1st September - Northern Counties Day 2 News

The weather took a chilly turn as a bitter wind hit the Dairy Lane club, sadly all three hopes failed to reach there respective final. In the Singles Darlington RA's Andrew Kirtland lost a thrilling semi final 21-20 to Yorkshire's Nigel Brignall while in the Junior Singles Liam Macey also went out this time 21-16 to Yorkshires D.Kelly

In the Fours home advantage failed to pay for the Dairy quartet of Jimmy McKinney, David Morgan, Ian Lambert and John Thurlbeck as they went down 18-7 to Lancashire's Bob Wood.

31st August - Northern Counties Day One Round Up

The first day of this years Northern Counties at Houghton Dairy Lane was blessed with sunshine and a stiff breeze, out of the three titles on offer Cumbria collected two while Yorkshire collected the other one. In the triples our hopes lay with the Darlington RA trio of Liam Macey, Vince Rewcastle and John Hills, in the preliminary round they defeated Lancashire's Bob Wood 21-17 and then went on to infict a 19-16 defeat onto Northumberland's Phillip Harvey. Sadly the final against Yorkshire's Chris Kelly didn't go to plan as the Yorkshire triple proved to good on the day and recorded a resounding 22-1 win in a game that lasted only 10 ends.

In the Pairs event Darlington RA's Peter Coulson and Neil Buckley went out in the preliminary round 21-13 to Yorkshire's Paul Humphrey's, the title looked to be heading to Cumbria's David Forster who was leading 21-14 with only four ends remaining - but that result will be confirmed tomorrow.

In the Two Bowl the Neville's Cross young star Noah Cummings defeated Lancashire's R.Sterling 15-12 in the semi finals only to lose the final 15-9 to Cumbria's Paul Wallace.

Tomorrow will see the singles, fours and Junior Singles take the centre stage.

30th August - Northern Counties Preview

This weekend will see our attention turn to Houghton Dairy Lane as they host this years Northern Counties Championships. The championships open on Saturday with Darlington RA's Liam Macey, Vince Rewcastle and John Hill taking on Lancashire's Bob Wood at 10am, on the green at the same time are our Pair's champions Darlington RA's Peter Coulson and Neil Buckley who take on Yorkshire's Paul Humphrey's, both are preliminary round ties. The winners of both ties will return to the green at 1.30pm for the semi finals with the final's due to commence at 3.45pm.

The Two bowl is the other competition on Saturday with Neville Crosses Noah Cummings taking to the green at 2.30pm with the that final set for 4pm.

23rd August - Both Singles Make Worthing Exit

The Counties final hopes of silverware at Worthing have been dashed in the singles as both hopes went out. Owton Lodge's David Fenwick went down 21-15 in the first round to Buck's Malcom Drage however Darlington RA's Andrew Kirtland did make it past the first round after defeating Surrey's Robert Palser 21-14. Sadly for Kirtland in the next round Cumbria's Ryan Prince inficted a 21-13 defeat on our county champion.

So after 39 years of making the long trek to the once Mecca of bowls - Worthing, everyone's thoughts will now turn to Leamington Spa and a fresh new start for the National Championships

21st August - Two Bowl Exit for Leadgate Star

Gary Robson's run in the Two Bowl at Worthing has come to an end after a last sixteen 15-8 defeat at the hands of Somerset's Louis Ridout. Our final hope for silverware at Worthing is with our two singles Darlington RA's Andrew Kirtland and Owton Lodge's David Fenwick - both start on Thursday morning.

20th August - Robson Progress

The Two Bowl competition started and our two hopes had mixed fortunes, county champion Nevilles Cross Noah Cummings went down 17-9 in the first round to Surrey's Tony Downs while Leadgate's Gary Robson was awarded a walk over in his first round. In the second round Robson defeated Derbyshire's Martin Allsop 14-11 to set up a last sixteen tie tomorrow against Somerset's Louis Ridout.

