9th November - Bolt Lands Hong Kong Title

Tremendous news from the Far East as Durham & Silksworth’s David Bolt has lifted the 2016 Hong Kong International Bowls Classic at the Craigengower Cricket Club. Representing England the Silksworth star was part of a 128 man field (42 overseas and 86 local players) the participating countries were Australia, Canada, China, England, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa and Wales. In the final David faced Wales David Wyn Kongdon , the early signs were good as David took the opening set 8-6 but narrowly lost the second set 5-6 which sent the final into a three end tie breaker. David dropped a single on the first end but collected a double on the second end, however on the 3rd end and lying shot down lady luck popped her head up as David’s final bowl got a small rub off a wing bowl onto the jack to hold shot, Kongdon’s final bowl drifted under the head and the title was Bolt’s.

Early wins over local players Terry Kung (9-0, 7-7) and Adrian Yau (7-5, 7-3), before defeating 2005 champion Paul Girdler (New Zealand) 11-2, 7-3 to set up a Quarter final against South Africa’s Prince Neluonde, a 7-6, 10-6 win moved David into the semi-finals where he secured a final spot with a  7-5, 9-0 over Scotland’s Kevin Anderson.

David becomes the fourth Englishman to secure the title following in the footsteps of Mark Walton (2004 and 2008), Robert Newman (2010) and Richard Catton (2013) and will receive an automatic invite to defend his title next year.


11th September - Northern Counties Round Up

This season's Northern Counties were played at Heaton Park Manchester, from a County perspective we came away with one title and a beaten finalist. The success stroy came in the singles as SIlksworth's David Bolt secured his second Northern Counties singles title. A preliminary round 21-12 win over Lancashire’s Jason Norris was followed by a 21-5 semi-final win over Yorkshire’s Phillip Margerrison. In the final Bolt was not to be denied but had to be at his best to hold off the challenge of Northumberland stalwart Mick McGreevy 21-19. The only other finalist came in the fours where Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna (sub), Stevie Cairns, Billy Ferry and Gary Farquhar missed out on a first Northern Counties Fours title going down agonisingly 18-17 on an extra end to Northumberland’s Simon Richardson in the final.

27th August - Stella Season Ends In Defeat

After two good wins our Stella Logan squad made the trip to Helmsley to face leaders Yorkshire in good spirits however despite a spirited effort we just came up short as Yorkshire ran out the 23 shot winners and in the process collected 8 points that secured the Stella Logan title. However on the positive side across the green we had three rinks up with the pick of them being Gillian Harle, our newly crowned national champion Ann Anderson, Jennifer Howey and Susan Walker who ran out 23-13 winners, Margaret Metcalf sneaked home by 1 while Esther Helm got home by a couple. Sadly the remaining three rinks went down by a total of 36 shots. Due to the fact that Yorkshire cannot now be caught our planned game against Cumbria will not be played so we finish with a won 3 lost 4 record and 3rd in the table. On behalf of Bowls Durham many thanks to every player that took the time to represent the County this season in the Stella Logan and roll on 2017.  Rink Scores 

17th to 1st September - Latest Results from National Championships at Leamington Spa

Men's Singles - Preliminary Round
Vernon Gearey (Kingsthorpe BC, N’thants) bt Michael English (Dipton Park BC, Durham) 21-9

First Round
David Bolt (Silksworth BC, Durham)
bt Ryan Atkins (Ledbury BC, Hereford) 21-17

Second Round

Tim Orr (Mid-Surrey BC, Surrey) bt David Bolt (Silksworth BC, Durham) 21-18

Men's Pairs - Third Round
Kings BC, Devon (S Tolchard) bt Stockton BC, Durham (P Mosley) 22-4

Men's Two Bowl Singles - Preliminary Round
Bradley Coles (Garston BC, Herts) bt Carl Higgins (Hartlepool Old Boys, Durham) 13-12

Men's Two Bowl Singles - First Round
Tom Holmes (Ledbury BC, Hereford) bt Jaxon McKenna (Silksworth BC, Durham) 16-7

Men's Pairs - First Round
Dipton Park BC, Durham (G Williams)
bt Hollingbury Park BC, S’sex (R Moses) 20-14
Stockton BC, Durham (P Mosley) bt Cavaliers BC, Notts (J Emmerson) 20-13

