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Schedule for Federation Finals: Sunday, March 17

James Harford will play fellow Parkway bowler Paul Dalliday in the final of the blue riband Northants Federation 4-bowl singles final at Stamford Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday, March 17.

A full schedule is published below.

The county’s Derbyshire Trophy captain beat the holder Martyn Dolby 21-12, fighting back from an early deficit to score nine shots in four ends in a devastating spell and finally clinched it on the 20th end.

It completed a tough spell of four semi-finals on successive days for Dolby who gave credit to his young opponent, who found a turning point when he killed an end while looking like he might go six shots adrift.

“James then started to improve his backhand line and length as I struggled,” admitted Dolby. “And as my batteries dried up, James drew so well and was a worthy winner.”

Said Harford: “I managed to hang on in the early part of the game and killing that end proved crucial. Drawing shots with my last bowl subsequently saved two or three shots and I stuck to my guns on my backhand to string nine shots in four ends together.”

Harford will also join Simon Law in the final of the pairs in what promises to be an explosive and entertaining match against Dalliday and Tristan Morton.

Former winners of the men’s triples – Stephen Harris, Cliff Watson and Peter Edwards have again reached the final. They beat Neil Wright, Trevor Collins and Jeff Newson 19-5 and will play Adam Warrington, Jon Earl and Martyn Dolby.

Christine Ford and Martyn Dolby reached the final of the mixed pairs defeating Sheila Craig and Dick Noble in a one-sided match 26-6.

Schedule

10 am: Men’s veteran 4-bowl singles – Dick Noble (West Ward) v Martyn Dolby (Blackstones) (rink 2); women’s senior 4-bowl singles – Sheila Craig (Conservative) v Christine Ford (Ketton)(4); Under 25 Open singles – Stephen Harris (Blackstones) v Helen Holroyd (Stamford Town) (5).

12 noon : Women’s 2-bowl pairs – Marlene Osbourne & Hazel Bass (Yaxley) v Louise Harris (Blackstones) & Helen Holroyd (Stamford Town) (1); men’s 4-bowl singles – Paul Dalliday (Parkway) v James Harford (Parkway) (3).

2pm : Mixed 2-bowl Triples – Alan Romaine (Vanguard) Carol and Bob Warters (Ketton) v Moira, Helen & John Holroyd (Stamford Town) (2); men’s 2-bowl pairs – Dalliday & Tristan Morton (Parkway) v Harford & Simon Law (Parkway); mixed 2-bowl pairs – Ford (Ketton) & Dolby (Blackstones) v S & L Harris (Blackstones) (6).

4pm: women’s 4-bowl singles – L Harris v H Holroyd (3); men’s 2-bowl triples – Adam Warrington, Jon Earl and Dolby (Blackstones) v S Harris (Blackstones), Cliff Watson (Peterborough & District) & Peter Edwards (Ketton) (4); women’s 2-bowl triples – June Brennan (Ketton), Jan Want (Ryhall), Chris Ford (Ketton) v Penny Hart (Whittlesey Town), Marlene Osbourne & Hazel Bass (Yaxley).

*Players will where whites and club shirts where they are all from the same outdoor club, otherwise all white. Red or white stickers will be provided. Raffle prizes welcome.