On-song Brian storms into County singles quarter-finals

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The County competitions have reached the quarter-final stage and there is plenty of local interest.

In the singles, Seaham Town’s Brian Henderson snr secured a last-eight place with an impressive 21-10 win over Dunston’s Alec Bryden.

Silksworth’s Peter Thomson had to come from behind to defeat Dunston’s Malcolm Johnston 21-18, while Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie defeated Seaham youngster Bryan Henderson jnr 21-16.

Roker Marine’s Jimmy Richardson’s hopes were ended as defending champion Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland eased to a 21-3 win.

Quarter-final draw: A Kirtland (Darlington RA) v J Webster (Vane Tempest), P Bailey (Vane Tempest) v B Henderson snr) (Seaham Town), G Peacock (Hundens) v R Mckie (Marine), C Higgins (Hartlepool Old Boys) v P Thomson (Silksworth). All ties to be played at Stockton on Monday

In the pairs, Silksworth’s Lee Maughan and Billy Ferry moved into the last eight with a 21-16 win over B. James (Vane Tempest), however two other local hopes were dashed.

Houghton’s Mal Peach and Keith Makepeace were beaten 21-16 by Elm Tree’s Glen Skipp, while the Silksworth duo of Neal Ridley and Ian Riches were beaten 28-15 by Hartlepool’s Ian Jackson.

The Seaham Town triple of Bryan Henderson jnr, Jimmy McAdoo and Brian Henderson snr had a cracking 20-16 success against Hartlepool’s John Mansfield to progress into the quarter-finals and a tie against Silksworth’s Michael Laydon.

Fellow Seaham player David Wright was beaten 24-6 by Elm Tree’s Colin Boston, while Silksworth’s David Bolt’s tie against Leeholme’s Barry Attwood has been delayed due to Bolt’s international commitments.

On Tuesday, the fours quarter-finals will be held at Seaham Town. The only local interest is the Silksworth rink of Scot Baker, Paul Baker, Gary Farquhar and Phil Smithson, who face Hartlepool’s Ken Hind.

Three other local entries were beaten at the last-16 stage, with Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson beaten 20-17, Roker Marine’s John Smith going down 20-16 and Seaham’s Brian Henderson snr sunk 29-13.

The two-bowl singles is down to the semi-final stage. Barnes West End’s Bryan Sanderson faces Leadgate’s David Reed, while Elm Tree’s Dave Fenwick faces Hundens’ Stuart Clarke. Usworth’s Brian Poulter lost 16-12 to Owton Lodge’s Tom Grainger and the Roker Marine duo of Ebby Dent and Jimmy Richardson both lost on their last ends.

* Durham County’s B team bounced back from successive Alsop Trophy defeats to ease past Lancashire by 83 shots, collecting 20 points.

Durham had five winning rinks, with the pick of them being Mark Hodgson (Owton Lodge), Sam Patterson (Hetton Workmens), Peter Coulson (Darlington RA) and Houghton Dairy Lane’s Alan J. Dunn, who romped to a 39-5 victory.

The B team bring their season to a close today when they entertain leaders Cumbria at Stockton.

Durham: G Dougherty (Park), M Hodgson (Owton Lodge), N Willey (Stockton), S Patterson (Hetton Workmens); S Land (Spennymoor), P Coulson (Darlington RA), D Oram (Blackhall), A Dunn (Houghton DL); J Sutherland (Houghton DL), S Tindale (Houghton Town), M Gleeson (Leeholme), S Clarke (Hundens); A Middleton (Roker Marine), D Todner (Houghton DL), A Hill (Barnes Park), R Robinson (Houghton DL); A Greathead (Park); J Harston (Hundens), J Ballantyne (Stockton), J Godfrey (Houghton DL); A Parnell (Stockton), A Taylor (Park), H Dougherty (Park), K Wilford (Owton Lodge). Res: A Mole (Park), J Wilson (Houghton DL)

* On Tuesday, Hetton Workmen’s youngster Sam Patterson travels to John Whitehead Park to face Leeholme’s Matt Gleeson in the County junior singles quarter-finals. The winner will face either Noah Cummings or Keith Burton (both Darlington RA) in the semis.

* In the ladies County double rink competition, Sunderland had a tremendous 44-32 win at Darlington North Park to progress to a semi-final date with Consett Park. Hetton Workmen have to travel to Darlington Woodlands in their quarter-final.

* The Silver Jack pairs holders, Silksworth’s David Bolt and Phil Smithson (sub), progressed past the preliminary round by beating Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson and Ray Robinson 17-7 to set up a first round tie against Roker Marine’s Bobby Graham

* The Sunderland and District Bowling Association have called another extraordinary general meeting of all clubs at Houghton Dairy Lane on Sunday July 12 (10am). All clubs should have received notification of the meeting and any club which has not should contact association secretary Eric Weightman.

* There was some sad news as Bobby Martin (89) sadly passed away, The former Pemberton and Mowbray club secretary was a very popular figure on the local bowls scene until ill health stopped him from playing.