Alnwick pair hit the big time

Alnwick Bowling Club

A PAIRS combination from Alnwick Bowling Club has reached the national semi-finals.

Mavis Liddle from Alnwick and Jo Lormor from Swarland will be one of two representatives from Northumberland in the national pairs finals at Leamington Spa later in the year.

In the last of their games to qualify, they beat Val Sadler and Betty Wetisell of Bedlington Doctor Pit by one shot on the last end, a fitting climax to a close game.

The men will be hoping to equal the ladies’ record, with Roger Turnbull and John Hume reaching the semi-final of the men’s pairs, with one more game to win to reach the Mecca of men’s bowling, Worthing.

On Monday night, Ray Topping reached the last eight of the men’s singles and he has two more games before he can reach the nationals.

The club went up one place in the Northumberland Bowling Association Clegg Cup second division when they beat league leaders Walker.

It is the first time this season that Walker has not topped the league but their 12-2 loss on the Alnwick green saw Collingwood take their place and Alnwick move into fourth place winning by 78 shots to 64.

They still have two games in hand over the top three teams. The other local team in the division, Rothbury beat Percy to move into fifth place also with two games in hand, winning by one shot, which was enough to earn the six bonus points.

The North Northumberland League side did themselves proud with an 8-0 whitewash of Seahouses on the home green and they are also lifted up the league.

The Nine side were without a league match this week after North Kenton withdrew from the league.

In the Collins and Shipley League, the ladies had a 10-point win against Burradon and eight-point victories at Bedlington and Benfield but lost their friendly game with the men.

The rain postponed semi-final and final of the Grouse Open triples was won by Alnwick’s Roger Turnbull, George Batey and John Hume (s), who beat D Bennett, M Thurlbeck and M Bennett from Backworth in the final by 10 shots to three.

In one of the other semi-finals, the Hume’s combination had beaten another home triple of David Day, Jack Athey and David Liddle (s).

In a mixed friendly, Alnwick were convincing winners over Hexham Elvaston.

Northumberland qualified for the quarter-finals of the national Middleton Cup when they beat Nottinghamshire in the closest of games on the Alnwick green on Saturday.

The third end was under way when a thunderstorm drove players to the clubhouse. Following heavy rain in the morning, the thunderstorm flooded the green and it was well over an hour before the game in which Alnwick’s John Hume was playing was re-started.

But the home side produced a strong finish to win by six shots despite losing on half of the six rinks. They now visit Leicestershire for their quarter-final against either Essex or Norfolk in two weeks’ time, last year in the quarters they were beaten by two shots.