19th August - Pairs Exit at Worthing

It was another disappointing day at Worthing for our representatives as both Pairs went out, following their prelim win the SIlksworth pair of Michael Laydon & Ian Riches never recovered from a 17-3 deficit and evenually went down 30-16 to Worchestershire's Ryan Atkins. The Darlington RA county champions Peter Coulson and Neil Buckley also went out in the first round narrowly 21-18 to Suffolk's Lee Spragg's. On Tuesday the Two Bowl Singles gets underway.

18th August - Pairs Progress past Prelim

The Silksworth pair of Michael Laydon and Ian Riches have moved into the first round after recording a 18-10 win in the Preliminary Round over Essex's Mark Nullmeyer's.

17th August - Ladies Northern Counties win

In the latest round of Northern Trophy fixtures the Durham Ladies recorded a good 120-102 (9-2) win over bottom of the table Northumberland at Gosforth. The 9-2 win copules with Cumbria's 10-1 defeat at the hands of Yorkshire has moved our ladies to the top of the table. Everything is set up for a title decider as Durham meet Yorkshire on 30th August at Lyndhurst.

15th August - Worthing Update, Triples exit

There was more first round disappointment at the National Championships as the Darlington RA trio of Liam Macey, Vince Rewcastle and John Hills went down 21-14 to Leicestershire's Neil Hope. Our other triple Leeholme's Jason Taylor, Fred Edwards and Barry Attwood had a good 19-12 win over Middlesex's Perry Cook before going down heavily 26-2 in round two to Derbyshire's Ashley Clipston.

12th August - Worthing Update, Fours make early exit

As the final National Championships at Worthing got into full swing there was disappointment for our two hopes as both Houghton Dairy Lane quartet's went out in round one. James McKinney, David Morgan, Ian Lambert and John Thurlbeck had a real tough opener against Devon's England internationalist Jamie Chestney, despite a spirited performance Thurlbeck went down 22-8. The other Houghton squad of Stevie Krimpen, Gordon Agar, Alan Thurlbeck and Ken Briscoe never recovered from trailing 15-0 after 8 ends against Buckinghamshires Wayne Richardson and it finished 24-6.

11th August - Walker Cup Title Win

Congratulations go to the Durham ladies Walker Cup squad after they produced two tremendous performances to take the National title at Leamington Spa. Before a large crowd of supporters and spectators Durham ladies battled through two long matches last Sunday (11th August) to win the National Inter-County Double Rinks Championship, the Walker Cup, to repeat their success in 2009.

In the semi final against Somerset our ladies recorded a 51-44 win, Susan Forster, Fay Slinn, Joan Rodgerson and Gill Jones went down 27-20 to Joan Walmsley but that scoreline was more than matched by Ann Bernard, Sue Almond, Teresa Pearson and Ann Anderson who defeated Jill Youny 31-17 to set up a final against Oxfordshire.

In the final the Ann Anderson rink had finished with a two shot loss which left Gill Jones - with three ends remaining; the task of defeating Oxfordshire’s England International, Katherine Hawes by at least three shots. Starting the last end Durham overall were one shot ahead. The lead changed regularly but with Oxford holding shot it was Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson who brilliantly drew shot by picking up the jack and leaving it behind the head to hold two shots and that is how it stayed to give Durham the title. Congratulations to all the squad including the two reserves Glynis Morgan and Anne Camp.

10th August - Worthing Update - Juniors Exit

Both our Under 25 lads made it through the first round before both went out in round two. Darlington RA's Liam Macey beat Wiltshire's Tom Walkley 21-8 before gonig down 21-9 to Somerset's Louis Ridout. Silksworth's Gary Farquhar progressed into the second round with a 21-10 win over Suffolk's Laim Harris before losing to Warwickshire's Tom Millership 21-10. Our hopes in the fours start there campaign on Monday at 10am - liveupdates are being knidly provided via the livescores link on the home page.

