Huntingdon Bowls president Alan Parish has appealed for more volunteers to come forward and support the executive committee.
He told a sparsely attended club delegates meeting at Brampton that too much responsibility was falling on too few shoulders.
“Four people are virtually fulfilling all the roles between them, which is too much, and they need to be able concentrate on the ones they feel best equipped to do and delegate some of the other tasks, but at the moment there’s no-one coming forward to help,” Parish said.
The president, who is in the process of completing a third term in office, explained that many of the smaller counties around the country were experiencing the same problem, and he didn’t want to see standards drop in Hunts.
Reflecting on the season, men’s team manager Bob Morton, who also doubles as the men’s competition secretary, said that the Middleton Cup team had experienced a disappointing campaign, not helped by the unavailability of several key players.
However, he believes that the experience gained by some of the county’s promising youngsters who were introduced into the squad will stand the county in good stead for the future and that it wouldn’t be too long before they were challenging again.
He was also encouraged by the crop of under 18 players, which included some as young as ten, who competed in the inaugural under 18 competition and he complimented those clubs who were promoting junior systems.
“Some of the bowlers in that competition were outstanding, and if they maintain their interest in the sport, then the county will benefit in the long term,” Morton said.
Ladies team manager Freda Thomas, who is also the county secretary and Bowls England representative, also felt that the influx of youngsters into the Johns Trophy squad was beginning to bear fruit, and this combination of youth and experience had resulted in an improved set of results last season, culminating in a victory over Bedfordshire in the last match.
The county’s annual meeting will be held at Sawtry BC on Friday, January 15.
The Peterborough senior men’s team have made a perfect start to the season in the Cambs League, having taken maximum points from their first two matches.
Their latest success came away to Huntingdon B, where they recorded a comprehensive 99-46 victory.
Peterborough 99 (10), Huntingdon B 46 (0): (Peterborough rinks only):
Dick Overson, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Rod Maplethorpe won 28-8.
Dave Smith, John Hadley, Joe Martin, Wilf Redhead won 27-11.
Mick Fuller, Terry English, Phil Afford, Frank Paul won 24-11.
Norman Gray, Ivor Jackson, Mick Linnell, Dick Noble won 20-16.
The annual meeting of the Northants Bowling Federation takes place next Wednesday at Peterborough & District at 7.30pm, and the following night it’s the same venue for the Peterborough League council meeting of club delegates starting at 7pm.
Meanwhile, the annual meeting of the Peterborough League has been moved back 24 hours to Friday, December 11 at Peterborough & District starting at 7.30pm.