District four on the British title trail again
ANOTHER British Isles fours women’s title could come the way of Hunts bowlers over the next two days down at Worthing.
Catherine Popple’s Peterborough & District rink of Sarah Newson, Wendy Harrold and Val Newson, who won the English title at Leamington last year, begin their campaign tomorrow morning against Wales in a preliminary round tie, with the winners facing Ireland in the afternoon semi-finals.
Popple will be staying on after the British Isles event to skip for England as they defend the British Isles team championship over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
She is joined in the team by Whittlesey Manor’s Pat Reynolds, who will also have the responsibility of skipping a rink.
THE Huntingdonshire Bowls women’s county team marched through to the second round of the Johns Trophy inter-county championship with a 149-111 victory over Northants at Whittlesey Manor, and now face a trip to Leicestershire for a place in the quarter-finals.
Hunts won on four of the six rinks through Pat Reynolds (26-14), Linda Darani (32-19), Joan Robinson (25-15) and Joan Padley (27-14). There were defeats for Andrea Rose (16-21) and Ann Cooper (23-28).
Meanwhile, the men’s county team resume their Middleton Cup programme with a visit from Norfolk to Parkway today, hoping to build on their opening maximum 22 point haul from Cambridgeshire.
Hunts suffered a frustrating oneshot defeat (33-34) against Northants at White Hart last Sunday in the inter-county two fours championship, so missing out on a place in the regional finals.
THE Northants Bowling Federation county teams made it two wins from two with crushing home victo- ries over North Essex.
The Adams Trophy team, playing at Whittlesey Manor, topped 200 shots as they stormed to a 22-0 ‘whitewash’, winning 218-114.
For the second match running, Paul Buckley’s rink led the way, powering to a 49-12 victory, while the rink of Lee Welsford also reached forty shots.
The Newton Trophy team dropped just one rink as they were comfortable 183-133 winners at Peterborough & District, the rink of John Stoneham heading the scoring stakes with a 46-23 victory.
Both teams will today have a more severe test of their credentials when they entertain Norfolk, whose teams have also won their opening two matches, the Newton team playing at Yaxley for the first time.
IN the Northants Women’s Bowling Federation competitions, Sheila Craig (Conservatives) defeated defending champion Joan Robinson (Yaxley) in the four-bowl singles to reach the quarter-finals.
Craig, along with Carole Fuller (Conservatives), Linda Darani (Belvedere) and Julie Masters (Peterborough) are still on course for a singles double, having reached the last eight in both the four-bowl and two-bowl disciplines.
Meanwhile, the county teams resume their inter-county programmes today away to North Cambs, and then face Norfolk on Wednesday in the first of three consecutive home games, the Donald Steward team at Whittlesey Manor for the first time, with the Silver Jubilee Vase team playing at Peterborough & District.
SUCCESS: Pictured is Hunts ladies president Freda Thomas (centre) and her team ahead of their Johns Trophy success against Northants.