All eyes in the bowls world over the next fortnight will be trained on the World Indoor Championships which begin at the Potters Resort in Norfolk this weekend.
And that’s where local hope Nicky Brett will be hoping to live up to his number one status in the world rankings by winning the coveted singles title for the first time.
Brett, who doesn’t enter the fray until Monday week (January 18) with an evening encounter with England qualifier James Rippey, reached the semi-finals in 2010, but since then has lost in the quarter-finals three times.
With Scotland’s Alex Marshall the defending champion having lifted the title for a record sixth time last January, Brett is seeded two, and among his challengers in the bottom half of the draw are world number two Paul Foster and pairs partner Greg Harlow, who now wears the Scottish International Open crown Brett had proudly worn for the previous two years.
Brett teams up with Harlow this weekend when they bid to regain the world pairs title they won in 2014, but they could face a tough opening test on Sunday against Scotland’s former world champions Stewart Anderson and Darren Burnett, providing they defeat the English qualifiers.
Before he opens his singles campaign on Monday week, Brett is paired with multi-title winner Alison Merrien (Guernsey) in the Mixed Pairs World Matchplay at the back end of next week.
The Peterborough senior men’s team progressed to the next round of the Cambs League Cup with an emphatic 98-38 victory over Cambridge Chesterton B and now await the winners of the tie between March A and Huntingdon.
Peterborough 98, Cambridge Chesterton B 38 (Peterborough rinks only):
Dave Smith, Pete Harvey, Joe Martin, Wilf Redhead won 24-11.
Terry Corney, Richard Harrison, Phil Afford, Frank Paul won 25-6.
Les Sharp, Richard Day, Mick Linnell, Dick Noble won 24-11.
Norman Gray, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe won 18-10.
Northants Bowling Federation resume their Derbyshire Trophy indoor inter-county championship campaign on Sunday with a visit to Lincolnshire, the defending Champions.
Lincs topped the southern section last year before going through to win the title at Newark, even though they lost to Northants, who paid the price for an opening match defeat at the hands of Hunts.
Northants avenged that defeat by Hunts in the opening fixture this season, but team captain James Harford has been forced to make one change, with county president Bob Warters replacing the unavailable Tony Scarr.
Northants: Stephen Harris, Jonathan Earl, Simon Law; John Holroyd, Neil Wright, Roger Martin; Nick Wilkie, Bob Warters, James Harford; Brian Martin, Joe Randall, Tristan Morton.