Bowls: World champion Andy Thomson’s praise for Stamford and District Bowls Club

From left, Martyn Dolby, Adam Warrington, Andy Thomson, Paul Bailey

From left, Martyn Dolby, Adam Warrington, Andy Thomson, Paul Bailey

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World bowls champion Andy Thomson was full of praise for Stamford and District Indoor Bowls Club when he made a guest appearance at its Presentation Night on Saturday.

“You have a great facility here,” he told an enthusiastic gathering of members and visitors “and you and the town of Stamford can be proud of it.

“I travel a lot up and down the country and I’ve always found that bowls clubs like this are not just a place for the sport, they’re a meeting place for the community to enjoy others’ company and companionship. And if you can play as well, it’s a bonus.”

Thomson, 56, a Scot who has played more than 160 times for England as a member of the Cyphers IBC in South London, opened the evening with an exhibition match partnering A team captain Paul Bailey against Adam Warrington, current national outdoor singles champion and Martyn Dolby, holder of the club singles.

The three Stamford bowlers had also won the National indoor triples title earlier in the year.

The match ended in an 11-11 draw before Thomson was invited to present Lincolnshire County League trophies to the Stamford captains Margaret Bloxham (Mixed League Div 2), Paul Bailey (Men’s League Div 2) and Jon Bailey (Junior League).