Encouraging win for Silver Vase team at North Essex

With a disappointing series of results behind them, Northants Women’s second string Silver Jubilee Vase team were given an encouraging lift with the defeat of North Essex on an undulating Castle Headingham green, taking 14 of the 18 points available.

No such fortune for the senior Donald Steward Trophy side, beaten on all rinks at Haverhill – and by 53 shots overall.

Donald Steward (at Haverhill): North Essex 136 (18 pts.) Northants 83 (0): K Browning,F Richardson, N Squires lost 20-22; S Suffling, D Flowers, J Masters lost 17-18; S Moir, V Hatch, S Craig lost 10-30; A Cullingworth, J Phillips, J Padley lost 17-32; E Barr, C Ford, H Bass lost 19-34.

Silver Jubilee Vase (at Castle Hedingham) North Essex 98 (4) Northants 116 (14):
C Warters, R Mace, P O’Brien won 30-17; M Linnell, J Duffy, V Du’Kett lost 15-24; G Edwards, V Hempsall, W Harrold won 27-22; M Osbourne, J Needham, S Dale won 25-13; J Cooper, P Birch, G King lost 19-22.

Both Northants teams are due to play Norfolk in their concluding Southern Area matches at County Arts BC (Donald Steward) and Carters BC (Silver Vase) on Monday (July 4). Bus leaves Peterborough and District BC at 9.30am.

Adams re-shuffle for visit to Hunts

Northants Adams Trophy captain Fred Richardson is ready to re-shuffle his team for the visit to Hunts on Saturday after being handed a lifeline to re-capture the title the county won so dramatically for the first time in its history.

Following the defeat by Lincs at Whittlesey Manor two weeks ago, Northants’ chances looked slim in their bid to win the southern area qualifying league and make it to the Skegness finals in August.

But Lincs’ subsequent one-shot defeat by Suffolk puts Richardson and his men back in the frame and near maximum points for the matches at Hunts and home to lowly North Essex, could be enough to get them through.

Against Lincs at Stanton, Suffolk trailed for much of the match and though six shots up at 20 ends were three behind at 25 with six ends to play across six rinks.

However, when David Brown claimed a shot with his last delivery of the 31st end, despite a 27-33 defeat, it was enough to wrest the match 166-165 and land 16 of the 22 points at stake.

It leaves Richardson with a possible maximum of 106 points available for his team, while Suffolk, with two big wins at home to North Cambs and away to North Essex could reach 104.

Richardson plans to draft in fresh faces for the trip to Brampton, while Northants Newton team captain Brian Bassam will field the same team at St Ives that lost so narrowly against Lincs at Peterborough City BC.

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In Northants Federation individual competitions, the championships for both men and women have reached the semi-final stage ahead of the finals due to be played for the first time at City of Peterborough on July 17.

However, among those already through to the finals are Sue Moir (Langtoft) and Sarah Newsom (Parkway) in a repeat of last year’s four-bowl singles. Moir beat Sharon Green 21-18, while Newson beat Fiona Richardson 21-15.

The final of the women’s senior singles will be between Viv Hempsall (Yaxley) and Norma Squires (C of P) who beat Ketton bowlers Chris Ford and Pam Plowman respectively 21-15 and 21-19.

In the men’s events Blackstones hopes of a player in the semi-finals of the blue riband 2-bowl singles ended when both Paul Buckley and Jonathan Earl lost 8-21 and 17-21 to Martin Welsford and Keith Burrows respectively. Welsford now plays Peter Cox at Langtoft who beat C of P’s Mick Humphreys 21-18, while Burrows faces Graham Agger (Yaxley).

Consolation for Earl is that with mixed pairs partner Rita Downs he has reached the semi-finals with a 20-16 defeat of Buckley and Shirley Suffling. They will meet last year’s finalists Malcolm and Ann Cullingworth, who beat Mick and Vi Hatch 19-11. In the other half, the holders, Simon Law and Chris Morton (Parkway) entertain John and Moira Holroyd (Stamford Town).