Second Round
Stockton BC, Durham (P Mosley)
bt Milton Regis BC, Kent (N Bowden) 25-18
Nafferton BC, Yorks (S Walton) bt Dipton Park BC, Durham (G Williams) 23-18

Senior Singles – First Round
Ian Peacock (Durham) bt Tony Peverill (Leicestershire) 21-12

Second Round
Phil Green (Warwickshire) bt Ian Peacock (Durham) 21-14

Men's Triples - First Round
Winnington BC, M’sex A (C Hill) bt Hartlepool Park BC, Durham B (D Oram) 19-12

Ladies Pairs Semi Final
Kings, Devon (N Chestney) bt Houghton Dairy Lane, Durham (J Rodgerson) 22-15

Ladies Junior Pairs - First Round
County Arts, Norfolk (A.Chalk) bt Darlington NP, Durham (S.Pattison) 21-9

Mens Junior Singles - First Round
Cove, Hampshire (D.Taylor) bt Silksworth, Durham (J.McKenna) 21-14
Darlington RA, Durham, (B.Hopkins) bt Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, (S.Dawkins) 21-6

Mens Junior Singles - Second Round
Leamington, Warwickshire (A.Smith) bt Darlington RA, Durham, (B.Hopkins) 21-6

Ladies Pairs – Third Round
Cowplain, Hants (P Lambshead) bt Elm Tree Social, Durham (L Simpson) 22-18
Houghton Dairy Lane, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt  Swanmore, Hants (V Mansell) 23-16

Ladies Pairs - Quarter Finals
Houghton Dairy Lane, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt Sproughton, S’folk (J Spice) 21-12

Ladies Pairs - First Round
Elm Tree Social, Durham (L Simpson) bt Banbury Central, Oxon (C Campion) 23-19

Ladies Pairs - Second Round
Houghton Dairy Lane, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt Banbury Central, Oxon (P Shepherd) 20-9
Elm Tree Social, Durham (L Simpson) bt Dunnington, Yorks (C Instone) 29-10

Ladies Two Bowl Singles - Preliminary Round
Sandra Hind (Lyndhurst BC, Durham) bt Lyn Howard (Broadstone Wessex BC, D’set) 15-9

Ladies Two Bowl Singles -
First Round
Kate Herbison (Congresbury BC, S'set) bt Ellen Faith (Houghton Town BC, Durham) 17-10
Sandra Hind (Lyndhurst BC, Durham) bt Myra Lewis (Oxford City & County BC, Oxon) 15-8

Ladies Two Bowl Singles - Second Round
Alison Dring (Burton Latimer BC, N’hants) bt Sandra Hind (Lyndhurst BC, Durham) 16-13

14th August 2016 - Anderson seal's National title in style

Darlington Woodland's Ann Anderson is the new national senior singles champion after a string of impressive performances at Leamington Spa today. In the quarter finals Anderson faced Norfolk’s former England internationalist Jayne Roylance which was a repeat of the 2008 final, this time Anderson gained some revenge with a 21-15 win to set up a semi-final against Gloucestershire’s Val Osmond. With the scores at 7-7 Anderson rattled off a 10-1 return over the next 8 ends to help set up a 21-10 win and a place in the final.

In the final Berkshire’s Bet Aubrey provided the opposition but Anderson was in crack form and raced into a 15-1 lead after only 7 ends, a run of three singles for Aubrey made it 15-4 but 4 ends later it was all over as Anderson ran out a 21-4 winner in only 14 ends.
Senior Singles
First Round - Ann Anderson Darlington Woodlands (Durham) 21-14 Gay Allen Bembridge (Isle of Wight)
2nd Round - Ann Anderson Darlington Woodlands (Durham) 21-8 June Linehan Rainham (Essex)
Quarter Final - Ann Anderson Darlington Woodlands (Durham) 21-15 Jayne Roylance County Arts (Norfolk)
Semi Final - Ann Anderson Darlington Woodlands (Durham) 21-10 Val Osmond Ardagh (Gloucestershire) 
Final - Ann Anderson Darlington Woodlands (Durham) 21-4 Bet Aubrey Thatcham (Berkshire)

7th to 14th August 2016 - Latest Results from National Championships at Leamington Spa

Ladies Triples - First Round
Houghton Dairy Lane BC, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt Bridport BC, D’set (M Watts) 21-7