10th August - Leamington Spa Round Up

In the Over 55 Singles Hetton Workmen's Norma Stephenson narrowly went out 21-17 to Lincolnshires Christine Gowshall. Tomorrow our Walker Cup squad look to bring some silverware home, at 9.30am they tackle Somerset in the semi final with the final due to be played at 2pm.

In the Junior Pairs competition Owton Lodge's Victoria and Josie Liddle progressed to the first round with a 19-15 preliminary round win over Huntingdonshire's Hannah Overton before going out in the next rounmd 28-9 at the hands of Derbyshire's Emma Jackson.

9th August - Leamington Spa Round Up

Sadly both the counties hopes in the singles went out in the first round, Darlington Woodland's Ann Anderson went down 21-13 to Yorkshire's Shirley Litten while Consett Park's Gill Jones also went out 21-12 to Worcestershire's Sue Davies.

8th August - Leamington Spa Round Up

Darlington Woodland's Ann Anderson has made a cracking startin the Singles at Leamington, drawn in the preliminary round Anderson defeated Wiltshire's Debbie Shadwell 21-8 to set up an early Friday tie against Yorkshire's Shirley Litten, Consett Park's Gill Jones faces Worcestershire's Sue Davies also early Friday morning.

7th August - Leamington Spa Round Up

In the triples Consett Parks Teresa Pearson, Trudy Kitto and Gill Jones had a cracking first round 20-19 win over Kent's Wendy King and were unlucky yo go down 17-16 to Devon's England star Natalie Melmore 17-16 in the second round. Our other entry in the triples Darlington North Parks, Stacey, Samantha and Jane Pattison went ou tin the first round 16-11 to Kent's Eve Strudwick.

In the Junior Singles both our youngsters went out in the first round, Owton Lodge's Josie Liddle went down 21-3 to Kent's Rosina Hall while Darlington North Park's Samantha Pattison went down 21-11 to Huntingdonshire's Hannah Overton.

3rd August - Leamington Spa Round Up

In the Over 55 Pairs the Consett duo of Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones went out in the Quarter Finals 28-14 to Norfolks C.Webb, earlier the Consett pair defeated Somerset's D.Routley 25-23. In the Amy Rose Double Fours the Durham youngsters went out in the first round 53-31 to Sussex.

2nd August - Consett Pair lose

As the Ladies National Championships continue at Leamington Spa the Consett Pair of Teresa Pearson & Gill Jones ganllant run was halted at the quarter finals stage by Wiltshire's Alex Jacobs 19-12. Earlier in the day Jones had won a thriller to reach the last eight 24-23 against Glouchestershires Kay Gent. Our other hope in the pairs was Houghton Dairy Lane's Susan Forster & Joan Rodgerson, sadly they suffered a first round 18-17 defeat at the hands of Worchestershire's Sue Davies.

Other news from Leamington involving Durham squads, in the fours Barnard Castle's Vera Carter went out in the preliminary round 28-13 while Shildon's Anne Camp went out in the first round 19-11.

In the Two bowl Norton's Lilian Fletcher went out in round one 14-10 while Shildon's Anne Camp progressed to the quarter finals only to lose a thriller 14-13 to Norfolk's Brenda Whitehead.

July 30th - Darlington RA Star Takes County Singles

Following Sunday’s  planned finals day wash out Lanchester Bowling Club finally got its chance to play host to this seasons singles county final. This years blue riband final saw the 2010 winner Darlington RA's Andrew Kirtland take on Owton Lodge's David Fenwick, the latter was looking for his first county singles success, current county president Ken Raper marked the final. The early exchanges as expected were very tight as both players took there time get to the grips with the pace and the lines but when the length was shortened both players shone. The first opportunity for a count was on the 11th end, leading 7-4 Fenwick narrowly missed a last bowl take out for the first three of the game which allowed Kirtland to hang onto the single, that miss was the cue to give the jack some air with the games first full length, the change produced dividends for Kirtland as a scrappy end resulted in a double to lead 8-7.  Having turned the game around from 4-7 to lead 10-7 an unlucky clip on the jack with a final Kirtland bowl allowed Fenwick to level things off with the games first three to make it 10-10.

