Whittlesey Manor have completed the Northants Bowling Federation’s cup double for the second time since 2010.
Following their dramatic extra end victory over defending champions Parkway the previous week in the Dan Duffy Cup, Whittlesey Manor came with a late burst of scoring to defeat West Ward 72-62 in the Adams Cup decider at Parkway.
A 27-27 tie between the rinks of Peter Brown (Manor) and Mick Duell (West Ward) underlined the struggle for consistency on a quickish green with big counts regularly exchanged.
Elsewhere, after taking a 10-1 lead, Fred Richardson’s rink allowed Brian Swann’s trio back in the game to trail 13-18 before a switch in positions as Federation rules allow saw Manor, with Steve Jinks moving to skip, win the next five ends to lead 20-18 playing the last end.
West Ward were one shot adrift at 62-63 as the final ends were played almost simultaneously, when Barry Lawrence’s Manor rink picked up a vital count of four to win what had previously been a close game, 22-17.
Almost immediately Steve Jinks, with son Gavin at lead, added three more shots (23-18) and when Duell conceded two to tie on the last end at 27-27, Manor’s 72-62 victory was complete.
Whittlesey Manor 72, West Ward 62 (Whittlesey Manor rinks first):
Paul Dalliday, Geoff Staggs, Barry Lawrence 22, Steve Johnson, Rod Maplethorpe, Peter Jessop 17.
Gavin & Steve Jinks, Fred Richardson 23, Sean Fenlon, Jim Ruddy, Brian Swann 18.
Roger Stevens, Stuart Woodcock, Peter Brown 27, Dave Hilton, Mick Linnell, Mick Duell 27.
Local bowlers have found it tough going to make any real impression on affairs at the Bowls England national championships at Leamington.
Following on from Parkway’s Helen Crow and Pat Reynolds reaching the quarter-finals of the senior pairs, club-mate Catherine Popple did reach the last 16 of the national singles, the former outdoor international losing 21-13 to current England player Jo Skelton (Derbys) after a 21-16 win over Lynne Papworth (Cambs) and a comprehensive 21-1 defeat of Irene Barber (Middlesex).
Popple, with Julie Masters, Sarah and Val Newson, suffered an opening round exit in the fours, 21-17 against Sussex, but the other Hunts representatives, Sabrina Parnell, Chris and Angie Morton and Angela Kenny, did come through their opening test, 33-11 against Derbyshire before losing 24-19 to Oxfordshire.
In the triples, Emma Thurston, Hannah Overton and Pat Reynolds went out in the second round, 16-12, to a Desborough Town trio fresh from winning the fours title, the Hunts triple having earlier beaten Lancashire and the Isle of Wight.
The City of Peterborough triple of Fiona Richardson, Norma Squires and Linda Darani went down 24-13 in their first round match against Dorset.
There was also an opening round exit in the senior singles for Yaxley’s Judy Ford, 21-12 against Durham’s Joan Brown.
Northants Women’s Bowling Federation officials were pleased with the turn-out for last week’s special general meeting at Peterborough & District.
Around forty attended when a number of items were debated, including the possible return to the inter-county championship next year.
The county withdrew their teams from the Donald Steward Trophy and the Silver Jubilee Vase owing to a shortage of players – Northumberland did likewise in the northern section.
Northants have since tabled a proposition to the national executive seeking a reduction in the number of rinks from six to five in the hope that might ease selection problems.
Just three clubs will be represented in the three Peterborough League cup finals being staged tonight (Thursday) and tomorrow at Whittlesey Manor, the host club of league president Melvyn Beck.
Whittlesey Manor, Peterborough & District and West Ward all have opportunities to achieve cup doubles.
First up is the Munday Shield (two rinks of four) decider tonight (6pm) between Whittlesey Manor B and Peterborough & District.
Tomorrow afternoon (2pm) West Ward Lions take on Peterborough & District in the final of the Mick Lewin Trophy (three rinks of three), the Club 60 League’s KO Cup.
Then tomorrow night (6pm) the Albert Rowlett Cup (three rinks of three) final is between Whittlesey Manor B and West Ward A.
Although there is still about a month or so of the season remaining, several teams have already completed their league programmes and some championship and relegation issues have already been decided.
In the Midweek League, Parkway C have made it three championship successes in as many seasons by winning the Division Two title.
In the Club 60 League, Conservative Grey have already been confirmed as Division Four champions.
In the Weekend League, CoP Belvedere have topped the Premier Division.