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New triples combination through to area semi-finals

Local rivals Stamford and Spalding clashed in the second round of the Senior Women's equivalent of the Men's Over 60 Double rink with Spalding progressing by nine shots.

It was always an uphill task for Glenys Edwards' away quartet of Margaret King, Margaret Andrews and Elizabeth Wallace and they got off the a slow start, trailing 4-13 after ten ends. A three count on the 15th end gave them hope but they couldn't close the gap by the end, losing 10-19.

At Stamford skip Flick Rogers played some excellent conversion shots to help her squad of Rosemary Roberts, Janet Lonslow and Peggy Birch against the experienced Julie Hicks rink but finally had to settle for a creditable draw.

Spalding will play the winners of the Barwell-Carlton tie for a place in the last 16.

Result (Stamford names first): Masons (Over 60) Double Rink Trophy: Spalding 34 Stamford A 25. Stamford away - M King, M Andrews, E Wallace, G Edwards lost 10-19 to J Jackson, S Wade, M Hurst, G Haney. Home - R Roberts, J Lonslow, P Birch, F Rogers drew 15-15 with F Lyons, M Belding, B Deacon, J Hicks.

Rosemary Roberts (6717273)
Rosemary Roberts (6717273)

The new triples combination of Jan Want, Sue Moir and Christine Ford have reached the area semi-final of the EIBA Over 50s Ladies Triples with an outstanding last gasp away defeat of three established players from Spalding IBC.

But it took a drawn winner by Ford with the last bowl of an extra end for them to proceed to the next stage against Michelle Billings, Julie Hicks and Gloria Haney.

After six ends the Stamford girls were 2-6 down but had drawn level by the halfway stage of this 18-end contest only to go 7-9 behind.

Ford exppained: "On the 15th end Sue trailed the jack for us to go one up and then killed the 18th end with the score at 12-12 (and two down) to force extra time.

"We elected to give the jack away in the coin toss to allow us the last bowl and I managed to draw the shot with my last bowl for us to win by one. We were thrilled, especially having not played together before and on an away carpet."

In the men's equivalent discipline Bob Warters, Cliff Watson and Keith Rippin reached the third round for the second successive season - this time with a 21-12 defeat of Joe Lewis and Grantham brothers Russell and Nick Orrey.

A six count on the second end set the tone, which they extended to 12-5 after seven ends, eventually forcing skip Nick Orrey into playing to some heavy bowls in which at times he was unlucky not to see go in his favour. Successive three counts on the 13th and 14th ends finally put the result out of reach.

The Stamford trio now host the winners of an all-Spalding tie between Graham Wright and Nick Wilkie for a place in the area final.

Janet Lonslow (6717279)
Janet Lonslow (6717279)

June Brennan and Christine Ford have become the first Stamford players to reach the 2019 Lincs county semi-finals in March after winning two rounds of qualifying at Grantham.

The pair had to survive an extra end against Lincoln's Pam Burke and Jo Hornston before facing Mary Johnston and Olive Wells from Horncastle.

It was a fantastic tussle and, after Horncastle killed the penultimate end when inadvertently trailing the jack to their back bowls, the Stamford duo went on to win 16-12. They will play at Sleaford on March 23.

Stamford's mixed team beat Louth B 127-56 in the Lincs Second Division,taking all 18 points.

Rosemary Roberts, Arthur Lonslow, Sue Moir and Dick Ford claimed the rink honours with a 33-5 victory.

Peggy Birch (6717286)
Peggy Birch (6717286)

The English Bowls Umpires Association is staging a markers' awareness course at Melton & District IBC on June 8 and 9 in an effort to educate potential markers.

The course (from 9.30am-1.30pm each day) is open to all indoor or outdoor club members, even if you only want to learn the ropes within your own club environment but is also the first step towards becoming a regional umpire of which there is a national shortage.

There is no examination at the end of the two half day sessions but there will be an attendance certificate issued and potential markers will be required to at least complete all the measuring exercises.

As well as basic measuring and using wedges to keep a bowl upright, this can range from confirming a minimum length of jack to measuring bowl to jack in the ditch and using small or large callipers.

Cost of the course, which is planned to be both informative and fun, is £10 which includes a marker's handbook and, if you wish to go on to become a member of the EBUA as a marker, applicants are invited to speak to the representative after the course. It is hoped to have at least two EBUA trained markers in every club.

For further information contact Spalding-based international umpire Colin Wilson on 01775 714556 with name and contact details. Stamford IBC umpire Mal Smith will also be able to provide useful advice.

Flick Rogers (6717289)
Flick Rogers (6717289)

Louth Indoor Bowls Club will will host the Lincolnshire Under 25 Open singles on Sunday, February 24, from noon.

Open to both men and women, aged under 25 on September 30, 2018, it is played to a best-of-three sets format with a best-of-three end shoot out to decide tied sets.

Potential players should attend by 11.30am (£1 fee) when the draw will be made. Subsequent rounds will also be drawn.

Semi-Finals will be played again at Horncastle on Saturday, March 30, with the county finals at Boston on April 28

Stamford & Spalding bowlers group around the head of bowls (6717283)
Stamford & Spalding bowlers group around the head of bowls (6717283)

Defending Northants Federation indoor men's pairs champions Mick Humphreys and Roger Martin were knocked out on the home surface in the first round by Whittlesey duo Graham Agger and Peter Brown, who quickly mastered rink one at Stamford to win 22-10.

In the women's triples, the current holders Helen Holroyd, Louise Harris and Katie Bailey were beaten 21-8 by June Brennan, Jan Want and Christine Ford.

Harris beat Jenny Harvey 21-7 in the four bowl singles, but with Holroyd beat Want and Denise Mackie 17-11.

In the senior singles Carol Warters lost 21-5 to Sheila Craig.

Mick Humphreys and Richard Allam are through in the men's singles with respective wins (21-7 and 21-18) over John Pearson and Trevor Collins.

Adam Warrington, Jon Earl and Martin Dolby are through in the triples, defeating Mick Linnell, Phil Afford and Rod Maplethorpe 28-13.

Earlier Linnell and Maplethorpe had beaten Denis Henshaw and Trevor Christie at Peterborough 22-13.

Stephen Harris had to dig deep and come from 5-9 behind to beat Chris Ballard 21-14 in the Northants Federation four-bowl singles He now plays Nick Wilkie.

James Harford continued his recent good form with a 21-5 defeat of Adam Warrington, last year's runner-up.

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