NEW England international David Bolt enjoyed double success at the Durham County finals at Newton Hall, Durham.
Firstly in the pairs, Silksworth’s Bolt partnered Keith Avery to a 21-3 win over clubmates (father and son) Scott and Paul Baker.
This was second pairs success for the Bolt-Avery duo, having lifted the title in 2007.
Following that success, Bolt faced Paul Baker again – this time in the singles final.
With the score at 11-11, play was suspended due to heavy rain and the 20-minute delay affected Baker more as Bolt went on to lift a first county singles title 21-11.
The triples and fours both went to Darlington RA as county team manager Andrew Kirtland defeated clubmate Neil Buckley 13-10 in the triples and then Kirtland defeated Dipton’s Michael English 21-9 in the fours.
The Two-bowl singles went to Dipton’s D.Warnaby, who defeated Hunden’s Graham Peacock 21-12, while Stockton’s Derek Hunter defeated RA’s Mark Jones 21-19 to become the first winner of the new George Turley Champion of Champions trophy.
The remaining county final was the Under 25 singles and with only the winner guaranteed a spot at the national championships at Worthing there was a bit more at stake on the day than the other finals. Sadly for Roker Marine’s Phillip Dixon, a slow start put paid to his chances as RA’s Keith Burton took the title for the first time 21-14.
H There was good news for the county B team as they defeated Lancashire at a very wet Darlington Woodland to seal a Northern Counties Alsop title.
Needing at least 16 points from the game, the Durham lads had to work hard for a 20-2 (134-93) win. Seaham Town’s Jimmy McAdoo enjoyed a cracking 36-14 win and in the end Durham only lost on one of the six rinks.
Results: A.Taylor 20 A.Watson 18, M.Bertram 14 N McFarlane 16, D.Oram 20 V.Mellor 16, J. McAdoo 36 D.Burdoe 14, A.Dunn 26 D.Murram 11, G.Cockerill 19 J.Benuie 18.
The other game in the group between Northumberland and Cumbria was abandoned and, as Durham are already confirmed as champions, the game will not be replayed.
Final Alsop standings: Durham 70, Cumbria 44, Yorkshire 42, Northumberland 36, Lancashire 6.
H There is some good news for the casual bowlers at Crowtree as the Sunderland Indoor Club have agreed to handle all the administration regarding bookings.
This will enable casual bowling to continue as it is. Notices will be posted within the bowls hall giving the relevant information. The new indoor leagues will commence on Monday, September 5.
H The Earl Cup division one leaders Houghton Dairy Lane bounced back from last week’s 6-1 defeat at North Biddick to inflict a 7-0 defeat on Thompson Park to increase there lead at the top to 2½ points.
Roker Marine defeated Ryhope 5½-1½ while holders Silksworth defeated Usworth 6-1, and with only 3½ points covering the top three it’s anyone’s title this year.
In the Swan Cup, holders Silksworth (54½) have opened up a healthy 8½ point lead over second-placed Ryhope with Houghton Dairy Lane back in third but they have a game in hand on the leaders.
Houghton Town (48½) and Washington (43) are still on course for promotion from division two.
In the Harold Howey, Barnes Park B are unbeaten in nine and have a 5½ point lead over Roker Park A.
The race for promotion from division two is wide open with only 4½ points covering the top six teams. Ryhope A and North Biddick B (both 25½) are in the two prime spots.
In division three, Houghton Dairy Lane B have only dropped 1½ points out of a maximum of 36 and are red hot favourites to go up, while Thompson Park B and Pennywell A are separated by only half a point.
This season’s Storey Bowl looks all over as holders Hetton Workmen’s (58) are a massive 18 points clear of Seaham Town, who have two games in hand.
H Last season, Houghton Dairy Lane decided to enter the Durham District league on a Saturday rather than the Storey bowl.
In their first season, they romped to promotion into division two and this season they are set for a second successive promotion as they are joint top with Vane Tempest – but Houghton have a game in hand.