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Harris is first Stamford player to reach national finals stage




Stephen Harris in action at Newark against Jonathan West
Stephen Harris in action at Newark against Jonathan West

Stephen Harris has become the first Stamford club member to reach a 2018 national finals stage, beating Ethan Giblett (Melton) in straight sets (13-0, 6-5) at Grantham.

He meets St Neots’ Jamie Barker in the round of the last 16 at City of Ely on January 27 (2pm).

In the national Over 60s men’s pairs Peter Cox and Tony Barwell have set up an all-Stamford second round clash against Malcolm Cullingworth and Derek King following a fine win at Grantham.

They trailed R Barrett and P Hawksworth 6-13 after eight ends but hit back with 15 shots to run out 21-16 winners.

Early results in the Northants Federation include a thrilling comeback for Helen Holroyd and Paul Bailey in the mixed pairs against King and his wife Margaret.

Defending champion Joan Robinson held a 15-2 lead against Chris Ford in the singles but in another fightback Ford recovered to win narrowly.

The draws have been made for the next rounds of the Lincs IBA county competitions in which Stamford bowlers have been qualifying internally in recent weeks.

Mixed Pairs – Sleaford A (R Barnes and partner) v Stamford A (Paul & Katie Bailey), Stamford B (Chris Ford & Martyn Dolby) v Grantham (J Meakins).

Men’s pairs – Stamford B (Dave Hudson and Cliff Watson) v Skegness (G Morris), Stamford A (Chris Ballard & Jon Earl) v Stamford C (Mal Smith & J Travis-Jenner).

Men’s Triples – Stamford C (M Hebden) v Boston (J West), Sleaford ( T Bannister) v Stamford B (T Mackie), Spalding A (M Orrey) v Stamford A (M Ramsden).

Men’s Rinks – Boston A (J West) v Stamford B (P Bailey), Grantham A (J Lewis) v Stamford A (R Allam).

All matches to be played by February 11.

For singles draws visit wwwlincsiba.co.uk

The draws have been made for Stamford IBC club competitions. For the full draws visit www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk/news

Hopes that Stamford Men’s B might gain promotion from the second division of the Lincs League suffered a setback with a 16-2 defeat at Boston B.

Having defeated their rivals at home they were confident of picking up points but in the end managed only two in a 101-77 shots loss though the rinks of Peter Linnell and Richard Martin went down by just one.

The only winners were Tony Barwell, James and Mark Hebden and Trevor Christie (20-15).

Result ( Stamford names only): Lincs Men’s League Division Two: Boston B 101 (16 pts) Stamford B 77 (2). P Cox, D Edwards, K Rippin, D King lost 12-22; C Ballard, M Ramsden, D Heffernan, M Owens lost 10-27; D Middleton, T Mackie, M Hewitt, P Linnell lost 17-18; T Barwell, J Hebden, M Hebden, T Christie won 20-15; DHowarth, D Veasey, P Banks, Richard Martin lost 18-19.

Northants’ second string, in their Derbyshire Trophy debut season, cruised into second place in the Southern section with 128-69 defeat of North Cambs at Wisbech IBC.

It was their first win in the competition after three defeats but not unexpected against a North Cambs side whose access to players is limited, while Northants B can dip into multi talents at Peterborough and Stamford.

And it was a combination of these two clubs - Les Sharp and Mick Greaves (Peterborough) and skip Jonathan Earl (Stamford) who carried off the individual honours with a 46-9 in unfamiliar conditions.

Northants B have just Hunts to play to completed their fixtures (Feb 18 at Huntingdon) while unbeaten Northants A are still due to face North Cambs (January 21at Stamford), Lincoln (Feb 18 at Lincoln) and Norfolk (March 4 at Gallow, Fakenham) in their bid to reach the national finals.

Result (Northants names only): Derbyshire Trophy (at Wisbech): North Cambs 69 (2pts) Northants B (12). M Ramsden, M Humphreys, J Holroyd won 31-13; L Sharp, M Greaves, J Earl won 46-9; S Roden, G Agger, M Linnell won 34-19; C Watson, D Noble, P Brown lost 17-28.

With a 116-83 defeat of fellow strugglers Louth, Stamford’s over 60s team clambered off the foot of the county first division.

The 14 points they picked up took them a point above their rivals after six games of a so far difficult season which has been a reality check for the players after promotion from division two.

Yet again Richard Martin’s rink took the individual honours with a 30-11 win but Mick Owens’ quartet were not too far behind (26-9).

The team travel to Louth on Thursday for the reverse fixture.

Result (Stamford names only): Lincs Over 60s League Division One. Stamford 116 Louth 83. d Howarth, T Weaver, A March, Richard Martin won 30-11; T Mackie, Mal Smith, C Jones, D Henshaw lost 21-23; T Barwell, G Corby, T Christie, M Owens won 26-9; D Veasey, T Freeman, R Montgomery, K Vinter won 24-16; R Graham, A Lonslow, P Banks, A Horton lost 15-24.

The Lincolnshire Women’s (Trudy Bates) A League title chase is hotting up after Stamford ended Spalding’s unbeaten run at the top of the southern section league with a 105-83 victory.

Picking up 12 of the 16 points available Stamford now set the pace with 46 points from four matches but now face difficult away trips to Sleaford and Skegness.

Janet Lonslow, Stella Henshaw, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford led the way with an emphatic 31-12 over Gill Needham while there were other wins for rinks skipped by Rose March and Joan Robinson.

Result ( Stamford names only): Lincs Women’s A League: J Lonslow, S Henshaw, S Suffling, C Ford won 31-12; J Dye, A Preston-Bambridge, D Mackie, R March won 22-12; R Roberts, P Jones, H Holroyd, P Birch lost 20-24; E Wallace, M Broadbelt, M Bloxham, J Robinson won 22-15; T Handley, M Andrews, C Warters, G Edwards lost 10-20.



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