30th October 2018 - RECORD BREAKER
Its fair to say that Silksworth's David Bolt has had an amazing year with the Commonwealth Games bronze medal top of the list. However at county level David has over the years built up a very impressive CV and this season the final piece of the jigsaw was secured as he made a bit of county history.

Following his success in the Two Bowl Singles David became the first player to have won all six county titles at some time in their career.

In recognition of this feat county President Jeff Wilson presented David a framed collage of all six title wins.

Bowls England can confirm that Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Centre has today been formally announced as the lawn bowls venue for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

The greens at Victoria Park are an iconic venue for the sport of lawn bowls across the globe, having hosted the Women’s World Championships twice, together with national and international events for more than 40 years. 

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The lawn bowls facilities at Victoria Park in Royal Leamington Spa are world-class and it will prove to be a magnificent venue for the Commonwealth Games. In addition, we expect there will be long-term benefits for both players and spectators who utilise the facilities on a regular basis as well as for our own National Championships and British Isles events.”

Noel Butler, Executive Member responsible for the Commonwealth Games and Portfolio Holder for Business at Warwick District Council said: “Warwick District is delighted that its Lawn Bowls facility at Leamington Spa is one of the many exciting venues being offered as part of Birmingham 2022, providing a platform to showcase our district to a worldwide audience. We are looking forward to working together with Bowls England, the local tourism industry, business and sports organisations to make the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

Commonwealth Games England Chairman Ian Metcalfe said: “On behalf of Commonwealth Games England, I’m so pleased with the announcement of the sport programme and venues. The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be an incredible opportunity for Team England to build on the English sporting pride that we saw on the Gold Coast. Our athletes will benefit from the power and support of a home crowd while competing in world class venues in Birmingham, the West Midlands and England. The diverse selection of sports reinforces the Commonwealth Games’ track record for inclusive para sport and gender equality; values that are extremely important to Team England.”

The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, Disability Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association, who together form the Bowls Disability Steering Group, are delighted to announce the new launch of the Love Fisher Brown Award.

The 2018 Love Fisher Brown Award, sponsored by Factory Eleven, was created to recognise clubs that provide disabled participation opportunities for their bowlers. This award, named after the remarkable and inspiring Commonwealth Games achievements of Bob Love, David Fisher and Paul Brown, showcases the excellent work being undertaken by clubs with disabled bowlers around the country, and provide a benchmark for other clubs to aspire to.

All clubs affiliated to either Bowls England or English Indoor Bowling Association that offer opportunities for disabled bowlers are encouraged to nominate. We welcome applications from all clubs working with disabled people, including: running regular sessions for disabled bowlers; positively affecting a disabled person or group’s physical, social and/or mental well-being through bowls; or successfully integrating a number of disabled people into the club. Nominations can be submitted by anyone within the club (e.g. club member, volunteer, coach or committee member), or outside the club (e.g. disabled participant, carer, friend or relative).

Clubs can be nominated by completing the 2018 Love Fisher Brown nomination form, accessible from Bowls Development Alliance’s website: http://playbowls.org/disability-bowls/love-fisher-brown-award. Nominators can either email the completed form to disability@playbowls.org, or complete the paper form and post it to:

Bowls Development Alliance, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Rd, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0PB

The winner of the Love Fisher Brown Award will receive:
• A Winner’s Trophy.
• A Winner’s Framed Certificate.
• A full Bowlsparc set.
• A celebration event with Disability Bowls England.

The two runners-up will each receive:
• A runner-up framed certificate.
• Half a Bowlsparc set.

Entries for the award open on Monday 1st October at 9am and close on Friday 14th December at 5pm. The winner and the two runners-up will be announced on 4th February 2019.

Here is a pdf version of the entry form and competiiton rules for the above competition to download and print off.




25th September 2018 - BOLT RETAINS ENGLAND PLACE
Congratulations to Silksworth's David Bolt on retaining his skips role for next seasons Home International series at The National Centre for Bowling, Ayr on Saturday 29th / Sunday 30th. Other Northern Counties lads selected are Northumberland's Chris Yeomans, Lancashire's Chris Gale and Cumbria's David Forster.
Congratulations to everyone concerned from everyone at Bowls Durham.

Well it has defo been a season of two halves for our Stella Logan squad, the first half we couldn't buy a win but the second we finished three from four.... and it was nearly four from four. Our final game at Sessay BC against title chasing Yorkshire ended in a narrow four shot 113-109 loss, across the green it was a three three split, our top rink was Carmel Guy, Gloria Armstrong, Dorothy Hudson and Sam Pegg who ran out 20-9 winners, there were also wins for Julie Robinson's quartet 17-13 and Esther helm's rink 21-18. Points wise it was 7-3 to Yorkshire and its a 4th finish in the table, well done to everyone who represented the county and roll on 2019.......... rink scores

The morning started well in the singles for Silksworth’s David Bolt, a 21-12 win over Yorkshire’s Vinnie O’Neill secured a semi final berth, sadly hopes of a 2011 repeat were dashed as David lost 21-16 against Devon’s the eventual winner Paul Ridout.�

As we have no interest in days 29 & 30 that’s all from us folks, over the last 28 days we have had a good championships and with a bit of luck might have come away with more than the smashing ladies Senior Pairs title, well done to everyone who represented the county at Leamington and roll on 2019

It has been a successful day in the singles for Silksworth’s David Bolt after safely negotiating three rounds today, an early morning 21-7 win over Somerset’s Julian Hembury was followed up with a lunchtime 21-13 win over Kent’s Michael Cheeseman, the afternoon was capped off with a last sixteen 21-17 win over Suffolk’s Roger Adams.

The singles started today, sadly it was bad news in the prelims as Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach was beaten 21-14 by Northants Darren Childs.

It was a disappointing day in the Two bowl as both our lads went out in the first round, Silksworth’s David Bolt went down 16-7 to Essex’s Ed Morris and Darlington RA’s Peter Coulson went down 18-6 to Worcestershire’s Steve Poyner.

Well an early review only means one thing - bad news, the Dairy Lane pairing of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck lost their first round tie this morning against Warwickshire’s Martin Ireland 23-16.

The men’s prelims started today and sadly the Dipton duo of Michael English & George Williams went down 26-8 to Essex’s Michael Coulson.

Well sadly it was not to be as the Silksworth trio of Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt saw their dream of a place in the final dashed this morning in the semi finals, the lads led 8-3 before succumbing to a 19-11 loss at the hands of Devon’s Sam Tolchard – in fact the Devon triple were the lads who were ¾'s of the Commonwealth Games four alongside David who won the bronze medal.

In the Senior Singles Dunston’s Alan Jobling narrowly got past the prelim 21-19 against Northamptonshire’s John Haines before going down in the next round 21-16 to Worcestershire’s Grant Burgess.

The remaining ladies County title was decided this morning at Bishop Auckland as Consett Park (pictured) defeated Lyndhurst 51-21 in the double rink's final. Out of the 11 years the competition has took place this is Consett's 9th success.

It has been a good day in the triples as Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt recorded back to back wins to seal a semi final spot. An early morning 16-11 win over Herefordshire’s Ryan Atkins was followed by a nail biting quarter final 17-16 win over Cumbria’s Ryan Prince.

There was disappointment in the Mixed Pairs for Stockton’s Lauren and Paul Mosley as they were beaten 28-9 by Somerset’s Nick Pearce.

Well it has been a good day in the triples as the Silksworth trio of Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt safely negotiated the opening two rounds, an early morning 19-8 win over Suffolk’s David Brown was followed by a 22-12 win over Essex’s Lee Chaplin.

Sadly there was not to be a repeat of the Silksworth 2014 Fours title, led by David Bolt the Silksworth lad’s were beaten 25-13 by Lancashire’s Chris Gale – who were beaten in the final on an extra end.

There was also disappointment in the Triples prelims as Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins, Mark Jones and Andrew Kirtland were narrowly beaten 19-17 by Herefordshire’s Shaun Jones.

In the Ladies Senior Fours the Hunden’s quartet skipped by Kath Campbell got home in the morning prelims 21-18 against Bedfordshire’s Patsy Dobson however they went out this afternoon 26-15 to Cambridgeshire’s Pat Stanley.

