Jamie honoured by international double
Mervyn King's retirement from international bowls has left Norfolk with just one contender for a place in the England senior team – and King's Hunstanton club-mate Jamie Chestney did not let the county down in last weekend's international trial.
Chestney was not only selected as a skip for the senior and junior teams, but was also honoured with an invitation to represent England in the Atlantic championships in Cyprus from 17 to 30 October.
In the senior series, in Edinburgh from June 30 to July 3, the 24-year-old will be supported by Somerset's Louis Ridout and new caps David Bolt (Durham) and Tristan Morton (Hunts).
England under-performed at Worthing last year, and saw Scotland snatch the British team title – and, in an attempt to wrest the title back the selectors have introduced six new caps and recalled one former international in Simon Reader.
When the under-25 series is played in Worthing in September, Chestney, who is also team captain, will continue to have help from Ridout and Morton, but, as Bolt is too old, his second man will be Aaron Sexton from Sussex.
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Wayne Willgress, whose reputation is growing, has again been asked to skip a rink for England's under-25 side and will have Adam Clarke from the Isle of Wight, Suffolk star Ian Catchpole and Worcestershire's Andy Walters as his 'front-end'.
Chestney's surprise selection for the Atlantic event could be highly significant because only five players were required and it seems as if he may be in the frame for a place in next year's world championships in Adelaide. The other four players lined up for the Cyprus trip are Mark Bantock (Berks), John Hick (Somerset), Rob Newman (Berks) and Graham Shadwell (Wilts).
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• Norfolk's Federation Bowls teams made a good start to the season against North Essex. At North Walsham (Tungate) the Adams Trophy team picked up 19 points with a 181 to 141 win while the Newton Trophy team won 254-101 at RG Carter's, picking up all 22 points. The next games are away to Hunts on June 11
Adams Trophy: W Burrage, N Blyth, V Hudson 34-21; A Sayer, N Browne, B Sadler 30-18; J Hudson, J Cason, J Roope 29-29; M Chapman, T Baker and D Toyn 39-16; S Peach, M Wilkinson and I Whiley 24-23; J Annis, R Greef and C Lawrence 25-34.
Newton Trophy: D Seabourne, P Clutterbuck and N Chilvers 54-10; T Elvin, K Howlett and K Humphrey 49-12; P Cox, G Hewitt and D Sherman 45-17; R Bunton, M Bird and A Rowsell 38-23; S Reynolds, J Hudson and P Randell 37-20; J Groves, J Cook and A Manson 31-19.
• Norfolk Ladies travelled to Radcliffe-on-Trent for their annual friendly against Nottinghamshire. Despite winning on four out of the six rinks they lost by seven shots overall.
Scores: A Read, V. Moore, J Webster, M Tubby 18-19; J Costello, M Goode, D Ramm, J Dearman 19-17; P Mouland, S Lynch, P Wilson, P Calton 20-19; P English, C Kellow, B Hall, E Pettit 22-12; B Venn, M Moll, D Scales, S Parsons 26-19; J Stoves, C Lees, T Smith, C Webb 7-33.
Norfolk Ladies suffered another defeat at Shouldham, losing 118-108 to Cambridgeshire.
• Norfolk's U25 Federation bowlers lost 110-105 to Hunts at Sawtry BC in their first game in this year's Reg Wright Trophy. They included twins Adam and Lewis Comerford – with Adam marking his debut by skipping the highest winning rink on the day.
The next game is on Sunday against Northants at Acle, 2pm start.
Rink scores: Jordan Groves, Jenna Slaughter, Adam Comerford 29-23; Matty Sparrow, Scott Watson, Matthew Carter 27-32; Sammi Coverdale, Daniel Seabourne, Ashley Smith 21-33; Dan Mills, Lewis Comerford and David Smith 28-27.