Bowls: Teen team take Stamford league president’s gala trophy

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A team of teenagers, skipped by Stamford and District League chairman Martyn Dolby won the annual League President’s Day gala staged at Ketton Bowls Club.

Rain showers failed to dampen the enthusiasm of nearly 90 players representing many clubs in the area, who competed in rinks of four in a bid to claim the magnificent trophy on a surface that had been expertly prepared by greenkeeper Mark Hammond to produce perfect bowling conditions.

Martin Dolby, president David Richardson, Steven Harris, Louise Harris, Nathan Rigby Photo: Geoff Atton

Martin Dolby, president David Richardson, Steven Harris, Louise Harris, Nathan Rigby Photo: Geoff Atton

With three wins and a draw in their four section matches, Dolby’s bowling fledglings - Nathan Rigby (Blackstones) and Empingham’s Stephen and Louise Harris, faced the experienced Ryhall quartet of Moira Dolby, Jean Dupree, Mick Wallis and skip Derek King.

And with little to choose between the teams in the five-end final, it went down to the last bowl before the winners emerged 4-2, to claim the £60 first prize and their names on the trophy.

The event, expertly marshalled by Ketton president Peter Edwards and league secretary Nina Rawlins, also raised a substantial sum for league president David Richardson’s favoured charity Cancer Research UK.