Peterborough bowlers are making significant strides in their bid to reach national indoor finals.
Carol Hunter and Jenny Harvey are through to the inter-area finals of the Over 60 pairs following a 17-9 victory over Carolyn Day (City of Ely) in the area decider.
They now face a Kingsthorpe (Northampton) pair for a place at the national finals at Nottingham and a place in the last 16.
Meanwhile, Peterborough are guaranteed a finalist in the area singles with Nick Wilkie and Joe Randall facing each other in the semi-finals.
Wilkie, who earlier in the competition knocked out world number one Nicky Brett, received a walkover from Ross Tomlinson (St Neots) in the quarter-finals, while Randall defeated Andy Barker (St Neots) 21-17.
The prize for the winner could be a match against England star Greg Harlow, the provisional world number four and defending national champion.
Nicky Brett was a comfortable winner in his first round match at the Just retirement World Indoor Championships on Monday.
The world number one from Yaxley met James Rippey at the Potters Holiday Resort in Hopton-on-Sea and proved far too strong for the qualifier, who was making his first appearance on the famous blue carpet. Brett won it 12-3, 8-4 and will now meet Les Gillett in the next round today (Thursday).
Northants Bowling Federation entertain North Cambs in the Derbyshire Trophy inter-county championship at Peterborough & District on Sunday morning requiring maximum points to keep their faint hopes alive of qualifying for the final.
Their defeat away to Lincolnshire last time out put a serious dent in their hopes, so they can’t afford any slip-up this weekend.
Even with wins against North Cambs and away to Norfolk in their final match, they will still probably have to rely on the outcome of other matches if they are to succeed in their quest to top the southern section table.
Despite horrendous traffic problems on the way to the match that resulted in the Cambs League fixture being reduced to 14 ends, the Peterborough senior men’s team were quickly into their stride against Cambridge Chesterton B to record a convincing 64-39 victory and return with eight of the 10 points on offer.
Peterborough 64 (8), Cambridge Chesterton B 39 (2): (Peterborough rinks only):
Norman Gray, Richard Day, Pete Harvey, Dick Noble won 25-6.
Les Sharp, Don Paul, Joe Martin, Mick Linnell won 14-6.
Terry Corney, Jeff Clipston, Mick Greaves, Wilf Redhead won 16-10.
Dave Smith, Richard Harrison, Phil Afford, Rod Maplethorpe lost 9-17.
The Northants Bowling Federation indoor competitions have got under way, with the women’s pairs already at the semi-final stage, where defending champion Carol Hunter, who won it with Jenny Harvey, faces Glenys Edwards, while Fiona Richardson opposes county president Joan Robinson.
WOMEN’S SENIOR SINGLES, preliminary round: Chris Ford bt Val Du’Kett 21-9; Sheila Craig bt Fiona Richardson 21-14; Joan Robinson bt Carol Warters 21-7.
WOMEN’S PAIRS, preliminary round: Carol Hunter bt Margaret Linnell 20-18; Doris Flowers bt Val Du’Kett 17-16.
First round: Glenys Edwards bt Sheila Craig 19-18; Joan Robinson bt Sue Moir 24-8; Fiona Richardson bt Chris Ford 21-15; Hunter bt Flowers 22-11.