Sunderland bounced back from their opening-game 12-0 mauling at the hands of Hartlepool to defeat Gateshead 8-4 in the Inter-Club League.
At Houghton, the home squad went down by eight shots, with the only bright spot coming from the rink of Peter Thomson (snr), Ernie Downs, Michael Davis and Peter Thomson, who ran out 22-15 winners over John Atkinson.
The other two home rinks were beaten. Peter Bulmer, George Simpson, Ray Robinson and John Jones trailed 18-11 with only four ends to play and, despite a 9-3 return, Jones went down 21-20 to George Hackett.
The remaining quartet of Bobby Usher, Michael Lowis, Billy Roberts and Richie Jobling never got started and were well beaten, 27-13, by Mark Smith.
There was better news at Gateshead as all three Sunderland rinks won.
George Brown, Tony Wood, Terry Todd and Stevie Angus ground out a 19-15 win over M. Peet, while Michael Wright, Tony Grimes, Peter Brickle and Mark Higgins ran out 17-10 winners against Michael Laydon.
The third rink of Pat Collins, Michael Carr, Billy Conway and Richie Mckie produced the match-winning result, romping to a 33-2 win over Billy Watson to leave the away squad 42 shots in credit and sealing a 124-90 win.
Sunderland’s next game is against holders Darlington on January 3.
Latest standings, Div One: Hartlepool 12, Gateshead 12, Sunderland 8, Great Aycliffe 4, Darlington 0, South Shields 0
Div Two: Houghton 12, The Parks 11½, Durham 11, Spennymoor 1, Shildon ½, Ferryhill 0
Houghton’s hopes were dashed in the Over-60s double fours as they lost a dramatic tie 55-44 to Stanley.
At Houghton, Mal Baker, Joe Sutherland, Frankie Froud and Ian Whorlton put in a cracking performance to record a 34-14 win, however the away quartet of John Doyle, R.Johnson, Freddie Fletcher and Peter Harding wilted on the lightning quick Stanley carpet as they went down 41-10 to Dave Webb.
Stanley face Cumbria in the next round.
Senior Inter-Club fixtures continue this coming week. In Group Three, Houghton A have an opportunity to leapfrog Sunderland A as they host leaders South Shields on Thursday (12.30pm).
Houghton A team: T Winship, D Simpson, T Joicey, I. Whorlton, J Doyle, J Thuburn, F Fletcher, P Harding, J Sutherland, F Sanderson, J Swinney, F Johnson
Houghton B have a tough trip to Group Four leaders Hartlepool B on Wednesday (10.30am).
Houghton B team: S Barnes, W Longley, W White, F Kell, P Hicks, P Taylor, T Baister, R Johnson, L Williams, J Mathews, R Thorpe, J Hibbert
Latest standings, Group 1: Great Aycliffe 14, Shildon 12½, Spennymoor 12½, Darlington 9, Durham A 2
Group 2: Stanley 15, Hartlepool A 14½, Sunderland B 10½, Darlington B 8½, Park View 1½
Group 3: South Shields 17, Sunderland 10, Houghton A 9, Parks B 8, Gateshead A 6
Group 4: Hartlepool B 17½, Parks A 17, Durham B 16, Houghton B 9½, Gateshead 9, Ferryhill 6
Houghton Ladies bring 2015 to an end with a Inter-Club game against South Shields on Wednesday.
Houghton team – at Houghton: J Watt, S Boll, S Forster, B Johnson, J Classen, D Wilson, B Robson, J Rogerson, E Prudhoe, V Thompson, A Todd, E Faith; At Shields: M Hall, S Moody, A Vout, M Middleton, M Metcalf, E Barren, E Barkes, J Baker, N Reay, M Glover, M Angus, J Smith
Sunderland’s Stevie Angus helped steer England to a hard-fought 18-14 points win over Scotland in the first Disability Test match played between the two countries.
Angus recorded wins in two of his four games. This event, for players with a physical disability, will now become an annual fixture, with the countries competing again in Scotland next year.
The latest round of the Seniors Premier League took place at Aycliffe this week.
The top two teams consolidated their positions as both Stanley and Darlington B gaining victories. Stanley powered to a 27-7 win over Gateshead and go top, on shots difference, while Darlington B defeated hosts Aycliffe 22-11.
The fight for third place between Ferryhill and Darlington A saw the latter come from behind to sneak home 18-17. Despite putting in a spirited performance, the Houghton triple of Joe Sutherland, Freddie Fletcher and Foster Johnson slipped to the bottom spot after a 17-9 loss to Durham.
Latest standings: Stanley 8 (+68), Darlington B 8 (+62), Darlington A 6 (-5), Ferryhill 3 (-23), Aycliffe 2 (-14), Durham 2 (-15), Gateshead 2 (-32), Houghton 1 (-41)
The Durham County selectors have named the same Under-25 double fours squad which defeated Lincolnshire in the previous round, with Houghton youngster Bryan Henderson keeping his place at second. The county young guns take on Yorkshire next Sunday, with the home leg at Darlington and the away at Harrogate.
On Wednesday, Durham County seniors face Lincolnshire at York in the first round of the Over-60 Inter-County competition, with a first senior call-up for Shields’ Billy Ferry.
In the Liberty Trophy, Durham’s opposition has been confirmed as Cumbria, who thumped Northumberland by 98 shots, Durham will travel to Cumbria in the New Year. In the ladies equivalent competition, the Atherley Trophy, Durham take on Yorkshire tomorrow.
In the national singles competition, South Shields’ Neal Ridley defeated Gateshead’s Brian Orrell 21-17 to set up a trip to West Denton to meet David Morrison. Phil Smithson (Shields) progressed without bowling a bowl and will now head to The Parks to face Michael Simmonette.
In the pairs, Houghton’s Patrick and Peter Thomson recorded a cracking 26-15 home win over Stanley’s Brett Arkley and John Thurlbeck and will play either Ian Riches (Shields) or Peter Duffy (West Denton) in the next round.
David Bolt (Shields) secured a 23-14 win over Ian Brown at The Parks over Ian Brown. Bolt is still in the triples, too, after a 21-14 win over club-mate Dave Patterson – he faces Peter Duffy at West Denton in the quarter-finals.
Triples competitors have been left scratching their heads as the top half of the draw’s winning quarter-finalists progress to the regional finals day, however only the winner from the bottom half of the draw semi-final will join them. The fours draw follows the same format.
Darlington youngster Noah Cummings has been selected to play for England in the Under-25s Home International series due to be held at Bristol City & County IBC in February.
The much-anticipated Denny Cup tie between South Shields and Stanley fizzled out as Shield ran out comfortable 95-59 winners.
Inthe next round, Shields face holders Cumbria, who defeated Blackpool by 23 shots.
In the Denny Plate, Durham sprang a surprise with a two-shot win over The Parks to set up a tie against Copeland. In the Egham Trophy, South Shields defeated West Denton 76-65 and face Hartlepool next.
There was some good news for the sport as the Commonwealth Games Federation confirmed that Lawn Bowls, plus Para Lawn Bowls, must be included within the Commonwealth Games until 2030. The Games are due to be held in Australia in 2018, with Durban, South Africa, hosting in 2022.