LAST year Northumberland’s men’s bowls team reached the quarter-finals of the Middleton Cup, the national inter-county competition which the county last won, twice, in the Eighties.
Having travelled to Leicester to take on Northamptonshire, the team suffered the agony of a two-shot defeat after 21 ends of bowls on each of six rinks, a total of 126 ends.
This year only one match stands between them and another appearance at the same stage as they face Nottinghamshire on Saturday.
These are the only two counties capable of winning their group to reach the last eight, so the match is sure to be a close-run and fiercely competitive one.
Northumberland player-manager Chris Palmer is hoping to see a good turnout of supporters to cheer on his side.
“It makes a big difference to have people behind you in this sort of game,” he said.
“And I hope that we will have more than enough support to outweigh any that Nottinghamshire may bring with them.”
The match against Nottinghamshire is due to begin at 2pm in the beautiful setting of Alnwick Bowling Club.