The Northants Bowling Federation men’s county teams made a winning start to their inter-championship campaigns with convincing wins away to North Essex.
The Adams Trophy team romped to a 209-123 victory at Radwinter, collecting all but two of the 22 points available, while the Newton Trophy team, under the new captaincy of Brian Bassam, claimed their first win over North Essex in three years with a 198-130 success at Haverhill and a bag of 19 points.
The Adams rinks of Peter Brown and Paul Buckley both topped 40 shots, winning 41-11 and 41-19 respectively.
In the Newton encounter, Bassam led from the front with a 45-15 victory, and the rink of former captain Fred Addy also topped 40 shots.
Northants 209 (20), North Essex 123 (2) – (Northants rinks first): Adam Warrington, Fred Richardson, Lee Welsford won 28-25. Graham Agger, Steve Roden, Peter Brown won 41-11. Roger Stevens, Paul Bailey, Martin Welsford won 31-19. Stephen Harris, Jonathan Earl, Martyn Dolby lost 28-30. Sean Fenlon, Bob Warters, Roger Martin won 38-19. Martin Stokes, Nick Wilkie, Paul Buckley won 41-19.
Northants 198 (19), North Essex 130 (3) – (Northants rinks only): Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Brian Bassam won 45-15. Andree Grief, Peter Holmes, Fred Addy won 41-20. Les Sharp, Jim Ruddy, Malcolm Squires won 32-19. Jack Corney, John Hadley, Mick Linnell won 30-24. Howard Shipp, Martin Bailey, Rod Maplethorpe drew 23-23. John Holroyd, Darren Lord, Roger Strong lost 27-29.
It wasn’t the best of starts for the Hunts men’s and women’s county teams in their respective inter-county matches.
The men lost their opening game, 108-125, at home to Cambridgeshire, who took 18 of the 22 points on offer.
The women were beaten 105-151 away to Northants, claiming three points, but that was an improvement on last year when they failed to register a point against the same opponents in a 72-166 defeat.
Judy Ford skipped the one winning rink (37-15), while Val Corn shared the spoils at 20-20 but there were defeats for the rinks of Sheila Craig (14-20), Joan Padley (5-37), Dina Barlow (16-29) and Andrea Rose (13-30).
The women are in action again this Saturday when they entertain Norfolk at Parkway.
Hunts: Lauren Brett (Warboys), Tiffany Morgan (Huntingdon), Sandra Minnett (Sawtry), Dina Barlow (St Ives). Sabrina Parnell (Parkway), Margaret Linnell (West Ward), Angela Kenny (Parkway), Andrea Rose (Ramsey). Heather McKillop (Houghton & Wyton), Chloe Brett (Warboys), Joan Meadows (West Ward), Judy Ford (Yaxley). Pat Cook (St Ives), Ann Garnham (Warboys), Carole Hickey (Houghton & Wyton), Sheila Craig (Conservative). Jan Elliott (Sawtry), Margaret Hodgkin (Ramsey), Margaret Elstub (Houghton & Wyton), Joan Padley (Yaxley). Karen Reid (Buckden), Sam Brett (Warboys), Jenny Dymond (St Ives), Val Corn (Buckden).
ENGLAND UNDER 25s
James Harford (Parkway) and Harry Ward (Hemingford) have booked their places in the Bowls England men’s under 25 championship finals at Leamington after qualifying from the play-downs at Parkway on Sunday.
Harford defeated Matt Herbert (Sawtry) 21-10 in one semi-final, while Ward toppled Tom Hall (Eaton Socon) 21-16 in the other.
Parkway and Whittlesey Manor meet at the third stage of the Bowls England men’s national club two fours event after wins over Warboys (39-38) and Brampton (43-32) respectively.
BRITISH ISLES SERIES
Having captained the England Under 25 team to success last year, Parkway’s Hannah Overton finds herself as travelling reserve for the defence of the British Isles series in Scotland next month.
Meanwhile, Lewis Baker (Warboys) has also been named as a travelling reserve for the England junior men’s squad day at Leamington next month after which the team will then be selected for the international series in September.
Three other Hunts players at the trial – Joe Randall (Parkway), Harry Ward (Hemingford) and Ed Elmore (Warboys) – didn’t make it through to the last 32.