton ladies however bounced back this week as they cruised to a 53½ shot win over Ferryhill in the latest round of Inter club fixtures, with all four rinks recording handsome wins Houghton collected all ten points on offer. At Houghton Susan Forster, Evelyn Barkes, Ann Banks and Ellen Faith eased to a 25-8¼ win over E.Kidman while Jenny Smith steered Joan Watt, A.Latimer, and Brenda Robson to an impressive 24-10 win over S.Maughan, those scores left the home squad 30¾ shots to the good. At Ferryhill both Houghton squads put in cracking performances, Florence Phythian skipped Margaret Metcalf, M.Glover and Margaret Eggleston to an impressive 29-10 win over S.Heath while Joan Baker steered Maureen Hall, Ruth Turnbull and Audrey Vout to a 20-12 win which secured a 27 shot win away from home, next up is Hartlepool on Wednesday November 8.
The Houghton Gilpin senior men’s squad return to action as they make the trip down the A1 to face Darlington B, the following team has bene selected.
J.Harrison, P.Robinson, E.Downes, R.Robson, K.Waterson, A.Wood, W.Longley, R.Thorpe, D.Robson, F.Sanderson, D.Gibson, W.Roberts.

Houghton are in Top Ten action today as they play hosts to Durham, after a spirited performance at Darlington hopes are high for a win today, the following squad are in action
Singles – P.Thomson
Pairs – M.Wright & D.Todner
Triples – D.Armstrong, P.Harding, TW.Todd
Fours – P.Thomson (snr), J.Scullion, F.Fletcher, F.Froud

Week two in the Seniors Premier League took place at Stanley and it was a good afternoon for the host club as both there squads recorded comfortable victories, Stanley A followed up their opening 37-6 win over Darlington A with a 21-10 win over Gateshead B, Stanley B also completed a second win after their 27-9 win over Houghton they defeated Darlington A 19-9. It was a tough afternoon for the Houghtonians trio of Fred Fletcher, Joe Sutherland and Terry Todd as they slumped to a heavy 42-5 loss against Darlington B.

Week 1 Results (played at Gateshead)
Gateshead A 21-15 Darlington B, Gateshead B 22-13 Ferryhill B, Stanley A 37-6 Darlington A, Houghtonians 30-22 Ferryhill A, Houghton A 9-27 Stanley B

Week 2 Results (played at Stanley)
Stanley A 21-10 Gateshead B, Stanley B 19-9 Darlington A, Houghtonians 5-42 Darlington B
Durham 13-15 Ferryhill B, Ferryhill A 8-26 Gateshead A

Week three fixtures will see both Houghton squads in action, representing Houghton A against Durham will be Peter Thomson (snr), Richard Thorpe and Frankie Froud while Fred Fletcher, Joe Sutherland and Terry Todd lead the Houghtonians against unbeaten Stanley B

Other Week 3 Fixtures at Houghton (Wednesday November 1 at 1230)
Darlington A v Gateshead B, Stanley A v Darlington B
The Durham County ladies Atherley squad have two warm up games prior to their first round tie against Lincolnshire at Scarborough in November, the Durham squad are playing South Shield’s this afternoon with five Houghton ladies involved.
M.Hall (Houghton), M.Metcalf (Houghton), F.Slinn (Durham), N.Stephenson (Houghton), J.Kirby (Sth Shields), A.Jameison (Sth Shields), J.Baker (Houghton), P.Carlin (Sth Shields), R.Skinner (Hartlepool), E.Horan (Durham), J.Pickford (Durham), A.Stafford (Durham), J.Brown (Durham), S.Pegg (Darlington), M.Richardson (Ferryhill), S.Maughan (Ferryhill), J.Tallack (Sth Shields), Y.Cooke (Ferryhill), C.Budd (Durham), M.Charles (Sth Shields), K.Dixon (Aycliffe), JB.Smith (Houghton), A.Richie (Aycliffe), E.Helm (Aycliffe)
Reserves – D.Jackson (Hartlepool) A.Longmuir (Hartlepool), J.Pattison (Darlington), J.Hewitson (Aycliffe), L.Barkess (Durham)

