District four on the Bri­tish ti­tle trail again

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Classifieds - by MELVYN BECK

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.

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