Bowls: Ex-national winners hope to find old form

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Two bowlers will be hoping to reproduce the form that won them a national title 17 years ago next week.

Stamford and District League pair Joyce Foster, 84, and Connie Cox, 76, will compete in the English Bowling Federation finals at Skegness on Wednesday.

Joyce and Connie, who are members of Ketton Bowls Club won the two-bowl triples with the late Celia Walpole in 1996 and have been trying ever since to repeat the feat but without success.

This time they are competing in the veterans pairs for Northants against Northumberland having won the county finals recently.

Joyce, of Drift Road, Stamford said:“It’s always great to qualify for Skegness and to do it again after all this time is very satisfying.

“We’ve been playing together for many years and we just hope we can put up a good show.”

The pair will be joined in the women’s events by Ketton colleague Glenys Edwards in the Secretaries Cup against Cleveland on Tuesday and by Great Casterton’s Pam Plowman in the veterans singles against Norfolk on the same day.

Barnack’s Christine Ford and Shirley Suffling take on a Notts pair on Wednesday.

The local leagues are well represented in the men’s events with Martyn Dolby and Adam Warrington among the favourites in the pairs, which they start against Suffolk on Wednesday morning.

Fellow Blackstones bowler Jonathan Earl joins them in the two-bowl triples against Derbyshire later in the day.

Stephen Harris, 15, representing Empingham, will be hoping to go one better in the under 25 singles on Thursday, having lost in the final last year.

Suffling and Paul Buckley will represent Barnack in the senior mixed pairs against either Norfolk or Humberside on Wednesday.

Market Deeping bowler Sean Fenlon, who plays for West Ward in Peterborough, competes in three championships - the two-bowl and four bowl singles and the three-bowl 
triples.