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County names its Adams and Newton squads

Under new captain Jonathan Earl, Forterra-sponsored Northants Bowling Federation kick off their Adams Trophy campaign away to North Cambs at Wisbech on May 26. They will play their home matches this year at Earl’s home club Blackstones in Lincoln Road, Stamford.

Indeed half the 18-man squad for the opening fixture features players from Blackstones, including Roger Martin and Mick Humphreys, who have joined the club from City of Peterborough. Also included are Paul Buckley (Blackstones), Jack Corney and Mick Duell (both Whittlesey Manor) all moving up from the Newton side and Wayne Morris (Blackstones).

Adams squad ( v North Cambs) : Jon Earl (captain), Martyn Dolby, Adam Warrington (all Blackstones) Martin Welsford, Lee Welsford, Graham Agger, Steve Roden (all Whittlesey Manor), Neil Wright (Parkway), Wayne Morris (Blackstones), Peter Brown, (Whittlesey Manor) Roger Martin (Blackstones) Mick Duell (Whittlesey Manor), Stephen Harris, Paul Buckley (both Blackstones), John Holroyd (Stamford Town), Mick Humphreys, Paul Bailey (both Blackstones), Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor).

Northants’ Newton Trophy captain Cliff Watson, meanwhile, has named a re-shuffled team to play Suffolk at Halesworth on June 4 in defence of their EBF southern area title.

It features newcomer Richard Allam (Stamford Town) and former Adams Trophy stalwarts Sean Fenlan and Dick Noble (West Ward) and Fred Richardson (Whittlesey Manor).

Northants were runners-up to Humberside at Skegness in 2017.

Northants team (v Suffolk): Fred Addy (Parkway), Tony Kemp (Conservative), Barry Lawrence (Whittlesey Manor), Peter Cox(Langtoft), Bob Warters (Ketton), Peter Jessop (West Ward), Martin Stokes (Blackstones), Richard Allam (Stamford Town), Brian Bassam (Peterborough & District); Sean Fenlon, Jim Ruddy (both West Ward), Mick Greaves (P&D); Les Sharp (Yaxley), Malcolm Squires (City of Peterborough), Dick Noble (West Ward); Jeff Clipston ( West Ward), Roger Stevens, Fred Richardson (both Whittlesey Manor).

Home matches will be played at City of Peterborough BC

Season’s fixtures

Adams Trophy: May 26 – v North Cambs at BMC, Wisbech; June 2 – v Suffolk at Kessingland ; June 9 – v Lincs at Blackstones; June 23 – v Hunts at Sawtry; June 30 – v North Essex at Blackstones; July 7 – v Norfolk at Blackstones.

Newton Trophy: June 2 – v Suffolk at Halesworth Angel BC; June 9 – v Lincs at City of Peterborough; June 23 v Hunts at Holywell-cum- Needingworth BC; July 7 – v Norfolk at City of Peterborough.