In the Senior mixed Dick Noble and Sheila Craig beat Bob and Carol Warters 20-16 and will face Roger Martin and Linda Darani (C of P) whose quarter-final was conceded by Joe Martin after a fixture clash.

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Ketton and Blackstones have won through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Dan Duffy four rink inter-club championship after respective defeats of Crowland A (84-58) and last year’s finalists Whittlesey Manor (84-57). They will visit Yaxley and holders Parkway on July 7.

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Ketton Bowls Club is still looking for one team to complete their gala day (four-player) rinks event on July 6 (9.30am start) with prizemoney of £100. Entry fee per team is £12 (contact Glenys Edwards 01780 720411). BW

Ketton girls guarantee Skegness finals

Ketton Bowls Club has become the first in the county to guarantee a place in the English national championships at Skegness in August after both its surviving women’s two-bowl triples reached the county final, where one of them will represent Northants Federation.

In one semi-final Valerie Du’Kett, Peggy Birch and Elaine Upton (nee Novak) who won the national under 25 singles 30 years ago, travelled to the tricky Peterborough Conservative green but dished up a fine performance to topple Ann Reynolds, Barbara Talbot and Linda Kemp 23-14.

Victory for Carol Warters, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford was not quite as straight forward, having to re-arrange their match with last year’s finalists Liz Hext, Pat Bussey and Sheila Craig when their own green flooded.

Fast-draining Blackstones helpfully provided an alternative and after Ford deftly drew the scores level on the penultimate end when facing a three count against her, Hext sprung the jack on the final end only for Ford to draw to within inches for the 22-21 matchwinner.

Ford’s rink also reached the 3-bowl triples semi-final with an 18-13 defeat of Fiona Richardson, Norma Squires and Linda Darani and will meet Freda Thomas, while Sharon Bailey’s Blckstones trio (who defeated Kath Roden 11-10) will play Julie Masters’ three.

Du’Kett’s hopes, however, of also reaching the 4-bowl singles final were dashed when she lost 8-21 to Sharon Green (Peterborough & District). BW

Setback for Northants in Adams repeat bid

Northants’ hopes of retaining the Adams Trophy they won last year for the first time in their 82 year history, suffered a setback at Whittlesey Manor when they were beaten at home by Lincolnshire 166-160, claiming only six of the 22 points at stake with just three winning rinks.

With an unbeaten run of four games completed, the result puts Lincs in the driving seat to regain their grip on reaching the finals at Skegness in August with just Suffolk (away) and the Southern League whipping boys, North Cambs (at home) to play.

For Northants, with no game this week and Hunts and North Essex to come, they must rely on Lincs slipping up at Suffolk and concentrate on taking maximum points from their remaining two fixtures.

Home-based father and son skips, Martin and Lee Welsford, each won on their rinks by two and 12 shots respectively while Northants’ other win came from the equally dependable Steve Roden, John Holroyd and Graham Agger 27-17.

Commented deputy Northants President and current national senior pairs champion Tony Mace: “It was a disappointing result for us but up to the last few ends it could have gone either way. The rinks skipped by Jonathan Earl and Roger Martin never hit their stride and were always playing catch up.

“Overall the team did well to reduce a deficit of 25 shots at 20 ends to only two at one stage but Lincs proved very determined to hold on.”

Northants’ Newton Trophy team were unlucky not to turn the tables on Lincs on their first appearance at the new City of Peterborough green which was prepared in superb condition.

With just one end of the 31 scheduled to play and three of the six rinks still in contention, Northants held a narrow lead. But four shots conceded over those closing stages proved crucial and the match was tied at 168-apiece. However, by winning on four of the six rinks, Lincs took the overall points 13-9.

Much credit must go to the rink of Malcolm Squires, one of the key figures in establishing the City club in 2015. Playing with Jack Corney and Roger Strong the trio trailed 11-30 after 20 ends and looked destined for drubbing. But they stuck to their task, used the opportunity to switch positions as the rules allow and finally lost by only 11 shots to put their side in with a shout.

