Dolby on course for a five-star showing at the county finals

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Stamford’s Martyn Dolby could be involved in five out of six Northants Bowling Federation county indoor finals at Peterborough & District on Sunday week (March 13).

He’s already qualified for the mixed pairs, triples and mixed triples, and at the time of writing, he was also in the semi-finals of both the pairs and the veterans singles.

There was an upset in the semi-final of the singles where defending champion Simon Law was beaten 21-19 by Stamford’s Derek King, who will face clubmate Doug Want or Peterborough’s James Harford in the final.

The line-ups in two other finals have been decided with Fiona Richardson, Neil Wright and Simon Law through to face Christine Ford, Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby in the mixed rinks, while Warrington, Dolby and Jonathan Earl will meet the already qualified Stephen Harris, Peter Edwards and Cliff Watson in an all-Stamford triples decider.

RESULTS

NORTHANTS MEN SEMI-FINALS

Singles: Derek King bt Simon Law 21-19.

Pairs: Nick Wilkie & Joe Randall bt Tony Scarr & Trevor Collins 19-12.

Mixed pairs: Christine Ford & Martyn Dolby by Shirley Suffling & Derek King 24-7.

Triples: Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby, Jonathan Earl bt Howard Shipp, Nick Wilkie, Joe Randall 20-19.

Mixed triples: Fiona Richardson, Neil Wright, Simon Law bt Ann & Malcolm Cullingworth, Richard Montgomery 25-11; Adam Warrington, Christine Ford, Martyn Dolby bt Richard Allam, Shirley Suffling, Derek King 28-13.

BOWLS ENGLAND

The Parkway trio of James Harford, Simon Law and Stuart Popple were in Coventry on Saturday night receiving the 2015 Bowls England national triples trophy from president Marcia Dunstone at the annual presentation dinner.

As a result of winning the title last year, the city bowlers will be representing England in the British Isles championships being staged in Wales at Llandrindod Wells this summer.

DERBYSHIRE TROPHY

Though only a catastrophic collapse by Lincolnshire can prevent them from winning the southern section of the English Bowling Federation’s Derbyshire Trophy inter-county competition, Northants can still influence the outcome when they play their final match away to Norfolk at Acle on Sunday.

A 73-106 defeat at Lincoln earlier in the year effectively ended Northants’ hopes of qualifying for the final, but a 128-66 defeat of North Cambs earned them the opportunity to still have a say in which county above them is likely to face perpetual finalists Durham at Newark next month.

Northants captain James Harford has made a couple of changes from the win over North Cambs, with Neil Wright returning in place of Tony Scarr and Paul Dalliday stepping in to replace the unavailable Simon Law.

Northants:

John Holroyd, Nick Wilkie, Joe Randall.

Stephen Harris, Neil Wright, Jonathan Earl.

Howard Shipp, Paul Dalliday, James Harford.

Brian Martin, Bob Warters, Tristan Morton.

CAMBS LEAGUE

After collecting the maximum 10 points the previous week against City of Ely, the Peterborough senior men’s team had their Cambs League title hopes jolted after being on the other end of a 10-0 defeat at the hands of Cambridge Chesterton A.

RESULT

Peterborough 59 (0), Cambridge Chesterton A 79 (10) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Don Paul, Richard Day, Phil Afford, Frank Paul lost 14-17.

Terry Corney, Pete Harvey, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe lost 15-19.

Les Sharp, Richard Harrison, Mick Linnell, Dick Noble lost 19-23.

Joe Martin, Jeff Clipston, Don Sutton, Wilf Redhead lost 11-20.

NATIONAL INDOOR MIXED

Nicky Brett’s hopes of a third English national indoor mixed fours title were dashed in the opening round of the final stages at Lincoln.

Now in the colours of Huntingdon IBC following his switch from City of Ely, Brett, with daughter Chloe, Lewis Baker and Heather McKillop were beaten at the last 16 stage by an Ipswich rink that also included a father and daughter, England internationals John and Katherine Rednall.