Pattison pair seal area final spot

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In the EIBA’s Generation Pairs, Houghton’s Sam and Tom Pattison moved into the area final with a 23-12 win over South Shields’ Trevor Halcrow.

Their reward is a final against Stanley’s Kevin Donkin.

In the Under 25 Home International Series, held at Glasgow IBC, it was Scotland who took the honours.

With both England and Scotland having won both their opening games, it came down to the auld enemy clash to decide the title.

However, it was all over by the fifth end mark as Scotland raced into a 33-shot lead.

In the end, Scotland ran out easy 102-59 winners and in doing so preserved a 100 per cent rink record throughout the series with 12 rink wins.

At the Ladies’ Under-25s series at Erewash there was better news for England when they retained the title for a sixth consecutive occasion.

The British Isles Championships and full Home International series takes place again at Stanley, from March 6-14, tickets are available from the Stanley club.

The final stages of the Mixed Fours competition takes place at Lincoln IBC this weekend.

Locally, the South Shields quartet of Nina Riches, Ann Upsall, Stu Hubbard and Ian Riches fly the regions flag.

In the last sixteen, the Shields quartet face Hornsea’s Mark Goodfellow, with the winners facing either Blackpool’s Mark Dawes or the home clubs Danny Brown in the quarter-final.

In the latest round of Inter Club Seniors fixtures, Sunderland A secured a hard-fought 43-35 win at Hebburn.

Having already secured a play-off place, the 4½-½ win, coupled with second-placed South Shields’ defeat at Houghton, Sunderland A will have home advantage in the play-off quarter-final.

Michael Wright, Bobby Rollason, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham eased to a 14-7 win over K.Murray, while the remaining two rinks sneaked over the line.

Arthur Baker, Michael Carr, Michael Davis and Billy Ferry went into the last end 14-14 against R.Strand, and it took a Ferry last bowl to secure a 15-14 win.

The remaining rink of Pat Collins, Barney Walsh, Fred Knubley and John Jones looked down and out trailing 14-6 with only three ends to play.

Jones was 14-9 down going into the last end before a cracking five stole a 14-14 draw against A.Birrell.

This could be the final time the clubs meet as Hebburn’s home is set to close with no alternative premises being offered to the club.

This will mean the region has now lost indoor centres at Ashington, Cramlington, Tynedale, Consett, Newcastle and Sunderland which has seen around 1,000 north east bowlers homeless.

Gateshead’s future is still up in the air which would see another 300 affected.

Sunderland A will finish off the group fixtures against Houghton on March 3.

Latest Table: Group 3: Sunderland A 9-37, South Shields 8-30½, Hebburn 10-21, Houghton A 8-20½, Parks B 9-14½, Gateshead A 8-11½.

H Sunderland’s planned Inter County fixture on March 1, against Darlington, has been rescheduled for March 15, due to a problem at the Darlington end.

Latest Table: Darlington 4-39, South Shields 4-35, Sunderland 4-31½, Parks 3-15½, Houghton 4-5½ , Hartlepool 3-5½.

Remaining fixtures: March 8: Hartlepool v Houghton, The Parks v South Shields. March 15: Sunderland v Darlington. TBA: The Parks v Hartlepool.

H In the Denny Cup quarter-final, last year’s runners up Stanley went down 90-73 to Folkestone at Rugby.

Stanley have never lifted the Denny Cup and will be bitterly disappointed not to have reached the semi-final.

In the Denny Plate, the 2009 winners Darlington moved into the semi-final when they defeated London based Croydon 77-62.

In the semi-final, Norwich’s County Arts will provide the opposition at Newark on February 28.