Houghton Town are in seventh heaven

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In the early top of the table battle in the Storey Bowl, last year’s runners-up Houghton Town defeated current leaders Pennywell 7-0, writes Richard Mckie.

There was also 7-0 wins for both Hetton Workmen and Thompson Park, the other game saw Dawdon defeat Wearmouth 5-2.

In the Earl Cup Division One, last season’s top four all made winning starts.

Holders Silksworth beat Houghton Town 7-0, while runners-up Houghton Dairy Lane defeated Barnes Park 5½-1½.

Usworth recorded a 6-1 win at Ryhope, while Roker Marine won 7-0 at Seaham Town.

In Division Two, Sunderland defeated Thompson Park 7-0 and in Division Three, Washington had a good 5½-1½ win at Barnes West End.

In the Swan Cup, Division One side Houghton Dairy Lane won the local derby 7-0 at Houghton Town, while Marine defeated South Hylton 6-1.

In Division Two, Herrington Workmen defeated Barnes West End 5-2 and Thompson Park beat Roker Park 6-1.

Clubs submitting results via the website are requested to double check the details entered before submitting them.

Plans to introduce the same result system for the S&D competitions are now in place on the website.

Sadly, due to off the green issues, Seaham Town have dropped out of the Swan Cup Division One, while New Herrington have dropped out of the Swan Cup Division Three.

Despite not playing in the SWBA league, Grindon Mill Ladies club has folded.

The closing date for entries into the Silver Jacks and Burkett Shield is this weekend with the draw expected to take place on Monday.

Latest Results: Earl D1: Houghton DL 5½-1½ Barnes Park, Ryhope 1-6 Usworth, Seaham Town 0-7 Roker Marine, Silksworth 7-0 Houghton Town. Earl D2: Hetton Wkm 6-1 Whitburn, Roker Park 5½-1½ Hylton CW, Sunderland 7-0 Thompson Park. Earl D3: BWE 1½-5½ Washington, New Herrington 5½-1½. Swan D1: Houghton Tn 0-7 HDL, Roker Marine 6-1 Sth Hylton. Swan D2: Herrington Wkm 5-2 BWE, Thompson Pk 6-1 Roker Park. Swan D3: Washington 5-2 Pennywell. Howey D1: HDL B 3-1 Chester le St, Lumley 2-2 Roker Park A, Ryhope A 0-4 Sth Hylton. Howey D2: HCW A 4-0 Whitburn, North Biddick ½- 3½ Wearmouth, Sunderland A 3½-½ HCW B. Howey D3: Chester le St B 0-4 Thompson Pk, Mowbray 1-3 Pemberton B, Pennywell A 0-4 Sunderland B.

H The annual Sunderland & District Tour will head to Winchester this season.

The tour runs from July 27 to August 2, and is one of many highlights in the Association calendar.

Anyone interested in going on the tour can contact the Association Secretary Eric Weightman on 5290753.

H South Hylton bowls club are on the look-out for new members, based at the King George V complex.

The former Pyrex club currently compete in four leagues during the week, and anyone interested in joining can contact club secretary Wilf Child’s 5286684.

H Dawdon Welfare have over recent seasons had to drop out of a few of the S&D leagues due to a drop in members.

Club Secretary John Stephenson is trying to organise a few friendly games against any other club in the same predicament. Any club interested can contact John on 5816673.

H Houghton Dairy Lane Bowls club are trying to introduce a new competition called the Coors Invitation, with prize money of £1200 (subject to entries).

The Houghton club have come up with a unique format.

On Sunday, July 13, there will be a fours round robin consisting of six groups of four, with the top 12 teams returning on July 20, for a round robin double pairs.

It is restricted to 24 teams and all players must be members of the same club.

Teams can be all men, ladies or mixed and the closing date for entries is July 4.

The entry fee is £20 and entries can be made via Dave Morgan 07881 654433.

H The Durham County A team open up their Northern Counties Muras campaign this weekend with a trip to Backworth to face Northumberland.

Locally, Silksworth have seven players involved: G.Farquhar, S.Baker, P.Dixon, W.Ferry, M.Laydon, I.Riches, P.Smithson.

H The planned Under-25 Double fours tie against Derbyshire has been cancelled due to Derbyshire unable to field a team.

Therefore, the Durham youngsters progress into the regional semi-final at Kirbymoorside on Sunday, June 24.

H In the Durham County ladies competitions, Hetton’s trio of Maureen Hall, Mary Middleton and Norma Stephenson followed up their cracking win over Dairy Lanes’ Joan Rodgerson, with another nail biting 15-14 win at Barnard Castle to progress into the last eight.

The Hetton trio entertain Mrs Piggford from Pelton Fell.

In the fours, the same three, plus Audrey Vout progressed into the semi-final after a 20-12 win over Mrs Brown (Pelton Fell).

That win sets up a tie against Dairy Lanes’ Joan Rodgerson, who defeated Lynhurst’s E.Atkinson 26-5.

The semi-final takes place at Horden on May 21, at 10am.

Early Results in the Men’s Competitions: District 2 Singles: A.Thompson (BP) 18-22 M.Carr (Su). District 3 Pairs: D.Wright (ST) 17-19 W.Piggot (NB). District 3 Triples: B.Poulter (Us) 18-14 D.Armstrong (HDL), K.Briscoe (HDL) 21-12 B.Cain (HDL). District 3 Fours: D.Armstrong (HDL) 17-22 S.Patterson (HW), M.Thompson (NB) 19-18 S.Tindale (HT) J.Mckinney (HDL) 21-19 B.Poulter (Us)

H Stanley’s Gary Smith travelled to Blackpool looking to repeat last season’s feat of winning one of the World Bowls Tour wildcards which would gain automatic entry into the four major WBT televised events.

In his opening tie, Smith eased past Whiteknights Duncan Christie 12-6, 11-0 to set up a semi-final tie against Westlecot’s Neil Smith.

After levelling the semi-final at one set all, Smith won the opening best of three tie-breaker ends, but got a very unlucky result with his final bowl on the second end to lose the end.

That forced the game into a winner-takes-all end and sadly for Smith, it went against him.

With only the top sixteen ranked players gaining automatic entry and with Smith currently ranked 19th, it will mean a trip to various qualification events next season.