Home slip-ups are costly as Sunderland miss out

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THERE was bitter disappointment for the Sunderland Denny Plate squad as they went out to Scarborough by six shots (76-70).

At Crowtree, Bobby Graham’s rink of Hendy Shields, Michael Laydon and Gary Farquhar put in a five-star performance and defeated G.Bint 23-10.

The other home rink of debutee Neil Ridley, Phillip Dixon, Ray Robinson and Billy Ferry ran out 23-21 winners over R.Dickens – but were left to rue dropped counts of seven and five during the game.

The win left the home squad 15 shots up, but down at Scarborough Billy Hearne, Locky Todd, John Jones and Tommy Jopling slipped away to a 22-14 defeat at the hands of S.Price.

The remaining squad of Pat Collins, Terry Todd, Joe Flett and Pete Thomson never recovered from a slow start and finished 23-10 down against S.Taylor. That meant the away squad finished 21 shots down.

The win moved Scarborough into the last 16 to face Barwell.

H Over recent years, Darlington have held the Indian sign over the Sunderland inter-county squad, but things changed this time around as the Wearsiders produced one of its best performances for many a year.

All the damage was done down at Darlington as the away squad ran out winners by 38 shots. Neil Ridley, Peter Thomson (snr), Joe Flett and Pete Thomson enjoyed a 30-8 win over Tony Macey.

Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, John Jones and Tommy Jopling defeated John Lynch 22-13 while the remaining rink of Phillip Dixon, Michael Carr, Hendy Shields and Gary Farquhar enjoyed a 21-14 win over England international Andrew Kirtland.

At Crowtree, debutee Gary Embleton, Matty Kilty, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry beat Jeff Fielding 19-9 while the other two home squads struggled.

Locky Todd, Dale Fenwick, Michael Laydon and David Bolt went down 20-13 to Graham Peacock, while George Brown, Bobby Usher, Tony Grimes and Stevie Angus went down 19-17 to Craig Northam.

That left the home squad still in the black with a two-shot advantage. So the 10-2 (121-81) win for the Crowtree outfit is a huge confidence boost going into to the new year and a game against Gateshead in January.

H There was disappontment for the Sunderland senior B team as they went down 4½-½ (41-29) in the latest round of inter county fixtures against Hartlepool B.

Eddie Cook, Billy Conway and Dennis Hulley beat K.Wilford 12-9 but due to a mix-up in transport arrangements had to play a man short, therefore had to settle for a 9-9 draw after losing a quarter of their score.

Tony Grimes, Vic Hendry, Tom Jones and George Gibson were unlucky to lose 13-12 on the final end to M.Parkin while the remaining rink of Peter Duke, Bobby Adams, Alf Ferguson and Terry Todd went down 19-8 to P.Squirrell.

The B team finish off 2011 with a home tie on Wednesday against current group leaders Darlington B. Also on Wednesday, the A team’s unbeaten record will be put to the test as they travel to The Parks minus four key players due to county commitments.

Latest senior group standings:

Group 2: Darlington B P 4 Pts 18, Stanley 5 15, Hartlepool A 4 11½, Sunderland B 5 10½, Park View 4 10, Consett 4 0

Group 3: Sunderland A 5 22, Sth Shield 5 18, Hebburn 5 13, Gateshead 5 8½, The Parks B 5 7½, Houghton A 5 6

Group 4: The Parks A 4 17, Durham B 5 13½, Gateshead B 5 13, Hartlepool B 3 11, Ferryhill 4 3½, Houghton A 3 2

Latest Area 1 National competition draws

Singles, quarter-finals: C.Yeoman (Parks) v I.Riches (Stanley), GR.Smith v D.Bolt (both Stanley), C.Knott (Denton) v B.Arkley (Stanley), M.Cooper (Denton) v J.Minto (Parks)

Pairs quarter-finals: S.Harvey (Parks) 15 B.Arkley (Stanley) 21, G.Farquhar (Sunderland) 19 C.Knott (Denton) 11

Triples, quarter-final result: M.Cooper (Denton) 17 I.Riches (Stanley) 16

Mixed Pairs: T.Todd (Sunderland) 27-22 W.Young (Denton)

H All members at Crowtree are reminded that the centre is closed from Monday, December 19 and reopens on Tuesday, January 3. All the second session of the club leagues also commence on January 3.