IT WAS always going to be a big task for Houghton to overcome a strong Stanley squad in the Denny Cup and so it proved.
Houghton were well beaten at home and away as Stanley ran out 103-36 winners to set up a third round tie against The Parks. who inflicted an 88-64 defeat on South Shields.
Other local results saw Hartlepool beat Shildon 79-42 and Darlington beat Redcar 99-52, the winners now meet each other.
Sunderland moved into the Denny Plate third round after a 82-62 win over Durham.
The home leg at Houghton finally saw a positive return as both rinks enjoyed victories.
George Brown, Billy Roberts, Terry Todd and Tommy Jopling ground out a 24-11 win over J.Burnip. A late change saw Michael Davis move to skip and alongside Michael Wright, Joe Flett and Keith Hopper inflicted a 31-16 defeat on D.Christie to leave the home squad 28 shots in credit.
At Durham, both Sunderland rinks did a good job as the only finished 8 shots down, in a low scoring affair Richard Mckie, Peter Bulmer, Dan Todner and John Jones went down 15-13 to A.Musgrove.
The remaining quartet of Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham saw a 14-11 lead diminish as they went down 20-14 to C. Stevenson although the overall total was secured by that stage.
In the next round West Denton will provide the opposition next Saturday at 10am. The following team has been selected.
At Houghton: M.Wright, J.Flett, K.Hopper, M.Davis, G.Brown, W.Roberts, TW.Todd, T.Jopling
At West Denton: P.Bulmer, D.Todner, J.Jones, W.Ferry, P.Collins, W.Hearne, R.Robinson, R.Graham
On Sunday, Houghton face Hebburn in the their first Inter Club game of the season. The following team has been selected.
At Houghton: J.Doyle, D.Burnskil, M.Baker, B.Henderson, T.Hayes, F.Sanderson, A.Pratt, T.Burt, T.Patterson, P.Gorton, J.Biggerstaff, J.Scullion
At Hebburn: J.Sutherland, O.Lynn, J.McAdoo, AJ.Dunn, K.Armstrong, L.Young, W.Storey, S.Tindale, T.Joicey, W.Davis, E.Weightman, T.Ainsey
Houghton ladies return to Yetton action as they face Carlisle this weekend. The following team has been named.
At Houghton: B.Prudhoe, D.Wilde, B.Robson, M.Coulson, J.Watt, A.Todd, E.Faith, B.Johnson
At Carlisle: M.Hall, A.Vout, F.Phythian, M.Middleton, M.Metcalf, A.Latimer, J.Baker, JB.Smith
H In the ladies national double fours, Houghton moved into the next round after a 44-40 win over West Denton.
The win sets up a tie against The Parks or South Shields.
H The Durham County Under 25’s squad recorded a comfortable 42-19 win over Northumberland in the first round of the national double fours.
Durham will face Yorkshire, who defeated Lincolnshire 41-18, the tie takes place on December 15.
Meanwhile, the county’s Liberty Trophy squad are in action this weekend as they head to York to face Nottinghamshire.
H A new bowls equipment supplier has opened up at Stanley.
The GRS Bowls Equipment is the joint venture of Gary Smith and Dave Morgan. A unit has been installed at the Stanley club and they will stock a wide array of equipment from all the major names such as Henselite, Taylors, Drakes Pride and Emsmorn.
The shop currently is not operating fixed hours each day, but enquires can be made via Dave Morgan on 07881654433.
H Although the search for a new venue for the Sunderland club is currently proving a fruitless task for the club’s officials, there is a meeting planned with the council on Thursday, December 5.
The Sunderland & District AGM takes place at Houghton Dairy Lane on Saturday at 2pm.
H At the recent Bowls Durham Annual General Meeting, Herrington Workmen’s Jeff Wilson was installed as the new County President.
There was also an honorary life membership of the county awarded to Dawdon stalwart John Dunn.