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Blackstones bowlers help county deliver dominant display

Northants Bowling Federation's Adams Trophy team, winners in 2015, began their 2018 campaign with a comprehensive 212-115 victory over North Cambs in Wisbech.

Resplendent in their new Forterra-sponsored team shirts, Northants claimed all 22 points available and will go into tomorrow's away game at Kessingland in Suffolk, full of confidence, despite a handful of players committed elsewhere.

Blackstones club players dominated the Northants team, under the guidance of captain Jonathan Earl - and didn't disappoint with Earl joining club-mates Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby to win their rink 44-24 over the 31-end discipline.

Elsewhere there were wins for rinks skipped by Roger Martin (32-18), Peter Brown (30-21), Paul Buckley (38-11), Martin Welsford (32-19) and Mick Duell, making his Adams debut (36-22).

Northants took their time learning the vagaries of the home green but soon raced away to a comfortable win with the combination of Wayne Morris, Jack Corney and the evergreen Paul Buckley taking the rink honours.

Result (Northants names only): North Cambs 115 (0) Northants 212 (22) - P Dalliday, S Harris, M Duell won 36-22; W Morris, J Corney, P Buckley won 38-11; S Roden, P Bailey, P Brown won 30-21; J Holroyd, M Humphreys, R Martin won 32-18; P Warrington, M Dolby, J Earl won 44-24; N Wright, G Agger, M Welsford won 32-19.

Northants Bowling Federation's Adams Trophy team. (2310033)
Northants Bowling Federation's Adams Trophy team. (2310033)

Tomorrow (Saturday) Northants' Newton Trophy match in Suffolk has been switched to the nearby Laxfield BC green.

Among the surprises in the second round match of the Northants Federation three-bowl men's triples was the defeat of former national two-bowl champions Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl at Blackstones by Howard's Shipp's Parkway rink 17-14.

However, Dolby, Warrington and Christine Ford (Ketton) gained some consolation by beating Vi Hatch's West Ward trio to reach the quarter-finals of the mixed triples.

In the two-bowl triples discipline, Wayne Morris, Mark Pye and Tom Fielding (Blackstones) led 13-2 against Ketton's Bob Warters, John Little and Dick Ford but in the end were happy to scrape through 17-14 to face Peterborough and District's Dave Corney rink for a place in the quarter-finals.

Christine Ford was also involved in a 19-10 win with club-mates Carol Warters and Shirley Suffling in inflicting a 19-10 defeat over Rita Downs and Sharon and Katie Bailey in the women's two-bowl triples. The former winners trailed 9-10 but then scored 11 shots without reply.

In the men's four-bowl singles, among the prominent results was Richard Allam (Stamford Town) beating Ryhall's Derek King 22-9.

In the women's discipline there were wins for Angela Cox, Sharon Bailey and Elizabeth Wallace, who has subsequently reached the quarter finals with a walkover against the injured Ann Cullingworth.

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