Our last hopes in the fours are still on course to repeat their 2014 title success as Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt moved into the semi finals. An early morning  25-6 win over Essex’s Russell Harmour was followed up with a quarter final 23-7 win over Somerset’s Peter Birmingham.

It was a busy day for David as the champion of champions last sixteen followed his morning fours win, a 21-15 win over Norfolk’s Tom Segolo set up a last eight tie against Northamptonshire’s Jamie Walker, sadly for the Silksworth star it ended in defeat 21-12.

The fours continued today and it was a mixed day for our squads, in the morning session Leadgate’s Garry Robson had a cracking 18-16 win over Hampshire’s Chris Daniels before going out in the afternoon session 20-17 against Northamptonshire’s Neil Corbyn. There was better news for Silksworth’s David Bolt’s quartet as they moved into the last sixteen with a 22-10 win over Berkshire’s Gordon Ballantyne.

Well our hopes of a Junior Singles title were ended this morning as Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna’s run came to an end, in the quarter final Jaxon went down 21-14 to Berkshire’s Lloyd Sabatini.

The early first round of the Fours took place this afternoon and the Silksworth quartet of Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt eased to 41-7 win over Sussex’s Mike Christian.

It’s been the young guns that have featured today as the junior Singles got underway, Darlington RA’s Keith Burton sadly missed out going down 21-17 to Wiltshire’s Tom Newsome however it has been a cracking day for Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna after progressing to the last eight. An early morning 21-19 win over Suffolk’s Kyle Leeks was followed up with a 21-10 win over Derbyshire’s Connor Barrett, Jaxon secured a last eight place with an evening 21-11 win over Northumberland’s Jack Miller.

In the Senior Pairs the Tony Gratehead and Dale Oram combo narrowly went out 24-22 to Cornwall’s Kevin Williams.

There was good news this morning in the ladies Pairs as the Stockton duo of Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell narrowly beat Devon’s Sue Evans 20-19 to move into the quarter finals, sadly this afternoon Teresa was beaten 18-7 by Hampshire’s Margaret Holden.

The men’s Senior Pairs got underway this morning, Hartlepool Park’s Tony Gratehead and Dale Oram progressed into the last sixteen with a 22-19 win over Warwickshire’s Martin Timms.

Well it wasn’t unlucky thirteen for our Stockton pairing of Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell as they safely negotiated two rounds in the ladies pairs. In the morning session they defeated Worcestershire’s Amy Walters 20-13 and then followed that up with a 24-16 win over Yorkshire’s Sue Allen.

There was disappointment for Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster this morning as her hopes in the second round of the ladies Two bowl, a 16-9 loss to Norfolk’s Rebecca Field ended Susan’s hopes.

In the preliminary round of the ladies Pairs the Newton Hall duo of Eileen Horan and Fay Slinn defaulted.

Well it was ladies Two Bowl afternoon and it was a mixed one for our hopes, Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster had a good 17-8 win over Hampshire’s Sue Dadson however Stockton’s Teresa Parnell narrowly went down 14-13 to Sussex’s Jennie Sandford.

It was a bad morning as both our Ladies Triples were beaten. Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard went down 27-11 to Devon’s England star Natalie Chestney and Pelton Fell’s Olive Brown went down 26-9 to Surrey’s Margaret Smith.

In the ladies Triples our Newton Hall county champions of Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard had a cracking 21-4 prelim win over Middlesex’s Mandy Simpson.

11th - 12th August 2018 - NORTHERN COUNTIES REVIEW

Well what a two days the county has had in the Northern Counties Championship’s held at Houghton Dairy Lane. Out of the seven titles on offer over the two days we won an amazing FIVE, so here is a review of the championships.

Day 1

The weather was glorious and title number 1 came in the Fours as the Silksworth quartet of Scott Baker, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt produced a couple of professional performances. In the semi final against Northumberland’s Chris Yeomans the Silksworth quartet withstood a late Yeoman’s charge to get home 21-16, in the final Lancashire’s Shayne Rimmer provided the opposition however there was no denying our lads as they ran out 21-13 winners to retain the title that Leadgate had won last year.

Title number 2 came with our young guns in the Under 25 Open Rink event, with three counties involved it was played on a round robin format with each game lasting 60 minutes. Our squad of Jordan Harston (Hundens), Jaxon McKenna (Silksworth), Bryan Henderson (Old Boys) and Josh Halcrow (Silksworth) eased past Yorkshire 15-5 and when Yorkshire beat Lancashire it meant as long as we never got thumped in the last game against Lancashire the title would be ours. As it happens the lads ran out 11-4 winners to take the title, the future is bright the future is all right.

The first day was concluded with title number three in the Two Bowl singles, in the semi final Silksworth’s David Bolt had a battle against Lancashire’s Anthony Booth-Young as the 15-12 score lines shows, in the final David over powered Yorkshire’s Chris King with four ends to play 19-9 to seal his first two bowl Northern Counties title and bring an end to a cracking day for us.

The other title on offer was the Junior Singles, our representative Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna was a tad unlucky to lose 21-20 in the semi final to Northumberland’s Jack Mill, the latter looked set for the title as he led Lancashire’s Anthony Booth-Young 14-3 but then the wheels fell off and the Lancashire young un stormed back to take the title 21-16

Day 2

As forecast the weather let us down but it could have been worse eg like 5pm later on…..  there were three titles up for grabs – singles, pairs and triples.

Title number four came in the singles and a third for Silksworth’s David Bolt, in the semi final’s David eased past Lancashire’s Rhys Vaughan 21-4 which set up a classic against Yorkshire’s Mark Walton, in the end David ran out a 21-16 winner to seal his third singles success.

Title number five came in the pairs with the Dipton duo of Michael English and George Williams, a cracking 18-10 semi final win over Northumberland’s Paul Ging set up a final against Lancashire’s England star Dominic McVittie, the Dipton lad’s just get on with it and ran out 19-16 winners, a first Northern Counties title for the lads and it’s an 18th pairs title for Duhram

In the triples the Darlington RA trio of Keith Burton, Mark Jones and Tony Macey suffered semi final heartache as they lost 16-15 on an extra end to Yorkshire’s Phil Emmerson, the Yorkshire trio went onto take the title defeating Northumberland’s Chris Yeomans 16-10,

So a long two days but what a two days for the County... and we finally got a photo of the 2017 Alsop Trophy

Sorry folk's missed this one ...... the ladies Senior Singles took place today, flying the flag was Darlington North Park's Jane Pattison, sadly in the first round Jane was beaten 21-12 by Gloucestershire's Iona Bird

Well its another early review so it is either good news or bad news…. Sadly it is the latter as both our hopes in the Ladies Singles have gone out. The day started brightly as Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson defeated Dorset’s Lyn Howard 21-13 and Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster defeated Berkshire’s Jane Murphy 21-18. Sadly both lost out in their second round ties, Pearson 21-11 to Nottinghamshire’s Sandra Maguire 21-11 and Forster went out 21-16 to Sussex’s Rachel MacKriell.

Well it maybe a short nice early round up but it’s good news, in the ladies singles Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson had a good 21-10 prelim win over Middlesex’s Janine Bancroft

The Dipton quartet of George Williams, Cyril Pearson, Michael Creegan and Michael English progressed into the quarter finals of the Senior Fours with a 22-19 win over Dorset’s Bob Atkins, sadly the lad’s hopes were end in the quarter’s as they were beaten 24-9 by Isle of Wight’s Martin Butchers.
There was also disappointment in the Junior Pairs as the Darlington RA combo of Keith Burton and Liam Macey lost their opener against Hampshire’s Dan Smith 19-10.

Well it has been a terrific day for us at Leamington as the Houghton Dairy Lane duo of Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson are the 2018 Bowls England Senior Pairs winners. In this morning’s delayed semi final the Dairy Lane pair held their nerve to beat Dorset’s Penny Cresswell on an extra end 16-15. In the final they faced the defending champion Hampshire’s Lesley Johnson and Margaret Holden, the title however is heading north after a 21-12 win.
Many congratulations to both players from everyone at Bowls Durham.

