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.
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.