Bolt-Kirtland duels the highlights of County finals day

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THE Bowls Durham County finals take place at Houghton Dairy Lane tomorrow – on what promises to be an entertaining day’s action.

The last six singles titles have gone to either Silksworth’s David Bolt or Darlington RA’s defending champion Andrew Kirtland, and it is fitting the two meet in tomorrow’s final.

A win for Kirtland would equal Owton Lodge’s Cliff Simpson’s record of five County singles titles, while it would be Bolt’s third title in four years if he triumphs.

There is local interest in the fours final tomorrow morning as Silksworth’s Phillip Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt face Darlington RA’s Noah Cummings, Tony Macey, John Fielding and Andrew Kirtland.

Other finals – Pairs: B Attwood (Leeholme) v M English (Dipton); Triples: T Macey (Darlington RA) v J Hutchinson (Pelton Fell); Two-bowl singles: V Rewcastle (Darlington RA) v D Warnaby (Leadgate)l Champion of Champions: A Hinds (Eldon Grove) v B Hopkins (Darlington RA); Junior singles: L Macey (Darlington RA) v M Gleeson (Leeholme)

Next season, the County competitions will see a change at the second stage. Currently, the quarter-finals are played on a set night and a set venue. Te change will see that process extended to the last 16.

* One of the Middleton Cup quarter-finals was held at Dairy Lane last weekend as Northumberland and Cumbria went head to head.

Despite persistent rain, the game went ahead with Cumbria running out winners by 16 shots. Cumbria only had two winning rinks out of six, but Stephen Farish’s comprehensive 38-7 win proved the match winner.

In the semi-finals, Cumbria will face Norfolk.

* Bowls England has been made aware of “cold callers” who may claim to be working in association with them. Bowls England urges all members to thoroughly check out any company making such claims. If in doubt, contact Bowls England on 01926 334609.