Bowls: Durham squeeze home against Lancashire to keep up hopes of successful Alsop Trophy defence

Durham County B team's hopes of defending their Alsop Trophy title are still alive '“ after a hard-fought 122-115 win against Lancashire at Southport last weekend.

Friday, 29th June 2018, 4:00 pm
Dan Todner in county action.

For the third match running, Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor steered his rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Mark Hodgson (Stockton) to a match-defining 33-14 win over Chris Yates.

Across the green, Durham had another two triumphant rinks.

Houghton Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner eased to an impressive 22-12 win over Ken Hayes, while Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie sneaked a last-end treble to get home 17-16 against Peter Rogers.

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A couple of rink points slipped away on the last ends.

Team captain Dale Oram (Hartlepool Park) went down 19-16 to John Muldoon and Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo was pipped on a last-end measure, 24-23, by R. Murray.

The remaining Durham rink, skipped by Hundens’ Stuart Clarke, had a tough afternoon, going down 30-11 to Steve Goulding to leave it 16-6 points wise in Durham’s favour.

The B team head to Courtfield tomorrow to face Cumbria, knowing a win would see them register a first for the County, going two years unbeaten.

A win, however, might not be enough to retain their title as other results could transpire against them.

Durham team: J Godfrey (Houghton DL), A Middleton (Roker Marine), P Coulson (Darlington RA), A Hill (Barnes Park); J Sutherland (Houghton DL), A Hind (Houghton DL), S Tindale (Houghton DL), D Todner (Houghton DL); P Hudspeth (Houghton DL), G Dougherty (Hartlepool Park), S Clarke (Hundens), D Oram (Hartlepool Park); B Poulter (Usworth), A Mole (Hartlepool Park), M Davis (Barnes Park), A Taylor (Hartlepool Park); A Greathead (Hartlepool Park), C Howie (Hartlepool Park), R Robinson (Roker Marine), A Parnell (Stockton); R Dixon (Houghton DL), D Metcalfe (Leadgate), J Wilson (Houghton DL), J McAdoo (Houghton DL). Reserves: S Patterson (Hetton Workmen), V Tunstall (Hundens), R Mckie (Roker Marine)

Latest table: Durham played-pts 3-48, Northumberland 3-37, Cumbria 3-28, Yorkshire 2-27, Lancashire 3-14

The Durham County ladies’ John’s Trophy squad produced a stunning performance in their final group game at Shipton as they cruised past Derbyshire 161-86.

The 18-4 points return means that Nottinghamshire have to beat Derbyshire in the remaining group game to pinch the quarter-final place.

Durham had four winning rinks, with the pick of them being led by Consett Park’s Gill Jones, who racked up an astonishing 51-8 success.

Locally, Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster, Margaret Metcalfe, Lorraine Breheny (Sunderland) and Joan Rodgerson (Dairy Lane) enjoyed a cracking 30-15 victory, while Hetton’s Norma Stephenson went down 22-16.

Latest table: Durham 2-23, Nottinghamshire 1-17, Derbyshire 1-4

There was disappointment for both the men’s and ladies’ County double fours squads.

In the Balcomb Trophy at a scorching Kirkbymoorside, the men’s squad defeated Derbyshire in the morning regional semi-final.

Both rinks recorded wins as Silksworth’s David Bolt defeated Andrew Clipston 23-12 and Hartlepool Park’s John Mansfield saw off Paul Broughton 20-8 to seal a 43-20 win.

Sadly, despite a spirited fightback, it was not to be in the final as Lancashire ran out 42-36 winners.

Mansfield edged home 18-17 against Dominic McVittie, while Bolt went down 25-18 to Chris Gale.

Lancashire will face Sussex in the national semi-final at Leamington Spa in August.

In the ladies’ Walker Cup, Durham faced Nottinghamshire at Copmanthorpe, but both rinks were beaten in a 42-27 overall reverse.

Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson lost 15-12 to Terrie Wombell and Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson lost 27-15 to Janet Eames.

Notts will face Northumberland in the regional semi-final.

At the fifth time of asking, the County ladies’ Stella Logan squad finally got a win under their belts.

Taking on Cumbria at Appleby, the Durham squad ran out 111-102 (9-1) winners to gain revenge for the 42-shot loss at Pelton Fell in May.

Locally, Roker Park’s Maureen Firth steered her rink to a 21-14 victory.

Durham next host Northumberland in two weeks’ time at Stockton.

The ladies’ A team return to Northern Trophy action today at Horden as they take on holders Yorkshire.

In May, Durham went down by 18 shots in a close-fought battle at York Railway, so will be looking to overturn that result.

Latest standings: Cumbria 3-21, Yorkshire 3-17½, Durham 3-15½, Northumberland 3-6

Hopes of a fifth County pairs title for the Houghton Dairy Lane duo of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson were dashed in the semi-finals at a roasting Bishop Auckland.

In a marathon three-hour semi-final, the Dairy Lane pair were beaten 21-18 by the defending champions, Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan and Fay Slinn.

It was a good day for the Newton Hall pair as they went on to claim back-to-back titles by defeating Stockton’s Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell 16-10 in the final.