National Finals: Who’s playing when for Northants…

Northants Women's Bowling Federation's Jenny Harvey (Peterborough IBC, pictured below) faces a busy time at the EBF and EWBF national finals to be staged at Newark IBC from Tuesday, April 21 – 26, having won three county titles at the recent finals in Stamford.

She begins her programme on the Wednesday (3.30pm) of the championships in the pairs with Carol Hunter against Hunts' J White and P Porter then must play at least twice on Thursday (at 9.30am and 7.30pm) – in the 4-bowl singles and Senior singles respectively.

Simon Law faces the experienced Gary Shepperson (Derbyshire) in the 4-bowl singles on the Wednesday afternoon having hopefully got a feel for the pace of the Newark surface the previous day in the triples with James Harford and Neil Wright. Harford plays L Creaser (Humberside) in the Under 25 singles on Friday morning.

Two of Stamford's county champions will be playing simultaneously at 9.30am on the Wednesday – Martyn Dolby in the Senior singles and Ann Holmes and Richard Allam in the Mixed pairs.

Men's and mixed competitions

Tues, April 21 (12.30 pm) – Mixed rinks: M Malton/N Wilkie/S Harris v North Essex. Winners plays Hunts or Suffolk on Tues, April 21 at 6.30pm.

Tues, April 21 (12.30pm) – Men's 2-bowl rinks: N Wright, J Harford, S Law v Lincs. Winners plays Norfolk on Tues April 21 at 3.30pm.

Wed, April 22 (9.30am) – Mixed pairs: A Holmes/R Allam v N.Cambs. Winners play N Essex or Cleveland on Wed April 22 at 3.30pm.

Wed, April 22 (9.30 am) – Senior singles: M Dolby v G Allen (Notts). winner plays Brian Day (Lincs) at Wed April 22 at 3.30pm.

Wed April 22 (3.30pm) – 4-bowl singles: S Law or G Shepperson (Derbyshire). Winner plays P Cox (Humberside) or J Finbow (Suffolk) Friday April 24 (2.30pm).

Thurs April 23 (5pm) – Men's 2-bowl pairs: A Thurston/ N Wilkie v S Ashton/G Draper (Lincs). Winners plays 9.30am Fri April 24.

April 24 (9.30pm) – Under 25 singles: J Harford v L Creaser (Humberside). Winner plays Suffolk or Lincs on Fri April 24 at 2.30pm.

Sunday, April 26 (10am) – Eversley Trophy: Northants will be represented as a pair of two-bowl rinks by B Warters (President), C Watson, G Agger, B Lawrence, R Montgomery and M Squires

Women's events

Mon, April 20 (from 10m). Harry Carver Trophy women's executive round-robin matches. Northants team is Joan Padley, Valerie Du’Kett, Doris Flowers, Joan Robinson, Judy Ford and Carol Hunter.

Tues, April 21 (9.30am) – Two bowl rinks: P Bussey/L Hext/S Craig v Hunts. winners plays Durham on Tues , April 21 at 6.30pm.

Wed, April 22 (7.30pm) : Two-bowl pairs: J Harvey/C Hunter v Hunts. Winners plays Derbyshire or N. Essex on Fri, April 24 at 9.30am.

Thurs, April 23 (9.30am) – Women's 4-bowl singles: J Harvey v (N.Cambs). winner plays Suffolk or Derbyshire on Thurs April 23 at 2.30pm.

Thurs, April 23 (7.30pm): Senior singles: J Harvey v Lincs or Notts . Winner plays Fri, April 24 at 12 noon.

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NWBF Coffee Morning

The Northants Women's Bowling Federation is holding a coffee morning at 10:00 on the 7th May, Peterborough & District Bowls Club, Burton Street.

As well as the chance to catch up with fellow bowlers, officials and spectatres there will be a Bring & Buy Sale and a raffle.

Please see attached poster for more details, and to distribute within your clubs.

Coffee Morning 2015 Poster

Jenny Harvey claims three county indoor titles

Jenny Harvey (Parkway and Peterborough IBC) claimed three county titles when the Northants Federation Championships were staged at Stamford IBC.
She followed up her early win in the 4-bowl singles against Julie Masters by joining Carol Hunter to beat Stamford's Shirley Suffling and Margaret Andrews 21-9 then out bowled Sheila Craig 21-13 in the Senior singles
Clubmates Simon Law and James Harford also claimed two titles, the Under 25 and 4-bowl singles respectively and the two bowl rinks with Neil Wright. Nick Wilkie also won twice.
Stamford bowlers meanwhile, will feature in three national finals when the English Federation championships are staged at Newark next month.
Martyn Dolby competes in the veterans singles, Stephen Harris in the mixed triples and Richard Allam and Ann Holmes in the mixed pairs after a thrilling win against last year's national runners up and current county champions Joan Robinson and Nick Wilkie.

