Double delight as Hunts bowlers collect national titles

The national title-winning Warboys trio are, from the left, Bob Amos, Nicky Brett and Lyndsay Swanne

The national title-winning Warboys trio are, from the left, Bob Amos, Nicky Brett and Lyndsay Swannell. - Credit: Archant

Hunts bowlers claimed two titles at the English Bowling Federation National Finals.

St Neots star Rebecca Moorbey swept to Women’s Under 25 Singles success in Skegness after seeing off rivals from Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Suffolk.

The trio of Nicky Brett, Lyndsay Swannell and Bob Amos (Warboys) added further glory by capturing the Men’s Three-Bowls Rinks crown.

They came through four matches, including a tense final against Northamptonshire after edging past Lincolnshire by a single shot in a titanic semi-final.

Hunts came agonisingly close to two further titles with Lynda Childs of Hemingfords being beaten in the Women’s Secretaries’ Singles final while Janet Chapman and Peter Reason were pipped in the Senior Mixed Pairs showpiece.

Tina Webb (Huntingdon) won two matches before bowing out in the semi-finals of the Women’s Champion of Champion Singles. The Houghton & Wyton duo of Heather McKillop and Margaret Elstub reached round two of the Pairs.

The second round was also the end of the road for the trios of Angela Kenny, Karen Reid and Jane Price (Buckden) in the Two-Bowl Rinks and Val Corn, Pat Purssord and Juliet May (Buckden) in the three-bowl discipline.

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There were first round exits for Sandra Day (Somersham) and Alison Wilson (Hemingfords) in the Two-Bowl and Four-Bowl Singles respectively.

Pat Brace (Hemingfords) also fell at the first hurdle in the Senior Singles while June Blackall and Nicky Verlander (Huntingdon) were early casualties in the Senior Pairs.

There were a number of early exits for Hunts bowlers in the Men’s ranks. Kevin Bowers of Sawtry was a first-round casualty in the Two-Bowl Singles and also bowed out in a Pairs opener with Mark Campbell.

Willie Day (Hemingfords) was pipped by two shots in the opening round of the Senior Singles while Rob Elmore (Warboys) also fell at the first hurdle in the Champion of Champions Singles.

Trevor Dighton (Godmanchester) made his first national finals appearance in the Men’s Secretaries’ Singles and lost to the eventual winner.

James Bowers (Sawtry) went out in the second round of the Four-Bowl event while Albert Corn and John Hignett (Buckden) reached the same stage of the Senior Pairs.

Brett, Baker and Lee Swannell (Warboys) reached the semi-finals of the Two-Bowl Rinks.

Hunts went out of all three Mixed competitions in the second round. They were represented by Moorbey and brother Hayden (Buckden) in the Open Under 25 Pairs, Jane Baldwin and Robert Jepson (St Ives) in the Mixed Pairs, and the rink of McKillop, Derek Rose (Warboys) and Ed Elmore (Warboys).

The White Hart Warboys side, representing Hunts, were beaten by six shots in the final of the Durham Centenary Trophy by Elm Tree Social Stockton-on-Tees of Cleveland.