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Another great result for the men in the Midland Counties Championship – a hefty win against Lincolnshire.

Team Manager Phil Reeve was obviously delighted that the selected players for the Men’s Section of the Jackson Grundy sponsored Bowls Northamptonshire had another excellent win against Lincolnshire on Saturday, 26th May, 2018, at Kettering Lodge BC. He was obliged to make 2 changes from his original team, replacing Sam Gamble with Danny Walker, as skip of the young rink from the Under 25’s, and replacing Callum Height as skip with Alan Ashby on another rink, due to Callum being unwell.
The match started very well for the County and after 5 ends of play a lead of 13 shots had been obtained, but the next 5 end saw the lead more than double to 29 shots at 68-39, and 5 ends later, so great was the dominance by the County, the advantage had more than doubled to 61 shots. Lincolnshire did stem the rate of their deficit over the last 6 ends, but still had to suffer a defeat by 70 shots. The County had 5 winning rinks and 1 drawn, so just missed out on the achievement of last week when a maximum tally of points was achieved.
The highest scoring rink for the County was that skipped by Jamie Walker, which posted a massive 29 shots victory.
The final score was Northamptonshire 153 shots (21 points) – Lincolnshire 83 shots (1 point). Rink details as follows:

Rink 1. David Iddles, Steve Norman, Peter Ward & Andrew Manton 23 shots – Terry Berridge 12 shots

After dropping a single on the 1st end, the County scored on the next 3 ends for a lead of 5-1, and from that point on, although not initially getting away from the opposition by more than a few shots, Andrew and his men were 10-5 up after 10 ends. The next few ends were evenly played with Lincolnshire reducing their deficit by 1 at 10-14 after 14 ends, but the last 7 ends went very much in the County’s favour with the rink collecting 9 shots to the 2 picked up by Lincolnshire.

Rink 2. David Walker, Ashley Linnell, Chris Bland & Jamie Walker 33 shots – Andrew Bird 4 shots

This match was just a hammering for Lincolnshire, with Jamie and his men totally dominant from the very first end to the last, and they allowed their opponents to score just 4 singles throughout the match. The County men were 7-1 up after 5 ends, and 14-2 up after 10 ends, at which point Lincs were stuck on 2 shots for another 7 ends as Jamie and his men raced to 30 shots. Just 4 ends left and Lincs did win 2 of them, but the County added a further 3 shots in their winning 2 of them, the last end producing a single from a very lucky bowl!

Rink 3. Tony O’Leary, Mick Spear, Roger Tansley & Vernon Gearey 28 shots – Jordan Philpott 13 shots

At 5 ends the County had a 7-0 shots lead, and although Lincs did pick up 4 on the next 2 ends, Vernon & his men doubled their score at 10 ends to lead 14-4. After picking up 2 on the 11th end, Lincs stayed on 6 for another 6 ends as Vernon and his men doubled their score again to 28 and a lead of 22, but the last 4 ends all went the way of the visitors as they picked up 7 shots to more than double their total shots.

Rink 4. Connor Rollings, Kieran Rollings, Adam Pitfield & Danny Walker 23 shots – John Dawson 18 shots

This was a rink of Under 25 players with the Rollings brothers at the front end, and after 5 ends of play Lincs had a handy lead 8-3, but they then got marooned on that 8 for 8 ends whilst the County men scored 15 shots for an excellent lead at 18-8. The next 3 ends saw the gap closed by 6 shots, which included a 4 count for the visitors to be just 14-18 adrift, but end 17 was good for Danny and his men for they picked up a 4 for an 8 shot lead with 4 ends left. Lincs won the first 3 of those to threaten at 18-22 down with one end left, but that end was won by the County rink for their modest victory.

Rink 5. Keith Height, John Freeman, Matt Pownall & Alan Ashby 18 shots – Wayne Phoenix 18 shots

After picking up a single on the first end the County rink was kept waiting for their next score for 5 ends, during which time the visitors picked up 8 shots, but over the next 9 ends Alan and his men outscored Lincs in picking up 11 shots to the 4 by Lincs, for the match to be tied at 12 shots each with 6 ends to play. 3 ends later Lincs had got a 5 shots lead at 17-12, reduced by a pick-up of 2 by Alan’s men, and with 1 end left to play the County were 4 shots adrift. That last end could so nearly have given Alan and his men victory, but they had to settle for a very good pick up of 4 shots to tie the match.

Rink 6. Dave Love, Simon Coles, John Haines & Darren Childs 28 shots – Keith Taplin 18 shots

A first end pick up of 5 shots is always very welcome, and after dropping a single on the 2nd end, Darren and his men picked up a 4 to take a very good lead 9-1 after just 3 ends, but that advantage was almost wiped away over the next 4 ends as Lincs closed the gap to just 2 shots at 8-10 down. After 15 ends of play Darren and his men were 18-11 up, but at 18 ends they had not shaken Lincs off as they were just 6 shots ahead at 21-15. The 19th end, however, saw the biggest pick-up of the match, across the whole green, a 6 in favour of the County for a very good lead of 12 shots playing the last 2 ends. Lincs picked up a 3 and the County a single for the 10 shots County victory


The Under 25 men of the Jackson Grundy sponsored Bowls Northamptonshire played their counterparts from Suffolk in the 1st Round of the ‘White Rose Trophy’ Inter County double rink competition, on the morning of Sunday, 20th May, 2018, at Rookery BC, Stowmarket, Suffolk, and they had an excellent win 44-26 shots, with both rinks winning. Details as follows, Suffolk skips only:

Rink 1. Adam Pitfield, Kieran Rollings, Will Walker & David Walker 18 shots – L Harris 16 shots

As the final score indicates, this match was pretty close, with firstly the County rink taking a lead after 3 ends, and then Suffolk overtaking them and building a 9-5 lead, and maintaining a lead right through to the 19th end when they were 16-13 shots up. A collection of 4 shots by David and his men on the 20th end retook the lead and a final score of 1 on the 21st end cemented a good win against a very strong opposition.

