Husband and wife team secure bowls title

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HUSBAND and wife pairing Locky and Anne Locky Todd lifted the Sunderland Mixed Pairs title after defeating Pat Johnson and Ray Robinson 14-8 in the final.

The early exchanges saw the Todds race into a 9-0 lead after only four ends, but last year’s beaten finalists responded to get the score back to 10-7.

With time and ends running out, the 12th end proved decisive as the Todds trailed the jack a couple of inches to collect a treble to open up a 13-8 lead.

With time up, the 13th end was the final end with Robinson needing a six to steal the title.

There was a slim chance of that happening, but a couple of Todd running bowls, followed by a draw, ended Robinson’s hopes as a dropped single enabled Todd to seal victory.

The club competitions at Crowtree are reaching the latter stages. The various draws are as follows:

Mens Competitions, Singles semi-finals: G.Farquhar / D.Bolt v P.Dixon, GR.Smith v N.Ridley (final to be played on Sunday, March 25 at 12.30). Pairs quarter-finals: G.Simpson v Pete Thomson, G.Farquhar v W.Ferry, TW.Todd v D.Todner, P.Dixon is already in semi-finals. Triples semi-finals: J.Flett v S.Angus, W.Ferry v D.Hulley. Fours semi-finals: W.Ferry v K.Knubley, G.Farquhar v GR.Smith / D.Fenwick. 2 Bowl Singles semi-finals: F.Froud v J.Flett, T.Jopling v W.Hearne.

Senior Competitions, Singles final: T.Jopling v J.Flett (final to be played on Sunday, March 25, 12.30).

Pairs final: F.Knubley v W.Roberts (final to be played on Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm). Triples semi-finals: R.Graham v D.Hulley, W.Ferry v J.Flett. Fours Final: R.Graham / W.Ferry v J.Flett (final to be played on Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm). 2 Bowl Singles semi-finals: R.Borthwick v J.Coundon / A.Grimes, G.Brown v T.Jopling. Novice Pairs Final: D.Fenwick v M.Laydon (final to be played on Wednesday, March 21, 6.30pm).

Ladies Competitions, Singles semi-finals: E.Bake v A.Curtis (final to be played on Sunday, March 25, at 12.30). Pairs semi-finals: M.Williamson v S.Davies, E.Baker v M.Mitchinson.

H Entries are being taken for the Australian Pairs competition due to be held on the weekend of March 31 and April 1 at Crowtree.

H The Durham County senior squad’s hopes of retaining the Midlands league title have suffered a near-fatal blow following a four-shot 14-8 defeat at the hands of Nottinghamshire.

The Durham squad complete their fixtures on Tuesday at Darlington against Warwickshire and need other results to go their way to retain the title.

Latest standings: Notts P5 Pts 60, Lincolnshire 4 55, Durham 4 48, Warwickshire 3 41, Yorkshire 3 20, Leicestershire 3 18.

H The EIBA have announced that from 2013, the ladies’ Yetton Cup competition will now take place on Saturdays rather than the traditional Thursday and the Lingford Trophy has been scrapped.

H All outdoor clubs are reminded that entries are still being taken for the Bowls Durham men’s County Champion of Champions competition. This new county-run singles competition made its debut last season and is in memory of the late great George Turley.

Clubs can enter by contacting the county competition secretary George Charlton.

H Bowls England have announced that in 2013 the County U25 Double rink competition format will revert back to a reginal final format and only the last four teams will qualify for Worthing. Last year, a change which saw the last 16 qualify, saw many counties including Durham withdraw due to funding issues.