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Newton Trophy team includes new faces

Northants Bowling Federation has strengthened its Newton Trophy team in a bid to recapture the form that got them to the final in 2017 when they were narrowly beaten by Humberside.

For the home fixture against North Cambs at City of Peterborough on Saturday, May 25, Pete Brown (Whittlesey Manor) steps down from the Adams team to join his son Zac in a rink alongside experienced lead Dave Corney. Zac will be the third generation bowler to represent the county.

New faces, named by captain Cliff Watson, include Andy Dyer (Conservative) and Dave Roberts (Market Deeping), while Roger Strong (City of Peterborough) is among those making a return.

The Adams team, captained by Jonathan Earl, begin their campaign on his home turf at Blackstones, in Stamford against Suffolk. He has yet to announce his squad.

Northants Newton team v North Cambs: Richard Allam, Martin Stokes, Malcolm Squires; Dave Roberts, Brian Bassam, Roger Strong; Jeff Clipston, Peter Jessop, Fred Richardson; Andy Dyer, Tony Kemp, Barry Lawrence; Dave Corney, Zac Brown, Peter Brown; Les Sharp, Mick Greaves and Alec Emery. Reserves Dick Noble and Mick Linnell.

Newton fixtures: May 25 (at City of Peterborough) v North Cambs; June 8 (at Grantham) v Llincs; June 22(at City of Peterborough) v Hunts; July 6 (at Carters, Norwich) v Norfolk.

Adams Trophy fixtures: June 1 (at Blackstones) v Suffolk; June 8 ( at Burton House, Boston) v Lincs; June 22 (at Blackstones) v Hunts; June 22 (at Radwinter) v North Essex; July 6 (at Holt) v Norfolk.