Champions Stamford in the top tier for first time

Stamford Bowls Club are champions!'Back row, from left, Martyn Dolby, Martyn Bailey, Keith Rippin, Steve Travis, John Mumford, Mike Ramsden, Peter Edwards, Ray Harniess, Richard Allam, Malcolm Cullingworth, Steven Harris, Ray Harvey, front, Bob Warters, Paul Bailey, Derek King, John Holroyd, Jon Bailey, Adam Warrington, Richard Montgomery
Stamford Bowls Club are champions!'Back row, from left, Martyn Dolby, Martyn Bailey, Keith Rippin, Steve Travis, John Mumford, Mike Ramsden, Peter Edwards, Ray Harniess, Richard Allam, Malcolm Cullingworth, Steven Harris, Ray Harvey, front, Bob Warters, Paul Bailey, Derek King, John Holroyd, Jon Bailey, Adam Warrington, Richard Montgomery
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REVENGE proved sweet for Stamford’s A team bowlers when they clinched the Lincolnshire Division Two championship at Horncastle on Sunday.

Stamford’s success lifts the club into the top flight next season for the first time in the club’s 20 year history.

At the end of last season the team had a slender chance of promotion but in a controversial finish to the match at Horncastle, saw it snatched from their grasp by eight shots in a frustrating defeat.

This time, despite some last minute absentees, two talented juniors – Steven Harris and Jon Bailey – were among those drafted in to help make amends for last year’s missed opportunity.

The scores were close at the halfway stage but, egged on by the vocal inspiration of exuberant captain Paul Bailey, Stamford claimed vital shots at crucial times, opened up a lead and in the end ran out comfortable 98-84 winners, earning 16 of the 18 points available thanks to four winning rinks.

Bailey paid tribute to the squad of players who had supported the team in which the rink of Mike Ramsden, Malcolm Cullingworth, Martin Bailey and Adam Warrington emerged unbeaten.

Bailey said: “I’m very proud of how the team has performed and encouraged each other. It just shows what a great spirit there has been.”

The club spokesman Bob Warters added: “It will be tough in the top Division next season.

“Fortunately, we have players dedicated to being the best they can be, others waiting on the sidelines for their chance and juniors coming through.

“We’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Winning the Men’s Second Division is the third title, the resurgent club has gained this season - added to the Lincs Mixed League Division Two and the County Junior League.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincs League Division Two: Horncastle 84 (2pts), Stamford 98 (16). K Rippin, J Mumford, D King, M Dolby lost 6-32; M Ramsden, M Cullingworth, M Bailey, A Warrington won 17-13; R Allam, S Travis, J Holroyd, P Bailey won 29-12; B Plowman, J Bailey, R Harvey, P Edwards won 17-15; R Harniess, S Harris, R Warters, R Montgomery won 29-12.