Northants A win Derbyshire Trophy opener

Northants A team with President Dick Noble.

Northants B team

President presents 100 appearance county ties to Simon Law (left) and Mick Greaves.

NORTHANTS A made a winning start to their defence of the English Bowling Federation's
Derbyshire Trophy, the indoor inter-county championship, but they were given few favours by their own B team at Peterborough & District on Sunday morning.

The B team took four of the 14 points off the champions by sharing the rink honours at two apiece, and the final margin of victory for the A side was only eight shots – 94-86 – a far cry to 12 months ago when the A squad triumphed by 61 shots in a 14-0 success, albeit on their home green at Stamford.

For the B team, who finished bottom of the southern section last year, the rink of John Holroyd, Cliff Watson and Graham Agger provided the biggest winning margin by defeating Michael Humphreys, Adam Warrington and team captain James Harford 34-13.

County president Dick Noble led Jeff Clipston and Brian Bassam to a 22-21 victory over Paul Dalliday, Trevor Collins and Simon Law, who as the match entered the closing stages seemed destined to collect the spoils.

Tristan Morton was in awesome form for the A team as he guided Brian Martin and Bob Warters to a 29-10 victory over Mike Ramsden, Mick Greaves and debutant Mick Duell, while Stephen Harris, Roger Martin and Martyn Dolby made certain that the bulk of the points were going in the direction of the A team with a 31-20 defeat of Les Sharp, Ray Keating and Mick Linnell.

Next up for the B team is a home match against Norfolk on Sunday, November 17th, with the A team returning to action the following Sunday (November 24th) against North Cambs at Stamford. MB

RESULT

NORTHANTS A 94 (10), NORTHANTS B 86 (4): (Northants A rinks first) – 

Paul Dalliday, Trevor Collins, Simon Law, 21, Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble 22.

Stephen Harris, Roger Martin, Martyn Dolby 31, Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell 20.

Michael Humphreys, Adam Warrington, James Harford 13, John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Graham Agger 34.

Brian Martin, Bob Warters, Tristan Morton 29, Mike Ramsden, Mick Greaves, Mick Duell 10.

FEDERATION ANNUAL MEETINGS

THE NBF annual general meeting takes place at the Peterborough & District club next Wednesday (October 16th) at 7.30pm, while the NWBF AGM is at the same venue on Wednesday, November 6th at 7.00pm.

At the NWBF meeting, Dick Noble will begin his second year as president, but as yet no-one has come forward to take up the vacant position of deputy president.

Viv Hempsell (Yaxley) will take over as president from Chris Ford (Ketton) at the women's meeting.

MEN TAKE THE HONOURS

THE annual NBF v NWBF indoor match, which was played at Stamford IBC on Saturday, ended in a 150-73 victory for the men.

The men won on all six rinks in what was the last presidential function for women's president Chris Ford before she hands over the chain of office to Viv Hempsell at next month's annual general meeting.

Speaking after the post match meal, she said that she had thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and thanked everyone for their support over the past 12 months.

RESULT

NBF 150, NWBF 73 (NBF rinks first):

Richard Allam, Barry Lawrence, Graham Agger 15, Janet Lonslow, Jan Want, Rose Marsh 12.

Mike Ramsden, Malcolm Squires, Mick Duell 31, Helen Holroyd, Shirley Suffling, Anne Holmes 17.

Les Sharp, Steve Johnson, Ray Keating 37, Cheryl McCarthy, Joyce Needham, Gill King 9.

Paul Dalliday, Dick Noble, Tristan Morton 24, June Brennan, Moira Holroyd, Chris Ford 14.

Alan Romaine, Kevin Vinter, Mick Linnell 20, Jenny Harvey, Doris Flowers, Elizabeth Wallace 10.

Melvyn Beck, Brian Bassam, James Harford 23, Norma Squires, Marlene Osborne, Denise Mackie 11.