Ladies Singles - First Round
Pat Hilson (Rosedale BC, Herts) bt Glynis Morgan (Houghton Dairy Lane BC, Durham) 21-11
Teresa Pearson (Consett Park BC, Durham) bt Morgan Merryweather (Island Bohemian BC, Berks) 21-13

Ladies Singles - Second Round
Helen Broughton (Stute BC, Derbys) bt Teresa Pearson (Consett Park BC, Durham) 21-8

Ladies Fours - Third Round
Egham BC, Surrey (P Clark) bt Houghton Dairy Lane BC, Durham (J Rodgerson) 24-10

Ladies Fours - First Round
Houghton Dairy Lane BC, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt Plessey Radar BC, IoW (J Utteridge) 22-12

Ladies Fours
- Second Round
Houghton Dairy Lane BC, Durham (J Rodgerson) bt Whitehaven BC, Cumb (B Ross) 29-12

Ladies Fours - First Round
Parkway BC, Hunts (C Popple) bt Sunderland BC, Durham (S Almond) 26-16

Ladies Senior Pairs
Preliminary Round - Durham (Gill Jones) bt Somerset (Margaret Dyer) 16-14
First Round - Lincolnshire (Lyn Mountain) bt Durham (Gill Jones) 19-15

Ladies Junior Singles
1st Round
Devon Cooper (Baldock Town BC, Herts) bt Stacey Pattison (Darlington North Park Ladies BC, Durham) 21-7
Emma Cooper (Staplecross BC, Sussex) bt Samantha Pattison (Darlington North Park Ladies BC, Durham) 21-1

29th July 2016 - Northern Trophy Revenge

Our Ladies Northern Trophy returned to action at Alnwick as Northumberland provided the opposition, after the disappointing 7 shot 8-3 loss against the same opposition at Horden we gained some revenge with a 5 shot 7½-3½ win. Across the green we had 2 rinks up and a draw, Gill Jones steered her quartet of Joan Brown, Dawn Jackson and Joyce Woodward to a match winning 33-10 win while Joan Rodgerson maintained her unbeaten record with a hard fought 2 shot win, the draw came from Ann Anderson’s rink. So a seasonal third group win of the campaign moves us into second place however other results mean Cumbria cannot be caught at the top, the final game is a trip to York is due to be played in early September..... rink scores

22nd July 2016 - A Stella of A Result

Our Stella Logan squad made the long trek to Heaton Park to face current leaders Lancashire in the latest round of fixtures, after the return to winning ways against Northumberland our ladies produced a cracking performance winning by 3 shots overall. Across the green we only had two winning rinks with the rink of Gillian Harle, Teresa Pearson, Jennifer Howey and Eileen Horan the pick of the bunch with a cracking 30-12 win. Our other winning squad were Margaret Riley, Fay Slinn, Dorothy Hudson and Sam Pattison who rattled up a 24-10 win which combined gave us a 32 shot advantage. Out of the remaining four squads only Susan Walker went down by double figures and we managed to hang onto a 7-4 win. There is a long break now until we head to Helmsley to face unbeaten Yorkshire..... rink scores

19th July 2016 - Walker Cup Qualification

Our Ladies Walker Cup squad produced a couple of cracking team performances at York Railway to secure the Northern Section place at Leamington Spa in August. In the semi finals Susan Forster, Fay Slinn, Joan Rodgerson and Gill Jones ran out 25-18 winners while Ann Anderson steered Glynis Morgan, Sue Almond and Teresa Pearson to a 27-24 win which sealed a 52-42 win over Yorkshire. In the final Cumbria provided the opposition but again our ladies put in a cracking performance, Gill Jones won by 5 while Ann Anderson won by 4, the latter had a different front end as Joan Brown and Edna Stokoe were drafted in which made sure the full 10 players got a crack at it, so its off to Leamington Spa in August as we look to repeat our success of 2013. In the semi finals we will face Devon.

