Bowls roundup: Shipp hoping to sail a long way

Sheila Craig. Photo supplied
Sheila Craig. Photo supplied
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Northants men begin their Derbyshire Trophy inter-county indoor championship campaign on Sunday away to Hunts.

The new style format this season sees all four rinks at the one venue, as opposed to two rinks at home and two away. Next season the fixtures will be reversed.

The 12-strong team, selected by captain Howard Shipp, contains eight players from the Peterborough club and four from Stamford.


Stephen Harris, Roger Martin, Martyn Dolby.

Joe Randall, Bob Warters, John Holroyd.

Nick Wilkie, Andrew Thurston, Jeff Newson.

Howard Shipp, Neil Wright, Simon Law.

Northants will continue their programme after Christmas with home matches at Stamford against defending champions Lincs and Norfolk on January 11 and February 25 respectively, with a visit to North Cambs squeezed in between on January 25.


The Peterborough League hold their annual meeting at the Peterborough & District club next Thursday (7.30pm).

Proposals include clubs being allowed to bring forward league matches providing both captains agree and a one-club-one-vote system as opposed to two per club.

There is also likely to be some debate on the city council plan to close some of the council maintained bowling greens which could put the future of some clubs in jeopardy.


The Peterborough men’s senior team continued their title push in the Cambs League with an 83-62 home win over March A.


Peterborough 83 (8), March A 62 (2): (Peterborough rinks only):

Les Sharp, Ivor Jackson, Don Sutton, Mick Linnell won 28-12.

Dave Smith, Terry English, Richard Day, Wilf Redhead won 21-15.

Don Paul, Jeff Clipston, Pete Harvey, Rod Maplethorpe won 18-15.

Mick Fuller, Albert Pattemore, Joe Martin, John Hadley lost 16-20.


Having received a bye in the second round of the Denny Plate, the national inter-club consolation competition, the Peterborough men’s team now find themselves in the last 32 and a match against Bletchley on Saturday week.

Meanwhile, in the national championships, Joe Randall’s rink is through to the area quarter-finals having beaten Dale Spring (City of Ely) 28-17.

In the women’s events, Carol Hunter pipped Sue Ritchie (Cambridge Chesterton) 19-18 in the pairs, and also moved through to the area semi-finals in the fours with a 23-18 win over Sandra Gentle (St Neots).

Sheila Craig, who conceded her pairs tie to Sarah Seymour (City of Ely), went down 13-12 to Sue Ritchie (Cambridge Chesterton) in the triples, but has moved through to the next stage in two age group competitions.

Although she lost 21-15 to Janis Lowe (City of Ely) in the over 60 singles, she edged out Pat Stanley (Cambridge Chesterton) 19-18 to reach the area semi-finals in the over 60 pairs, and is through to the same stage in the over 50 triples after defeating Pauline Ayres (Wisbech) 20-4. Her next opponent is Carol Hunter so the city club are guaranteed a place in the area final.