Durham County have to go at it again

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DURHAM County A had a mixed weekend with their ill-fated Muras Trophy double header at Heaton Hall in Manchester.

The opening game against Yorkshire did start, but, as the rain continued, the umpire decided the green was unfit for play.

Fortunately for Durham, as each rink had already played 12 ends, the score at the time of the abandonment stood, Durham winning 84-60 to collect 20 league points.

Out of the six rinks, Durham returned five winning cards, with only Darlington RA’s John Fielding’s rink going down 16-4.

The second planned fixture against Lancashire was obviously washed out, so July’s Middleton Cuip clash will also count for the Muras Trophy.

Durham start their Middleton Cup campaign this weekend, taking on Lincolnshire at neutral Kirbymoorside.

Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar, Ian Riches, Wayne Funnell, Phil Dixon, Billy Ferry, Scot Baker and Phil Smithson are all in the side.

Rink scores (Durham skips first): P Smithson 18 N Brignall 7, J Fielding 4 S Burrell 16, J Mansfield 22 C Kelly 17, P Mosley 14 A Cook 9, A Kirtland 13 D Clarke 11, W Funnell 13 D Kelly 10

Muras Trophy standings: Durham 39, Northumberland 23, Yorkshire 20, Lancashire 6

THE top four in Division One of the Earl Cup all won to keep the title pot boiling.

Silksworth maintained their unbeaten start with a 97-57 win over Barnes Park, while Houghton Dairy Lane defeated Seaham Town 80-50, Roker Marine had a good 76-49 win at Ryhope and Usworth overcame Houghton Town 74-6.

North Biddick (81-51 at Hylton CW) and Thompson Park (71-61 at South Hylton) maintained their form in Division Two, while Roker Park defeated Whitburn 75-50 and Sunderland and Hetton Workmen fought out a 72-72 draw.

Barnes Park B, South Hylton and Ryhope A all won in the Harold Howey Trophy First Division.

Pemberton A edged Thompson Park 34-32 in a Third Division thriller, while Mowbray defeated Hetton Park 38-21 and Roker Marine A saw off Sunderland B 40-29.

Storey Bowl holders Seaham Town were held 48-48 by visitors Hylton CW.

This week’s Swan Cup fixtures were washed out.

Results, Earl Cup Div One: Houghton Dairy Lane 6 Seaham Town 1, Ryhope 1 Roker Marine 6, Silksworth 7 Barnes Park 0, Usworth 5 Houghton Town 2

Div Two: Hylton CW 1 Biddick 6, Roker Pk 6 Whitburn 1, South Hylton 2 Thompson Park 5, Sunderland 3½ Hetton Wkm 3½

Div Three: Barnes West End 6 Herrington Wkm 1, Grindon Mill 3 Washington 4

Harold Howey Trophy, Div One: Barnes Park B 3 Chester-le-St 1, Lumley 0 South Hylton 4, Ryhope 4 Biddick 0

Div Two: Houghton Town 2 Wearmouth 2, Hylton CW A 4 Seaham Town B 0, Roker Pk B 1 Houghton Town B 3

Div Three: Grindon Mill 1 Roker Marine B 3, Mowbray 4 Hetton Park 0, Pemberton A 3 Thompson Park A 1, Roker Marine A 4 Sunderland 0, Washington B 4 New Herrington 0

Storey Bowl: Seaham Town 3½ Hylton CW 3½

Grindon League standings: Silksworth 18, Houghton DL 14, Barnes WE 10, Seaham Town 10, Usworth 10, Sth Hylton 9, Dawdon 8, Ryhope 8, Wearmouth 7, Grindon Mill 6, Barnes Park 6, Whitburn 5, Hylton CW 5, Pennywell 4.

THE District Two green finals in the Durham County fours competition take place at Barnes Park on Tuesday, with the triples green finals on Thursday.

Latest results, District Two singles: I Riches (Silksworth) 21 E Dent (Roker Marine) 17

Pairs: R Thorpe (Sunderland) 15 D Gibson (Sunderland) 23, D Bolt (Silksworth) 26 R Robinson (Roker Marine) 9, K Richardson (Barnes Park) 19 W Ferry (Silksworth) 12, G Happer (Whitburn) 14 A Hill (Barnes Park) 19

Triples: R Mckie (Roker Marine) 16 R Campbell (Sunderland) 24, P Thomson (Roker Marine) 18 D Wilson (Whitburn) 16, P Baker (Silksworth) 19 G McPheators (South Hylton) 18, G Farquhar (Silksworth) 11 W Ferry (Silksworth) 23, E Cook (Roker Marine) 13 M Laydon (Silksworth) 20

District Three pairs: B Poulter (Usworth) 25 D Morgan (Houghton Dairy Lane) 12, I Whorlton (Houghton Dairy Lane) 15 K Briscoe (Houghton Dairy Lane) 21, B Henderson (Seaham Town) 27 J Wilson (Hetton Wkm) 8, B Cain (Houghton Dairy Lane) 22 W Piggott (North Biddick) 25, S Krimpen (Houghton Dairy Lane) 25 J McAdoo (Seaham Town) 12. Walkover: S Tindale (Houghton Town)

H The ever popular Whitburn Open pairs will take place on Sunday, July 13, with only one place still available.