And it was the pairs that proved the biggest upset with Holmes and Allam dropping a maximum four shots on the first end and trailing 6-13 after nine of the allotted 21 ends before switching positions as Federation rules allow.

Allam (57) opted for shorter jack lengths and then proceeded to help them win eight of the subsequent nine ends ratcheting up 14 shots to finally run out winners 20-15.

Said Allam, punching the air in delight: " We managed to turn it round by bowling shorter jacks and when I didn't get close enough, Ann managed to find some winning shots. I am delighted for her, I have won the pairs before with Derek King but for her this is a new experience."

" I can't believe it," she said " I can't stop shaking."

Harris (17) was outstanding in his trio's triples win over seasoned campaigners Sarah and Jeff Newson and Andrew Thurston. He switched places with Mary Malton to skip after nine ends and with Nick Wilkie producing some telling bowls, over turned several heads to help his team to a comfortable 22-11 victory.


For Dolby the result was never in doubt. After an early slip he recovered his composure to race to a comfortable 21-5 win over John Burrows in just 13 ends.



Craig, however, had earlier earned the right to represent the county in the national finals at Newark in April by joining Pat Bussey and Liz Hext to take the women's triples in a nail-biter with Sue Moir, Andrews and Glenys Edwards. the Peterborough rink led 13-5 at halfway but only held on 21-20 after completing the 21 ends.




Mixed Triples – S Harris (Stamford IBC), N Wilkie, M Malton bt S Newson, A Thurston, J Newson 22-11; Women's triples – P Bussey, E Hext, S Craig bt S Moir, M Andrews, G Edwards 21-20; Women's singles – J Harvey bt J Masters 21-4.


Women's pairs – J Harvey, C Hunter bt S Suffling, M Andrews 21-9; Men's singles – S Law bt A Thurston 21-15 ; Under 25 singles – J Randall lost J Harford 21-16.


 Men's Veteran singles – J Burrows lost to M Dolby 21-5;  Men's triples – N Wright, J Harford, S Law v H Shipp, J Randall, J Newson;  Women's Senior singles – J Harvey bt S Craig 21-13; Mixed Pairs – N Wilkie, J Robinson lost Holmes, R Allam 20-15. Men's pairs Wilkie and Thurston bt Shipp and Wright 18-15.

Images by Alan Romaine











Schedule for Northants Federation indoor finals

Such has been the form of Andrew Thurston. Nick Wilkie and Jenny Harvey this season, that it has thrown a virtual spanner in the works of the Northants Bowling Federation indoor finals at Stamford IBC on Sunday (March 15).

By each qualifying in three disciplines it means that when the competitions start at noon they could be facing at least six hours of bowls with only limited recovery time between sessions.

Thurston completed his remarkable run of success when he ousted Stamford’s John Holroyd 21-18 in the four bowl singles semi-final to earn the right to play clubmate Simon Law.

He has also qualified for the men’s two bowl pairs with Wilkie and the mixed triples with Jeff Newson and his daughter Sarah. Wilkie meanwhile is scheduled to meet his pairs partner in the mixed triples with Stephen Harris and Mary Malton and then team up with Joan Robinson to defend their mixed pairs title against Stamford’s Ann Holmes and Richard Allam.

The men’s veteran singles is an intriguing clash between in-form City bowler John Burrows who fought back from 2-10 down to beat Peter Edwards 21-15. In the other semi-final, Martyn Dolby knocked out county president Bob Warters in a hard fought tussle, by the same score.

In the women’s events Jenny Harvey has reached both the four-bowl and senior singles finals with runaway defeats over Sheila Craig and Shirley Suffling and meets Julie Masters and Craig respectively in a bid to repeat last year’s double.

Margaret Andrews has reached two finals, joining Joyce Foster and Glenys Edwards on her home carpet in the triples and with Suffling in the pairs after beating last year’s finalists Joan Padley and Doris Flowers 20-8. In the final they will meet Harvey and Carol Hunter who beat Carol Warters and Valerie Du’Kett.

Schedule (Peterborough IBC unless stated):

12 noon: Mixed Triples – S Harris (Stamford IBC), N Wilkie, M Malton v S Newson, A Thurston, J Newson. Women’s triples – P Bussey, E Hext, S Craig v S Moir, M Andrews, G Edwards (all Stamford); Women’s singles – J Harvey v J Masters.

2pm: Women’s pairs – J Harvey, C Hunter v S Suffling, M Andrews (both Stamford); Men’s singles – S Law v A Thurston; Under 25 singles – J Randall v J Harford.

