Bowls Stamford

President Pete Linnell (front left) with the trophy winners
President Pete Linnell (front left) with the trophy winners
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STAMFORD bowlers have taken a firm grip at the top of the Second Division of the Lincolnshire Indoor League with an impressive win at Louth B.

The team claimed 16 of the 18 points available with the quartet skipped by Christine Ford taking the rink honours with a 33-9 victory which extended the team’s unbeaten record and helped to put them eight points clear in the table with a game in hand.

Sadly, Stamford men’s B team played at Louth the following day in the Third Division and lost on all rinks (101-62).

In the English national Over 60s double rinks, Stamford players scored a convincing 44-25 victory over Boston to reach the fourth round and a visit to either North Cave or Lincoln.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincs Mixed League division two: Louth b 86 (2), Stamford 112 (16). D Hudson, B Edwards, A Edwards, C Ford won 33-9; J Brennan, Janet Gamble, D Ford, J Little lost 9-24; M Andrews, W Kettle, M Bloham, R Harvey won 25-18; D Mackie, C Warters, T Mackie, R Warters won 27-21; R Roberts, S Bailey, John Gamble, P Bailey won 18-14.

EIBA Over 60s Double Rinks: Stamford 44, Boston 25. Home - D Hudson, D King, D Want, Dolby won 28-6; Away - M Ramsden, M Cullingworth, K Rippin, P Edwards lost 16-19.

STAMFORD Indoor bowlers helped contribute more than £850 to Help for Heroes at the Stamford and District Bowls League’s 63rd annual meeting.

An emotional, local organiser Tony Walton, received a cheque for £852 from league president Pete Linnell and said: “It’s a tremendous effort and one of the largest cheque we have received locally.”

Linnell was succeeded as League president by Charlie Underwood representing Ketton Bowls Club, who announced that the charity he would support next year will be the East Anglian Children’s Hospice (EACH).

A proposal to ensure that winners and runners-up would be promoted, regardlesss of the number of teams in the divisions was agreed but suggestions that clubs with multi-teams might be able to call on players from lower or similar divisions were defeated.

League honours: Division One winners: Blackstones C (runners-up Blackstones D); Division Two: Blackstones B (Langtoft B); Division Three Colsterworth (Ryhall B). Boor Wainwright Trophy: Colsterworth (Barnack B); Oddfellows Rose Bowl: Ketton A (Ryhall A); Presidents Day Trophy: Ann Holmes, Margaret Grainger, Lynda Grace, Geoff Pool.