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Skipper admits his side need a victory to boost morale after Lincolnshire loss

Northants Federation's Adams Trophy team - winners of the competition in 2015 - suffered its second successive defeat in the current campaign on Saturday.

This time Lincolnshire inflicted an 18-4 points mauling following last week's 19-3 loss at home to holders Suffolk.

Despite the recall of several players from Middleton Cup duty or previously unavailable, on a green that played into the hands of the more familiar home players, Northants quickly found themselves 24 shots adrift overall by 10 ends and 64-95 behind five ends later.

The Northants Federation Newton Trophy team (in orange shirts) who competed against Suffolk and Lincs. (12148425)
The Northants Federation Newton Trophy team (in orange shirts) who competed against Suffolk and Lincs. (12148425)

They rallied briefly to cut the deficit to just 16 by the 25th end thanks chiefly to a burst of scoring by rinks skipped by Martyn Dolby, Lee Welsford and Simon Law but the Lincolnshire side - in which Jonathan West, Trevor Bannister and newly-appointed deputy junior president Paul Hudson were outstanding - finally ran out winners by 29 shots.

At Grantham, Northants's Newton Trophy team lost to their Lincs counterparts 191-161, claiming just five of the 22 points at stake with two rink wins and a draw.

However, captain Cliff Watson said: "It was a slightly better result for us (than we experienced against North Cambs and Suffolk) but still lacking the morale-boosting team win."

On a cold and wet day at Grantham Bowls Club, an excellent facility new to the Newton side, some players, he said, adapted well after a very shaky first five ends and after 20 ends Northants were only one shot adrift.

He added: "That was the high point and it was downhill after that apart from Brian Bassam’s rink whom, with Conservative's Andy Dyer and Tony Kemp, stuck to their task to claim two vital points (37-21)."

Bassam's club-mate Alec Emery also managed to save his rink on the last end to win by three, while county president Dick Noble scrambled a final shot to claim a draw on the 31st end.

Waton continued: “Hopefully our last home game in a fortnight against Hunts will provide us with that elusive win."

Northants Federation teams face Hunts at Blackstones in the Adams and at City of Peterborough in the Newton competitions on Saturday, June 22 (both 2pm start).

Results (Northants names only): Adams Trophy (at Burton House, Boston): Lincolnshire 180 (18 pts) Northants 151 (4). Brian Martin (Parkway), Stephen Harris, Martyn Dolby (both Blackstones) won 38-15; Paul Dalliday (Parkway), Bob Warters (Ketton), Simon Law (P) won 31-22; Steve Roden (Whittlesey Manor), Tom Fielding (B), Lee Welsford (WM) lost 22-24; Mick Humphreys, Jon Earl, Adam Warrington (all B) lost 16-45; Neil Wright (P), Graham Agger (WM), Peter Brown (WM) lost 18-40; Roger Stevens (WM), John Holroyd (Stamford Town), Paul Buckley (B) lost 26-24.

Newton Trophy (at Grantham): Lincs 191 (17) Northants 161 (5). Richard Allam (Stamford Town),Martin Stokes (Blackstones) Malcolm Squires (City of Peterborough) lost 24-44; Jeff Clipston (Peterborough & District) Peter Jessop (WestWard), Fred Richardson (WM) lost 18-28; Dave Corney P & D), Zac Brown & Dick Noble (both WM) drew 30-30; Les Sharp (Y), Mick Greaves and Alec Emery (both P & D) won 32-29; Andy Dyer, Tony Kemp (both Conservative), Brian Bassam (P&D) won 37-21; Dave Roberts (Market Deeping), Mick Linnell, Roger Strong (WM) lost 20-39.

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