National cup victories mark an exceptional week at Stamford

Dick Ford, Nina Rawlins, Andy Thomson and Charlie Underwood'Photo: Alan Romaine
Dick Ford, Nina Rawlins, Andy Thomson and Charlie Underwood'Photo: Alan Romaine
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Stamford Indoor Bowls Club have experienced one of the most succesful weeks in the club’s history, progressing in two national competitions.

The club’s teams made it through the next rounds of the Denny Cup and the Egham Trophy.

Facing old rivals Long Sutton in the men’s Denny Cup, with two rinks at home and two away they were grateful for two outstanding victories by rinks skipped by Adam Warrington and Paul Bailey, each with respective 15-year-olds Stephen Harris and Jon Bailey leading with great accuracy.

It resulted in an overall aggregate shots victory of 82-65 and earned a second round clash with Boston, who overwhelmed Sleaford.

Playing a similar home and away format against Sleaford in the mixed event on Sunday, the telephone lines were hot as the game reached a thrilling crescendo and Stamford, leading 74-72 overall, with one end to play at Sleaford.

However, leading 24-14 Bob Warters’ rink of Richard Allam, Shirley Suffling and Glenys Edwards were able to concede just one shot to clinch the match by the most slender of margins.

Results (Stamford names only)

Denny Cup: Stamford 82 Long Sutton 65. Home: S Harris, M Cullingworth, m Bailey, A Warrington won 29-11; R allam, W Morris, R Montgomery, R Warters lost 16-18. Away - J Bailey, T Harris, D Want, P Bailey won 25-12; M Ramsden, B Plowman, D King, P Edwards lost 12-24.

Egham Trophy: Stamford 74, Sleaford 23. Home - S Harris, M Bloxham, M Holroy, M Bailey won 18-16; J Foster, C Cox, D Want, P Baley wonm 20-18. Away - S Bailey, W Morris, C Ford , P Edwards lost 12-24; R Allam, S Suffling, G Edwards, R Warters won 24-15.

Lincs Mixed League Division One: Boston 112 (14 pts), Stamford 89 (4). A Martin, C Warters, R Martin, R Warters lost 20-15; M Andrews, W Kettle, M Bloxham, R Harvey won 23-14; S Bailey, J Harris, T Harris, P Bailey lost 26-9; B Edwards, D Mackie, A Edwards, D Hudson won 19-17; C Barnes, I Jenner, W Jenner, A Barnes lost 35-23.

Succeeding Dick Ford as Stamford Indoor Bowls Club Men’s President for season 2012/13 is 76-year-old Charlie Underwood from Oakham, who is just completing his term as President of the Stamford and District (Outdoor) League.

Charlie is a familiar face around the area, having recently retired as a furniture sales agent but taking on many roles in the local community.

Though virtually new to the indoor game on a full size rink having competed on the short mat version at Greetham, he is currently a member of Ketton Bowls Club and served for many years as chairman of Greetham BC.

A former cricketer with Oakham CC Charlie is on the committee of Oakham Horticultural Society and Oakham in Bloom.

He said: “I’m honoured to have been nominated as President and am looking forward to helping to drive the club to more success on and off the rink.”

Serving a second term as Lady President is Nina Rawlins, who is also the club’s fixture secretary and secretary of Stamford and District (Outdoor) League.