Businessman steps in to back Stamford’s county champions

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A group of junior bowlers from Stamford have received a boost with sponsorship of their new kit from a businessman based in the town.

The current Lincolnshire County U18 Championship holders are now backed by Ian Lee of Cambridge Scientific Solutions.

He heard that the youngsters, aged between 13 and 16, were looking to emulate other clubs in the area with bespoke team uniforms, and stepped in with a donation.

“It’s our first sponsorship but I thought it was really important to give the boys and girls a boost with their own team colours, “ said Ian.

“It’s fantastic what they have already achieved and I’m hoping that they can be an inspiration to the next generation of bowlers.”

l Stamford bowlers face a tough and challenging season in the top division of the Lincolnshire Mixed League after a 20-shot defeat by Long Sutton.

Only two Stamford rinks emerged victorious as the visitors, their own indoor club facing closure, rallied in the latter stages to claim 14 valuable points.

In the defence of their Lincolnshire U18 League title, Stamford’s juniors lost 13-29 to Spalding but the following day, their team of Stephen Harris, Jon Bailey, Nathan Rigby and Jay Travis Jenner all qualified for the final stages of the county U18 singles in a regional qualifying event at Stamford.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincs Mixed League, Division One: Stamford 86 (4pts), Long Sutton 106. S Bailey, K Bailey, T Harris, P Bailey won17-16; M Andrews, D Mackie, T Mackie, P Bailey won 24-1§8; C Barnes, C Warters, A Barnes, R Warters lost 18-24; J Harris, W Kettle, M Bloxham, R Harvey lost 13-28; D Hudson, J Brennan, C Ford, J Little lost 15-20.

Stamford bowlers played a key role in the Northamptonshire Bowling Federation’s two-venue Derbyshire Cup triumph over holders Lincolnshire on Sunday, securing 18 vital points in a 136-126 shot victory.

Three two-bowl triples rinks were played at Stamford and three more at Lincoln.

Current national EBF champions Martyn Dolby, Adam Warrington and Paul Bailey set the tone at Stamford with a last end 22-21 win over Les Feary’s rink from Boston to help secure a five shot advantage with the away scores to come.

Peter Edwards rink might have forced a draw but holding shots on the last end had to concede to a final bowl.

At Lincoln, Peterborough IBC-dominated rinks - supplemented by Stamford’s Bob Warters - also took the spoils by a similar margin, thanks chiefly to Jeff Newson’s trio’s 30-20 defeat of George Draper.

Northants now face North Cambridgeshire at Wisbech and Stamford on January 27.

Resuts: Northants Fed 136 (18pts) Lincs Fed 126 (4). At Stamford: M Dolby, A Warrington P Bailey (Stamford) bt R White, J West, L Feary (Boston) 22-21; R Allam, W Morris, P Edwards (Stamford lost to) K Tointon, M Asplen, G Parker (Boston) 17-21; N Wilkie, A Thurston, S Law (Peterborough) bt T Powell, C Gill, P Flatters (Boston) 29-21. At Lincoln: G Agger, R Warters, P Brown bt P Johnson, B Jackman, D Johnson 21-16; H Shipp, T Scarr, J Newson bt D Hall, D Stevenson, G Draper 30-20; N Wright, J Harford, T Collins lost to R Horne, K Richardson, P Garrick 17-27.