The men and women of Hunts are finding the going tough in county competitions

The Hunts mens team who faced Northants in the Adams Trophy last Saturday. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT

The Hunts mens team who faced Northants in the Adams Trophy last Saturday. Picture: DUNCAN LAMONT - Credit: Archant

Hunts men were condemned to a double home defeat by Northants last Saturday.

Father-and-son successes were not enough to prevent the local county from falling to an Adams Trophy loss at Brampton Institute.

James Bowers guided his rink, which also featured Richard Wilson and John Mitchley, to an eight-shot success, while dad Kevin’s trio, made up of Colin Bates and Derek Rose, triumphed by four shots.

But the other four Hunts rinks, skipped by Tony Chapman, Robert Jepson, Owen Kennedy and Ian Swannell were all beaten in a 147-171 overall reverse.

Hunts also endured a miserable afternoon in the Newton Trophy clash at St Ives as they slumped to defeat by 88 shots.

All six home rinks were beaten with John Waine’s trio going down by the narrowest margin of two shots in a 133-221 drubbing.

The two Hunts teams currently sit sixth in the seven-team southern section in the Adams Trophy standings and occupy fifth position in the Newton Trophy table.

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They travel to Norfolk for their final matches in both competitions this Saturday.


Hunts 147, Northants 171

Hunts rinks: Richard Wilson/John Mitchley/James Bowers won 33-25, Colin Bates/Derek Rose/Kevin Bowers won 31-27, Albert Corn/John Hignett/Tony Chapman lost 26-28, Trevor Dighton/Kevin Ward/Robert Jepson lost 21-29, Richard Stevens/Peter Reason/Owen Kennedy lost 17-27, David Peak/Malcolm Dudley/Ian Swannell lost 19-35.


Hunts 133, Northants 221

Hunts rinks: David Gould/Mervyn Rossin/John Waine lost 25-27, Sam Sallis/Trevor Murray/Barry Stevens lost 26-30, Adrian Cossey/Richard Jolly/Richard Coles lost 26-32, Peter Hutchinson/Barry McCormick/Alan Blackley lost 25-41, Ray Woodward/Andy Townsend/Rob Bradshaw lost 20-44, Keith Minnett/Ian Cousins/Ian Hamilton lost 11-47.

And there was no joy for the two county ladies teams in their most recent outings either.

They were beaten by visitors Lincolnshire in the Donald Steward Trophy and the Silver Jubilee Vase last Tuesday.

The former clash was a tight affair with Hunts eventually being pipped 109-115 despite victories for the rinks of Andrea Rose and Nicky Verlander.

The Silver Jubilee Vase loss was more emphatic as Hunts went down 97-124 with Helen Anderson skippering the only successful trio, which also featured Carol Hickey and Jenny Martin.

The Hunts sides’ next fixtures are away to North Essex on Tuesday (July 12).


Hunts 109, Lincolnshire 115

Hunts rinks: Sandra Day/Pauline Whittlesey/Andrea Rose won 35-12, Sylvia Armstrong/Pat Purssord/Nicky Verlander won 23-20, Jane Baldwin/Janet Chapman/Lynda Childs lost 21-32, Janice White/June Blackall/Val Corn lost 15-29, Joan Rogers/Alison Wilson/Pat Porter lost 15-22.


Hunts 97, Lincolnshire 124

Hunts rinks: Carol Hickey/Jenny Martin/Helen Anderson won 25-21, EJ Cousins/Chris Cowan/Karen Brugnoli lost 19-24, Patsy Coles/Margaret Elstub/Linda Levi lost 22-25, Rita Hodson/Sandra Deller/Sandra Minnett lost 14-30, Nicky Hastings/Angela Kenny/Elizabeth Noble lost 17-24.