A prize double act

John Hume and George Batey retained the Northumberland Gazette open pairs trophy on the Alnwick Bowling Green on Sunday.

They got through from a full entry to play Thomas Peate (Alnwick) and George Hush (Seahouses) in the final by three shots.

The two had qualified from the four sections which played throughout the day with some very wet conditions thrown in.

Last year, the pair who picked up the £120 top prize played with George leading and John skipping. The change-over made no difference to the pair as they played well throughout the day. Hume added that trophy to the Grouse Triple he had won earlier in the season, playing with Ken Liddle and George Batey

The presentation was made by the club president Michael Grant who thanked all who attended and the ladies for providing excellent refreshments. There were special thanks for the sponsors the Northumberland Flying School.

Earlier in the year, Alnwick was due to hold an Olympic charity event but it had to be cancelled due to the weather. Money was raised and four charities will benefit, Alnwick Stroke Club, Abbeyfield, Northumberland Air Ambulance and the North Northumberland Day Hospice.

There was mixed fortune for Alnwick in the Clegg League with the fight against relegation continuing. At home to Portland on Wednesday, they won 12-2 and the following night they travelled to the Newcastle club in a re-arranged fixture and promptly lost by the same margin.

There has been no respite either in the Nines competition, in which they again fell to Fossway in deepest Tyneside losing 6-2.

Ladies Day saw Joyce Harper lift the Irene Meyer Trophy, with Mary Wilson runner-up.

It is getting tight at the top of the Collins and Shipley League. Alnwick, the leaders for most the season had a day off last week and Burradon are now just one point behind, both having played the same number of games. The crunch could come on the last game of the season when the clubs meet.