Stamford contingent boost county’s hopes

Winners of Deepings Bowling Association's annual Open Fours Competition Barry Wilkinson, Roy Stevenson, Brian Hodges and Peter Afford receive their trophy from Jan Smith
Winners of Deepings Bowling Association's annual Open Fours Competition Barry Wilkinson, Roy Stevenson, Brian Hodges and Peter Afford receive their trophy from Jan Smith

Bowlers from Stamford were prominent in a victory for Northants in the English Bowling Federation (Southern area) Adams Trophy.

Local members of the county team helped to accumulate 18 of the 22 points available in a comprehensive defeat of Norfolk.

On a slippery green at Hingham Rectory, Northants ran out 49 shot winners over the 31-end match.

Top-scoring rink was the combination, skipped by Paul Buckley (Barnack), with Mike Ramsden (Blackstones) and Bob Warters (Ketton). The trio ran out comfortable winners by 22 shots, as Northants stormed to the top of the league table with their third successive 18-4 victory.

Martyn Dolby recovered from a trial ends tumble to lead fellow Blackstones player Adam Warrington and Joe Randall (Peterborough) to a comfortable 15-shot win.

It was a less successful day for fellow Blackstone bowlers Paul and Martin Bailey who slipped to a second successive defeat in the Newton Trophy match against Norfolk’s second string.

Paul’s daughter Katie, playing alongside Empingham’s Stephen Harris and Randall made an outstanding debut the following day in the Under 25 match at Great Yarmouth against Norfolk’s more experienced youngsters.

Leading with great precision, she helped earn her rink a 38-18 win while brother Jon joined Dan Randall and England Under 25 international Hannah Overton to win a thriller by one shot.

Blackstone’s Nathan Rigby also made a promising start under new team manager Mike Ramsden.

Results (Northants names only)

Adams Trophy: Norfolk 140 (4pts), Northants 189 (18): A Warrington, J Randall, M Dolby won 29-14; M Ramsden, R Warters, P Buckley won 46-24; P Dalliday, J Hadley, G Agger won 33-22; S Fenlon, M Linnell, R Maplethorpe lost 26-30; G Jinks, J Earl, R Martin lost 26-30; F Richardson, P Brown, L Welsford won 29-20.

Newton Trophy: Norfolk 165 (15), Northants 7. J Ruddy, B Bassam, M Squires won 27 - 23; P Holmes, A Grief, F Addy won 29 -26; J Clipston, R Montgomery, R Strong won 28 - 26; J Corney, S Irwin, P Jessop drew 28 - 28; D Corney, M Greaves, L Sharp lost 28 - 31;

B Martin, M Bailey, P Bailey lost 20 -31.

Under 25s: Norfolk 107 (12) Northants 107 (4). N Rigby, A Cook, J Hall lost 16-32; D Randall, J Bailey, H Overton won 23-22; K Bailey, S Harris, J Randall won 38-18; L Cooke, J Corney, T Fielding lost 21-35.

Nine local clubs will feature in a 10-hour, whistle-stop charity bowls event on Friday, June 21, to celebrate the centenary of the Peterborough and District Bowls League.

Two ends will be played by three bowlers from the league executive visiting Barnack, Blackstones, Bourne, Deeping Association, Market Deeping, Ketton, Langtoft, Stamford Town and Wittering to celebrate the anniversary of when eight clubs originally formed the league in 1913.

Deeping Bowls Association

Deepings Bowling Association held their annual Open Fours Competition at their Spalding Road green early this month.

A total of 18 teams from Peterborough, Stamford and Spalding took part in the competition, sponsored by Trio’s Hair and Beauty of Deeping St James.

The winning team, with 25 points, was a team from the host club captained by Barry Wilkinson with Roy Stevenson, Brian Hodges and Peter Afford.

The competition for second place was close with four teams all on 24 points but the team captained by David Marriott, having the highest shot count were named runners-up.