Something has to give as top two face Monday showdown

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EARL Cup leaders Silksworth maintained their 100 per cent record after beating bottom of the table Barley Mow 95-43½ .

It extended their lead at the top to six points. Chasing the leaders are Houghton Town, who can also still boast a 100 per cent record after a 63-54¼ over second bottom Hylton CW. On Monday, the top two meet at Silksworth.

Houghton Dairy Lane kept their slim hopes alive with a 5-2 win at Roker Marine, while at the other end of the table Thompson Park remain in the relegation area following a 7-0 defeat at South Hylton.

In Division two, leaders Whitburn beat New Herrington 80-46 while Sunderland’s 5-2 win at Washington moved them into the other promotion spot.

In the Swan Cup Division One, Usworth maintained their 100 per cent record with a last-bowl 5½-1½ win over Silksworth to move within 3½ points of the leaders Roker Marine, who had their bye this week.

At the foot of the table, Roker Park recorded their first win of the season, 5-2 at North Biddick but are still 10½ points from safety.

In Division two, Herrington Workmen’s are favourite to go up as they have an 8½-point lead over Washington, who beat Pennywell 5-2.

In the Howey Division one, Silksworth A go marching on after a hard-fought 31-30 win at Houghton Dairy Lane A, while Whitburn cemented their top spot in Division three with a 3-1 win at Chester-le-Street.

In the Storey Bowl ,Seaham Town moved 7½ points clear of Houghton Town, who lost 6-1 at Hetton Workmen’s.

Results: Earl Cup Division One – Barley Mow 0 Silksworth 7, Barnes Park 5 Usworth 2, Hetton Workmen 4½ North Biddick 2½, Houghton Town 5 Hylton CW 2, Roker Marine 2 Houghton Dairy Lane 5, Roker Park 3 Barnes West End 4, Seaham Town 6 Ryhope 1, South Hylton 7 Thompson Park 0.

Earl Cup Division Two – Herrington Workmen 6 Grindon Mill 1, Washington 2 Sunderland 5. Swan Cup Division One – Barnes Park 5½ Houghton DL 1½, Grindon Mill 1 BWE 6, Hetton Workmen 6 Houghton Town 1, North Biddick 2 Roker Park 5, Thompson Park 2 South Hylton 5, Usworth 5½ Silksworth 1½. Swan Cup Division Two – Barley Mow 5 Pemberton 2, Washington 5 Pennywell 2. Harold Howey Division One – Houghton DL A 1 Silksworth 3, Lumley 3 Seaham Town A 1. Harold Howey Division Two – North Biddick B 3 Hylton CW B 1, Seaham Town B 4 Wearmouth 0.

Harold Howey Division Three – Chester le St B 1 Whitburn 3, Grindon Mill 3½ New Herrington ½, Mowbray 3 Pemberton B 1, Pennywell A 3 Sunderland B 1. Storey Bowl – Dawdon 4½ Roker Park 2½, Hetton Workmen 6 Houghton Town 1.

H THE local bowls scene lost another well-known figure as Jim Scott Thompson (79) passed away.

The former Pemberton and Sunderland member, Jim was installed as the Durham County President in 1992 and then seven years later helped the EBA out as he stepped into the role as EBA President.

Jim was the County yearbook editor for 12 years and, following his stint as EBA President, he was made an Honorary Life Member of the EBA.

In 2005, Jim matched his late father’s feat by becoming an Honourary Life Member of the Durham HVPs.

A member of the Sunderland Indoor Bowling Club since it was founded in 1977, Jim was made a Life Member in 2008.

His funeral takes place on Monday at 3pm at Sunderland Crematorium.

South Hylton also lost a valued club member when Ernie Pattinson (78) passed away.

A former Hylton Colliery Welfare, Grange Park and Pyrex member, Ernie was a much-respected player.

During the last few years, Ernie played a part in organising the June Cleaver Memorial Trophy, which has raised funds towards the St Benedicts Hospice.

H THE Whitburn Open Pairs takes place tomorrow, but three other local Open tournaments are still looking for entries.

Seaham Open Pairs – Sunday, August 1, entry fee £6 with a closing date of July 26.

Prize money: £100 winners, £60 runners-up, losing semi-finalists £20. Contact Arthur Gregory on 0191 5815206.

Consett Open Triples – Sunday, August 11, entry fee £15. Prize money £240 winners, runners-up £120, losing semi-finalists £60. Contact Pat Armstrong 07803929742

Dawdon Open Pairs – Monday, August 26, entry fee £6 with a closing date of Monday, August 19. Contact John Stephenson 0191 5816673