Parkway lose in Durham Centenary clash

Parkway bowlers have missed out on the chance to represent Northants Bowling Federation in next month’s Durham Centenary Trophy final at Skegness.

They were beaten 98-72 at home by defending champions White Hart BC! Warboys in the final of the southern section on Sunday.

Rinks were shared at two apiece, but the Hunts bowlers, who raced into an early advantage, were never seriously threatened in the 25-end decider. The successful Parkway rinks of Mike Robertson and Simon Law only got the better of their opponents over the last few ends.

RESULT (Parkway names first):
Parkway 72, Warboys 98.Paul Dalliday, James Harford, Simon Law 24, Ross Martin, Joe Randall, Rob Elmore 22;Brian Martin, Lee Welsford, Tristan Morton 10, Phil Swannell, Simon Leader, Ed Elmore 26;Stuart & Pat Reynolds, Mike Robertson 24, Steve Farrant, Tom Swannell, Lewis Baker 21; Neil Wright, Tony Scarr, Jeff Newson 14, Chloe Brett, Richard Stevens, Nicky Brett 29.

Northants finals results

Tony and Rita Mace (right) won the senior mixed pairs. They are pictured with Fred and Fiona Richardson, whom they beat in the final. See more images below.

NORTHANTS Federation president Tony Mace and his wife Rita will represent the county in the national finals at Skegness next month after winning the senior mixed pairs in the county championships at their home club Whittlesey Manor on Sunday.

It was an appropriate conclusion to a day of blistering heat in which the Manor green was in outstanding shape thanks to the efforts of club members in recent weeks. The finals had been due to be staged there last season but the green had to be withdrawn because it was unfit.

As well as the Maces, the host club also won the champion of champions singles and the three bowl men’s triples, where Martin Welsford beat his son Lee in the final.

Other clubs to have three champions included Broadway (Yaxley), Ketton, Parkway, Blackstones and Langtoft.

County organisers are hopeful that at the Skegness finals (August 21-25) all winners will fulfil their commitments, despite the counter attraction of Bowls England finals at Leamington for which some have also qualified.


Ladies 2-bowl singles – Joan Robinson (Yaxley) beat TIna Tinklin (Conservative) 21-18; mixed pairs – Helen Holroyd & RIchard ( Stamford Town) beat Sheron & Dick Noble (West Ward) 17-15; men’s under 25 singles – Stephen Harris (Blackstones) beat Zac Brown (Whittlesey Manor) 21-12; veterans singles – Martyn Dolby (Blackstones) lost to Bob Warters (Ketton) 21-18; ladies senior singles – Christine Ford (Ketton) lost to Sue Moir ( Langtoft) 21-13; men’s secretaries singles – Mike Ramsden (Vanguard) lost to Andy Grief (Crowland) 21-10.

Men’s pairs – Mal Smith & Paul Bailey (Blackstones) lost to Malcolm Cullingworth & Peter White (Langtoft) 22-11; ladies champion of champions singles – C Ford (Ketton) beat Rita Mace (Whittlesey Manor) 21-8; men’s 2-bowl singles – Adam Warrington (Blackstones) beat Dave Roberts (Market Deeping) 21-7; men’s 4-bowl singles – Paul Dalliday (Parkway) beat SEan Fenlon ( West Ward) 21-9; ladies secretaries singles – Pearl O’Brien (Deeping Association) lost to Kathy Browning (Yaxley) 21-13; Under 25 Open pairs – Sophie Morton & Marissa McKernan (Parkway) lost to S Harris (Blackstones) & Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) 12-20.

Ladies U 25 singles – H Holroyd (Stamford Town) beat M McKernan ( Parkway) 21-14; ladies 4-bowl singles – J Robinson (Yaxley) beat T Tinklin (Conservative) 21-12; men’s champion of champion singles – R Allam (Stamford Town) lost to Graham Agger (Whittlesey Manor) 21-16; mixed triples – Stuart Reynolds, Karen Martin & Mike Robertson (Parkway) lost to S Morton, Lee Welsford & Tris Morton (Parkway)22-7; men’s veteran pairs – M Dolby & Roger Martin (Blackstones) lost to D Noble & Brian Swann (West Ward) 20-19 ladies 2-bowl pairs – Louise Harris & Katie Bailey (Blackstones) lost to Anne White & S Moir (Langtoft) 21-7.

