A Couple of County Highlights

Durham County have lifted the National Fours title on only four occasions, however in 2014 the county enjoyed its fifth success following Silksworth's Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolts achievement of lifting the title at Leamington Spa.

In an all Northern Counties final David steered his rink to a nail biting last end 21-19 win over Yorkshire’s Nigel Brignall. The lads road to the final was as follows -:

1st Round: Silksworth BC, D’ham (D Bolt) bt Weybridge BC, Surrey (I Jenkins) 19-13
2nd Round: Silksworth BC, D’ham (D Bolt) bt Rugby BC, Warks (A Apsey) 30-7
Quarter-Finals: Silksworth BC, D’ham (D Bolt) bt United Service BC, Devon (T Main) 22-14
Semi-Finals: Silksworth BC, D’ham (D Bolt) bt Marlborough BC, S’folk (P Last) 21-20
Final: Silksworth BC, D’ham (D Bolt) bt Nafferton BC, Yorks (N Brignall) 21-19

Left to right, Neal Ridley, Phil Dixon, Ian Riches, David Bolt

In 2011 Silksworth's David Bolt lifted the Bowls England blue riband national singles title at Worthing. In doing so David became only the fifth Durham County player to lift the prestigious title and now joins the elite list of past winners including David Bryant and Tony Allcock .

David's route to the final was as follows -
1st Round: D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-7 C.Chapman (Chesterton)
2nd Round: D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-8 C.Whitehead (Headington)
3rd Round: D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-6 R.Vest (Felixstowe)
Quarter Finals: David Bolt (Silkswoorth) 21-18 D.Spittles (Shirley Park)
Semi Finals: D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-13 R.Paxton (Exonia)
Final: D.Bolt (Silksworth) 21-15 G.Ashby (Rugby)

In 2007 our Double Fours not only qualified for the final stages of the Balcomb Trophy held at Worthing but they went onto win it for the first time ever.   

Semi Final: Durham 45-28 Worcestershire
Final: Durham 37-36 Kent

Back Row – David Bolt, Billy Ferry, Gary Robson, John Mansfield
Front Row – Wayne Funnell, David Fenwick, Andrew Kirtland, Clive Black

Over the Counties long history the Middleton Cup has always proved to be elusive; that is until the turn of the century, the year 2000 will linger long in everyone’s memories as the county "A" team finally reached the promised land and lifted the Middleton Cup.

With Owton Lodge's Cliff Simpson at the helm as team manager the lads produced two cracking performances to lift the elusive Silver Cup for the first time in the counties history. The very proud county president was Sunderland's Charles McCain

The full squad was as follows :-

Back Row – Chris Palmer, Alan Theobold, John Mansfield, David Kilner, Brain Poulter, K.eith Avery, David Bolt, Steve Northam, Ian Jackson, John Wells

Next Row - David Livingston, John Leeman, Colin Jefferson, John Pearce, Andrew Kirtland, Ray Robinson, Paul Baker, Bret Arkley, Richard Mckie, Steve Johnson

Next Row - Keith Sykes, Foster Johnson, Les Parnell, Don Draper, Jim Laidler, Ray Mason, George Charlton

Front Row - Billy Condron, Graham Peacock, Cliff Simpson, Charles McCain, Gordon Stewart, Eddie Henry, Bryn Jones, Alan Jobling


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