17th July 2016 - County Semi Final Dates

Confirmed Dates and Venues for the County Semi Finals - check the Livescore page updates
Monday 18th July (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Singles - M.English (Dipton ) v S.Baker (Silksworth)
Triples – D.Stoker (South Moor) v D.Oram (Hartlepool Park)
Fours – M.Johnston (Dunston) v P.Mosley (Stockton)
Under 25 Singles – M.Hodgson (Stockton) v J.McKenna (Silksworth)
Champ of Champs – B.Sanderson (Barnes West End) v P.Hudspith (Lyndhurst)
Tuesday 19th July (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Pairs – C.Higgins (Old Boys) v M.English (Dipton)
Tuesday 19th July (John Whitehead Park)
Under 25 Singles – B.Hopkins (Darlington RA) v J.Ballantyne (Stockton)
Wednesday 20th July (John Whitehead Park)
Singles - J.Ballentyne (Stockton) v D.Bolt (Silksworth)
Triples – C.Boston (Elm Tree) v D.Armstrong (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Fours – W.Ferry (Silksworth) v M.English (Dipton)
Two Bowl – M.Johnston (Dunston) v J.McKenna (Silksworth)
Thursday 21st July (John Whitehead Park)
Pairs – P.Mosley (Stockton) v J.Thurlbeck (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Tuesday 26th July (Houghton Dairy Lane)
Two Bowl Singles – C.Higgins (Old Boys) v P.Coulson (Darlington RA)
To be Confirmed
Champ of Champs – G.Robson (Leadgate) v P.Mosley (Stockton)

11th July 2016 - Middleton Cup Exit

The lads went into the final round of Middleton Cup games knowing our fate was out of our hands, first of all we had to beat Cumbria and then hope Derbyshire beat Lancashire handsomely, sadly neither materialised as Cumbria ran out 7 shot (17-5) winners and Lancashire beat Derbyshire 16-6. Back to our game and for long periods we were playing catch up, 32 shots down at one stage but credit to the team they chipped away at it and did manage to get down to within 8 with only 4 ends left however it was not to be. Andrew Kirtland’s quartet recovered from 9-1 adrift to run out 24-19 winners while David Bolt fresh from his England duty ground out a 14-11 win, John Fielding collected a late five which helped secure a 21-21 draw, the remaining three rinks went down by a combined total of 15 shots, so its Lancashire that qualify from the group. Finally many thanks to all the players who represented the county in the Middleton this season..... rink scores

10th July 2016 - Stella Class

The Stella Logan squad ended a run of two consecutive defeats with a 25 shot (10-1) win over Northumberland at Gosforth, across the green we had five winning rinks although three of them were decided on the last ends. The pick of the bunch was Kath Dixon, Jane Pattison, Eileen Horan and Esther Helm who cruised to a 32-11 win, Maureen Firth steered her quartet to a 9 shot win while the other three squads sneaked home by a single shot each, the only defeat saw Susan Walker go down 27-19. The 10 points moves us to mid table with a trip to Manchester next to face title chasing Lancashire in two weeks time.... rink scores

9th July 2016 - Hind Takes County 2 Bowl Title

The Ladies County Two Bowl Singles Championship was played at Barnes Park on Thursday, congratulations to Lyndhurst's Sandra Hind on her success.

Round 1:
E. Faith (Houghton Town) beat Eveline Barkes (Hetton Workmens) 17-8
H. Boon (Bishop Auckland) beat Eileen Atkinson (Bishop Auckland) 15-14
J. Woodward (Durham City) beat N. Stephenson (Hetton Workmens) 13-12
J. Robinson (Darlington North Park) beat J. Pattison (Darlington North Park) 17-15
S. Hind (Lyndhurst) beat F. Slinn (Newton Hall) 15-6
I. Koch-Klau (Hetton Workmens) beat D. Jackson (Owton Lodge) 18-6
S. Almond (Sunderland) beat Sam Pattison (Darlington North Park) 17-5
J. Brown (Pelton Fell) beat T. Pearson (Consett Park) 17-6

Quarter Finals:
E. Faith (Houghton Town) beat H. Boon (Bishop Auckland) 17-8
J. Woodward (Durham City) beat J. Robinson (Darlington North Park) 17-12
S. Hind (Lyndhurst) beat I. Koch-Klau (Hetton Workmens) 19-5
J. Brown (Pelton Fell) beat S. Almond (Sunderland) 14-10

