Bolt’s hoping that lightning strikes twice

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DAVID Bolt has two county finals to look forward to – after a mixed week for local hopes, writes Richard Mckie.

In the fours semi-finals at Houghton Dairy Lane, the Silksworth quartet of Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and skip Bolt progressed with a 25-15 win over Spennymoor’s Stuart Land.

But hopes of an all-Silksworth final were dashed as Gary Farquhar, Billy Ferry, Keith Avery and Wayne Funnell went down 24-12 to Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland.

Bolt also comes up against Kirtland in the singles final, in what promises to be a cracking clash.

Bolt eased past Leeholme’s Jason Taylor 21-6, while Kirtland edged a thriller 21-20 against Darlington RA clubmate John Hills.

In the triples, the Silksworth trio of Scott Baker, Paul Baker and Phil Smithson never recovered from a 15-1 deficit and eventually went down 21-11 to Pelton Fell’s Eddie Henry.

Herrington Workmen’s Ryan Lowes had his junior singles title dream dashed as holder Liam Macey proved too strong in their semi-final, while Ryhope’s Billy Barkness’s great run in the Champion of Champions ended with a 21-6 semi-final defeat to Eldon Grove’s Alan Hinds.

County final line-up – Singles: D Bolt (Silksowrth) v A Kirtland (Darlington RA); Pairs: B Atwood (Leeholme) v M English (Dipton); Triples: E Henry (Pelton Fell) v T Macey (Darlington RA); Fours: A Kirtland (Darlington RA) v D Bolt (Silksworth); Two-bowl singles: V Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v D Warnaby (Leadgate); Junior singles: L Macey (Darlington RA) v M Gleeson (Leeholme); Champion of Champions: A Hind (Eldon Grove) v B Hopkins (Darlington South Park)

H Durham Ladies’ John’s Trophy squad saw their semi-final hopes dashed by a 15-shot defeat to Lincolnshire at Shipton. Durham had three winning rinks out of six, however Ann Anderson’s 28-10 defeat and Trudy Kitto’s 22-7 loss proved decisive.

H Houghton Dairy Lane will stage the Middleton Cup quarter-final between Northumberland and Cumbria at 2pm today.

H Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Foster, Jimmy McKinney, Joan Rodgerson and John Thurlbeck moved into the area final of the n the national mixed fours thanks to a 20-13 win over Kirkbride’s Stuart Bowman at Haltwhistle.

Thurlbeck’s rink will have home advantage against York’s Paul Humphreys in the final.

H The Silksworth father and son Baker combination saw there run in the national family pairs ended as Gosforth’s Chris Yeoman ran out a 19-16 winner.

BARNES West End are looking to end a 30-year wait to lift the Harold Howey Trophy First Division crown.

West End are sitting pretty at the top of the table, four points clear over unbeaten Houghton Dairy Lane B, with holders Silksworth A only a couple of points further back. Lumley and Thompson Park B occupy the relegation spots.

Only five points cover eight teams in Division Two, with Washington A leading Hylton CW A and Dawdon by a single point.

Pemberton dominate Division Three as the A and B teams occupy the promotion places, with Washington B two points behind the leaders.

Hetton Workmen’s march on the Storey Bowl title continued as they enjoyed a good 6-1 win at Hylton CW.

They now lead by 22 points as they look to secure a sixth Storey Bowl title. Seaham Town won the title by 15 points last summer, but they are well adrift, 39½ points behind the leaders.

Holders Silksworth continue to dominate the Earl Cup Division One race, with a 10th win out of 10 this week, 7-0 against Barnes Park. Silksworth have a six and a half-point lead over Roker Marine and will virtually seal the title if they win this coming week’s clash of the top two.

Houghton Dairy Lane, runners-up last year, are 27½ points off top spot.

All eight teams in Division Two still have something to play for – three and a half points separate the top four, while the bottom four are covered by one and a half, Thompson Park’s 5-2 win over South Hylton moved them into pole position.

Barnes West End look set for promotion in the Third Division as they are 26 points clear of third-placed Pemberton.

In the Swan Cup, Dairy Lane have a eight-point Division One lead over Roker Marine, with Silksworth three further points behind. Houghton Town and Barnes Park are losing touch at the bottom of the table.

Barnes West End moved top in Division Two with a 7-0 win over Hetton Workmen’s, while Ryhope’s 7-0 win over Pemberton maintained their unbeaten run.