Parkway pair Helen Crow and Pat Reynolds narrowly missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Bowls England women’s senior pairs championship at Leamington this week.
Having beaten Surrey’s Teresa Orriss and Margaret Smith 20-13 and Hampshire’s Jan Allen and Allyson Flint 23-9, they were pipped 20-19 by Worcestershire’s Pat Logan and Marjorie Crowe in the quarter-finals.
In the women’s junior singles, Hannah Overton (Parkway), who reached the final two years ago, went out at the second round stage this time, losing 21-9 to Devon’s Harriet Stevens, having beaten Surrey’s Olivia Skilton 21-16 in the opening round.
The other Hunts’ qualifier, Warboys’ Chloe Brett, had the toughest of all starts against Commonwealth Games triples gold medallist Sophie Tolchard (Devon), losing 21-8 in the first round, and the 2013 champion went on to regain the title.
DURHAM CENTENARY SHIELD
Parkway missed out on the chance of competing in this month’s English Bowling Federation’s Durham Centenary Shield final at Skegness when they were beaten 93-85 at home by county rivals Warboys in the southern section final.
It completed a disappointing 24 hours for the city side, having lost the previous night in the final of the Northants Bowling Federation’s Danny Duffy Trophy club championship on an extra end to Whittlesey Manor at Blackstones.
The international trio of Hannah Overton, Catherine Popple and Tristan Morton emerged as their only winning rink against Warboys, defeating Barry Stevens, Tom Swannell and Ed Elmore 25-24.
Elsewhere the Warboys players came with a late rush in the gathering gloom after trailing on all but one rink for much of the match, with World number one Nicky Brett, his daughter Chloe and Ian McWhinney grabbing a vital four count on the last end against Parkway captain Trevor Collins.
In a tight struggle with Mike Robertson’s rink, Simon Leader pinched a 24-22 win, while Lewis Baker’s rink edged out Neil Wright, Tony Scarr and Stuart Popple by three shots in 24 ends, negating the need to play the last with the outcome of the match already settled.
Warboys, who won the Durham Centenary Shield back in 2000, now face Cleveland champions Elm Tree in the final at Skegness on August 22.
Whittlesey Manor, who reached the Durham Centenary Shield final in 2011, will now be Northants’ representatives in the competition next year after their dramatic victory over defending champions Parkway.
Having trailed for virtually the whole match, Parkway nosed in front by one shot when Trevor Collins’ rink claimed a four on the last end, but a single from Martin Welsford’s trio on the very last end of the match tied the scores at 75-75 and so all the players had to return to the green for the extra end, which Whittlesey Manor won 7-1.
DURHAM CENTENARY TROPHY
(Southern section final)
Parkway 85, Warboys 93 (Parkway rinks first):
Brian Martin, Val Newson, Mike Robertson 22, Derek Rose, Richard Stevens, Simon Leader 24.
Neil Wright, Tony Scarr, Stuart Popple 18, Rob Greenwood, Rob Elmore, Lewis Baker 21.
Hannah Overton, Catherine Popple, Tristan Morton 25, Barry Stevens, Tom Swannell, Ed Elmore 24.
Fred Addy, Joe Randall, Trevor Collins 20, Chloe Brett, Ian McWhinney, Nicky Brett 24.
DANNY DUFFY TROPHY
Whittlesey Manor 75, Parkway 75 (Whittlesey Manor won 7-1 on extra end) – (Manor rinks first):
Steve Roden, Steve Lander, Peter Brown 19, Neil Wright, Tony Scarr, Tristan Morton 17.
Paul Dalliday, Stuart Woodcock, Lee Welsford 15, Brian Martin, Val Newson, Simon Law 23.
Roger Stevens, Tony Mace, Martin Welsford 23, Howard Shipp, Ray Keating, Mike Robertson 12.
Gavin Jinks, Fred Richardson, Barry Lawrence 18, Fred Addy, Joe Randall, Trevor Collins 23.
The Northants Women’s Bowling Federation are holding a special general meeting at Peterborough & District tonight (7pm).
Among the items up for debate is whether it will be possible for the county to return to the county championships next year having been forced to withdraw this season because of team-raising doubts.
With some other smaller counties also struggling to field two teams of 18 players, there may be calls at the national AGM to re-structure the competitions in some form, such as reducing the number of rinks in each team.