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ALL THREE local senior squads enjoyed victories this week in the latest round of Senior Inter Club fixtures.

In group two, the Sunderland B team had a cracking 38-36 (4-1) win at Houghton over current group leaders Darlington B.

Richie Jobling’s quartet of Peter Bulmer, Billy Roberts and Billy Conway raced into an 11-0 lead and never looked back to record a good 17-10 win over A.Henderson.

Peter Brickle, Ebby Dent, Frankie Froud and George Gibson recovered from 5-1 down to defeat J.Hills 13-8 while the remaining rink of Tony Grimes, Peter Thomson, Alfie Ferguson and Terry Todd went down 18-8 to A.Stephenson.

The B team travels to Park View next on Thursday, October 31.

Team: P.Bulmer, W.Roberts, W.Conway, R.Jobling, P.Duke, E.Dent, F.Froud, G.Gibson, A.Grimes, E.Cook, D.Hulley, P.Brickle. Reserves – A.Ferguson & TW.Todd

On Tuesday, the Sunderland B team faces a tough task against Stanley in the first round of the Over 60s National Double Fours competition. Stanley won the national title last year.

Sunderland have named the following squads as they look to provide a shock.

At Houghton: A.Grimes, D.Hulley, F.Froud, P.Brickle

At Stanley: W.Roberts, A.Ferguson, R.Jobling, TW.Todd. The game starts at 12.30 at both venues

In group three, Houghton A maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-2 win over Hebburn.

The Sunderland A team moved into second place after a good 49-37 (4-1) win at The Parks.

Arthur Baker, Billy Hearne, John Jones and Tommy Jopling eased to a 19-11 win over S. Bolam while Ted Forster, Hendy Shields, Fred Knubley and Billy Ferry defeated K.Thompson 18-12.

The remaining rink of Bobby Rollason, Ronnie Robson, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham were out of luck, narrowly going down 14-12 to C.Wright.

The A team entertain Gateshead on October 29 at Houghton (12.30).

Houghton B entertain Hartlepool A on October 30.

Team: B.Lemmon, D.Vincent, J.Swinney, W.Storey, S.Barnes, A.Gregory, J.Webster, T.Burt, J.Matthews, B.Johnson, T.Baister, T.Ainsey. Reserves – B.Phythian & P.Taylor.

Latest Group Standings

Group 1: Gt Aycliffe 9, Darlington A 5, Shildon 4, Spennymoor 1, Durham A 1

Group 2: Darlington B 9½, Stanley 7½, Hartlepool A 7, Sunderland B 4, Park View 1½

Group 3: Houghton A 11½, Sunderland A 10, The Parks B 5, Gateshead A 4, South Shields 2½, Hebburn 2

Group 4: Ferryhill 13½, Hartlepool B 4, The Parks A 4, Gateshead B 2, Houghton B 1, Durham ½

H Houghton are making a return to the mixed Egham Trophy competition.

After a couple of years absence, Houghton will face West Denton - who last season reached the last 32 - on Sunday, October 27, at 10am.

Houghton team. At Houghton: K.Armstrong, J.Baker, B.Robson, S.Tindale, M.Baker, A.Todd, B.Phythian, F.Phythian. Reserve – J.Lawson.

At West Denton: M.Metcalf, O.Lynn, N.Stephenson, W.Davis, R.Watson, M.Middleton, J.Sutherland, J.McAdoo.

H Houghton ladies will be looking to get past the first round in the Mason Trophy double fours as they face Newcastle.

Team. At Houghton: J.Watt, M.Nicholson, JB.Smith, B.Johnson. Reserve – B.Robson.

At Newcastle: M.Metcalf, M.Middleton, E.Faith, N.Stephenson. Reserves – M.Hall & J.Baker.

H Following the cracking win over Sunderland A in the National Over 60’s Double fours, Houghton face Park View on November 7 at 12.30,

At Houghton: J.Doyle, A.Tate, J.Thuburn, P.Harding.

At Park View: M.Baker, A.Pratt, D.Sim, J.Scullion.

H Durham County Seniors will open their Over 60 Inter County knock-out campaign against Yorkshire this Thursday at 12.30.

This season, the county will be using Hartlepool as the home venue while Yorkshire will be using Featherstone.

Locally, Ray Robinson (Sunderland) has been selected in the home leg with Houghton’s Eric Weightman as reserve while Hendy Shields and Joe Flett (both Sunderland) have been selected in the away leg, with Tommy Jopling (Sunderland) on the bench.

H The Bowls Durham AGM will take place at Houghton Dairy Lane at 7pm on Tuesday, November 19.

The Sunderland & District AGM will take place at Houghton Dairy Lane at 2pm on Saturday, November 23.

H Houghton entertain the Durham County Vice President’s Select in a mixed friendly tomorrow (2pm).

THERE was a chance for the local bowls scene to see some of England’s and Scotland’s finest as they went head to head in a mini test match at Stanley.

Former Sunderland star Gary Smith continued to enhance his reputation by going through his three matches unbeaten.

In the triples, Smith skipped Merv King and Mark Dawes to a 7-4, 9-4 win over Paul Foster, then in the pairs Smith partnered Mark Dawes to a 5-4, 6-4 win over Alex Marshall.

The series was decided in the singles as Scotland ran out winners in five of the six singles with only Smith returning a 10-4, 6-3 winning scorecard over I.McLean.