NORTHANTS have won the Top County award at the English Bowling Federation's annual bowls week at the Potters Resort in Norfolk for the second year running.

Three of the five mixed rinks representing the county reached the quarter-finals, with two of them advancing to the semi-finals, where the rink of Anne & Peter White, Margaret and Mick Linnell were beaten on an extra end by a rink from Nottingham.

The other rink of John and Shirley Suffling, Elizabeth and Martin Wallace, who were beaten finalists last year, lost to a rink from Bassetlaw.

The rink of county president Dick Noble, with wife Sheron, Carol Hunter and Rosemary Roberts, reached the quarter-finals, where they were also beaten by Bassetlaw.

The county are indebted to Dick Ford for organising the party and details of next year's Bowls Week will be issued to club secretaries in the near future.

Dick Ford with the Top Team Trophy at Potters with EBF national presidents.