CHANGES FOR NORTHANTS B

NORTHANTS B begin the new decade with an away match against North Cambs in the Derbyshire Trophy on Sunday (January 5).

Team captain Malcolm Squires makes three changes, one enforced, for the English Bowling Federation indoor county championship fixture being played at the Sutton St James club, the new home for North Cambs following the closure of the Wisbech club last year.

Graham Agger and Les Sharp return to the team and there's a first appearance for Fred Richardson. They replace Squires, Melvyn Beck and the late Mick Duell from the team beaten by Lincolnshire in the previous match.

A first victory in the competition would lift Northants B off the bottom of the southern section table at the expense of Sunday's hosts.

Northants B (not in rink order): Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell, Brian Bassam, Jeff Clipston, Dick Noble, Cliff Watson, Graham Agger, Mike Ramsden, Fred Richardson, Mick Greaves, John Holroyd.

 

ANOTHER TRAGIC LOSS

FOR the second time in the space of a few days the local bowls fraternity have been shaken by the sudden death of a well respected bowler in Peter Edwards (77), former president of Stamford IBC and the Ketton club.

The former table tennis player and cricketer was a founder member of the indoor club with his wife Glenys and represented the club regularly since its formation in 1990.

He also played for Lincs IBA and Northants Bowling Federation, winning many titles – outdoors and indoors – and reaching national finals weeks at both Skegness and Newark.

The funeral service will be held at the Peterborough Crematorium at Marholm on Tuesday, January 14th at 10.30am followed by a thanksgiving service at St Mary's Church, Ketton, at noon.

SAD NEWS

THE local bowls world has been stunned by the sudden death at the weekend of well-known bowler Mick Duell at his Whittlesey home.

The Whittlesey Manor club member, who previously bowled for West Ward and Perkins, represented the Northants Bowling Federation county team indoors and out and won the English Bowling Federation's veterans singles title at Skegness in 2016.

The funeral service is at Peterborough Crematorium on Tuesday, December 24th at 10.00am.

NORTHANTS A WIN AGAIN

NORTHANTS A made it three wins out of three, and a second maximum 14 point haul in a row, when they defeated Hunts 115-70 at Stamford as they bid to retain the Derbyshire Trophy, the English Bowling Federation indoor inter-county championship.

Now they have to wait until mid-February before concluding their campaign with crucial away fixtures against Lincs and Norfolk that will surely determine the outcome of the southern section title race.

Northants A currently top the table with 38 points, but both Norfolk and Lincs have only played one match apiece, both gaining maximum points against Northants B at Peterborough & District.

The rink of Brian Martin, Bob Warters and Roger Martin led the way against Hunts with a 40-14 victory, ably supported by the rinks of Martyn Dolby (25-15), Simon Law (25-20) and team captain James Harford (25-21).

Next up for Northants A is a trip to Lincs on February 16 and then Norfolk the following Sunday.

Northants B were hoping to aid the A team's title chances by taking some points off Lincs, but it was not to be with the visitors claiming all 14 in a 122-71 victory.

The rink of county president Dick Noble looked on course at one stage to prevent a rinks 'whitewash', but were overhauled over the last few ends and lost by nine shots.

The B team return to action on Sunday, January 5 with a visit to North Cambs, who are playing out of Sutton St James following the closure of Wisbech at the end of last season, and conclude their programme with a trip to Hunts on February 16.

RESULTS

Northants A 115 (14), Hunts 70 (0) – (Northants rinks only):

Wayne Aspinall, Trevor Collins, James Harford won 25-21; Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby won 25-15; Brian Martin, Bob Warters, Roger Martin won 40-14; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law won 25-20.

Northants B 71 (0), Lincs 122 (14) – (Northants rinks only):

Melvyn Beck, Mick Greaves, Ray Keating lost 17-35; John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Mick Linnell lost 18-29; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble lost 21-30; Mike Ramsden, Malcolm Squires, Mick Duell lost 15-28.

 

 

 

CHANGES FOR NORTHANTS TEAMS

BOTH the Northants A and B teams complete their home programmes in the Derbyshire Trophy on Sunday morning (December 1).

The A team will be bidding to make it three wins out of three in their quest to retain the English Bowling Federation indoor county championship when they face Hunts at Stamford, while the B team will be hoping to assist their A team's cause by taking some points off Lincolnshire at Peterborough & District, both matches starting at 10.00am.

Brian Martin and Bob Warters return for the A team to replace Dusty Miller and Mike Robertson in the rink of Tristan Morton, while Mike Ramsden for the unavailable Les Sharp is the only change in personnel for the B team, but team captain Malcolm Squires will alter the rink formations following their recent defeat by Norfolk.

Northants A: Wayne Aspinall, Roger Martin, James Harford; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law; Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby; Brian Martin, Bob Warters, Tristan Morton.

Northants B (not in rink order): John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Mick Duell, Mike Ramsden, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell, Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble, Melvyn Beck, Mick Greaves, Malcolm Squires.

 

‘FULL HOUSE’ FOR NORTHANTS A

NORTHANTS A continued their bid to retain the Derbyshire Trophy, the English Bowling Federation's indoor county championship, with a maximum 14 points haul against North Cambs at Stamford. to make it two wins out of two.

It was comfortable 118-68 victory in the end, but during the early stages few would have anticipated such a wide margin of success as North Cambs gave the impression they might prove troublesome opponents with early leads on three of the four rinks.

