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Double joy as cup glory comes North.

There was double delight for Northumberland as they secured both the Muras Cup and Alsop Cup.

In the Muras Cup, three changes allowed Tom Carver of Forest Hall, Brian Rootham of Northern Electric and George Parker of Blyth Excelsior to make their debuts.

Although Northumberland made a slow start against their opponents Yorkshire at Kirkbymoorside they slowly established themselves and ran out comfortable 132-96 winners, collecting 17 match points in the process.

RINK SCORES: P Ging 23 A Baron 16, S Harvey 30 M Clarke 15, S Lant 14 P Stoker 15, C Cooper 26 C Kelly 10, T Kempster 19 V O'Neill 20, C Palmer 20 J Philips 20.

It was so different, though, at Appleby in the Alsop Cup, where three changes due to the promotion of players allowed Daine Ross of Gosforth and Daniel Targar of Forest Hall to make their debuts.

Both teams needed a win to secure the title and Northumberland looked to be heading for a comfortable win until a late surge from the Cumbrians made the game level with two ends to play.

Brian Reid's four picked up a three on the penultimate end but Cumbria were lying six on the last with one bowl to play.

Up stepped John Tweddle from the Walker club, who pushed a Northumberland bowl into the head for third shot to secure a one-shot victory and the title for Northumberland.

RINK SCORES: B Reid 26, V Emmerson 22, K Rowe 22, J Baird 15, N Stoker 16, P Metcalfe 17, J Tweddle 14, R Cox 20, W Pym 13, A McGuinness 12, J Curtis, 18, A Little 22.

In the County Championships Two-bowl competition, Tom King of Alnwick defeated three-times winner Tom Birdsey of Northern Electric 21-12 at Gosforth Empire to reach the final for the first time. He will play Barrie Nicol of High Heaton, who defeated Brian Davidson of Wooler by 21-9.

In the pairs, Karl Jamieson and Keith Wood from St George's had a tough tussle with Middleton Cup team-mates Chris Palmer and John Harthen of Gosforth before eventually winning 23-22.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 5, 2006
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