Stamford bowlers compete in Federation championship

From left, Jonathan Earl, Rita Downes (Northants), Margaret Thompson and Steve Botten (N Essex) before their mixed pairs semi-final. EMN-140828-092328001

From left, Jonathan Earl, Rita Downes (Northants), Margaret Thompson and Steve Botten (N Essex) before their mixed pairs semi-final. EMN-140828-092328001

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Stamford bowlers just failed to claim titles at the English Bowling Federation championship in Skegness at the weekend but Empingham’s Mike Ramsden and Blackstones duo Jonathan Earl and Rita Downes reached the semi-finals of the Secretaries singles and Mixed pairs respectively.

However, the Northants Federation whom both represented, did manage to carry off two major titles when triples from Parkway and City of Peterborough BCs landed the women’s three-bowl and two-bowl rinks disciplines against Northumberland and Cleveland.

The Parkway trio included Helen Crow, who plays for Langtoft Pearl in the Stamford and District League.

Ramsden accounted for Lincolnshire’s Richard White in his quarter-final 21-16, but having made the long return journey from his home near Stamford for a 9.15 am start on Friday could not quite summon up the energy to defeat A Turton from Notts and was defeated 21-9.

For Earl and Downes it was a nervous start in the Mixed pairs against Notts but growing in confidence, they beat North Cambs on an extra end before meeting the accomplish Margaret Thompson and Steve Botten in the semi-final, where Botten kept up the pressure at lead and they finally ran out winners 21-11.

Stephen Harris was unfortunate to come up against one of favourites from Suffolk in his opening match of the boys Under 25 singles and lost 21-11, while Katie Bailey, lost against Rebecca Moorbey (Hunts) in the girls Under 25 singles, 21-6.

Earlier Ann Cullingworth and Anne White (Langtoft Pearl) lost their seniors women’s pairs first round against Northumberland.

In the pre-tournament Reg Jackson Triples event, Richard Montgomery (Langtoft Pearl), Doris Flowers and Graham Agger (Yaxley) representing Northants won the last of their four 12-end matches 25-0 - just enough to put them in third place with 148 points - one behind eventual joint winners from Suffolk and Derbyshire.