North Cambs bowlers make clean sweep versus City of Peterborough in all Newton Trophy rinks
North Cambs played their first county game of the season at the City of Peterborough Bowls Club under a change of EBF rules which allowed them to enter one team in the Newton Trophy and not the Adams Trophy.
Matt Hewitt, county captain, selected a team of 18 from over 30 bowlers available for this match and was amazed at the result of winning all six rinks with a shots score of 183-136.
This has not been done before in living memory.
The team included four bowlers who had never played for North Cambs previously: Daniel Foreman (Gorefield), Chris Pope, Jim Forest and Roy Pope (Upwell), top rink winning the spoons.
Matt said following the game that he was so pleased with the win and the way everyone played but will have to make changes to the team for the next game.
Anyone not playing has not been dropped but is making way so that everyone who has shown an interest gets their chance of a game.
His intention for 2020 is to have sufficient players to enable entry of teams in both the Adams and Newton competitions but, to do this, there would have to be 40-plus bowlers available to enable two teams.
Phil Cross, North Cambs EBF president, commented after the game that he had been pleased to play and be associated with such a historic event.
Dick Noble, Northants EBF president, was generous in his praise for the North Cambs win but then said: “I am lost for words.”
Results: Andrew Overton, Tony Reed, Ian Lawson 30 - M Squires 24.
Phil Cross, Daniel Forman, Jon Ivatt 27 - R Strong 24.
Chris Pope, Jim Forest, Roy Pope 35 - D Noble 18 (spoons).
Willie Woods, Charlie Waling, Danny Stanton 30 - A Emery 20.
Paul Bennett, Mel Joyce, Andy Hailes 25 - P Brown 24.
Len Smith, Colin Newby, Ardrie Kleyn 36 - F Richardson 26.
The next North Cambs game is at home Upwell BC against Norfolk on Saturday, June 8, 2pm start.
If you are a local bowler who is interested in playing EBF County bowls now or in the future please contact secretary Paul Bennett on 01945 480857. For further information on North Cambs see website http://www.northcambsebf.co.uk
Above: The North Cambs Newton team. Photo: DAVID LOWNDES