Seniors hit by play-off set-back

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SUNDERLAND Senior A team’s hopes of making the end-of-season play-offs suffered a set-back after a heavy 5-0 (68-32) defeat at South Shields.

Pat Collins, Billy Hearne, Hendy Shields and John Jones went down 19-13 while George Brown, Arthur Baker, Fred Knubley and Billy Ferry lost 22-8.

The remaining rink of Joe Flett, Ronnie Robson, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham were well beaten 27-11.

The planned fixture at Houghton on Thursday has been delayed a week to February 14.

H Sunderland club champion and England international Gary Smith heads to Hayling Island this weekend looking to bring another national title back to the area.

He competes in the latter stages of the Warners Champion of Champions competition. The event is down to the last 16 and is played to a finish.

In his last 16 game, Smith faces fellow international Hartlepool’s Glen Skipp.

The full draw is: N.Smith (Westlecott) v A.Webb (Riverain), D.Rogers v (Lodden Vale) v D.Denison (Torquay), T.Meller (Ise Of Wight) v R.Sydney (White Oak), M.Royal (Mid Suffolk) v W.Willgress (Norfolk), G.Shadwell (Clarrie Dunbar) v A.Binns (Croydon), M.Orrey (Grantham) v L.Barber (Bounds Green), R.Robinson (Erewash) v N.McKee (Kingsthorpe), G.Skipp (Hartlepool) v GR.Smith (Sunderland).

H The Over 60’s county squad conclude their national inter-county campaign this week against bottom-of-the-group Lancashire.

Locally Sunderland’s Ray Robinson, Joe Flett and Houghton’s Eric Weightman are all in the squad, but Durham cannot qualify for the latter stages.

H In the area final of the national triples, West Denton’s Martin Cooper defeated The Parks’ Steven Harvey 21-17 to book a place at the national finals at Nottingham in April.

In the Over 50’s triples, the Gateshead trio of Brian Orrell, Bob Graham and George Hackett have qualified for the national finals in February at Nottingham.

The Gateshead trio have a tough last 16 tie as they face a triple from the host club.

Darlington’s run in the Over 60’s double fours has come to an end after Lincoln inflicted a 44-21 quarter-final defeat.

H This year’s World Championships have been taking place at The Potter complex.

In the ladies event, Rebecca Field, a 23-year-old from Norwich and playing in the event for only the second time, took the title, beating 2011 champion Alison Merrien, from Guernsey, 11-7, 8-10, 2-1.

In the men’s event, Scotland’s Stewart Anderson sprung a surprise by defeating fellow Scot and past champion Paul Foster 10-10, 10-9 to take the title for the first time.