Elsewhere Mick Duell skipped Les Sharp and new county badge claimant Mike Humphreys, to a 32-25 win while Bob Warters, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop maintained their 100 per-cent record with a 35-17 triumph.

Results (Northants names only):

Adams Trophy: Northants 160 (6 pts) Lincolnshire 166 (16).N Wright, T Belson, L Welsford won 34-22; S Roden, J Holroyd, G Agger won 27-17; N Wilkie, P Buckley, P Brown lost 27-32; S Fenlon, B Lawrence, R Martin lost 23-37; R Stevens, P Bailey, M Welsford won 31-29; A Warrington, S Harris, J Earl lost 18-29.

Newton Trophy: Northants 168 (9) Lincolnshire 168 (13). J Ruddy, P Afford, B Swann lost 25-31; L Sharp, M Humphreys, M Duell won 32-25; J Corney, M Squires, R Strong lost 23-34; B Warters, C Watson, P Jessop won 35-17; J Martin, M Greaves, B Bassam lost 28-31; A Grief, P Holmes, F Addy lost 25-30. BW

Still little respite for Northants women

Hopes of Northants women securing victories over close rivals Lincolnshire were dashed in Peterborough when the visitors won both the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase clashes.

At the Peterborough and District Club, the senior side claimed only one winning rink – Shirley Suffling, Doris Flowers and Julie Masters winning by 16 shots – in an overall 99-111 defeat in which they conceded 16 points in their continuing disappointing Southern League campaign.

Over at Parkway, the Vase outfit – featuring several changes following last week’s defeat by Hunts – were slightly more successful with two winning rinks and a tie, but couldn’t quite close the four-shot gap over 25 ends.

Results (Northants names only)

Donald Steward Trophy: Northants 99 (2 pts) Lincs 111 (16). K Browning, F Richardson, N Squires lost 21-22; S Suffling, D Flowers, J Masters win 27-11; S Moir, V Hatch, S Craig lost
17-23; A Culingworth, J Phillips, J Padley lost 14-29; E Barr, C Ford, H Bass lost 20-26.

Silver Jubilee Vase: Northants 105 (5) Lincs 109 (13). C Warters, M Landsburgh, P O’Brien lost 14-24; M Linnell, E Wallace, W Harrold drew 22-22; R Mace, J Duffy, J Ford lost 17-21;
M Osbourne, Joyce Needham, S Dale won 22-17; J Cooper, P Birch, G King won 30-25.

Adams team continue to push for title

In a dramatic finish to their Adams Trophy match at Suffolk, Northants kept up their momentum as they strive to retain the title they won for the first time last August.

With the last of the 31 ends to play and torrential rain pelting the remaining rink of Steve Roden, John Holroyd and Graham Agger, Northants held a one shot lead overall (151-150) but faced a two shot deficit on the end until Holroyd, a late replacement, nailed the jack.

Despite later movement on the jack, Northants hung on to win by two to claim 16 of the 22 points available.

Northants had taken an early lead in the match and led 103-85 after 20 ends before Suffolk fought back to trail by only a handful of shots as a heavy shower moved in. It kept Northants on their toes but the win ensured they maintained their 100 per cent record with the crucial visit of Lincolnshire looming on Saturday at Whittlesey Manor.
While Agger’s rink took the honours with a 38-14 win, there were also excellent contributions from the rinks skipped by father and son Martin and Lee Welsford.

Elsewhere at Haughley, Northants’ Newton Trophy team suffered an 18-4 points defeat, stumbling 193-192 against a home team which included a potent mixture of youth and experience.

Captain Brian Bassam, with Mick Greaves and Jim Ruddy, snatched a late winner with Bob Warters, Cliff Watson and Peter Jessop also retaining a 100 per-cent record mastering a tricky end rink to win 28-19.

