Smith falls foul of Marshall

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FORMER Sunderland star Gary Smith’s dream of a first World Singles title were dashed in the second round after Scotland’s Alex Marshall inflicted an 8-3,11-6 defeat.

The opening set saw Marshall dominate and HE opened up a 7-2 lead after six of the nine-end set, before securing it in eight ends.

Smith made a cracking start to the second set by collecting a four on the first end, only for Marshall to claw his way back to lead 9-5 after seven ends.

Smith stopped the rot on the eighth end with a single but needed a four on the final end, only for Marshall to claim a double and seal the second set.

It is a busy time for Smith as next weekend he heads to Hayling Island to compete in the latter stages of the national champion of champions competition,

Smith will be representing Sunderland and will face York’s Dave Stroughair in the last 16.

H In the latest round of Denny Cup action, Stanley moved into the quarter-finals after defeating Nottingham 78-70.

In the quarter-finals, Exonia will provide to opposition on February 15 on a neutral venue.

Latest Area 2 National Draw:-

Singles Area Final: B.Arkley v D.Bolt (both Stanley)

Pairs Semi Finals: I.Riches (Shields) 14 v 20 GR.Smith (Stanley), J.Hutchinson (Park View) 14 v 23 B.Arkley (Stanley)

Triples Semi Finals: G.Robson v D.Bolt (both Stanley), R.Mckie (Sunderland) v D.Patterson (Shields)

Fours Semi Finals: Morgan v M.Laydon (both Stanley)

Over 60s Double Fours: Cumbria 33 Stanley 38

Under 25 Double Fours: Hartlepool 42 The Parks 37

H Next weekend will see Sunderland return to Inter County action as they face Gateshead.

The following side has been selected:

At Houghton: P.Bulmer, M.Carr, H.Shields, S.Angus, M.Wright, W.Roberts, P.Brickle, W.Ferry, A.Grimes, P.Thomson, TW.Todd, J.Jones

At Gateshead: G.Brown, K.Hopper, J.Flett, T.Jopling, P.Collins, W.Hearne, A.Ferguson, R.Robinson, N.Ridley, P.Dixon, G.Farquhar, M.Higgins.

The start time at both venues is 2pm.


SUNDERLAND’S Senior A team turned around a ten-shot deficit to record a vital 55-38 (5-0) win against The Parks B in the latest round of Inter Club senior league fixtures.

The turning point came when Billy Ferry’s quartet of Pat Collins, Arthur Baker and Fred Knubley collected a maximum eight on the way to a 22-10 win over K.Thompson.

This lifted the other two Sunderland rinks as they both turned around deficits,

Joe Flett, Ronnie Robson, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham defeated B.Blyth 16-13, while Bobby Rollason, Billy Hearne, John Jones and Tommy Jopling defeated B.Bolam 17-15.

The win leaves the current play-off holders requiring a single point from their final two games to seal a play-off place.