A good week in league and cup

It has been a good week for Alnwick bowlers in both the league and cup competitions.

They had their first win in the Northumberland Clegg Cup A league when they travelled to Cramlington and won with three of the four triples, but well ahead on shots to claim 12 points to two.

The win lifted Alnwick off the bottom of the league, moving up two places.

In the Northumberland Edwardson Cup, Alnwick were again on their travels, this time back to Tyneside and the delight of the Walker green.

And tthey came away with a hard-fought win with two of the three rinks up winning by six shots.

They now take on Ponteland in the next round.

In the Nines League they were at home to Cramlington but despite a closely-fought contest they lost out overall by seven shots and could only claim one point out of eight available.

The ladies have had a cracking start to their league season.

They have won their first four matches and now top the Collins and Shipley with 42 points.

They beat Amble 12-0 and have recorded 10-2 victories in their other matches which include Benfield, Seaton Sluice and Morpeth.

One of the Alnwick entries in the Northumberland County Fours competition had a remarkable win on Friday night.

Never in front and going into the last end needing seven shots for a draw to give them any chance, they actually drew the seven with their first seven bowls only for the last to be short.

The game against North Shields West End then went to an extra end, Alnwick wining by one shot to go through.

The four was Michael Fairbairn, George Batey, John Heron and John Hume (s).

In the first qualifier for the finals of the TE Hall Sunday triples competition, the holders George Heron, Bob Bingham and Ronnie Givens (s) went through at the first time of asking.

In their section they beat the triple skipped by Tommy Hutchinson by six shots overall while in the seconds section David Wilkinson, Bernard Level and Jim Watt (s) went through unbeaten.

In the final the Givens combination drew away after a close-fought opening to win by four shots.