It is five years since the Durham County men have lifted the Liberty Trophy however as a county Durham are still the most successful county in England with eleven Liberty titles, last season a disjointed Durham were humbled in the first round by Cumbria going down by fifty shots and any hopes of a 12th success will need a united front on the green with past grievances put to bed, team manager David Kilner has selected the following players for a trial and squad day on Saturday October 28 at Hartlepool.
K. Burton (Darlington), M. Barkess, R.Bewick, M.Laydon, K.Minnis, GR.Smith, P.Smithson, M.Wright (all Durham), M. Glessson, J.Harston (both Aycliffe), C. Boston, D.Fenwick, J.Forcer, C.Higgins, P.Hartley, J.Halcrow, I.Jackson, M.Jones, P.Mosley, V.O’Neill, D.Oram, M.Squirrell (all Hartlepool)
J. Snellar, S.Barker, D.Bolt, G.Farquhar, D.Paterson, M.Peach, N.Ridley, P.Sainthouse, I.Riches (all Sth Shields), B. Arkley, J.Thurlbeck, B.Houghton, J.Thurlbeck (all Stanley)

With the indoor season just getting started the local qualification rounds in the national competitions are yet to get a head of steam up, however there have a been a few ties played in the singles. Area Two is virtually a north-south split before the two halves meet in the area final, the northern half has sixty entries fighting for the one place while the south section has sixteen entries fighting for the other spot. In the north section Durham’s Mark Higgins continues to impress with a cracking 21-11 win over club mate Mark Barkess, Gateshead’s Mal Johnston moved into the next round with a 21-18 home win over Durham’s Jimmy Richardson, West Denton youngster Aaron Robson eased to a 21-11 home win over The Park’s Roy Stephenson while South Shield’s Stewart Hubbard recorded a cracking 21-11 win at Stanley against James McKenna, Houghton’s Peter Thomson, Carl Elliott (Shields) and M.Appleby (Durham) have all been given a walkover into the next round alongside Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins in the south section. In the Two bowl singles Alex Bryden won an all Gateshead affair against Mal Johnston 21-17.

The Denny Cup gets underway next weekend with a tasty opener as South Shields and Stanley go head to head, they met two years ago and South Shields ran out winners by 36 shots, last season Stanley crashed out in the first round to Gateshead who were then narrowly beaten by Shields. On paper Shields have a strong looking squad and have selected the following team.

At Shields – J.Lambert, J.Snellar, G.Farquhar, S.McIntosh, N.Ridley, S.Hubbard, I.Riches, I.McIntosh
At Stanley – P.Dixon, J.McKenna, D.Paterson, D.Bolt, M.Peach, P.Sainthouse, J.Minto, C.Yeomans

There has been plenty of international bowls on the television with test matches for both England men and ladies against Scotland covered on ITV4, York hosted the ladies match with Scotland running out 6-5 winners and the auld enemy completed the double in the men’s match 8-3 at New Earswick.

There will be another change in venue for the South Hylton lads next outdoor season, due to council cuts there green at King George V was sacrificed so they had to move onto their neighbours Pennywell green, however a season that has been plagued by anti social issues has seen the Hylton lads take the decision to move to Barnes Park and share the West End green.


The newly named Houghton Kepier and Houghton Gilpin went head to head as the Inter County league got underway last weekend, it turned out to be a good day for the Gilpin lads who ran out winners by 21 shots overall - winning on all four rinks. The pick of the Gilpin wins was the 29-16 win for Joe Sutherland, David Armstrong, Bryan Henderson (jnr) and Alan J Dunn over John Doyle, Tom Williamson, Trevor Joicey and Gary Wallace, despite trailing 6-5 Dunn collected 15 shots in the middle of the game which laid the foundations for the win. The other three games could have gone either way, Mal Baker, Sam Patterson, David Wright and Brian Henderson (snr) turned a 9-8 deficit against Tony Grimes, Tony Wood, George Brown and Richard Thorpe into a 17-13 win. The John Jones quartet of Michael Noble, Tom Patterson and Michael Davis recovered from 11-4 down to defeat Michael Wright, Alan Patterson, Jimmy McAdoo and Richie Mckie 20-17. The clean sweep for Gilpin was completed by Bobby Usher, Freddie Fletcher, Ian Whorlton and Frankie Froud who defeated Eric Downes, Peter Thomson (snr), Terry Todd and Peter Thomson (jnr) 17-15.  Points wise it was a 10-0 win for Gilpin , in the next round of fixtures Gilpin face Gateshead B while Kepier face The Parks, other results saw Durham beat The Parks 9-1 and holders Hartlepool beat Darlington 8-2, the only game played in the second division saw Dunelm beat Gateshead A 7-3.