DERBYSHIRE TITLE DEFENCE BEGINS

NORTHANTS A begin the defence of the English Bowling Federation indoor inter-county championship on Sunday against their own B team at Peterborough & District (10.00am).

James Harford's team lifted the Derbyshire Trophy for only the third time in the county's history at the expense of Nottinghamshire at Newark in April, and they will be looking to repeat the feat this season.

There are two changes from the that succesful team for Sunday's opener, with Brian Martin and Stephen Harris replacing Jeff Newson and Nick Wilkie.

Malcolm Squires' B team finished bottom of the southern section last year – only their second season in the competition – so they will be hoping to improve matters this time around.

One new face in their squad from last season is that of Mick Duell, who will skip one of the four rinks.

How the teams line-up;

Northants A

Michael Humphreys, Adam Warrington, James Harford; Brian Martin, Bob Warters, Tristan Morton; Stephen Harris, Roger Martin, Martyn Dolby; Paul Dalliday, Trevor Collins, Simon Law.

Northants B

John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Graham Agger; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble; Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell; Mike Ramsden, Mick Greaves, Mick Duell. Res: Phil Afford.

NATIONAL PRESIDENTS AT LUNCHEON

 

THE national presidents from the English Bowling Federation were the principal guests at the Northants Bowling Federation annual presentation luncheon held recently at the Orton Hall Hotel.

Northants Bowling Federation presidents Chris Ford and Dick Noble co-hosted the joint event and they assisted English Women’s Bowling Federation president Carole Swan and English Bowling Federation president Mick Rayson with the trophy presentations.

It was a successful year for the county with three national titles and they had no fewer than eight finalists at the outdoor championships in Skegness, although only two were converted into titles – Les Sharp and Gill King (Yaxley) in the senior mixed pairs and the Whittlesey Manor trio of Roger Stevens, Graham Agger and Steve Lander, who substituted for Martin Welsford in the final.

The other national title was achieved indoors when the county won the Derbyshire Trophy inter-county championship for only the third time.

These three trophies were presented again at the luncheon by the men’s national president, along with the Under 25 ‘Player of the Tournament’ award received at Skegness by Stephen Harris (Blackstones), who reached two finals and two semi-finals.

In fact, Stephen and his sister Louise, who was unable to attend the luncheon, claimed no fewer than ten county titles between them this year, including both the indoor and outdoor mixed pairs championships and their respective outdoor junior singles titles.

Louise also holds both pairs titles, one with Katie Bailey and the other with Helen Holroyd (Stamford), who also claimed a nap hand of trophies, including the indoor mixed triples with her mother and father, Moira and John.

There were special awards for the Derbyshire A and B teams, with Jeff Newson and Mick Linnell the first recepients, while Brian Martin and Norma Squires received the Adams and Newton Shields respectively.

To mark the 90th anniversary of the Northants Bowling Federation, national president Mick Rayson donated a new trophy for the outdoor mixed triples, won by Parkway’s Sophie Morton, Simon Law and Tristan Morton, the latter away on England duty in the European Championships.

There was also a new outdoor two-bowl singles trophy bearing the name of Forterra, which was purchased by the county in appreciation of the company’s on-going sponsorship agreement.

ROLL OF HONOUR

WOMEN

INDOOR

Singles: Helen Holroyd; r/u Louise Harris; Senior singles: Chris Ford; r/u Sheila Craig; Pairs: Louise Harris & Helen Holroyd; r/u Marlene Osborne & Hazel Bass; Triples: June Brennan, Jan Want, Chris Ford; r/u Penny Hart, Marlene Osborne, Hazel Bass.

