STAMFORD’s indoor bowlers dominated the Northants Bowling Federation finals, winning five events to reach the English Federation finals due to be held at Newark from April 23.
Hosting the county climax to the indoor season for the second time in three years, Stamford bowlers adapted better to the conditions on their home carpet. And egged on by vocal support, they came with late surges in five of the six finals they contested to produce their best results in more than 20 years.
Veteran Barry Plowman set the tone with a 21-15 defeat of Peterborough’s Mick Linnell in the Over 65 singles.
The Casterton bowler has been working his way back to improved fitness after a knee operation by using a specially adapted walking stick and he was able to steady himself to pull off some superb conversion shots, waving his stick in the air in celebration.
In the first of her three finals, Barnack’s Christine Ford marshalled Jan Want and Margaret Andrews into a healthy lead against Doris Flowers, Carol Hunter and former Stamford bowler Joan Padley. They had to withstand a late rally from the Peterborough bowlers but held on to win 17-15.
Partnering Mike Ramsden against Nick Wilkie and Mary Moulton she was back on the rink within 30 minutes but the Peterborough duo proved too strong and the Stamford pair conceded 19-6 with four ends to spare.
However, with Ramsden and Keith Rippin, she re-discovered her form in a thrilling mixed 2-bowl triples finale to the championships.
Against Les Sharpe, Sheila Craig and Brian Martin they trailed 3-8 at one stage but levelled at 10-shots all and took command after Rippin had drawn some strong saving bowls. Ramsden then produced his best two shots of the day to ensure a 20-15 victory.
l MARTYN Dolby and Adam Warrington have proved a formidable force in pairs at every level this season, reaching the national EIBA finals at Nottingham next month and again proved too strong for fellow club members Richard Allam and Peter Banks, 19-7.
They then team-up with Paul Bailey in the two-wood triples final against Neil Wright, Tony Scarr and Roger Martin. The Peterborough trio held the edge at 10-8 until Bailey replied with two superbly drawn shots on the 14th end. It proved the turning point and the home players recorded 14 shots without reply as opposition heads dropped.
Results (Peterborough players unless stated): Women’s singles: S Craig lost to F Richardson 12-21; Women’s triples: J Want, M Andrews, C Ford (Stamford) beat D Flowers, C Hunter, J Padley 21-13; Men’s singles: C Watson bt A Thurston 21-13; Men’s Over 65 singles: B Plowman (Stamford) by M Linnell 21-15.
Women’s Over 65 Singles: H Bass lost S Craig 16-21; Mixed Pairs : M Ramsden & C Ford (Stamford) lost N Wilkie & M Moulton 6-21 ; Women’s pairs: D Flowers & J Padley bt F Richardson & J Masters 19-12; Under 25 Singles: J Harford lost J Randall 20-21; Men’s Pairs: P Banks & R Allam (Stamford) lost to M Dolby & A Warrington (Stamford) 7-19.
Mixed Triples: R Ramsden, C Ford, K Rippin (Stamford) bt L Sharp, S Craig, L Sharp 17-15; Men’s triples: M Dolby, P Bailey, A Warrington (Stamford) bt N Wright, R Martin, T Scarr 24-10.
l STAMFORD’s Mixed team, which had earlier clinched the Lincolnshire Division Two title, were brought down to earth by nearest rivals Scunthorpe with a crushing 113-87 defeat in their final game.
The 16 points they conceded - only their second defeat - proved a useful reality check ahead of even stronger opposition to be faced next season.
Result: (Stamford names only): Lincs Mixed League Division Two: Scunthorpe 113 (16pts), Stamford 87 (2). W Kettle, R Roberts, M Bloxham, R Harvey lost 13-28; B Edwards, C Barnes, S Bailey, A Barnes lost 20-24; D Hudson, k Bailey, A Edwards, P Bailey won 26-13; A Martin, C Warters, R Martin, R Warters lost 12-26; J Brennan, J Gamble, J Gamble, M Ramsden lost 16-22.