Sunderland Senior B inflicts sweet revenge over Consett bowls team

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IT’S been a cracking week for both Sunderland senior squads, as both teams enjoyed vital wins.

The B team gained revenge for their surprise early season defeat at Consett, by inficiting a 5-0 (56-23) defeat on the Consett outfit.

George Gibson’s quartet of Alf Ferguson, Tony Wood and Tom Jones ground out a 13-8 win.

Tony Grimes, John Banks, Billy Conway and Dennis Hulley eased to a 23-5 win, while Terry Todd’s quartet of Peter Duke, Alan Cartledge and Bobby Adams recorded a 20-10 win.

The B team’s chances of making the play-offs are still out of their hands. Even a win over second-placed Stanley in three weeks time, may not be enough, as leaders Darlington, only need to win their final game.

Group Two Standings (played-points): Darlington B 9-30, Sunderland B 9-28, Stanley 6-24, Hartlepool 7-14½, Consett 7-6½, Park View 5-6.

The A team travelled to group leaders South Shields, safe in the knowledge that both teams had already qualified, but with the eventual group-winners earning a home quarter-final tie, there was still plenty to play for.

Despite a few enforced changes, the Sunderland squad put in a superb performance and ran out 4½-½ (51-25) winners.

Ray Robinson’s quartet of George Brown, George Simpson and Jim Coundon cruised to a 21-7 win. While John Smith, Billy Hearne, Vic Avery and John Jones ran out 19-7 winners.

The third rink of Pat Collins, Ronnie Robson, Joe Flett and Tommy Jopling sneaked a 11-11 draw.

The win moves the A team top of the group and will only miss out on the home quater-final tie if South Shields win their final game 4½-½ by more than 40 shots.

A runners-up spot will mean a trip to Spennymoor in the play-offs.

Group Three Standings: Sunderland A 10-33, South Shields 9-29½, Hebburn 8-21, Gateshead 7-18, Parks B 9-17, Houghton 8-11½.

Latest Club Competition Draws: Singles Semi-final: T.Jopling v P.Thomson (jnr), W.Ferry v F.Knubley. Pairs Semi-final: Pat Thomson or TW.Todd v R.Graham, T.Jopling or D.Bolt v M.Laydon. Triples Final: P.Brickle or D.Hulley v W.Funnell. Fours Semi-final: D.Bolt v R.Robinson, T.Jopling v W.Funnell. Two Bowl Singles Quarter-final: JA.Smith or P.Thomson (jnr) v D.Todner, J.Flett or R.Robinson v M.Wright, N.Ridley v T.Jopling, G.Brown v A.Grimes. Senior Singles Semi-final: G.Brown v R.Graham, T.Jopling v W.Hearne. Pairs Final: J.Flett v LJ.Todd or TW.Todd. Triples Final: F.Knubley v T.Jopling. Fours Semi-final: R.Hart v W.Ferry, T.Jopling v T.Wood. Two Bowl Singles Semi-final: TW.Todd v J.Coundon, T.Jopling v R.Robinson. Mixed Pairs Final: R.Graham v R.Robinson. Ladies Singles Final: E.Baker v A.Curtis. Ladies Pairs Final: P.Johnson v D.Kerrigan.

H The semi-final groups in the Norman Routledge 20/20 Pairs competition, takes place on Sunday at noon. Last year’s winners George Brown and Arthur Baker are already eliminated.

The semi-final groups are as follows: Group 1: F.Knubley, D.Hulley, P.Thomson (snr), EE.Peacock. Group 2: G.Farquhar, TW.Todd, W.Ferry, D.Todner.

The top two in both groups qualify for the final group of four, which takes place on Monday, March 28, at 1830.

H The Durham County seniors squad’s hopes of lifting the national seniors league title came to an abrupt end in the final at Melton Mowbray, as they were thumped 147-64 by Kent.

The selectors kept the changes to a minimum, with Aycliffe’s Vince Robson and Hartlepool’s Alan Taylor returning after missing the semi-final win over Essex.

The final proved to be a game of two halves. Durham were 10 shots up and had four rinks up, but a second-half surge by the Kent squad proved too much for the Durham lads.

Scores (Durham skips first): G.Peacock 15 W.Crittle 25, D.Barron 17 D.Herridge 22, A.Taylor 15 M.Collins 17, W.Bell 15 T.Coker 26, D.Craig 6 D.Banfield 29, V.Robson 16 M.Milgate 28.

H The remaining two area finals in this year’s national competitions took place at Durham.

In the pairs, South Shields’ Ian McIntosh defeated Stanley’s international Gary Smith 23-19.

In the triples Stanley’s Michael Bennett, Ian Riches and Jim Humphrey defeated West Denton’s Clive Knott 18-17, to qualify for the final stages, to be held in Nottingham in April.