BOWLS: Hunter and Harvey on course to retain their county pairs title

Simon Law in action.
Simon Law in action.
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Carol Hunter and Jenny Harvey remain on course to retain the pairs title in the Northants Women’s Bowling Federation indoor championships.

They are the only title holders in the four women’s events to have made it through to the finals which are being staged at Peterborough & District on Sunday, March 13.

The defending champions will face fellow Peterborough players Fiona Richardson and Julie Masters in the final.

The triples final will be an all-Stamford affair between Shirley Suffling’s rink of Jan Want and Chris Ford and Joan Robinson’s team of Moira Holroyd and Margaret Bloxham.

Shirley Suffling and Joan Robinson will also lock horns in the final of the senior singles after semi-final victories over Julie Masters and Chris Ford respectively.


All the defending champions in the four men’s events in the Northants Bowling Federation indoor championships are through to the semi-finals.

Simon Law defeated Stephen Harris 21-16 in the singles quarter-finals, while Martyn Dolby was a comfortable 21-6 winner in the veterans singles against Pete Harvey.

Nick Wilkie, who won the pairs with Andrew Thurston last year, is through to the last four with new partner Joe Randall, while Neil Wright and Simon Law, teaming up this year with Howard Shipp, are through to the semi-finals of the triples after John Holroyd’s trio were disqualified for fielding a cup-tied player.

However, both the mixed pairs and mixed triples title holders bowed out at the quarter-final stage, Richard Allam and Ann Holmes losing 8-21 to Joan Robinson and Nick Wilkie, whose defence of the mixed triples title ended in a 15-17 defeat at the hands of Shirley Suffling, Richard Allam and Derek King.

The Stamford trio of Stephen Harris, Peter Edwards and Cliff Watson have booked their place in the triples final after defeating Colin Teat, Terry Corney and Pete Harvey 18-15 in the first semi-final to be played.


The Peterborough senior men’s team went top of the Cambs League when taking maximum points in a 94-50 victory over one of their title rivals City of Ely.


Peterborough 94 (10), City of Ely 50 (0) – (Peterborough rinks only):

Dave Smith, Pete Harvey, Joe Martin, Wilf Redhead won 32-10.

Dick Overson, Jeff Clipston, Don Sutton, Rod Maplethorpe won 22-13.

Don Paul, Richard Harrison, Mick Linnell, Dick Noble won 22-14.

Mick Fuller, Terry Corney, Phil Afford, Frank Paul won 18-13.


Newly-crowned world indoor singles champion Nicky Brett returns to the domestic scene this week when he competes in the finals of the national mixed fours at Lincoln.

The world number one teams up in the last 16 with daughter Chloe and Huntingdon colleagues Lewis Baker and Heather McKillop.

They are in first round action tomorrow against Ipswich as Brett goes in search of a third mixed fours title, having won it in 2006 and 2010.