Peterborough’s Jenny Harvey claimed a hat-trick of titles at the Northants Bowling Federation county indoor finals at Stamford.
She retained the singles with an emphatic 21-4 win over Julie Masters; teamed up with Carol Hunter, the defending champion, to win the pairs, 21-9, at the expense of home pair Margaret Andrews and Shirley Suffling, and then completed a successful day’s work by defeating Sheila Craig 21-13 in the senior singles.
Simon Law also retained his men’s singles title with a 21-15 defeat of Andrew Thurston, and claimed a second championship by joining James Harford, who had earlier beaten Joe Randall 21-16 in the under 25 singles, and Neil Wright to defeat Howard Shipp, Randall and Jeff Newson, 23-16 in the triples.
The other double winner was Nick Wilkie, who took the mixed triples with Mary Malton and Stephen Harris, 22-11 against Andrew Thurston, Sarah and Jeff Newson, and the men’s pairs, with Thurston, 17-15 against Shipp and Wright, but lost his mixed pairs crown with Joan Robinson to Stamford pair Ann Holmes and Richard Allam who recovered from 6-13 down to win 20-15.
Stamford’s Sue Moir, Margaret Andrews and Glenys Edwards also trailed by some distance in the women’s triples final, and Pat Bussey, Liz Hext and Sheila Craig were somewhat relieved to get over the line by a single shot, 21-20.
Less competitive was the men’s veterans singles decider, where home player Martyn Dolby eased to a 21-5 win over John Burrows.
All the winners go through to represent the county in the national finals at Newark at the end of next month.
MEN’S SINGLES: Simon Law bt Andrew Thurston 21-15.
WOMEN’S SINGLES: Jenny Harvey bt Julie Masters 21-4.
MEN’S VETERANS SINGLES: Martyn Dolby bt John Burrows 21-5.
WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES: Jenny Harvey bt Sheila Craig 21-13.
UNDER 25 SINGLES: James Harford bt Joe Randall 21-16.
MEN’S PAIRS: Nick Wilkie & Andrew Thurston bt Howard Shipp & Neil Wright 17-15.
WOMEN’S PAIRS: Jenny Harvey & Carol Hunter bt Margaret Andrews & Shirley Suffling 21-9.
MIXED PAIRS: Ann Holmes & Richard Allam bt Joan Robinson & Nick Wilkie 20-15.
MEN’S TRIPLES: James Harford/Neil Wright/Simon Law bt Howard Shipp/Joe Randall/Jeff Newson 23-16.
WOMEN’S TRIPLES: Pat Bussey/Liz Hext/Sheila Craig bt Sue Moir/Margaret Andrews/Glenys Edwards 21-20.
MIXED TRIPLES: Mary Malton/Nick Wilkie/Stephen Harris bt Sarah Newson/Andrew Thurston/Jeff Newson 22-11.
The Peterborough & District trio of Howard Shipp, Nick Wilkie and Jeff Newson bid for national glory at Nottingham next week. They are through to the last 16 of the England Over 50 triples and have an opening round tie against Yeovil on Monday afternoon.
ON ENGLAND DUTY
Three local bowlers were in the England men’s team that regained the British Isles international series title at Stanley on shots difference from defending champions Scotland and Ireland, all three having won two out of three matches.
Spalding pair Matt Whyers and Graham Smith formed the front end for Robert Paxton’s rink that won all three games, but Nicky Brett, skipping a rink that included two former world champions in Billy Jackson and Mervyn King, managed only one draw from their three games.
The Peterborough senior men’s team suffered a setback in their bid for a top three finish in the Cambs League when beaten 79-51 away to fourth-placed March A, who are now just six points behind them with a match in hand.
Peterborough 51 (2), March A 79 (8) – (Peterborough rinks only): Dave Smith, Terry English, Pete Harvey, Wilf Redhead won 17-15. Norman Gray, Ivor Jackson, Richard Day, Mick Linnell lost 15-22. Albert Pattemore, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Frank Paul lost 9-20. Martin Hawkes, Don Paul, Richard Harrison, Joe Martin lost 10-22.