E. Faith (Houghton Town) beat J. Woodward (Durham City) 16-7
S. Hind (Lyndhurst) beat J. Brown (Pelton Fell) 16-13

S. Hind (Lyndhurst) beat E. Faith (Houghton Town) 16-9

4th July 2016 - Alsop Squad Lose

The Alsop Squad have had a tough campaign this season and things didn’t improve on Saturday as they were beaten by 20 shots (16-6) by a full of confidence Cumbrian outfit which had collected three 20-2 win’s already. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though as Dale Oram’s rink bounced back with a 28-17 win and Albie Hill had a cracking 23-12 win, Jimmy McAdoo put behind his Stockton nightmare with a smashing 13-12 win, sadly the other three rinks went down by a combined 41 shots with Alan Dunn going down by 26. The final game of the season against Lancashire will now not be played as there is nothing at stake, congratulations to Cumbria on retaining the Alsop, from our point of view a 16 point return and a minus 80 shot difference tells you the tale of the season, however many thanks to everyone who took the time to represent the county and onwards and upwards for next season..... rink scores

3rd July 2016 - Jim Laidler

It is with great sadness we have to report that former County treasurer Jim Laidler sadly passed away. Jimmy was the County Treasurer for 24 years (1987-2011) and was still Secretary of the Benevolent Fund. In 2002 the County awarded Jimmy Honorary Life Membership and when Bowls England introduced the Certificate Of Merit which recognises the work of volunteers to support the sport at Club and County level - from Secretaries and Treasurers to Green Keepers and Umpires it was fitting that Durham put Jimmy forward for the award, when it was confirmed he was over the moon, todate only 15 have been awarded around the country. The Bowls England Certificate of Merit is presented to individuals that are deemed to have provided outstanding service to the sport of outdoor bowls at club and county level in England. On a local level Jim was a one club man and that club was Barnes Park, he was a much respected player who always appreciated a good bowl and will be missed by many within the bowling faternity.

Jimmys funeral takes place on Monday 11th July at 1230 Sunderland Crematorium


1st July 2016 - Northern Trophy Squad Bounce Back

Our Northern Trophy squad ended a two game losing streak by competing the double over leaders Cumbria with a 122-116 (8-3) win at Pelton Fell. Joan Rodgerson’s rink of Susan Forster, Margaret Metcalf and Glynis Morgan maintained their unbeaten record with a cracking 24-12 win that score cancelled out Ann Anderson’s 10 shot loss. Across the rest of the green Norman Stephenson’s quartet battled hard for a 2 shot win while Sue Almond ran out a 22-16 winner while there were 2 shot defeats for Gill Jones and Jane Pattison. That result brings us right back into contention with a trip to Alnwick to face Northumberland at the end of the month...... rink scores

24th June - Third Stella Loss

Our Stella Logan squad suffered a third defeat of the season as unbeaten Lancashire inflicted a 9-2 15 shot defeat at Stockton. Across the green we only managed a couple of winnings rinks, Margaret Riley, Fay Slinn, Dorothy Hudson and young Sam Pattison were the pick with a 20-17 win, Susan Walker’s quartet were the other winning squad also winning by three shots. Jenny Collins went down by 6 as did Valerie Gray while Esther Helm narrowly lost by a couple of shots, the remaining rink skipped by Maureen Firth had a tough afternoon going down by 16 shots. Although mathematically we can still challenge for the title in the real world it’s not going to happen, next up is a trip to bottom of the table Northumberland at Gosforth next Friday...rink scores

24th June - Bolt Get's Hong Kong Call Up



Bowls England has announced its representatives to participate in the 2016 Hong Kong International Bowls Classic from Saturday 5th November to Sunday 13th November. The team selected is: Rebecca Field (Norfolk), Donna Knight (Oxfordshire), David Bolt (Durham) and Matt Marchant (Hampshire)

The prestigious tournament is one of the signature bowls events on the international bowls calendar – being one of the largest annual international lawn bowls events in the world. To make the event even more competitive, invitations are sent to all national members of World Bowls and also all local clubs in Hong Kong to participate in. Bowls England wishes the four selected players the best of luck at the event.

18th June - Mixed Day For County

After the disappointing result at Lancashire our Middleton Cup lads had to win against Derbyshire at Selby to keep any hopes of progressing alive, well it proved a hard slog but in the end the lads ran out winners by 46 shots but more important collected 18 points out of the 22 on offer. Across the green we had four rinks up, Andrew Kirtland’s quartet were the pick of them with a cracking 34-12 win, John Mansfield collected a last end five to sneak home 27-24 while Paul Mosley finished 3 up, team manager David Bolt maintained his unbeaten record with a 23-21 win. The two losing squads saw Phil Smithson go down by 4 while Gary Farquhar’s quartet had a tough afternoon going down by 20. In the other game Lancashire sprung a surprise defeating Cumbria by a single shot which worked out a 14-8 win. So the top and bottom of it is first of all we have to produce a top notch performance to beat Cumbria and even then collect 11 more points than Lancashire do against Derbyshire (last season Derbyshire beat Lancashire 20-2) in two weeks’ time at a venue yet to be confirmed..... rink scores 