4pm – Men’s Veteran singles – J Burrows v M Dolby (Stamford); Men’s triples – N Wright, J Harford, S Law v H Shipp, J Randall, J Newson; Women’s Senior singles – J Harvey v S Craig; Mixed Pairs – N Wilkie , J Robinson (Stamford) v A Holmes, R Allam.

6pm – Men’s pairs – H Shipp, N Wright v N Wilkie, A Thurston.

Umpire: A Croxford

*Bar and refreshments available all day, raffle prizes most welcome.

Northants defeat Norfolk to set up nail-biter


Northants hopes of qualifying for the National Federation Derbyshire Trophy finals at Newark in April, are dangling by a thread, despite beating two of the strongest teams in the competition – the holders Lincolnshire and the ever strong Norfolk.
The vagaries of the scoring system for this four, three-man rink format means that they sit on top of the Southern section table but when their two nearest rivals play each other next month at Lincoln, a win for either side could lead to Northants' demise.
Only by Norfolk winning on one rink and taking the overall points from the match (13-6) on the slick Lincoln carpet, can Northants hope to qualify for the final stages.
The good news ,however, is that former World champion Mervyn King, may be tempted to join son Sam in the Norfolk line-up, so familiar is he with the Lincoln surface from taking part in professional events there.
Northants had the chance to take all 18 points against Norfolk and almost guarantee their place but together with the match points (10), could claim only four rink points from two winning triples.
Brian Martin, Joe Randall and Jeff Newson emerged unbeaten throughout the four match campaign thanks to a 31-16 defeat of a Norfolk rink that included former Northants county regular Dick Noble.
Also in winning form were Nick Wilkie, Andy Thurston and Simon Law who led Sam King's rink 21-7 at one stage and finally triumphed 24-19.
Sadly Stamford bowlers featured on the two losing rinks. 
John Holroyd, Bob Warters and Peterborough's James Harford looked to be seizing control at 20-14 but conceded 16 shots in the last eight ends to stumble 21-19. Stephen Harris, Roger Martin and Martyn Dolby led Ian Wones' rink 8-3 but lost seven successive ends to trail 15-7 before switching positions, as the rules allow, to enable Martin to trail the jack and level the scores at 15-all. 
But a two on the final end enabled Wones to snatch the vital points at 20-19.
Scores (Northants names only)
Derbyshire Trophy (at Stamford): Northants 95 (14 pts) Norfolk 84 (4). J Holroyd, B Warters, J Harford lost 29-21; B Martin, J Randall, J Newson won 31-16; S Harris, R Martin, M Dolby lost 20-19; N Wilkie, A Thurston, S Law won 24-19.

Northants v Norfolk: Only a win will do!

Five Stamford IBC bowlers and seven from Peterborough IBC will represent Northants Bowling Federation on Sunday at Stamford against Norfolk BF in the Derbyshire Trophy hopeful of the chance to win the southern section and reach the Nationals finals at Newark in April.
In the only change following the defeat of North Cambs at Wisbech, Stephen Harris re-joins Stamford clubmates Roger Martin and Martyn Dolby, while John Holroyd and Bob Warters team up with Peterborough's James Harford in the four-rink three-bowl triples format.
Nick Wilkie leads for City bowlers Andrew Thurston and Simon Law with Brian Martin again partnering Joe Randall and Jeff Newson.
Nothing less than a win will do for Northants, while Norfolk -narrow 13-7 winners at home to North Cambs with the last bowl of the game – still have to travel to Lincoln in a tense final game.

Northants win at Wisbech sets up final showdown with Norfolk

A late burst of scoring by Jeff Newson’s rink of Brian Martin and Joe Randall, enabled Northants to pluck 14 points from their crucial Derbyshire Trophy match at Wisbech against North Cambs and give the county a chance to earn a place in the final at Newark at the end of April.

Playing under the new four-rink format of two-bowl triples, several Northants players found the tricky, more sluggish playing surface alien to their respective home rinks of Stamford and Peterborough IBC but battled hard to acclimatise over the 25-end contest.

However, Stamford’s Stephen Harris leading in a new partnership with Peterborough’s Andrew Thurston and Simon Law quickly latched on to the pace and the trio ran away 36-12 winners to set up the victory, while the end rinks of Martyn Dolby and James Harford often struggled against the local knowledge of their respective home players and went down 15-23 and 16-27 respectively.

So it was left to the experienced Newson to tidy up the points transforming a 20-24 deficit after 20 ends by scoring 13 shots without reply in the final stages and earn Northants a 100-86 overall win, against a team who had previously taken all 18 points from Hunts, earlier victors over Northants.

With their final opponents Norfolk on February 15 (at Stamford) winning 17-1 at home to Hunts, it means a victory over their East Anglian rivals could earn Northants a place at Newark against the northern section winners, which include Durham, Derbyshire and Notts.


