Hunts extend Adams team’s losing streak

Northants lost their third successive Adams Trophy match when they faced Hunts on a Sawtry green which tested every facet of a bowler’s game – especially their patience.

The preparation of the green couldn’t be faulted but at least half the team were frustrated they were unable to produce the shots they needed to overcome a slick, unforgiving surface.

However, Howard Shipp, Neil Wright and Mick Duell followed up their good form against Lincolnshire the previous week with an outstanding 10-shot victory scoring seven shots in the last two ends.

Jack Corney, Mick Humphreys and Roger Martin also finished with a flourish, recording 13 shots in the last five ends from a 23-27 deficit, while Martyn Dolby celebrated his golden wedding by nailing the jack on the last of 31 ends to secure a 27-26 win for himself, Bob Warters and skip Paul Buckley.

Elsewhere the end rinks proved problematical for the two-bowl triples skipped by Martin Welsford and captain Jonathan Earl.

Said Earl: “On our rink we tried every combination of position (as Federation rules allow) in an attempt to get to grips with the green but none of us consistently found the pace or the lines. Hunts did and they deserved their win.”

Results (Northants names only)

Adams Trophy (at Sawtry): Hunts 185 (16 pts) Northants 164 (6). G Agger, T Mace, M Welsford lost 30-36; H Shipp, N Wright, M Duell won 34-24; B Warters, M Dolby, P BuckEly won 27-26; J Corney, M Humphreys, R Martin won 36-27; S Roden, P Bailey, A Warrington lost 19-32; S Harris, T Fielding J Earl lost 18-40.

FOOTNOTE: Steve Roden (Whittlesey Manor) received a tie to commemorative 100 appearances for the county. Howard Shipp (Parkway) received a county flash for six appearances.

Northants’ Newton Trophy side, still licking their wounds after the home defeat by Lincolnshire, returned to form with a runaway victory at Hunts (188-149) picking up 17 of the 22 points available.

Said captain Cliff Watson :” I had never before been to the Holywell & Needingworth club, but everybody agreed it was a well organised, quality facility.

“The numbers suggest an easy win but it was very close up to 20 ends before a massive comeback on Fred Richardson’s rink who were 14-31 adrift after 20 ends and pulled it back to 31-35 after 31 ends. Credit, too, a rapid push for the line by Deputy President Dick Noble’s rink who went from 19-16 to 40-17 in 11 ends.

“Overall a pleasing performance from a changed team which leaves me some choices for our last match away to Norfolk on July 7,” he added.

Result (Northants names only):

Newton Trophy: Hunts 149 (5) Northants 188 (17).Jeff Clipston, Dave Corney and Fred Richardson lost 31-35; Les Sharp, Zac Brown and Dick Noble won 40-17; Peter Cox, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop won 40-17; Fred Addy, Brian Bassam and Barry Lawrence drew 25-25; Sean Fenlon, Jim Ruddy and Mick Greaves lost 21-30; Martin Stokes, Richard Allam and Malcolm Squires won 31-25.

THIS WEEK: Northants Adams team are at home (Blackstones BC) to North Essex (2pm). Newton team has no game.