Federation finals update

Helen Holroyd, Chris Ford and Eva Dayes (Humberside)

Northants scored a narrow first round women’s triples win over Norfolk. From the left are Chris Ford, June Brennan and Denise Mackie.

Pictured after their first round triples win against Northumberland, Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jon Earl with NBF president Dick Noble.

The Holroyd family secured a shock first round win over Northumberland in the mixed pairs. They are pictured with Dick Noble (NBF president), their opposition and Northumberland president Karen Weites.

Nice shoes, Adam! With Forterra-sponsored shirt and at last a sparkling pair of bowls shoes to replace the much-loved ones he has worn for almost decades, Adam Warrington in action at Newark.

NORTHANTS Bowling Federation bowlers gave the county a promising start to the national championships at Newark on Wednesday, when the Blackstones trio of Adam Warrington, Jon Earl and Martyn Dolby came through their opening round 25-17.

But against three from Northumberland, it was closer than the score might suggest. After trailing early on, the Stamford triple surged into a 16-9 lead only to see it whittled away to 20-17 with an end to play.

A five count on the last, however, was enough to see them through to a clash with Derbyshire’s former winners Ashley Clipston, Gary Shepperson and Russell Robinson who earlier beat Richard Vinter’s Lincolnshire rink.

In the women’s rinks June Brennan, Denise Mackie – substituting for Jan Want – and Christine Ford, were up against Norfolk. They eventually scrambled over the line 20-19 to earn a second round tie with North Essex.

And in the mixed triples, the Holroyd family – Moira and John and daughter Helen faced the formidable Northumberland trio of John Dobinson, Annie Lennie and Herbie Blacklock.

But despite dropping three shots on the last end they won 20-19. They lost 14-21 in the second round to Notts who went down 8-22 to Nick Brett, his daughter Chloe and Ed Elmore in the final

Sadly Northants’ hopes of progression in both men’s and women’s triples disciplines ended the same day. The Blackstones three never quite got to grips with a tricky rink two against an experience Derbyshire outfit, losing 21-13.

As for NWBF president Ford’s rink, they fought gamely against North Essex but despite switching positions midway as Federation rules allow they finally bowed out 21-15.

There were wins on Thursday for Chris Ford and Helen Holroyd respectively,in the senior and four-bowl singles over Hunts and Humberside bowlers.

Stephen and Louise Harris also won in the mixed pairs but no joy for Paul Dalliday in the four-bowl singles, beaten by Mike Smith from Suffolk.


Wednesday, April 24 : 2-bowl Rinks – Adam Warrington, Jon Earl, Martyn Dolby beat R Symonds, K Blacklock & C Knott (Northumberland)25-17; Northants lost to Derbyshire 13-21.

Mixed rinks – Moira, Helen & John Holroyd beat A Lennie, R Dobinson, H Blacklock (Northumberland) 20-19; Northants lost to Notts 14-20.

Thursday, April 25: 4-bowl Singles – Paul Dalliday lost Mike Smith (Suffolk)7-21.Mixed pairs – Louise & Stephen Harris beat P Rolf & R Greef (Norfolk)18-12. (6.30 pm) Northants v Durham (ALawton & M Charles).

Friday, April 26 (9.30 am) Pairs – James Harford & Simon Law lost to D Hall & L Creaser (Humberside) 12-19.Senior singles – Martyn Dolby lost to P Cox (Humberside)15-21.

Friday, April 26 (7.30pm) Under 25 Open singles – Helen Holroyd lost to Ed Elmore (Hunts) 2-21.

Sunday, April 28 (1pm) : Derbyshire Trophy final: Northants v Nottinghamshire.


Wednesday, April 24 (12.30pm) :Rinks – June Brennan, Jan Want, Chris Ford beat S Stacey, J Kirby & G Xuereb (Norfolk)20-18. 3.30pm Northants lost to North Essex 15-21.

Thursday, April 25: Senior singles – Chris Ford beat Jane Baldwin (Hunts) 21-10.4-bowl Singles semi-final – Helen Holroyd beat Eva Dayes (Humberside) 21-13.

Friday, April 26: Pairs – Louise Harris & Helen Holroyd beat P Gooch & L Alexander (Suffolk) 19-8; senior singles – C Ford (Northants) lost to E Dayes (Humberside) 10-21;(5pm)- Pairs – Holroyd and Harris lost J Earl and M Wilson (Lincs) 9-29.