Carpet bowls: Hetton scare for Town End Farm on opening day

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Town End Farm were lucky to come away with a draw from their first game of the new D&P Trophies Sunderland Club League season.

They lost the first two ends 8-5 and 11-8 to Hetton, and the omens were not looking good going into the last rink. Hetton had to use three of their players on the final rink and were mauled by Farm, who romped to a 28-3 win to secure an overall draw.Both teams need to improve if they are to have a say in the race for honours.

Champions Grindon started off with a 6-2 win away to Farringdon. They took the first rink 10-6, but they saw Farringdon rally to edge the second 16-15, with Grindon giving away eight shots on one dramatic end.

Grindon, though, sealed overall victory by winning the last rink 9-4 – and will again be the team that everyone has to beat.

Plains Farm drew 4-4 with NSCC in a tight game. They lost the first rink 7-6 and drew the second 5-5 after trailing 5-1. Trailing by two shots going into the final end of the last rink, P. Shergold drew three shots to claim the rink 8-7.

Steels beat Silksworth Comrades 6-2 at home in their opening match.