Three bowlers are chasing a hat-trick of titles

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Three bowlers will be chasing title hat-tricks at the Northants Bowling Federation indoor finals at Stamford on Sunday, with no fewer than another eight seeking doubles.

Jenny Harvey defends the women’s singles crown and is also involved in both the senior singles and pairs deciders, the latter with Carol Hunter, who won the title last year with a different partner.

Andrew Thurston challenges defending champion Simon Law in the men’s singles final, teams up with Nick Wilkie, another hat-trick seeking player, in the pairs, and joins daughter and father pair, Sarah and Jeff Newson, in the mixed triples.

Apart from the men’s pairs, Wilkie defends the mixed pairs title with Joan Robinson, and comes up against pairs partner Thurston in the mixed triples, where he lines up alongside Mary Malton and Stephen Harris.

Howard Shipp and Jeff Newson defend the men’s triples, with Joe Randall their new partner.

The winners go forward to represent Northants in the national finals at Newark at the end of next month.

FINALS TIMETABLE

12.00

Mixed triples: Mary Malton/Stephen Harris/Nick Wilkie v Sarah Newson/Andrew Thurston/Jeff Newson.

Women’s triples: Pat Bussey/Liz Hext/Sheila Craig v Sue Moir/Margaret Andrews/Glenys Edwards.

Women’s singles: Jenny Harvey v Julie Masters.

2.00

Women’s pairs: Jenny Harvey & Carol Hunter v Margaret Andrews & Shirley Suffling.

Men’s singles: Simon Law v Andrew Thurston.

Under 25 singles: Joe Randall v James Harford.

4.00

Men’s veterans singles: Martyn Dolby v John Burrows.

Men’s triples: Neil Wright/James Harford/Simon Law v Howard Shipp/Joe Randall/Jeff Newson.

Women’s senior singles: Jenny Harvey v Sheila Craig.

Mixed pairs: Joan Robinson & Nick Wilkie v Ann Holmes & Richard Allam.

6.00

Men’s pairs: Howard Shipp & Neil Wright v Nick Wilkie & Andrew Thurston.

OUTSTANDING SEMI-FINAL RESULTS

MEN’S SINGLES

Simon Law bt James Harford 21-19; Andrew Thurston bt John Holroyd 21-18.

MEN’S PAIRS

Andrew Thurston/Nick Wilkie bt Brian Martin/Lee Welsford 17-16; Howard Shipp/Neil Wright bt Stephen Harris/Peter Edwards 21-9.

MIXED PAIRS

Ann Holmes/Richard Allam bt Karen & Brian Martin 21-11; Joan Robinson/Nick Wilkie bt Carol Hunter/Joe Martin 20-17.

MEN’S VETERANS SINGLES

Martyn Dolby bt Bob Warters 21-15; John Burrows bt Peter Edwards 21-15.

MEN’S TRIPLES

Neil Wright/James Harford/Simon Law bt Richard Allam/Dave Hudson/Derek King 23-11; Howard Shipp/Joe Randall/Jeff Newson bt Peter Cox/Bob Warters/Roger Martin 20-8.

MIXED TRIPLES

Mary Malton/Stephen Harris/Nick Wilkie bt Brian Martin/Les Sharp/Sheila Craig 23-20; Sarah Newson/Andrew Thurston/Jeff Newson bt Dave Hudson/M. Holroyd/John Holroyd 16-14.

WOMEN’S PAIRS

Jenny Harvey/Carol Hunter bt Carol Warters/Val Du’Kett 29-5; Margaret Andrews/Shirley Suffling bt Doris Flowers/Joan Padley 20-8.

CAMBS LEAGUE

The Peterborough senior men’s team maintained their top three position in the Cambs League with a 71-64 home victory over Huntingdon A, collecting eight of the ten points, two of them secured following a five on the last end for the rink of Mick Linnell to win 20-19.

RESULT

Peterborough 71 (8), Huntingdon A 64 (2) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Dave Smith, Terry English, Pete Harvey, Wilf Redhead won 22-11.

Don Paul, Ivor Jackson, Richard Day, Mick Linnell won 20-19.

Mick Fuller, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Frank Paul won 15-14.

Martin Hawkes, Richard Harrison, Phil Afford, Joe Martin lost 14-20.

TONY PHILLIPS

It is sad to report the death of well-known local bowler Tony Phillips, a stalwart member of the Molins club for more than thirty years and long-time treasurer of the Tobacco and Allied Trades Bowling Association.