SAD to report the death of well known bowls enthusiast John Harvey at the age of 80.

Although a long-term medical condition restricted his appearances on the green in latter years, he was an avid supporter of local bowls events, along with wife Jenny, also a member of the Peterborough & District club.

He was also noted for the number of sets of bowls he had acquired, and many local bowlers have benefited from his collection over the years.

The funeral takes place at Peterborough Crematorium on Wednesday, March 11th at 10.30am.



A PIECE of county history was made in Norfolk at the weekend when Northants A reached back-to-back Derbyshire Trophy finals for the first time.

The current holders of the English Bowling Federation's indoor county championship are now set to face Durham in the national final at Newark on Saturday, April 25th following a last-gasp one-shot victory over Norfolk at the Gallows club in Fakenham.

Three-time winners of the championship since its inception in the 1984/85 season, Northants required seven points to guarantee a fourth appearance in the final, but it took a nail-biting last bowl from Brian Martin to prevent the county having a nervy wait until the outcome of Norfolk's last match against Lincolnshire. 

With three of the four rinks completed, Northants held a slender 98-96 lead, but Martin, who had earlier switched positions with namesake Roger, held his nerve when four shots down to draw second shot and guarantee his team the southern section title with a 10-4 points success and a five-match 100 per cent record.

His rink, which also included Richard Allam at lead, had earlier held the advantage before former world indoor singles champion Mervyn King switched from skip to lead and began to smother the jack.

Elsewhere, Wayne Aspinall, Martyn Dolby and team captain James Harford struggled early on against Danny Cawthorne's rink, trailing 8-19 until they reshuffled positions to great effect to run out 28-20 winners.

Michael Humphreys, Paul Dalliday and Simon Law secured the other rink win for Northants with a 27-23 defeat of King's son Sam.


Northants A 98 (10), Norfolk 97 (4) – (Northants rinks only):

Wayne Aspinall, Martyn Dolby, James Harford won 28-20; Michael Humphreys, Paul Dalliday, Simon Law won 27-23; Richard Allam, Brian Martin, Roger Martin lost 23-25; Nick Wilkie, Trevor Collins, Tristan Morton lost 20-29.




NORTHANTS A make two changes for Sunday's (February 23rd) crucial Derbyshire Trophy fixture away to Norfolk, where they could clinch a place in the national final for the second year running.

The holders head to the Gallows club in Fakenham requiring just seven of the 14 points on offer to guarantee the southern section title.

Even less than the initial target of seven might be good enough as Norfolk have to play Lincs the following weekend, but Northants will be keen to keep matters in their own hands rather than have to wait for the outcome of that fixture between the second and third placed teams.

Martyn Dolby and Brian Martin return to the team in place of the unavailable Adam Warrington and Paul Bailey, who stepped in as a late replacement for the Lincolnshire match.

Northants A: Michael Humphreys, Paul Dalliday, Simon Law; Nick Wilkie, Trevor Collins, Tristan Morton; Wayne Aspinall, Martyn Dolby, James Harford; Richard Allam, Brian Martin, Roger Martin.




NORTHANTS A remain on course to retain the Derbyshire Trophy, the English Bowling Federation indoor county championship, after an impressive 96-81 victory away to main southern section title rivals Lincolnshire at Lincoln which yielded 12 of the 14 points on offer.

It means that Northants will only need a handful of points from their final match away to Norfolk next Sunday (Feb 23) to book a place in the national final at Newark for a second consecutive year. 

Northants are currently ten points clear of Lincolnshire, both with one fixture remaining, and 16 ahead of Norfolk, who still have to top two to play at home, so seven points from the Gallows club at Fakenham next Sunday will suffice without having to be concerned about the outcome of the Norfolk/Lincs clash the following weekend.

There were outstanding performances from the rinks of team captain James Harford (23-14), Simon Law (31-23) and Tristan Morton (27-14), while Roger Martin's trio, although beaten 30-15, battled hard against the rink of junior international Jonathan West to make certain Northants maintained their overall advantage.

Meanwhile, Northants B claimed only their fifth point of the season during their 116-79 defeat away to Hunts at Huntingdon, a 22-22 draw being achieved by the rink of Mick Linnell, while Graham Agger's rink only lost by one.

Mick Greaves' rink led 9-6 after ten ends only to fade during the second half to eventually lose 13-28, while Fred Richardson's went down 20-41 after leading 17-12 with just ten ends remaining.


Northants A 96 (12), Lincs 81 (2) – (Northants A rinks only):

Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Roger Martin lost 15-30; Wayne Aspinall, Paul Bailey, James Harford won 23-14; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law won 31-23; Nick Wilkie, Trevor Collins, Tristan Morton won 27-14.

Northants B 79 (1), Hunts 116 (13) – (Northants B rinks only):

Mike Ramsden, Ray Keating, Mick Greaves lost 13-28; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Mick Linnell drew 22-22; Les Sharp, Malcolm Squires, Fred Richardson lost 21-40; Melvyn Beck, John Holroyd, Graham Agger lost 24-25.




BOWLERS wanting to represent Northants Bowling Women's Federation in this coming season's county championship programme can forward their names now via their own clubs.

The county are hoping that some potential new recruits will also come forward to supplement last year's squads in the Donald Steward Trophy and the Silver Jubilee Vase.