In the Seniors Inter club league Houghton Gilpin finally got there season underway as they entertained a  Hartlepool outfit that made the end of season play off semi finals, despite a gallant effort Gilpin were beaten 37-35. The sole Gilpin win came from Peter Noble, Fred Sanderson, Denis Gibson and Billy Roberts who recovered from 11-3 down with only five ends to play to beat former England internationalist Dave Kilner 13-11. Eric Downes, Arthur Gregory, Charlie Wallace and Ronnie Robson were unlucky to lose 15-12 to A.Bridgewater while D.Robson, P.Robinson, Bill Longley and Richard Thorpe ended up on the wrong end of a low scoring 11-10 loss to John Ainger.

Houghton ladies are in Yetton Trophy action this morning as they face a tough first round tie against South Shield’s, the following squad has been selected

At Houghton – J.Watt, J.Clemmet, G.Eltringham, E.Faith, E.Barkes, M.Glover, B.Robson, JB.Smith
Reserve – OJ.Charlton

At Shields – M.Metcalf, R.Turnbull, M.Eggleston, F.Phythian, M.Hall, E.Barren, A.Vout, J.Baker

On Wednesday Houghton ladies look to bounceback from there opening Inter Club defeat against Gateshead as they take on Ferryhill with the following squad.

At Houghton – S.Forster, E.Barkes, A.Banks, E.Faith, J.Watt, A.Latimer, B.Robson, JB.Smith
At Ferryhill – M.Metcalf, M.Glover, M.Eggleston, F.Phythian, M.Hall, R.Turnbull, A.Vout, J.Baker
Reserves from H.Collingwood, E.Barren

The qualifiers for the World Bowls Tour Scottish Open and International Open took place at Carlisle last weekend, there was good news for South Shield’s based David Bolt as he secured the Scottish Open place, wins over Robert Gordon (Lanarkshire), Connor Cinato (Kingsthorpe),Vinnie O'Neill (Hartlepool) and David Crawford (Galleon) set up a semi final against Hartlepool's Josh Halcrow. A straight forward 2-0 set win over Halcrow saw Bolt move into a mouth watering final clash against Durham’s Gary Smith, the first set went to Bolt 6-1 before Smith took the second set 8-7 to send the tie into a best of three end tie breaker, the tie breaker went to Bolt 2-0 which secured a place in the televised event at Perth in November. Bolt has a tough opener as he is drawn to face world champion Scotland’s Alex Marshall MBE.

In the International Open qualifiers hopes of a repeat Bolt performance were ended in the last sixteen with a 2-1 loss to Cumbria’s Kevin Harrison while Smith missed out again this time in the semi finals as eventual winner Cumbria’s Ian Gallagher inflicted a 2-0 defeat on the Durham star.

A thirty six man squad has been selected for Durham’s Liberty Trophy campaign, there is a squad game pencilled in for Saturday October 26 at Hartlepool, the squad breakdown is as follows – Darlington (1), Durham (7), Aycliffe (2), Hartlepool (13), Houghton (1), South Shields (9) and Stanley (3). Durham are due to face Cumbria in the first round on December 16.

Following the EIBA’s Annual General Meeting the proposed annual affiliation fee of £4.50 per member was defeated, it was then resubmitted at a Special General Meeting in September but at £4.00 but again this was defeated, following that second defeat it has been resubmitted for a third time at a second SGM in October but now at £3.15 per member, the affiliation fee is the sports biggest income but has always been a bone of contention with the larger private clubs, the EIBA are planning to look at a change to per rink rather than per member.

The Houghton feast Open Singles will be played to a finish today as the remaining sixteen players brave the outdoor elements, holder Leadgate’s David Warnaby is still in the running to defend his title.


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