Skegness 2015: Spectacular Saturday!

In a spectacular finish to the season Northants Bowling Federation claimed yet another first at the English championships at Skegness – clinching the coveted Victor Ludorum trophy as the top-scoring county.

Following the points they collected for winning the Adams Trophy, they picked up national titles in the Veterans Singles and Senior Pairs to add to those as finalists in the two and three-bowl triples and the pairs.

It all added up to nine points, one better than Cleveland, who won three titles plus the Durham Centenary Trophy.

Northants women bowlers also reached two finals but sadly lost them both in the 4-bowl singles and two-bowl pairs.

Commented Bob Warters, the county president, who also landed the Veteran singles crown:" It was a fairytale finish to the season and our best performance since the Victor Ludorum was introduced in 1979. 

"I would like to thank everyone who supported the county both on and off the green during an amazing week. "

With a stiff seaside breeze greeting morning sunshine, it was a breakfast-time start for both the county's Saturday winners, with Warters quickly taking an 11-shot advantage against Steve Botten from North Essex when favouring longer jacks.

He raced into a 17-6 lead but then faltered temporarily as Botten closed the gap in a series of ragged ends. It all ended in dramatic style when Warters regained the initiative at 20-12. He looked likely to face another end when either a gust wind or divine intervention toppled his precariously tilted bowl in for shot. 

He was the third Northants bowler to take the title, Alan Aldcroft winning in 1994 and Langtoft's Peter White, in 2010.

Meanwhile on an adjoining rink, Roger Stevens and Tony Mace (Whittlesey Manor) rarely looked in trouble against North Essex, eventually running out 17-10 winners with plenty of vocal support from the Northants gallery on the terrace that overlooks the rink.

Sadly there was no joy for Northants' two finalists in the women's events though they deserve great credit for making it to the final stages.

Langtoft's Sue Moir lost 21-13 to Humberside's Janice Ellis, while mother and daughter from Parkway, Valerie and Sarah Newson,  failed to find the form of previous rounds against Dorothy Gray and the evergreen Annie Lennie (Northumberland) and conceded when 5-20 adrift.

The county's annual luncheon on September 27 promises to be an event not missed as members get the chance to celebrate an outstanding season.

Picture below from the top: Bob Warters with the Veterans Singles Trophy, Tony Mace (left) and Roger Stevens, Veterans pairs winners; Northants and their supporters with the Victor Ludorum Trophy (left); Sarah and Val Newson, pairs finalists; Sue Moir and Janice Ellis, four-bowl singles finalists.

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Skegness 2015: Friday

Northants Bowling Federation are looking favourites to lift the Victor Ludorum overall county championship title for the first time in their history, despite defeat in the men's pairs and the two and three-bowl rinks finals today at the English Bowling Federation championships in Skegness.

They have already amassed a point for each finalist and two points from their Adams Cup triumph on Sunday. It now needs at least a win from tomorrow morning's men's Veteran singles and Senior pairs to have a chance to lift the coveted title.

In the final of the two-bowl triples the Parkway combination of Stuart Reynolds, James Harford and Mike Robertson finally met their match in a Suffolk rink with a combination of youth and experience.

Despite plenty of vocal support from a large Northants contingent on the sidelines, they finally went down 12-19.

On the adjoining rink the Blackstones trio of Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl, were fairing little better against a Hunts rink of Bob Amos, Lindsay Swannell and Nicky Brett from  the Warboys club.

Playing the last end and needing four to tie, Northants held a handy two until Brett came in to snatch the shot and although Earl tickled the jack, it left Hunts with a 20-15 advantage.

Elsewhere, the Yaxley pair of Robert Heath and Tony Belson surprised North Essex with their long jack tactics in the semi final and ran out 18-12 winners but hardly had time to recover before pitted against wily Dave Adams from Notts on the tricky rink two in the final and were overwhelmed 23-7. 

