County fi­nals re­port

Bowls - Lo­cals off to Leam­ing­ton for the Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships Bowls - Northants miss out in the Adams Tro­phy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - By Melvyn Beck BOWLS COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Hav­ing al­ready re­tained the women’s four-bowl sin­gles crown, Park­way’s Cather­ine Pop­ple added two more Hunts county ti­tles at Yax­ley on Sun­day to com­plete a hat-trick.

She teamed up with Sarah New­son to de­feat Mar­garet El­stub and Heather McKil­lop (Houghton& Wy­ton) 24-6and re­tain the pairs, a ti­tle they have won to­gether at na­tional level, and later Sarah’ s mother Val and Julie Masters joined them to keep the fours ti­tle ,2113, af­ter an all-Park­way af­fair against Emma Thurston, Han­nah Over ton, Michelle Bar­low and Pat Reynolds.

There was com­pen­sa­tion for Thurston, Overton and Reynolds in the triples fi­nal, where they de­feated Sawtry’s Jan El­liott, Karen Leader and San­dra Min­nett 20-1 to re­tain the cham­pi­onship.

The Mor­ton broth­ers, Tris­tan and Ean, had their sights on a ti­tle hat-trick, but had to be con­tent with the pairs af­ter a 30-13 vic­tory over War­boys duo Tom Swan­nell and Ed El­more.

The Mor­ton boys, with Mike Robert­son and Brian Martin, were beaten 17-21 by Park­way col­leagues Stu­art Reynolds, James Har­ford, Si­mon Law and Stu­art Pop­ple, and with Kevin Sand­ford sub­sti­tute for Robert­son, they went down 4-19 in the triples to War­boys’ Derek Rose, sub­sti­tut­ing for Harry Ward, Lewis Baker and Nicky Brett.

Brett’s daugh­ter Chloe cel­e­brated a ti­tle dou­ble, beat­ing War boys club mate Amy Avory 21-3 in the un­der 25 sin­gles to win it for the third year run­ning, and Sawtry’s Toby Furze-land by two and a half sets to a half in the un­der 18 mixed sin­gles.

Spare a thought for War­boys’ Ed El more who qual­i­fied for three fi­nal sand fin­ished on the los­ing side in all of them – pairs, and both sin­gles, 7-16 to Buck­den’s James Price in the two-bowl and 9-21 to War­boys’ Si­mon Leader in the four-bowl which he was de­fend­ing.

Buck­den’s Juliet May nar­rowly lost her two-bowl sin­gles ti­tle to Park­way’ s Michelle Bar­low 15-16, but did re­tain the sec­re­taries sin­gles af­ter beat­ing Mar­garet El­stub (Houghton & Wy­ton) 21-10.

War­boys won the Stu­art & Co Shield, the in­ter-club dou­ble rink com­pe­ti­tion, for the fourth time in five years fol­low­ing a 46-32 de­feat of Park­way.

NA­TIONAL CHAM­PI­ONSHIPS

The month-long Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships get un­der way at Leam­ing­ton this week­end with Hunts hop­ing they can at least em­u­late last year’s achieve­ment when the Park­way trio of James Ha rford, Si­mon Law and Stu­art Pop­ple were wor­thy win­ners of the men’s triples.

Two of the age-group com­pe­ti­tions are first up, with Park­way’s Val New­son and Pat Reynolds in ac­tion on Sun­day in the over 55 pairs, and War­boys young­sters Chloe Brett, and Amy Avory chal­leng­ing for un­der 25 sin­gles hon­ours.

Hunts will be rep­re­sented in the women’s fours on Tues­day morn­ing by the Park­way rinks of Emma Thurston, Han­nah Overton, Michelle Bar­low and Pat Reynolds; Sarah New­son, Julie Masters, Val New­son and Cather­ine Pop- ple.

NORTHANTS

Northants Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion’s hopes of de­fend­ing the Adams Tro­phy in­ter-county cham­pi­onship at Skeg­ness later this month were dashed at the week­end when Suf­folk ac­quired the nec­es­sary points from their re­ar­ranged match with North Cambs to top the south­ern sec­tion ta­ble.

With North Cambs bot­tom of the ta­ble, it was more in hope than ex­pec­ta­tion that Suf­folk would fall short of the 17 points they needed. As it turned out, Suf­folk made no mis­take, tak­ingth­e­max­i­mum 22 points to fin­ish five points clear of Northants, with Lin­colnshirea­fur­ther­four­points adrift.

The­fact that Northants in­flicted Suf­folk’s only de­feat of the sea­son and on their home patch only addsto the frus­tra­tion as they re­flect on a costly six-shot home re­verse at the hands of Lin­colnshire which proved to be the main rea­son they­won’tbeatthe­seasid­ede­fend­ing the ti­tle they won last year for the first time in their his­tory.

The fi­nal of the Northants Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion’s Adams Cup takes place at the City of Peter­bor­ough club tonight with the host club’s C team tak­ing on Park­way.

In­the­semi-fi­nals, Park­way de­feated Peter­bor­ough & District 64-41, while City of Peter­bor­oughCwere56-52win­ners against W. Ward B.

Sarah New­son won­the women’s pairs with Cather­ine Pop­ple.

Tom Swan­nell in ac­tion in the men’s pairs.

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