Ketton bowlers make progress in Federation competition
A 21-10 victory over Louise Harris has put Langtoft's Sue Moir into the third round of the Northants Women's Bowling Federation four-bowl singles competition she won last year.
Other winners in this discipline included Shirley Suffling (Ketton) over Moir's club-mate Angela Cox (21-11), Ann Cullingworth against Hazel Bass (21-5) and Carol Warters (Ketton) who was a 21-19 victor at Parkway against former title holder Julie Masters.
In the senior singles, Suffling will play Fiona Richardson, following a nail-biting 21-20 win against her pairs partner Chris Ford, who will stage her Federation president's day at Ketton on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Ketton club's singles champion Elaine Upton - a national under 25 winner in 1986 - will play either Angela Cox or Carol Grief in the county semi-finals after beating Whittlesey Town's Penny Hart 21-9.
The Northants men's competitions are also reaching a critical stage with wins for local bowlers Paul Buckley, Peter Cox, Malcolm Mann and Kevin Vinter over Wilf Redhead, Joe Martin, Mick Linnell and Jeff Clipston respectively in the veterans singles. Stamford Town's Denis Starbuck, however, lost to Yaxley's Robert Heath.
In the men's pairs there were wins for Stephen Harris and Ally McNaughton but defeats for Buckley, Paul Bailey and Mike Ramsden.
Former national inter-county Federation winners Northants begin their Adams Cup campaign tomorrow (Saturday) with the visit of defending champions Suffolk to the Blackstones green in Stamford (2pm).
It has been a difficult build-up for Northants captain Jonathan Earl with several of his first-choice players either on holiday or committed elsewhere. But he is confident, with home advantage, the county can put a dent in their visitors' aspirations.
Among those recalled to the team are Trevor Smith (Blackstones) and Brian Martin and Howard Shipp (Parkway) while Wittering's Ally McNaughton (Wittering) makes his debut alongside Earl.
The team is: Brian Martin (Parkway), Stephen Harris & Martyn Dolby (both Blackstones); Steve Roden (Whittlesey Manor), Tom Fielding (Blackstones) , Lee Welsford (Whittlesey Manor); John Holroyd (Stamford Town), Graham Agger & Martin Welsford (both Whittlesey Manor); Howard Shipp (Parkway), Paul Bailey & Adam Warrington (both Blackstones); Bob Warters (Ketton), Mick Humphreys & Paul Buckley (both Blackstones); Trevor Smith (Blackstones), Ally McNaughton (Wittering), Jon Earl (Blackstones).
The Northants Newton Trophy side host 2018 champions Suffolk simultaneously at City of Peterborough BC (2pm) hoping to recover some pride from last week's home defeat by North Cambs.