Hirst Park Bowls Club retain title

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Hirst Park Bowls Club in Ashington have retained their champion status after beating Old Rockery Bowls Club from Suffolk in the final of The Durham Centenary Trophy.

The game, which was played at the national finals in Skegness, rounds off another successful season for the club.

Hirst Park, representing Northumberland, ran out clear winners beating their Suffolk rivals 85–73 over 25 ends.

They had already beaten teams from Durham, Humberside and Derby on their way to the finals.

This is the fourth time Hirst Park have been crowned champions.

Club secretary Archie Byrne said: “To retain the title two years running hasn’t been done by any club before. We are already looking forward to the challenge of making it a treble in next years competition.”

Dominic Appleby, of Peter Grenfell Funeral Directors, who sponsor the club, said: “We have been involved with Hirst Park for six years now, sponsoring tournaments and providing clothing.

“They are a very successful club with a great history and we congratulate them on this latest triumph.”