World number one Nicky Brett from Yaxley once again found Scotland’s Stewart Anderson his nemesis in the last World Bowls Tour event of the season.
Following a 12-3, 8-3 defeat of South Africa’s Shaun Nell in the opening round of the Co-operative Funeralcare International Open in Blackpool, Brett was beaten 3-10, 3-8 by Anderson who was repeating his World Championship success over the local bowler.
Brett will be on his travels again this week when he skips for England who bid to complete a hat-trick of British Isles team titles in Belfast.
No fewer than six titles out of the 10 on offer are being defended when the Northants Bowling Federation indoor finals take place at Stamford IBC on Sunday (March 19).
Joan Robinson defends the women’s senior singles; Stephen Harris bids to retain the under 25 singles and the men’s triples with Cliff Watson and Peter Edwards; Nick Wilkie and Joe Randall, who also competes in the under 25 singles final, go again in the men’s pairs, while Martyn Dolby hopes to keep the men’s veterans singles title as well as the mixed triples with Chris Ford and Adam Warrington.
In fact, Dolby is on target for four titles, having also qualified for the men’s pairs with Warrington, who he meets in the men’s four-bowl singles decider.
So that means Warrington is on a hat-trick, along with Shirley Suffling, who goes in the women’s four-bowl singles, senior singles and mixed pairs.
The winners will represent the county at the national finals being held at Newark IBC at the end of next month.
Women’s 4b singles: Chris Ford v Shirley Suffling
Men’s 4b singles: Adam Warrington v Martyn Dolby
U25 singles: Stephen Harris v Joe Randall
Men’s veterans singles: Martyn Dolby v Bob Warters
Women’s senior singles: Joan Robinson v Shirley Suffling
Men’s pairs: Nick Wilkie & Joe Randall v Adam Warrington & Martyn Dolby
Men’s triples: Michael Humphreys, John Holroyd, Kevin Vinter v Stephen Harris, Cliff Watson, Peter Edwards.
Women’s pairs: Jan Want & Denise Mackie v Helen Holroyd & Louise Harris
Mixed pairs: Shirley Suffling & Derek King v Carol Hunter & Joe Martin
Mixed triples: Bob & Carol Warters, Roger Martin v Adam Warrington, Chris Ford, Martyn Dolby.
MEN’S SINGLES – Adam Warrington bt Howard Shipp 21-16; Martyn Dolby bt Stephen Harris 21-10.
MEN’S PAIRS – Adam Warrington bt Bob Warters 17-12; Nick Wilkie bt Peter Edwards 20-12.
MIXED PAIRS – Joe Martin bt Stephen Harris 16-10; Derek King bt Nick Wilkie 19-17.
VETERANS SINGLES – Bob Warters bt John Thurston 21-7; Martyn Dolby bt Mick Linnell 21-7.
UNDER 25 OPEN SINGLES – Stephen Harris bt Josh Clark 21-12; Joe Randall bt Kallum Orme 21-9.
MEN’S TRIPLES – Cliff Watson bt Nick Wilkie 15-12; John Holroyd bt Jeff Pitt 19-11.
MIXED TRIPLES – Bob Warters bt Paul Bailey 21-3; Martyn Dolby bt Jeff Pitt 23-14.
WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES - Joan Robinson bt Chris Ford; Shirley Suffling bt Elizabeth Wallace.
CAMBS SENIOR LEAGUE
Peterborough’s hopes of winning the Cambs Senior League is now out of their own hands following a 82-46 defeat away to defending champions and title rivals Cambridge Chesterton A.
It was only their second league defeat of the season, but while they still head the table by three points, Chesterton have a match in hand worth a total of 10 points, so with four matches remaining, the city side are looking for a favour from somewhere.
Peterborough 46 (2), Cambridge Chesterton A 82 (8) – (Peterborough rinks only):
Joe Martin, Steve Johnson, Phil Afford, Mick Duell won 15-11.
Mick Fuller, Pete Harvey, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe lost 14-17.
Terry Corney, Graham Jackson, Ean Eagle, Ray Keating lost 10-23.
Les Sharp, John Barker, Terry English, Mick Linnell lost 7-31.
n In the Cambridgeshire county competitions, Nick Wilkie was beaten in two semi-finals – the singles and pairs, but Mick Linnell is through to the final of the Frank Conmy Cup.