However, once the much-changed Northants team got into their stride there was never any question about the outcome, although a 'full house' was not guaranteed until the last end on the rink of team captain James Harford, playing with debutant Wayne Aspinall and Roger Martin, who secured a treble to claim a 24-21 victory over city-based skip Nigel Eagle.

By this time the other three Northants rinks were home and hosed, with Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys and Simon Law leading the way with a 34-15 victory, closely followed by Richard Allam, Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby with a 32-15 win.

The rink of Dusty Miller, a last minute replacement for Brian Martin, Mike Robertson and Tristan Morton were 28-17 winners, having been 8-1 down at one stage.

RESULT

Northants A 118 (14), North Cambs 68 (0) – (Northants rinks only):

Wayne Aspinall, Roger Martin, James Harford won 24-21; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law won 34-15; Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby won 32-15; Dusty Miller, Mike Robertson, Tristan Morton won 28-17.

CHANGES FOR NORTHANTS A

NORTHANTS A resume their bid to retain the Derbyshire Trophy when they entertain North Cambs at Stamford this Sunday afternoon (November 24th) starting at 2.00pm.

Team captain James Harford has been forced to make three changes from the team that defeated the B team by just eight shots in their opening fixture in the English Bowling Federation's indoor inter-county championship.

Debutant Wayne Aspinall, Mike Robertson and Richard Allam come into the side to replace the unavailable Bob Warters, Trevor Collins and Stephen Harris.

Having dropped four points to their B side, the A team will be keen to claim the maximum 14 points from their clash with North Cambs, who lost their opening fixture to Hunts.

Northants A: Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby; Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Tristan Morton; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law; Wayne Aspinall, Roger Martin, James Harford.

SHORTS FOR LADIES

THE English Women's Bowling Federation have agreed in principal to the wearing of shorts in national finals and county association matches.

County delegates attending the joint annual general meeting of the English Bowling Federation and the English Women's Bowling Federation at Grantham supported the proposal, but a decision on when the rule will be implemented has been delayed while a sub-committee assesses the merits of various designs and material.

A rule to allow men to wear white shorts in national finals and county association matches was passed at last year's annual meeting.

A loss on the year of £1,133.60 was reported by treasurer Ty Roberts – the first deficit in eight years. Income decreased this year by £1,309.31, due in the main to fewer clubs, with levy down by £240, player affiliations by £697 (a drop of 3%), the Potters week by £580, competition entries £533 and team entries £150, but the Federation still has assets topping £92,500.

The national finals at Newark and Skegness currently run at a cost to the Federation of around £9,000 a year, but the treasurer concluded that he felt it was essential to continue to hold these events to maintain the Federation's standing.

Mike Carr (LIncs) is the new men's president, with Trevor Hardingham (Norfolk) moving up to deputy and Ian Bratton (Humberside) elected the new junior deputy president.

The new women's president is Gill Bush (North Essex), with Paula Gooch (Suffolk) taking over as deputy, and Elaine Haddon-Holmes (Derbys) confirmed as the new junior deputy president.

Ray White (North Essex) was returned unopposed as chairman.

 

 

 

 

 

CRUSHING DEFEAT FOR NORTHANTS B

HAVING pushed their A team all the way to the line in their opening Derbyshire Trophy match of the season, Northants B were brought down to earth with a bump by Norfolk at Peterborough & District.

Only eight shots separated the A and B teams in the first fixture of the English Bowling Federation's indoor inter-county championship, but this time Northants B were very much second best as Norfolk powered their way to a 148-54 victory to claim all 14 points.

The rink of John Holroyd, Cliff Watson and Mick Duell did have their heads in front for almost two thirds of their clash, but were overhauled over the closing ends to lose by 14 shots – 36-22.

Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam and county president Dick Noble kept within striking distance of their opponents, the losing margin being only 11 shots – 26-15.

It was far less competitive on the other two rinks, with Les Sharp, Ray Keating and Mick Linnell going down 36-13, while Melvyn Beck, Mick Greaves and team captain Malcolm Squires endured a nightmare 50-4 drubbing.

It was therefore a baptism of fire for county secretary Melvyn Beck, a late replacement for the injured Mike Ramsden, against a rink skipped by Bryan Sadler, who found the green so much to his liking that his team-mates presented him with a Peterborough & District membership form at the post-match dinner.

RESULT

Northants B 54 (0), Norfolk 148 (14) – (Northants rinks only):

John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Mick Duell lost 22-36; Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell lost 13-36; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble lost 15-26; Melvyn Beck, Mick Greaves, Malcolm Squires lost 4-50.

 

 

 

 

 

ONE CHANGE FOR NORTHANTS B

NORTHANTS B resume their Derbyshire Trophy indoor inter-county championship campaign on Sunday week (November 17th) at home to Norfolk at Peterborough & District (10.00am).

They are forced to make one change from the team that came close to upsetting the odds against their own A team, the defending champions only winning by eight shots with rink honours shared at four apiece.

With Graham Agger unavailable, team captain Malcolm Squires comes into the team to skip Mike Ramsden and Mick Greaves, while Mick Duell moves over to link up with John Holroyd and Cliff Watson.

Northants B: John Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Mick Duell; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble; Les Sharp, Ray Keating, Mick Linnell; Mike Ramsden, Mick Greaves, Malcolm Squires.

 

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