There was good news in the men’s senior fours as the Dipton quartet of George William’s, Cyril Pearson, Michael Creegan and Michael English negotiated their first round tie against Sussex’s Keith Holman 27-14, the lads return to the green in the morning.

Sadly in the ladies Fours our county champions Darlington Woodland’s Julie Robinson, Jean Morgan, Anne Camp and Ann Anderson were beaten 23-17 by Middlesex’s Sue Butcher in their opener.

(PS... Jeff we nicked your photo as well)

It’s been a cracking day for the Houghton Dairy Lane duo of Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson, in this morning’s last sixteen tie they defeated Norfolk’s Joyce Webster 20-17 and then followed that up with a 24-12 quarter final win over Buckinghamshire’s Denise Newport. In the semi final they will Dorset’s Penny Cresswell.

The ladies Fours got underway but there was disappointment for Stockton’s Josie Hodgson, Janet Irish, Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell as they were beaten 25-8 by Middlesex’s Ann Halliday.  

Despite a couple of tremendous performances our two young guns from Darlington North Park were beaten in the first round of the U25 Singles. Stacey Pattison in her final year lost a thriller 21-20 to Worcestershire’s Maddie Burgess and then Nicole Kirtland also lost a thriller 21-19 to Huntingdonshire’s Merisha McKeran.

There was better news in the Senior Pairs as the Houghton Dairy Lane duo of Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson won their opener 29-12 against Suffolk’s Gillian Lamprey, the Dairy Lane pair are back in action tomorrow against Norfolk’s Joyce Webster at 9.30am  

News from the Area final of the men’s champion of champions…… Silksworth’s David Bolt has qualified for the latter stages at Leamington after a 21-15 win at Thirsk over Nafferton’s Stephen Dilks.

29th July - COUNTY FINAL'S CLASS OF 2018

The blue riband event was the singles, fortunately the rain eased off for the majority of the game, Silksworth’s David Bolt was looking for a 4th singles win while the host club’s Mal Peach was in his first singles final. The early exchanges saw Bolt open up a 4-0 lead but any nerves on Peach's behalf were kicked into touch with three scoring ends to lead 5-4, it turned into the classic Bolt scored one way and Peach scored the other, Bolt 6-5 then Peach 8-6, they exchanged fours Bolt 10-8 then Peach 12-10 before Bolt 13-12, it was gripping to watch Peach give the England skip a run for his money. With Peach 14-13 up Bolt turned it up a notch and went 17-14 up, at 20-16 the writing looked on the wall for Peach however fair play as he saved a match lie on consecutive ends to get back to 20-19, as it happens the 21st end turned out to be the last end as Bolt managed to hang onto the shot and get home 21-19 but full marks to both players for an enthralling encounter.

The host club hopes were high in the pairs final as their own pairing of Ken Briscoe and John Thurlbeck looked to get the better of Dipton’s Michael English and George Williams, with the score posed at 3-3 everything looked set for a tense tight final … how wrong we were. A cracking six on the 6th for the Dipton lads opened the flood gates as they went onto score on all of the next 9 ends to leave the Dairy Lane pair stunned trailing 24-3, a Thurlbeck single on the 16th end was the signal to call it a day and shake hands. So the English / Williams combination land a second pairs title adding to their 2016 success.

This year’s final saw the holder’s Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and in his 4th final of the day David Bolt go head to head with Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins, Mark Jones and Andrew Kirtland. With the rain having finally given way to blue skies the early exchanges went to the RA’s lads as they opened up a 8-3 lead, the next four ends went to Bolt with the 9th end producing a count of four to send Silksworth into a 10-8 lead, back came Kirtland with a treble and by the 11th end RA led 12-10. It came as no surprise that the lead changed hands again as Bolt registered back to back doubles to lead 14-12, Kirtland levelled it before another Bolt double made it 16-14 with three ends to play. The title was up for grabs as a Kirtland treble edged them 17-16 up, the 17th end was key as a Kirtland double gave them some breathing space 19-16 into the last end. Dixon lay the foundations but it was Jones who probably killed Silksworth’s hopes, even with the final bowl Bolt couldn't create a treble to leave the RA’s lads 20-16 winners.

One past champion and the current defending champion went head to head in the fours final, as holders Leadgate’s David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson took on Silksworth’s 2014 winners Phil Dixon, Neal Ridley, Ian Riches and David Bolt, unfortunately the morning session ended up with the worst of the conditions. By the 7th end it was still all square at 6-6 before Bolt notched seven shots over the next three ends to open up a 13-6 lead, a double on the 13th made it 16-7 and the title looked to be slipping away from the Leadgate’s lad’s grasp, however a 14th end four followed by a single raised their hopes as Robson got it back to 16-12. That was as good as it got as the Silksworth quartet ran away with it by notching nine shots without reply over the next 4 ends to finish 25-12 winners. This was Bolt’s 4th fours success and having won the national title in 2014 (World Cup year) could lightening strike again.

Two Bowl Singles
The rain returned just as the two bowl final got under way, the 2009 winner Darlington RA’s Peter Coulson had the task of stopping Silksworth’s David Bolt from lifting a first two bowl title with a bit of history attached. With Bolt on a high from already bagging two county titles earlier in the day it was a tall order for Coulson, early stages Bolt led 6-1, 13-4 and with ends running out when Bolt scored a 15th end double to lead 17-4 it was time to shake hands. The win for the Silksworth lad means he becomes the first player to have won all six major county tiles in his career (singles, pairs, triples, fours, two bowl and Under 25 singles)…….. since the introduction of the 7th major the U25 Pairs at the moment only Keith Burton and Liam Macey can beat Bolt’s feat.

Senior Fours
Sadly this was another final that suffered the morning rain with gripping of the bowls and attempts to keep something dry a big ask. Anyway it was a repeat of last season’s final as holders Dipton’s George Williams, Cyril Pearson, Michael Creegan and Michael English faced Spennymoor’s Bob Fairhurst, Paul Heath, Dave Gibson and Barry Attwood. It was the Dipton lad’s who adapted to the conditions the quickest with skip Michael English turning everything to gold, 5-0 up after the first 2 ends set the tone of the final, a Attwood single on the third was the only time the Spennymoor lad’s scored until the 10th and by then English was 13-1 up. It was a lost cause for the Spennymoor quartet although out of the 20-3 final score they dropped eight singles which suggests it could have easily gone the other way, so the Dipton quartet retain their title and will hopefully go one step further at Leamington this time after losing the national final last season.  

Under 25 Singles
Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna looked to retain his title as he went up against Darlington RA’s Keith Burton in what is the RA lad's final year in the event. With the weather easing a touch it was Burton who made the better start, 9-4 then 12-7, at 13-8 McKenna looked to be getting the upper hand as he got back to 14-13 however consecutive singles saw Burton’s lead extend to 16-14. The defending champion wasn’t going to go down without a fight and a four on the 22nd end put Jackson in the lead for the first time 18-16, sadly that was as good as it got as Burton held his nerve and scored on the next four ends to eventually run out a 21-18 winner, the win not only gives Burton his 3rd U25 title but also made him the first player to win both Under 25 titles in the same year.

Under 25 Pairs
With only three entries it was double whammy at stake in the final as only the winners would qualify for Leamington, the final was a repeat of last years as holder’s Darlington RA’s Keith Burton and Liam Macey tackled Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna and Josh Halcrow, this was another one of the rain affected morning final’s but credit to all four players on the standard of play. It was the holders who got to grips with the conditions quicker as Macey opened up a 12-6 lead after 11 of the 18 end final. Back came the Silksworth duo to level the game off 12-12 after 14 ends, then Halcrow played an unbelievable fire when six down to not only stay in the head but to get the shot to make it 12-12, a Macey double made it 14-12 before another Halcrow six down fire killed the 17th end, when replayed the Silksworth duo grabbed a single 14-13 with one end to play. The final end could have went either way as Macey was trying to defend a decent head while Halcrow was looking to run the jack back, in the end Halcrow missed and the RA lad’s retained their title.

