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Harris to compete in international series event

Stamford and Blackstones bowler Stephen Harris has been called up for his first England Under 25 cap and will compete in the international series against Scotland, Ireland and Wales at Aberdeen in February.

His sister Louise (20) also competed in the England women's Under 25 final trial, held simultaneously at Rugby Thornfield IBC at the weekend, but alongside fellow Stamford IBC bowler Helen Holroyd, failed to make the final selection.

Stephen Harris (5834886)
Stephen Harris (5834886)

For Stephen, the nomination to play for his country as lead in a rink which includes players from Yorkshire, Kent and Cambridgeshire, is the culmination of a decade of rising success as both a junior and fully-fledged senior.

In April the 22-year-old retained the Lincolnshire indoor singles title and in September reached the final of the prestigious Stamford Open singles, beating current world number one Greg Harlow in the semi-final.

He was also a member of the Lincolnshire side that won the English inter-county Liberty Trophy title earlier this year.

While playing his domestic leagues and competitions at Stamford, Stephen has also joined the Spalding indoor club where he plays national competitions and leads in the pairs to fellow international Graham Smith.

Stamford Men's A team confirmed its determination to regain the Lincolnshire League Division One title it won in 2017 with an emphatic 33-shot defeat of defending champions Lincoln A.

The home side mopped up 16 of the 18 points at stake, which takes them to the top of the table with 60 points from four matches - eight points clear of their Lincoln rivals who have played the same number of games.

On a surface similar in speed to their own carpet, the Lincoln players - albeit missing some of the stars who had beaten Stamford in their recent Egham Trophy clash - kept pace with the home side as both sides jostled for an advantage.

However, by the 15-end mark, Stamford began to press home their advantage with league debutant Jeff Newson's rink building an 18-6 lead while Martyn Dolby's four held a 17-8 advantage.

Elsewhere captain Paul Bailey was 17-13 ahead while Jon Earl, making a welcome return, were neck and neck with the opposition.

Fears that Roger Martin's quartet, struggling against Ben Wilson and 5-20 behind, could affect the overall result, were soon allayed when they picked up 10 shots in four ends to help put the aggregate result beyond doubt.

Earl's rink also came with a late flourish with a seven count on the last end, while Dolby's four took the rink honours at 28-9.

Results (Stamford names only): Lincolnshire League Division One: Stamford A 105 (16 pts) Lincoln A 72 (2). Dave Hudson, Mal Smith, Peter Edwards, Martyn Dolby won 28-9; Richard Allam, Mick Linnell, Mick Humphreys, Jon Earl won 20-16; Alan Romaine,Jay Travis-Jenner, Adam Warrington, Paul Bailey won 21-15; Mike Ramsden, John Holroyd, Neil Wright, Jeff Newson won 21-10; Chris Ballard, Cliff Watson, Bob Warters, Roger Martin lost 15-22.

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