Ladies 3-bowl triples – S Noble, Vi Hatch & Liz. Barr (West Ward) lost to Sheila Craig, Margaret Bussey & LIz Hext (Conservative) 22-11; men’s 2-bowl triples – S Harris, MI k Humphreys & R Martin (Blackstones) lost to P Dalliday, Simon Law & T Morton ( Parkway) 20-14; senior mixed pairs – R& Tony Mace (Whittlesey Manor) beat Fiona & Fred Richardson (City of Peterborough & Whittlesey Manor) 20-15; ladies 2-bowl triples – Linda Toms, Karen Dyer & Emma Providence (Conservative) lost to Carol Warters, Shirley Suffling & C Ford (Ketton)30-10; ladies senior pairs – J Robinson & M Osbourne (Yaxley) lost to JEnny Farringdon & Penny Hart (Whittlesey Town) 20-13;men’s 2-bowl triples – Roger Stevens, G Agger & Martin Welsford beat HOward Shipp, Brian Martin & L Welsford (Parkway) 15-8.

Helen Crow funeral date is set

Helen Crow is pictured in 2014 with Sarah Newson (left)and Pat Reynolds after winning the national rinks.

HELEN CROW, a multi Northants Women’s Bowling Federation champion and twice a winner of national rinks titles, has died after a long struggle with motor neurone disease. She was 67.

The Langtoft Pearl and Parkway Bowls Club member was a loyal supporter of her county along with her late husband Bob, who died in May 2016. And even after contracting her illness and being restricted to a wheelchair was a cheerful follower of county fortunes at the national finals in Skegness.

Formerly a receptionist with Finning (UK) Ltd in Peterborough, Helen’s greatest bowling achievements were alongside Sarah Newson and Julie Masters in winning the EWBF two-bowl triples in 1996 and with Pat Reynolds and Sarah taking the 3-bowl rinks title at Skegness in 2014.

The funeral will be held at Marholm Crematorium on Friday, August 3 at 12 noon.Flowers from close family only please; donations at the service for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Mourners requested to wear something purple or lilac.


NORTHANTS women’s slender hopes of qualifying for the final stages of the Donald Steward inter county championships at Skegness next month were dashed by rivals Suffolk, who inflicted a 39-shot defeat at Peterborough & District BC’s green.

The visitors won on all but one rink, only the Conservative Club trio of Tina Tinklin, Liz Hext and Sheila Craig salvaging county pride.

Elsewhere the county’s Silver Jubilee Vase team ended a topsy-turvy season by conceding all 18 points at the City of Peterborough green on which Suffolk had more joy in taming.

Results (Northants names only):

Donald Steward Trophy (at Peterborough and District BC): Northants 28 (2 pts) Suffolk 121 (16). F. Richardson, C. Grief and L. Darani lost 8 – 27; T. Tinklin, E. Hext and S. Craig won 19 – 16; N. Squires, D. Flowers and S. Moir lost 20 – 28; E. Wallace, S. Suffling and C. Ford lost 16 – 30; M. Osbourne, K. Browning and G. King lost 19 – 20.

Silver Jubilee Vase (at City of Peterborough BC): Northants 82 (0) Suffolk 138 (18). P. Jones, L. Toms and H. Bass lost 18 – 30; H. Holroyd, J. Kendall and E. Barr lost 20 – 21; P. Collicott, J. Needham and J. Phillips lost 16 – 28; C. Warters, J. Padley and W. Humphreys lost 10 – 38; T. Handley, P. O’Brien and V. Du’kett lost 18 – 21.

Federation finals schedule at Whittlesey Manor

Northants Bowling Federation president Tony Mace and NWBF President Jessica Phillips will host the county finals at Whittlesey Manor on Sunday (July 15) over four sessions, starting at 10am.

