Juniors stage a superb fightback

Stamford juniors pictured with World Singles champion Andy Thomson.  From left: Jay Travis, Katie Bailey, Jon Bailey, Stephen Harris
Stamford juniors pictured with World Singles champion Andy Thomson. From left: Jay Travis, Katie Bailey, Jon Bailey, Stephen Harris
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STAMFORD Indoor Bowls Club’s promising juniors are unbeaten in the Lincolnshire U18 league with a 100 percent record after two games.

Following their 33-11 defeat of Sutton St James, they travelled to Spalding to play one of the country’s hottest junior squads and came away with a thrilling one-shot victory.

Behind 1-8 early on, the Stamford youngsters, all aged under 14 – Stephen Harris, Nathan Rigby (substituting for Jay Travis) and Katie and Jon Bailey – rallied against an older, more experienced Spalding side.

They picked up four shots on the 17th end and added two more singles to lead 19-18 but were two shots down when the bell sounded, signalling that the end must be completed.

Stamford skipper Jon Bailey killed the end with great nerve and accuracy to secure the points and set up confident opportunities for forthcoming matches against Boston and Skegness.

l IN the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme playoffs at Grantham recently, Katie Bailey finished a highly creditable third in the U15 age group and has hopes to qualify for the regional finals.

Together with brother Jon and Stephen Harris she plays in the Lincolnshire U18 singles at the weekend at Skegness.

l STAMFORD’s Mixed team clinched the Lincs League Divison Two title with a hard-fought 105-81 defeat of nearest rivals Scunthorpe securing 14 vital points.

With two matches to play - at home to Louth B and Scunthorpe - they cannot be caught and are assured of Division One status next season.

“I’m absolutely delighted for the team,” said captain Margaret Bloxham. “We have had a great squad of players who have all performed magnificently and we’re looking forward to competing at a different level.”

Among those who have helped in the promotion chase are Bob Warters and Martyn Dolby whom on Tuesday morning compete in the English Nationals Over 60s Pairs Championships at Melton Mowbray IBC.

The pair are looking to improve on last year’s quarter-finals. They face Barry Wileman and Mick Hayward from Barwell. Dolby is also involved with Adam Warrington in the area finals of EIBA Pairs against Matt Whyers and Graham Smith (Spalding) at Grantham tomorrow.

l IN the quarter-finals of the Northants County Federation 4-bowl singles, Warters beat Warrington 21-11.

l DEREK King and Mike Ramsden have reached the semi-finals of the Lincs Over 65 singles after excellent results at Louth IBC. King beat club colleague Alan Romaine 27-12 and Dunholme’s P Sanders 23-12 while Ramsden accounted for Horncastle D Scholey and Grantham’s John Pask.

Dolby, Warrington and Paul Bailey entertain Sleaford in the triples on March 11 and Dolby, Warrington, King and Wayne Morris take on Scott Dunham’s Spalding rink on March 6.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincs Mixed League, Division Two: Stamford 105 (14pts), Scunthorpe 81 (4). M Bloxham, M Andrews, R Harvey, P Bailey won 26-14; J Brennan, C Warters, J Little, R Warters lost 19-22; S Bailey, C Barnes, A Barnes, M Dolby won 31-16; W Kettle, John Gamble, A Edwards, C Ford won 20-7; L Banks, Janet Gamble, D Ford, P Banks lost 9-22. Lincs Over 60s League Division three: Stamford 95 (17), Lincoln C 68 (1). B. Gretton, P. Pheasant, T. Mackie, A. Romaine drew 16 - 16; W. Kettle, G. Corby, R. Harvey, T. Freeman won 23 - 16; D Howarth, D. Ingham, R. Briars, K. Rippin won 18 - 15; K. Germany, D. Jackson, D. Veasey, D. Henshaw won 21 - 6; N. Kettle, R. Graham, P. Banks, A. Horton won 17 - 15.