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RESULTS 2018

Results will be added as soon as matches have been played and with the exception

of Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy, White Rose Trophy and Midland Counties League matches, other match results will be removed after 2-3 weeks.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MEN ‘WHITE ROSE TROPHY’ versus SUFFOLK – RESULT

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.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE MEN ‘WHITE ROSE TROPHY’ – REGIONAL FINALS

The Regional Finals of the Inter County double rinks ‘White Rose Trophy’ for Under 25 years men, under the auspices of Bowls England, were held at Wellingborough BC on Sunday, 17th June, 2018, with the 4 qualifying Counties being Leicestershire, Huntingdonshire, Essex and our own County, Northamptonshire. The men of the Jackson Grundy sponsored Bowls Northamptonshire had qualified after an excellent win against Suffolk, and at these Finals faced Essex in the morning.

With both County rinks bowling exceptionally well, Essex conceded defeat after 18 ends of the scheduled 21, with the County winning 43-26 shots, thus qualifying the rinks for the Regional Final in the afternoon, where they faced Leicestershire, that County narrowly defeating Huntingdonshire in their Semi-Final. Details of the County’s Semi-Final win as follows:

Rink 1. Danny Walker, Sam Gamble, Nathan Betts & Connor Cinato 25 shots – C Butcher 11 shots

This match was pretty evenly contested in the early ends, with the scores 5-6 in favour of Essex after 5 ends of play, but on collecting a 2 followed by a 4, at 7 ends Connor and his men had a good lead at 11-6. Essex were still in there ‘fighting’ and after 11 ends had pulled back to within 1 shot at 11-12 shots, but with some tremendous bowls by all 4 of the County players, Essex were not to score again, and as the County rink collected 14 shots in the next 7 ends Essex conceded.

Rink 2. Adam Pitfield, Kieran Rollings, Will Walker & David Walker 18 shots – S Morris 13 shots

A match in which from being 1-3 down after 3 ends, the County rink won the next 5 ends and posted 9 shots for a very good lead at 8 ends of 10-3, and then a mini disaster occurred as Essex picked up a massive count of 5 shots on the next end to greatly reduce their deficit. David and his men reciprocated by picking up 5 shots, albeit in 3 ends, to reinstate their lead, and with the score at 13-18 down after 18 ends, and bearing in mind the score on their other rink, Essex conceded.

Regional Final: Northamptonshire beat Leicestershire 42- 28 shots. Details as follows, Leicester skips named only:

Rink 1. Danny Walker, Sam Gamble, Nathan Betts & Connor Cinato 15 shots – N Wardle 15 shots

A bit of a ‘topsy turvy’ contest with firstly Connor & his men taking a 6-0 lead after 6 ends, and then Leicestershire taking over for the next 5 ends and taking the lead at 10-6 shots. 4 ends later the deficit for Connor was still 4 shots at 10-14, but the next4 ends were very good for the County as Connor took a 1 shot lead at 15-14 with 2 ends to play. As a result of the final end scoring by the other County rink, this rink played just 1 more end, with 1 shot going to Leicester for the draw.

Rink 2. Adam Pitfield, Kieran Rollings, Will Walker & David Walker 27 shots – B Freer 13 shots

A match in which the County rink was always ‘in charge’ taking a 6-2 lead after 5 ends and 13-3 after 10 ends of play. Leicester did show a hint of hope by collecting a 4 and a single on the next 2 ends to reduce their deficit to 5 shots, but after 18 ends the advantage for David and his men was 12 shots at 23-11, and after dropping 2 singles on the 19th & 20th end, the County rink picked up a very good 4 to seal the overall victory.

Well done to the young men of the County who have now qualified to play in the National Finals on Sunday, 2nd September, 2018, at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

SEMI-FINAL: - played at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 2nd September, 2018 at Royal Leamington Spa

Northamptonshire beat Gloucestershire 43-37 shots.

An excellent performance by both rinks, for although Connor’s rink lost they were up against an outfit, skipped by Nathan Kitchen, which was really ‘on its game’ and but for some superb deliveries by the back end of the County rink, especially Connor at skip, the match might not have gone their way. The last few ends for the County rinks were very good for, at the 16 ends played stage, they were losing overall by 2 shots. The last 5 ends for each rink were very productive as the County collected 14 shots to 6 conceded to turn the match around in their favour.