OUTDOOR

2b singles: Sue Moir (Langtoft Pearl); r/u Julie Masters (Parkway); 4b singles: Chris Ford (Ketton); r/u Tina Tinklin (Conservative); Champion of Champions: Joan Robinson (Yaxley); r/u Andrea Cox (Langtoft Pearl); Senior singles: Sue Moir (Langtoft Pearl); r/u Val Newson (Parkway); U25 singles: Louise Harris (Blackstones); r/u Sophie Morton (Parkway); Pairs: Louise Harris & Katie Bailey (Blackstones); r/u Fiona Richardson & Norma Squires (City of Peterborough); Senior pairs: Carol Warters & Elizabeth Wallace (Ketton); r/u Sue Overton & Val Newson (Parkway); 2b triples: Kathy Browning, Joyce Needham, Viv Hempsell (Yaxley); r/u Rita Downs, Sharon & Katie Bailey (Blackstones); 3b triples: Ann Holmes, Helen Holroyd, Linda Starbuck (Stamford); r/u Sophie Morton, Merisha McKernan, Julie Masters (Parkway).

MEN

INDOOR

Singles: Paul Dalliday; r/u James Harford; U25 open singles: Helen Holroyd; r/u Stephen Harris; Veterans singles: Martyn Dolby; r/u Dick Noble; Pairs: James Harford & Simon Law; r/u Paul Dalliday & Tristan Morton; Mixed pairs: Louise & Stephen Harris; r/u Chris Ford & Martyn Dolby; Triples: Adam Warrington, John Earl, Martyn Dolby; r/u Stephen Harris, Peter Edwards, Cliff Watson; Mixed triples: Moira, Helen & John Holroyd; r/u Alan Romaine, Carol & Bob Warters.

OUTDOOR

2b singles: Paul Dalliday (Parkway); r/u John Holroyd (Stamford); 4b singles: Stephen Harris (Blackstones); r/u Lee Welsford (Whittlesey Manor); Champion of Champions: Malcolm Mann (Vanguard); r/u Cliff Watson (Peterborough & District); Veterans singles: Mick Duell (Whittlesey Manor); r/u Roger Stevens (Whittlesey Manor); Secretary singles: Malcolm Squires (City of Peterborough); r/u Andrew Grief (Crowland); U25 singles: Stephen Harris (Blackstones); r/u Zack Brown (Whittlesey Manor); U25 open pairs: Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) & Stephen Harris (Blackstones); r/u Sophie Morton (Parkway) & Helen Holroyd (Stamford); Pairs: Brian Martin & James Harford (Parkway); r/u Stephen Harris & John Earl (Blackstones); Senior pairs: Malcolm Mann & Mike Ramsden (Vanguard); r/u Trevor Christie & Paul Buckley (Blackstones); Mixed pairs: Louise & Stephen Harris (Blackstones); r/u Sarah & Jeff Newson (Parkway); Senior mixed pairs: Gill King & Les Sharp (Yaxley); r/u Shirley Suffling (Ketton) & Paul Buckley (Blackstones); 2b triples: Paul Dalliday, Simon Law, Tristan Morton (Parkway); r/u Richard Allam, John Holroyd, Kevin Vinter (Stamford); 3b triples: Roger Stevens, Graham Agger, Martin Welsford (Whittlesey Manor); r/u Martyn Dolby, John Earl, Adam Warrington (Blackstones); Mixed triples: Sophie Morton, Simon Law, Tristan Morton (Parkway); r/u Shirley Suffling (Ketton), Martin Stokes, Paul Buckley (Blackstones).

TEAM EVENTS

Danny Duffy Trophy (club championship): Blackstones; r/u Parkway; Adams Cup: Peterborough & District; r/u City of Peterborough A.

Saturday slump as bowlers fail to add to title double

Gill King and Les Sharp with their senior mixed pairs trophy

Steve Lander, Roger Stevens and Graham Agger with the three wood triples shield

Stephen and Louise Harris reached three finals between them.

Just when it looked like Northants might achieve their best-ever silverware return from the Skegness championships after reaching four Saturday finals on top of the two they won on Friday, their exhausted bowlers just failed to step up at the last minute.

Les Sharp and Gill King (Yaxley) in the senior mixed triples, together with Roger Stevens, Steve Lander (replacing the injured Martin Welsford) and Graham Agger in the three-bowl rinks had earlier given Northants a flying start but that’s where success came to a sudden halt.

