BOWLS: Late heartbreak for Northants Ladies in Trophy

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Northants ladies suffered late heartbreak as they missed out on a place in the quarter-finals of the Johns Trophy.

The county went into their final group match against Hertfordshire at Hatfield knowing only a win would do. Northants needed 18 points to tie with their hosts on 62 points with the victory being enough to send them through on the head-to-head rule.

They picked up an overall victory by 12 shots with a 118-106 scoreline, but the points they took only added up to 17, one short of what was needed.

After 15 ends, Northants held a 14-shot lead with four rinks winning, one drawing and one losing. Herts made a big effort to reduce the deficit to single figures but Sharon Tansley’s rink was the first to finish with a win by six shots before Rebecca Wigfield’s line-up confirmed a 14-shot success.

Val Betts’ rink went down by eight but Brenda Bishop’s picked up two shots on the last end to secure a draw.

Hilary Sharpe’s rink came from 19-15 down to secure a one-shot success and that left Jan Bradley’s line-up still to finish. They went into the last end with a three-shot lead, but the County rink dropped a score of four shots, which proved to be enough to book Hertfordshire’s place in the quarter-finals, despite the overall loss.

The East Region Finals of the National Women’s Double Rink Walker Cup competition beckons for Northants Ladies at Shire Park BC in Hertfordshire on Sunday.

The semi-finals are held at 10am in the morning with Northants up against Norfolk.

The other semi-final sees Leicestershire take on Suffolk with the final being played later in the day. Team manager Jan Hunt has selected the same team that had an excellent win against Bedfordshire last month.

Northants team

Rink one: Alison Dring (Swanspool), Tina Broderick (Burton Latimer Town), Yvonne McKee, Brenda Bishop (both Kingsthorpe).

Rink two: Pat Bodily (Northampton Whyte Melville), Jeannie Flippance, Katie Smith, Rebecca Wigfield (all Desborough Town).

Travelling reserve: Sandra Mawson (Northampton Whyte Melville).

Walker’s set for clash with Corbyn

NORTHAMPTON’S Jamie Walker will face Neil Corbyn in the final of the men’s County Two-Wood Singles later this month.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals were played at Abington with the pick of the last-eight matches being Walker’s (Northampton West End) narrow 15-14 success over Wellingborough’s Paul Broderick.

Also in the quarter-finals, there were victories for Corbyn (Wellingborough) who beat Ben Sharpe (Kingsthorpe) 18-7, Mark Turner (Kettering Midland Band) as he saw off Kingsthorpe’s Jason Bryan 16-5 and Steve Norman (Higham Ferrers Town) who defeated Alan Dunkley (Roade) 18-6.

In the semi-finals, Walker beat Turner 16-9, and Corbyn edged out Norman 13-12.

The two players will now battle it out for the title later this month but both will also represent Northants at the National Championships in Leamington. Corbyn will be Northamptonshire A’s representative and will take on a Suffolk B opponent with Walker being Northants B against Lancashire B. Both matches will be on August 25.