The fixtures are:

Tuesday, June 16 – away to North Essex; Monday, June 22 – away to Norfolk; Wednesday, July 1 – away to North Cambs; Wednesday, July 8 – home to Suffolk; Wednesday, July 15 – home to Hunts.

Clubs are requested to forward names of bowlers wanting to be considered for selection to match secretary Norma Squires by the end of March.




IT'S crunch time for Northants A in their bid to retain the Derbyshire Trophy, the English Bowling Federation indoor county championship.

They visit main southern section title rivals Lincs next Sunday (February 16), then complete their programme away to third-placed Norfolk the following weekend.

Northants A and Lincs are locked together at the top with 38 points from three matches, with Lincs just 11 shots better off, while Norfolk, who also have to play Lincs at home, are a further four points adrift.

Victory at Lincoln would make Northants strong favourites to reach the national final for the second consecutive year, and while a defeat would not be the end of the world, it would take matters out of their own hands.

There are three changes to the team that defeated Hunts in their last game, with Tristan Morton, Tony Scarr and Nick Wilkie replacing the unavailable trio of Brian Martin, Bob Warters and Martyn Dolby.

Meanwhile, Northants B will be hoping to end the season on a high note away to Hunts on the same day (February 16), having managed only four points from their four matches, ironically all of them achieved against their own A team in the opening fixture.

Just one change for Malcolm Squires' team with Melvyn Beck replacing the unavailable Cliff Watson.

Northants A: Richard Allam, Adam Warrington, Roger Martin; Nick Wilkie, Trevor Collins, Tristan Morton; Paul Dalliday, Michael Humphreys, Simon Law; Wayne Aspinall, Tony Scarr, James Harford.

Northants B: Melvyn Beck, John Holroyd, Graham Agger; Mike Ramsden, Ray Keating, Mick Greaves; Les Sharp, Mick Linnell, Fred Richardson; Jeff Clipston, Brian Bassam, Dick Noble.



TICKETS for the annual English Bowling Federation and English Women's Bowling Federation dinner at Skegness on Monday, August 24, will be available from April.

The dinner, which takes the form of a carvery and sweet, plus tea or coffee, is being held at the North Shore Hotel with tickets costing £19.00. A vegetarian option is available.

Tickets can be obtained from Barbara Rushbrook on 01473 718306 and they will be issued on a first come – first served basis.



THE Yaxley club have sadly reported the passing of one of their life members, Ray Bass, who was a well-known figure on the local circuit along with wife Hazel, a regular member of the women's county teams.

He died at home in the early hours of Thursday morning (January 9) having never fully recovered from a severe stroke suffered three months ago.

The funeral is at Peterborough Crematorium on Tuesday, January 28 at 1.00pm following by a thanksgiving service at Farcet Church (2.00pm).

FOOTNOTE: Those who attended the funeral services of Ketton and Stamford IBC bowler Peter Edwards will be interested to know that from the collections taken, the charities Action Bladder Cancer UK and British Heart Foundation each benefitted to the tune of £400.


NORTHANTS Bowling Federation and Northants Women's Bowling Federation are holding a fund-raising Race Night and Fish Supper at the Whittlesey Manor club on Friday, April 3rd.

First race is 7.30pm and tickets cost £8.00, which includes a fish (or chicken) supper and race card.

Tickets are available through NBF secretary Melvyn Beck (01733 208739) or email:; NWBF secretary Terri Handley (01778 560103) or email:; or NBF and NWBF committee members.

If you would like to purchase a horse, costing £3.00, on the eight-race card, or sponsor one of the races for £10.00, then make contact with the officials above.




THE draws for the 2020 Northants Bowling Federation county cup competitions – Dan Duffy Trophy and Adams Cup – were made at the January meeting of the management committee.

In the Dan Duffy Trophy – the county team championship – holders Blackstones face a trip to West Ward in the opening round, while old rivals Parkway and Whittlesey Manor have been paired together. Incidentally, Blackstones will be at home to Norfolk champions Acle in the Durham Centenary Trophy.

Peterborough & District will begin the defence of the Adams Cup at home to the winners of the preliminary round clash between Parkway and Whittlesey Manor A.


Quarter-finals (Thursday, June 25): West Ward v Blackstones; Peterborough & District v City of Peterborough; Parkway v Whittlesey Manor; Crowland v Ketton.

Semi-finals (Thursday, July 9): Peterborough & District or City of Peterborough v West Ward or Blackstones; Parkway or Whittlesey Manor v Crowland or Ketton.

Final (Thursday, July 23 – neutral venue to be decided).


Preliminary round (Thursday, June 18): Crowland A v Ketton; Parkway v Whittlesey Manor A; Crowland B v Yaxley; Langtoft Pearl v Stamford; Whittlesey Manor B v City of Peterborough A.

Quarter-finals (Thursday, July 2): 1 Peterborough & District v Parkway or Whittlesey Manor A; 2 Crowland B or Yaxley v Crowland A or Ketton; 3 West Ward v Langtoft Pearl or Stamford; 4 City of Peterborough B v Whittlesey Manor B or City of Peterborough B.

Semi-finals (Thursday, July 16): Winners of 2 v Winners of 1; Winners of 3 v Winners of 4.

Final (Thursday, July 30 – neutral venue to be decided).

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