Sunderland double up against Parks

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SUNDERLAND’S senior A team squad enjoyed a good week as they sealed a double victory over The Parks – in the national Over 60s double fours and then in a rearranged inter-club fixture.

In the Over 60s double fours, the home rink of Pat Collins, Locky Todd, Vic Avery and Billy Ferry recovered from an early 5-0 deficit to record a slim 17-16 win.

At The Parks, the Sunderland rink of George Brown, Billy Hearne, Joe Flett and John Jones started well to lead 5-1 and despite seeing that advantage whittled away, Jones went into the final end only 17-16 down.

With Ferry finished at Crowtree with a one-shot advantage, it meant whoever scored on the away squad’s final end won the tie.

A nail-biting finish saw Jones hold on for a single and finish 17-17 which sealed a tremendous 34-33 win.

In the next round, the A team face West Denton on Friday, October 28 at 12.30. The B team entertain Houghton in the Over 60s double fours this Friday at 10.30.

The A team’s second success over The Parks came in the rearranged inter-club fixture.

Bobby Graham’s quartet of George Brown, Ronnie Robson and Gordon Cook looked set for a big win as they raced into a 11-1 lead after eight ends, though in the end they had to hang on to a narrow 11-9 win.

Ritchie Jobling, George Simpson, Joe Flett and Fred Knubley led 7-6 at the half-way mark but only managed another single over the remaining ends and went down 12-8.

The remaining rink of Pat Collins, Jimmy Coundon, John Jones and Billy Ferry went on a shot rampage and only dropped a single shot while collecting four counts of five and a seven in amongst the club record-breaking 50-1 scoreline.

So overall, the A team enjoyed a 4-1 (69-22) win and on Thursday entertain South Shields in the next round of fixtures (12.30).

The B team travel to Stanley on Monday looking to build on the previous win over Park View. Captain Anthony Wood has selected the following team: T.Grimes, A.Wood, T.Jones, G.Gibson, J.Banks, V.Hendry, W.Conway, D.Hulley, P.Duke, R.Adams, A.Ferguson, TW.Todd. The game starts at 10.30,

H After finishing runners-up last season, the Sunderland ladies made a disappointing start to this season’s inter-club campaign as Houghton ladies enjoyed a 51-shot win.

At Crowtree, Doreen Kerrigan, Madge Robins, Hilda Snell and Eleanor Watson defeated Ellen Faith 20-11 while S.Davis, J.Milner, Anne Raine and Amy Bevan defeated M.Coulson 20-9.

The normally reliable quartet of Alice Curtis, Pat Wayman, Pat Johnson and Ella Baker went down 19-10 to Maureen Hall, M.Nicholson, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson.

That left the Sunderland ladies with an 11-shot advantage.

On the slower Houghton surface, the Houghton ladies had a field day running out winners by 73 shots.

M.Metcalfe, N.Reay, P.Phythian and J.Lewis defeated Florence Rodenby 36-8, Susan Forster, P.Watts, L.Harker, Betty Johnson defeated Ethel Pattinson 32-10 and E.Ellis, E.Cowler, P.Vincent,J.Smith defeated Ann Todd, B.Thomspn, Alice Rush and Margaret Mitchinson 24-10.

H National results, Singles: P.Thomson (Sunderland) 21-16 G.Brass (Shields), J.Halcrow (Shields) 11-21 I.Riches (Stanley), T.Halcrow (Shields) 3-21 GR.Smith (Stanley), P.Duffy 17-21 D.Bolt (Stanley) , P.Dixon (Sunderland)21-11 M.Bennett (Parks).

Pairs: M.Bennett (Parks) 16-23 Pat Thomson (Sunderland).

H There are concerns at the disappearance of newly-purchased Drake’s Pride indoor jacks at Crowtree.

The club has issued a seven-day warning to members that all jacks will be removed after play, should the full compliment of eight not reappear on the playing surface,

It appears to be only a minority who are abusing the current set-up, but sadly it is affecting the majority.