Warboys White Hart Claim National Bowls Title

A PUB bowls team is celebrating victory in a national Championship. A team of 10 bowlers from the White Hart at Warboys lifted the National Two Fours Championship at Worthing on Saturday. Representing Huntingdonshire, the Warboys bowlers saw off the chall

A PUB bowls team is celebrating victory in a national Championship.

A team of 10 bowlers from the White Hart at Warboys lifted the National Two Fours Championship at Worthing on Saturday.

Representing Huntingdonshire, the Warboys bowlers saw off the challenge of sides from Devon and Surrey to lift the title.

Derek Rose, the club chairman, said: "For a club with 40 members, this is a terrific achievement and is the culmination of several years of hard work by all the players."


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Rose was also quick to praise White Hart youngster Ean Morton, who withdrew from the national U25 singles to help his club colleagues in their quest for the title.

The event, which sees two rinks of four battle it out against the opposition, saw Warboys pitted against Devonshire outfit Shaldon in the semi-finals.

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In the semi-final, Rink One saw Lindsay Swannell, Wayne Bailey, Jamie Reynolds and Nicky Brett bowl their way to a 23-10 win - with the second rink of Simon Leader, Brian Brett, Ian McWhinney and Morton only going down by five shots.

The final, against Surrey side Egham was a relative canter as Rink One ran out 24-9 winners and Rink Two claimed the match 16-13.

Rose Corrigan, joint-landlady of the White Hart, said: "This is without a doubt the greatest honour that the club has ever achieved."

Also at Worthing, Morton's younger brother Tristan made the quarter-finals of the national U25 singles, going down to national junior indoor champion Danny May, from Carlisle.

Back in Huntingdonshire on Sunday, the White Hart joined with other sides from the district to compete for the Hunts Bowling Federation County Championship.

The battle for the Durham Centenary Trophy was held at Chatteris Bowls Club and the White Hart bowlers easily disposed of Somersham in their semi-final.

In the other semi it was Hemingford who ran out winners against Buckden to set up the final between the all-male White Hart side against a Hemingford team that included four women.

Hemingford were in no mood to let recent form hold the sway - and they started strongly and led by six shots after five ends across the four rinks.

By the 10th end they held a 10-shot lead but the White Hart had reduced that to seven by 15 ends.

Hemingford were determined not to let the advantage slip and regained the three shots to lead by 10 with only five ends left.

Some dynamic bowling in the last five ends blew away any hope that the White Hart held for a weekend double, as Hemingford stormed to a 29-shot win.

The winning Hemingford rinks included: Scott Wilson, Ginny Marsh, John Waine, David Gould, Janet Chapman, Tony Chapman, Derek McCulloch, Ann Ashmore, Phil Thomas, David Woolford, Lynda Childs and Owen Kennedy.

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