There was better fortune, however, for the Whittlesey Manor combination of Roger Stevens and Tony Mace, who rarely let Northumberland into the picture in recording a 19-12 win which earned them a final place at 9.15 on Saturday.

 
Alongside them on an adjoining rink will be Northants President Bob Warters, who beat Notts and Suffolk representatives respectively 21-17 and 21-9 in the Veterans singles, to set up a final against North Essex player and former winner, Steve Botten. 
 
In a repeat of last year, when Northants women captured the two-bowl and three-bowel rinks, they will have two finalists – in the four bowl singles and the pairs. Sue Moir (Langtoft) took an early lead against Georgie Marwood (Suffolk) but was pegged back. Eventually, however, she prevailed with a 21-19 scoreline and will challenge for the title tomorrow.
 
Also in the frame for a title are mother and daughter from Parkway, Val and Sarah Newson, who reached the pairs final with a comprehensive defeat of Notts, racing into an 18-1 lead before finally winning 21-12.
 
Sarah also had a chance to reach the 2-bowl singles final but after taking control against K Cox of Lincs eventually let it slip 18-21.
 
Whatever happens, Saturday promises to provide a further historic chapter in Northants achievements, with an unprecedented four finalist to add to the three already completed.

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Skegness 2015: Thursday

Northants bowlers have reached the finals of two English Bowling Federation events and have a chance to reach four more tomorrow as the championships at Skegness reach their climax.

Against a Hunts trio skipped by former World champion Nicky Brett, the Parkway two-bowl triples of Stuart Reynolds, James Harford and Mike Robertson, rarely looked in trouble on the notorious rink 15, which two counties later refused to play on because of its sometimes outrageous lines and runs.

But they settled down, put up with all the unusual tricks of the green and ran out comfortable winners to earn a final tomorrow at 2.15 against Suffolk.

Late in the day, the Blackstones rink of Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl found Durham a real handful but a four count on the 14th end turned the game and the Geordies finally conceded at 12-20 with an end to spare. Their opponents will be Brett, Lin Swannell and Rob Elmore from Hunts who squeezed home by one shot against Lincs. Final timing has yet to be confirmed.

Elsewhere Yaxley's Robert Heath and Tony Belson beat the highly rated Sheppersons from Derbyshire 22-15 to set up a semi-final with North Essex at 12.15, alongside Sarah and Val Newson who play two from Notts. Earlier at 10.45 Sarah plays K Weites from Northumberland in the two-bowl singles.

Sue Moir (Langtoft) trailed her Notts opponent 11-18 in the four-bowl discipline but grittily stuck to her task to square the match 19-19 then courageously picked up two for victory. 

She plays Suffolk in the semi final at 2.15pm, on rink one where today Northants President Bob Warters swapped his chain of office for his bowls to take on old adversary, local resident  and fellow left-handler Brian Kilby (Lincs) in the veterans singles.

He trailed 0-8 after only a handful of ends but eventually unravelled the vagaries of the rink to run out a 21-15 victor. As the last surviving Northants men's singles bowler, he plays Notts' R Maskell at 9.15 on what he hopes will be a lucky rink 13.

Northants' other survivors are Roger Stevens and Tony Mace (Whittlesey Manor), who convincingly beat North Cambs in the Senior pairs 20-9 and now play at 10.45 on rink 16.

Among other results, Stephen Harris beat Norfolk's Rhys Loyd 21-16 but then lost to Boston's Jonathan West 21-9 in the semi-final of the Under 25 singles, while Adam Warrington found Norfolk's Wayne Burrage too hot to handle, going down 21-10.

There was also no joy for Ann and Malcolm Cullingworth in the senior mixed pairs, nor Chris Morton and Simon Law in the mixed pairs, losing respectively to Cleveland and North Essex.

Louise Harris put up a brave fight before going out 17-21 to Rebecca Moorbey and in the Under 25 pairs, Jack Corney and Hannah Overton lost 9-25 to the tournament favourites from Derbyshire.

