Seniors hit back in style to condemn Consett to defeat

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SUNDERLAND’S senior B bowls team bounced back to winning ways with a comprehensive 83-16 (5-0) win over Consett at Crowtree.

All three rinks returned winning cards. Peter Duke, Bobby Adams, Bobby Sanderson and Alfie Ferguson defeated J.Agnew 33-7, John Banks, Vic Hendry, Tony Grimes and George Gibson defeated A.Armstrong 27-4, while the remaining rink of Tom Jones, Eddie Cook, Billy Conway and Dennis Hulley beat A.Carr 23-5.

Next up is a trip to Hartlepool.

Sunderland opened up there inter-club campaign against Shildon and had to work hard to record a 108-103 (9-3) win.

At Shildon, the away squad finished five shots up. Pat Collins, Peter Thomson (snr), Terry Todd and Pete Thomson defeated D.Dowson 23-15, while Phillip Dixon, Locky Todd, Hendy Shields and Gary Farquhar collected a last end double to beat E.Coatesworth 19-17.

The third squad of Keith Hopper, Billy Hearne, Joe Flett and John Jones went down 23-18 to W.Maddison.

At Crowtree, the home squad had to settle for a draw. Michael Laydon, Dale Fenwick on debut, Alfie Ferguson and David Bolt ran out 20-13 winners over K.Peters while Billy Ferry’s quartet of Michael Wright, Matty Kilty and Ray Robinson had to work hard for a 18-17 win.

The remaining rink of George Brown, Billy Mitchell, Paul Baker and Ritchie Mckie went down 18-10 to K.Walker.

Darlington will provide the next opponents on Sunday, December 4, a week earlier than scheduled.

H There is a local derby this weekend as Sunderland and Houghton clash in the first round of the Denny Plate.

Sunderland have made several changes from the defeated Denny Cup team and will be looking to repeat last year’s win over Houghton in the same competition.

The following team has been selected. At Crowtree: R.Mckie, P.Dixon, R.Robinson, W.Ferry, H.Shields, M.Laydon, G.Farquhar, R.Graham, reserves N.Ridley, W.Hearne, G.Embleton.

At Houghton: P.Collins, T.Todd, J.Flett, P.Thomson, K.Hopper, L.Todd, J.Jones, T.Jopling, reserves A.Wood

Latest Area 1 National results. Pairs: G.Farquhar (Sunderland) 24 I.Riches (Stanley) 12. Triples: A.Bryden (Stanley) 19 P.Thomson (Sunderland) 17.

H The Durham county selectors have named the county Liberty team to face Notts at York a week today.

Following last year’s disappointment, the selectors have introduced some new blood which includes Darlington’s Noah Cummings who, at 13 years old, will become the youngest player to play for Durham in the Liberty.

On paper it’s a good looking squad with plenty of promise. Locally, only Sunderland’s Phillip Dixon and Gary Farquhar make the squad but are benched while out of the 24-man team Hartlepool contribute 50 per cent.

The team is: N Cummings, A Macey, J Fielding, A Kirtland (all Darlington), D Quickmire (Aycliffe), M Squirrel, D Fenwick, G Skipp, C Boston, M Bertram, P Mosley, V O’Neill (all Hartlepool), B Arkley (Stanley), C Higgins (Hartlepool), P Smithson, J Thurlbeck (both Stanley), J Forcer, J Wells (both Hartlepool), M Jones (Darlington), D Bolt (Stanley), M Ray (Hartlepool), A Lawton (Stanley), P Hartley (Hartlepool), GR Smith (Stanley), Reserves - B Attwood (Aycliffe), A Bryden (Stanley), P Dixon, G Farquhar (both Sunderland), J Harris (Hartlepool).

H At the recent Sunderland and District AGM the format of the Storey Bowl has been changed from four triples to three fours. This enables teams in a worst-case senario to field just nine players.

Any team wanting to join the Storey league can do so up to December 17 via league secretary Jim Huntingdon.