Champion of Champions
The only final not to go to Leamington Spa is the County Champion of Champions, this year Dunston’s Alan Jobling faced the 2008 county singles champion Roker Marine’s Peter Thomson, this was the fourth game to suffer from the poor morning weather however it didn’t deter Jobling who raced out of the blocks to lead 8-0 and then 15-1 after only 8 ends, a stunned Thomosn did respond and got back to 15-9 but a poor casting of the jack saw Jobling bounce back to lead 18-9, consecutive singles got the Marine lad back to 18-11 back a poor 18th end ended his hopes as Jobling collected a treble to seal a 21-11 victiory.

It was a case of Mr Whippy 99’s with a flake, monkey’s blood and hundreds of thousands all round at Southport as our Stella Logan squad continued to make amends for the poor early season results by beating leaders Lancashire by 31 shots, that is a cracking effort considering we lost at home to them by 27 shots in June. Across the green we had three of the five rinks up, the pick of them was Stacey Pattison (Darlington NP), Charlotte Bayliss (Sunderland), Pauline Vincent (Houghton Town) and Jenny Collin (Horden) who ran out 30-12 winners. North Park’s Sam Pegg won by 17 while Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe got home by 3, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson went down by a couple and Darlington Woodland’s Julie Robinson lost by 5, so points wise it was 8-2 in our favour which means we have notched 24 out of 30 in the second half of the season which is a cracking effort. Our final game is against title chasing Yorkshire in August at Northallerton where we will be looking to avenge the 29 shot we suffered in June... scores 

The ladies County Champion of Champions latter stages were played at BishopAuckland yesterday, many congratulations to Stockton’s Teresa Parnell (pictured) on lifting the silverware for the first time.

In the semi final Parnell was involved in a classic with Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson winning 21-20 before facing the defending champion Lyndhurst’s Sandra Hind in the final. In the final the Stockton star secured a first champion of champion’s title 21-11, in the other semi final Sandra defeated the ladies County President Eileen Atkinson 21-9  

The latest round of Northern Trophy fixtures took place at Ashbrooke as we entertained Northumberland, after couple of narrow defeats we needed a good win to keep our slim hopes of challenging for the title alive and that’s just what we got. Overall we got home by 72 shots winning on five of the six rinks, Consett Park’s Gill Jones rink of Joanne Brown (Pelton Fell), Marjorie Taylor (Owton Lodge) and Consett’s Teresa Pearson maintained their unbeaten record with a massive 42-7 win, Woodland’s Ann Anderson won by 20 and Durham’s Joyce Woodward got home by 10, after two heavy losses Hetton’s Norma Stephenson bounced back with a 21-15 win while Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson ground out a 17-13 win. The only loss saw Stockton’s Teresa Parnell narrowly go down by 3, so points wise it was 9-1 in our favour which could give us an outside chance in our final game at Cumbria...... scores

The latest round of Stella Logan fixtures saw us host Northumberland at Stockton, after a first half campaign that saw us suffer four defeats we have bounced back with back to back wins. In glorious weather we got home 117-111 with an even three and three rink split, Newton Hall’s Maxine Tuffnell, Nicole Kirtland (Darlington RA), Liz Morris (Horden) and Houghton Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe were our top rink running away 31-11, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson wasn’t far behind finishing 15 up and Shildon’s Esther Helm completed the trio winning by 3. Our losing rinks were Darlington Woodland’s Julie Robinson who went down by 15, Roker Park’s Maureen Firth by 14 and Darlington North Park’s Sam Pegg narrowly lost by 3. Points wise it was 7-3 in our favour, next is a long trip to Southport in late August to face Lancashire....scores

Our Middleton Cup squad returned to Kirbymoorside with nothing but pride to play for and a bit of redemption against Derbyshire last year’s season loss. The early morning start didn’t affect the lads and in humid conditions we ran out 135-112 winners. Across the green we registered four winning rinks, Stockton’s Colin Boston bounced back from a heavy loss against Yorkshire to steer Silksworth’s Phil Dixon, Dairy Lanes Mal Peach and Silksworth’s Paul Baker to a 30-12 win, team manager Silksworth’s David Bolt completed an unbeaten Middleton campaign with a 22-8 win, Stockton’s Paul Mosley got home by 9 and club mate Dale Oram got home by 7. Silksworth’s Ian Riches went down by 5 while the usually reliable John Mansfield’s rink had a off day going down by 20 but in the end some revenge was gained with a 23 shot win. The 18-4 points return also lifted us off the bottom and it was a case of what might have been as Yorkshire beat Notts to qualify..... scores

The ladies County President Bishop Auckland's Eileen Atkinson held her President's Day in sorching sunshine, the day went down a treat with a good turn out.


It was ladies 2 bowl day at Horden where a field of 21 players competed for not only the county title but one of the two places at the national championships at Leamington Spa. There were five previous winners of the title and so it came as no surprise that two of them made it to the final. The 1995 winner Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster faced the three times winner Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, they both had comfortable semi final wins, Forster defeated the holder Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn 17-9 while Parnell defeated Pelton Fell’s Joan Brown 18-6, in the end it was Parnell who landed a fourth two bowl title with a 16-11 victory, as mentioned before both head to Leamington Spa in August.

Preliminary Round
Anne Bernard (Newton Hall) 8 Eileen Horan (Newton Hall) 14
Ilona Koch-Klau (Hetton Workmens) 5 Josie Hodgson (Stockton) 18
Carmel Guy (Owton Lodge) 10 Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane) 14
Jane Hewitson (Darlington Woodland) 13 Anne Camp (Darlington Woodland) 14
Jane Pattison (Darlington North Park) 19 Heather Boon (Bishop Auckland) 2
Round 1
Eileen Horan (Newton Hall) 16 Josie Hodgson (Stockton) 11
Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane) 16 Anne Camp (Darlington Woodland) 11
Jane Pattison (Darlington North Park) 4 Fay Slinn (Newton Hall) 18
Norma Stephenson (Hetton Workmens) 15 Julie Robinson (Darlington Woodland) 16
Chelsea Parnell (Stockton) 15 Sam Pegg (Darlington North Park) 12
Kath Toulson (Darlington North Park) 8 Joan Brown (Pelton Fell) 17
Maxine Tuffnell (Newton Hall) 8 Teresa Parnell (Stockton) 16
Eileen Atkinson (Bishop Auckland) 9 Eveline Barkes (Hetton Workmens) 14
Eileen Horan (Newton Hall) 9 Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane) 16
Fay Slinn (Newton Hall) 16 Julie Robinson (Darlington Woodland) 11
Chelsea Parnell (Stockton) 13 Joan Brown (Pelton Fell) 14
Teresa Parnell (Stockton) 18 Eveline Barkes (Hetton Workmens) 4
Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane) 17 Fay Slinn (Newton Hall) 9
Joan Brown (Pelton Fell) 6 Teresa Parnell (Stockton) 18
Susan Forster (Houghton Dairy Lane) 11 Teresa Parnell (Stockton) 16

There are new names on the ladies Senior Fours roll of honour as the Hunden quartet of Vicky Knight, Norma Cooper, Margaret White and Kath Campbell survived the heat at Bishop Auckland to take the title. A narrow semi final 18-17 win over the host clubs current county president Eileen Atkinson was then followed by another hard fought win in the final 19-15 over Newton Hall’s Jennifer Howey, Jean Mather, Eileen Horan and Fay Slinn. The Hunden’s quartet will now represent the county at the national championships down Leamington Spa in August.