The disappointment of dropping the games first treble were eased as on the 17th saw Kirtland notch the games first full house to open up a 16-10 lead. A scrappy 18th end saw Fenwick halt a three end losing streak to notch a single to make it 16-11 but the next end was pivotal as Kirtland lifted Fenwick’s shot bowl out to hold three with a bowl left each, sadly for Fenwick his dropped four feet short which allowed Kirtland to drop in for the games first full house. At 20-11 up Kirtland nailed the jack with his first bowl on the next end only for Fenwick to kill the end with his first bowl, the replayed end went the way of the last few with Kirtland just doing enough to hold shot and when Fenwick’s final bowl dipped away it left Kirtland with his 4th County Singles title – the first being back in 1996. Both players deserve credit for the standard of play and the sporting manner the game was played in with the only disappointing part of a mild summer evening was that the final was played in front of a sparse crowd.


July 14th - Durham Ladies Walker Cup Qualification

Congratulations to the Ladies Walker Cup Double Fours squad as they have battled there way through to the regional stage of the competition and will now head to the National Championships at Leamington Spa on August 11th. The regional section took place at York Railway Bowling club where the Durham ladies enjoyed two comfortable wins. In the semi finals a 42-23 win over Derbyshire set up a final against Cumbria. In the final the ladies put in a five star performance to record a 43-12 win and secure a trip to Leamington Spa. The full squad is as follows - Anne Bernard (Consett Park), Sue Almond (Ashbrooke), Teresa Pearson (Consett Park), Ann Anderson (Darlington Woodland), Susan Forster (Houghton D.L.), Fay Slinn (Newton Hall), Joan Rodgerson (Houghton D.L.), Gill Jones (Consett Park) with Glynis Morgan (Houghton D.L) and Anne Camp (Shildon) are the reserves.


1st July - Durham Duo aid series win

Congratulations to both Glenn Skipp and David Bolt on playing there part in helping England to a Home International series win for the first time since 2007. David featured in all three games playing third to Cumbria's Stuart Airey while Glenn came off the bench to lead for Cumbria's Stephen Farish in the final game against host's Ireland. England ended up unbeaten after three wins the latter of which against Ireland sealed the title.






June 28th - James (Jim) Scott Thompson

It is with regret we have to report the death of Past County President Jim Thompson. County President in 1992 Jim went on to to beocme the EBA President in 1999, in turn Jim became only the fourth Durham based EBA President. Following his term of office Jim was made a Honourary Life Member of the EBA. For 12 years Jim was the County Yearbook editor and matched his late fathers feat in 2005 by becoming a Honorary Life Member of the Durham HVP's. The photograph shows Jim in the middle on the back row surrounded by all the other 1999 Presidents both indoors and outdoors.Details of the funeral arrangements will be added when known. The counties sympathy goes to Jim's wife and family.



June 12th - Eric James

It is with regret we have to report the death of past Durham County President Eric James aged 89. Eric was a longstanding member at Barnes Park Bowling Club and was elected County President in 1975. During his year in office Eric had the unique pleasure of presenting the County Singles Trophy to one of his fellow Barnes Park members - Michael Davis. In 1987 following his term as chairman of the Durham County Honorary Vice Presidents Eric was made a Life Member of the HVP's. The counties sympathy goes to Eric's wife and family.






BowlsDurham are delighted to report that Silksworth's David Bolt and Owton Lodge's Glenn Skipp have been included in the England squad for the Home International Series due to be held on Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June in Dublin, South Ireland. David retains his place in the team and will play 3rd to Cumbria's Stuart Airey while Glenn has been named as the travelling reserve. BowlsDurham would like to congratulate both players on their inclusion and wish them all the best for the series.


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