After the poor showing against Yorkshire the Alsop squad looked to bounce back at Stockton against Northumberland, however just like the previous game the selected team had to be altered several times which wasn’t a great start and things got no better as Northumberland ran out 30 shot winners and 16-6 on points. Although we did have three rinks up, the pick of which was Harry Dougherty’s as they ran out 27-13 winners, Stuart Clarke’s move to skip proved fruitful with a 26-20 win while Alan Dunn ground out a 20-16 win to leave us 24 shots to the good. Sadly Jimmy McAdoo’s rink had a bad day at the office going down by 29, the reliable Dale Oram’s rink went down by 15 and the young gun’s skipped by Dan Todner never recovered from a slow start to finish 10 adrift. The defeat leaves the lads bottom and facing a wooden spoon, next is a trip to Wigton to face defending champions Cumbria......... rink scores and table

17th June - Stella Squad Lose

Our Stella Logan squad made the trip to Worthington to face Cumbria in the latest round of fixtures, out of the last four meetings we have beaten the twice champions on three occasions so after the 49 shot win over Northumberland hopes were high of notching another win. However despite two rinks up and a draw we went down by 15 shots overall which equates to a 8½-2½ points defeat. Jackie Classen, Edna Stokoe, Margaret Metcalf and Susan Walker were our top rink albeit 22-19 winners, Maureen Firth sneaked home by 1 and Valerie Gray nicked a draw. The defeat leaves us in third place 15 points behind unbeaten Lancashire and Yorkshire, our next game is this week against leader Lancashire at Stockton... rink scores

17th June - Bowls England Update

This is to notify you that with effect from 2017 there will be three additional National Championships namely:

Men's Senior Fours (55 and Over on 1st April annually
Women's Senior Fours (55 and Over on 1st April annually)
Men's Junior Pairs (Under 25 years on 1st April annually)

These new championship events will be administered within the county as per all other National Championship events, with the winner ONLY from the County qualifying for the National Championships at Leamington Spa.

The start time for the Junior Pairs will be no earlier than 7pm on a weekday unless mutually agreed otherwise. The two players may be from different clubs, but they must both be affiliated to clubs within the same county and have entered all other National Championship events from the same county.

All four players in the Senior Fours must come from the same club, and must represent that same club from which all other National Championship events have been entered. The National Winners of the Senior Fours will be England's representatives at the following year's British Isles Championships.

The County Officials are currently working on the logistics of the competitions to fit into the Championship Programme for 2017 onwards and details will be announced later. The current Championship Entry Forms will be amended to make provision for these competitions.

Foster Johnson
County Secretary and Administrator

13th June - Balcombe Exit

Our men’s Balcombe Trophy double fours squad were in action yesterday as they entertained a new look Cumbria squad full of new faces but it appears the conveyor belt of talent continues as they ran out 37-34 winners. David Bolt’s quartet of Phil Dixon, Colin Boston and Paul Mosley were first off the green after defeating Ben Sherwin 17-16, the remaining rink of Mal Peach, Mark Jones, Andrew Kirtland and John Fielding needed a two on the last end to seal a win but despite a gallant effort dropped a single and had to settle for a 21-17 loss which sealed a 37-34 overall defeat.   

11th June - Northern Trophy Defeat

Our Northern Trophy side were looking to bounce back against Northumberland in the latest round of fixtures at Horden, after winning the last four encounters hopes were high of a positive result. However Northumberland who had only won three in their last 14 games are proving a different proposition this season as they ran our 103-96 winners and 8-3 on points to record their second win of the season. Across the green we had three winning rinks with Joan Brown, Dawn Jackson, Joyce Woodward and Gill Jones being the pick of them with a 10 shot win, Joan Rodgerson maintain her unbeaten record with a 5 shot win while Sue Almond completed the trio of wins with a 8 shot win. Sadly the remaining three rinks went down by a combined total of 30 shots which sealed the 7 shot loss. The result leaves us in 3rd place some nine points adrift of leaders Cumbria who we face in three weeks time at Lyndhurst..... Rink details

6th June - Black Saturday

Well it was a black Saturday as all three teams suffered defeats.

