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Cumbria's seniors off to great start with easy win

Cumbria's senior players made a great start to the season when taking 22 of the 24 points on offer from their opening game of their inter county league match against Durham last week.

Cumbria’s home fours made full use of home their home advantage and overall won 64-37. Anthony Little’s four took care of W Bell 18-12 while John Bell’s quartet defeated D Craig 18-14. Top home marks, however, went to Sal Panico, Bob Dalziel, Ray Park and Bill Adam who accounted for J Flett 28-11.

At Darlington, the Cumbria fours were also too strong for the opposition Joe Menzies who has had a good start to the season skipped his four to a 20-18 win, a great last bowl from Menzies producing a deserved count of four.

Rick Gallagher who had a very good game defeated J Layfield 20-14 and Ray Gall who was also in good form was a shade unfortunate to play the last two ends one down and lose two counts of four in trying to win his game, knowing that the overall aggregate was safe.

This was a good result though it has to be said that I have seen much stronger Durham squads than this one and Cumbria will probably need to show some improvement in future games. The next game is scheduled for November 29th and hopefully players from Eden IBC and Copeland IBC will have a greater involvement.


There has been a large number of national ties completed in the last week and there have been some very good quality games.

In the singles, it took Paul Barlow a little time to settle in his game against David Baxter but once into stride there was no holding him and he went from 5-6 to 21-11.

Neil Karge and Danny May had a great battle with the lead changing hands on a number of occasions. Karge came from behind to lead 18-15 but then lost the next three ends one, three, two to go down 21-18.

Chris Allason got off to a flyer against Mike Tuddenham and had eight shots on the board before his opponent scored.

Tuddenham reduced the deficit to just two at 11-9 but that was as good as it got Allason winning 21-9.

Ian Gallagher and Jason Parkinson gave a fine exhibition of singles play and it was the former who dominated in the opening exchanges piling up ten shots without reply. He continued to play well but new member Parkinson upped his game and in a purple patch late in the game scored 11 shots in six consecutive ends to lead 20-17.

Gallagher was not done with producing a three to level the match but it was Parkinson who scored the vital 21st shot to go through.

At Penrith Peter Angood performed with credit but found John Baird just that bit better and the home man won 21-9. John Crozier found the improving Kevin Harrison in good form and the younger player scored a comprehensive win.

In the pairs Peter Miles and Graham Roberts had home advantage at Penrith against Peter Angood and Sal Panico but the game was close throughout and it was a count of four for the home pair on the 19th end which proved decisive in their 18-14 victory.

John Brew and David Stanton made a remarkable start to their game against Peter Pieri and Gordon Richardson racking up 24 shots in the first seven ends and though the latter pair fought back well there was no miracle as Brew and Stanton went through 32-18.

Steve Roberts, another new member and Jason Parkinson were involved in a good tussle with Danny May and Ian Gallagher and it was the newcomers who made much of the running.

However, seven shots in just two ends saw Gallagher go 14-9 in front with five to play. That was to be their last score however as Parkinson won the next four ends to win 19-14. In possibly the best pairs encounter of the week Paul Barlow and Stephen Farish played really well but were never able to put an early seal on the game as Gavin Taylor who was partnered by Eddie Murray was in excellent form.

Despite being under pressure for much of the match he kept the game alive until the 17th end before the favourites proved too strong and went into the next round 19-13.

In the triples Anthony Little and Paul Campbell were all square after eight ends but eleven shots in just four ends for Barry Fieldhouse, David McManus and Little sealed things in their favour and they eventually won 25-10.

There was a great fours game on Saturday morning when the 2011 national fours champions Paul Barlow, Martyn Rice, Trevor Taylor and Stuart Airey played Eddie Murray, John Wills, Rae Graham and Gavin Taylor.

The former champions dominated but Gavin Taylor produced a stream of telling bowls to keep his four in contention and as man of the match he was unfortunate to end up on the losing side 19-14.

In the Mixed Fours thee was a great battle at Eden when Peter Metcalfe met Jack Walker of Copeland. The visitors made the better start but it was nip and tuck all the way after nine ends.

Walker led 18-17 playing the last but the home four of Wendy Wade, Lesley Metcalfe, Bob Dent and Metcalfe scored a single to take the match to a 22nd end which they also won to go through.

Jack Walker had better fortune in the mixed pairs when partnered by Linda Rose. They led all the way but had to withstand the late challenge of David Noble and Dorothy Gill before winning 21-14.

Lesley and Peter Metcalf travelled to Carlisle on Sunday but found the going tough against Sue and Dennis Devlin and the home pair drew away in the second half to win 25-9.

Colin and Kate Peacock returned to the scene of some of their former glories when taking on Sheena and Sandy Kirkpatrick. They made a great start picking up twelve shots in just two ends early in the game and this proved to be the decisive point as the Kirkpatricks finished well but were still 22-17 adrift at the end.

In the mixed fours Steve Roberts, Maureen France, Janice Gower and Jason Parkinson were favourites for their game against Dianne Fieldhouse, Margaret Kelton, Tom Kelton and Barry Fieldhouse but the more local four looked as though they might spring a surprise when leading 16-9 after thirteen ends.

In the last third of the game however it was the Parkinson quartet which finished the stronger scoring fourteen shots to one for a 23-17 victory.

In the senior singles Gordon Richardson made Ron McMath battle to the halfway mark but in the second half it was McMath who came up trumps scoring 13-7 to win 21-18.

Rick Gallagher scored nine to one in the first five ends of his game against Chris Horsfield and that it made all the difference with the final score being 21-14 in favour of Gallagher.

Ray Gall proved too good when meeting Geordie McCulloch and former useful singles player David Taylor produced an inept performance against Mike Tuddenham and paid the price at 21-10

The Senior Pairs game between John Bell and Rick Gallagher and Tom Linton and John Crozier was a closely fought affair but from the nine end mark Gallagher looked to just have the edge and he and Bell got home 19-13.

In the senior triples Gallagher did not enjoy the same fortune as he and Robin Thorburn and Ron McMath were outpointed by a fine display from Gordon Richardson, David Stanton and John Brew.

The latter trio made the better start and by halfway had opened up a 14-3 lead.

It was a lead they never relinquished getting home 19-9.

Top Club

Cumbria Indoor Bowls Club did very well in this competition two years ago and sets off on the long trail to Torquay this Sunday when meeting Thornaby away from home at 10.30am. Sal Panico and Christine Wharton will play the singles events while Karen Edmondson and David McManus will contest the mixed pairs. In the triples Cumbria will be represented by Sue Devlin, Alan Carruthers and David Taylor while in the fours Jackie Wilson, Jackie Bewley, Jim Morris and Ray Gall will do duty.

Double Triples League

Lockerbie Lions faced Courtfield Cobras on Sunday and the north of the border side came out on top. For the Cobras George Braithwaite, Dennis Johnston and Kevin Johnston beat Neil Shearer by three to take two points but Sam Anderson, Ali Hastie and Bob Dalziel cancelled that out and also took the two aggregate points when beating Paul Campbell 18-6 for an overall 4-2 win.



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