The finals of the league this year successfully ended an exciting season in the Sherwood League.
The League had already been won by JUC and the Knock-Out by Darlington RA, this was then followed by a Triples final between 2 JUC rinks where Iain Prentice rink beat Geoff Wrights to take the trophy.
On the finals day itself it was Scott Morland who not only defended him Northern Echo Singles title but went on to win the Champion of Champions making it a singles double with 21-11 wins over both Ray Wood of Cummins and Alan Stephenson of the RA.
The pairs championship was again defended this year by the JUC rink of Stuart Clarke and Jordon Harston who beat Simon Brodie and Liam Berry from South Park in the final.
The fours was also an excellent battle where Alan Coopers rink from Cummins beat Vic Tunstalls rink of the JUC. Some photos of the champions as follows:
A valiant effort from North Park tonight to knock the RA off their perch, however a large win for the rink John Lynch, Barry Hopkins and Keith Raper won the overall match with a win over Brian Franklins rink.
The other 2 games were very close with only margins between Terry Beer and Alan Stephensons rink, also Iain Stringer and Billy Lancaster.
Maybe if this final was a repeat for the 3rd year running in 2018 North Park could turn the RA over……
JUC seal the title taking away RA’s domination!
After a very good season which started with them beating the RA on the opening day they managed a 4-0 win at home to North Park beating the score line of Darlington RA who only won 3-1 at Cummins B. Big wins for Stuart Clarke and Iain Prentice did the damaged added with a very close 1 shot win for Vic Tunstall. The JUC were favourites with North Park still left to play this week but now the pressure is completely off.
The RA won 3-1 at Cummins B but a win by Alan Coopers rink against Billy Lancaster took away the last of the RA’s title hopes….which was a Brucie Bonus for the JUC. They now secure 2nd spot.
Cummins B finished in bottom spot despite their point as Darlington South Park scraped a point at Woodland in which was also a 3-1 defeat.
The JUC close the gap with a comfortable win over Cummins B 4-0, big wins for Jason Taylor and Iain Prentice and a win despite being short for Stuart Clarke paired with Jordan Harston.
The RA despite winning are only just clinging on to top spot with a close 3-1 win at North Park. Wins for Billy Lancaster and Alan Stephenson secured the points but a good win for a strong rink skipped by Iain Stringer ensured the RA didn’t go home too happy.
The title may be decided next week, however if it isn’t the JUC have a game in hand scheduled to play the week after, the JUC are heavy favourites to take the title away from the RA,
Cummins A and Darlington Woodland played out a 2-2, big wins for Ron Wardle and Erik Theakston ensured a very close battle overall.
Alpha Plus continued their enjoyable season with a 3-1 win at South Park, a close game overall with wins for Glyn Jones and Malcolm Cundick. South arks winning rink was the team skipped by Hazel Minns. It was good to see Linda Scott making a return last night for Alpha Plus.
The game of the week was DPBA rivals North Park and Alpha Plus where a keenly contested game ended up in a draw. There was good wins for Malcolm Cundick and Keith Toulson but a large defeat for Glyn Jones against a strong Iain Stringer rink held Alpha to a draw.
There was no let up in the title charge, both Darlington RA and JUC won 4-0, the JUC despite being short comfortably disposed of Darlington Woodland and the RA made very easy work of a learning South Park.
In the local derby of the 2 Cummins teams, Cummins A beat their B team 3-1 with Mick Baines short rink being the only point for Cummins B.
The JUC and Darlington RA won this week but the JUC did drop 1 point away at South Park where Simon Brodie beat Stuart Clarke 21-17. The other rinks were won by Jason Taylor against Paul Bailey and Vic Tunstall against Carl Mafham.
The RA won comfortably away at Cummins A, the big win came Alan Stephenson over Eric Theakston with 2 smaller wins fro Bill Lancaster and John Lynch over Ray Wood and Malcolm Iveson.
This leaves just 1 and half points gap for the RA at the top with JUC breathing down their neck with a game in hand. The next 2 who are just slowly drifting off the pace is Alpha Plus and North Park. North Park ended their title bid with defeat at Darlington Woodland whilst Alpha Plus have tried to put some pressure on with a home win against Cummins B.