Indoor National Finals 2022

It was National finals week. The week held many different levels of success for Hunts bowlers.

Mens 4 wood Singles.

Our representative here was Steve Farrant (Huntingdon) , he was drawn against Durham. Unfortunately after a good fight Steve went down 17-21.

Mens Senior Singles. Brain Hart (St Ives) was Hunts man here he was drawn to play Durham in the first round. He started well and managed to win 21-13. In round two Brian played Notts player Pytlakowski (good old British name) It was a step too far for Brian and he went down narrowly 18-21.

In the Under 25 Singles our representative was Mac May (Buckden). In a blinding first round game Mac had the heartbreak of losing 20-21 to Suffolk.

Mens Pairs saw Howard Shipp along with Steve Farrant (Huntingdon). Again Steve was drawn to play Durham and unfortunately it had a similar outcome with the Hunts pair going down 13-18.

In the Mens Rinks the Eynesbury rink of Steve Gentle Andy Walton & Barry Kitto played …yes you’ve guessed it…… Durham. A good showing but it ended with the Hunts trio going out 16-24.

The Mixed Pairs had mother & son duo Juliet & Mac May (Buckden). They were drawn to play Durham….what is going on here!! Unfortunately they too succumbed to Durham 11-25.

Mixed Rinks was Hunts trio Rob Greenwood (St Ives) Maddie Leader (Sawtry) & Joe Randall(Brampton). They had a bye in round one and then faced…I don’t bloody believe it! DURHAM in round 2. Durham really were our nemisis and they too lost out 14-22.

In the Ladies Rinks St Ives trio Jane Baldwin Kathy Snitch & Sophie Purell (St Ives) were drawn to play Humberside and they put them away 24-14. In round two they avoided Durham and came up against Nottinghamshire. It proved a step too far however and they lost 8-25

The ladies Pairs had Jane Baldwin & Kathy Snitch (St Ives) playing against….. yep you guessed it Durham. They couldn’t overcome the Durham pair and went out 9-21

The Ladies Senior Singles saw Jane Baldwin (St Ives) in her third match. She got a bye in round one and then faced Northhumberland in round two Jane got her bowling going and won 21-18. In the semi final jane faced …no not Durham yet, but Suffolk. A hard fought game that Jane managed to win 21-16.

This took her to the final where she faced P Browne from Durham. Unfortunately Jane couldn’t get over the line and ended up as the runner up. A good effort Jane.

In the Ladies 4 wood Singles Young Jorja Jackson (Needingworth) was our representative. A handy Bye in round one meant she started against Durham…… A good game saw Jorja beat our nemisis Durham 21-7.

In the semi final she played A Lennie from Northumberland. Jorja kept her cool and won her place in the final 21-18. The Saturday evening final saw Jorja play Norfolks J Kirby. In a close game Jorja got a small lead of 2 shots and held it into the final end, eventually winning the National title 21-18.

Jorja Jackson National EWBF Indoor Ladies 4Wood Singles CHAMPION.

Well done Jorja.

Jorja came through Needingworths school scheme. I take the year 5 class each year and teach them bowls. Jorja is my biggest success story yet. It just goes to show that if clubs do take a punt and invest time and some money into getting school kids onto the green it can lead to great things.


A very proud Alan Blackley