Lancs win close encounter with Durham

LANCASHIRE encountered strong resistance from Durham before prevailing 10-8 in the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League at Bishop Auckland.



A point adrift after the foursomes, the hosts gained the upper hand early in the singles but the Red Rose men hit back thanks to impressive performances from youngsters Jack Shelley and Joey Lamb and debutant Mike Howard.

The win moved defending champions Lancashire up to second place behind Cheshire who have a superior points average.

FOURSOMES: Rhys Thompson (Boldon) & Gavin Nesbit (Boldon) lost to Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) & Paul McFerran (Warrington) 1h; Chris Handy (South Moor) & Sam Robinson (Tyneside) halved with John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) & Joe Brice (Manchester); Tom Smith (Eaglescliffe) & Sam Donald (Eaglescliffe) lost to Jack Clarkson (Lancaster) & Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 2&1; Stuart Brown (Castle Eden) & John Kennedy (Consett) lost to Richie Blundell & Mike Howard (Royal Birkdale); Martin McCririck (South Shields) & Imran Aziz (George Washington) bt Michael Hunt (Pleasington) & Curtis Clarkin (Nelson) 3&2; Joe Fraser (Ravensworth) & Jordan Bettis (Ravensworth) bt Jack Shelley (Formby) & Joey Lamb (Wilpshire) 2h.

SINGLES: Thompson bt Kenwright 2&1; Nesbit halved with Carroll; Handy lost to Doherty 4&3; Robinson bt Blundell 4&3; Smith bt Hunt 2h; Donald lost to McFerran 4&2; Brown bt Clarkin 3&2; Kennedy lost to Howard 3&2; McCririck halved with Brice; Aziz lost to Lamb 5&4; Fraser halved with Clarkson; Bettis lost to Shelley 4&2.


P          W         D          L          F          A          Pts


Cheshire                      2          1          1          0          24         12         3

Lancashire                   2         1          1          0          19         17         3

Yorkshire                     2          1          1          0          18.5      17.5      3

Northumberland          2          1          0          1          13.5      22.5      2

Cumbria                       2          0          1          1          17.5      18.5      1

Durham                        2          0          0          2          15.5      20.5      0


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