Watered down Whisky contest

Alnwick Bowling Club

SUNDAY’S downpour brought a premature end to the Alnwick Bowling Club Grouse Whisky open triples.

The competition, which had attracted a good entry from throughout Northumberland, had reached the semi-final stage when the rain poured down and within a few minutes the Alnwick green had flooded.

In one semi-final, Roger Turnbull, George Batey and John Hume were to play David Yousef, Jack Athey and David Liddle (s) both Alnwick triples and in the other Daniel Bennett, John Felbeck and Michael Bennett from Backworth were to take on Alan Coatsworth, Barry Nichol and Chris Coan (High Heaton).

Both matches will now be played in July.

The club would like to thank Grouse Whisky and Karen Patterson of Travelsure for their sponsorship.

What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, Alnwick lost both games in the Northumberland Leagues and this week they won both.

They had a 6-2 victory in the A Division of the Nines League with a 49 shots to 41 win over Heaton Victoria and move up to sixth place.

The club’s bid to get back in the A Division of the Northumberland Clegg Cup League was maintained with a 13-1 victory over second-place Collingwood, winning by 93 shots to 58 which keep them in fourth place with two games in hand.

No such goods news from the North Northumberland League side that went down 6-2 at Wooler.

There have been mixed fortunes for the ladies who have won their friendly match against Gosforth, Ponteland and Lesbury but lost to Ponteland in the double fours.

In the Collins and Shipley League, they gained 10 points against Hexham and another ten against Ponteland but only achieved four points when they took on Cowpen and Crofton.

Northumberland kept up their national Middleton Cup hopes with another victory beating Derbyshire on the neutral ground at Kirbymoorside.

They now play Nottinghamshire, who are three points behind on the Alnwick green on July 9.