Ferry sails to victory

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THIS week saw the first three of the season’s club finals completed at Crowtree.

In the Senior Triples final, Alfie Ferguson, Hendy Shields and Billy Ferry took on Pat Collins, George Brown and Peter Brickle.

The early exchanges went to the Brickle trio as a third-end count of five saw Brickle race into a 7-0 lead.

With the score at 8-1 after six ends, Ferry started a charge and within the space of three ends led 9-8. With the score at 9-9, Ferry hit another purple patch and only dropped another single while collecting eight shots to seal a 17-10 win.

In the men’s triples final, Neil Ridley, Michael Laydon and Kevin Wall faced David Morgan, David Bolt and Gary Smith.

The early part of the game was dominated by the Smith triple, a third end count of five contributing to a 14-3 lead after seven ends. The next four ends were all singles as Smith still led 15-6.

The 12th end saw a glimmer of hope for Wall as a count of five got the score back to 15-11 to Smith, but with time running out Wall attempted to lift two bowls out only to kill the end and it finished 15-11.

In the Senior Two Bowl Singles final, Joe Flett faced Ray Robinson. The early part of the game was dominated by Flett as he raced into a 15-3 lead.

Robinson responded and got back to 15-9 but in the end paid the price for the slow start as Flett secured his first senior two-bowl title 21-12.

Tomorrow, there are three more club finals.

At 10.30, the Novice Pairs final will see Jaxon McKenna and Dale Fenwick take on David Gibson and Michael Carr,

At 12.30, Marjorie Smith and Michael Wright take on the current holders Ann and Locky Todd in the mixed pairs final and Kathy Hulley and Florence Rodenby take on holders Alice Curtis and Ella Baker in the Ladies Pairs final.

Also tomorrow at 10.30, the club will hold its Annual General Meeting in the conference room. The meeting has been brought forward from September due to events surrounding Crowtree.

Remaining action at Crowtree:- Monday: Mens Fours semi-final 6.30pm; Tuesday: Senior Pairs Final 6.30pm (tbc); Wednesday: 20/20 Pairs event; Thursday: Mens Fours Final 6.30pm; Friday: Mens Pairs Final, Two Bowl Singles Final, Senior Fours Final (all 6.30pm).

H The Sunderland senior A team head to Darlington to face The Parks in the Seniors Inter Club semi-final play-off.

The following side has been selected: EJ.Forster, H.Shields, F.Knubley, W.Ferry, J.Flett, R.Robson, R.Robinson, R.Graham, G.Brown, W.Hearne, T.Jones, T.Jopling. Reserves Richard Thorpe and G.Simpson. If successful, the final will also be at Darlington on Monday.

H The draw for next season’s Liberty Trophy has been made. Durham have been drawn against Nottingham. The tie takes place on November 23.

In the Atherley, the Durham County Ladies will face either Nottingham or Lincolnshire on December 8.

Sunderland will enter next season’s Denny Cup, but all four rinks will play away from home.