The programme is as follows:

10 a.m.: (Rinks 1 to 6) Women’s 2 bowl singles – J Robinson (Yaxley) v T Tinklin ((Conservative) ; mixed pairs – H Holroyd & R Allam ( Stamford Town) v S & D Noble (West Ward); Men’s under 25 singles – S Harris (Blackstones) v Z Brown (Whittlesey Manor); veterans singles – M Dolby (Blackstones) v B Warters (Ketton); ladies senior singles – C Ford (Ketton) v S Moir ( Langtoft); men’s secretaries singles – M Ramsden (Vanguard) v A Grief (Crowland).

12pm: Men’s pairs – M Smith & P Bailey (Blackstones) v M Cullingworth & P White (Langtoft); ladies champion of champions singles – C Ford (Ketton) v R Mace (Whittlesey Manor); men’s 2-bowl singles – A Warrington (Blackstones) v D Roberts (Market Deeping); men’s 4-bowl singles – P Dalliday (Parkway) v S Fenlon ( West Ward); ladies secretaries singles – P O’Brien (Deeping Association) v K Browning (Yaxley); Under 25 Open pairs – S Morton & M McKernan (Parkway) v S Harris (Blackstones) & J Corney (Whittlesey Manor).

2pm: Ladies U 25 singles – H Holroyd (Stamford Town) v M McKernan ( Parkway); ladies 4-bowl singles – J Robinson (Yaxley) v T Tinklin (Conservative); men’s champion of champion singles – R Allam (Stamford Town) v G Agger (Whittlesey Manor); mixed triples – S Reynolds, P Reynolds & M Robertson (Parkway) v S Morton, L Welsford & T Morton (Parkway); men’s veteran pairs – M Dolby & R Martin (Blackstones) v D Noble & B Swann (West Ward); ladies 2-bowl pairs – K Harris & K Bailey (Blackstones) v A White & S Moir (Langtoft).

4.30pm: Ladies 3-bowl triples – S Noble, V Hatch & L Barr (West Ward) v S Craig, P Bussey & L Hext (Conservative); men’s 2-bowl triples – S Harris, M Humphries & R Martin (Blackstones) v P Dalliday, S Law & T Morton ( Parkway); senior mixed pairs – R & T Mace (Whittlesey Manor) v F & F Richardson (City of Peterborough & Whittlesey Manor); ladies 2-bowl triples – L Toms, K Dyer & E Providence (Conservative) v C Warters, S Suffling & C Ford (Ketton); ladies senior pairs – J Robinson & M Osbourne (Yaxley) v J Farrington & P Hart (Whittlesey Town); men’s 3-bowl triples – R Stevens, G Agger & M Welsford v H Shipp, B Martin & L Welsford (Parkway).

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Committed Northants score double win over Norfolk

With the distraction of England’s World Cup match with Sweden clashing with their Adams Trophy fixture against Norfolk, Northants Federation’s bowlers’ allegiance to country or county was always going to be tested.

And so it proved, particularly with the Adams team where, beleaguered captain Jonathan Earl was faced with late withdrawals from a match scheduled to take place at his home club an hour before the televised kick-off in Russia and then having to drop out himself to take his daughter to hospital with a broken arm!

However, three of his own Blackstones club players – Peter Linnell, Sam Downs and Dusty Miller – came to the rescue by stepping up and helping Northants to an outstanding 59-shot victory, claiming 20 of the 22 points at stake.

It was an impressive finish to a season that had promised so much at the start but flattered to deceive when victory at North Cambs was followed by defeats against Suffolk, Lincolnshire and Hunts.

To their credit Norfolk sportingly battled hard but with an ear to the nation’s fortunes in the background – a packed Blackstones social club watching England on TV just yards from the green – never came to terms with the heat and conditions which favoured the home side.

For Northants, Stephen Harris, Miller and Martyn Dolby took the rink honours with a 47-22 victory including three five-counts while Bob Warters, president Tony Mace and Mick Duell (earning his Adams flash badge for his sixth appearance) included a full house of six shots on the ninth end to transform an early deficit.

