Stamford bowler’s double-bill against Boston

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STAMFORD Indoor Bowls Club faces a double clash with county rivals Boston this weekend after seeing off Long Sutton and Sleaford respectively in the first round of the national Inter-club Denny Cup and Egham Trophy.

On Saturday the men’s double rink Denny team both hosts and visits Boston (from 10am) and on Sunday two mixed rinks play home and away (from 10am).

Stamford teams suffered defeats in both weekend fixtures in the Lincolnshire Men’s and Mixed leagues - the latter by just three shots in an exciting match at Louth, where they won on three of the five rinks.

Results (Stamford names only)

Lincs Men’s League Division One: Boston 110 (18 pts), Stamford 64 (0): J Bailey, T harris, D Want, P Bailey lost 13-21; S Harris, M Cullingworth, M Bailey, A Warrington lost 14-19; K Rawlins, B Plowman, D King, P Edwards lost 14-19; R Allam, J Earl, K Rippin, R Montgomery lost 15-23; A Romaine, W Jenner, A Horton, R Warters lost 8-27.

Lincs Mixed League Division One: Louth 93 (12), Stamford 90 (6). L Banks, D Ford, C Ford, P Banks lost 18-22; J Brennan, J Harris, M Bailey, J Little won 22-10; M Andrews, W Kettle, M Bloxham, R Harvey won 21-14; A Martin, C Warters, R Martin, R Warters won 22-19; S Bailey, C Barnes, A Barnes, P Bailey lost 7-28.

Ketton Bowls Club is looking to expand its membership to support the six teams it fields in local leagues on its seven-rink green.

Newly elected chairman Charlie Underwood told the annual meeting this week that though the club had suffered financially through bad-weather disrupting fund-raising events, he was determined to help breathe new life into the club with extra events and competitions to make up the previous year’s shortfall.

He said: “It needs us to rally round and support our teams with commitment and encourage more bowlers to join us.

“This is a great club with an excellent green - it was just unfortunate that the weather was against us last summer.”

Underwood succeeds Peter Edwards, a stalwart chairman of the club for many years, who in turn becomes club president in place of Alf Charlton who has had to give up playing the game for health reasons.

Edwards said: “It’s a great honour to be your president, and carries on a tradition in our family.”

The meeting heard that the club lost more than £2,500 in revenue year on year and will increase rink fees to £2.50 per player in a bid to recoup some of its finances. It will, however, continue to field three teams in the Stamford and District League, two teams in the Peterborough Overs 60s league and one weekend team.

Officers elected were: President and vice-chairman Peter Edwards, chairman Charlie Underwood, secretary Glenys Edwards (01780 720411), treasurer Peggy Birch, captains: Bob Warters (A team), Bob Kelman (C), Paul Pheasant (D), Peter Edwards (O 60 A), Carol Warters (O 60 B), Ron Tilley (Weekend).