Day two extra
Jan Want, Nick Wilkie and Stephen Harris put up a brave fight but proved no match for the 2013 winners of the English Federation mixed triples from Nottingham.
Jane Croxall, Simon Barker and Calvin Rawson showed their combined class to run out comfortable winners after racing to 15-4 by claiming five successive ends from the 10th. Wilkie and Want switched positions as the Federation rules allow but they couldn’t shake the Notts trio off their line and length on another tricky Newark rink. The final score was 8-20.
Martyn Dolby reached the semi-final of the English Federation Senior Singles and is on target to complete five singles titles this year – two club one at Stamford, the Northants Over 65s and Lincs County Seniors. In a one sided match against Lincoln’s Brian Day he romped,home 21-8.
In a high quality match Simon Law lost His four bowl singles to Gary Shepperson from Nottinghamshire 14-21 and Jenny Harvey and Carol Hunter went down 12-17 to Hunts in the women’s pairs.
Northants bowlers Nick Wilkie, Jan Want and Stephen Harris reached the final of the mixed triples at the English Bowling Federation championships with a thrilling defeat of three players from Derbyshire.
Thanks to some accurate leading by Wilkie, good support from Want and some saving bowls from 17-year-old Harris when needed, they built up a 16-6 lead after 16 ends. The Derbyshire trio hit back with a three on the 18th end to trail 9-17 but it was Harris who secured a final place against Nottinghamshire when he drew shot on the 20th end.
Following their narrow defeat of Notts , Northants’ Men’s rink also reached their final with a 21-17 defeat of a plucky Northumberland.
Neil Wright was a little out of sorts at lead but stuck to his task and played some telling strategic bowls towards the end when their opponents were chasing the game. Simon Law and Tris Morton also struggled at times but just had enough drawing skills in the finish to hold off their rivals. They are due to play local rivals Hunts in the final this evening, who beat a lively Suffolk trio 21-7.
Martyn Dolby raced into an 11-0 lead in the Senior singles against Notts’ Geoff Allen quickly finding the pace and line of the rink, though his opponent fought back bravely to 10-18, but Dolby finally claimed three shots he needed.
Sadly for Ann Holmes and Richard Allam, their championship hopes ended at the first hurdle in the mixed pairs against North Cambs’ L Quibell and ‘Frankie’ Howard.
They held on gamely on the end rink at 7-7 after eight ends but finally long jacks got the better of them and conceding four shots on the 12th end proved a turning point. They went down 11-19
Northants bowlers got off to a flying start when the English Federation finals got under way at Newark IBC on Tuesday morning with a run of three successive victories, but only after a delay following controversy over Simon Law’s set of multi-coloured Aero TriFecta bowls.
The bowls, which have been passed as legal by the World Bowls Council, can allegedly affect players and spectators suffering from epilepsy and a player on an adjoining rink to Law complained ahead of her mixed triples match that the strobe light effect the bowls can produce, may have damaging consequences.
The organisers were forced to delay that match but after a short break Law and his partners in the men’s rinks – Neil Wright and Tristan Morton, substituting for James Harford – quickly established an advantage over Lincolnshire’s representatives from Grantham.
With all three combining well they built up a 17-6 lead and finally ran out 19-10 winners to earn a second round clash with Notts who beat Humberside.
It set up a second round battle with Notts where they rode some good fortune to run out 17-15 winners earning a tilt at Northumberland in the semi-finals.
Elsewhere Jan Want from Empingham, joined Stephen Harris and Nick Wilkie in the mixed rinks as substitute for Mary Malton and played her part in a 23-10 defeat of North Essex.
And in a thrilling quarter final against Hunts they held a slender lead going into the last end but when skip Harris played his last bowl he was facing a three shot deficit. But showing the temperament of someone beyond his 17 years he calmly drew the shot to win the game 17-14.
The women’s rink from Peterborough – Sheila Craig, Pat Bussey and Liz Hext -had earlier set the wheels of success in motion with an 18-12 defeat of local rivals Hunts.However, they later lost to Durham 21-9