Double delight for seniors

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SUNDERLAND’S two senior squads have had a good week with both A and B teams enjoying victories.

The A team travelled to the Parks and recorded a good 4-1 (55-32) win.

Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, Fred Knubley and Billy Ferry defeated R.Eke 22-9 while Hendy Shields, George Simpson, John Jones and Tommy Jopling defeated K.Thompson 24-11.

The remaining rink of John Smith, Arthur Baker, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham lost a low-scoring game 12-9 to S.Blyth. The A team entertain Gateshead A at Crowtree in two weeks’ time.

The B team faced last season’s play-off winners Darlington B at Crowtree. With the visitors delayed by traffic, the Sunderland squad eventually recorded a cracking 3½-1½ (43-39) win.

Keith Ford, Tony Grimes, Alfie Ferguson and Terry Todd defeated A.Stephenson 19-9 with Todd collecting a last-end six to seal the overall win.

Ron Hall, John Banks, Billy Roberts and Dennis Hulley dropped a late five but still managed to earn a 13-13 draw against J.Green.

The remaining squad of Peter Duke, Bobby Usher, Eddie Cook and George Gibson never recovered from an early 15-1 deficit but did well to get back to 17-11 against S.Summers.

The B team next head to Park View, which over recent times has become something of a bogey green for them.

H Sunderland Ladies return to inter-club action on Wednesday as they face Gateshead. The following team has been selected.

At Crowtree: A.Candlish, M.Ramshaw, M.Eggleston, E.Baker, M.Robins, O.Charlton, H.Snell, A.Bevan, M.Smith, J.Milner, E.Barkes, M.Mitchinson. Reserve – B.Thompson

At Gateshead: K.Hulley, M.Williamson, R.Mallaburn, E.Pattinson, D.Kerrigan, J.Reay, S.Thomson, M.Firth, A.Todd, A.Short, G.Eltringham, F.Rodenby. Reserve – E.Barren

The mini bus for the away squad will leave the Londonderry at 11am and the game starts at 12.30.

H In the Over 60s singles, Tommy Jopling moved into the next round after a comfortable 21-5 win at Crowtree over Newcastle’s Chris Brown.

In the next round, Jopling will travel to either J.Hume (Concordia) or E.Henry (Park View).

In the champion of champions, Sunderland’s representative Gary Smith defeated Stanley’s Alan Lawton 21-14 in the area fina. That win sets Smith up for a tie against Copeland’s S.Walker on a neutral green at West Denton on a date yet to be confirmed.

H England have named the team for the home international series in March at Stanley. Locally, Brett Arkley (Stanley), Glen Skipp (Hartlepool), David Bolt and Gary Smith (both Stanley) have been select en-block as a full rink.

Hartlepool’s Paul Hartley gets his first England call-up but there is no place in the squad for Darlington’s Andrew Kirtland.

H The World Bowls Tour and the English Indoor Bowling Association have signed one of the biggest TV deals the sport has seen with Premier Sports, the subscription-based service available on Sky.

In 2013, there will be 260 hours of bowls coverage starting in February. It will cover the World Bowls Tour International Open, PBA Masters, National Under 25s, EIBA Singles, England internationals, World Pairs and the new Premier Threes events.

H There was some very sad news this week as the local bowls scene lost a true gent with the sudden loss of Frankie Adams (60). wA much-loved Silksworth stalwart, Frankie was a quiet and much respected bowler and played the game as it is supposed to be played – competitively and in a sporting manner.

Despite work commitments, Frankie still had a desire to get on the green as much as possible and compete. He will be sorely missed by all his fellow bowlers.