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Blackstones bowlers through to section final

Mick Humphreys in action in Blackstones' triples win on Tuesday (2670310)
Mick Humphreys in action in Blackstones' triples win on Tuesday (2670310)

Multi-county winner Adam Warrington is through to the quarter finals of the Northants Federation two-bowl singles - a title he has won nationally in 2009 and 2012 - after beating Blackstones club-mate Stephen Harris.

He led 10-0 after seven ends only to concede the next seven to trail 10-11 but eventually won 21-18.

Warrington plays Whittlesey Manor's Martin Welsford for a place in the semi-final against Market Deeping-based Sean Fenlon (West Ward).

In the four-bowl discipline Martyn Dolby (Blackstones) plays Craig Campbell (Parkway) for a quarter-final spot against Jeff Clipston (Peterborough & District).

Continuing their run of form Wayne Morris, Mark Pye and Thomas Fielding (Blackstones) reached the semis of the three bowl triples beating Mike Robertson's Parkway outfit 15-14.

They will play the winner of the match between Mike Ramsden (Vanguard) and Martin Welsford (Whittlesey Manor). They also beat Cliff Watson's trio to reach the last four of the two bowl discipline.

Elsewhere Stephen Harris, Mike Humphreys and Roger Martin (Blackstones) beat three from Martin's and Humphreys' former club, City of Peterborough, by a single shot in the two wood singles and then took on Martin Welford's Whittlesey Manor rink and raced to 24-9 victory.

Bob Warters and Dick Ford (Ketton) were first to reach the senior pairs semi-final with a 19-16 win over Trevor Christie and Paul Buckley (Blackstones) who never recovered from an early 2-10 deficit.

In the veteran singles Malcolm Cullingworth (Langtoft) beat 2016 national champion Mick Duell (Whittlesey Manor) 21-15 and will play P&D bowler Dave Corney for the right to play Warters in the semi-final. Warters beat Paul Buckley on a slick Blackstones green 20-13.

Roger Martin's 2-bowl triples rink from Blackstones will play Jack Corney, Mick Duell and Fred Richardson (Whittlesey Manor) - winners over Mike Ramsden - in the semi-final.

In the other half of the draw, Thomas Fielding's trio, who beat Cliff Watson's three 17-16, will play Paul Dalliday, Tris Morton and Simon Law (Parkway).

In the four-bowl singles, Jeff Clipston (Peterborough & District) was a surprise 21-6 winner over Martyn Dolby.

Roger Martin (Blackstones) skipped his rink to success against Martin Welsford (2670312)
Roger Martin (Blackstones) skipped his rink to success against Martin Welsford (2670312)

Blackstones bowlers have reached the section final of the Bowls Lincolnshire fours, just two matches away from representing the county at the national Bowls England finals at Leamington Spa in August.

In a thrilling tussle against a star-studded quartet from Holbeach (David Bristow, Kevin Ekins, Scott and Andy Dunham) they emerged victorious.

On the slick Carters Park green, Stephen Harris, Martyn Dolby, Adam Warrington and Jonathan Earl trailed 3-14 after five ends and then replied with 21 shots in the next nine ends before finally winning 28-20.

Harris and Warrington are out of the four-bowl county singles but the former is still in the under 25 singles and pairs.

Warrington reached the third round of the two-bowl singles before losing 11-14 at home to Bristow and with Dolby and Earl is out of the triples, beaten 21-19 to Martin Simpson's trio after leading 17-7.

Christine Ford (Ketton) became one of the first local bowlers to reach a Federation semi-final when she beat Wendy Harrold (Whittlesey Manor) 21-2 in the senior singles.

She followed it up with a dramatic win in the Champion of champions singles, trailing 16-20 before edging past Whittlesey Town's Penny Hart 21-20.

Hart was also involved in another match at Ketton, this time a comfortable senior pairs win with Jenny Farrington over Carol Warters and Elizabeth Wallace 21-7.

Sharon Bailey reached the two bowl singles semi after defeating Parkway's Marissa McKernan 21-14. She plays Joan Robinson or Norma Squires.

Her husband Dick, on an adjoining rink, joined Bob Warters in reaching the semi-final of the senior pairs with a 19-16 defeat of Trevor Christie and Paul Buckley (Blackstones).

Ketton and Blackstones both reached the next round of the Dan Duffy (four-rink) team competition with respective wins over West Ward and Peterborough & District. Ketton visit Parkway on Thursday while Blackstones entertain City of Peterborough B.

Yet again Stamford Indoor Bowls Club has confirmed its rating as the most competitive of Lincolnshire IBA's 11 affiliated clubs by topping the league table of competition entries for the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Despite Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club boasting one of the biggest memberships in the country (around 1300) - more than double that of Stamford - the local club generated at least 110 entries for the seven disciplines, compared to Lincoln's 96, which include three individual events - four-bowl singles, sets singles and Over 60 singles.

Stephen Harris will be defending his four bowl singles which he first won in 2017 but will have to survive a highly competitive qualifying competition at Stamford first, in which six players will go through to the knock out round at Lincoln on February 9.

Six will also qualify domestically at Sleaford on February 16 from 24 entries in the sets singles and four will go through to the Over 60s singles at Boston on February 17. Stamford bowlers have won that title on three occasions.

The county semi-finals will be staged at Horncastle on March 30 with the finals at Boston on April 28.

Following their opening win against Huntingdonshire, Northants' Donald Steward Trophy team had high hopes of a bright season.

But it suffered a setback when they were beaten this week away to North Essex (145-71), claiming just two of the 16 points at stake.

However, the county Federation's Jubilee Silver Vase squad turned their fortunes around and, following defeat at Hunts, picked up maximum points from their visit to the Sudbury Club where a fast surface proved much to their liking in a 159-86 triumph.

Only the Ketton trio of Elizabeth Wallace, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford emerged with points at the Cornard Club while it was Veina Slater, Pat Jones and president Jess Phillips who claimed the rink prize for the Silver Vase team, with a 46-12 win.

Both Northants teams are on the road again on Monday for the visit to Norfolk.

Results (Northants names only): Donald Steward Trophy (Cornard BC): North Essex 145 (16 pts) Northants 71 (2). W. Harrold, F. Richardson & L. Darani lost 11-26; S. Moir, V. Hatch & J Masters lost 9-33; N. Squires, E. Hext & S. Craig lost 13-41; E. Wallace, S. Suffling & C. Ford won 24-17; M. Osbourne, K. Browning & G. King lost 14-28.

Silver Jubilee Vase (Sudbury BC): North Essex 68 (0) Northants 159 (18). P. Collicott, L. Toms & H. Bass won 27-23; H. Holroyd, J. Kendall & E. Barr won 23-19; V. Slater, P. Jones & J. Phillips won 46-12; M. Holden, C. Warters & W. Humphreys won 36-9; T. Handley, V. Du'Kett & J. Padley won 27-23.

Only pride will be at stake when Northants Federation men's teams travel to Huntingdonshire for their latest inter-county matches in the Adams and Newton trophies.

Following defeats by Suffolk and Lincs both sides are out of contention to compete at Skegness in August but both captains are building for next season.

Jon Earl has yet to name his Adams team to play at Sawtry, after a handful of players dropped out but Newton captain Cliff Watson has named his team for the Needingworth visit as follows: Martin Stokes, Richard Allam & Malc Squires; Fred Addy, Brian Bassam & Barry Lawrence; Les Sharp, Zac Brown & Dick Noble; Roger Stevens, Jeff Clipston, & Fred Richardson; Sean Fenlon, Jim Ruddy & Mick Greaves; Peter Cox, Bob Warters & Peter Jessop.

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