Bowls round-up: Walker prepares to take on the world

Jamie Walker
Jamie Walker

Jamie Walker is gearing up to compete in the World Indoor Bowls Council’s World Championships in Jersey next week.

The competition, which takes place between Wednesday and Saturday next week, comprises of singles championships for both men and women and a mixed pairs championship, with a total of 16 players of each gender making up the event.

The players have been arranged into four groups of four for a round robin series of matches with the winners and runners-up of each group going on to play in the knockout stages.

Wellingborough IBC’s Walker has qualified to play in the event after he won the National England Men’s Singles title last season.

Other countries to be represented are Canada, Guernsey, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Jersey, Netherlands, Scotland and Wales.

Walker’s first match will be against Scotland’s Mike Stepney on Wednesday and he will then play Garry McFarlane (Guernsey) on the same day before taking on Kevin Jones (Canada) in his final group match on Thursday.

In the Mixed Pairs, Walker will be alongside Sarah Seymour (City of Ely) and they will play play Chloe and Thomas Greechan (Jersey) before going on to face Norma Duin and Ralph de Rooij (Netherlands) and Laila Hassan and Jones (Canada) in their other group matches.

Walker has also been included in shortlist of players named by Bowls England to take part in the preparation programme for the 2015 Atlantic Games and 2016 World Championships (outdoor).

The Atlantic Games will be held in Cyprus between November 30 and December 13 this year and will act as a qualifying event for the 2016 World Championships in New Zealand in the same months next year.

It has been a busy time for Walker and he has also been selected for Bowls England’s Junior Men’s International Trial team to play at Victoria Park in Leamington Spa on Monday, May 25.

He is joined by county team-mates Callum Height (Thrapston) and Connor Cinato (Kettering Midland Band), who will be hoping 
to catch the selectors’ eyes in a bid to make his international debut later in the season.

Northants name team for biggest game yet

Northants have named their team to compete in the biggest game in the history of the County’s Indoor Bowling Association.

The Northants men will take on Lincolnshire in the final of the Liberty Trophy, the prestigious inter-county competition on Sunday.

It is the first time the county have reached the final and it will be played at Melton & District IBC (1.30pm).

Northamptonshire team

Rink one: Richard Lemon, Chris Bland (both Northampton & District), Darren Childs, Jamie Walker (both Wellingborough). Rink two: Mark Corbyn, Bob Fuller, Phil Exley, Neil Corbyn (all Wellingborough). Rink three: Dave Love (Wellingborough), Ben Sharpe, Jim McKee, Vernon Gearey (all Kingsthorpe). Rink four: Dave Flippance, Connor Cinato (both Desborough), Jason Bryan, Neil McKee (both Kingsthorpe). Rink five: Matt Pownall, John Haines (both Desborough), Dominic Graham (Northampton & District), Paul Broderick (Wellingborough). Rink six: Callum Height (Wellingborough), Andy Smith (Northampton & District), Andrew Manton, Mick Sharpe (both Kingsthorpe). Reserves: David Walker, Kingsthorpe, Chris Maden, Darren Lewis (all Kingsthorpe), Curtis Johnson (Wellingborough), Tony O’Leary (Northampton & District), Tony Dicks (Daventry).

Manton and McKee bow out in semi-finals

Kingsthorpe duo Andrew Manton and Neil McKee reached the semi-finals of the Men’s Pairs at the National Indoor Championships at Melton & District IBC.

The reigning champions enjoyed victories over Andy Colebrooke and Russell Francis (20-18), Stephen Harris and Martyn Dolby (22-21) and Tom Doig and Mike Cheeseman (18-14) to reach the last four where they were up against Berkshire duo Michael Knight and Robert Newman.

But that was where the run ended as they slipped to a 24-12 defeat.