Disappointment for Sunderland and Houghton in Denny Plate

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There was double Denny Plate disappointment for Sunderland and Houghton as they both exited from this season’s competition.

Sunderland went down by 15 shots to Durham, with only Alf Ferguson, Billy Roberts, Frankie Froud and Bobby Graham returning a winning card 20-15.

George Brown, Michael Carr, Ray Robinson and Michael Davis never recovered from a 12-0 deficit after five ends and at 17-5 down, a late charge left them only three shots down to finish 20-17.

Tommy Jopling’s rink of Tony Grimes, Peter Thomson and Terry Todd went down 24-16, while the remaining rink of Pat Collins, Peter Brickle, Keith Hopper and John Jones went down 20-10 to leave the overall result 78-63 in Durham’s favour.

Houghton’s hopes of progressing were also cut short as South Shields eased to a 108-50 win, with one Houghton squad going down by 30 shots at home.

In the next round, Durham will face Shields next Saturday.

The next round of Inter club Senior fixtures take place this week.

In Group Three, there is a local derby as Sunderland A face Houghton A on Thursday (1230).

The following teams have been selected: Sunderland A – M.Wright, W.Hearne, R.Robinson, R.Graham, P.Collins, B.Walsh, J.Jones, T.Jopling, A.Baker, M.Carr, M.Davis, W.Ferry. Reserve – R.Rollason.

Houghton A: J.Doyle, C.Wallace, J.Thuburn, P.Harding, D.Simpson, F.Sanderson, T.Joicey, D.Sim, T.Winship, K.Sowerby, A.Tate, J.Scullion

In Group Four, Houghton B will look to notch their first win of the season away at Ferryhill on Wednesday (1030).

The hosts are also looking for their first win of the season.

The following squad has been named: S.Barnes, F.Fletcher, T.Burt, F.Kell, P.Hicks, K.Waterson, B.Phythian, R.Thorps, T.Baister, G.Charlton, R.Johnson, T.Ainsley. Reserve – D.Vincent.

The Sunderland B team are in action at Houghton on Wednesday when Hartlepool A provide the opposition.

The following squad has been named: G.Brown, P.Brickle, A.Ferguson, TW.Todd, A.Grimes, D.Gowland, F.Froud, R.Jobling, P.Bulmer, P.Thomson, W.Conway, W.Roberts. Reserves from R.Usher, A.Wood.

Latest Group Standings: Group Two (played-points) – Hartlepool A 3-14, Stanley 2-5, Darlington B 2-5, Sunderland B 1-4, Park View 4-2.

Group Three: South Shields 4-15½, Sunderland A 4-15½, Hebburn 5-11, Houghton A 4-9, Gateshead A 5-8½, Parks B 4-5½.

Group Four: Parks A 4-17, Durham B 5-16, Hartlepool B 4-14, Gateshead B 5-14, Ferryhill 4-3, Houghton B 4-1.

Houghton Ladies return to Yetton Trophy action today as they face West Denton (1000).

Unfortunately, following the previously impressive 27-shot win over South Shields, selectors have had to make changes to the squad for the West Denton game.

At Houghton: E.Prudhoe, E.Barkes, P.Vincent, JB.Smith, J.Watt, M.Coulson, S.Forster, B.Johnson.

At West Denton: M.Hall, A.Vout, M.Middleton, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, M.Eggleston, J.Baker, F.Phythian.

H Durham County open their Liberty Trophy campaign at Stanley today (1100) against Cumbria.

The Durham squad will look to make amends for last year’s under par performance in the first round exit at the hands of Nottinghamshire.

There will be at least one change to the selected team as Stanley’s Phil Dixon is not available.

This year’s Best of Wearside Awards evening was held at the Stadium of Light and Silksworth’s David Bolt was one of four nominations in the Sporting Achievement category.

Sadly, Bolt missed out as the SAFC Ladies football team lifted the award.

There was some good news for Barnes Park’s Jim Laidler when he was awarded the Bowls England Certificate of Merit in recognition of his services to bowls at club, county and national level.

Jim is one of eight to receive the award this year, and it was presented to him at the recent County Lunch and Presentation of Prizes by Margaret Docherty, director of Bowls England and Chair of the National Competitions Committee.

H As bowling clubs continue to seek ways of attracting new club members, there has been a local campaign called “We wish you were here”.

The main aim was to reduce the level of isolation among the older generation by introducing them to flat green bowls.

The project was supported by Sunderland and District Bowling Association and sponsored by Gentoo, The James Knott Trust, Sherburn House Charity and the Sunderland Echo.

This year, 29 new bowlers were introduced to the sport.

Houghton Town BC attracted the most new bowlers and were rewarded with a banner plus £100 to be spent on hospitality.

Joint runners-up were Silksworth BC and Usworth BC, each receiving £44 and a banner each.