Huntingdon bowlers Janet Baldwin, Dina Barlow and skip Nicky Verlander came agonisingly close to a national title earlier this week.

The local trio were pipped on an extra end in the Women's Over 50 Triples at the National Indoor Championships in Nottingham.

They were deadlocked with opponents Jean Collier, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs of North Wilts at 14-14 following the completion of 18 ends as the clash went to sudden death.

But Huntingdon incredibly conceded five shots in the extra end to be beaten 19-14.

They had earlier beaten the Croydon trio of Gill Long, Ann Warrington and Pat Bourne 15-13 in the opening round before edging to an 11-10 triumph against the Atherley team of Anne Pearce, Wendy Line and Margaret Darkin in the quarter-finals.

A 15-8 triumph over Carol Smith, Jean Williams and Jean Munden from the Swanley-based White Oak club followed at the semi-final stage before the final went down to the wire.