HOUGHTON’S LONG WAIT FOR A WIN IS ON A PLATE

A SU­PERB FIGHT­BACK SEES HOUGHTON SE­CURE A LONG OVER­DUE VIC­TORY IN THE DENNY PLATE

Sunderland Echo - - Sport -

Houghton ended a three year wait to record a win in the Denny Plate, with a late come­back against Great Ay­cliffe.

At the 14-end mark, Ay­cliffe were 20 shots up and the Plate beck­oned.

How­ever, Houghton mounted a crack­ing fight back that saw them get home al­beit by a sin­gle shot (74-73).

At Houghton, the rink of Joe Suther­land, David Arm­strong, Jimmy McAdoo and Bryan Henderson (Snr) ground out a vi­tal 17-12 win over Stu­art Clarke.

How­ever, it was a tough morn­ing for Mal Baker, Tony Grimes, Alan J Dunn and Frankie Froud as they trailed 23-5 against Dave McDon­ald, but they bat­tled back to fin­ish 25-15 down which left the home squad five shots in ar­rears.

At Ay­cliffe, Peter Thom­son’s rink of Michael Wright, Ste­vie Tin­dale and Colin Young - af­ter trail­ing 130 - bat­tled back to within five against Paul Payne, but things slipped away and Thom­son fin­ished 26-17 down.

The re­main­ing rink of Eric Downes, Richard Thorpe, Trevor Joicey and Richie Mckie col­lected a mo­men­tum chang­ing five on the 15th end to lead 188, and went on to de­feat Ian Pren­tice 25-10 which left the away squad six up and se­cure a rare Denny win.

In the next round, Houghton and Shields are due to meet each other.

Last sea­son they met in the Plate, with Shields run­ning out win­ners by 34 shots.

Other lo­cal ties saw Hartle­pool ease past Stan­ley 90-37 to set up a clash with Dar­ling­ton, who de­feated Gateshead 91-78.

In the Plate, Durham beat Red­car 79-66 and will face West Den­ton next, who com­fort­ably beat The Parks 82-37.

Both lo­cal sides in this sea­son’s Denny Cup got off to per­fect win­ning starts.

Af­ter last year’s Denny Plate suc­cess, South Shields made sure they didn’t drop into the Plate with a com­pre­hen­sive 42-shot win over Thorn­aby.

At home, both Shields’ rinks ran out com­fort­able win­ners, Dave Pater­son, Josh Minto, Kris Storf and Ian Riches beat Bill Peir­son 25-12 and Neal Ri­d­ley, Ste­wart Hub­bard, James Sneller and Ian McIntosh eased to a 25-9 win over David Fair­bairn to leave the home squad 50-21 up.

At Thorn­aby, Scott Baker, Mal Peach, Gary Far­quhar and David Bolt de­feated Ian Marshall 22-18 and Shaun McIntosh steered Jaxon McKenna, Paul Saint­house and Josh Hal­crow to a 21-12 win over Bill Wat­son which left the away squad 13 shots to the good and se­cure a 9351 win.

In the Ladies Yet­ton Tro­phy, Houghton had a crack­ing 92-67 win over Hartle­pool to set up a clash against Cum­bria in the next round.

At Hartle­pool, Mar­garet Metcalf, Mar­garet Eg­gle­ston, Joan Baker and Ann Banks put in a spir­ited per­for­mance, but still went down 25-12 to Janet Rid­path.

How­ever, that loss was cov­ered by Norma Stephenson’s rink of Mau­reen Hall, Liz Morris and Audrey Vout, who cruised to a 30-10 win over Kay Lid­dle, to leave the away leg seven shots in Houghton’s favour.

At Houghton, both rinks recorded wins as Sam Richardson, Ruth Turn­bull, Brenda Rob­son and Jenny Smith never looked back from an early 12-0 lead to fin­ish 26-15 up against J.Wil­ton.

Joan Watt, Eve­lyn Barkes, Val Bam­brough and Joan Rodger­son re­cov­ered from 12-9 down to Dawn Jack­son to run out 24-15 win­ners and seal a 25-shot win over­all.

The next round of fix­tures in the Top Ten takes place today as Houghton host Stan­ley. Af­ter the white­wash suf­fered at the hands of Durham, the hosts will be look­ing to bounce back.

The lat­est round of County In­ter Club fix­tures take place to­mor­row with both lo­cal sides in ac­tion.

Houghton face de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Gateshead B and South Shields face newly pro­moted Great Ay­cliffe. The top two, Hartle­pool and Durham, clash, while Dar­ling­ton have a bye.

In the mixed pairs, South Shields’ David Bolt recorded a sec­ond win this time over club-mate Jaxon McKenna and will head to Durham to face Mark Hig­gins.

Ian Riches won an all Shields af­fair against Derek Wil­son 19-13 and will face an­other Shields pair af­ter Paul Saint­house’s crack­ing 16-14 win at West Den­ton against Michael Ben­nett.

Hartle­pool’s Paul Hart­ley con­tin­ued his win­ning run and notched his third win with a 20-12 win over Ay­cliffe’s Peter Bar­ion.

The Bowls Durham AGM takes place on Tuesday at Houghton Dairy Lane (7pm).

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