 

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Skegness 2015: Wednesday

In a dramatic finish to a spectacular day, Northants stayed on course to repeat two previous titles on Day Two of the national championships at Skegness. They had won the three and two bowl triples respectively in 2012 and 2013 and with rinks skipped by Jonathan Earl and Mike Robertson have reached the semi-final stage again in both competitions.

After Robertson's Parkway trio of Stuart Reynolds and James Harford, fresh from his outstanding victory in the Bowls England triples at Leamington with Simon Law and Stuart Popple, had accounted for Durham 26-10 in the two bowl discipline, it was left to Earl, Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby to beat Derbyshire in the three-bowl version.

And after a tricky ride on a challenging end rink they finally snatched victory in dramatic style.

Derbyshire had drawn level on the penultimate 17th end at 13-13 and with a jack high bowl, Northants looked to be holding shot with Earl declaring not to deliver his final shot for fear of disturbing the head.

The umpire moved in to settle the issue with the tape measure and after what seemed like agonising minutes, finally flamboyantly kicked away the Northants bowl to declare it the nearest by less than a millimetre.

Elsewhere, Parkway's Helen Crow, Sarah Newson and Pat Reynolds were defending their three bowl rinks title against Humberside but in a low scoring game were finally toppled 14-15 to end their unbeaten run.

And on a disappointing day for the women, there was also defeat for the senior combination of Kath Browning and Viv Hempsell beaten by North Essex, Fiona Richardson beaten 21-6 in the senior singles and Anne White who failed to cope with the long jack thrown regularly by her Cleveland opponent in the secretary's singles.

However, on a brighter note, Val Newson and daughter Sarah came with a late burst of scoring to reach the pairs semi-final 17-14 against Lincolnshire.

Rink 14 was a busy destination for Northants bowlers during the day. Though Mel Beck lost 16-21 there in the Men's Secretary's singles, Adam Warrington accurately found his lines to the jack in the champion of champions singles to beat highly rated Rob Elmore from Hunts 21-14. It was also the scene of a comfortable win for Jack Corney and Hannah Overton against a young Cleveland combination in the Under 25 pairs.

Next door on rink 15, Yaxley pair Robert Heath and Tony Belson ran out surprisingly easy winners over a Lincs duo 19-10.

Finally spare a thought for Nick Wilkie, Shirley Suffling and Paul Buckley who fought back from a 17-8 deficit after 12 ends of mixed triples against Durham to tie the scores at 20-20 after 19 ends. Sadly, with Northants holding three shots, the Durham skip fired in frustration and converted the head to two shots in their favour to finally run out 23-20 winners

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Skegness 2015: Tuesday

The Peterborough Parkway trio of Helen Crow, Sarah Newson and Pat Reynolds have made a stubborn first round defence of the three-bowl rinks title they won dramatically last year at the English Bowling Federation championships at Skegness today (Tuesday). Their Northumberland opponents from Hirst Park, finally conceded on the penultimate 17th end with the scores at 20-11.

Earlier the City triple had hoped to advance in the two-bowl rinks discipline as part of their bid to complete a double of titles but Humberside proved tougher opposition and on the last end, with the scores level the Parkway girls dropped a shot to lose 15-16.

It was a busy day for Sarah Newson whom, between triples matches, sandwiched a women's pairs with her mother Valerie and against North Essex they emerged 24-14 winners.

There was also a pairs win in the women's seniors for Viv Hempsell and Kath Browning. With the scores still very close, the Yaxley duo switched positions with a handful of ends to go, as the Federation rules allow, and Browning was able to set up some killer lead bowls as they ran out 18-13 winners.

One of the closest matches was the mixed rinks with Shirley Suffling, Nick Wilkie and Paul Buckley taking on Trevor Bannister's trio from Sleaford (Lincs). With Buckley holding an 18-16 lead, the experienced Bannister had the chance to trail the jack for the win but he missed by millimetres and the Blackstones and Ketton combination went through with a sigh of relief.

Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl are hoping to add the three-bowl rink to the 2-bowl version they won in 2013 but as the weather closed in their Cleveland opponents were looking dangerous. However, a six-count on the 15th end proved crucial and when Earl trailed the jack into the ditch for a further three three it ended their concerns.

Fiona Richardson (City of Peterborough) stormed to a 21-11 win in the Women's senior singles but sadly there was no joy for Northants in other 2-bowl singles disciplines. Gavin Jinks went out 21-10 to Norfolk singles specialist Wayne Burrage, while Empingham's Liz Ritchie suffered by the identical score in the Secretaries competition to her Suffolk counterpart Linda Nunn.

Finally Joe Martin was giving away more than half a century in age to Lincolnshire 4-bowl singles champion Jonathan West, whom with his pink bowls, drew immaculately for a 21-12 win.

RESULTS

Tuesday –  Women’s 2-bowl triples: Helen Crow/Sarah Newson/ Pat Reynolds lost to Humberside 15-16; Men’s 2-bowl singles – Gavin Jinks lost to Wayne Burrage (Norfolk) 10-21; Men’s 4-bowl singles – Joe Martin lost to Jonathan West (Lincs) 12-21; Women’s pairs – Sarah & Val Newson bt North Essex 24-14; mixed triples – Nick Wilkie/ Shirley Suffling/ Paul Buckley bt Lincs 18-16; Women’s Senior singles – Fiona Richardson bt M Hunt (N. Essex) 21-11; Women’s Senior pairs – Viv Hempsell/ Kath Browning bt Cleveland 18-13; Women’s 3-bowl triples –  Crow/ Newson/ Reynolds bt Northumberland 20-11;  Men’s 3-bowl triples – Adam Warrington/ Martyn Dolby/Jonathan Earl bt Cleveland 20-10; Women’s Secretary singles – Liz Ritchie lost to Linda Nunn (Suffolk) 10-21; Men’s secretary singles – Mel Beck w/o A Jobling (Durham).

 

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Northants joy in Adams Trophy final

Emotional scenes greeted Northants Bowling Federation's victory in the Adams Trophy at Skegness – the first time they had lifted the national title since its introduction in 1927.

The county had not even reached the final of the English Bowling Federation's premier inter-county championship for more than half a century, so to achieve that milestone and then go on to out bowl Northumberland 178-145 was sweet indeed.

It also coincided with an award for Peterborough's John Dickenson, a loyal county and national servant in various dedicated roles, who rose from his hospital bed after a serious operation to witness the event and be involved in the celebrations.

Said NBF president Bob Warters: " We were delighted to put an end to all those years of striving to lift this trophy with a magnificent win and to have John there to share it, after all he has done for the Federation, made it extra special."

He also paid tribute to all the players who had taken part in the 2015 campaign.

" This was a team effort, throughout the season. Everyone, including several who were not here today, played their part in qualifying and we are particularly grateful to Cliff Watson, our captain, who orchestrated the spirit in the squad to help us achieve our ultimate goal. For some of us this is the pinnacle of our bowling careers."

With the Suncastle's main green almost surrounded by the county's distinctive orange colours, among the dozens of bowlers and their families who had travelled to support the team, Northants soon took an early advantage after ten of the scheduled 31 ends of two bowl triples, across six rinks.

Roger Martin's rink of Sean Fenlon and Warters set the tone by racing into a 12-0 lead with rinks skipped by Paul Buckley and Lee Welsford also taking the upper hand and by mid way Northants held a slender 11-shot but significant advantage.

With the trios skipped by Pete Brown and the previously unbeaten Martin Welsford struggling to cope with the tricky end rinks against talented opposition, it was left to the four middle rinks to maintain the Northants momentum.

As the rinks skipped by Roger Martin, Paul Buckley and Lee Welsford stretched their advantage with the winning line in sight, Stephen Harris, Paul Dalliday and Jonathan Earl fought back from a 10-shot deficit at halfway to run out 31-23 winners.

