Parkway pair are pipped at the post in the national semi-finals

Chloe Brett in action.
Chloe Brett in action.
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Hunts bowlers reached two semi-finals at Leamington in the Bowls England women’s national championships which concluded at the weekend.

Sawtry’s Karen Leader, wife of former England international Simon, made it through to the last four in the two-bowl singles, while Parkway’s Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple were agonisingly beaten by just one shot in the semi-finals of the pairs, a title they were hoping to regain having won it back in 2004.

Leader had wins over Essex’s Donna Law (17-14), Norfolk’s Sheila Hilliard (14-11), Northants’ Tina Broderick (17-12) and Surrey’s Sharmista Patel (16-11) before losing 16-11 to Hertfordshire’s Jess Eley, who went on to lose in the final.

The other Hunts representative in the two-bowl singles, Buckden’s Juliet May, was beaten 17-7 in the opening round by Middlesex’s Janine Bancroft.

Newson and Popple opened up with a comprehensive 35-8 victory over Herefordshire in the first round of the pairs, followed by wins over Yorkshire (20-17), Norfolk (18-14) and Dorset (21-10) before going down 18-17 to the eventual winners from Oxfordshire, Donna Knight and Kath Hawes.

The other Parkway pair, Julie Masters and Val Newson, went out in the second round, 21-9 to Cambridgeshire following a 25-15 first round victory over Leicestershire.

Hemingford’s Harry Ward reached the quarter-finals of the men’s junior singles, beating Bucks’ Michael Groome (21-14), Cornwall’s Fred Williams (21-7) and Lincolnshire’s Ashley Caress (21-13) before losing 21-4 to the eventual beaten finalist, Kent’s Perry Martin.

Parkway’s James Harford went out in the first round, 21-8 to Hampshire’s Adam Clark.

In the men’s senior pairs, Parkway’s Tony Scarr and Trevor Collins were pipped 19-18 in the second round by Surrey having won by the same score against Warwickshire in the opening round.

Warboys’ Amy Martin and Chloe Brett also lost at the second round stage in the women’s junior pairs, 20-19 to Berkshire, following an 18-8 win over Durham.


Chloe Brett, teenage daughter of world number one Nicky, has been selected for a first-ever England Under 18 test series against Wales at Wootton Bassett on the weekend of September 5 and 6.

Six boys and six girls have been chosen for the series which is part of the development programme initiated by Bowls England in partnership with Sutton Winson, who sponsor the under 18 singles at the national championships.