Second time lucky for Usworth

Usworth, winners of the Sunderland and District 3-2-1 Triples, with Sunderland & District President Alan Patterson.

Usworth, winners of the Sunderland and District 3-2-1 Triples, with Sunderland & District President Alan Patterson.

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USWORTH made amends for last year’s final defeat by landing the Sunderland & District 3-2-1 triples title at Grindon Mill this week.

The Washington club won three of the four rinks to run out convincing 237-195 winners over Sunderland.

Rink scores (Usworth skips first): G Hackett 60 D New 48, G Tazack 61 G Etherington 47, A Newton 66 R Campbell 42, S Copeland 50 D Graham 58

H The Burkett Shield will be played to a finish this week.

Roker Park will host the quarter-finals on Tuesday, with the semi-finals at North biddick on Thursday and the final at Grindon Mill on Friday.

Quarter-final draw: F Froud (Barnes WE) v M Thomson (WG), M Laydon (Silksworth) v G Farquhar (Silksworth), D Hulley (Thompson Park) or A Wilson (Pemberton) v T Jopling (Barnes Park), R Alexander (Barnes WE) v R Robinson (Roker Marine) or P Brickle (Silksworth)

H Last weekend’s rain put paid to a couple of open competitions, with Houghton Dairy Lane’s double pairs and Whitburn’s open pairs both washed out. Both clubs hope to rearrange for later in the season.

H England’s team for next week’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow includes two gold medallists from Delhi four years ago – Cambridgeshire’s Ellen Falkner and Devon’s Natalie Melmore.

Devon’s Sam Tolchard has the men’s singles berth again after narrowly missing out on the bronze medal four years ago.

Women – Singles: Natalie Melmore; Pairs: Jamie Lea Winch, Natalie Melmore; Triples: Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Falkner, Sian Honnor; Fours: Sophie Tolchard, Jamie Lea Winch, Ellen Falkner, Sian Honnor

Men – Singles: Sam Tolchard; Pairs: Andrew Knapper, Sam Tolchard; Triples: John McGuinness, Stuart Airey, Jamie Chestney; Fours: John McGuinness, Andrew Knapper, Stuart Airey, Jamie Chestney

H Cumbrian John Bell, England’s performance director, has been elected as president of World Bowls.