Rink 2. Danny Walker, Sam Gamble, Nathan Betts & Connor Cinato 26 shots – C Leeks 10 shots

In this contest the County rink was initially just 1 shot adrift after 3 ends, but with the next 3 going their way, they picked up 8 shots for a 9-2 lead, and although Suffolk came back at them over the next couple of ends to reduce Connor and his men’s advantage to just 2 shots at 9-7, the County won the next 4 ends for a very good 17-7 lead with 9 ends left. After dropping 2 shots on the 13th end, the County won the next 5 ends, and posted 9 shots for a 26-9 lead, and when Suffolk could score just 1 on the 19th end the match was over.

This puts the County through to the Regional Finals against either Essex or Norfolk.


The men of the Jackson Grundy sponsored Bowls Northamptonshire entertained Huntingdonshire BA in their last Middleton Cup campaign for 2018, on Saturday, 7th July, 2018, at Kingsthorpe BC, and as I reported last week, the County needed to win on all 6 rinks, and depending on results elsewhere, it was still possible to reach the Quarter Final knock out stage.
What a great effort the much changed team put in to achieve this, and although the County had 5 winning rinks, and won the match by 24 shots, 1 rink lost, therefore just 20 points were scored, and they fell just short of getting to the knock out stage.
The final score was Northamptonshire 134 shots (20 points) – Huntingdonshire 110 shots (2 points). Rink scores as follows:

Rink 1. Adam Pitfield, Shaun Marriott, Peter Ward & Andrew Manton 18 shots – S Law 13 shots

A match in which the County men were in charge for the first third, posting a lead of 10-1, but Suffolk struck back to take the next 3 ends to reduce their arrears to just 3 shots, and in a very tightly contested affair Andrew and his men were 15-8 up after 15 ends. Suffolk again reduced their deficit to just 3 after 17 ends, and the last 4 ends produced just 4 single counts, 3 of them to the County for a 5 shots win.

Rink 2. Keith Height, John Freeman, Martin Gearey & Phil Exley 20 shots – K Murray 18 shots

Hunts started this match the better, posting 5 shots without reply on the first 3 ends, but the County men responded with 4 shots on the next 3 ends to be 1 shot behind, and after 10 ends of play the deficit for Phil and his men was just 2 shots. The next 3 ends were good for the County for Phil and his men collected 7 shots to take the lead 14-9, although after 16 ends of play the scores were level at 15 shots each and a close finish was forecast. With 2 ends left the County was 1 shot up, and 2 shots to Phil followed by a single to Hunts saw the small win in the bag.

Rink 3. Adam Brown, Kieran Rollings, Chris Bland & Connor Cinato 18 shots – T Morton 31 shots

This was a match which did not go the way of the County from the start and after 5 ends play Connor & his men were 1-9 adrift. After 11 ends they were still 8 shots behind at 8-16, and Hunts increased their lead to 24-8 at the two thirds mark. The 15th end saw a very good collection of 5 shots for Connor and rink, but the following 3 ends saw Hunts reply with 7 shots of their own to increase their lead to 31-13 with 3 ends left. Those 3 ends went to the County with 5 shots added to their total.

Rink 4. Chris Gray, Dave Love, Jonathan Brown & Roger Tansley 27 shots – M Robertson 14 shots

A match in which after 5 ends of play the County was 1-5 behind, but that all changed by the 10th end for the scores were levelled at 8 each, and after dropping a 2, Roger & his men picked up a 4 on the 12th end to take the lead for the first time at 12-10, and although just 1 in front after 14 ends, the next 6 ends all went to the County with a big collection of 14 shots, which included two counts of 4, for them to be in a very good leading position at 27-12 with 1 end left. That end went to Hunts, but the County had recorded a very good win.

Rink 5. Tony O’Leary, Mick Spear, John Haines & Vernon Gearey 25 shots – N Brett 16 shots

A match in which the County was facing one of the best known bowlers in the country in Nicky Brett, but after an exchange of single shots on the first 2 ends, Vernon and his men really went to town on their opponents, scoring 11 shots without reply on the next 4 ends, including a massive count of 6 shots to lead 12-1. 4 ends later the lead was still impressive at 17-3, although Hunts kept the County on that 17 for 4 ends as they reduced the deficit to 8 shots. After 18 ends Vernon and his men were still 8 up and that became 12 up on the next end with 2 ends left. Those 2 ends went to Hunts but it was a very good victory to the County.

Rink 6. Neil Rolfe, David Iddles, Richard Lemon & Callum Height 26 shots – E Elmore 18 shots

This was a match in which after dropping a 2 on the first end, the County men scored very well on the next 4 ends in going ahead 13-2, and although Hunts reduced that lead to 6 shots on the next 2 ends, Callum and his men restored it on the following 2 ends for a 17-9 advantage after 10 ends. The ends were being won alternately for the next 6, and with 5 left to play the County was 9 shots up at 22-13, and although holding a 24-14 lead with 2 ends to go, Hunts reduced their deficit with a count of 4 on the 20th end, but it was still a very good victory for the County rink.

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