Sunderland seniors end on a high

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IT has been a cracking week for both Sunderland senior squads as both ended their respective league campaigns on a high.

In group three, the Sunderland A team were already ensured of a play-off place but needed a point from the trip to Gateshead to clinch a home draw in the play-off quarter finals.

As it happens, they recorded a 4½-½ (62-30) win.

Pat Collins, Ronnie Robson, Hendy Shields and John Jones cruised to a 28-9 win over H.Armstrong, while George Brown, Arthur Baker, Fred Knubley and Billy Ferry eased to a 23-10 win over J.Atkinson.

The remaining rink of Ted Forster, Billy Hearne, Ray Robinson and Joe Flett let slip a 9-2 lead against R.Charlton to finish 11-11.

The Sunderland B team’s hopes of replicating the A team’s achievement received a boost after a 4-1 (53-33) home win over fellow play-off hopefuls Park View.

Peter Duke, Peter Thomson, Alf Ferguson and Terry Todd enjoyed a 22-6 win over C.Chapman while Tony Grimes, Billy Roberts, Tom Jones and George Gibson sneaked home 16-11 over R.Edgell.

The remaining rink of Peter Bulmer, Bobby Adams, Billy Conway and Dennis Hulley nearly performed the great escape after trailing 15-6, with Hulley having the last bowl and two down on the game a tremendous trail on the jack only resulted in a single to leave Hulley 16-15 down to N.Herbert.

So now, the B team need to wait on the one game left to take place as Darlington B entertain Park View next week and as long as neither side collects four points from the game, then the B team will sneak into the play-offs as group runners-up.

H The Home International series and British Isles Championships return to the North East as Stanley host the event over a ten-day period.

On Monday, there is a chance to see the Stanley quartet of Brian Harris, Stevie Angus, David Bolt and Gary Smith attempt to lift the British Isles four title as they face Ireland in the preliminary round.

If successful, Smith will then face the Channel Isles in the semi-finals on Tuesday with the final set to be played on Wednesday.

Smith and Bolt will also be in action later in the week in the home international series.

H This weekend, the Durham County Liberty squad look to seal a final spot and maintain hopes of a 13th Liberty title as they face a tough task against Cumbria.

It will take an on-song Durham performance to get the win as the semi-final actually takes place on the Cumbrians’ home green. There is only one change as Stanley’s David Bolt is unavailable so Stanley’s Kevin Wall will move to the skips’ berth.

H The Sunderland Indoor Bowling Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Sunday, April 14, at 1030am. It usually takes place during September but due to Crowtree closing it has had to be brought forward.

As the outdoor season starts to get a little nearer, the draws for all the mens and ladies Bowls Durham county competitions are now available via the county website at www.bowlsdurham.com.