Northampton’s Jamie Walker and Northants team-mate Callum Height were part of the England team that were unable to make it three British Isles Men’s Junior International Series titles in a row.
Walker, who bowls for Northampton West End, captained the England team for the event while Thrapston’s Height played at number two on his county colleague’s rink at Oxford City & County BC.
England started well as they recorded a 138-114 victory over Scotland.
Walker, who also had Travis Meller (Isle of Wight) and Marcus Clifton (Leicestershire) on his rink saw his line-up involved in a tough battle but they eventually edged it 24-21 after the scores had been level going into the final end.
England’s next test was against Wales and rink wins were shared as the two countries drew 121-121.
Walker’s rink maintained their 100 per cent record with 16-8 success.
Apart from three counts of two shots, the remaining 18 ends saw just one shot winning it with Walker’s rink claiming 10 of them to edged a competitive contest.
England’s final match saw them pick up a 135-120 victory over Ireland with Walker’s rink being the best performing as they ran out 31-12 winners.
But England’s success wasn’t enough as Wales beat Scotland by 24 to win the series on shots difference.
Berkshire prove too strong for Northants
NORTHANTS men suffered a 138-107 defeat to Berkshire in a friendly clash at Didcot.
The county won on two rinks but lost on four with two of those being beaten by 19 shots.
The highest scoring of the two winning rinks was the one skipped by Terry James as they triumphed by 19 shots.
Rink scores (Berkshire skips only)
Rink one: Colin Barnes, Rick Hayes, John Cooper, John Haines 23 Barry Dixon 16.
Rink two: Laurie Harrison, Michael Jennings, Malcolm Mattinson, John Church 12 Derek Parsonson 31.
Rink three: Stuart Lowe, Steve Munton, Peter Mellor, Terry James 31 Terry Davies 12.
Rink four: Eddie Chapman, Jonathan George, Bob Tingle, Michael Moulton 15 Eddie Orme 20.
Rink five: Harvey Fruish, John Chester, Roger Summers, George Willmott 13 Steve Wright 32.
Rink six: Brian Hunt, Les Parry, Brian Fairbairn, Richard Somerton 13 Gordon Evans 27.
Youth finals staged at Wellingborough
THE finals of the Northamptonshire Bowls Youth Development Scheme (NBYDS) outdoor competitions will be held at Wellingborough this weekend.
From 9.30am on Saturday, Harvey Johnson (Rushden Town) will face Cauly Swift (Northampton Express) in the Under 15 Years Singles and that will be followed by the 15-18 Years Singles final between Abby Woodward (Desborough Town) and Connor Rollings (Kettering Lodge).
The start time will be the same on Sunday for the Open Pairs showpiece as the Rushden Town duo of Kyle Buckley and Adam Pitfield take on Woodward and Conor Bryan (Kingsthorpe).
Mixed tour results for County Ladies
A PARTY of Northants ladies have returned from their annual county tour in Dorset.
The squad, who were based in Bournemouth, enjoyed a fine week with good weather throughout.
On the greens, they had mixed results as they won their first three matches before losing the last two. They enjoyed victories over Poole Park, Southborne and Broadstone.
But they went down to Dorset County at Greenhill BC and rounded off the tour with a loss to Oxford City & County.