30th June - ALSOP LOSSOn a tinderbox of a green our hopes of defending the Alsop Trophy is now out of our hands, on a Courtfield surface the Cumbria lad’s adapted quicker and in the end ran out 136-98 winners. However it has been a good four games for Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor’s quartet of Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park) and Michael Davis (Barnes Park) as they ended the season unbeaten with another impressive 28-10 win, our only other success saw Roker Marine’s Richie Mckie sneak another last ender 19-16. Sadly it was a tale of woe across the remaining four rinks, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson went down by 7 and team manager Hartlepool Parks Dale Oram lost by 11 and Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo went down by 12, it was a long afternoon for Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner who went down by 29 which sealed a 38 shot defeat. Points wise it was 18-4, those four points actually kept us top above Cumbria, Yorkshire’s 18-4 win over Lancashire means we will not retain the Alsop due to Yorkshire and Northumberland  meeting in the final game. rink scores

Our Northern Trophy squad were looking to reverse a season opening 18 shot loss against Yorkshire today at Horden, sadly it was not to be as the visitors somewhat bizarrely ran out 18 shot winners again. Across the green we had four winning rinks, Consett Park’s Gill Jones steered Joan Brown (Pelton Fell), Marjorie Taylor (Owton Lodge) and club mate Teresa Pearson to a 29-13 win, Woodland’s Ann Anderson notched a first win 21-18 and Durham City’s Joyce Woodward got home by a couple, Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson completed the quartet of wins 21-20 which left us 22 shots up, sadly the remaining two rinks had long afternoons, Stockton’s Teresa Parnell lost her unbeaten record going down by 23 and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost by 17. So points wise it was 6-4 to Yorkshire which leaves us in third but a big win against Northumberland could toss us back into the melting pot….. rink details


England retained the British Isles Women’s Senior International Series at Belmont BC in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last week. Victories over Wales (148-83) and Ireland (119-92) on Sunday, followed by a 121-107 win over Scotland on Monday meant that England just needed to avoid defeat against Jersey to secure the Series. England secured a resounding 171-57 victory over Jersey to ensure that they topped the table with a 100 per cent record.


On a scorcher at Kirbymoorsidethe lad's narrowly missed out in the Balcomb Trophy double fours, after an impressive 23 shot win over Derbyshire in the morning semi finals the god’s weren’t with us on the afternoon as Lancashire inflicted a 42-36 defeat on us. Against Derbyshire both squads won, John Mansfield beat Paul Broughton 20-8 and David Bolt beat Andrew Clipston 23-12. In the final against Lancashire we were always chasing he game and at one stage were 14 shots adrift however a late charge got it down to just four but the killer came on the 20th end when Chris Gale lifted a bowl out for four to extend the lead to eight, John Mansfield’s quartet defeated Dominic McVittie 18-17 while David Bolt went down 25-18 to Chris Gale.

It is five years since we lifted the Walker Cup double fours and sadly the wait for a repeat will continue as we were beaten 42-27 by Nottinghamshire at Copmanthorpe. Despite a spirited performance things we never recovered from a slow start, Ann Anderson’s quartet went from 7-2 down to 23-7 at the fifteen end mark although did rally to finish 27-15 down, Joan Rodgerson’s rink were always in contention and were leading 10-9 after 15 but in the end went down 15-10.  


After the rain affected loss to Nott’s in our John’s Trophy opener nothing less than a win was the order of the day against Derbyshire at Shipton and boy did our squad produce the goods running out 161-86 winners. It’s not often you see the 50 barrier broken but that’s what Consett Park’s Gill Jones quartet of Joan Brown (Pelton Fell), Marjorie Taylor (Owton Lodge) and Teresa Pearson (Consett Park) did winning 51-8. Across the rest of the green we had another three winning rinks, Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn won 27-13, Joan Rodgerson (Houghton DL) won 30-15 and Joyce Woodward (Durham City) won 23-10. Our two losing rinks both were left to rue slow starts as Stockton’s Teresa Parnell lost 18-14 and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson went down 22-16, so points wise it was 18-4 and at least it means Nott’s have to beat Derbyshire to secure the quarter final place....rink scores


Well the Alsop Trophy squad made the longish trek to Southport to face Lancashire, in bright sunshine the lads had to graft to secure a 122-115 win. For the third game running Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor steered his rink to an impressive win, accompanied by Usworth’s Brian Poulter, Hartlepool Park’s Alan Mole and Stockton’s Mark Hodgson they ran out 33-14 winners. Dairy Lane’s Dan Todner finished 10 up and Marine’s Richie Mckie snatched a last end 17-16 win. Team captain Dale Oram lost out on the last end as did Dairy Lane’s Jimmy McAdoo while Hunden’s Stuart Clarke had a tough afternoon going down by 19, so points wise it was 16-6 although with a bit of luck could have been 20-2. At one stage the lads were 11 down but a belting 10-15 ends saw them go 12 up, so we remain unbeaten in our last seven games and stay top of the table as we head to Cumbria next weekend for a crunch game.... rink scores


It has been a tough first half of the season for our Stella Logan squad having lost all four games however cometh the hour and cometh the women as they had a cracking win at Appleby over Cumbria. The 111-102 (9-1) win is sweet revenge for the 42 shot loss we suffered earlier in the season. Across the green we had five winning rinks, Jackalyn Classen (Houghton DL), Ilona Koch-Klau (Hetton Workmen), Jean Mather (Newton Hall) and Horden’s  Jennifer Collin led the way with a 23-14 win, Roker Park’s Maureen Firth won 21-14 while Woodland’s Julie Robinson got home by a couple. Both Margaret Metcalfe (Houghton DL) and Darlington North Park’s Sam Pegg held on to a single shot win each and it was nearly a clean sweep as Stockton’s Josie Hodgson narrowly lost by one.... rink details


Well done to everyonew who attended the Bowls Development Alliance level 1 coaching course at Gosforth, under the instruction of coach Duncan Donnelly all twelve attendee's were award their certificates. There are still places available for the course at Gateshead IBC on 21st July.


The final of the Ladies County singles took place at Bishop Auckland, three times champion Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson took on Houghton Dairy Lane’s Susan Forster who was looking for a first county singles title. The early exchanges saw Pearson lead 10-5 and 15-10, with the score at 17-13 Forster got back to level with back to back doubles, at 17-17 Pearson lay game only for Forster to save the game with a cracking last bowl draw to lead 18-17. Pearson responded with a cracking head and scored a double to lead 19-18. The next end Forster had a good head before a cracking recovery bowl by Pearson sneaked a single to go 20-18 up, the title was decided on next end the 25th of a terrific final, with Pearson holding a match lay for a third time Forster’s final bowl landed on the shot bowl but followed through an inch of two too far to leaving Pearson a 21-18 winner. Credit to both players on the standard of draw bowls.


The ladies Under 25 singles final took place at Bishop Auckland today where tow talented Darlington North Park star's were on show as Nicole Kirtland faced Stacey Pattison (pictured), on the day it was the latter that took the honour as Pattison ran out a 21-15 winner to retain her title. It's the 5th year on the trot that a Pattison has lifted the title following Samantha's 2014,15,16 successes and it also means the Darlington North Park club have provided the champion on the last five occasions.


After our young gun’s cracking win over Northumberland they headed to Kirbymoorside for the White Rose regional finals day. In the semi final’s our lads faced Cumbria and were left to rue a slow start as across the green we were 30-12 down at the half way mark, by the 15th end mark the deficit was still 17 but fair play we got back to within 4 with four ends left but just couldn't bridge the gap. Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson won 26-22 however Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow went down 24-13. In the final Cumbria lost on an extra end to Lincolnshire.... scores


In the Alsop Trophy we returned to Stockton looking for a repeat of the previous win over Yorkshire this time against Northumberland, despite a few changes the lads put in a cracking performance to record a 126-116 win. For the second game running Hartlepool Park’s Alan Taylor’s (pictured) rink of Brian Poulter (Usworth), John Godfrey (Houghton DL) and Barnes Park’s Michael Davis led the way with an impressive 23-12 win, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson got home by 5 and club mate Jimmy McAdoo sneaked home on the last end by 1, Stockton’s Andrew Parnell had to settle for a score draw, Hunden’s Stuart Clarke lost by 5 and Barnes Park’s Albie Hill lost by a couple, points wise it was 17-5 and the lads head to Southport next weekend in good heart.... rink scores


Well it was a must win game for our Middleton Cup squad against Yorkshire at Dunnington, sadly it was not to be as we were beaten 121-100 (16-6) which ends any hope of progressing in this seasons competition.  Stockton’s Paul Mosley’s quartet of Spennymoor’s Matty Gleeson, Darlington RA’s Keith Burton and Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar were top performers on the day winning 25-10, Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram got home 23-15 and team manager David Bolt won 19-14 but it was a tough afternoon for a couple of our rinks. Stockton’s Colin Boston and Hartlepool Park’s Ian Jackson both went down by 20 a piece and Silksworth’s Paul Baker went down by 9. However with the group wide open we have pride to play for and a chance to avenge last year’s loss at Kirbymoorside against Derbyshire. Across the green we were never ahead 27-22 down after 5 and 51-47 after 10, again it slipped away in the middle where we were outscored by 32 shots, we only out scored Yorkshire 5-10 ends and that was only by a single shot.... rink scores


