Maximum points from their home match with North Cambs at Whittlesey Manor on Saturday keeps Northants Bowling Federation on track for a possible place in the final of the Adams Trophy inter-county championship for the first time in almost 60 years.
Unbeaten in their first three games, Northants face a crucial clash at home to defending champions Suffolk this Saturday knowing that victory will take them a step nearer the final at Skegness in August.
Northants were never in any danger against North Cambs, racing into a comfortable first half lead and never relinquishing it thanks to comfortable wins by rinks skipped by Martin Welsford (44-20), Peter Brown (33-21), Paul Buckley (31-21) and Lee Welsford (37-19).
It was left to the rinks of Martyn Dolby and Roger Martin to mop up the other vital points, Dolby hanging on for a 25-23 win, while Martin trailed the jack for a three count on the 29th end on the way to a 27-25 victory.
Northants’ Newton Trophy team took 20 points from the visit of North Cambs to Parkway which helped offset the disappointment of losing the 18 points they claimed from North Essex, who have since resigned from the competition owing to a shortage of players.
Northants piled on the shots against their near neighbours, finishing 233-107 winners, with the rinks of Fred Addy and Roger Strong both topping fifty shots.
Despite fielding one player short, the Northants youngsters still took maximum points for the second match running in the Reg Wright Under 25 championship as they defeated Suffolk B 93-74 at Parkway.
With the likes of Stephen Harris, James Harford and Joe Randall on duty elsewhere and Hannah Overton under the weather, manager Lee Welsford spent Sunday morning on the telephone attempting to find replacements.
It was, therefore, a good performance in the circumstances from the makeshift team.
Their rink wins came from Jay Travis-Jenner and Andy Cook, while Jack Corney and Tom Fielding managed to keep three Suffolk players at bay.
Northants will hope to be stronger this Sunday when they travel to Ipswich to take on Suffolk A.
Northants 197 (22), North Cambs 132 (0) – (Northants rinks only):
Sean Fenlon, Bob Warters, Roger Martin won 27-25.
Stephen Harris, Jonathan Earl, Martyn Dolby won 25-23.
Roger Stevens, Paul Bailey, Martin Welsford won 44-20.
Steve Roden, Graham Agger, Peter Brown won 33-21.
Martin Stokes, Neil Wright, Paul Buckley won 31-24.
Adam Warrington, Fred Richardson, Lee Welsford won 37-19.
Northants 233 (20), North Cambs 107 (2) - (Northants rinks only):
Howard Shipp, Martin Bailey, Peter Jessop won 47-21.
Les Sharp, Jim Ruddy, Malcolm Squires lost 23-27.
Jack Corney, John Hadley, Mick Linnell won 34-21.
Darren Lord, John Holroyd, Roger Strong won 52-13.
Andrew Grief, Peter Holmes, Fred Addy won 52-7.
Mike Ramsden, Mick Greaves, Brian Bassam won 25-18.
REG WRIGHT TROPHY
Northants 93 (12), Suffolk B 74 (0) – (Northants rinks only):
Josh Clark, Daniel Randall, Jay Travis-Jenner won 35-25.
Louise Harris, Darren Middleton, Andy Cook won 30-24.
Jack Corney & Tom Fielding won 28-15.