Northants Bowling Federation’s male bowlers retained bragging rights over their female counterparts by claiming another win in their annual clash under indoor surface conditions on Sunday, this time at Stamford IBC.
However, there were some notable achievements by the women on the day, none more so than a second successive rink triumph by president Joan Robinson over her opposite number Bob Warters.
Paired with Jenny Harvey, Moira Holroyd and Margaret Bloxham they pummelled the Warters’ rink of Jack Corney, Mick Humphreys and current county under 25 singles champion Stephen Harris 28-15 with a display of outstanding drawing and conversion shots.
Said Warters: ” I would love to say it was a diplomatic defeat but it was far from that. The ladies outbowled us and thoroughly deserved their win.”
With some players misinterpreting the dress format and struggling to keep bowls on the green under the faster indoor conditions, the banter was free-flowing.
There were also a number of light-hearted moments including Paul Buckley, opting to wear his white waterproof trousers so as not to look out of place and Cliff Watson’s rink, cheerfully conceding a maximum ‘hot shot’ eight (through gritted teeth) on the fourth end against Christine Ford’s quartet of June Brennan, Jess Phillips and Margaret Andrews.
Fortunately for the victims, the incident almost went undetected. Almost but not quite!
President Warters completes his two-year term of office at the annual meeting of the Federation at Peterborough IBC October 19 (7.30pm) when he is succeeded by Whittlesey Manor’s Tony Mace, whose wife Rita joins him as NWBF president at the Women’s agm at the same venue on November 2.
The pair also celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2017.
All affiliated clubs (entitled to upto two delegate votes) are recommended to attend the NBF annual meeting.
Friendly (at Stamford IBC) : Northants Women’s Bowling Federation 75 Northants Bowling Federation 187.(NWBF names first): C Hunter, P Collicott, P Birch, S Moir lost to J Holroyd, F Richardson, M Duell, N Wright 12-32; J Brennan, J Phillips, M Andrews, C Ford lost to R Stevens, J Little, P Buckley, C Watson 15-26; L Barr, R Mace, C Warters, V Du’Kett lost to T Mace, D Ford, H Shipp, G Agger 4-42; J Harvey, J Robinson, M Bloxham, M Holroyd beat J Corney, M Humphreys, S Harris, B Warters 28-15; F Richardson, J Bourne, L Hext, S Craig lost to D Hudson, M Beck, B Lawrence, J Harford 12-32; K Browning, G King, M Linnell, P O’Brien lost M Ramsden, M Greaves, P Dalliday, S Law 6-38. BW