Sunderland’s season ends on a sour note

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SUNDERLAND B ended their season in the Inter County Seniors league on a low, with a 54-33 (5-0) defeat at the hands of a strong Stanley outfit.

A late charge from Peter Bulmer, Peter Thomson, Billy Roberts and Richie Jobling nearly rescued a point.

Trailing 12-5, Jobling finished 14-12 down to Billy Bell.

George Brown, Ebby Dent, Alfie Ferguson and Terry Todd were left ruing two dropped counts of five in a 19-16 defeat at the hands of Derek Craig.

The remaining rink of Tony Grimes, Tony Wood, Frankie Froud and Peter Brickle never got going and went down 21-5 to Davey Webb.

The win for Stanley wasn’t enough to secure the second play-off place in the group as Hartlepool A defeated Park View,

Current play-off title holders Sunderland A will now face a home quarter-final tie against Hartlepool A.

There was disappointment for Houghton A as a defeat at bottom-of-the-group Gateshead A means they missed out on a play-off place.

Sunderland complete their Inter County season with a game against fellow relegation-threatened Hartlepool this weekend.

Due to Houghton also playing on the same day, there is no rink space to accommodate Sunderland therefore all six Sunderland rinks will head to Hartlepool for a 2pm start. Players are reminded the game will be played in greys.

The following team has been selected:–

All players at Hartlepool (Greys) 2pm: P.Bulmer, M.Carr, PThomson, G.Farquhar, E.Dent, R.Jobling, H.Shields, W.Ferry, A.Grimes, P.Thomson, TW.Todd, J.Jones, G.Brown, K.Hopper, J.Flett, T.Jopling, P.Collins, W.Hearne, P.Brickle, R.Robinson, N.Ridley, W.Roberts, P.Dixon, M.Higgins.

Houghton will also be looking to finish on a high as they conclude their division two campaign off with a game against bottom-of-the-table Ferryhill.

Currently, Houghton are two points ahead of Durham and occupy the second promotion spot.

Houghton will need to match Durham’s result against Hebburn and then rely on other results to seal a return to division one.

H The International bowls bandwagon returns to the area as Stanley hosts the Men’s and Ladies’ British Isles Championships plus both Home International series.

England will be looking to repeat last year’s double series sweep.

Locally, David Bolt and Gary Smith continue their back end partnership for England in the men’s series and are in action from Thursday, and the bowls bonanza runs until next Saturday,

Tickets can be purchased at the door from 9am for each day.

THE EIBA National Championships return to Melton Mowbray in April and the local qualifiers are gradually finding out who they will face.

In the singles’ last 32, Wearsider David Bolt (Stanley) will face Angel’s Duncan Hanmore, while Hartlepool’s Glen Skipp will face Watchett’s Steve Hooper. Both local lads are in the same half of the draw.

In the pairs, Stanley’s Brett Arkley and John Thurlbeck will face Swale’s Roger Kendrick in the last 32 while Darlington’s Andrew Kirtland will face Barking’s Mark Nullmeyers. Again, both local hopes are in the same half of the draw.

The triples and fours qualifiers have yet to be decided.

H In the Liberty Trophy, Durham’s conquerors Nottinghamshire have progressed to the semi-finals and will face Cambridgeshire. In the other semi-final, Kent face Sussex.