Mixed success as Nicky lands national indoor title number 20 for local ace Nicky

Nicky Brett hs won another national title.
Nicky Brett hs won another national title.
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Local bowler Nicky Brett has retained the English national indoor mixed pairs title at Lincoln with long-standing City of Ely partner Ellen Falkner.

They defeated Lorraine Kuhler and David Hubbard, from the Adur club in Sussex, 24-16 in the final after recovering from 11-15 down to defeat Amy Stanton and Andrew Walters, from the Welford-on-Avon club, 19-17 in the semi-finals.

They had few problems in the other two rounds, beating Torquay United 22-7 and Cumbria 25-7.

It was Brett’s third success in this event, two of them with Falkner, and now takes his tally of national indoor titles to a remarkable 20.

The only title to elude him so far is the singles – he reached the final in 2004 – but he’ll have to wait at least another year having failed to qualify from the area rounds.

Brett’s back in World Bowls Tour action next week when he competes in the International Open in Blackpool.

The world number three, who will be hoping to add to his Scottish International Open success earlier in the season, faces Welsh qualifier Damian Doubler in the opening round on Monday afternoon.

City pair Catherine and Stuart Popple, with City of Ely partners Matt Marsden and Sarah Seymour, were beaten 23-9 in the quarter-finals of the national mixed fours by a rink from Kent club Swale, having pipped Clarrie Dunbar (Somerset) 21-20 in the opening round.

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

In the Northants Bowling Federation indoor competitions, Jenny Harvey remains on course to retain the women’s singles.

She defeated Sheila Craig 21-6 in the semi-finals and will meet Julie Masters, a 21-14 winner over Chris Ford, in an all-Peterborough final at Stamford on Sunday, March 15.

The men’s singles has reached the semi-final stage, and defending champion Simon Law is through to face James Harford, with Andrew Thurston meets John Holroyd in the other.

NORTHANTS RESULTS

MEN’S SINGLES

Quarter-finals: James Harford bt Michael Humphreys 21-17; Andrew Thurston bt Andrew Warrington 21-7; John Holroyd bt Howard Shipp 21-11; Simon Law bt Martyn Dolby.

Semi-final draw: Law v Harford; Thurston v Holroyd.

MEN’S PAIRS

Quarter-finals: Lee Welsford bt Richard Montgomery; Neil Wright bt John Wiles; Peter Edwards bt Joshua Clark 24-7; Andrew Thurston bt James Harford 18-17.

Semi-final draw: Brian Martin/Welsford v Nick Wilkie/Thurston; Howard Shipp/Wright v Stephen Harris/Edwards.

MIXED PAIRS

Quarter-finals: Nick Wilkie bt Derek King 20-12; Richard Allam bt John Holroyd 19-17; Brian Martin bt Howard Shipp 20-13; Joe Martin bt Mike Ramsden 27-5.

Semi-final draw: Joan Robinson/Wilkie v Carol Hunter/Joe Martin; Karen & Brian Martin v Ann Holmes/Allam.

MEN’S VETERANS SINGLES

Quarter-finals: Bob Warters bt Roger Ward 21-6; Peter Edwards bt Joe Martin 21-12; John Burrows bt Dennis Henshaw 21-11; Martyn Dolby bt Mick Linnell 21-6.

Semi-final draw: Dolby v Warters; Edwards v Burrows.

MIXED TRIPLES

Quarter-finals: John Holroyd bt Richard Montgomery 21-7; Nick Wilkie bt Graham Agger 22-6; Andrew Thurston bt Derek King 28-11; Brian Martin bt Neil Wright 22-15.

Semi-final draw: Mary Malton/Stephen Harris/Wilkie v Les Sharp/Sheila Craig/Martin; Sarah & Jeff Newson/Thurston v Dave Hudson/M. & John Holroyd.

WOMEN’S SINGLES

Semi-finals: Julie Masters bt Chris Ford 21-14; Jenny Harvey bt Sheila Craig 21-6.

CAMBS LEAGUE

The Peterborough senior men’s team swept to a convincing 103-42 win over City of Ely in the Cambs League to maintain their bid for a top three finish.

RESULT

Peterborough 103 (10), City of Ely 42 (0) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Les Sharp, Ivor Jackson, Richard Day, Mick Linnell won 32-7.

Dave Smith, Terry English, Pete Harvey, Wilf Redhead won 29-11.

Mick Fuller, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Frank Paul won 23-10.

Martin Hawkes, Don Paul, Phil Afford, Joe Martin won 19-14.