Not a lot of luck for the lo­cal con­tin­gent at Leam­ing­ton

Bowls - Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships

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

There’s not been a lot for Hunts sup­port­ers to get ex­cited about af­ter two weeks of the month-long Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships at Leam­ing­ton. In the six events Hunts were in­volved in dur­ing the sec­ond week only the Park­way trio of Emma Thurston, Han­nah Over­ton and Pat Reynolds man­aged to ven­ture be­yond the sec­ond round.

They recorded wins of 218 against Som­er­set and 20-13 against Berk­shire be­fore los­ing at the last 16 stage 13-18 to Kent.

In the same event, Sawtry’s Jan El­liott, Karen Leader and San­dra Min­nett went out in the sec­ond round 18-20 to Northum­ber­land fol­low­ing a 19-12 first round vic­tory over Wilt­shire.

In the two-bowl sin­gles, Michelle Bar­low (Park­way) was suc­cess­ful in a pre­lim­i­nary round tie, 15-12 against H amp shire’ s Ally son Flint, but joined Buck­den’s Juliet Mayat the first round exit door af­ter los­ing 12-15 to North ants’ Ali­son Dring, while May was beaten by the same score by Janet Carter (Herts).

The pairs rep­re­sen­ta­tives both fell at the first hur­dle, with Park­way’s Sarah New­son and Cather­ine Pop­ple, for­mer win­ners of the na­tional ti­tle, los­ing 16-23 to Ox­ford­shire, while Houghton and Wy­ton’s Heather McKil­lop and Mar­garet El­stub were beaten 15-22 by War­wick­shire.

Park­way pair Tony Scarr and Trevor Collins were beaten 21-25 by the even­tual runners-up from Dorset in the open­ing round of the se­nior pairs.

And both the en­tries in the ju­nior sin­gles, Joe Ran­dall (Park­way) and Ed El­more (War­boys), per­ished in the first round – 18-21 to Cum­bria’s Cal­lum Hodg­so­nand11- 21 to Bucks’ Michael Gomme re­spec­tively.

I n the women’s j unior pairs, War­boys’ Amy Avory and Chloe Brett lost 10-19 to Kent in the first round.

Hunts will be hop­ing for bet­ter for­tune now the men’s events are un­der way, the fours be­ing brought to a con­clu­sion yes­ter­day.

The triples are un­der way to­day with Hunts rep­re­sented by War­boys’ Harry Ward, Lewis Baker and Nick Brett and Park­way’s Ean Mor­ton, Mike Robert­son and Tris­tan Mor­ton.

At the week­end, Park­way’s Nigel Ea­gle is in­volved in two com­pe­ti­tions, the se­nior sin­gles and the mixed pairs with Sarah New­son.

The pairs takes cen­tre stage at the start of the fi­nal week, with the Mor­ton brothers from Park­way, Ean and Tris­tan, and War­boys’ Tom Swan­nell and Ed El­more fly­ing the flag for Hunts.

Then it’s the two sin­gles cham­pi­onships with Ed El­more (War­boys) in­volved in both the two-bowl and four-bowl dis­ci­plines, James Price (Bramp­ton) and Si­mon Leader (War­boys) are the county’s other sin­gles qual­i­fiers.

SKEGNESS FI­NALS

The English Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion na­tional cham­pi­onships are un­der­way at Skegn es sand a full re­port on how the Northants rep­re­sen­ta­tives fared will ap­pear in next week’s Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph.

MUN­DAY SHIELD

Althought beaten twice by CoP Molins A in the Peter­bor­ough League Premier Di­vi­sion pro­gramme this sea­son, Yax­ley Kites took the hon­ours when the clubs clashed in the fi­nal of the League’s Mun­day Shield at Whit­tle­sey Town, host club of League pres­i­dent Jean Red­head.

Yax­ley Kites were com­fort­able 46-23 win­ners in the dou­ble rink com­pe­ti­tion with rinks skipped by Graham Ag­ger and Tony Bel­son in­flict­ing 22-12 and 24-11 de­feats on those of Michael Humphries and Mal­colm Squires re­spec­tively. RE­SULT Yax­ley Kites bt CoP Molins A46-23 (Yax­ley Kites rinks first): Les Sharp, Joan Robin­son, John Hadley, Graham Ag­ger 22, Alan Grif­fiths, Tom Polkey, Peter Ed­dings, Michael Humphries 12. An­drew Cooper, Ray Bass, Robert Heath, Tony Bel­son 24, Norma Squires, Phil McQuillen, Mick Pe­gler, Mal­colm Squires 11.

Yax­ley Kites, win­ners of the Peter­bor­ough League’s Mun­day Shield with League pres­i­dent Jean Red­head. (Left to right): John Hadley, Tony Bel­son, Graham Ag­ger, Joan Robin­son, Robert Heath, Les Sharp, Ray Bass, An­drew Cooper.

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