Bowls by Richard Mckie
Billy Ferry triumphed 21-12 over Pete Thomson in the men’s four-bowl singles final at Crowtree.
Ferry raced into a 14-1 lead but Thomson produced a cracker to turn the head around and collect a three. Another couple of counts for Thomson cut Ferry’s lead to 14-9.
Ferry regained the momentum and went 18-12 up, before collecting the three shots required to seal his first indoor singles title.
The men’s senior pairs final saw Alfie Ferguson and Terry Todd face George Brown and Joe Flett, with the Flett pairing opening up a 9-4 lead.
A Todd single made it 9-5 before the game took a complete U-turn as Todd went 14-12 ahead.
On a dramatic final end, Ferguson and Todd celebrated their first pairs title 16-13.
H The mixed pairs final had holders Alice Curtis and Bobby Graham facing Pat Johnson and Ray Robinson.
It was the holders who made the better start as Graham opened up a 9-3 lead.
The next three ends saw Robinson score three singles to get the score to 9-6 and with the 10th end in Robinson’s favour, Graham sneaked a single to lead 10-6.
Curtis and Graham battled on and retained the title 10-8.
The ladies four bowl final was a repeat of last year’s final with Ella Baker playing Alice Curtis.
Last year, Baker won a thriller 21-20 and the score was to be repeated this year but with Curtis getting the result this time.
At 14-12 down Baker collected a three to lead 15-14, only for Curtis to respond with 2,1 to lead 17-15.
The next four ends saw Baker turn the final around to lead 20-17 and a ninth singles title looked on.
On what turned out to be the final end, Curtis drew four within a foot and as Baker’s final bowl faded, it left Curtis to win 21-20 and to seal her sixth singles title.
H There are more club finals this week at Crowtree. On Wednesday at 2.30pm the ladies pairs final takes place with Doreen Kerrigan and Ethel Pattinson facing Jean Brown and Pat Johnson.
At 6.30pm, the remaining men’s pairs semi-final between Michael Laydon and Tommy Jopling takes place.
Then on Friday at 6.30pm, the men’s triples final takes place with current holders Richard Mckie, Billy Ferry and Wayne Funnell facing Michael Wright, Tony Wood and Peter Brickle.
H The popular 20/20 pairs was played to a conclusion and as a tribute to the late Norman Routledge, the competition has been renamed after him.
The final group of four played a four-end round robin and just like last year, the final places went down to the final bowl.
The eventual winners were Richard Mckie and Billy Ferry, who recorded 3-2, 4-3, 8-1 victories to take the £140 first prize.
Only a cracking final bowl from Dan Todner, alongside Billy Mitchell secured the runners-up place.
Final Positions: 1st-R.Mckie and W.Ferry 22, 2nd-W.Mitchell and D.Todner 12, 3rd-JA.Smith and F.Knubley 10, 4th-P.Thomson (snr) and J.Flett 10. (Knubley finished 3rd on shots difference)
H The Sunderland senior A team face Aycliffe in the quarter-final play-off.
The following team has been selected: JA.Smith, R.Robson, J.Flett, W.Ferry, P.Collins, J.Coundon, J.Jones, T.Jopling, W.Hearne, G.Simpson, V.Avery, R.Robinson.
H The final ladies county inter club table has been confirmed and the Sunderland ladies have finished runners-up, with Houghton in third. The once all-conquering Darlington have been relegated.
Final Positions: South Shields 27, Sunderland 23, Houghton 22, Durham 22, Darlington 16.
H The inaugural Football pairs provided plenty of entertainment when Bobby Borthwick and Peter Brickle came back from 3-0 down to sneak a 4-3 win over Pat Collins and Ernie Peacock.
Richard Mckie and Billy Mitchell recorded a second 4-1 win over George Simpson and Jim Coundon, while George Brown and Tommy Jopling eased to a 6-1 win over Billy Hearne and Dennis Hulley.
The remaining quarter-final saw Peter Thomson (snr) and Joe Flett face Jim Humphrey and Stevie Angus. After the allotted 15 ends it was tied 0-0, therefore it went to a sudden-death single bowl decider where Angus sealed a semi-final place. The semi-finals take place on Wednesday, April 13, at 6.30pm.
H The national championships at Nottingham commence this weekend and run for a full week.
The fours get the event under way and the Stanley quartet of David Morgan, Brian Harris, David Bolt and Gary Smith open their campaign with a last 32 tie against Lincoln’s George Draper. If successful, the Stanley squad should face Cyphers’ international Andy Thomson in the next round.