In the Middleton Cup our lads made the long trek to Manchester to face Lancashire in the first round of group games, after a couple of decent wins in the Muras hopes were high of a good afternoon however things didn’t go to plan as Lancashire repeated last year’s win and ran out 18-4 winners 122-107. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks as David Bolt (pictured left) ran out 23-11 winner against Chris Gale and Paul Mosley ran out a 24-15 winner against Dan McVittie sadly the remaining four rinks went down by 36 shots. John Fielding lost by 15, Glenn Skipp lost by 10, Andrew Kirtland lost by 7 and John Mansfield lost by 4. Although it’s a disappointing start all is not lost as a good win against Derbyshire in two weeks’ time at York could set up a decider against Cumbria, the latter defeated Derbyshire 18-4. rink scores

In the Johns Trophy our ladies made the trip to Copmanthorpe to face Lincolnshire in the group opener, last season we lost 18-4 this season we lost 20-2 and by 37 shots. The only bright spot came from Joan Rodgerson’s (pictured right) quartet who maintained their unbeaten run this season with an impressive 11 shot win however that was cancelled out and more by Ann Anderson’s 37-9 loss, Teresa Pearson was unlucky to go down 17-16 while Sue Almond lost by 3, Norma Stephenson lost by 7 and Gill Jones lost her first game of the season by 9. So the 20-2 points return virtually ends any hope of qualifying and it looks like the Yorkshire game will be a one of playing for pride. rink scores



The third squad to lose were the men’s Alsop Trophy squad at Dairy Lane as Yorkshire ran out 18-4 winners by 26 shots overall which bizarrely was the same outcome last season at Middlesbrough. Dale Oram’s quartet have only lost 2 in the last 9 games and produced again with a 24-16 win while Dan Todner steered the bairns Jack Devison, Joel Harston and Josh Halcrow to a smashing 16-14 win. Sadly that was as good as it got as there by defeats for Alan J Dunn 12-27, Harry Dougherty 13-17, Jimmy McDoo 17-22 and Albie Hill 12-24. Next up is a trip to Stockton where we haven’t lost for three years to face Northumberland. rink scores

28th May - Muras Double Win Not Enough For Silverware

After the disappointing result at Alnwick our Muras team produced a couple of cracking performances to notch consecutive wins in the traditional double header held at Redcar BC, sadly it wasn’t enough to lift the Muras Trophy. In the morning fixture against Yorkshire Paul Mosley (pictured left) showed his fight qualities, despite losing 25-5 he produced the match winning bowl, a skipping county debut for Barry Hopkins ended in a 24-12 win while team manager David Bolt led from the front with a 26-12 win, John Mansfield’s sneaked home by 1 and Phil Smithson got home by 3, the other losing rink was Glenn Skipp by 8 shots, so overall a narrow last bowl 2 shot win over Yorkshire was a good start to the long days play…. rink scores

In the afternoon game against Lancashire the squad was rotated a bit but still the lads ground out a cracking 18 shot win collecting 19 points in the process, team manager David Bolt rattled up a 25-13 win while Billy Ferry finished 21-11 up, both John Mansfield and Phil Smithson had narrow wins and Paul Mosley battled hard for a 18-18 draw, the only loss came from the skipping debut for young Noah Cummings by 12. So overall it was a 18 shot win but the 17-5 loss at Alnwick came back to bite us as Northumberland recorded two wins to take the Muras by 15 points…. rink scores

27th May - Northern Trophy Setback

It was a case of after the Lord Mayors show for our Northern Trophy squad, after the cracking 8-3 win at holders Cumbria we suffered a setback going down 8-3 to Yorkshire at Woodlands. Three rinks up and three rinks down was the tale of the game, Gill Jones quartet of Joan Brown, Dawn Jackson and Joyce Woodward rattled up an impressive 23-11 win. Joan Rodgerson steered her rink to another win this time by 4 shots while Teresa Pearson’s rink opened their account with a hard fought 18-17 win. Sadly Sue Almond and Ann Anderson suffered back to back losses while Norma Stephenson went down by 12 which sealed a narrow 6 shot defeat. Next up is a trip to Horden to face Northumberland on 10th June...... rink scores 