Results (Northants names only):

Adams Trophy: Suffolk 150 (6pts) Northants 152 (16). N. Wilkie, M. Stokes, P. Buckley lost 17-37; N. Wright, J. Harford, L. Welsford won 31-18; A. Warrington, S. Harris, J.Earl lost 18-32; R. Stevens, P. Bailey, M. Welsford won 25-23; S. Roden, J. Holroyd, G. Agger won 38-14; S. Fenlon, B. Lawrence, R, Martin lost 23-26.

Newton Trophy: Suffolk 192 (18) Northants 139 (4). L Sharp, M Humphreys, M Duell lost 21-30; J Ruddy,M Greaves, B Bassam won 29-28; J Corney, M Squires, R Strong lost 22-30; P Dalliday, P Afford, B Swann lost 24-37; A Grief, P Holmes, F Addy lost 15-48; B Warters, C Watson, P Jessop won 28-19. BW

30-shot win for Northants women over Hunts

Northants Women’s Donald Steward Trophy team secured bragging rights over local rivals Hunts with a comfortable 30-shot victory at Peterborough and District BC, claiming 16 of the 18 points available.

Following last week’s rain-soaked mauling by Suffolk, Northants were determined to restore some pride and did so with four winning rinks and only a single shot defeat on the other.

Ann Cullingworth, Jess Phillips and Joan Padley led the scoring spree with a 33-14 win.

Across the City, celebrations were muted at Parkway where, despite winning on two rinks and drawing a third, the Jubilee Silver Vase team went down 94-119 against the Hunts’ second string.

With four unused reserves watching ‘from the bench’, captain Ann Cooper will no doubt be considering her resources ahead of the next match at home to Lincolnshire, who next year are scheduled to contest the Northern section with Northumberland’s withdrawal.

Results (Northants names only):

Donald Steward Trophy: Northants 131 (16 pts) Hunts 101 (2). K Browning, f Richardson, N Squires lost 25-26; S Suffling, D Flowers, J Masters won 28-21; S Moir, V Hatch, S Craig won 19-18; A Culingworth, J Phillips, J Padley won 33-14; E Barr, C Ford, H Bass won 26-22.

Silver Jubilee Vase: Northants 94 (5) Hunts 119 (13). V Du’Kett, M Landsburgh, P O’Brien won 21-20; M Linnell, G Day, W Harrold won 24-22; G King, F Thomas, J Ford lost 17-22; C Warters, J Duffy, G Edwards lost 9-32; J Cooper, D Brinkman, V Hempsall drew 23-23.

Still places for Potters week (Feb 2017)

There is still time to join fellow Northants Bowling Federation and Northants Women’s Bowling Federation members at the English Bowling Federation’s annual Bowls Week at Potters Leisure, Norfolk early next year, writes Mel Beck.

It is held from Monday, February 27, 2017 through to Friday, March 3, 2017. Some members may also prefer an extra night and start their break from the Sunday (February 26).

Bowlers agree it is a super week, with great food, entertainment and leisure facilities plus first-class accommodation in either bungalows or in the hotel.

Four games of mixed fours are guaranteed and the NBF and the NWBF receive commission on all bookings from its county – this year £430 went into the county coffers shared between the men and women.


(4 nights) Standard Bungalow – £284pp + £5 cancellation fee
(Bungalow plus – £2.50pp per night extra)

(5 nights) Standard Bungalow – £358 + £5 cancellation fee
(Bungalow plus – £2.50pp per night extra)

(4 nights) Hotel – £284pp + £5 cancellation fee (+ £15.00pp per night supplement)

(5 nights) Hotel – £358pp + £5 cancellation fee (+ £15.00pp per night supplement)

All bungalow accommodation prices will receive a further £30pp EBF discount off the brochure price.

A deposit of £40.00pp is required with cheques payable to Potters Leisure Ltd. All enquiries to Dick Ford, Bertie House, Bertie Lane, Uffington, Stamford PE9 4SZ.
Tel: 01780 590786 or email: ford.richard4@sky.com.

