Saved from relegation

Sunday champions: Carol Hume, John Hume and Anne Daley
Sunday champions: Carol Hume, John Hume and Anne Daley

A bizarre decision by Ashington Hirst Park bowlers has ensured that Alnwick Bowling Club will play again next season in the Division A of the Northumberland Nines League.

Hirst failed to fulfil their last fixture of the season against Alnwick and as a result under the rules were docked eight points and 20 shots, Alnwick were then awarded eight points and 20 shots which put them just two points ahead of Hirst, who are now relegated and Alnwick are safe.

This is the second year running that Alnwick have survived in this league by the skin of their teeth after they stayed up last year following the decision of one club to pull out of the league.

It is crunch time for Alnwick in the A Division of the Clegg Cup. They have two games in the next few days to decide their future. At present, they are on 103 points with a game in hand over two teams above them, one of whom is Collingwood. The Tyneside club has to travel to Alnwick for what will be a double header. Their last game of the season is away against run-away league leader Backworth.

The ladies have had no such problems. They have lead the Collins and Shipley League practically all season and were crowed champions this week despite a heavy loss at Burradon who are in second place four points behind the champions.

Alnwick’s final competition of the season saw four teams compete in the final of the TE Hall Sunday triples. After some close results, the winners were Carol Hume, Anne Daley and John Hume (s) who were uneaten. Runners-up were the trophy holders Bob Bingham, George Heron and Ronnie Given (s).

The other semi-finalists were Gordon Smith, John Levy, George Turner (s) and Robin Wilson, Mary Wilson, Joyce Harper (s).