Nearest to extending the outstanding performances of the week was Sue Moir who took the two-bowl singles decider to 20-20 against Cleethorpes bowler K Cox before having to concede the match 21-20.

Brother and sister Stephen and Louise Harris from Stamford, had high hopes of completing a Blackstones double in their respective Under 25 singles finals but neither could recapture the form that got them to the climax and lost respectively to R Claxton (Suffolk) and B Wabe (North Cambs) 15-21 and 16-21.

And any hopes that the Stamford Town combination of Moira and Helen Holroyd and Ann Holmes had of emulating Parkway in 2013 were dismissed in the early ends when they trailed their Cleveland opponents by 19 shots. They eventually conceded with only one shot on the board.

Celebrations were perhaps mooted after ‘Fabulous Friday’ but all Northants bowlers can be proud of reaching the championships and especially for reaching the closing stages.

NBF competition secretary Graham Agger summed up his week: “Like many of my fellow bowlers, I have been toiling for too many years trying to achieve a national title and now I have, I am absolutely thrilled.”

Competing at Skegness after many rounds of qualifying is not an exact science – especially on greens that can tend to throw up a weird examination paper – but, like competing at the US Masters golf at Augusta, it tends to eventually reward those with experience of the unique conditions who keep coming back year after year until eventually it is their time.

With so many finalists and semi-finalists, the Northants Federation luncheon on September 22 at Orton Hall promises to be a true celebration of achievement.

Make sure you get your ticket.

FOOTNOTE: Some consolation for Stephen Harris, losing his Under 25 singles and mixed pairs final with Louise, came with the award of the best Under 25 overall performance, having also lost in the semi-finals of the 4-bowl singles and Under 25 Open pairs with Jack Corney. BW

Two titles for Northants…hopefully more to come!

Gill and Les with the Presidents

The Presidents with from the left: Roger Stevens, Steve Lander and Graham Agger.(Images courtesy of Viv Hempsell)

LOOKING FOR MORE TITLES ON SATURDAY

With two titles already in their grasp, Northants Bowling Federation’s men and women bowlers will contest four more today (Saturday) as they challenge to become the most successful county at the 2019 championships.

Having already won the senior mixed pairs and men’s three-bowl rinks, their bid for the Victor Ludorum and Victrix Ludorum trophies continues with final appearances for Stephen Harris in the men’s under 25 singles, his sister Louise in the equivalent women’s discipline and Sue Moir (Langtoft) in the two-bowl singles.

Completing a possible quartet of titles will be the Stamford Town trio of Moira and Helen Holroyd and Ann Holmes in the three-bowl rinks.

Stephen Harris faces R Claxton (Suffolk) in the Under 25 singles, while his sister Louise simultaneously takes on B Wabe from North Cambs in the women’s equivalent, having beaten E Collins 21-20 in a tense semi-final.

For Moir, a very accomplished singles player, it’s a chance to at last claim a title which has come close in previous years. Having beaten Hunts’ J Chapman in the semi-final she meets Lincs K Cox.

Completing the Northants challenge are Moira and Helen Holroyd and Ann Holmes for the Stamford Town Club who will play three from Cleveland in the three-bowls triples final, last won by Pat Reynolds, Sarah Newson and the late Helen Crow in 2014.

FABULOUS FRIDAY

Many Northants bowlers whose memories stretch that far will remember times when its players reached a handful of national championship latter stages at Skegness only to slip up, dubbing it Black Friday.

This year, with the experience of past disappointments still fresh, it’s bowlers turned it around and claimed two titles in a day.

Les Sharp, who is perhaps best recognised as giving sterling service as an umpire at the championship proved his skill as a player, by joining Yaxley clubmate Gill King to win the Senior Mixed pairs, defeating Brian Errington and Brenda Aitken (Durham) 18-14.

Completing a Northants double were Whittlesey Manor trio Roger Stevens, Graham Agger and Steve Lander (stepping in for indisposed Martin Welsford) who beat Suffolk 21-11 in the three-bowl triples. Lander had won the title in 20-12 with Steve Roden and Pete Brown.

