Open day success at Stamford Indoor Bowls Club

Northants women's trophy winners, from left, Shirley Suffling, Judy Ford (president),  and Christine Ford

Northants women's trophy winners, from left, Shirley Suffling, Judy Ford (president), and Christine Ford

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Local bowls received a real shot in the arm when Stamford Indoor Bowls Club hosted the first of its open sessions for potential new players on Saturday.

With coaches and experienced bowlers on hand to offer advice, the club was delighted by the response to their promotion and believes it has already discovered new talent, including eight-year-old Keenan Rigby, James Hebden, 13-year-old grandson of one of its regular members, and Polina Toner (15) from Bourne.

A second free open session is due to be held at the club in Exeter Gardens tomorrow from 9.30 am to midday when equipment will also be provided.

Stamford IBC stages its first competitive match on Sunday (2.10pm) when it entertains Dunholme in the Lincolnshire Mixed League.

Northants Bowling Federation hosted its annual prize presentations on Friday when tributes were paid to the Stamford bowlers who helped to gain the county national recognition.

Sadly Adam Warrington was unable to attend but his team-mates in the two-bowl triples from Blackstones - Jonathan Earl and Martyn Dolby - were there to receive congratulations from National president Les Clark (North Essex).

Dolby also won the county indoor singles and with Warrington won the county outdoor pairs, while Sean Fenlon from Market Deeping picked up the Northants outdoor two-bowl and four-bowl singles trophies.

Other local county winners were: Indoors: Jon Bailey (under 25 singles), Doug Want (veterans singles), Jan Want/Christine Ford (pairs), Connie Cox/Joyce Foster/Glenys Edwards (triples). Outdoors: Stephen Harris (Under 25 singles), Glenys Edwards (women’s secretary singles), Pam Plowman (women’s veterans singles), Shirley Suffling/Paul Buckley (senior mixed pairs).