There were also wins for rinks skipped by Paul Buckley, Adam Warrington and John Holroyd.

Commented Earl: “I am really grateful to those who stepped up to play for me at late notice. The county needs commitment from its bowlers and that showed from all those who played.”

Results (Northants names only):

Adams Trophy (at Blackstones): Northants 203 (20pts) Norfolk 144 (2). S Roden, G Agger, M Welsford lost 27-32; M Humphreys, P Linnell, P Buckley won 32-21; H Shipp, P Bailey, A Warrington won 33-26; S Harris, D Miller, M Dolby won 47-22; W Morris, S Downs, J Holroyd won 34-21; B Warters, T Mace, M Duell won 30-22.

There were no such problem in terms of dedication and devotion to the Federation cause from the Northants Newton Trophy bowlers who rallied round to squeeze a five shot win against Norfolk at City of Peterborough BC, picking up 16-6 points win.

Only the new combination of Dave Corney, Mick Greaves and Brian Bassam – all from the Peterborough & District club – won convincingly over the punishing 31-end format (37-13) while Fred Richardson’s rink won by eight and Malcolm Squires by three.

For the rest it was a case of keep it tight to clinch the overall shots and points.

Commented captain Cliff Watson : ” The team performed well and gave me food for thought for next season. It was very competitive to the very last end. I commended the squad for their total commitment to the NBF and myself, including the attendance of the reserve.

Result (Northants names only):

Newton Trophy (at City of Peterborough BC) :Northants 163 (16) Norfolk 158 (6). Martin Stokes, Richard Allam and Malc Squires won 25-22; Dave Corney, Mick Greaves and Brian Bassam won37-13; Les Sharp, Zac Brown and Dick Noble lost 23-37; Peter Cox, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop lost 23-30; Sean Fenlon, Jeff Clipston and Fred Richardson won 31-23; Fred Addy, Tony Kemp and Barry Lawrence lost 24-33.

Still hope for Northants women

Northants’ Donald Steward team pictured ahead of their win at North Cambs (Malcolm Squires)

ONLY MAXIMUM points from their final Donald Steward match at home to Suffolk next Wednesday (July 11) will give the Northants Federation women’s team any hope of reaching the inter county finals at Skegness in August.

And this despite an outstanding 14-4 points victory (126-118) over North Cambs on a bone hard March Town surface, which allegedly had received no watering throughout the season.

How much must they be regretting that 16-2 defeat at North Essex last month?

For much of the game Northants were trailing, but pulled back from 15 shots adrift to just three shots with five ends to play.

Much of the credit for the eventual eight-shot win must go to a great comeback by the Yaxley rink of Marlene Osbourne, Kathy Browning and Gill King who at one stage were thirteen shots down and fought back with four shots,on the last end to win by three.

Elsewhere Fiona Richardson, Carole Grief and Linda Darani took the rink honours 31-20.

Results (Northants names only):
Donald Steward Trophy ( at March): North Cambs 118 (4pts) Northants 126 (14). F. Richardson, C. Grief and Linda Darani won 31 – 20; T. Tinklin, J. Padley and Sheila Craig lost 18 – 23; N. Squires, D. Flowers and S. moir lost 23 – 26; E. Wallace, S. Suffling and C. Ford won 25 – 23; M. Osbourne, K. Browning and G. King won 29 – 26.

The Northants women’s teams for the matches against Suffolk on July 11 are as follows:

Donald Steward (at Peterborough & District): F Richardson, C Grief,L Darani; T Tinkilin, E Hext, S Craig; N Squires, D Flowers, S Moir; E Wallace, S Suffling, C Ford; M Osbourne, K Browning, G King. Res V Hatch, M Andrews.

Silver Jubilee Vase (at City of Peterborough): P Jones, L Toms, H Bass; H Holroyd, J Kendall, E Barr; V Slater, J Needham, J Phillips; C Warters, J Padley, W Humphreys; T Hindley, P O’Brien, V Du’Kett. Res M Holden, P Collicott.

