Ladies win trophy

ALNWICK Bowling Club ladies won the Gosforth Centenary trophy at the weekend for the second year running.

They have won the trophy four times since it was first awarded. Their good run in the league continued with a fine 12-0 victory over Cowpen and Crofton, scoring 55 shots to the opponents’ 46 to get a full house and maintain their position as Collins and Shipley League leaders.

They also pulled away from second-place Bedlington Doctor Pit who are now seven points behind. The main threat, however, still remains Burradon, who have games in hand.

In the men’s leagues there have been mixed fortunes. Alnwick had a cracking whitewash over second place Backworth Welfare, winning 9-0 but are still in second-bottom spot 14 points from the club above.

There was no such luck for the Clegg team who went down to Gosforth Empire in a relegation battle and were hammered 12-0 and are now second bottom in the league.

Carol Hume, Ann Daley and John Hume won the last of the qualifiers for the TE Hall Sunday triples, with only four triples competing.

With the club competitions coming to their closing stages, finals are starting to appear. The final of the Duke’s medal for the club championship will be between Michael Fairbairn and Dougie Miller. The Willcox (handicapped) is between Ray Topping and Gordon Smith and the Leath for players over 55 between John Hume and Brian Ripley.