Northants’ Adams Trophy team made it 40 points from a maximum 44 following their comprehensive 215-122 defeat of North Cambs at Tilney St Lawrence.
After a somewhat shaky start in which they trailed by 10 shots at the halfway stage, Northants dominated the second half of the match to set themselves up for Saturday’s test away to Suffolk.
Once again Northants were desperately close to achieving all 22 points. Last week Jonathan Earl’s rink lost by just four shots, but certainly made amends this time with a top-scoring 45-17 victory, while at the weekend Martin Welsford’s trio were pipped by just one shot.
With regular skip Peter Brown missing from the team through injury, Graham Agger took over the skip’s duties alongside Steve Roden and Tony Belson and steered his team to a 44-24 victory, while Darren Lord stepped in to help Neil Wright and Lee Welsford to the narrowest of wins, 29-28.
After their disappointment the previous week, the Newton Trophy team claimed all 22 points in a 210-123 victory over North Cambs at Wisbech.
Having been on the receiving end of a heavy defeat against Norfolk, young Jack Corney teamed up this time with Malcolm Squires and Roger Strong and they took the ‘spoons’ with a 46-17 victory, just ahead of Peter Jessop’s 41-17 success.
Northants 215 (20), North Cambs 122 (2) – (Northants rinks only):
Sean Fenlon, Barry Lawrence, Roger Martin won 33-25.
Adam Warrington, Stephen Harris, Jonathan Earl won 45-17.
Darren Lord, Neil Wright, Lee Welsford won 29-28.
Roger Stevens, Paul Bailey, Martin Welsford lost 30-31.
Steve Roden, Tony Belson, Graham Agger won 44-24.
Nick Wilkie, Martin Stokes, Paul Buckley won 34-21.
Northants 210 (22), North Cambs 123 (0) – (Northants rinks only):
Bob Warters, Cliff Watson, Peter Jessop won 41-17.
Jack Corney, Malcolm Squires, Roger Strong won 46-17.
Les Sharp, Michael Humphreys, Mick Duell won 29-22.
Jim Ruddy, Mick Greaves, Brian Bassam won 27-23.
John Holroyd, Phil Afford, Brian Swann won 34-22.
Andrew Grief, Peter Holmes, Fred Addy won 33-22.
The outcome of Northants’ opening home women’s inter-county championship matches proved as disappointing as the wet weather which only added to the gloom for the home players.
Both teams failed to claim a point against Suffolk at Peterborough & District and Parkway, with the Silver Jubilee Vase team, playing their first match of the season, going down by 90 shots over the five rinks.
Having taken 16 points from their opening game with North Cambs, the Donald Steward team were beaten by 32 shots, Norma Squires’ one shot defeat the closest they got to registering a point.
DONALD STEWARD TROPHY
Northants 62 (0), Suffolk 95 (18): (Northants rinks only):
Liz Barr, Chris Ford, Hazel Bass lost 12-19.
Ann White, Fiona Richardson, Norma Squires lost 16-17.
Ann Cullingworth, Jessica Phillips, Joan Padley lost 12-21.
Sue Moir, Vie Hatch, Sheila Craig lost 13-26.
Shirley Suffling, Doris Flowers, Julie Masters lost 13-26.
SILVER JUBILEE VASE
Northants 47 (0), Suffolk 137 (18): (Northants rinks only):
Val Du’Kett, Margaret Lansburgh, Pearl O’Brien lost 11-27.
Gill King, Freda Thomas, Judy Ford lost 5-27.
Carol Warters, Janet Duffy, Glenys Edwards lost 10-23.
Jenny Harvey, Joyce Needham, Stella Dale lost 7-38.
Margaret Linnell, Gill Day, Wendy Harrold lost 14-22.
Whittlesey Manor head to Stowmarket on Sunday to face The Rookery club in the Durham Centenary Trophy, the English Bowling Federation’s national club championship.
They will be hoping to repeat their achievement of 2011 when they became the first club from the county to reach the final at Skegness, where they were beaten by Derbyshire club The Stute.
The club are certainly expecting a tough challenge with the Suffolk champions having beaten the strong Warboys club in the previous round.
In the women’s county competitions, the senior pairs is down to the semi-final stage with Doris Flowers (Yaxley) facing Sheila Craig (Conservative), while Moira Lansburgh (Yaxley) hosts Chris Ford (Ketton).