England – and Northants – expects!….

Despite the distraction of England’s footballers playing Sweden in the quarter-final of the World Cup at the same time, Northants Federation bowlers take on Norfolk in both the Adams And Newton Trophies on Saturday afternoon.

The Adams team are at Blackstones, within yards of the social club and its wide screen TV, while the Newton are at City of Peterborough, where regular updates are also bound to affect concentration.

Says Newton captain Cliff Watson: “We’re looking to restore some pride after a varied batch of results, which are the building blocks for next year. A win will put us mid table which is the best we can hope for.”

The Newton team is : Fred Addy,Tony Kemp and Barry Lawrence; Peter Cox, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop; Sean Fenlon, Jeff Clipston and Fred Richardson; Les Sharp, Zac Brown and Dick Noble; Martin Stokes, Richard Allam and Malc Squires; Dave Corney, Mick Greaves and Brian Bassam. Reserve Jim Ruddy.

Adams captain Jonathan Earl is likely to field a similar team to that which beat North Essex last week.

Both matches start at 2pm and will probably have played 10 ends by the time England get under way. BW

Confidence booster for Northants Adams squad

Following successive defeats against Suffolk and Hunts, Northants claimed only their second Adams Trophy win of the season – in a one-sided victory at home to North Essex at the Blackstones green, intimately familiar to at least 10 of the 18 Northants players.

Jonathan Earl’s squad desperately needed a confidence boost following two reversals in the last fortnight and got it at the visitors’ expenses clawing back 19 points from a miserable season from the 22 available, with four winning rinks and a draw.

In the 239-132 overall shots victory, only the rink of Howard Shipp, Paul Bailey and Adam Warrington failed to collect points and were behind all the way in a 30-31 defeat. The Whittlesey Manor trio of Steve Roden, Graham Agger and Peter Brown shared 58 shots over 31 ends.

Elsewhere Neil Wright, the returning John Holroyd and Mick Duell took the rink honours with 48-10 win, their shots difference clinching it by one from Roger Martin’s rink (49-12) and by seven from Earl (49-18).

Paul Buckley’s Blackstone rink led by 11 with six ends to go but were given a scare late on to squeeze home by just two shots.

Northants Adams entertain Norfolk on Saturday at Blackstones (July 7), while the Newton Trophy team are at City of Peterborough.

Results (Northants names only):

Adams Trophy (at Blackstones): Northants 239 (19 pts) North Essex 132 (3). h Shipp, P Bailey, A Warrington lost 30-31; J Corney, M Humphreys, R Martin won 49-12; S Roden, G Agger, P Brown drew 29-29; N Wright, J Holroyd, M Duell won 48-10; S Harris, M Dolby, J Earl won 49-18; W Morris, T Fielding, P Buckley won 34-32.

Wins in Norwich give Northants women a boost

Wins by both the Northants women’s Federation county teams at Norfolk gave them a real boost in sweltering conditions but may have come too late to qualify in the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase competitions.

Northants play title favourites Suffolk on July 11 in their final matches at Peterborogh and by then will probably need maximum points and for other fixtures to have gone in their favour.

However, with temperatures soaring both five-rink teams did magnificently to maintain their form and composure, with the Donald Steward team winning 123-99 at County Arts BC and picking up 17 valuable points.

The Vase team claimed 14 points in a 12-shot overall victory at the Carters venue under the flight path of Norwich Airport.

Results (Northants names only):

Donald Steward Trophy (at County Arts BC): Norfolk 99 (1pt)
Northants 123 (17). F. Richardson, C. Grief & L. Darani won 22 – 15; T. Tinklin, E. Hext & S. Craig drew 22 – 22;N. Squires, W. Harrold & S. Moir won 27 – 25; E. Wallace, S. Suffling & C. Ford won 25 – 22; M. Osbourne, K. Browning & G. King won 27 – 15.

