Young Chloe following in dad’s footsteps with county treble
Young Chloe Brett seems to be following in the footsteps of her father, former world indoor singles champion Nicky, when it comes to garnering bowls titles.
The Yaxley-based player, now operating out of the Parkway club, claimed three titles at the Huntingdonshire Bowls finals played on Sunday at the Holywell cum Needingworth club.
She won the four-bowl singles and under 25 singles and as a substitute for the indisposed Sarah Newson helped former England international Catherine Popple to win the pairs title.
An opportunity for a fourth went begging when she was part of Popple’s rink beaten 20-15 by Dina Barlow’s St Ives quartet.
Both Popple and Tristan Morton, another ex-international, came away with title doubles, Popple adding the two-bowl singles title to her pairs success, while Morton won the four-bowl singles and teamed up with brother Ean to win the pairs.
His hat-trick was thwarted in the triples with Mike Robertson and Jeff Newson (substituting for Ean Morton), beaten by Eric Baker’s Papworth trio.
The other player to achieve a title double was Warboys’ Simon Leader, winner of the two-bowl singles at the expense of Parkway’s James Harford, and then teaming up with Ross Martin, Lewis Baker and Nicky Brett to win the fours, again with Parkway on the receiving end in the shape of Paul Dalliday, James Harford, Simon Law and Stuart Popple.
Jack Corney (Whittlesey Manor) toppled Joe Randall (Parkway) in the men’s under 25 singles final, while West Ward’s Angie Jinks claimed the women’s secretaries singles.
Mike Robertson (Parkway) had some compensation for two final defeats when he was named ‘Bowler of the Year,’ his successful exploits including winning the Disability Bowls England open singles title at Leamington last month.
Now all eyes will be focused on the month-long Bowls England national championships which begin at Leamington this weekend.
Parkway pair Val Newson and Pat Reynolds will be representing Hunts in the women’s senior pairs which starts on Sunday, while on the same day youngsters Chloe Brett (Parkway) and Sophie Purrell (Holywell cum Needingworth) feature in the junior singles.
The fours gets under way on Monday and carrying the county’s hopes in this championship are the Parkway rink of Sarah Newson, Chloe Brett, Val Newson and Catherine Popple and the St Ives quartet of Jane Baldwin, Glenys Cousins, Jenny Dymond and Dina Barlow.
Although the first two weeks of the championships are mainly women’s events, they are interspersed with some men’s competitions.
Lindsay Swannell’s Warboys quartet competes in the new senior fours event which starts on Tuesday, while Warboys pair Harry Ward and Ed Elmore bid for honours in the men’s under 25 pairs starting the following day.
■ Parkway’s hopes of reaching the last 16 of the Bowls England club two-fours championship were dashed at Coventry on Saturday when they were beaten 43-21 in the area final by the Avenue club.
■ The final of the Northants Bowling Federation’s Adams Cup takes place at Whittlesey Manor tonight where the host club will be taking on Parkway who will be hoping to complete the county double having won the Dan Duffy trophy club championship.
■ The first of the three Peterborough League cup finals takes place at Yaxley tomorrow (6.00pm) when Peterborough & District, the holders, face East Community in the Albert Rowlett Cup decider being hosted by League president Bruce Saint.
The finalists in the Mick Lewin Trophy, the Club 60 KO competition, are West Ward Tigers and Conservative after semi-final victories over Peterborough & District (68-30) and West Ward Lions (57-42) respectively. The final is at Yaxley on Friday, August 18.
The 60th anniversary of the Northants Women’s Bowling Federation was marked by a celebration afternoon tea at the Great Northern Hotel.
Title winners Chloe Brett and famous dad Nicky.
Brothers in arms - Tristan (left) and Ean Morton.