As always, success comes with disappointment and so it turned out in the two-bowl rinks final where Tristan Morton returned to skip Paul Dalliday and Simon Law, after James Harford proved a very able substitute in helping them to a semi-final victory.

However though they all played well against the Derbyshire rink, opposition skip Russell Robinson proved the difference. He converted several crucial heads – enough to earn his side a 17-16 win on the last end.

Stephen Harris, with his sister Louise, also lost 24-7 in the semi-final of the mixed pairs to Notts’ Dave Adams and his wife and then with Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) in the Open Under 25 pairs was beaten 13-18 by Suffolk.

Northants still challenging in nine events

Gill King and Les Sharp

Sue Moir

Paul Dalliday contesting the 2-bowl singles

Blackstones bowlers supporting their clubmates

Carol Warters and Elizabeth Wallace contest the senior pairs

Joan Robinson ahead of her CofC first round match

Moira Holroyd, Ann Holmes and Helen Holroyd with president Chris Ford

Stephen and Louise Harris in the mixed pairs

Elizabeth Wallace in action

Les Sharp in action

Whittlesey Manor bowlers contested 3-bowl rinks

Paul Dalliday, Simon Law and Tris Morton with president Dick Noble

YAXLEY PAIR EARN FINAL SPOT IN STYLE

Les Sharp and Gill King charged into the final of the senior mixed pairs at the national championship in Skegness with an emphatic win in the semi-final.

The Broadway, Yaxley duo crushed the Price/Waling combination from North Cambs 27-6 and were due to play the Durham pairing of B Errington and B Aitken in the final later this afternoon.

Stephen Harris’s hopes of reaching the 4-bowl singles final ended with a 21-18 defeat by D Fenwick (Cleveland) , while Dave Adams (Notts) put Malcolm Mann (Vanguard) out of the champion of champions singles 21-11.

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

England Under 25 indoor international Stephen Harris (Blackstones) will need to summon all his energy and experience to survive a hectic Friday of non-stop competition in which Northants bowlers are still contesting an unprecedented 11 events.

Harris challenges for at three events today starting at 9.15 with the four-bowl singles semi-final against D Fenwick (Cleveland) followed. He must then must fit in both the under 25 singles against an as yet unknown opponent and a mixed pairs final with his sister Louise against Dave Adams and his wife from Notts.

Harris has also reached the final of the under 25 Open pairs with Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) which will be played on Saturday.

Louise Harris meanwhile, faces the winner of the E Collins (Derbyshire) or Danielle Wild (Lincs) quarter-final at 12.15pm.

Other scheduled events which include Northants bowlers are as follows: 9.15 am – Senior mixed pairs semi-final : Les Sharp & Gill King v S Price & C Waling (N. Cambs); 10.45 am – Women’s two-bowl singles semi-final: Sue Moir v J Chapman (Hunts); Champion of Champion singles – Malcolm Mann v D Adams (Notts).

2.15pm – men’s 2-bowl rinks final – Paul Dalliday, Simon Law, Tristan Morton ( or James Harford) v Derbyshire; men’s 3-bowl rinks final – Roger Stevens, Graham Agger and Martin Welsford v Suffolk; women’s 3-bowl rinks final – Moira and Helen Holroyd & Ann Holmes v Cleveland.

THURSDAY (Continued)

As the sun set on Skegness on Thursday, Northants bowlers reached two more finals to be played on Friday afternoon.

In the respective three-bowl rinks – for men and women – Northants clinched both final places.

The Whittlesey Manor men’s trio (Roger Stevens, Graham Agger and Martin Welsford) however, had to endure a tense measure at the end of their clash against Cleveland.

With the scores level and the last bowl delivered, the umpire was called on to make the final decision which eventually went Northants way 18-17 and earned a place in the final against Suffolk.

For mother and daughter Moira and Helen Holroyd playing with skip Ann Holmes, the Stamford Town triple, secured a 14-6 victory over Northumberland to set up a final against Cleveland.

