Northants ‘A’ still in with a chance of glory

A late run of ten shots in the last six ends by Nick Wilkie, Trevor Collins and Jeff Newson proved crucial in overhauling Lincolnshire by just four shots overall to put Northants A still in with a chance to qualify for the final stages of the Federation inter-county Derbyshire Trophy in April.

Lincs are one of Northants’ chief rivals in the chase to qualifying for the final at Newark but were hampered by absentees competing elsewhere so it was vital that the home side were able to take full advantage on the Stamford surface.

With Tris Morton’s trio struggling to hold Gill’s rink, it needed the others to step up in the closing stages of the 25-end two bowl triples marathon.

And so it proved, with Newson’s rink extending their 23-15 lead, Simon Law grabbing a vital singles on the last end against Jonathan West and Roger Martin adding a significant three count at the death.

Northants A entertain Norfolk at Stamford on Sunday (Feb 24) with Norfolk visiting Lincs at Lincoln on March 3. Unfortunately Lincs will be depleted by players involved in the Egham Trophy semi-final at Peterborough

Results (Northants A names first):

Derbyshire Trophy: Northants A 95 (11pts) Lincs 91 (3). B Martin, T Scarr, T Morton lost 15-32 to I Clarke, A Field, C Gill; P Dalliday, J Harford, S Law drew 20-20 with G Wood, G Parker, J West; N. Wilkie, T Collins, J Newson beat RJackson, R Ashton, D Brown 33-17; A Warrington, M Humphreys, R Martin beat S Ashton, S Derby, M Thompson 27-22.


Martyn Dolby is recalled to the side for the visit of Norfolk to Stamford on Sunday (Feb 24 at 10 am) replacing Brian Martin at lead in Tristan Morton’s rink alongside Tony Scarr.

The team is: P.Dalliday, J Harford, S.Law; A. Warrington, M. Humphreys, R.Martin; N.Wilkie, T.Collins, J.Newson; M.Dolby, T. Scarr, T.Morton.

Says captain James Harford:” I appreciate all the effort and time given by the players within the squad to give us a chance to qualify from final game against Norfolk.”

Derbyshire Inter County League table

1 Lincs P4 W3 L1 (+217) 42pts; 2 Northants ‘A’ P4 W 3 L1 (+76) 40; 3 Hunts P5 W3 L2 (+22) 40; 4 Norfolk P 3 W3 L0 (+73) 36; 5 North Cambs P5 W1 L4 (-174) 14; 6 Northants P5 W0 L5 (-214) 10.


Northants B completed their Derbyshire Trophy fixtures with a disappointing home defeat at Peterborough by 15 shots against local rivals Hunts.

Only the rink of John Holroyd, Cliff Watson and Pete Brown salvaged points as Hunts adapted better to the pace of the surface.

Results (Northants B names first):

Derbyshire Trophy: Northants B 78 (2) Hunts 93 (12) . J Holroyd, C Watson, P Brown beat J Baldwin, J Hygnett, R Jepson 24-18; L. sharp, M Greaves, M Linnell lost to J May, J Stevens, R Stevens 16-19; J Clipston, R Keating, J Earl lost to D Peak, T Dignton, T Swannell 15-28; B Bassam, D Noble, G Agger lost to N Swannell, S Purell, R Greenwood 23-26.