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B team are chasing promotion spot




Sixteen shots in the first six ends by Martyn Dolby's home rink, while conceding only one, quickly put Stamford A in the driving seat in their Over 60 Double rink third round match against old rivals Sleaford A on Tuesday morning.

And, with Jeff Newson's quartet simultaneously holding their ground at Sleaford, it meant Stamford led overall 27-17 after 10 ends.

Both Stamford rinks suffered a blip in the second half as Sleaford got within four shots overall but six shots by Dolby's rink in the last four ends put the result beyond doubt.

Stamford play the next round (last 32) on January 8 against former title winners Lincoln - comfortable 43-21 winners over Sleaford B.

Result (Stamford names only): Over 60 Double rink: Sleaford A 32 Stamford A 41. Home - D Hudson, M Owens, P Edwards, M Dolby won 24-15; away - B Warters, T Scarr, Roger Martin, J Newson drew 17-17.

Stamford's home four in the Double rink victory over Sleaford. From the left: Dave Hudson, Mick Owens, Martyn Dolby and Peter Edwards. Photo: Alan Romaine (5989837)
Stamford's home four in the Double rink victory over Sleaford. From the left: Dave Hudson, Mick Owens, Martyn Dolby and Peter Edwards. Photo: Alan Romaine (5989837)

Stamford Men's B team have a chance to move up into the promotion reckoning on Saturday when they entertain Skegness (2pm).

They are currently on 36 points - 26 behind leaders Boston B from whom they have already taken a maximum 18 points - so another maximum would take them within eight of the leaders.

Stamford B team (home to Skegness): T Barwell, D Veasey, D Middleton, K Gentry; R Blake, D Henshaw, D Heffernan, M Owens; D Bruce, K Rippin, M Hebden, T Christie; D Howarth, A Lonslow, A McNaughton, D King; R Graham, M Cullingworth, R Montgomery, A Barnes. Res M Hewitt, T Mackie.

Hopes of progress for Stamford men in the national Denny Plate inter-club competition were cruelly dashed against Boston - just two shots separating the teams after 84 ends of bowls.

For the Stamford women, competing simultaneously in the Yetton Plate against Church Gresley from Derbyshire, the margin was more convincing with 15 shots separating the teams.

For the men against Boston, there were many twists and turns among the two rinks playing at home and the two away before it was left to the rink skipped by Jeff Newson at Boston to try to salvage a tied score and force an extra end.

With three of the four rinks completed - and the telephone open and on hold between the two venues - Stamford trailed by three shots overall, Tristan Morton's rink having secured a 26-17 victory over Jonathan West including picking up a game changing six count on the 15th end.

It finally left Newson with one bowl to deliver an almost impossible shot - remove a Boston bowl from the rink while keeping his own in the count for three shots to force an extra end.

It proved just out of reach and Stamford fell short by two shots.

Earlier at Stamford, Jon Earl's rink fell 11-19 adrift before picking up 10 in the last six ends to win 21-19 while on the adjoining rink, skipped by Martyn Dolby, led 18-11 thanks to a five count on the 15th end, only to concede a crucial five on the penultimate end in a 22-19 win.

Results (Stamford names first): Denny Plate: Stamford 79 Boston 81. Home - D Hudson, M Humphreys, P Edwards, M Dolby beat N Dunnington, T Powell, A Tomlin, S Whyers 22-19; W Aspinall, J Holroyd, A Warrington, J Earl beat A Field, R White, G Parker, L Feary 21-19; away - P Dalliday, B Warters, J Harford, T Morton beat B Reeson, A Hodgson, R West, J West 26-17; R Allam, T Scarr, Roger Martin, J Newson lost to I Clark, G Hardstaff, P Flatters, R Vinter 10-26.

For the Stamford women it was always going to be an uphill struggle against their opponents from Swadlincote when the respective combined scores came through of 15-32 and 28-49 at the fifth and tenth ends.

And, although the rinks skipped by Denise Mackie at home and Glenys Edwards away won 21-16 and 23-17 respectively, the struggles of their other rinks were reflected in the overall scores.

Result (Stamford names only): Yetton Plate: Stamford 71 Church Gresley 86. Home - J Want, J Robinson, C Warters, D Mackie won 21-16; R Roberts, F Rogers, P Birch, M Bloxham lost 12-28; away - J Brennan, P Jones, S Suffling, C Ford lost 15-25; E Wallace, M Holroyd, H Holroyd, G Edwards won 23-17.

Stamford face a star-studded Kingsthorpe at Northampton on Sunday (10am) in a third round match in the Top Club competition which demands four disciplines - men's and women's singles, and mixed pairs, triples and fours.

Stamford: Singles - Adam Warrington and Christine Ford; pairs - Katie Bailey & Tristan Morton; triples - John Holroyd, Shirley Suffling & Jon Earl; fours- Elizabeth Wallace, Helen Holroyd, Bob Warters, Martyn Dolby.

Father and daughter Paul and Katie Bailey are out of the national mixed pairs - beaten by Spalding's Lauren Finbow and Jordan Philpott 16-8.

Scunthorpe has never been a happy hunting ground for points in the Lincolnshire League for Stamford teams and so it proved once more when the mixed team travelled north by coach in search of success to bolster their Division Two aspirations.

Christine Ford's players, however, returned empty-handed - beaten on all rinks by a home side, who knew all the idiosyncrasies of the surface and took full advantage.