EBF Derbyshire Trophy: Northants 100 (14pts), North Cambs 86 (4). Northants names only: J Holroyd, B Warters, J Harford lost 16-27; B Martin, J Randall, J Newson won 33-24; S Harris, A Thurston, S Law won 36-12; N Wilkie, R Martin, M Dolby lost 15-23.

Northants’ outstanding defeat of Derbyshire Trophy holders

Northants Bowling Federation put themselves right back in contention to qualify for the Derbyshire Trophy national inter-county final by defeating Lincolnshire, the current holders of the title, by four shots in a thrilling encounter at Stamford IBC.

Northants had narrowly lost their opening match in the four-match southern section series of four two-bowls triples at Huntingdon and needed vital points against the defending champions to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for Newark in April under the 25-end format.

With little to separate the sides at halfway, Northants stretched to a 13-shot lead with each rink still with five ends to play. The rinks skipped by Martyn Dolby (partnered by Nick Wilkie and Roger Martin) and James Harford (John Holroyd & Bob Warters) rarely looked in trouble and were able to counteract the occasional inconsistency of the rink skipped by Simon Law against some excellent conversions by Boston’s Jonathan West.

But trailing by just nine shots, a last end four count against Harford and one against Dolby suddenly gave Lincs a glimmer of hope and it needed the experience of Jeff Newson to steady the ship, salvage a vital point with a tied match against Spalding-based former Peterborough football referee Maurice Elding and earn Northants an 88-84 shots win to secure 15 points.

Northants travel to Wisbech on January 25 for another key game against North Cambs before entertaining a Norfolk team, rumoured to include former world indoor singles champion Mervyn King, at Stamford on February 15.

Result (Northants names only)

Derbyshire Trophy: Northants Federation 88 (15 pts) Lincolnshire Federation 84 (5). J Holroyd, B Warters (both Stamford), J Harford (Peterborough) won 25-19, B Martin, J Randall, J Newson (all Peterborough) drew 20-20, N Wilkie (Peterborough), R Martin, M Dolby (both Stamford) won 27-16, H Shipp, A Thurston, S Law (all Peterborough) lost 15-28.


Captain names changes in Derbyshire Trophy side to face Lincolnshire

Indoor captain Howard Shipp has named the team that will represent Northants Bowling Federation when it entertains Lincolnshire Bowling Federation in the second series of 4-rink matches for the Derbyshire Trophy on Sunday at Stamford IBC (10am).

It shows a couple of changes from the team narrowly beaten by Hunts in the opening match.

John Holroyd, who recently put up a gallanat performance before losing to World No.1 Nicky Brett in the Spalding Open and Bob Warters will be joined by James Harford (Peterborough) in the two-bowl triples format. Martyn Dolby and Roger Martin will team up with Nick Wilkie, replacing Stephen Harris who is unavailable.

In the all-Peterborough rinks, Andrew Thurston, unavailable last time, joins Howard Shipp and Simon Law. Joe Randall replaces Wilkie to fit into the rink of Brian Martin and Jeff Newson.

Northants visit Wisbech to play North Cambs on January 25 and entertain a Norfolk side that could include former World indoor champion Mervyn King and his son Sam on February 15 at Stamford.

Narrow Derbyshire Trophy defeat at Hunts

In a thrilling start to the new-look Derbyshire Trophy season, Northants Bowling Federation lost a nail-biting match against Hunts by just seven shots – the closing ends proving crucial in an 80-87 defeat.

Playing to the new four-rink two-bowl triples format, against a Hunts team returning to the event after a break of several years, Northants picked up only four of the 18 points available from two winning rinks.

But it might have been very different had a run of good form, not broken against them in the closing stages. For example, Jeff Newson's rink was coasting and holding five shots on the penultimate end when the Hunts skip smashed into the head with his last bowl and captured a solitary shot.

Elsewhere Simon Law's rink played steadily to hold sway at 18-15 with five of the 25 ends to play only for Hunts to rally and take the game 25-19. 

Martyn Dolby's rink were never comfortable on an end rink and never recovered from dropping ten shots in three ends just after halfway, while John Holroyd's accurate leading was the keystone of Joe Randall's rink making a comeback from 13-16 at half way to claim a 27-21 triumph.

Sadly for Northants it wasn't quite enough to carry the day and Northants look to making a better impression when they entertain Lincolnshire at Stamford on January 11.

Result (Northants names only)

S Harris, R Martin, M Dolby lost 13-26; B Martin, N Wilkie, J Newson won 21-15; J Holroyd, B Warters, J Randall won 27-21; H Shipp, N Wright, S Law lost 19-25.

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