The Durham County competitions are coming down to the crunch, with only the finalists guaranteed a place in August’s national championships at Leamington Spa.
The Seaham Town triple of Bryan Henderson jnr, Jimmy McAdoo and Brian Henderson snr secured a semi-final place after a resounding 21-2 win over Silksworth’s Michael Laydon.
In the semi-final, they will face Owton Lodge’s Albert Ward at Spennymoor on Wednesday.
Local hopes in the singles were ended as all three hopes were beaten.
Silksworth’s Peter Thomson lost 21-4 to Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins, Seaham’s Brian Henderson snr succumbed 21-8 to Vane Tempest’s Paul Bailey while Hundens’ Graham Peacock defeated Marine’s Richie Mckie 21-12.
The pairs quarter-finals are due to be completed this week, with Brian Sanderson (Barnes West End), Billy Ferry (Silksworth) and Brian Henderson (Seaham Town) all still involved.
Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar’s quarter-final tie against Leeholme’s Barry Attwood is being played this weekend, with Leadgate’s Gary Robson awaiting the winner.
There was disappointment in the fours for Silksworth’s Phil Smithson’s quartet as they were beaten on an extra end, 18-17, by Hartlepool’s Ken Hind.
Barnes West End’s Brian Sanderson will face Leadgate’s David Reed in the two-bowl singles semi-final at Spennymoor on Wednesday.
The talented Houghton Dairy Lane pair of Susan Forster and Joan Rodgerson saw their hopes of another County Pairs title dashed as they were beaten 23-21 in the final by Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn and Ann Bernard.
The Dairy Lane duo, however, do qualify for the national championships in August.
Houghton Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McKinney’s run in the national senior singles came to an end with a 21-7 defeat at the hands of Elm Tree’s Gordon Allison.
In the senior pairs, Hetton Workmen’s David Warren went down 26-12 to Dunston’s Kevin King, while Silksworth’s Top Club conquerors, Hartlepool Park, were beaten in the next round 4-1 by Gosforth.
Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson continues to make progress in the ladies’ senior pairs with a 28-13 win over Barnard Castle’s Vera Carter.
The final of the Sunderland & District 3-2-1 knockout triples takes place at North Biddick on Tuesday, with Barnes West End facing Roker Marine.
In the semi-finals, West End edged past Houghton Town 217-209, while Marine defeated Silksworth 223-209.
Silver Jack Pairs results: G Farquhar (Silksworth) 15 R Graham (Roker Marine) 13, G McPheators (S Hylton) 20 J Wilkinson (Hetton Wkmn) 5, D Wright (Seaham Town) 11 S Patterson (Hetton Wkmn) 17, B Henderson (Seaham Town) 18 F Fletcher (Houghton DL) 9, K Dyson (Silksworth) 22 A Hill (Barnes Pk) 19
Holders Silksworth have moved to the top of the Earl Cup First Division table, thanks to a 7-0 win at South Hylton.
Houghton Dairy’s Lane 5½-1½ victory at Barnes Park saw the three-time champions leapfrog unbeaten Dairy Lane by half a point.
Barnes West End have returned to the top of Division Two with a 6-1 victory at Sunderland to open up a four-point lead over Hetton Workmen’s, who defeated Ryhope 7-0.
North Biddick are storming clear in Division Three – a 6-1 win at Grindon has stretched their lead to 11 points at the top over closest challengers Hylton CW.
Silksworth are the new leaders in the Harold Howey Trophy First DIvision, but only by a single point from Houghton Dairy Lane B, with Barnes West End and Ryhope A close behind, with a game in hand.
Roker Marine A’s unbeaten start to the season came to an end as Seaham Town B inflicted a 4-0 defeat on the Division Two leaders.
Second-top Thompson Park A outgunned Sunderland B 4-0.
With the Storey Bowl leaders Hetton Workmen’s on a bye week, Seaham Town closed the gap at the top to 11½ points with a 6-1 success at Wearmouth.