WEARSIDER David Bolt, now plying his trade out of South Shields, narrowly missed out on the lucrative first prize in the latest PlanetBowls Open singles event at York.
Having successfully navigated his way through to the final, Bolt was beaten 5-4, 4-3 by Egham’s Steve Tuohy but still collected £400 in prize money and vital ranking points.
With the top-ranked 32 players guaranteed an invite into the Grand Finals, Bolt has jumped up to 47th, with Gary Smith, who suffered a first round 9-0,10-5 defeat sitting at 51st.
The final chance to collect rankings points is this weekend’s event at Adur. Smith and Bolt have both made the long trip to West Sussex for the £2,500 prize pot.
Next weekend, Gary Smith will be looking to repeat his 2013 feat by securing one of the two World Bowls Tour wildcards into the televised events, Smith, one of 16 players competing at Blackpool Newton Hall, faces a tough opener against Torquay’s Danny Dennison.
The remaining two Houghton club competition finals were played this week. In the senior triples final, Billy Roberts, Frankie Froud and Richie Jobling took the title with a 23-8 win, while Michael Wright, Mal Baker, Fred Fletcher and Ray Robinson landed the senior fours title, winning 21-17.
The Sunderland and District outdoor leagues begin today with the opening salvo in the Storey Bowl.
Last season, Hetton Workmen’s won the league by a massive 33½ points, only losing one of their 16 matches. Today, they open their defence with a trip to Hylton CW, who were third last summer.
The Harold Howey leagues commence on Thursday. Instead of the three-division format, there are only two divisions of 19 teams, with the season running right through to September 3. Last season’s Division one title saw Silksworth sneak home, on shots difference, from Barnes West End. The holders entertain Wearmouth in their opener, while West End entertain Houghton Dairy Lane A.
The local entries in the Bowls Durham County championships have increased in all events. District Two is the only district to have seen rises in all five competitions, with Silksworth at the forefront of the entries.
Pairs draw – District 2: P Thomson (Si) v P Smithson (Si), R Mckie (RM) v G Mac Pheators (SH), E Cook (RM) v M Laydon (Si), G Wallace (Si) v F Froud (BWE), S Don (RM) v L Taylor (BP), P Dixon (Si) v I Riches (Si), W Ferry (Si) v J Kelly (Si), A Middleton (SH) v D Bolt (Si)
District 3: B Poulter (Us) v S Krimpen (HDL), I Whorlton (HDL) v R Robinson (HDL), K Briscoe (HDL) v W Rea (WG), W Piggott (NB) v L Todd (ST), D Wright (ST) v D Morgan (HDL), J McKinney (HDL) v S Patterson (HW), D Armstrong (HDL), B Cain (HDL), B Henderson (ST), K Makepeace (HDL), P Wallace (HT) all have byes
Triples – District 2: E Cook (RM) v G Wallace (Si), D Bolt (Si) v P Thomson (RM), D Graham (Su) v S Don (RM), S Baker (Si) v G McPheators (SH), L Taylor (BP) v T Jopling (Si), M Laydon (Si) v J Kelly (Si) Byes: R Mckie (RM), W Ferry (Si), P Dixon (Si)
District 3: W Piggot (NB) v B Poulter (Us), K Briscoe (HDL) v J McKinney (HDL), D Morgan (HDL) v D Wright (ST), S Patterson (HW) v P Wallace (ST), R Robinson (HDL) v D Armstrong (HDL) Byes: B Henderson (snr), B Henderson (jnr)
Fours – District 2: D Bolt (Si) v M Laydon (Si), R Campbell (Su) v G Wallace (Si), S Don (RM) v S Baker (Si), G McPheators (SH) v T Todd (Si), R Mckie (RM) v L Taylor (BP) Byes: W Ferry (Si), F Froud (BWE)
District 3: J McKinney (HDL) v D Morgan (HDL), B Henderson snr (ST) v P Wallace (HT), B Poulter (Us) v W Rea (WG) Byes: W Brown (NB), S Patterson (HW), D Armstrong (HDL)
Two-bowl singles – District 2: B Sanderson (BWE) v T Jopling (Si), K Ford (RM) v N Ridley (Si), A Thompson (SH) v J Richardson (RM) Byes: P Dixon (Si), E Dent (RM)
District 3: L Todd (ST) v D Morgan (HDL), R Robinson (HDL) v J Wilson (HDL) Byes: B Poulter (Us), K Briscoe (HDL)