Last season’s top two in the Earl Cup both suffered surprise defeats this week.
Holders Houghton Dairy Lane suffered back to back defeats as they were beaten 6-1 at home by Barnes Park, who ended a three-match losing streak in style.
Silksworth, runners-up last season, were beaten 5-2 at Barnes West End, who are now unbeaten in four.
Hetton Workmen’s bagged their first win, 6-1 at home to a Houghton Town squad beaten in their last four games.
In Division Two, Usworth had a cracking 5-2 win at Seaham Town, while Thompson Park ended a six-match losing streak with a 6-1 victory over South Hylton.
New Herrington ended a run of four Third Division defeats with a 5-2 home win over Grindon Mill. North Biddick sank Ryhope 6-1 and Sunderland beat Pemberton 4½-2½.
In the Swan Cup, the Barnes local derby saw Park run out 5-2 winners at West End, while champions Houghton Dairy Lane made it nine straight wins with a 5-2 success at Seaham Town.
Silksworth, now unbeaten in seven, moved top with a 5½-1½ win at Thompson Park. Houghton Town got their first win, 5½-1½ against Usworth.
In Division Two, Washington beat South Hylton 6-1, edging home by a single shot, despite only having one winning rink. Hylton CW were good 7-0 winners over Pemberton.
The early Harold Howey Trophy leaders, Seaham Town A, lost their unbeaten start with a 3-1 loss at Hylton CW B, who are now top of Division One.
Form team Roker Park, who head to Hylton on Thursday, are unbeaten in six after a 3-1 victory over North Biddick A. Holders Barnes West End had a to work hard for a 3-1 win at South Hylton, by a single shot, while Barnes Park B cruised to a 4-0 win at Thompson Park B.
In Division Two, Washington A have a 100% record after a 4-0 home win over Dawdon. Houghton A moved second with a 4-0 home win over Pennywell and South Hetton broke their duck with a smashing 4-0 victory over Pemberton A.
Seaham Town made it four wins out of four in the Storey Bowl after a 5-2 triumph at Roker Park.
Holders Hetton Workmen’s enjoyed a 7-0 win over Houghton Town, while Thompson Park and Hylton Colliery both recorded 7-0 away wins.
Silver Jacks holders Joe Sutherland and Alan J. Dunn (Dairy Lane) will start their defence at home to Thompson Park’s John Horton, while Burkett Shield holders Bryan Henderson, Mal Baker and Brian Henderson (Seaham Town) entertain Barnes West End’s Frankie Froud.
3-2-1 Knockout Triples draw: Roker Park v Silksworth, North Biddick v Barnes West End, Seaham Town, Usworth, Roker Marine v Thompson Park, Washington Glebe v Ryhope, Grindon Mill v Sunderland, Houghton DL v Dawdon. Bye: Wearmouth. Ties to be played by June 24.
The triples and fours took centre stage in the Area 2 qualifying stage of the County Championships.
Defending fours champs Silksworth, skipped by Billy Ferry, had a cracking 26-6 at Dairy Lane over Keith Makepeace, while Dairy Lane’s John Thurlbeck ground out a 22-14 win at Silksworth against County president Michael Carr.
Richie Mckie’s Roker Marine quartet sneaked home 21-20 at Silksworth against Carl Elliott. The next stage of the fours is at Barnes Park on June 6.
Eight triples ties were played this week, five at Dairy Lane, whose players had a mixed night.
John Thurlbeck completed a double over Silksworth’s Michael Carr 27-15 and Jeff Wilson held his nerve to get home 15-14 on the last end against Silksworth’s Neal Ridley.
Dan Todner lost 15-9 to Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie and Brian Cain lost to Ray Bell’s Marine triple, 24-17.
The final Dairy Lane casualty was Alan J. Dunn, who was beaten 22-9 by Barnes Park’s Michael Laydon. Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow had a narrow 17-16 at Roker Marine against Fred Knubley. The triples continued at Barnes Park on June 8.
This coming week, 10 singles and pairs ties take place on Tuesday and Thursday.
A new County senior fours competition, introduced this season, also extendS to the national championships.
