Morton and Brett back in England team

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Local bowlers Nicky Brett and Tristan Morton have been recalled by the England men’s senior team for next year’s British Isles international series in Scotland.

Brett (Warboys) has been out of favour since 2012, having appeared in four series, while Morton (Parkway) was ever-present between 2011 and 2015 before being left out.

Morton put his name back in the frame by skipping brother Ean and Mike Robertson to the national triples title last year and then converted that into a British title this summer, which was England’s only success in the British Isles men’s championships.

Following the recent trial, which also included his brother Ean, Morton has been handed a skip’s role, while Brett, who has operated at skip for England in the past, will be playing at two for rising England star Jamie Walker.

Meanwhile Parkway’s Michelle Coleman, who made her England women’s senior debut last year, has retained her place in the team for the series in Jersey next summer.

n The Northants Bowling Federation A and B teams will cross swords at Stamford IBC on Sunday week in the opening Derbyshire Trophy match of the season.

The A team took the honours in this English Bowling Federation inter-county indoor championship fixture last year, but it was a close run thing.

B team captain Malcolm Squires has called up 23-year-old junior international trialist Helen Holroyd, fresh from winning the national under 25 singles title at Skegness, for her Derbyshire Trophy team debut, and it is believed she is the first woman bowler to be selected for the county in this traditionally all-male competition.

Northants A: Paul Dalliday, James Harford, Simon Law; Adam Warrington, Michael Humphreys, Roger Martin; Stephen Harris, Tony Scarr, Martyn Dolby; Nick Wilkie, Jeff Newson, Tristan Morton.

Northants B: Helen Holroyd, Cliff Watson, Peter Brown; Mike Ramsden, Richard Allam, John Holroyd; Brian Bassam, Dick Noble, Paul Bailey; Les Sharp, Mick Linnell, Rod Maplethorpe.