Sue Moir earned a spot in the semi-final of the two-bowl singles against Hunts’ J Chapman after beating S Clipston (Derbyshire) 21-19 but Mick Duell’s hopes of regaining the Veteran singles he won in 2016 ended with the narrowest of defeats (21-20) at the hands of Notts’ Ian Dickinson.

Malcolm Mann (Vanguard) is still going, however, in the champion of champion 2-bowl singles and having beaten D Woolford (Hunts) 21-11 faced Notts veteran D Adams.

THURSDAY

Despite the loss of Tristan Morton to commitments at the EBA finals at Leamington, the Parkway trio of Paul Dalliday, Simon Law and substitute James Harford, maintained their defence of the two-bowl triples title with a convincing win over Humberside, to reach the final at Skegness on Friday (2.15 pm).

With Law taking over the skipping duties from Morton and Harford, captain of Northants’ indoor county championship-winning side, slotting in at No.2, they beat the Humberside triple from the Cemex club in South Ferriby 21-16.

They will play Russell Robinson’s Derbyshire trio, who beat Cleveland 20-8.

Whittlesey Manor bowler Mick Duell made a good start in his bid to regain the Senior singles title he won in 2016. He beat Notts’ Paul Richie 21-15 and will play Cleveland’s P Dickinson later today.

Stephen Harris continued on his unbeaten run in four competitions. A former winner of the Under 25 Open singles in 2016 with Darren Middleton,the young Blackstones bowler this time joined Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) to beat a Cleveland combination 21-11.

Stephen’s sister Louise won a nail-biter in the Under 25 singles beating K Jones (Notts) 21-20 to reach Friday’s semi-finals.

Les sharp and Gill King ( Yaxley) caused one of the championship upsets when they beat 2016 winners of the senior mixed pairs Annie Lenmie and Herbie Blackstock (Northumberland) 17-15 to reach the semi-finals.

WEDNESDAY

Northants Federation bowlers moved into the closing stages of the national championships at Skegness with still hopes of repeating last year’s successes when they claimed three titles.

In the men’s two-bowl triples, defending champions Paul Dalliday, Simon Law and Tristan Morton reached the semi-finals with a 22-13 defeat of Norfolk, who had earlier beaten Lincs.
Dalliday also reached the second round of the two bowl singles defeating J Emmerson (Notts) 21-19.

The unforgiving Suncastle rinks were causing problems all round for players and in the senior mixed pairs, the frustration caused Les Sharp and Gill King to switch positions as the Federation rules allow, giving Sharp the opportunity to convert heads from skip. The pair picked up four shots on the 15th end and went on to win 17-16.

However, a switch of position just failed to prevent the Ketton senior pair of Elizabeth Wallace and Carol Warters from progressing. Warters turned their fortunes around from lead at 3-8 behind but a fortunate trail by Derbyshire skip Daphne Eaton put the result beyond doubt from 15-15.

There was also disappointment for the Yaxley rinks of Joyce Needham, Kath Browning and Viv Hempsell, who built up a healthy lead against North Essex in the two-bowl discipline only to squander it 17-12.

Elsewhere Stephen Harris again reached the semis of the Under 25 singles, defeating J Buckee (Humberside) 21-12 and was due to play T Reed (North Cambs) for a place in Friday’s semi-finals of the 4-bowl singles.

The Stamford Town triple of Moira and Helen Holroyd and Ann Holmes looked to be facing an uphill struggle against Lincs when they trailed by six, in the three bowl triples and we’re facing a six count against them.

However, when Holmes managed to grab second bowl and Helen took over at lead from her mother, fortunes quickly changed. They started piling on the pressure and went on to win 20-14.

It was just one of six successive wins at the end of an exciting day, with the Whittlesey Manor trio of Roger Martin Welsford also winning well 23-16 after the match was tied at 16-16 with two ends to play.

