Sunderland land title once again

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SUNDERLAND were once again Team Champions for the fourth time in five years.

They had a nail-biting end to proceedings when they were trailing both Cambridge and Suffolk, going into the last triples/fours.

Sunderland won both their games to give themselves a fighting chance and needed the other two teams to drop points.

This was achieved as neighbours Durham won both their triples and fours, to give Sunderland the title by two points

H Martin Campbell secured his second consecutive singles title despite losing his first match to an Essex player.

He then went on to win his next six matches and clinched the title with an 8-3 win over R.Clark, from Durham.

Sunderland team. Singles: M.Campbell. Pairs: John McKenna/Albie Hill. Triples: Olwen Gray/Ted Usher/Lavinia McGann. Fours: Tom Haram/Kevin Hutchinson/Colin Young/Paul Graham.

H Hetton beat Town End Farm 22-21 in the semi-final of the Memorial Trophy Final.

The game was nip and tuck, but after the second rink, Hetton increased their lead by six shots.

Town End Farm fought back to win the rink and draw level overall, meaning the game went to an extra rink.

At one stage, it looked as if the Farm had won it, only to denied when a wayward shot gave Hetton the advantage and the match-winning chance, which they took.

Pallion beat Plains Farm 22-21 in the other semi-final.

The game went down to the wire after Plains Farm won first rink, only for Pallion pulled level.

In the last rink, Plains Farm were three shots to the good, and it was down to S. Moody, who bowled the perfect shot to give Pallion four shots and overall victory.