Silksworth quartet fall at final hurdle

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THE Silksworth quartet of Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt suffered a final defeat at the Northern Counties Championships at Kirkbride in Cumbria, writes Richard Mckie.

The fours team was looking to add to their recent national title,

And in the semis, they repeated their national final win over Yorkshire’s Nigel Brignall, this time triumphing 21-19.

However, in the final, the Silksworth squad was beaten 18-11 by Lancashire’s Chris Gale.

Despite Durham champions reaching four of the six finals, only the Darlington RA triple skipped by Tony Macey were successful.

In the singles final, Darlington RA’s Andrew Kirtland was beaten 21-8 by Yorkshire’s Brignall,

In the Pairs final, Leeholme pair Jason Taylor and Barry Attwood were beaten 24-16 by Northumberland’s Craig Cooper.

Other results (Durham interest):-

Two Bowl Singles Semi Final: D.Warnaby (Leadgate) 6-15 B.Sherwin (Cumbria)

Junior Singles Semi Final: L.Macey (Darlington RA) 11-21 D.Foster (Cumbria)

H The Houghton Feast annual singles competition will take place on Saturday, September 27, with the final stages on Saturday, October 4, at the Houghton Town bowls club.

H The Durham County Seniors League action gets under way this week as the Sunderland A team travel to The Parks. The game is played on Wednesday at 12 noon.

Team: P.Collins, G.Simpson, J.Jones, T.Jopling, M.Carr, W.Hearne, A.Baker, W.Ferry, R.Rollason, R.Robson, M.Davis, R.Graham. Reseve – B.Walsh

Houghton B team travel to Durham with the following team: S.Barnes, W.Wells, P.Taylor, F.Fletcher, P.Hicks, D.Vincent, R.Johnson, T.Burt, J.Matthewa, G.Charlton, R.Thorps, T.Baister. Reserves – A.Gregory

H Top class indoor action returns to the region as the Co-operative Funeralcare Mixed Test between England and Wales takes place at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre this weekend.

The format will be sets play with two Triples and three Mixed Pairs matches on the first day followed by six singles matches on the second day.

The teams are:

England: Rebecca Field (Norfolk), Sarah Seymour (City of Ely), Helen Tuohy (Egham), David Bolt (Stanley), Paul Coleman (Wey Valley) and Graham Smith (Spalding).

Wales: Kelly Packwood (Torfaen), Wendy Price (Radnor), Amy Williams (Cynon Valley),Liam Bouse (Islwyn), Damian Doubler (Cardiff) and Chris Lewis (Radnorshire). Entry costs £5.00 per person per day.

The event is being televised and will be shown on Monday and Tuesday (12.30-2.30pm) on British Eurosport 1.

HOUGHTON Dairy Lane held its first Coor’s Sponsored Open Double Pairs competition last weekend.

Despite having a £800 total prize fund, the competition only attracted nine squads - but what it lacked in quantity it made up for in quality.

Following a round robin format and semi-final then final, the eventual winners were Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar, Phil Smithson, Neal Ridley and David Bolt.

Host club Dairy Lane finished third with David Morgan, Steve Bennett, Jimmy McKinney and Ken Briscoe.

THERE was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Ted Forster (84) sadly passed away.

During a long playing career, Ted’s playing highlight was reaching the 1978 England EBA National Fours semi-final alongside Les Revell, the late George Johnson and the late George Wilkinson while representing Barnes Park.

The same quartet were also the last Sunderland based squad to lift the Northern Counties Fours title in 1978.

Ted was also captain of the great Barnes Park Earl Cup team of the 1980s and has been Vice Chairman of the City of Sunderland IBC since 1989.

He was a hard competitor on and off the green, yet played the game fairly. Over the years, Ted was a great believer in encouraging younger players to strive forward within the sport,

He will be a miss to the bowling fraternity.

The funeral takes place at 12.30 on Monday at Sunderland crematorium.