Bowlers from the Stamford and District League will have strong representation at the English National finals in Skegness in August.
Players from the league were victorious in eight of the 12 Northamptonshire county titles at Peterborough and District Bowls Club on Sunday.
Shirley Suffling (Barnack BC), Martyn Dolby and Adam Warrington (Blackstones) will chase dual championships, with Warrington looking to add the pairs and triples to the two national two-bowl singles he already has on his impressive CV.
It will be Suffling’s debut at the national finals after linking with Christine Ford to beat Yaxley’s Anne Hadley and Hazel Bass 16-11 in the ladies pairs. She then led for clubmate Paul Buckley to beat Ketton’s Peter and Glenys Edwards in the veterans mixed pairs 19-11.
She might even have won the mixed triples too (with Buckley and Brian Bagshaw). But after leading 13-4 in the early stages, the trio allowed Whittlesey Manor’s Paul Dalliday, Linda Toms and Barry Lawrence back into the game and finally lost 19-20.
Dolby’s day began with an 18-21 loss to Market Deeping’s Sean Fenlon in the four-bowl singles, after Fenlon had comfortably wrapped up the two-bowl title against Manor’s Fred Richardson (21-9).
However, Dolby recovered after a short break from the titanic 24-end tussle and, with Warrington, kept a stranglehold on the two-bowl pairs against West Ward’s Harry Thompson and Dick Noble.
At 13-16, the City pair needed three on the last end to take the match into an extra end but Warrington nailed the jack with his second bowl to clinch it.
Jonathan Earl joined the Blackstones duo in the two-bowl triples and they rarely looked in trouble against the Parkway trio of Neil Wright, Tony Scarr and Simon Law. A 4-3-4 run finally sewed up the title on the 13th end 27-8.
There were mixed fortunes for Ketton’s Glenys Edwards and Great Casterton’s Pam Plowman. They met in the final of the Secretaries Cup where Edwards prevailed 21-16.
Plowman then beat K Browning in the Veterans singles 21-15. However the Ketton bowler lost the Champion of Champions Ladies final 21-19 to Linda Darani.
Completing the local successes were champions at both ends of the age scale.
First 15-year-old Stephen Harris (Empingham) beat Jack Corney (P&D) 21-17 to reach the finals for the second successive year in the U25 singles. Then Joyce Foster and Connie Cox (Ketton) - with combined ages of 160 -won the veterans ladies pairs against Norma Squires and Darani 22-13.
Harris and fellow Queen Eleanor pupil Jay Travis-Jenner missed a chance to claim a place in the U25 pairs championship when they were outwitted on a tricky end rink by Mitchells duo Kurtis Dance and Jonny Hall.