Bolt seals Dublin trip

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SILKSWORTH’S David Bolt has clinched his place in the England team for this month’s Home International Series in Dublin.

Bolt and Owton Lodge’s Glenn Skipp both impressed in the recent England trial at Warwick and can now look forward to the big event on June 29-30.

Bolt retained his place as third in the rink of Cumbria’s Stuart Airey, while Skipp breaks into the squad and is the travelling reserve.

The Under-25 squad features no Durham players.

H Durham County A had mixed fortunes in their Northern Counties Muras Trophy double header at Spennymoor, comfortably beating Yorkshire but going down to Lancashire.

In the morning game against Yorkshire, Durham had four winning rinks out of six in a 109-83 success, claiming 18 points, with Darlington RA’s County manager Andrew Kirtland’s 25-13 win being the pick of the bunch.

Scores (Durham skips first): P Mosley 15 D Clark 14, P Smithson 18 R Cook 14, J Fielding 23 P Humphrey 11, J Mansfield 15 M Bruce 18, D Bolt 12 V O’Neill 13, A Kirtland 25 N Brignall 13.

The afternoon fixture saw a much-changed Durham side go down 105-101 (16-5) to Lancashire.

Scores (Durham skips first) – D Fenwick 13 B Kitson 24, P Mosley 21 A Horobin 9, W Funnell 14 N Williams 17, A Macey 23 D Lockhart 15, A Brydon 19 S Hemsley 13, J Mansfield 11 R Stirling 27

Today, Durham’s Middleton Cup squad open up theire campaign against Lincolnshire at Kirkbymoorside, with the team freshened up, notably including Silksworth’s Gary Smith, who will make his outdoor County debut.

In total, seven Silksworth players are involved – S. Baker, P. Smithson, W. Funnell, P. Dixon, I. Riches, G. Smith, and D. Bolt – while G. Farquhar and P. Baker are on the bench.

H Durham’s B team open up their Alsop Cup campaign with a trip to Alnwick to face Northumberland.

The squad includes a host of local players – M. Laydon, J. McKenna (both Silksworth), A. Middleton, R. Robinson (both Roker Marine), J. McAdoo (Seaham Town), D. Ridley (Herrington Workmens), A. Dunn, D. Todner (both Houghton Dairy Lane) and J. Halcrow (Whitburn). Houghton Town’s O. Lynn is on the bench.

H Durham’s youngsters endured disappointment in the Bowls England National Under-25s double fours, going down 31-20 to Cumbria at Wigton despite a spirited performance. Both rinks went down, Gary Farquhar losing 18-14 and Phillip Dixon 23-16.