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Blackstones bowler Stephen Harris to defend his Northants Bowling Federation’s blue riband four-bowl singles title




Stephen Harris (Blackstones) will begin his defence of the Northants Bowling Federation’s blue riband four-bowl singles with a tough preliminary round tie at home to former English triples champion James Harford (Parkway).

Harris went on to reach the semi-final of the event at the national championships in 2019, also losing at the same stage in the Under 25 pairs, while reaching the final of the Under 25 singles and the mixed pairs with his sister Louise.

Another intriguing four-bowl clash is that between Michael Jeapes (Parkway) - an England Under 25 singles champion in his youth - and Blackstones veteran Martyn Dolby, himself a Federation national champion in the triples format.

Flanked by Northants Presidents Dick Noble and Chris Ford are Louise and Stephen Harris who lost the final of the mixed pairs at the national federation outdoor championships in 2019 the last time they were played.
Flanked by Northants Presidents Dick Noble and Chris Ford are Louise and Stephen Harris who lost the final of the mixed pairs at the national federation outdoor championships in 2019 the last time they were played.

The two-bowl singles will have a new trophy this year, donated by Adams team sponsor Forterra. Paul Dalliday (Parkway) begins his defence at Yaxley against Andrew Cooper.

Other fascinating battles include three time former national champion Adam Warrington (Blackstones) against evergreen city bowler Joe Martin and Jon Earl (Blackstones) facing Tony Kemp (Conservative).

Mike Ramsden and Malcolm Mann, now representing the Empingham club, which has re-joined the Federation following the demise of Vanguard, begin their defence of the senior pairs at home to Martin Rymes’ duo from Parkway.

In the women’s competitions, Sue Moir (Langtoft) - who lost 21-20 in the national two-bowl singles final - defends her county title against either Shirley Suffling (Ketton) or Ann Northen (Langtoft), while in the four-bowl discipline Christine Ford (Ketton) is at home to Sophie Morton (Parkway).

The full draws are published on www.northantsbowlingfederation.co.uk

Two pairs of women bowlers from the Stamford Indoor Club have been advised of their re-scheduled dates to compete in the postponed EIBA national championships at Nottingham later in the year.

June Brennan and Christine Ford will take on Joan Welch and Jenny Ralph from the Riverain Club in the first round of the Over 60 pairs at 9.30am on Sunday, October 10. Louise Harris and Katie Bailey face two from the Whiteknights club in Reading the following afternoon (1.30pm) in the pairs preliminary round. The winners will play South Shield Vipers.

Jeff Pitt (Peterborough) faces R Probert from the Victoria Club in Street, Somerset, in the Over 60 singles preliminary round on September 26 at 6.30pm.

The dates are subject to the government’s road map of restrictions being removed on June 21.



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