Walker wins gold at European Bowls Championships

TITLE JOY - Richard Lemon receives the county singles trophy from NBA men's president Geoff Hunt
TITLE JOY - Richard Lemon receives the county singles trophy from NBA men's president Geoff Hunt

Jamie Walker won a gold medal in the mixed fours at the European Bowls Championships in Alicante.

Representing England alongside the trio of Jamie-Lea Winch (Warks), Wendy King (Kent) and Robert Paxton (Devon), Walker played his part as they claimed victory at Emerald Isle BC and San Miguel BC.

Walker, who plays for Wellingborough IBC, finished fifth out of 16 in the men’s pairs alongside Paxton and with the ladies pair coming second in their event, England claimed the team gold with a combined tally of 67.

Scotland were two points adrift as they took the silver, with Spain taking bronze a further point behind.

This Championship is held every two years – this was the ninth staging of the event – and enables the smaller countries in Europe to participate competitively against other more established bowls-playing countries.

Cinato’s hoping for another gold medal

Connor Cinato (Desborough IBC) will be playing for the fourth successive year for England in the British Isles Indoor Bowls Council Under-18 Mixed International Series, which this year is being played at Abbeyview IBC, Dunfermline, Scotland this weekend.

He will be trying to match the achievements of last year when he was the gold medal winner, having been unbeaten in all of his matches.

England have entered two teams and Cinato’s team sees some wholesale changes from last year due to the age limits with most of those in his team having reached 18.

His team this year consists of Jack Bird (Scarborough IBC) playing singles, Cameron Legate (Harrogate IBC) and Cinato playing pairs, Lydia Cutmore (Hornsea IBC) Jack and Bradley Coles (Watford IBC) playing triples and Lydia, Legate and Coles joining Cinato in the fours.

If he wishes to progress to the national finals of the men’s singles again, last year’s area qualifier, Neil Corbyn (Wellingborough IBC), will have to be in good form for his opener. He comes up against a very accomplished young player from his own club in the shape of Callum Height in the first round of this year’s competition.

The tie has to be played at Wellingborough by October 27.

Ladies off to Suffolk

The 2014 county tour by the women’s section of Jackson Grundy Bowls Northamptonshire has been arranged from Monday 8 to Friday September 12, 2014. The party will be based at the Marlborough Hotel, Sea Front, Felixstowe, Suffolk and the inclusive cost will be £285.

Five matches have been arranged with travel home following the one on Friday.

Application forms have been sent to the county clubs and anyone wishing to attend should send a completed form together with a non-returnable £30.00 deposit, to Alison Dring, 44, Fairfield Road, Isham, Northants, NN14 1HF.

Marcia the guest at annual luncheon

The annual presentation luncheon of Jackson Grundy Bowls Northamptonshire was held at the Marriott Hotel, Northampton on Sunday and was hosted by the association’s presidents Heather Lack (Burton Latimer Town BC) for the women’s section and Geoff Hunt (Irchester BC) for the men’s section.

The chief guest from Bowls England was the 2013 junior vice president Marcia Pearce from Hertfordshire BA.

Around 160 members and guests enjoyed a good lunch, after which in their respective speeches the two county presidents were able to recount their pleasure at being present at Leamington and Worthing in support of the players who had qualified for the National Championships, and in particular the joy of seeing Rebecca Wigfield and Jamie Walker winning a national title, and Bob Fuller and John Haines being runners-up in another.

Geoff Hunt was able to report that his year’s charity, the British Heart Foundation, would benefit to the tune of £1070 and Heather Lack likewise reported on her charity, Dogs for the Disabled, which will receive £852. For both charities this is money which players had generously given during the season.

Mick’s looking Sharpe as England triumph

Kingsthorpe’s Mick Sharpe helped England to a series win in the annual International Seniors Tournament at Bodelwyddan Castle Hotel in North Wales.

The England team of two rinks had a playing record of played three, won two and drew one, and Scotland were in second place having won two and lost one.

Sharpe’s rink of Mike London at lead, John Evans at three and Danny Denison at skip, had a mixed series, winning 21-15 against Scotland, but losing 18-16 against Ireland and more heavily 19-9 against Wales.

It was Sharpe’s 15th-successive year in the England over-50s – a remarkable achievement which is not matched by any other player in the tournament.

Northants VPs off to winning start

The Northamptonshire Vice Presidents BA opened its indoor season with a victory when the players visited Kingsthorpe IBC.

It came as a bit of a pleasant surprise for them to win on four rinks and take the match by seven shots.

The highest rink for the VPs was that skipped by Dave Williamson with a 16-shot advantage.

The final score was Northamptonshire VPs 106 Kingsthorpe IBC 99.