Silver Jubilee Vase at RG Carters BC). Norfolk 124 (4) Northants 112 (14). P. Collicott, L. Toms & H. Bass lost 19 – 28; H. Holroyd, J. Kendall & E. Barr won 24 – 23; V. Slater, J. Needham & J. Phillips won 29 -18; M. Holden, C. Warters & W. Humphreys lost 19 – 23;
T. Handley, P O’Brien & V. Du’Kett won 33 – 20.

After beating Norfolk in Norwich, Northants women have made one change for the visit to March Town on Wednesday (July 4) to play North Cambs in the Donald Steward Trophy.

Doris Flowers (Yaxley) replaces Wendy Harrold in Sue Moir’s rink, alongside Norma Squires.

Team: F Richardson, C Grief, L Darani; T Tinklin, E Hext, S Craig; N Squires, D Flowers, S Moir; E Wallace, S Suffling, C Ford; M Osbourne, K Browning, G King. Res. J Padley.

Hunts extend Adams team’s losing streak

Northants lost their third successive Adams Trophy match when they faced Hunts on a Sawtry green which tested every facet of a bowler’s game – especially their patience.

The preparation of the green couldn’t be faulted but at least half the team were frustrated they were unable to produce the shots they needed to overcome a slick, unforgiving surface.

However, Howard Shipp, Neil Wright and Mick Duell followed up their good form against Lincolnshire the previous week with an outstanding 10-shot victory scoring seven shots in the last two ends.

Jack Corney, Mick Humphreys and Roger Martin also finished with a flourish, recording 13 shots in the last five ends from a 23-27 deficit, while Martyn Dolby celebrated his golden wedding by nailing the jack on the last of 31 ends to secure a 27-26 win for himself, Bob Warters and skip Paul Buckley.

Elsewhere the end rinks proved problematical for the two-bowl triples skipped by Martin Welsford and captain Jonathan Earl.

Said Earl: “On our rink we tried every combination of position (as Federation rules allow) in an attempt to get to grips with the green but none of us consistently found the pace or the lines. Hunts did and they deserved their win.”

Results (Northants names only)

Adams Trophy (at Sawtry): Hunts 185 (16 pts) Northants 164 (6). G Agger, T Mace, M Welsford lost 30-36; H Shipp, N Wright, M Duell won 34-24; B Warters, M Dolby, P BuckEly won 27-26; J Corney, M Humphreys, R Martin won 36-27; S Roden, P Bailey, A Warrington lost 19-32; S Harris, T Fielding J Earl lost 18-40.

FOOTNOTE: Steve Roden (Whittlesey Manor) received a tie to commemorative 100 appearances for the county. Howard Shipp (Parkway) received a county flash for six appearances.

Northants’ Newton Trophy side, still licking their wounds after the home defeat by Lincolnshire, returned to form with a runaway victory at Hunts (188-149) picking up 17 of the 22 points available.

Said captain Cliff Watson :” I had never before been to the Holywell & Needingworth club, but everybody agreed it was a well organised, quality facility.

“The numbers suggest an easy win but it was very close up to 20 ends before a massive comeback on Fred Richardson’s rink who were 14-31 adrift after 20 ends and pulled it back to 31-35 after 31 ends. Credit, too, a rapid push for the line by Deputy President Dick Noble’s rink who went from 19-16 to 40-17 in 11 ends.

“Overall a pleasing performance from a changed team which leaves me some choices for our last match away to Norfolk on July 7,” he added.

Result (Northants names only):

Newton Trophy: Hunts 149 (5) Northants 188 (17).Jeff Clipston, Dave Corney and Fred Richardson lost 31-35; Les Sharp, Zac Brown and Dick Noble won 40-17; Peter Cox, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop won 40-17; Fred Addy, Brian Bassam and Barry Lawrence drew 25-25; Sean Fenlon, Jim Ruddy and Mick Greaves lost 21-30; Martin Stokes, Richard Allam and Malcolm Squires won 31-25.

THIS WEEK: Northants Adams team are at home (Blackstones BC) to North Essex (2pm). Newton team has no game.

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