For the second successive year, Parkway’s Sarah Newson won multiple finals at the Northants Federation finals, writes Bob Warters.
She qualified for the national championships in Skegness next month in the two-bowl singles, the pairs with Mum Val (pictured above, right) and then combined with Val again and Whittlesey Manor’s Pete Brown to win the mixed triples.
Brown stepped in at the last minute for Sarah’s Dad Jeff, who suffered a recurrence of the back injury that has been plaguing him recently, during the trial ends.
The trio reshuffled during the 21-end match to see off the challenge of Blackstone’s Paul Bailey and husband and wife Trevor and Jenny Harris 18-9. With Val she had a tight tussle with Parkway clubmates Karen Martin and Julie Masters before emerging 15-14 winners.
In a repeat of last year’s 4-bowl singles Sarah turned the tables on Langtoft’s Sue Moir 21-17.
It was a memorable day for the host club, less than three years in existence but already with a green and facilities as good as any in the region.
So how appropriate it was that Malcolm and Norma Squires, who did so much behind the scenes to provide such a great welcoming venue, along with City of Peterborough club members and green-keeper Peter Leaton, who celebrated his 78th birthday on the day, that both qualified for the national finals with respective wins in the Secretaries and women’s senior singles.
Club mates Linda Darani ( women’s Secretaries singles), Graham Jackson and Roger Martin (Senior pairs) also won through as an impromptu fly-by from the Red Arrows display team lit up the blue skies above the green with a splash of scarlet and white.
It was also a great day for the village club at Ketton, whose trio of Carol Warters, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford completed a notable double to take both the 3-bowl and 2-bowl triples against Blackstone’s Rita Downs, Jenny Harris and Sharon Bailey and Ketton colleagues Valerie Du’Kett, Peggy Birch and Elaine Upton 21-9 and 21-15 respectively.
Another dual winner was Neil Wright (Parkway) who featured In a dramatic 4-bowl singles with Martyn Dolby (Blackstones). He was behind 8-14 and 14-19 on the challenging rink 6 before trailing the jack for a full house only to see Dolby spring the jack on the next end.
With the scores level, Dolby held three on the 25th end but was devastated by Wright’s last bowl which wrested his closest bowl away for the match.
Wright also figured in a runaway 3-bowl triples win over Whittlesey Manor with partners Ean Morton and Simon Law, while Stephen Harris (Blackstones) won the Under 25 singles and produced an outstanding last bowl to share the Under 25 pairs with Darren Middleton.
Sheila Craig (Conservative) also secured two spots at Skegness in a 2-bowl singles defeat of Fiona Richardson (City of Peterborough) and in the pairs with Pat Bussey against Suffling and Ford.
Women’s Senior pairs – S Craig/ P Bussey (Conservative) beat S Suffling/ C Ford (Ketton) Women’s 4-bowl singles – S Moir (Langtoft) lost to S Newson (Parkway) 17-21; Women’s Secretary Singles – P O’Brien (Deeping Assn) lost to L Darani (City of Peterborough) 7-21; Men’s Sec. singles – M Ramsden (Empingham) lost to M Squires (C of P) 18-21; Men’s Champion of champion singles – G Agger (Broadway, Yaxley) lost to H Shipp (Parkway) 17-21; Women’s C of C singles – J Butcher (Whittlesey Town) beat C Pell ( Crowland) 22-17.
Under 25 Singles – J Corney (Whittlesey Manor) lost to S Harris (Blackstones) 16-21; Women’s Senior Singles – N Squires (C of P) beat V Hempsell ( Yaxley) 21-14; Mixed pairs – M Cullingworth/ A Cullingworth (Langtoft) lost to C Morton / S Law (Parkway) 14-19; Women’s 3-bowl triples – J Harris/ R Downs/ S Bailey (Blackstones) lost to C Warters/ S Suffling/ C Ford (Ketton) 9-21; Women’s pairs – K Martin/ J Masters (Parkway) lost to S Newson/ V Newson (Parkway) 14-15; Men’s 4-bowl singles – M Dolby (Blackstones) lost to N Wright (Parkway) 20-21.
Men’s 2-bowl triples – S Reynolds/ J Harford/ / M Robertson (Parkway) beat T Corney/ T English/ S Wilson (Whittlesey Town) 25-11; Men’s 3-bowl triples – P Dalliday/ R Stevens/ M Welsford (Whittlesey Manor) lost N Wright/E Morton/S Law (Parkway) 5-18; men’s 2-bowl singles – G Agger (Yaxley) lost P Cox (Langtoft) 16-21; Men’s Veteran singles – M Duell (West Ward) beat N Hill (Yaxley) 21-7; Women’s 2-bowl singles – S Craig (Conservatives) beat F Richardson ( C of P) 21-7; Senior mixed pairs – L Kemp/ A Kemp (Conservatives) beat L Darani/ R Martin (C of P) 21-16.
Men’s pairs – N Wilkie/ P Buckley (Blackstones) beat J Ruddy/S Fenlon (West Ward) 20-13; Women’s 2-bowl triples – C Warters/S Suffling/ C Ford (Ketton) beat P Birch/ E Upton/ V Du’Kett (Ketton) 21-15; Mixed triples – S Newson/ V Newson (Parkway) P Brown (Whittlesey Manor, sub for J Newson) beat J Harris/ T Harris/ P Bailey (Blackstones) 18-9; Men’s Senior Pairs – M Cullingworth/ R Montgomery (Langtoft) lost to G Jackson/R Martin (C of P) 13-14; J Corney/ Z Brown (Whittlesey Manor) lost to D Middleton/S Harris (Blackstones) 17-16.
Dan Duffy Trophy final: Broadway, Yaxley lost to Blackstones 75-79. (Yaxley names first): J Cooper, D Flowers, A Cooper lost to R Downs, P Bailey, P Buckley 18-19; S Dale, L Sharp, E King lost to S Harris, D Miller, J Earl 14-29; P White, J Padley R Heath beat W Morris,M Pye, A Warrington 20-17; J Scurfield, G King, T Belson beat M Stokes, P Martlew, M Dolby 23-14.