Vice-President’s team seal victory

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THE Durham County Vice-President’s select team enjoyed victory in a clash against a mixed Sunderland squad at Crowtree.

The visitors, who play a big part in raising funds for the county, came out on top 121-100 in the first of two fixtures.

Top rink for Sunderland were Evelyn Barkes, Jim Scot Thompson, Ella Baker and Arthur Baker while top rink for the Durham Select were Matthew Glesson, Gerry Payne, Bert Dixon and John Layfield.

H Following last year’s relegation to division two, Sunderland men return to Inter County action as they entertain Durham this weekend. The following team has been selected. All members that nominate during the season will be given a game.

At Crowtree: R.Rollason, E.Peacock, M.Higgins, P.Thomson (jnr), G.Brown, G.Simpson, A.Ferguson, J.Flett, W.Mitchell, R.Usher, D.Todner, J.Jones. Res – M.Carr

At Durham: K.Hopper, A.Grimes, W.Roberts, W.Ferry, P.Collins, W.Hearnes, TW.Todd, T.Jopling, N.Ridley, M.Laydon, H.Shields, G.Farquhar. Res – J.Eggleston, P.Baker.

The action starts at 2pm at both Crowtree and at Durham.

H Sunderland Ladies open up their inter-club season with a fixture against Stanley. The following team has been selected to play.

At Crowtree: J.Brown, A.Curtis, P.Johnson, E.Baker, M.Robins, M.Ramshaw, E.Manley, A.Bevan, M.Smith, O.Charlton, H.Snell, M.Mitchinson.

At Stanley: A.Todd, J.Milner, R.Mallaburn, E.Pattinson, D.Kerrigan, E.Barren, G.Eltringham, F.Rodenby, P.Wayman, J.Reay, E.Barkes, M.Firth.

The mini bus will leave from the Londonderry at 10.30am. The match takes place on Wednesday at 12.30pm.

H Members at Crowtree are reminded that any player playing in the club leagues must be a fully paid member of the club. Membership renewals are still being taken at the bowls office as are the locker renewals.

Due to the SWBA mini tour next weekend, all the planned fixtures in the 2.30pm ladies league on October 12 have been cancelled and a new date will be arranged.

Nominations are now being taken for the Durham County Liberty Cup squad, the closing date to nominate is October 26.

H The Durham County seniors open up their Seniors Liberty Cup campaign against Cumbria on October 18 at 12.30. Locally there are several players in the squad – R.Robinson, T.Jopling, J.Flett, W.Hearne, R.Rollason (all Sunderland), E.Weightman, J.McKinney (Houghton).

H The EIBA have reached an agreement with Premier Threes Bowls Ltd to promote and develop the Premier Threes format for the next three years.

Premier Threes is a dynamic format which sees players play three bowls over three sets of three ends and if a tie break is required then a one-bowl shoot-out will take place.

This format will be short and sharp and games will last between 20 to 45 minutes. The EIBA Ltd will announce further details on the Premier Threes Competitions for 2013 in November.

H The future of the men’s national championships at the mecca of bowls Worthing looks bleak – with costs rising and the actual location being the areas for main concern, BowlsEngland undertook a feasibility study into the viability of remaining at Worthing or moving to Leamington Spa.

The result of the study will see the BowlsEngland board recommend to the 35 counties that a move to Leamington Spa in 2014 is the preferred option thus ending a 30 year association with Worthing.

Part of the move will see Leamington Spa being designated as the National Centre for Bowls with all internationals matches etc moving to the centre,

It is planned to run the men’s national championships alongside the ladies championships over 30 consecutive days plus the current BowlsEngland headquarters will be moved to Leamington Spa. The counties will vote on the matter at the AGM in November.