Lumley play their part in the great escape

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LUMLEY produced a stunning victory over champions Barnes Park B to escape relegation from the Howey Trophy First Division.

They needed to beat the newly-crowned champs to have a chance of staying up, and a cracking 3-1 last-match victory saw them snatch safety from the jaws of relegation and send Roker Park B down to Division Two on shots difference.

Silksworth are the Grindon League champions after holding off a late charge from Usworth to take the title by 4½ points.

Grindon League final placings: Silksworth 54½, Usworth 50, Sth Hylton 46½, Seaham Town 45, Barnes West End 41½, Houghton Dairy Lane 41, Whitburn 37½, Pennywell 31½, Ryhope 30, Grindon Mill 29, Wearmouth 29, Barley Mow 27, Dawdon 22, Hylton CW 20½, Barnes Park 19½.

SWBA Ladies League final placings: Houghton Dairy Lane 39, Roker Park 38½, Silksworth 38, Ryhope 27½, Sunderland 27, Houghton Town 24, Thompson Park 20, Grindon Mill 19½, Whitburn 18½, Roker Marine 15½, Barnes Park 4½.

H The latter stages of the Champion of Champions have been taking place this week at various venues.

Brian Sanderson’s hopes of winning a third consecutive title were dashed at the quarter-final stage, with the Barley Mow man letting slip a 14-9 lead to lose 21-16 to 2009 winner Billy Ferry (Silksworth).

H The Northern Counties Championships will take place this weekend at St George’s, Morpeth, with Silksworth’s county champions – Phillip Dixon, Alf Ferguson, Paul Baker and David Bolt – looking to end the outdoor season on a high as they take on Bolton’s Rhys Vaughan, Graham Booth, Gordon Niven and Bob Wood.

In the singles, Bolt will be looking to get over the loss of his national title with a singles semi-final against Yorkshire’s Stephen Dilks.

H Houghton Dairy Lane held their annual Open Pairs competition last weekend, a healthy field eventually saw the Silksworth duo of Scott Baker and Phillip Dixon take the first prize.

H The Seaham Open pairs stayed in house as the Henderson father and son combination lifted the silverware.

H As the indoor season is now just nine days away, casual sessions are being made available at Crowtree.

Tomorrow: 10.30-2.30; Monday, Tuesday 10.30-2.30 and 6.30-8.30; Wednesday 10.30-2.30; Thursday 12.30-2.30 and 6.30-8.30; Friday 12.30-2.30 and 6.30-8.30.

The leagues at Crowtree commence on Monday, September 10, while the Sunderland indoor AGM will take place on Sunday, September 16 (12.45pm) in the conference suite.