It is proving to be a testing season for our Stella Logan squad as they suffered a fourth consecutive loss this time 122-93 to Yorkshire at Darlington Woodlands. We did have a couple of winning rinks with Woodland’s Julie Robinson steering Norton’s Jennifer Parkin, Esther Helm (Bishop Auckland) and Hetton’s Eveline Barkes to a 19-12 win, our other winning rink was skipped by Horden’s Val Gray 21-19. Sadly the remaining four rinks went down, North Park’s Sam Pegg was a tad unfortunate to go down by a single shot while Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe lost by six. Horden’s Jenny Collin lost by a dozen and Roker Park’s Maureen Firth had a tough afternoon losing by 19. So points wise it was 8-2 to the visitors and as we hit the half way mark we head to Appleby to face Cumbria and reverse the earlier 42 shot loss at Pelton Fell.... rink scores


Since winning the Bowls England Balcomb Trophy double fours in 2007 our progress has been somewhat limited and in fact the last two years we have made a first round exit, however better news today as we have made a winning start with a cracking 14 shot win over Lincolnshire in a tie played at York Railway. Jack Deverson, Josh Halcrow (both Silksworth), Paul Mosley (Stockton) and David Bolt (Silksworth) narrowly went down 20-19 but Stockton’ Mark Hodgson, Phil Dixon (Silksworth) and the Hartlepool Park duo of Ian Jackson and John Mansfield romped to a 23-17 and seal the win. Next up is the regional finals day at Kirbymoorside in a couple of weeks against Derbyshire..... scores


Following last year’s Alsop title win we opened our defence with a hard fought 124-118 win at a lightning fast Stockton against Yorkshire. Despite a handful of enforced changes we still managed two rinks up and a draw with Brian Poulter (Usworth), Alan Mole (Hartlepool Park), Michael Davis (Barnes Park) and Alan Taylor (Hartlepool Park) proved the match winners with an impressive 30-11 win, Hunden’s Stuart Clarke got home by 8 and Hartlepool Park’s Harry Dougherty grabbed a last end 17-17 draw which left us 27 shots in credit. The remaining three rinks were beaten, Barnes Park’s Albie Hill did well to end up only 3 adrift and Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson missed out by 6 in a high scoring affair while club-mate Jimmy McAdoo just saw things slip away finishing 12 down. So points wise is was 15-7 and sets us up nicely for the Northumberland game at Stockton in a weeks time..... scores


After the John’s Trophy wash out our Northern Trophy squad looked to build on the previous win over Northumberland as Cumbria paid us a visit at Stockton BC. Despite a spirited performance and four winning rinks we went down 126-115 although it was only 6-4 on points to the visitors. Our top winning rink was Stockton’s Teresa Parnell (pictured) who steered Barnard Castle’s Gillian Harle and the Sunderland duo of Jean Graham and Sue Almond to a 27-22 win, Durham City’s Joyce Woodward won 21-17 while Consett Park’s Gill Jones and Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson both got home by a couple. Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson was a tad unlucky to go down by two however the damage was done on Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson’s rink as they had a tough day at the office going down by 22. So it’s played three and lost two next is a chance to avenge the earlier loss to Yorkshire as everyone heads to Horden on June 29th.

8th June - NEW PM

Following on from his bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games David Bolt made the trip to 10 Downing Street for tea with the Prime Minister Teresa May where the various medal winning sports attended a meet and greet function and for his part David was representing Bowls England.


Based on feedback that the North East needed more courses for the clubs the BDA have arranged three courses to be run at Gateshead Indoor Bowling club, so far the response has been luke warm to tepid. The three courses are as follows -

Safeguarding in Bowls - "Time to listen" - Gateshead IBC - Saturday 21st July @9am
Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module - Gateshead IBC - Saturday 21st July @13.30pm
Level 1 - Gateshead IBC - (2 day course) Day 1 Sunday 24th June @9am till 5pm, Day 2 Sunday 22nd July @9am till 5pm

If you click on the course title it will take you to the page which has full details of the course concerned. If you look further down the latest News to April 19th there are details of Bowls England's 50% bursary offer


Our opening Middleton Cup fixture saw us entertain Notts at Dairy Lane, after just missing out on a quarter finals spot hopes were high of a decent start especially after beating Nott’s 20-2 at Newark last time around, however someone once said “it’s a funny old game” and so it proved as Nott’s ran out 133-113 (18-4) winners. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks, Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse, Josh Halcrow and team manager David Bolt (all Silksworth) were our top rink winning 33-19 while the reliable John Mansfield (Hartlepool Park) steered his quartet to a 24-17 win. Unfortunately things went astray elsewhere, Shaun McIntosh was a tad unlucky to go down by four, Ian Riches lost by eight, Dale Oram by ten and Paul Mosley by nineteen which combined together was 41 shots. The difference overall was the five to fifteen end split where Nott’s rattled up a 82-42 return and we only out scored them in the last six end split, the other result just about keeps our hopes alive as it finished 12-10 in Derbyshire’s favour. Next is Yorkshire at Dunnington which is a must win game for both teams.....rink scores


Our John's Trophy squad made the trip to Driffield to also face Nottinghamshire however it was to be a sodden short cut affair as the weather won the day, due to the torrential rain it was agreed to play 72 ends and sadly we were on the end of a 67-60 loss. Maureen Hall (Hetton), Sam Pegg (Darlington NP), Julie Robinson (Darlington Woodlands) and Jane Pattison (Darlington NP) were just getting a head of steam up leading 13-6 and Consett Park's Gill Jones rink were 13-10 up, Hetton's Norma Stephenson was level 11-11. The remaining three rinks were down, Joan Rodgerson 15-8, Ann Anderson 14-9 and Teresa Parnell 11-6 when play was halted. The points return went 17-5 in Notts favour which was very harsh on us but that's life, it does mean we will play Derbyshire and actually complete both our fixtures this year..... rink scores


The latest round of Stella Logan fixtures saw the defending champions Lancashire roll into town as Bishop Auckland were the hosting club. Sadly it was a tough afternoon for us as the visitors ran out 27 shot winners collecting a 9-1 point’s return. Our only winning rink was Charlotte Bayliss (Sunderland), IIona Kock-Klau (Hetton Workmen’s), Jean Mather (Newton Hall) and Horden’s Jennifer Collins who got home 18-15. With the format for this match only consisting of five rinks our remaining rinks went down by a combined total of 30 shots, Woodland’s Julie Robinson went down by 10, North Park’s Sam Pegg by 5, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson by 9 and Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe by 6, so a third consecutive defeat leaves us rooted to the foot of the table but its onwards and upwards as we head to Woodland’s in two weeks time as Yorkshire will be the visitors..... rink details

1st June 2018 - STUART LAND

We are very sorry to report that Stuart Land sadly passed away after losing his brave battle against illness, Stuart was a much respected bowler and a popular member of the Alsop Trophy team, Stuart was a friend to many, quiet but to his credit he played the game in a manner that reflected the kind of gentleman that he was, he will be missed within the county scene and even more so by his fellow club members at Spennymoor, our sympathy goes to his family.


Bishop Auckland hosted the latter stages of the Ladies triples, in the morning semi finals Liz Simpson’s Elm Tree triple looked nailed on for the final, leading 13-0 and 20-8 with only five ends to play against Pelton Fell’s Olive Brown. However the Pelton Fell lasses produced a great escape collecting 11 shots on four of the five ends to trail 20-19 and then completed the amazing comeback with a last end double to get home 21-20. The other semi final was a repeat of last season’s final between Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard and Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson, with the Dairy Lane trio only winning four of the sixteen ends played it was Bernard who booked a final place with a 19-10 win.