Details as follows, Gloucester skips only:

Rink 1. Adam Pitfield, Kieran Rollings, Will Walker & David Walker beat Ben Coldrick 24-12 shots

After 7 ends of play the County rink was 2-8 shots down, but over the next few ends David and his men gradually eroded Gloucester’s lead and after 13 ends of play were just 1 shot adrift at 9-10. At this point David and his men really bowled well, and they won the next 6 ends and added 12 shots to their score for a 21-10 shots lead. This was not achieved lightly, for it required on several occasions an excellent bowl or bowls from the County. For example on the 18th end Gloucester held 3 shots, but David drew perfectly to the jack to take shot, and on the 20th end Adam and Kieran had drawn very close to the jack, but the Gloucester No. 3 fired and spread the bowls about and the jack into the ditch to sit several shots, and it required a very good bowl from David to draw close to the ditch for shot. Unfortunately the Gloucester skip took that bowl out and held 2 shots. The last end was very good for the County as in collecting 3 shots the overall advantage was 8 shots with 2 ends left to score on the 2nd rink.

Rink 2. Danny Walker, Sam Gamble, Nathan Betts & Connor Cinato lost to Nathan Kitchen 19-25 shots

Connor and his men started off very well indeed for they posted 9 shots in the first 3 ends of play, including a big count of 5 on the 2nd end, and after 8 ends they held a very good 13-4 shots lead. At this point the Gloucester rink started to play some brilliant bowls, and it is said that the number 13 is unlucky, and for the County rink this was certainly the case for they were stuck on that 13 for 8 ends, whilst Gloucester reached 21 shots. The 17th end saw one of Connor’s best bowls for he was several shots down and he calmly drew the shot to ‘stop the rot’ and get off that 13!
On the very next end when 2 shots down Connor drew to the jack and picked up 2 shots himself as the skip ‘fired’ and missed, but at this point with the County having overall a lead of 8 shots, and this rink having 2 ends to score, the County supporters were a little worried, for although Connor drew into the head, which had been set up well by his players, the Gloucester skip sent a weighted bowl and the jack was sprung out for him to collect 4 shots, and a bit of encouragement for his team now needing 4 shots on the last end. This did not happen for him and after Danny and Sam had bowled some really good bowls for shots, Nathan and Connor bowled some bowls to strategic positions, but the Gloucester skip missed and with those 2 shots the County were in the Final by 6 shots overall.

FINAL: - played at 2.30 p.m.

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE BEAT KENT 48-28 SHOTS

What a performance by the County Rinks this was. One can safely say that they were all ‘up for it’ and the camaraderie on the green between both rinks and with each other, was tremendous and a joy to watch. The scoring was fairly even over the first few ends with the County just behind 4-6 after 3 ends, but the next 2 ends were very good for Kent as they took a 14-6 shots lead after 5 ends played by both rinks. After 10 ends of play Kent were still in front at 21-17 shots, but even though the County was in deficit, all bowlers were bowling very well indeed, and on the 13th end of the scheduled 21, both rinks collected a count of 4 to take the overall lead 27-25. From that point on Kent were not in the match with all the County men playing their best bowls, and over those last ends Kent were allowed just 3 more shots whilst the County collected 21 shots for a fantastic victory.

Details as follows, Kent skips only named:

Rink 1. Danny Walker, Sam Gamble, Nathan Betts & Connor Cinato beat Andrew Rodger 27-11 shots

Kent started this match the better and after 5 ends of play had a 6-3 lead, and although Connor & his men took a 2 shots lead over the next 2 ends, one end later the scores were level at 8 each. After 12 ends the County had just a 1 shot advantage, but the 13th end gave them a good count of 4, followed by 2 singles, for a 17-10 lead with 6 ends to play. After dropping a single on the 16th end Connor and his men firstly picked up a single and then on the 18th end when he was several shots down, Connor ran at the head, and then drew a shot for a very good pick up of 4 shots. The 19th end was a ‘master class’ of bowling by the County men, firstly Danny drew very close to the jack followed by Sam doing the same, and Nathan bowled his bowls close too. Connor delivered his bowls to strategic positions as he anticipated that the Kent skip would ‘fire’ and he was right, but the skip missed and the match was over for Kent with the County rink picking up a count of 5, with 2 ends left..

Rink 2. Adam Pitfield, Kieran Rollings, Will Walker & David Walker beat Dex Weyand 21-17 shots

The County men had a bit of a rough match for the first 12 ends, with Kent taking a lead early on at 6-3 after 4 ends and keeping a decent lead of 15-8 after those 12 ends, but in picking up a 4 on the 13th end, the County rink came good, and after 17 ends of play had drawn level at 16 shots each, with potentially 4 ends left to play. David and his men took the lead on the next end with a 2, and when playing the 19th end and holding several shots, the Kent skip fired and killed the end, and on the replay when the County was holding what would have been a Championship lie, the Kent skip got shot from a bit of a lucky ‘wick’. The 20th end saw Adam and Kieran both put bowls very close and Will likewise, forcing the Kent skip to try to ‘kill the end’ if he was to proceed to a win, but he missed and the Championship was the County’s.

Well done the County men, and not forgetting the Team Manager, Jason Bryan who selected the team, and encouraged them throughout.

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