Sunderland Seniors enjoy a stroll in the park

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SUNDERLAND’S senior A team made a winning start to this year’s campaign with a cracking 5-0 (66-26) win at The Parks as all three rinks recorded victories.

Pat Collins, George Simpson, John Jones and Tommy Jopling eased to a 29-11 over K.Thompson while Bobby Rollason, Ronnie Robson, Michael Davis and Bobby Graham also enjoyed an 18-shot win.

The remaining rink of Michael Carr, Billy Hearne, Arthur Baker and Billy Ferry had to work hard for a 15-11 win.

The A team entertain Gateshead A next on Tuesday, September 30.

The B team’s fixture against Darlington which was due to be played next Friday has been cancelled and will be rearranged.

Houghton A also made a winning start with a 4-1 home win over Hebburn.

Houghton entertain Durham tomorrow in a mixed friendly (2pm).

Team: E.Barkes, D.Brunskill, M.Eggleston, N.Stephenson, O.Lynn, S.Boll, B.Robson, B.Henderson, J.Watt, C.Middleton, C.Wallace, F.Sanderson, M.Glover, G.Charlton, A.Glover, P.Vincent, A.Todd, O.Charlton, J.Eggleston, K.Armstrong, M.Wallace, E.Barren, D.Vincent, M.Middleton.

The Houghton Ladies Inter Club squad returns to action on Wednesday as they face last year’s champions Hartlepool. Houghton will look to go one step further this term as they missed out on the title only on shots difference to Hartlepool.

Squads, At Houghton: J.Watt, P.Vincent, S.Forster, B.Johnson, N.Colling, P.Charleton, A.Todd, E.Faith, M.Metcalf, S.Moody, J.Baker, M.Coulson. Resrves O.Charlton, E.Pattinson. At Hartlepool: D.Fenwick, B.Prudhoe, B.Robson, JB.Smith, M.Hall, A.Vout, M.Middleton, N.Stephenson, E.Presho, M.Glover, A.Latimer, P.White. Reserves S.Boll, E.Barkes.

H International action returned to the Stanley Indoor Bowls venue as England faces Wales in in the Co-Operative Funeral Care sponsored mixed test match.

Locally, David Bolt was part of the six-strong England team. The 11-match series eventually saw England running out 8-3 winners with Bolt losing in the triples and mixed pairs before recording a win in the singles.

H Despite the indoor season entering into its fourth week, Bowls England are holding an outdoor international trial at Leamington Spa this weekend.

Bolt and Elm Tree’s Glenn Skipp will be attempting to cement a place in next season’s international team.

Cumbria’s Stuart Airey has announced his retirement from outdoor international bowls. Airey has played in every home international series since making his debut in 1992 and last month took a silver medal at the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

H England successfully defended the Junior Home International series in convincing style at Belmont BC Ireland.

The England youngsters defeated Scotland 152-100, Ireland 144-120 and Wales 129-110 to record a second successive series win.

Next season, England will look for the hat-trick at Oxford City & County BC.

H There was some sad news for the local bowls scene as Mel Dalzell (67) passed away.

The former club chairman and president of the next defunct Barley Mow outdoor club was a well-liked and much-respected bowler.