The national individual events were due to start at Skegness earlier this week and Northants is hoping the Adams Trophy triumph will inspire its representatives in 24 disciplines against 12 other counties to add individual success to team glory.

Result (Northants names only)

Steve Roden, Graham Agger, Pete Brown lost 21-30; Martin Stokes, Nick Wilkie, Paul Buckley won 30-17; Sean Fenlon, Bob Warters, Roger Martin won 35-16; Stephen Harris, Paul Dalliday, Jonathan Earl won 31-23; Adam Warrington, Fred Richardson, Lee Welsford won 42-18; Roger Stevens, Paul Bailey, Martin Welsford lost 19-41.

End-by-end: Northants led 34-22 (5 ends), 67-51 (10); 86-77 (15); 109-98 (20), 150-120 (25); 178-145 (31).

 

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Who’s who? Pen portraits of Northants’ Adams Trophy contenders

For the first time in more than half a century, Northants Bowling Federation has reached the final of the prestigious Adams Trophy, the premier inter-county team championship of the English Bowling Federation.

 

It comes after a nail-biting campaign in which they beat Norfolk, Suffolk, North Essex, North Cambs and Hunts, losing only to Lincolnshire to secure an epic southern section title and the chance to play Northumberland in a 31-end shoot-out at Skegness on Sunday, August 23 (2pm).

 
Northumberland beat Derbyshire, Humberside, Cleveland and Durham losing only to Notts by five shots.

 

Secret of the Northants' success this season has been a formidable team spirit generated from a combination of bowling skill and self-belief among the players – inspired by team captain Cliff Watson, who has patrolled the perimeters of the green keeping players up to to date on the state of the match and offering words of support and encouragement.

Northants last reached the final in 1929 and 1959 – beaten by Notts and Durham respectively.

 
Here are the players who will represent Northants at Skegness in their bid to lift the trophy for the first time since its inauguration in 1927:

 

Rink 1: Stephen Harris (Blackstones)- 18-year-old current county Under 25 singles champion; a talented lead with an old head on young shoulders.

Paul Dalliday (Whittlesey Manor) – a versatile player who can lead or play No.2 in a rink to great effect. National mixed triples champion in 2013. Prefers carpet bowls to the indoor game during the winter season!

Jonathan Earl (Blackstones) – 2013 national two-bowl triples champion with Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby, he has made his mark as a skip and is never afraid to play aggressively to get a result.

Rink 2: Roger Stevens ( Whittlesey Manor) – the side's senior player and one of the most experienced leads in the county, has also won this year's veterans pairs with clubmate Tony Mace.

Paul Bailey (Blackstones) – former indoor national champion, made his Adams debut this season and made an instant impact with his 'yellow peril' bowls. A good all-rounder with all the shots and never lacking in confidence.

Martin Welsford (Whittlesey Manor) – a lorry driver who steers his rink with quiet determination and has consistently led his trio to several top rink prizes in this year's campaign.

Rink 3: Steve Roden (Whittlesey Manor) – specialist lead who dovetails neatly with his team-mates and plays a key role on one of the liveliest rinks in the team. Won the national 3-bowl triples in 2012.

Graham Agger (Broadway, Yaxley) – Consistently successful singles player, vocally encouraging and the perfect foil for his colleagues.

Pete Brown (Whittlesey Manor) – never a dull moment when Brownie is on the green. An aggressively dominant player who can often boss his opponents into submission. National triples champion in 2012.

Rink 4: Adam Warrington (Blackstones) – twice national two bowl singles champion and part of the winning two bowl triples in 2013 with Jon Earl and Martyn Dolby.  Adam's leading ability is quietly relentless.

Fred Richardson (Whittlesey Manor) – has taken his chance to stamp his place in the team this season as a reliable and versatile No.2. A great team player for the cause.

