Sights set on life in the top flight

STAMFORD Indoor Bowls Club Men’s A team stretched their lead at the top of the Second Division of the County League with a 114-87 home victory over nearest rivals Long Sutton A.

With just two away games to play next month - at Skegness and Horncastle - the team looks destined for the top division now that Lincolnshire IBA has confirmed that the leading two teams in all divisions will be promoted.

Stamford hold a 34-point lead after securing 16 points against Long Sutton with rinks skipped by Richard Montgomery and captain Paul Bailey claiming vital winning points on the last end.

Stamford’s Mixed team also look assured of promotion from Division Two following a 116-63 triumph over Grantham. They lost on only one rink and increased their lead at the top to 24 points with three games to play.

A home win over rivals Scunthorpe on Sunday (2pm), will guarantee the championship and Division One status against the cream of the county next season.

l LOCAL bowlers featured in a Northants Federation team that lost a vital clash with holders Norfolk in the inter-county Derbyshire Trophy.

Despite wins for 2-wood triples rinks skipped by Peter Edwards and Adam Warrington, Northants lost by 22-shots overall and secured only six points.

Warrington will feature alongside Martyn Dolby on February 25 (6.30pm) at Grantham in the area final of the English Indoor Pairs against Matt Whyers and Graham Smith (Spalding).

Jan Want, Margaret Andrews and Christine Ford became the first Stamford bowlers to reach the Northants EWBF county finals to be played at Stamford (March 18) when they beat Julie Masters rink at Peterborough 25-11 in the women’s triples semi-finals.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincs League Division Two: Stamford A 114 (16pts), Long Sutton A 87(2). M Ramsden, M Cullingworth, M Bailey, A Warrington won 34-7; D Hudson, M Smith, K Rippin, P Edwards lost 10-33; R Harniess, B Plowman, R Warters, R Montgomery won 19-18; R Allam, T Harris, D Want, P Bailey won 22-20; W Morris, J Holroyd, D King, M Dolby won 29-9.

Lincs Mixed League Div Two: Stamford 116 (16), Grantham 63 (2). A Martin, B Edwards, A Edwards, R Martin lost 17-24; S Bailey, C Barnes, A Barnes, M Dolby won 27-8; J Brennan, Janet Gamble, John Gamble, J Little won 19-15; D Hudson, C Warters, D Ford, C Ford won 34-6; L Banks, D Mackie, T Mackie, P Banks won 19-10.

Derbyshire Trophy. Northants Fed 118 (6), Norfolk Fed 140 (12). Stamford rinks: B Plowman, D Want, P Edwards won 25-24; W Morris, R Montgomery, A Warrington won 27-13; M Ramsden, K Rippin, R Warters lost 17-22. Peterborough rinks lost 49-81 at Acle.