Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thornaby Bid for Cup Glory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Thornaby Bid for Cup Glory

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Thornaby Indoor Bowls Club ended their year in great fashion when they qualified for the quarter-finals of the Denny Plate with an impressive win over Barwell.

It is five years since Thornaby reached this stage of the competition and that time they were beaten by a single shot by Clevedon who went on to win the title.

In the last two years first Hartlepool then Darlington were the winners and now Thornaby will be striving to bring the title back to the Tees area for the third year running.

In the early stages of the game against Barwell, Thornaby were struggling to stay with their opponents with only the Vinny O'Neill rink in front with an 11-1 lead.

All four rinks picked up their game and once again Glenn Skipp (John Harris, Peter Marshall and Paul Mosley) proved their value to the team with a magnificent performance at Barwell.

They recovered from a 14-5 deficit to win their game 24-19.

Also at Barwell, Alan Jones (Mark O'Riordan, Mark Ayres and Bill Peirson) were 13-4 down at the halfway stage but they stopped the rot and finished well to lose 17-10.

Colin Boston (Kevin O'Riordan, Brian Smith and Phil Stoker) were drawn against National Pairs champion Stuart Thomas. After a slow start the Thornaby rink dominated the game to win 30-12.

The last time Boston met Thomas at Thornaby he won by a similar score.

O'Neill (Shaun O'Brien, Peter Watkins and Tony Frosdick) were always in control against international trialist Mark Allinson) and they won their game 22-16.

The quarter-finals are on Saturday, January 24 when Thornaby will meet either Newquay (Cornwall) or Thornbury (Gloucs).

THE Harry Vickers Memorial Singles competition was played at Thornaby earlier this week when the eventual winner of the competition was Paul Mosley.

At the start of the day Paul wasn't even in the competition but he came in as a late replacement a carried all before him to become a very worthy winner. …

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