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HOUGHTON progressed into the Denny Cup second round for the first time in six years as they ran 85-84 winners over Sunderland.

Last season, Sunderland ran out winners by over 30 shots but with all four rinks having to be played at Houghton, it was a different story this time around.

Both sides had two winning rinks. Houghton’s John Doyle, Tom Hayes, Jack Thurburn and an outstanding Peter Harding romped to a 32-8 win over Bobby Graham.

The other Houghton success saw Tom Patterson, M.Baker, J.Scullion and Tom Burt inflict a 23-16 defeat on Joe Flett.

The two Sunderland winning rinks were George Brown, Billy Roberts, Terry Todd and Tommy Jopling, who defeated Jeff Wilson 32-18, while Michael Wright, Peter Brickle, Dan Todner and Billy Ferry defeated Jimmy McAdoo 28-12.

The win for Houghton sets up a second round tie against Stanley, who thumped Durham 147-44.

Sunderland drop into the Denny Plate and will face Durham. Both ties take place next Saturday at 10am.

The following Sunderland side has been selected.

At Houghton: M.Wright, M.Davis, K.Hopper, J.Flett, G.Brown, W.Roberts, TW.Todd, T.Jopling

At Durham: P.Collins, W.Hearne, R.Robinson, R.Graham, R.Mckie, P.Bulmer, D.Todner, J.Jones

Other local Denny results: West Denton 70 The Parks 80, Gateshead 72 South Shields 83, Shildon 29 Hartlepool 96, Great Aycliffe 98 Thornaby 77.

H After securing promotion to division one, Sunderland opened up their Inter County campaign against The Parks, but it was a case of what might have been as The Parks sneaked home 126-123 (7-5).

Sunderland’s dismal run at Houghton continued as all three home rinks went down. Richard Mckie, George Simpson, Dan Todner and Billy Ferry let slip a 19-14 lead to go down 21-19 to Phillip Harvey.

Keith Hopper, Bobby Usher, Hendy Shields and Stevie Angus dropped consecutive threes to go down 21-15 to Brian Houghton, while Billy Roberts, Michael Carr, Richie Jobling and Terry Todd were well beaten 27-11 by Dan Targar.

So the home squad finished 24 shots down but more vitally, across the green they dropped 13 shots over the last two ends.

At The Parks, all three Sunderland squads enjoyed victories.

George Brown, Billy Hearne, Joe Flett and Tommy Jopling eased to a 31-16 win over Peter Dawson while Pat Collins, Peter Brickle, Alfie Ferguson and Ray Robinson recovered from 15-6 down to record a 21-19 win over Ian Brown.

The remaining quartet of Neil Ridley, Michael Wright, Gary Farquhar and Mark Higgins ground out a 26-22 win over Michael London which left the away squad 21 shots in credit.

H Houghton’s Division Two fixture, due to be played tomorrow against Hebburn, has been put back to November 24.

H In the latest round of Senior Inter Club games, Sunderland B went down 48-42 (4-1) at Park View.

The only success came from the quartet of Peter Bulmer, Tony Wood, Billy Conway and Richie Jobling, who defeated C.Chapman 17-11.

George Gibson’s rink of Peter Duke, Ebby Dent and Frankie Froud went down 18-12 to D.Samnow while Tony Grimes, Eddie Cook, Billy Roberts and Peter Brickle went down 19-13 to N.Herbert.

The B team travel to Stanley on Monday.

Team: G.Brown, P.Thomson, A.Ferguson, TW.Todd, E.Dent, D.Gowland, F.Froud, G.Gibson, P.Bulmer, A.Wood, W.Conway, P.Brickle.

H The Sunderland A team travel to South Shields on Wednesday.

Team: P.Collins, H.Shields, F.Knubley, W.Ferry, EJ.Forster, W.Hearne, J.Jones, T.Jopling, J.Flett, R.Robson, R.Robinson, R.Graham.

Latest group standings

Group 2 – Darlington B 10, Stanley 7½, Hartlepool A 7, Park View 5½, Sunderland B 5

Group 3 – Sunderland A 14, The Parks B 12, Houghton A 11½, South Shields 5½, Gateshead A 5, Hebburn 2

Group 4 – Ferryhill 14½, The Parks A 13, Hartlepool B 10, Gateshead B 6, Durham B 4½, Houghton B 2

H Houghton ladies entertain South Shields in the Inter Club league on Wednesday at 12.30. The following team has been declared.

At Houghton: J.Watt, A.Todd, S.Forster, B.Johnson, B.Prudhoe, O.Charlton, B.Robson, JB.Smith, M.Angus, S.Boll, F.Phythian, J.Lewins

At Shields: M.Hall, A.Vout, M.Middleton, N.Stephenson, M.Metcalf, M.Yews, J.Baker, M.Coulson, D.Fenwick, M.Glover, A.Bank, E.Faith.

H In the National Over 60’s Double Fours, Houghton backed up their impressive win over Sunderland A with another impressive win.

This time, they recorded a 43-27 win over Park View. In the next round, Durham will provide the opposition.

H Latest national results (local section):

Over 60’s Singles – T.Jopling (Sunderland) 12 B.Orrell (Gateshead) 21

Over 60’s Fours – T.Jopling (Sunderland) 14 B.Slinn (Durham) 28

STANLEY’S international Gary Smith makes his debut in the elite World Bowls Tour events as the Scottish Masters commences this weekend.

The former Sunderland star faces a past world champion in the first round – Scotland’s David Gourlay on Monday at 1pm.

The competition runs until November 16 and is being held at the Dewars Centre in Perth.

H The Durham County Senior squad will be looking to make up for the recent Liberty exit as they travel to Selby to face Leicestershire in the Midlands Senior League.

Locally, Sunderland’s Ray Robinson and Tommy Jopling plus Houghton’s Eric Weightman and Jimmy McKinney have been selected.