Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bishops Extend Their Healthy Lead

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Bishops Extend Their Healthy Lead

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Byline: Golf, John Himsworth Evening Gazette

Bishop Auckland continued their march towards what looks to be the Teesside and District Union's inter club league title in the latest round of games.

Eaglescliffe were Bishops' latest victims, suffering a 15-9 defeat.

Jamie Birkbeck returned to winning ways for the Bishops in the number one game, with a close victory over Eaglescliffe's newly-crowned club champion Ryan Riley.

Ryan has been in sparkling form recently, but a three putt on the final green cost him any chance of a share of the points.

The Bishops scratch players followed this with three further wins to take the points 8-4, Jim Wharton and Roland Todd providing Eaglescliffe's two victories.

The points margin between the handicap players was closer, but Bishop Auckland still came out on top 7-5 thanks to wins from Steve Blakey, John Peart and Chris Land with the game between Paul Musgrave and Paul Halligan being halved.

The win moves Bishops 30 points clear of Eaglescliffe, who hold on to their second place but are now only four points clear of Castle Eden.

Although Castle Eden started the night in fourth place, they must have been looking over their shoulders at the teams below them as they were only 11 points clear of their opponents Teesside, who were themselves in a relegation place but did have a match in hand over the top teams.

But Castle achieved the league's biggest win of the night.

Teesside's only point from the scratch games came from David Golightly and Chris Higgins' half.

Joe Kay and R Mann won for Teesside in the handicap section but that sill meant a 19-5 defeat.

Hartlepool lost out 13-11 at Darlington but still moved off the bottom.

The Second Division saw leaders Cleveland without a match, but by contrast Saltburn had two, the first being a rearranged fixture at Hunley Hall and a match where they nearly upset home form.

The scratch section of the two teams couldn't be separated as they traded win for win to end the night six points apiece.

The handicap players were also close with three of the six games being halved, but Hunley took two of the other three games to shade those points 7-5 and just take the match 13-11.

Saltburn's other match was away at Billingham. This time the home side came out clearly on top.

Although Noel Emmerson beat Paul Oakley in the number one game, it was Saltburn's only success in the scratch section as the Billingham players ran out 10-2 winners.

The number one game in the handicap section also went to the Seasiders with Darren Nalton overcoming Darren Beatty, but Saltburn could only manage one more win through Simon Dell to leave a match score of 18-6 in favour of Billingham.

Middlesbrough Brass Castle became divisional leaders by virtue of a 16-8 home win over Hunley Hall, who like Saltburn were playing their second fixture of the week. …

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