Phillip Dixon seals singles success

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SUNDERLAND’S Phillip Dixon sealed a 2-0 win over The Park’s J. Miller in the national Area 1 Under 25 singles regional final at Durham.

In the opening rounds, Sunderland’s Gary Embleton went out 2-1 to Miller, while Dixon defeated Houghton’s Stuart Patterson 2-0.

That win for Dixon, combined with clubmate Gary Farquhar’s non-appearance, secured a place in the semi-finals.

In the semis, Dixon defeated The Park’s Darren Parkes 2-0, before triumphing in the final.

The victory sets up a play-off against the yet-to-be-decided Area 2 Cumbria event, with the eventual winner qualifying for the final stages at Rugby in January.

H The England Under 25 international trial squad has been announced with the only northern-based players selected being The Park’s Chris Yeomans and Thornaby’s Ben Suggitt. The trial takes place at Bristol on December 10.

The ladies’ Under 25 squad has also been announced with Hartlepool’s Lauren Copeland the only northern player involved. That trial is at Nottingham on November 27.

H The England selectors have included the following local players in the main England trial squad – Brett Arkley, David Bolt, Gary Smith (all Stanley), Glenn Skipp, Vinnie O’Neill, Mark O’Riordan (all Hartlepool) and Andrew Kirtland (Darlington). The trial takes place at Rushcliffe on December 11.

In the ladies’ equivalent squad, The Park’s Pat Browne is the only northern player involved.

H There was mixed news for both the Sunderland senior squads in the latest round of inter-club matches.

The A team made it three wins out of three after defeating South Shields 5-0, while the B team went down 4-1 at Stanley.

The A team enjoyed a 52-26 home win. Pat Collin, George Simpson, John Jones and Billy Ferry defeated John Kelso 16-9, while John Smith, Ronnie Robson, Arthur Baker and Bobby Graham defeated W.Owens 19-5.

The remaining rink of Billy Hearne, Ritchie Jobling, Vic Avery and Fred Knubley defeated Geoff Driver 17-12.

The B team went down 52-36 at Stanley. Tony Grimes, Tony Wood, Tom Jones and George Gibson had a cracking 14-12 win over Billy Bell but there was no joy for the remaining two rinks.

Peter Duke, Bobby Adams, Alf Ferguson and Terry Todd never recovered from an early 12-0 deficit against Derek Craig and eventually finished 17-11 down. The remaining rink of John Banks, Vic Hendry, Billy Conway and Dennis Hulley went down 23-11 to Ray Newton.

The A team return to Over 60s national double fours action on Friday (12.30) in a second round clash against West Denton.

H There was disappointment for the Durham County Over 60s squad as they lost there opening Liberty fixture 135-115 (16-10) against Yorkshire.

Despite the three away rinks running out 67-55 (8-2) winners at Featherstone, it all went wrong at Darlington for the home three rinks as Yorkshire romped to a 80-48 (8-2) win.

The next group game is against Lancashire with all six rinks playing at Eden Penrith on November 8.