Hunts des­per­ate for a dry week­end

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By MELVYN BECK

LO­CAL bowlers will be hop­ing for a dry week­end, with Hunt­ing­don­shire Bowls hav­ing a spe­cial trial match at Park­way to­day be­tween the men’s and women’s county squads fol­lowed by the first big date of the sea­son for the men – the open­ing round of the na­tional in­ter-county dou­ble rink cham­pi­onship to­mor­row.

Hunts travel to Rom­ford to face Es­sex hop­ing to qual­ify for the re­gional play-offs, with Eng­land in­ter­na­tion­als Tris­tan Mor­ton and Nicky Brett skip­ping the rinks. Hunts: Si­mon Leader, Alex Wal­ton, Ean and Tris­tan Mor­ton.

Rob El­more, Si­mon Law, Stu­art Pop­ple, Nicky Brett

Res: Trevor Collins & Ian Mcwhin­ney.

Hunts’ East­ern Coun­ties pro­gramme didn’t get off to the best of starts at Nor­wich last week­end, los­ing on five of the six rinks, although all bar the match in­volv­ing the ex­ec­u­tive rink were closely run af­fairs and could have gone ei­ther way.

ET BOWLS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

THERE was an early exit for the de­fend­ing Northants Women’s Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion pairs cham­pi­ons Pat Col­li­cott and Pearl O’brien (Deep­ing) at the hands of Belvedere’s Jean­nie Grif­fiths and Linda Darani. RE­SULTS PAIRS, pre­lim­i­nary round: Sarah New­son (Peter­bor­ough) bt Sue Moir (Deep­ing); Lucy Cooke (Langtoft Pearl) bt Doris Flow­ers (Yax­ley); Fiona Richard­son (Belvedere) bt Liz Barr (West Ward); Sheila Craig (Con­ser­va­tives) bt Julie Mas­ters (Peter­bor­ough); Ann Culling­worth (Langtoft Pearl) bt Judy Ford (Yax­ley); Joan Thompson (Bar­nack) bt Bar­bara Tal­bot (Con­ser­va­tives); Sarah Martin (West Ward) bt Glenys Ed­wards (Ket­ton); Kathie Ro­den (Whit­tle­sey Manor) bt Hazel Bass (Yax­ley); Angie Jinks (Mitchells) bt Val Du’kett (Ket­ton); Ro Collin (Yax­ley) bt Pam Wolver­son (Con­ser­va­tives); Vi Hatch (West Ward) bt Linda Toms (Con­ser­va­tives); Ann Cooper (Yax­ley) bt Joyce Foster (Ket­ton); Linda Darani (Belvedere) bt Pearl O’brien (Deep­ing); Walko- ver: Karen Bur­rows (Belvedere).

SE­NIOR SIN­GLES, pre­lim­i­nary round: Sheila Craig (Con­ser­va­tives) bt Jenny Hil­ton (West Ward); Judy Ford (Yax­ley) bt Jean Red­head (Whit­tle­sey Manor); Ma­rina Ran­dall (Whit­tle­sey Manor) bt Joan Robin­son (Yax­ley); He­len Crow (Langtoft Pearl) bt Linda Kemp (Con­ser­va­tives); Liz Barr (West Ward) bt Freda Thomas (Yax­ley); Fiona Richard­son (Belvedere) bt Pat Col­li­cott (Deep­ing); P. Garn (Con­ser­va­tives) bt Pam Wolver­son (Con­ser­va­tives). Walkovers: Hazel Bass (Yax­ley), Wendy Stevens (Con­ser­va­tives), Julie Mas­ters (Peter­bor­ough), Doris Flow­ers (Yax­ley), Norma Squires (Belvedere), Kath Browning (Yax­ley).

TWO-BOWL TRIPLES, pre­lim­i­nary round: Ann White (Langtoft Pearl) bt Sarah Martin (West Ward); Liz Barr (West Ward) bt J. Dupree (Ry­hall); Doris Flow­ers (Yax­ley) bt Mar­garet Lin­nell (West Ward); Linda Darani (Belvedere) bt Vi Hatch (West Ward); Sue Moir (Deep­ing) bt Wendy Lutkin (Whit­tle­sey Manor); Peggy Birch (Ket­ton) bt Karen Bur­rows (Belvedere).

THREE-BOWL TRIPLES, pre­lim­i­nary round: J. Bridges (Langtoft Pearl) bt Peggy Birch (Ket­ton); Linda Darani (Belvedere) bt Ann White (Langtoft Pearl); Janet Duffy (Peter­bor­ough) bt Ro Collin (Yax­ley); Angie Jinks (Mitchells) bt Sarah Martin (West Ward); Judy Ford (Yax­ley) bt Hazel Bass (Yax­ley); Jean Thompson (Bar­nack) bt Sue Moir (Deep­ing); Liz Barr (West Ward) bt Glenys Ed­wards (Ket­ton). Walkovers: Kathie Ro­den (Whit­tle­sey Manor) and Mar­garet Lin­nell (West Ward).

WHIT­TLE­SEY Manor have be­come the lat­est club to with­draw a team from the Peter­bor­ough League.

Hav­ing hoped to re-in­tro­duce a third mid­week team this sea­son, the club had to make an eleventh hour decision to with­draw the C team be­cause of team-rais­ing prob­lems.

It fol­lows the pre­vi­ous week’s decision by Park­way to with­draw teams from the Mid­week League and the Club 60 League.

The wettest start to a bowls sea­son in liv­ing mem­ory has re­sulted in a num­ber of league matches be­ing post­poned, and with some greens hav­ing had spells out of ac­tion, play­ers com­pet­ing in county com­pe­ti­tions have had to hire rinks from neigh­bour­ing clubs.

NORTHANTS Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion are on the look-out for ju­nior bowlers to add to the un­der 25 mixed squad for this sea­son’s in­ter-county matches against Nor­folk (Sun­day, June 10 at Whit­tle­sey Manor); Hunts (Sun­day, June 17, at Sawtry) and Suf­folk (Sun­day, July 1 at Whit­tle­sey Manor).

In­ter­ested play­ers should con­tact team man­ager Steve Ro­den on 01406 331002.

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