Harris and Warters into last eight in the county

Stephen Harris (left) with fellow mixed triples winners Mary Malton and Nick Wilkie. Photo: Alan Romaine EMN-150318-135754001
Stephen Harris (left) with fellow mixed triples winners Mary Malton and Nick Wilkie. Photo: Alan Romaine EMN-150318-135754001

Stephen Harris and Bob Warters reached the last eight of the Lincs IBA county 4-bowl singles at Lincoln IBC on Saturday but missed the chance to compete in the semi-finals at Horncastle on March 29.

Harris - not 18 until May - beat Lincoln’s Keith Bell 21-10 and received a bye in the second round before coming up against Danny Brown, looking for revenge after a previous defeat in the national pairs.

The home club’s manager showed no mercy in running out a 21-3 winner on his favourite Rink 2.

Warters relished the chance to take on England international Martin Spencer (Spalding) and quickly got into his rhythm to lead 9-1 and held four shots for a bigger lead until Spencer rolled in a saver.

However, Warters stretched his lead to 20-8 before Spencer hit back with counts of 1,4,4 to trail 17-20. But despite being three down on the next end, Warters held his nerve to draw the vital shot he needed for a 21-17 win.

He also claimed the scalp of Boston’s Adrian Field with a 21-10 win to reach the last eight but at the end of a tiring day couldn’t hold Horncastle’s Paul Bark who ran out a worthy 21-13 winner.

Always loyal supporters of the county singles, Stamford had four other representatives but Keith Rippin lost to Rhys Hill (Spalding) 21-8, Alan Romaine went down 16-21 to Russell Dent (Horncastle), Dave Hudson lost to Tony Gilroy (Lincoln) 21-13 and John Holroyd went out 21-5 to Sleaford’s Trevor Bannister.

l Margaret Bloxham’s Lincs County Mixed League team from Stamford failed in their bid to retain First Division status when they were beaten by 20 shots at Scunthorpe.

Though they claimed the four points they needed to tie Lincoln, their inferior shots difference after a 100-80 defeat means they will return to the Second Division next season.

l Stamford’s women’s competitors in the Lincs County rinks failed to progress past the first round at Sleaford on Saturday.

June Brennan, Margaret Andrews, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford lost 15-22 to Boston B, while Chris Barnes, Ann Cullingworth, Margaret Bloxham and Sue Moir were defeated by Lincoln A 14-18.