Sunderland well beaten in Denny Cup

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IN the latest round of Denny Cup ties, the strong Stanley side proved too strong for Sunderland, running out 91-64 winners.

At Crowtree, the visitors fielded seven current Sunderland members in its ranks.

One was David Bolt, who suffered a 20-16 defeat. Keith Hopper, Denny debutee Billy Roberts, Michael Davis and Tommy Jopling recovered from 15-7 down to seal the win.

Jaxon McKenna, Terry Todd, John Jones and Billy Ferry suffered a second half collapse as they went from 11-11 to 33-14 down against Gary Smith, leaving the Sunderland home squad 15 shots down.

At Stanley, Joe Flett, Dan Todner, Mark Higgins and Peter Thomson produced the Sunderland performance of the day by defeating John Thurlbeck 23-10.

The remaining rink of Michael Wright, Billy Hearne, Ray Robinson and Bobby Graham had a tough afternoon and went down 32-7 to Kevin Wall, which left the away squad12 shots down. Stanley will next face Hartlepool, who thumped Redcar 116-45. The tie takes place on December 1 with the winners facing either Nottingham or Lincoln in the last 16.

H The area section of this season’s national are continuing. In the singles, Sunderland Locky Todd had a fine 21-14 win at The Parks over Dan Targar while Stanley’s Gary Smith defeated South Shields’ Kevin Donkin 21-13.

Sunderland’s Tommy Jopling faces The Parks’ Chris Yeomans.

In the pairs, Sunderland’s Billy Ferry faces South Shields’ Ian McIntosh with the winner entertaining The Parks’ Steven Harvey.

In the triples’ all-Stanley clash, David Bolt defeated Gary Farquhar 15-11 and will face another Stanley trio in the shape of Derek Craig, on Wednesday.

Sunderland’s Billy Ferry entertains Stanley’s John Thurlbeck at Crowtree, with the winner at home to Stanley’s Gary Robson.

In the Over 60’s pairs, Joe Flett and Tommy Jopling defeated The Parks’ Colin Boyle 22-8 and will face either Sunderland’s Locky Todd or South Shields’ Ian Brown.

In an all-Sunderland affair, Ray Robinson defeated George Brown 18-16 and is rewarded with a trip to Stanley to face Billy Bell.

The Under 25’s singles event took place at Durham. Out of the first six games scheduled to take place, four of them resulted in walkovers, which isn’t a great advert for the competition.

The Stanley duo of Gary Farquhar and Phillip Dixon both went out to The Parks’ Phillip Harvey, who eventually lost in the area final 2-1 to clubmate Chris Yeomans.

Houghton’s Sam Patterson went down 2-0 to Yeomans in the second round.

H Sunderland ladies suffered another defeat, this time 105-98 to Gateshead as the latest round of Inter-club fixtures took place.

At Crowtree, Madge Robins, Olwyn Charlton, Hilda Snell and Amy Bevan defeated J.Holbrow 18-16 while Marj Smith, J.Milner, Evelyn Barkes and Margaret Mitchinson defeated C.Connelly 19-18.

The remaining rink of Ann Candlish, Mary Ramshaw, Margaret Eggleston and Ella Baker went down 19-9 to leave the home squad seven shots in arrears.

At Gateshead, the away squad went down by nine shots. Kathleen Hulley, Mary Williamson, Renee Mallaburn and Ethel Pattinson had a cracking 17-10 win over R.Harrison.

Maureen Firth’s quartet of Doreen Kerrigan, Jean Reay and Sheila Thomson recovered from 17-14 down to run out 20-18 winners over A.Moore.

The third rink of Anne Todd, A.Short, Gwyn Eltringham and Florence Rodenby never recovered from a 19-1 deficit as it finished 24-6 to E.Heads.

On Thursday, the Sunderland ladies face Durham in the Yetton Plate while Houghton ladies will face South Shields in the full Yetton competition. The winners of that tie will face The Parks, who have already received two walk-overs.

H Following last year’s 11th Liberty Trophy success, Durham start the search for a 12th title this weekend against Lancashire. Durham are boosted by the inclusion of the Welsh international Kevin Wall.

H Latest Inter County positions

League B – Sunderland 21½, Gateshead 17, Hebburn 9, Houghton 8, Park View 2½, Durham 2.

Latest Senior Inter Club positions

League 2 – Hartlepool A 14½, Sunderland B 13½, Stanley 13, Park View 10½, Darlington 9½, Consett 4.

League 3 – Houghton A 16, South Shields 13, Hebburn 11½, Gateshead A 11, Sunderland A 10, Parks B 3½.

H At the Sunderland & District AGM it was decided that the Storey Bowl would revert back to its four triples format.

Barley Mow’s notice of motion to change the format of the Earl and Swan Cup was defeated which will cast a doubt over the Barley Mow clubs’ future unless they can attract more members.

H Bowls Durham held its AGM this week. After several years of good service, Ryhope’s George Charlton narrowly lost a vote to continue as competition secretary. The position will be now filled by Darlington RA’s former county president Peter Coulson.

H There was more sad news for the local scene with the news that Pennywell’s Gordon Craig (85) passed away. Due to poor health, Gordon has not been seen on the bowling scene for a few years, but was a much-respected and well-liked bowler.