Hetton Workmen’s Peter Harding moved into the last eight with an impressive 22-19 win over Dunston’s Mal Johnston, while Dairy Lane’s Steve Krimpen eased past Silksworth’s Michael Carr 26-8.
Two fancied Dairy Lane squads lost, though. Keith Makepeace went down 25-6 at Owton Lodge to former England lead Dave Kilner and James McKinney lost 21-14 at home to Darlington RA’s John Lynch.
In the ladies’ competitions, hopes of a local county fours title were dashed.
In the semi-finals at Pelton Fell, Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Brenda Parkins, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond agonisingly went down 19-18 to Darlington North Park’s Jane Pattison, however the Hetton Workmen’s quartet of Maureen Hall, Eveline Barkes, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson put in a five-star performance to defeat 2014 winners Teresa Pearson, Edna Stokoe, Trudy Kitto and Gill Jones (Consett Park) 23-9.
Sadly for Stephenson, the final slipped away as the Darlington quartet produced a stunning performance, winning 21-11 after 18 ends. Both finalists, though, will head to Leamington Spa to represent Durham in the national fours in August.
The Durham County men’s Muras squad face the annual double header today as they host Lancashire & Yorkshire respectively.
Durham team (v Lancashire): M Peach (Houghton DL), P Sainthouse (Silksworth), L Maughan (Silksworth), W Ferry (Silksworth); D Warnaby (Leadgate), S Clarke (Hundens), M Higgins (Barnes Park), P Mosley (Stockton); M Gleeson (Spennymoor), J McAdoo (Houghton DL), D Fenwick (Elm Tree), D Bolt (Silksworth); J Halcrow (Silksworth), P Coulson (Darlington RA), I Jackson (Park), J Mansfield (Park); S Baker (Silksworth), D Todner (Houghton DL), M Laydon (Barnes Park), G Farquhar (Silksworth); J Richardson (Roker Marine), AJ Dunn (Houghton DL), R Mckie (Roker Marine), P Smithson (Silksworth)
Durham team (v Yorkshire): K Burton (Darlington RA), P Sainthouse (Silksworth), L Maughan (Silksworth), W Ferry (Silksworth); V Rewcastle (Darlington RA), J Ballantyne (Stockton), M Higgins (Barnes Park), P Mosley (Stockton); P Dixon (Silksworth), N Ridley (Silksworth), D Fenwick (Elm Tree), D Bolt (Silksworth); J Harston (Hundens), A Ward (Owton Lodge), I Jackson (Park), J Mansfield (Park); S Baker (Silksworth), A Hill (Barnes Park), M Laydon (Barnes Park), G Farquhar (Silksworth); B Poulter (Usworth), J Wilson (Houghton DL), R Mckie (Roker Marine), P Smithson (Silksworth)
In the Bowls England double fours, Houghton Dairy Lane progressed, besting Barnes Park 44-30 and will entertain Dunston next. Roker Marine were well beaten 44-24 at Pelton Fell.
In the Top Club competition, Barnes Park had a cracking 3-2 win over Dunston to set up a tie against Silksworth, while Dairy Lane lost 3-2 at home to Dipton.
Dairy Lane legend Ken Briscoe won through in the Champion of Champion singles with an impressive 21-5 victory over Darlington RA’s Peter Coulson. He is away to David Warnaby (Leadgate) next.
Barnes Park’s Les Taylor had a good 21-17 senior singles win over Dunston’s Mal Johnston and Dairy Lane’s Jeff Wilson beat Leadgate’s Derek Metcalfe 21-19.
In the senior pairs, Hetton Workmen’s Chris Fish enjoyed a tremendous 21-7 win over Dipton’s Eddie Henry.
In the national mixed pairs, Dairy Lanes Jeff Wilson defeated Roker Marine’s Rod Maxwell 16-13 and will next head to Darlington South Park to face Scot Morland.
Silksworth’s Ian Riches was beaten 21-16 by Hartlepool Park’s Ian Jackson, however clubmate David Bolt moved eased to a 27-8 win over Darlington North Park’s Sam Pattison and will next host Elm Tree’s Allen Hart.
In the mixed fours, Dairy Lane’s James McKinney sneaked home 18-17 against Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn.