Local bowler Hannah Overton will be hoping to retain her place in the England junior team defending the British Isles title this summer,
The Parkway bowler is among 32 players selected for the international trial at Leamington on Monday, May 25.
Young Chloe Brett, daughter of world number one Nicky, continues to get closer to international recognition, having been named among the non-travelling reserves.
The Northants Bowling Federation county men’s and women’s teams will be hoping to issue a serious challenge for southern section honours this coming season.
The women’s Silver Jubilee team did reach the national final in 2012, but prior to that success has been thin on the ground.
The men’s Adams Trophy team are still chasing that elusive first success, and have not appeared in the national final since 1959 and prior to that 1929.
They finished third in the section last year, but only lost to table-topping Suffolk by six shots and they also defeated runners-up Lincolnshire, so Cliff Watson’s team are capable of mounting a strong challenge.
The Newton Trophy team, under the new leadership of Brian Bassam following the retirement of Fred Addy, did win this title in 1967 and were runners-up in 1991, 1986 and 1972, but they only managed two wins last year and finished fifth in the southern group.
The women had a disappointing time last year, with the Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase teams managing only three wins between them out of 12 matches.
Mary Malton has taken over the Donald Steward captaincy from Carol Hunter, and there are two new venues this season, Peterborough & District (Steward) and Parkway (Vase), replacing Ketton and Whittlesey Manor respectively.
The Under 25 squad has Lee Welsford as the new non-playing captain and they face four matches in the Reg Wright competition – home to Hunts and Suffolk B, at Whittlesey Manor and Parkway respectively, and away to Norfolk and Suffolk A.
ADAMS TROPHY & NEWTON TROPHY
May 30 – North Essex (away)
June 6 – Norfolk (away)
June 13 – North Cambs (home)
June 20 – Suffolk (home)
June 27 – Lincs (away)
July 11 – Hunts (home)
REG WRIGHT UNDER 25
June 7 – Hunts (home)
June 14 – Suffolk B (home)
June 21 – Suffolk A (away)
June 28 – Norfolk (away)
DONALD STEWARD TROPHY AND SILVER JUBILEE VASE
June 3 – Suffolk (away)
June 9 – Hunts (away)
June 17 – Lincs (away)
July 1 – North Essex (home)
July 8 – Norfolk (home)
July 15 – North Cambs (home)
The Peterborough senior men’s team maintained their push for a top three finish in the Cambs League with a 75-59 away win over close rivals St Neots A.
Peterborough 75 (6), St Neots A 59 (4) – (Peterborough rinks only):
Roger Ward, Terry English, Brian Bassam, Frank Paul won 22-10.
Norman Gray, Albert Pattemore, Pete Harvey, Wilf Redhead won 23-14.
Martin Hawkes, Don Paul, Don Sutton, Joe Martin lost 14-15.
Dick Overson, Ivor Jackson, Mick Greaves, Mick Linnell lost 16-20.
It is sad to report the death of well-known and respected Yaxley bowler Ann Hadley, whose funeral is being held at the Peterborough Crematorium next Friday (April 10) at 12.30pm.