Sunderland aim to wrap up group stage with record points

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HOLDERS Sunderland A conclude their group matches in the Seniors Inter club league as they entertain South Shields at Houghton on Tuesday (12.30).

Having already secured top spot and a home quarter-final tie in the play-offs, a 5-0 win for the Sunderland outfit would set a personal best points tally of 41½ out of a possible 44.

The following team has been selected – EJ.Forster, H.Shields, F.Knubley, W.Ferry, J.Flett, R.Robson, R.Robinson, R.Graham, P.Collins, A.Baker, J.Jones, T.Jopling.

The B team don’t play their final game against Stanley until March 5.

Following the win over Gateshead, the Sunderland inter county squad have another must win game against Great Aycliffe next weekend. The following side has been selected.

At Houghton (2pm start): P.Bulmer, M.Carr, R.Mckie, S.Angus, N.Ridley, W.Roberts, D.Todner, W.Ferry, A.Grimes, P.Thomson, TW.Todd, J.Jones

At Aycliffe(1pm start): G.Brown, K.Hopper, J.Flett, T.Jopling, P.Collins, W.Hearne, A.Ferguson, R.Robinson, P.Dixon, P.Brickle, G.Farquhar, M.Higgins.

The away squad are reminded that the start time at Aycliffe is 1pm.

H The Denny Cup quarter-finals take place this weekend. Locally, only Stanley are left in the competition and face Exonia at Northampton.

The winners will face either City of Ely or Wey Valley in the semi-finals. The semi-finals and final will be played at Darlington on April 19.

H In the area final of the national pairs, the all-Stanley affair saw Brett Arkley and John Thurlbeck run out 22-14 winners over David Bolt and Gary Smith.

Having now qualified for Nottingham, Thurlbeck will face Swale’s Roger Kendrick in the last 16.

There was some consolation for the latter pair as they defeated Michael Laydon 24-11 in the fours area final to set up an inter-area final against Cumbria’s R.McMath.

H In March, the international stage returns to the North East as Stanley once again host the men’s and ladies British Isles Championships and both home international series. Tickets for the nine days of high quality bowls are available from the Stanley club.