Triples Final Line Up
Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan, Anne Bernard (Newton Hall) - (pictured)
Joan Brown, Margaret Cammish, Olive Brown (Pelton Fell)

In the final it was the Pelton Fell trio who started well leading 4-0 after the first couple of ends, the holders however got into gear and Bernard turned things around to lead 9-4, at the halfway mark it was 9-7. The county title destination was decided on the next five ends as the holders rattled off 10 shots without reply to race into a 19-7 lead, with ends running out and the score at 19-9 the Brown triple shook hands leaving back to back titles for the Newton Hall triple.


The now traditional Muras Trophy double header took place last weekend at Gosforth and Ponteland respectively, sadly it was a mixed day for our squad. The morning fixture against Northumberland was a disappointment; a flat performance was rewarded with a 38 shot (20-2) loss. Across the green only Dale Oram’s quartet got home 20-16 while both John Mansfield and David Bolt narrowly lost by a couple, Ian Riches lost by eight and Shaun McIntosh lost by nine while Paul Mosley had a tough morning going down by 21. So with any chance of a Muras title long gone the afternoon game against Cumbria who also couldn't’t lift the Muras had nothing but pride to play for.

A much improved team effort saw us run out 106-92 (16-6) winners, John Mansfield got back to winning ways 18-16 and Ian Riches also bounced back winning 17-12. Dale Oram’s rink of Scot Baker, Jimmy Richardson and Ritchie McKie capped off a smashing days work with a second win 27-11. The remaining three rinks narrowly went down, David Bolt lost on the last end 18-16 as did Shaun McIntosh 19-18 while Paul Mosley went down by six.

Sadly we end up with the wooden spoon albeit on shots and the wait for a 25th Muras success goes on, the Muras may have its critics and may be well down in the pecking order of importance but it is the only chance to gel as a team and to get a head of steam up going forward into the Middleton Cup..... rink scores


The latest Northern Trophy tie took place at Amble as we went head to head with Northumberland, after our opening loss to Yorkshire we bounced back with an impressive 56 shot win. Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson won by 27 shots but was still pipped for star billing as Gillian Harle (Newton Hall), Jean Graham (Sunderland), Sue Almond (Sunderland) and Stockton’s Teresa Parnell were in scintillating form running out 39-9 winners. Hetton’s Norma Stephenson steered her rink to a 19-12 win while there were single shot wins for Consett’s Gill Jones and Durham’s Joyce Woodward. The only losing card saw Woodland’s Ann Anderson finish 27-17 adrift. So overall it was 158-102 and points wise 9-1 in our favour. Next up is Cumbria at Stockton in a fortnight.....rink scores


The destination of the first Ladies County title was decided today as the Darlington Woodland’s quartet of Julie Robinson, Jean Morgan, Anne Camp and Ann Anderson (pictured) lifted the Fours title.

On a holding Bishop Auckland surface the morning semi finals saw Anderson ease past Darlington North Park’s Glenda Miller 37-4 which included a full house “8” on the 6th end and only lasted 15 ends. The other semi final saw Newton Hall’s Anne Bernard take on Stockton’s Josie Hodgson, Jan Irish, Jackie Carson and Teresa Parnell, with 13 ends played Newton Hall were 15-8 up and appeared on course for the final however the Stockton quartet produced a stunning comeback which was capped off with a match winning last end treble to get home 19-18.

On to the final and Parnell got off to a flier leading 6-0 after just two ends but within the space of two ends Anderson had turned things around to lead 7-6, out of the next 11 ends Anderson scored on nine of them and with the score at 21-8 after 15 ends the Woodland quartet looked to be cruising. However credit to the Stockton squad as back to back fours made it 21-16 and an 18th end single got the lead down to four. The 19th end was however to be decisive, with lines at a premium Woodland lead Robinson lay the foundations for a vital treble to halt the Stockton comeback and send  Anderson 24-17 ahead. Despite Parnell pinching a 20th end double any hopes of a five and forcing an extra end weren’t forth coming and a last end treble secured a 27-19 win for the Darlington Woodland’s quartet.

Full credit to both squads for the spirit in which the final was played.


Following a couple of unfortunate clerical errors at club level regarding the Rule & Regulations in the Mixed events we are recommending that all competitors make themselves familiar with the various Bowls England Rules & Regulations (Sections 50-70) for the various competitions you have entered.
Notably page 9 section 1.7

Bowls Durham do not police National Competitions as they are run by Bowls England (BE), however we can be asked by BE to assist in any local issues.

20th May 2018 - UNDER 25'S EXCEL

Well it was a cracking morning’s work for our Under 25 Double Fours as they defeated Northumberland 55-34 leaving 4 ends un-played at Gosforth. Jordan Harston, Matty Gleeson, Keith Burton and Bryan Henderson put in a five star performance, at the half way mark they led amazingly 27-0 against former England U25 star Josh Minto, by 15 the lead was still 22 and by the end Henderson finished 33-12 up. A change in our other rink saw Jack Deverson move to lead and a County debut for 13 year old Liam Berry who becomes the youngest player to represent the Bowls Durham, Sam Patterson moved to three with Josh Halcrow at skip, 6-6 at 5 then 14-12 at 10 set the tone of the game, by 15 Halcrow was 3 down and with the other squad rampant Halcrow kept things tight and by 18 was only a couple of shots adrift, in the end the lads sneaked a deserved 21-21 draw. So overall it was a cracking 21 shot win with 4 ends left un-played, next up is Cumbria in the regional semi final in June.

19th May 2018 - MURAS DEFEAT

Our Muras Trophy campaign got off to a losing start albeit by only three shots at Houghton Dairy Lane against Yorkshire, it was a spirited performance with us recording four winning rinks but were left to rue a couple of decent rink leads getting whittled away. Colin Boston’s quartet of Scot Baker, County President Jeff Wilson and Paul Sainthouse finished top rink winning by eight, Josh Halcrow steered an Under 25 rink to a seven shot win while Dale Oram on his A team debut got home by five, John Mansfield saw a decent lead slip away but still held on for a 21-19 win. The two rinks that lost were Ian Riches who went down by 11 and Gary Farquhar who battled on despite trailing 20-0 at one stage to finish 27-13. So overall it was a three shot loss and a 14-8 points return.

The other game saw Cumbria defeat Northumberland 16-6 which sets up this weekends double header nicely.   

18th May 2018 - SECOND STELLA LOSS

After the opening loss in this season’s Stella Logan we looked to bounce back against Cumbria at Pelton Fell, sadly it was not to be as Cumbria inflicted a 42 shot defeat on us. The only bright spot came from Stockton’s Josie Hodgson’s quartet of Jennifer Howey, Fay Slinn and Val Gray who returned a winning 17-13 score card, it was a surreal afternoon for Hodgson who not only was making her skipping debut but it was against her mother in law Joyce Hodgson. Across the green three of the rinks had a sniff of a point, Margaret Metcalfe went down by 3 while both Jennie Collin and Julie Robinson lost by 4 a piece, Samantha Pegg went down by 7 and it turned out to be a tough afternoon for Maureen Firth’s quartet who went down by 24. So overall it finished 129-87 and points wise 9-1 in Cumbria’s favour. Next up is the defending champions Lancashire who are due to visit Bishop Auckland in two weeks time.   


2018 BIBC Championships and International Series.

Please note that all timings are provisional and subject to change.

Free entry on all days and support would be very welcome.

Also the first session of the England v Australia Test Match will following the conclusion of the International Series on Sunday 1st July.


We have recently been informed that new car parking charges will apply when visiting Heaton Park, Manchester. This will affect most visitors from Northern Counties for Middleton Cup/Alsop matches. The car park will change to pay and display from 21st May 2018, and applies everyday 10am to 5pm. It will cost £1 for an hour, £2 for up to three hours and £3 for more than three hours.