Lee Welsford (Whittlesey Manor) – Nicknamed 'lucky' ironically because of a series of injuries he suffered as a youngster; he is an explosive player but able to draw his way out of trouble when needs demand.

 
Rink 5: Martin Stokes (Blackstones) – has returned to the county after several years and puts in a reliable, supportive shift in backing up his club and county team-mates.

 

Nick Wilkie (Blackstones) – recognised an excellent, much-in-demand lead, he has also proved his versatility in any position in the rink. Will also contest the mixed triples with his skip.

Paul Buckley (Blackstones) – has stamped his authority as an undeniably focussed skip who endeavours  to make every bowl count from first end to 31st. Also qualified in the mixed rinks.

Rink 6: Sean Fenlon (West Ward) – rarely demonstrative, he goes about his business as a single-minded lead, both determined and persistent.

Bob Warters (Ketton) – Currently county veteran 2-bowl singles champion, serving a two-year term as county president. Refuses to let it be a distraction in helping Northants make history.

Roger Martin (City of Peterborough) – the most experienced skip in the squad and a former national triples winner in 2006. Can draw unerringly but relishes going for conversions with pace and accuracy.

Reserve – Neil Wright (Parkway) – unlucky not to be included after stepping in as substitute on occasions. Great supporter of the Federation, current indoor triples national champion .

Captain – Cliff Watson (Peterborough and District) – passionate and outspoken in supporting the county cause, Cliff has inspired the team in their bid to make history and achieve their ultimate goal.

Tickets available for Federation luncheon at Haycock Hotel

Tickets are now available for the Northants Bowling Federation and NWBF annual luncheon and awards presentations at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford on Sunday, September 27 (12 for 12.30pm).

Priced at £20, the ticket includes a two course lunch of either beef or chicken with choice of dessert and tea or coffee to follow. All county indoor and outdoor finalists are encouraged to attend to receive their prizes and the acknowledgement of fellow bowlers.

The Ballroom Suite, where the function will be held, also features a private bar where guests can mingle ahead of speeches and presentations by County President Bob Warters and English Women's Bowling Federation president Beryl Beresford (Notts).

Master of ceremonies is Melvyn Beck, bowls journalist, county press officer and President of the Peterborough Bowls League.

Application forms for tickets, where meal preferences can be advised, are available from all club secretaries, alternatively contact Bob Warters (bob.warters@btinternet.com or telephone 01780 721411). Cheques should be made payable to NBF, and sent with completed form to Bob Warters, 16 Northwick Road, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3SB. Closing date for applications is Thursday, September 10.

Whittlesey Manor complete Adams-Duffy double

For the first time in six years, Whittlesey Manor has mopped up both Northants Federation inter-club titles. After beating City rivals Parkway on extra ends to claim the Dan Duffy Trophy 4-rink triples, they came with a late burst of scoring to beat West Ward A by 10 shots in the final of the Adams Cup.

The match hinged on the last of the 21-ends across three evenly matched 2-bowl triples rinks.

Both teams struggled for consistency on a Parkway green which had to be handled with care with at least one ‘swinging hand’ on each rink and often shots were frittered away as players toiled to find length and line. Nowhere more so was this apparent than in the clash between skips Mick Duell (West Ward) and Pete Brown (Whittlesey) as big counts were regularly exchanged. They finally settled for a 27-27 tie in 21-ends.

Elsewhere, after taking a 10-1 lead, Fred Richardson’s rink let Brian Swann’s trio back in the game to trail 13-18 before switching with Stephen Jinks, as the Federation rules allow. The move did the trick and they won the next five ends to lead 20-18 playing the last end.

West Ward were one shot adrift (62-63) as the final ends were played almost simultaneously, when Barry Lawrence’s Whittlesey rink picked up a vital four count to win what had previously been a close game 22-17. Almost immediately Jinks, with son Gavin at lead, added three more shots (23-18) and when Duell conceded two to tie on the last end, Whittlesey’s 72-62 victory – and the ‘double’ for the first time since 2010 – was complete.