21st May - Muras Blow

Our Muras squad missed out on the chance to defeat Northumberland for a third consecutive year in in the Muras as we went down by 19 shots at Alnwick.  Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks and a draw, the pick of the bunch was John Fielding’s quartet of Vince Rewcastle, Neal Ridley and Mark Jones who defeated Paul Ging 24-13. Glenn Skipp’s quartet battled hard for a two shot win while team manager David Bolt played out a score draw. So overall it was a 19 shot defeat and the lads roll on to Redcar next weekend for the double header against Lancashire and Yorkshire respectively. Rink Scores     

20th May - Stella Logan Squad Bouncebackability

After the opening loss to Yorkshire our Ladies Stella Logan squad bounced back to winning ways at Pelton Fell with an impressive 49 shot win over Northumberland. Across the green we had four winnings rinks and one draw, Darlington youngster Sam Pattison steered Margaret Riley, Fay Slinn and Doreen Hudson to a 29-12 win while Stacey Pattison, Evelyn Barkes, Jean Mather and Jenny Collings ran out 27-13 winners. The pick of the bunch saw Gillian Harle, Jennifer Howey, Eileen Horan and Valerie Gray rack up a 30-12 win. The result moves us back into second place in the table with the next game not scheduled until the middle of June against Cumbria at Workington. Rink Scores

15th May - The Bowls Durham Presidents Select Team comes to Wolsingham Bowling Club

The President (Mr Les Parnell) during his season of office plays some 15 matches around Durham County (based on the 1965 boundary) He is aided by the County Executive and invited players. It helps show the clubs and districts, the faces behind the Bowls Durham executive. On Sunday 15 May, Wolsingham BC hosted a match between the President’s team and a team selected from within Area 4 of Bowls Durham. This team comprised of players from Wolsingham, Mainsforth, Vane Tempest (Durham) and a rink led by the Area 4 secretary, Tommy Turnbull. The competition was won by Area 4. County President, Les Parnell, made the presentations to the highest scoring rink which was made up of members from Vane Tempest. Wolsingham Secretary Robert Hopkinson made the presentation to the top County rink, which was led by Paul Heath of Spennymoor BC. The day saw good weather, this was a splendid occasion which showed off Wolsingham’s facilities to best advantage, after the match hosts Wolsingham Bowling Club provided Tea to the 40 competitors which was sponsored by JC Dobson, Castle Bank Butchers of Tow Law.

(Report by John Clarke)

13th May - Northern Trophy Joy

The Ladies Northern Trophy squad enjoyed a successive trek to Kirkbirde in the season opener against holders Cumbria, the result was a 6 shot with three rinks up and three down. The pick of the rinks were Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane), Edna Stokoe (Consett Park, Glynis Morgan (Houghton Dairy Lane) and Joan Rodgerson (Houghton Dairy Lane) who ran out 25-10 winners, Hetton’s Norma Stephenson steered her quartet to a 22-17 win while Consett Park’s Gill Jones recorded a 19-15 win. Last year Cumbria did the double over us so this is a cracking start to this season’s campaign, next is a trip to Darlington Woodlands to face Yorkshire who narrowly lost to Northumberland by a single shot. ... Rink Scores

6th May - Stella Woe

It was a case of history repeating itself as our Stella Logan squad suffered an opening campagin defeat at the hands of Yorkshire, last season Yorkshire ran out 9-2 points winners and by 17 shots overall, this time around the points were the same and the shots difference was 16 in Yorkshires favour. We did have a couple of winning rinks, Joyce Classen, Fay Slinn, Elizabeth Morris and Margaret Metcalf recorded a 20-16 win but the top Durham rink was Dawn Jackson, Ann Anderson, Pauline Vincent and Maureen Firth who rattled up a 33-14 win, sadly the remaining rinks went down by 13, 12, 7 and 7. Next up is Northumberland at Pelton Fell in two weeks time. Rink Scores

26th March - Funding Boost

Dawdon Welfare Bowls Club

As thoughts of the outdoor season enter many a local bowler there was some good news for Dawdon Welfare Park Bowls club as for the first time they have received a £2,000 grant. The award has come from the Durham County Council Community Foundation with support from the Comic Relief 2015 Community Grant scheme. The Dawdon club will use the funding to try and raise the clubs profile within the community and local schools, they have already used part of the fund to purchase new scoreboards and bowls gatherers.



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