North Cambs no match for rampant Northants A

Bowlers from Stamford and Peterborough League outdoor clubs featured in Northants Federation A’s timely victory over North Cambs at Wisbech on Sunday.

It took time for the visitors to settle to the slower pace of carpet to that which they are used, but by the time 10 of the 25 ends of two-bowl triples had been completed, Northants had edged into a comfortable lead overall in a bid to secure the extra six points for the winning aggregate.

With Stephen Harris leading and Tony Scarr backing him at No.2, skip Martyn Dolby steered his trip to a 27-11 victory, which included 13 shots in seven ends from the 17th.

Roger Martin’s rink – with Mick Humphreys and Trevor Collins – also took command midway with 11 shots in six ends to pull back a 6-9 deficit and eventually run out 25-17 victors.

Brian Martin, Bob Warters and Jeff Newson completed the points haul after recording 12 shots in six ends midway then four more in the closing stages.

Simon Law’s rink were unlucky in a see-saw match and after taking a 17-16 lead dropped a crucial three on the penultimate end.

Sadly this is one of the last fixtures at the Wisbech complex which is due to close by the local authority at the end of the year to be replaced by a more lucrative gymnasium.

Scores (Northants names only):

Derbyshire Trophy (at Wisbech) North Cambs 63 (2 pts) Northants A 98 (12). P Dalliday, J Harford, S Law lost 18-19; B Martin, B Warters, J Newson won 28-16; M Humphreys, T Collins, R Martin won 25-17; S Harris, T Scarr, M Dolby won 27-11.


Northants A play Huntingdonshire away on Sunday (10am) while the B team travel to Lincoln and District IBA to take on Lincs.

With the return of Tristan Morton, the A team will be re-shuffled to accommodate the England international.

He will be joined by Bob Warters at lead and Mick Humphreys with Roger Martin playing alongside his namessake Brian Martin in Jeff Newson’s rink. Nick Wilkie is back to replace Stephen Harris who is unavailable.

Says team captain James Harford: “I am happy with the continued support from my team and especially how Brian Martin stepped up to the standard we have set after a late start to his indoor season at Peterborough.”

Northants A v Huntingdon: P Dalliday, J Harford, S Law;N Wilkie, T Scarr, M Dolby;B Martin, R Martin, J Newson; B Warters, M Humphries, T Morton

With Peter Borwn having to withdraw, the B team is as follows:
Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell; Brian Bassam, Mick Greaves, Graham Agger;Richard Allam, John Holroyd, Jon Earl;
Malcolm Squires, Cliff Watson, Dick Noble.