Bowls round-up: Weston and Warren claim county pairs crown

Ladies pairs champions Linda Warren and Chloe Weston
Ladies pairs champions Linda Warren and Chloe Weston

Chloe Weston and Linda Warren beat Northampton & District club-mates Janet Swift and Joyce Porter 26-22 to claim the ladies pairs crown on a busy weekend for the County Indoor Finals.

The event was held at Wellingborough IBC and saw all the titles for the season’s competitions decided.

In the men’s pairs, Iain Walker and Ray Castle (Kingsthorpe) edged out Andy Smith and Richard Lemon (Northampton & District) 17-16.

Desborough’s Rebecca Wigfield and Wellingborough’s Phil Exley won the ladies and men’s singles titles respectively.

Wigfield battled back from 9-4 down at one stage to beat Daventry’s Vicki Rushall 21-12 to claim the ladies crown.

Exley, meanwhile, beat Liberty Trophy team-mate Richard Lemon (Northampton & District) to take the men’s title on his home green.

It had been all-square at 7-7 after nine ends but Exley allowed his opponent to score on just two more after that as he claimed a 21-11 success.

One shot was the narrow margin of victory in the ladies triples as the Kingsthorpe rink of Yvonne McKee, Debbie Watkins and Sharon Tansley beat Sue Collins, Chris Cooper and Maureen McDonald (Wellingborough) 15-14.

There was more joy for Exley in the men’s triples as he linked up with Wellingborough club-mates Dave Love and Bob Fuller to secure a 19-10 victory over the Desborough trio of Will Hill, Pat Crouch and Martin White.

Wellingborough also celebrated a victory in the men’s fours as Mark Corbyn, Scott Johnson, Paul Broderick and Jamie Walker saw off the Kingsthorpe quartet of Jim McKee, Darren Lewis, Neil McKee and Vernon Gearey by a 22-18 scoreline after a hard-fought contest.

The Daventry rink of Joan Watts, Julie Spreadbury, Vicki Rushall and Brenda Bishop were successful in the ladies fours as they enjoyed a comfortable 23-10 win over Alison Pike, Samantha Jarvis, Wigfield and Jeannie Flippance (Desborough).

There was a vast amount of experience on show in the over-60s Tipler Rose Bowl final.

And victory eventually went to the Kingsthorpe line-up of Mick Richardson, Colin Jones, Jim McKee and Mick Sharpe as they beat Jim Diver, Ron Chambers, George Warren and John Haines (Desborough) 24-14.

In the under-15 singles, Northampton & District IBC’s Jack Lee beat club-mate Conor Bryan 21-14.

Connor Cinato was crowned the under-25 singles champion.

The Desborough bowler beat Connor Rollings (Kettering Lodge) 21-11 in the final.

Walker and Cinato shine on world stage

Wellingborough’s Jamie Walker and Desborough’s Connor Cinato gave a good account of themselves as they represented England in the World Indoor Championships in Jersey.

Walker was paired with Sarah Seymour and Cinato with Janice Gower for the mixed pairs element of the event.

Both county players performed very well, particularly in the singles where Cinato reached the quarter-finals while Walker made it through to the last four.

In the mixed pairs, both were in second place in their respective groups with Walker losing just four sets and Cinato three overall in the championship.

Jamie Walker singles results

Beat Garry McFarlane (Guernsey) 5-7, 9-4, 1-0 (tie break).

Beat Kevin Jones (Canada) 5-4, 7-4.

Lost to Mike Stepney (Scotland) 4-7, 4-4.

Beat in David Harding (Wales) 6-6, 8-6 (quarter-final).

Lost to Scott Baxter (Jersey) 6-6, 5-9 (semi-final).

Pairs results (with Sarah Seymour)

Lost to Chloe and Thomas Greechan (Jersey) 3-5, 8-7, 0-1 (tie break).

Beat Norma Duin and Ralph de Rooij (Netherlands) 11-4, 7-6

Beat Laila Hassan, Kevin Jones (Canada) 8-3, 6-6.

Connor Cinato singles results

Beat Dai Prosser (Wales) 9-3, 7-5.

Beat Zvika Hadar (Israel) 9-3, 10-4.

Lost to John McCullough (Ireland) 4-6, 7-1, 0-1 (tie break).

Lost to Scott Baxter (Jersey) 11-9, 5-8, 0-1 (tie break, quarter-final).

Pairs results (with Janice Gower)

Beat Guurtje Copier (Netherlands) and Damian Doubler (Wales) 11-1, 11-4.

Beat Beverly Polatinsky and Zvika Hadar (Israel) 11-1, 6-4.

Lost to Chloe Watson and John McUllough (Ireland) 4-8, 5-5.

Chance to enter the Hunter Tredwell Open Triples

Kingsthorpe BC is organising a new Triples Tournament at the club to be called the Hunter Tredwell Outdoor Open Triples on July 15, with the first session beginning at 10am.

The name of the event is in memory of three of the club’s best known bowlers, the late Andrew Hunter, his father the late Melvin Hunter and the late Ernest Tredwell, who will all be known to many of the bowlers in the county and beyond.

Triples may be single gender or mixed, and the cost is £36 per triple, which is inclusive of all rink fees, and a substantial lunchtime meal.

Prize money of £120 for the winning triple is on offer, with the runners-up to receive £75.

Bar and refreshments will be available all day, and the club has arranged for evening entertainment.

Entries are being accepted now, and they must be in no later than June 5.

To be sent to Ivan Wilson, Kingsthorpe BC, Central Avenue, Whitehills, Northampton, NN2 8DZ, with names of players and contact telephone details. Cheques payable to Kingsthorpe BC. Entries may also be made at the club office.