Na­tional de­light for Duell and Black­stones pair win a ti­tle too

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

Northants bowlers em­u­lated their in­di­vid­ual suc­cesses of last year by win­ning two ti­tles at the English Bowl­ing Fed­er­a­tion na­tional cham­pi­onships at Skeg­ness. West Ward’s Mick Duell fol­lowed in the foot­steps of county pres­i­dent Bob Warters by re­tain­ing the vet­er­ans sin­gles ti­tle for the county, while Black­stones’ Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton and Stephen Harris pro­vided Northants with their first-ever suc­cess in the un­der 25 open pairs event.

Harris (19) was de­nied a sec­ond ti­tle by his sis­ter Louise’s boyfriend Jonathan West (Lincs) in the fi­nal of the un­der 25 sin­gles.

Duell came from 15-17 down in the semi-fi­nal to de­feat North Cambs’ Tony Har­ley 21-19, but pow­ered his way into a com­fort­able lead in the fi­nal be­fore de­feat­ing Hum­ber­side’s Dave Smith 21-12.

“It has al­ways been my am­bi­tion to win a county sin­gles ti­tle, play for my county and win a na­tional ti­tle and I have done it all in one sea­son,” said Duell, whomade his de­but for the New­ton Tro­phy side this sum­mer.

Mid­dle­ton and Harris may have been the un­der­dogs against Nottinghamshire’ s Will Mar­shall and Jack Emmerson in the un­der 25 open pairs de­cider, but they quickly es­tab­lished a 12-5 lead, and while Notts got within two shots at 11-13 af­ter 16 ends, the Stam­ford boys picked up five shots over the next three ends to claim the ti­tle at 18-12.

The county men had three semi-fi­nal­ists in Peter Cox (Langtoft Pearl) in the twobowl sin­gles, Graham Jackson and Roger Martin (City of Peter­bor­ough) in the se­nior pairs, and Park­way’s Stu­art Reynolds, James Har­ford and Trevor Collins, sub­sti­tut­ing for Mike Robert­son, in the two-bowl triples.

The women also had three semi-fi­nal­ists in fi­nals debu- tant Joan Butcher (Whit­tle­sey Town) in the cham­pion of cham­pi­ons sin­gles, Pat Bussey and Sheila Craig( Con­ser­va­tive) in the se­nior pairs and Sarah and Val News on( Park­way) in the pairs, although Chris Mor­ton re­placed Leam­ing­ton-bound Sarah in these mi-fi­nal which was lost on an ex­tra end.

Not for the first time a clash with the Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships at Leam­ing­ton had an ef­fect on mat­ter sat Skeg­ness with play­ers dou­ble booked.

Park­way’s Si­mon Law missed two in­tended en­gage- ments on the open­ing day at Skeg­ness be­cause of his in­volve­ment in the na­tional fours at Leam­ing­ton, Neil Wright sub­sti­tut­ing for him in the mixed pairs, but with­out a re­serve avail­able, Wright and Tony Sc arr were forced to play one short in the three-bowl triples where they al­most pulled off a re­mark­able vic­tory–they lost on the last end to Hum­ber­side.

ith Mike Robert­son (Park­way) also in­volved in the na­tional fours and triples, Trevor Collins sub­sti­tuted for him in the two-bowl triples, while Sarah New­son, hav­ing reached the semi-fi­nals of the pairs with her mother Val, dashed over to Leam­ing­ton for the mixed pairs, and so Chris Mor­ton came in as a re­place­ment.


Hunts bowlers con­tin­ued to find it a strug­gle to make an im­pres­sion on the Bowls Eng­land na­tional cham­pi­onships at Leam­ing­ton.

Stu­art Pop­ple’s rink of Stu­art Reynolds, James Har­ford and Si­mon Law reached the last 16 of the fours, beat­ing Here­ford­shire ( 22- 20) and Es­sex (22-12) be­fore los­ing 21-23 to Northum­ber­land, while the other Park­way rink of Brian Martin, Ean Mor­ton, Mike Robert­son and Tristan Mor­ton went out in the sec­ond round, 16-24 to Ox­ford­shire.

Both Hunts rep­re­sen­ta­tives in the triples went out at the sec­ond round stage. Park­way’s Ean Mor­ton, Mike Robert­son and Tristan Mor­ton were beaten 11-15 by Cam­bridgeshire, while War­boys’ Harry Ward, Lewis Baker and Nicky Brett were pipped 19-20 by the Isle of Wight.

Nigel Ea­gle (Park­way) was in­volved in two events at the week­end.

He teamed up with Sarah New­son in the mixed pairs where they lost 13-23 to Kent in the open­ing round, and then he was beaten 19-21 in the sec­ond round of the se­nior sin­gles by At­tilio Ci­ampini (Mid­dle­sex) af­tera21-15de­feat of Keith Hin­der (Glos).

Black­stones pair Dar­ren Mid­dle­ton (left) and Stephen Harris claimed the un­der 25 open pairs ti­tle.

Vet­eran sin­gles cham­pion Mick Duell with his tro­phy.

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