Result (West Ward names first)

S Johnson, R Maplethorpe, P Jessop 17, P Dalliday, G Staggs, B Lawrence 22; S Fenlon, J Ruddy, B Swann 18 G Jinks, S Jinks, F Richardson 23; D Hilton, M Linnell, M Duell 27, R Stevens, S Woodcock, P Brown 27.

Team groups (by Geraldine Jinks) and action from the Adams final below:

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Day-by-day schedule for Northants at Skegness

A frantic schedule will meet the followers of bowlers from the Northants Federation who have qualified for the national championships which start at the Suncastle greens in Skegness from Saturday, August 22.

Northants are always sure of good support, particularly this year with their Adams Trophy team contesting the inter-county final for the first time since 1959. They will meet Northumberland on the Sunday afternoon (August 23).

The individual events start on Tuesday morning following the completion of the pre-tournament Reg Jackson Mixed event on Monday, with Parkway’s Helen Crow, Sarah Newson and Pat Reynolds looking to add the two-bowl rinks to the three-bowl national title they won last year.

Sarah Newson will also contest the pairs (with her mother Val), two-bowl singles and the 3-bowl rinks, while Blackstones’ Adam Warrington and Parkway’s James Harford have qualified in two events.

The championships run through to at least Friday (August 28) with the closing ceremony on Saturday.

Day by day schedule

Sunday August 23 (2pm) – Adams Trophy inter-county final: Northants v Northumberland

Tuesday – August 25 (9.15 am) Women’s 2-bowl triples Helen Crow/Sarah Newson/ Pat Reynolds v Humberside; (10.45 am). – Men’s 2-bowl singles – Gavin Jinks v Norfolk; (11.45) Men’s 4-bowl singles – Joe Martin v Lincs; Women’s pairs – Sarah & Val Newson v North Essex; mixed triples – Nick Wilkie/ Shirley Suffling/ Paul Buckley v Lincs; (12.15pm) – Women’s Senior singles – Fiona Richardson v N. Essex;(1.45pm) – Women’s Senior pairs – Viv Hempsell/ Kath Browning v Cleveland; (2.15 pm) – Women’s 3-bowl triples – Crow/ Newson/ Reynolds v Northumberland; Men’s 3-bowl triples – Adam Warrington/ Jonathan Earl/ Martyn Dolby v Cleveland; (3.15 pm) – Women’s Secretary singles – Liz Ritchie v Suffolk; ; (4.45pm) – Men’s secretary singles – Mel Beck v Durham.

Wednesday, August 26 (9.15am) – Men’s 2-bowl triples – Stuart Reynolds/Joe Randall/James Harford v Derbyshire or Durham; (10.45am) – Men’s Champion of champions singles – Adam Warrington v Hunts; Women’s champion of champions – Anne White v Humberside or Norfolk; (1.45pm) – Open Under 25 pairs – Jack Corney/James Harford v Cleveland; (4.45pm) Men’s pairs – Bob Heath/ Tony Belson v Lincs.

Thursday, August 27 : (9.15am) – Men’s Under 25 singles – Stephen Harris v Norfolk; (11.45) – Women’s 2-bowl singles – Sarah Newson v Norfolk; (12.15) – Men’s Veteran Singles – Bob Warters v Lincolnshire; (1.45pm) – Men’s Veteran pairs – Roger Stevens/Tony Mace v N.Cambs; Women’s Under 25 singles – Louise Harris v Hunts; Senior Mixed pairs – Malcolm & Ann Cullingworth v Cleveland or Northumberland; (2.15pm) – Women’s 4-bowl singles – Sue Moir v Derbyshire or Notts; (3.15pm) – Mixed pairs – Chris Morton/ Simon Law v N.Cambs or Notts.

Pictured below: Spectators need to be ready for all weathers at Skegness:
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Below: Great vantage points to watch bowls at Suncastle greens:
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