Sadly just like our Stella Logan squad the Northern Trophy squad made a disappointing start to their 2018 campaign as they suffered a 126-108 loss at the hands of last year’s champions Yorkshire at York Railway. Last season we did beat the eventual champions away but lost at home so hopefully that will be reversed at Horden in June. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks and a draw with the pick of them being Mary McGee, Joyce Stephenson, Edna Atkinson and Norma Stephenson who finished 23-16 up, Teresa Parnell steered her quartet to a 24-23 win while Gill Jones had to settle for a 19-19 draw. The reliable Joan Rodgerson rink suffered a rare 22-17 loss and Ann Anderson also went down by six, the remaining rink skipped by Joyce Woodward had a tough afternoon going down by 15, so despite a spirited performance points wise it was 7½-2½ to Yorkshire, the other game played saw Cumbria beat Northumberland 8-2. Next up is a trip to Amble to face Northumberland on May 25th...... Scores and Table

5th May 2018 - NOT A STELLA START

After last season’s 4th finish our Stella Logan squad were looking to get their 2018 campaign off to a winning start at Gosforth against a Northumberland squad who we completed the double over last season. Sadly things didn't’t go to plan as we went down by 16 shots losing 7-3 on points. Across the green it was an even split of three up and three down, we had a couple of debutee skips in Woodland’s Julie Robinson and North Park’s Samantha Pegg and both made winning starts. Robinson steered Jennifer Parkin (Norton), Jane Pattison (North Park) and Hetton’s Evelyn Barkes to a narrow 15-13 win. North Park’s Samantha Pegg had a dream debut alongside Spennymoor’s Carmel Guy, Gloria Armstrong (Horden) and Newton Hall’s Dorothy Hudson racking up a 31-20 win, our third winning rink was Jaclyn Classen (Dairy Lane), Jennifer Howey (Newton Hall), Val Gray (Horden) and Shildon’s Esther Helm who ran out 21-19 winners. Unfortunately Dairy Lanes Margaret Metcalfe and Roker Park’s Maureen Firth both lost by 11 each and Horden’s Jennie Collins went down by 9. So a disappointing start but onwards and upwards … next up is Cumbria in two weeks time at Pelton Fell...... Scores


Bowls England is delighted to announce additional support in a bid to help more members to undertake Coach Bowls qualifications.The Bowls England Coaching Bursary offers affiliated members 50 per cent of the cost of recognised Coach Bowls courses. Since its introduction in 2013, a total of 225 members have been awarded a bursary towards the formal coaching qualifications and modules offered under the Coach Bowls banner.Now, the criteria for awards has been revised to enable two members of any affiliated club to apply for a bursary within any two year period – meaning that two members of the same club wishing to attend the same course can now apply for funding support.

 Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The provision of coaching to bowlers of all levels is vital to the long-term future of our sport. Bowls England therefore introduced the coaching bursary to demonstrate its support to all members wishing to obtain Coach Bowls qualifications and has been very well received. However, feedback has been received that the criteria of one member per club, per year, restricted some of those who wished to attend a course with one of their fellow club members. Therefore, we trust the revised criteria will enable even more members to attend courses in the future and help to make a big difference to their clubs in particular and the sport in general.”

Link s for the the and Q&A - Coaching Bursary Application Form ............ Coaching Bursary Q&A


For anyone wishing to become a bowls coach the Bowls Development Alliance have confirmed that Gateshead Indoor Bowling club will play host to the Level 1 course.

Dates and Times:
Day 1: Sunday 24th June 2018 - 9am-5pm
Day 2: Sunday 22nd July 2018 - 9am-5pm
Attendance on all days are required to achieve the qualification.

Course Content
The topics covered on the course are:
Introduction to the Roles and Responsibilities of the Level 1 Bowls Coaching Assistant and the role of a Participation Programme Facilitator
Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable adults
Health, Safety, Accidents and emergencies
Effective Communication. Coaching and Learning
Planning and Evaluation Bowls Coaching sessions
Coaching a Beginner
Warm ups
Working with the Jack
Working with the bowl
Introducing Basic shots
Cool downs
Qualification Prerequisites

Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing), Must be at least 15 years of age, 16 on certification

This is a chance to put something back into the sport and would be a good tool to attract new members into your club, the fee could be funded via the club as they will feel the benefit. Anyone interested in taking the course can register at the link below.


Well Friday the 13th proved lucky for Silksworth's David Bolt who alongside the Devon trio of Louis Ridout, Jamie Chestney and Sam Tolchard secured the bronze medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Here is the report from the Sunderland Echo - At the Commonwealth Games it has been a rollercoaster ride for Silksworth’s David Bolt, earlier in the week hopes of a medal in the triples were cruelly snatched away but then in the fours Bolt landed a bronze medal. In the triples Bolt was leading in for the Devon duo of Jamie Chestney and Robert Paxton, after successfully negotiating the group format there was heartache in the quarter final for the English triple, after recovering from 14-9 down they were cruelly beaten on an extra end by the Norfolk Island’s 19-18. However Bolt’s second chance of a medal was in the fours, with Devon’s Louis Ridout at lead and Bolt at two, Chestney at three and another Devon star Sam Tolchard at skip. In the group format England eased past Singapore 25-6 and Brunei Darussalam 18-4 only suffering a 12-8 loss to Scotland’s Alex Marshall however a quarter final place was already secure without that defeat. In the quarter finals the England quartet over powered New Zealand 20-2 to set up a repeat auld emery clash against Marshall. In the semi final the English quartet raced into a 7-0 lead but a run of seven ends without scoring saw the momentum turn in Marshall’s favour to lead 12-7, despite getting back to 13-10 a dropped four on the 14th end sealed England’s fate 18-10 to leave them a bronze medal clash with Wales. In the play off the England quartet collected a decisive five on the 8th end to open up a 9-5 lead and in the end that proved the difference as they held on to a 15-9 win and collect the bronze medals. The gold went to Scotland’s Alex Marshall who collected a last end four to beat the hosts Australia 15-13, Marshall is now Scotland’s most decorated Commonwealth Games athlete.   


Bowls England is now in the position to advise further regarding qualification for the 2018 Bowls England National Championships.

Men's National Junior Singles
The six counties with the lowest number of entries for the 2018 Men’s Junior Singles are Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Northumberland and Nottinghamshire. 

Each of these counties will receive just one entry for the National Championship finals. All other counties will have two qualification places.

Men’s National Junior Pairs
All counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

Women’s National Junior Singles
Two counties submitted no entries for the 2018 Women’s Junior Singles therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Isle of Wight and Nottinghamshire. 

Four counties submitted one entry for the 2018 Women’s Junior Singles therefore they will have one representative at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Lancashire, Middlesex and Yorkshire.

All other counties will have two qualification places.

Women’s National Junior Pairs
Seven counties submitted no entries for the 2018 Women’s Junior Pairs therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Durham, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.

All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

‘C’ Representatives 
All counties with five per cent or more of the total number of entries in that National Championship from the previous year will be entitled to three representatives at the National Championships.

Below is a table outlining the counties that have reached the required number of entries for a third representative at the 2018 National Championships in each Championship event.

Championship Event

Men – Number of entries required in 2018

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2018 (In accordance with Regulation 50 3.1)

Women – Number of entries required in 2018

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2018 (In accordance with Regulation 50 3.1)



Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

Two Wood Singles


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Kent, Leicestershire, Surrey



Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey



Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex


Devon, Essex,  Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex



Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex

February 8th - World Bowls Law 33 Clarification

Law 33 - February 2018 – Bowls Scotland

Law 33 describes the action to be taken when a player leaves the green during the course of play.

There are multiple reasons why a player may have to leave the green and multiple situations in which this may occur. The Laws Committee (LC) does not consider it appropriate to describe all of these within the Laws (even if it could!). Rather, its approach is to define a ‘broad brush’ law which Controlling Bodies can supplement by including more detailed / specific procedures in their Conditions of Play. In the light of uncertainty being expressed by Controlling Bodies about what can be included in their procedures. the LC would like to clarify some elements of the law, give examples of what are and what are not permissible reasons for leaving the green and provide guidelines on how the law should be applied.

Here is a link to the full pdf version... report

February 2nd - Bowls England Update


The Bowls Development Alliance [BDA] is delighted to announce that the 2018 Spring Play Bowls Package application window has now opened. The window will remain open until 5pm, Friday 30th March 2018. 

In addition to postal applications, clubs can also apply online using the following link: http://playbowls.org/clubs/online-play-bowls-package-application-form

For more details about BDA package funding visit http://playbowls.org/clubs/play-bowls-package-funding

















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