Late in the day, Yaxley’s Joan Robinson earned a second round spot against Northumberland with a 21-16 defeat of Lincolnshire Maureen Wilson.

Louise and Stephen Harris then completed an outstanding afternoon for Northants, beating Steve Botten and his partner from North Essex 21-18 in the mixed pairs.

They will face the Millers from North Cambs in the semi-final at a time yet to be decided.

TUESDAY

The opening day of the English Bowling Federation championships on Tuesday brought little joy for Northants bowlers with only Blackstones’s Stephen Harris and Langtoft’s Sue Moir reaching the second round.

Having beaten P Dayus (Notts) 21-7 in the four-bowl singles, Harris will play T Reed (North Cambs) on Thursday morning.

Moir was equally convincing in beating M Thompson (North Essex) 21-16 in the two bowl senior singles and takes on J Yelland (Notts) on Wednesday morning.

NWBF president Christine Ford (Ketton) held J Clifton (North Cambs) at 16-16 but lost momentum, conceding a three and two-count in the last two ends.

Defeat also came for Louise Harris and Katie Bailey (Blackstones) a 12-17 scoreline against Northumberland.

Elsewhere, last year’s mixed triples semi-finalists Sophie and Tristan and Simon Law (Parkway) went out 14-18 to North Cambs and clubmates Brian Martin and James Harford crashed out of the pairs 18-21 to Humberside.

It was similar story for the senior combination of Malcolm Mann and Mike Ramsden (Vanguard), beaten 15-19 by the Lee and Waine Huntingdonshire duo.

Malcolm Squires (City of Peterborough) was beaten 21-7 by Cleveland’s J Higgins in the secretaries singles.

Federation president seeks a deputy

CLUBS affiliated to the Northants Bowling Federation are being asked to nominate a member to become Deputy president of the county to succeed the current president Dick Noble from November 2020.

Noble, who succeeded previous president Tony Mace for a two-year term in 2018, says he is keen to show a deputy the ropes for a year while being groomed for the presidential role.

The successfully-elected candidate will join the executive committee and help shape the rules and playing programme during his term of tenure.

The NBF is also looking for nominations to captain the county’s outdoor Adams and Newton Trophy teams, succeeding Jonathan Earl and Cliff Watson, who have decided to step aside because of other commitments.

Most recently, the Adams team beat Northumberland to win the national title in 2015 for the first time in its history, while the Newton team lost in the final to Humberside a year later.

Nominations for all three posts should be submitted in writing or via email to the county secretary Melvyn Beck by September 11.

FEE FOR HOSTING COUNTY FINALS ESTABLISHED

Northants Bowling Federation management committee has agreed to offer a fixed payment of £120 to clubs hosting county outdoor finals who meet the NBF’s criteria. It is comparable to the county’s submission to non-affiliated clubs who host the annual indoor finals in March.

It will be upto individual clubs nominated to decide whether they wish to take up the offer.

The 2020 outdoor finals will be hosted by Ketton Bowls Club on July 19.

Northants celebrates its 90th anniversary

NORTHANTS Bowling Federation celebrated its 90th anniversary with a commemorative match between the county and a team pulled together by President Dick Noble.

The match, a comprehensive win for the President 125-95, helped raise more than £425 for the charity Children with Cancer UK.

As well as a raffle – organised by Rita Mace and Janet Duffy – the event attracted further funds from the auction of a commemorative cake in county colours, made for the occasion by Whittlesey Manor members Bill and Linda Stark.

It was also an opportunity for the national president Mick Rayson to pay tribute to the service to the county of life member Cliff Watson, who is retiring as Newton Trophy captain having led the Adams team to the title in 2015 for the first time in the county’s history.

Watson’s wife Sue recently underwent an operation after suffering a broken hip and he wants to devote time to assist her recovery.

Said Rayson: “You will be an extremely hard act to follow but whomever takes on the captaincy, they know they can rely on your experienced counsel to help them in the task.

“We salute your devotion to the duties of the Northants Federation and wish you and Sue every happiness in the future.”

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