Double delight for Northants away to North Cambs

Northants’ Adams Trophy team maintained their momentum in their bid to retain the title by demolishing local rivals North Cambs 215-122, grabbing 20 vital points for the second successive week to lead the southern section table, writes Bob Warters.

After a somewhat shaky start in which they atruggled on the exposed Tilney St Lawrence green, they finally showed their class to overturn the deficit and ran out comfortable winners, to set them up for next week’s visit to Suffolk.

After last week’s defeat against Norfolk, Jonathan Earl’s Blackstones rink of Adam Warrington and Stephen Harris had much to prove – and did so in some style, taking the rink honours with a comprehensive 45-17 scoreline.

With regular Pete Brown missing from the team, Graham Agger took on the skip’s duties alongside Steve Roden and Tony Belson and steered his team to a 20-shot win, while Darren Lord stepped in to help Neil Wright and Lee Welsford to the narrowest of wins.

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After last week’s heavy defeat on his rink against Norfolk, Jack Corney was offered a reprieve by Brian Bassam and repaid his captain for the trust he showed in him by taking rink honours alongside recalled Roger Strong and Malcolm Squires in the Newton clash with North Cambs.

Jack also backed the 13-2 Derby winner Harzand as well as winning the rink sweep so it couldn’t have turned out a better day for the Whittlesey Manor youngster.

Northants took all 22 points in a 210-123 victory on what proved a challenging green at times in Wisbech to resurrect their hopes of earning a rare visit to Skegness. But they will have to take at least take near maximum points from the visit to Suffolk to keep their hopes alive.

Results (Northants names only):

Adams Trophy: North Cambs 122 (2pts) Northants 215 (20). S Fenlon, B Lawrence, R Martin won 33-25; A Warrington, S Harris, J Earl won 45-17; D Lord, N Wright, L Welsford won 29-28; R Stevens, P Bailey, M Welsford lost 30-31; S Roden, T Belson, G Agger won 44-24; N Wilkie, M Stokes, P Buckley won 34-21.

Newton Trophy: North Cambs 123 (0) Northants 210 (22). B Warters, C Watson, P Jessop won 41-17; J Corney, M Squires, P Strong won 46-17; L Sharp, M Humphreys, M Duell won 29-22; J Ruddy, M Greaves, B Bassam won 27-23; J Holroyd, P Afford, B Swann won 34-22; A Grief, P Holmes, F Addy won 33-22.

Pictured below: The Northants Newton team which took maximum points from North Cambs at Wisbech.


Defeats and a drenching for Northants women

In matches both affected by heavy rain against Suffolk, Northants Women’s Bowling Federation teams suffered defeats in both the Donald Steward Trophy and Silver Vase events – failing to claim a single point.

Compared to Northants, the visitors have a large catchment area with many players from whom to pick their two squads, but at the respective Peterborough and District and Parkway venues, the home players never came to terms with the conditions, which demanded more power than finesse.

Both matches were reduced to 19 ends – six short of the usual format – leaving the home players happier to get an early escape from a further drenching, though unable to show off their new county jackets which were protected by waterproofs.

Next Wednesday, Northants entertain Hunts at the same venues (1pm).

Results (Northants names only)

Donald Steward Trophy: Northants 62 (0 pts) Suffolk 95 (18). L Barr, C Ford, H Bass lost 12-19; A White, F Richardson, N Squires lost 16-17; A Cullingworth, J Phillips, J Padley lost 12-21; S Moir, V Hatch, S Craig lost 13-26; S Suffling, D Flowers, J Masters lost 13-26.

Silver Vase: Northants 47 (0) Suffolk 137 (18). V Du’Kett, M Landsburgh, P O’Brien lost 11-27; G King, F Thomas, J Ford lost 5-27; C Warters, J Duffy, G Edwards lost 10-23; J Harvey, J Needham, S Dale lost 7-38; M Linnell, G Day, W Harrold lost 14-22. BW

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