The team's next match is at Lincoln on December 23.

Result (Stamford names only): Lincolnshire Mixed League Division Two: Scunthorpe 124 (18 pts) Stamford 64 (0). J Dye, T Mackie, D Mackie, K Rippin lost 13-19; M King, J Suffling, S Suffling, D King lost 11-26; Mick Smith, V Du'Kett, P Jones, A McNaughton lost 10-33; E Wallace, A Lonslow, M Wallace, C Ford lost 13-24; J Lonslow, C Warters, M Dye, B Warters lost 17-22.

Stamford's Lincs Senior League team - winners at Skegness. Photo: Janet Lonslow (5989839)
Stamford's Lincs Senior League team - winners at Skegness. Photo: Janet Lonslow (5989839)

Stamford's over 60 seniors' Lincolnshire League side retained their top spot in the second division with a 14-4 victory at Skegness.

It keeps them six points clear of nearest rivals Lincoln B who took 16 points from their C team and have a game in hand.

The top rink was that skipped by John Little, making his senior season debut with Ron Blake, Derek Veasey and Keith Rippin. They won 28-9 and were chiefly responsible for the convincing 99-84 scoreline.

Credit also to the rinks skipped by Mick Owens and Trevor Christie, who claimed 22-17 and 18-17 wins respectively, the latter winning the last six ends from an 11-17 deficit.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincolnshire Over 60s League Division Two: Skegness 84 (4pts) Stamford 99 (14). A Romaine, D Henshaw, D Bruce, K Vinter lost 16-17; R Blake, D Veasey, K Rippin, J Little won 28-9; A Lonslow, D Miller, D Heffernan, T Christie won 18-17; D Howarth, M Hawkes, A March, Richard Martin lost 15-24; T Barwell, J Bourne, T Mackie, M Owens won 22-17.

There was no joy for Stamford's senior women in the Mason (Over 60s) Trophy double rink competition.

The B team were beaten 46-30 by Spalding who now play Stamford A who received a walk over from March IBC.

Result (Stamford names only): Mason Trophy: Spalding 46 Stamford B 20. Home - J Brennan, M Broadbelt, S Suffling, C Ford lost 18-21; away - J Want, S Henshaw, C Warters, D Mackie lost 12-25.

Stamford Ladies pictured from the left: Stella Henshaw, Chris Ford, Peggy Birch, Flick Rogers, Shirley Suffling, Alison Lea, Janet Dye, Margaret King, Sue Gentry, Glenys Edwards, Pat Jones, Rosemary Roberts, Denise Mackie, Margaret Broadbelt, Margaret Andrews, Maggie Holden, Helen Holroyd, June Brennan, Janet Lonslow, Carol Warters. Photo: Alan Romaine (5989841)
Stamford Ladies pictured from the left: Stella Henshaw, Chris Ford, Peggy Birch, Flick Rogers, Shirley Suffling, Alison Lea, Janet Dye, Margaret King, Sue Gentry, Glenys Edwards, Pat Jones, Rosemary Roberts, Denise Mackie, Margaret Broadbelt, Margaret Andrews, Maggie Holden, Helen Holroyd, June Brennan, Janet Lonslow, Carol Warters. Photo: Alan Romaine (5989841)

Stamford's women bowlers suffered a setback to their Trudy Bates Lincs A League aspirations - comprehensively beaten by Boston 84-107, claiming only four of the 14 points at stake.

Only the rinks skipped by Helen Holroyd and captain Glenys Edwards emerged with credit in a disappointing overall performance.

Result: (Stamford names only): Lincs Trudy Bates League A: Stamford 84 (4pts) Boston 107 (12). J Brennan, M Holden, C Warters, D Mackie lost 10-27; J Lonslow, M Andrews, P Jones, H Holroyd won 28-14; R Roberts, J Dye, S Henshaw, P Birch lost 9-25; M King, A Lea, S Suffling, C Ford lost 13-26; F Rogers, S Gentry, M Broadbelt, G Edwards won 24-15.

Alan Romaine and Tony Barwell were outstanding in qualifying for the final stages of the Lincs County pairs.

They beat Bob Warters and Tristan Morton (deputising for Simon Law) 15-14, Barwell drawing with pinpoint accuracy for a second shot when an extra end look almost inevitable. Adam Warrington and Neil Wright also qualified in the pairs against Gary Oliver.

Three Stamford players have been chosen for Lincolnshire's Liberty Trophy match against Notts at Grantham tomorrow (Saturday, 10am).

Simon Law will be number two on club-mate Tristan Morton's rink, while James Harford is recalled at number two to partner Stephen Harris, Kevin Ekins and captain Graham Smith from Spalding.

Lincs are the holders having beaten Kent in last year's final.

Lincs: M Whyers, C Leuty (Spalding), T Berridge (Grantham), M Orrey (Spalding); K Rands, A Watts (both lincoln), M Pulling (Grantham), B Jackson (Lincoln); I Clark (Boston), R West (both Boston), A Dunham (Spalding), J West (Boston); A Field (Boston), S Law (Stamford), M Spencer (Spalding), T Morton (Stamford); S Harris (Spalding), J Harford (Stamford), K Ekins, G Smith (both Spalding); J Staples, (Lincoln), N Orrey (Grantham), B Wilson (Lincoln), J Philpott (Spalding).



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