Howard Shipp and Joe Randall completed a double of open titles at Stamford on Sunday in the President’s Charity Triples.
Having already won the Christmas tournament in December with Spalding’s Nick Wilkie and former world champion Nick Brett, this time they joined with fellow Huntingdon IBC bowler Jamie Magan to take the £200 prize.
They strolled through their four eight-end section games unbeaten and in the final came up against Stamford bowlers Paul Dalliday, Mick Linnell and Neil Wright who had also won their section without defeat scoring 33 points – two for each win and one point for every end won.
In the final play-off, a four count for Randall on the fourth of five ends proved the turning point.
Trailing 1-4 and a shot against him, he opened the head to great effect to take a 5-4 lead into the last end and the trio completed the 7-4 win with a two shot conversion by Magan. Wright’s team won £100.
Joan Robinson, Margaret Bloxham and Dave Hudson took third place (£50) defeating Dick and Chris Ford and Richard Montgomery (£25) 8-1.
The event was administered by Peter Edwards and Nina Rawlins and prizes were presentation by Stamford president Kevin Vinter and Rosemary Roberts who revealed that a substantial amount was raised for their charity, the Evergreen Trust.
A further setback to Stamford Men’s A team’s hopes of retaining the Lincolnshire League First Division title came at Lincoln when they suffered a 100-68 shot defeat, picking up just two of the 18 points available.
Already beaten at Spalding, Stamford were hoping to take points off the league leaders but found them in no mood to concede their early advantage and fielded a strong team which included former world singles champion Billy Jackson and 2016 national over 50s triples winners Danny Brown and Alan Watts.
Stamford by contrast had several players unavailable and took the opportunity to include young prospects, nine-year-old Owen Aspinall and 17-year-old prospect James Hebden to give them advance experience of playing at a higher level.
And they didn’t disappoint, joining Neil Wright and Paul Bailey to take on a rink skipped by Kevin Rands. Both performed with great maturity and helped claim a five count on the 10th end, before finally conceding nine shots in the closing ends.
Said Stamford captain Bob Warters: “The young boys played really well and proved they are great prospects for the future.”
The only other bright spot for Stamford was a 20-9 win over a rink skipped by Jackson, for Owen’s dad Wayne, Mick Linnell, Warters and Simon Law.
Jonathan Earl’s rink fought back bravely from 5-17 behind to trail 17-18 after 17 ends but conceded three shots on the 18th to finally go down 18-21.
Result (Stamford names only): Lincs Men’s League Division One: Lincoln A 100 (16 pts) Stamford A 68 (2). M Ramsden, Mal Smith, J Holroyd, J Earl lost 18-21; A Romaine, A Barnes, R Montgomery, Roger Martin lost 11-27; O Aspinall, J Hebden, N Wright, P Bailey lost 13-23; W Aspinall, M Linnell, B Warters, S Law won 20-9; R Allam, C Watson, D Want, P Edwards lost 6-20.
*Stamford face another tough away task on Saturday at Louth (2pm start).
Provisional team: W Aspinall, Mal Smith, M Humphreys, M Dolby; J Holroyd, A Barnes, R Montgomery, Roger Martin; M Ramsden, M Miller, A Warrington, P Bailey; R Allam, C Watson, D Want, P Edwards; TBC, M Linnell, B Warters, J Earl. Transport from club at 11.30am.
After a complaint that Stamford had fielded an ineligible player last week was upheld and resulted in them sacrificing a four point and 10-shot penalty, Stamford men’s B team were determined to exact revenge in the return home fixture against Sleaford.
And so it transpired, with Stamford winning 92-83 and clawing back 14 of the 18 points at stake, thanks to three winning rinks.
Best of them was the quartet of T Barwell, Bob Burton, Mark Hebden and Trevor Christie who won by eight shots (21-13) compared to the 22-15 and 22-17 wins of skips Pete Linnell and Richard Martin respectively.
Stamford B are at home to Skegness on Saturday (1.10pm start).
Results (Stamford names only): Lincs Men’s Leagie Division Two: Stamford B 92 (14) Sleaford 83 (4) - C Ballard, G Corby, D Heffernan, M Owens lost 14-22; R Blake, D Bruce, D Edwards, M Dye lost 13-16; D Howarth, P Banks, D Veasey, Richard Martin won 22-17; T Barwell, B Burton, M Hebden, T Christie won 21-13; R Graham, G Knights, P Linnell won 22-15.
In a thrilling match that went down to the last bowl, Stamford’s Cliff Watson and Neil Wright qualified for the next round of the Lincs IBA pairs, defeating Skegness brothers Gary and Johnnie Morris
They quickly took a commanding 17-5 lead by 11 ends before the Skegness pair adjusted to the pace of the carpet, taking the next six ends to reduce the deficit to just three shots (17-14) playing the final end.
Twice faced with a four count against him, Wright finally and dramatically trailed the jack to Watson’s waiting bowls for a four count of their own to win 21-14.
No such joy for Alan Romaine, Mike Ramsden and Bob Warters, outclassed at Spalding by Scott & Andy Dunham and Matthew Orrey 25-5 in the county triples.
Martyn Dolby is through to the Area 5 semi-final of the EIBA Over 60 singles, after outfoxing the wily Surfleet potato farmer John Needham, who put up a stubborn rearguard before he was eventually beaten 21-16.
In an all Stamford tussle in the Over 60 pairs, Malcolm Cullingworth and Derek King beat Tony Barwell and Peter Cox 24-14
Paul Dalliday, Stephen Harris, James Harford and Martyn Dolby are out of the EIBA Fours. They lost an intense battle with the highly rated Spalding quartet of Matt Whyers, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Matt Orrey 11-18.
Northants Federation competitions are moving along to a climax with the finals at Peterborough on March 18.
In the mixed triples, Richard Allam, Derek King and his wife Margaret beat Joan Robinson, Mick Humphreys and Roger Martin in a 19-18 thriller. The King trio now meet Mick Linnell who beat Neil Wright 18-11.
In a high quality four-bowl singles, Nick Wilkie defeated Paul Dalliday 21 -14. In the next round Wilkie will host Martyn Dolby who beat Peter Cox 21-9. Mike Ramsden earlier beat Andy Speechley 21-8.
Simon Law and James Harford knocked out Mal Smith and Paul Bailey in the pairs 20-7. Dalliday and Neil Wright beat Jeff Steels 21-14 and will meet King and Allam, who beat Tony Barwell 21-14.
Through in the mixed pairs are Robinson and Cliff Watson, Chris Ford and Martyn Dolby and Paul and Katie Bailey.
In the veterans singles, there were also wins for King over Barwell (21-7) and Alan Romaine over George Cameron (21-14).
Stephen Harris was beaten in straight sets in the national under 25 singles final stages by Jamie Barker (St Neots), the eventual winner.
The semi-final of the National Senior Liberty (Over 60) inter-county knock-out between Lincs and Norfolk will be played at St Neots on February 20 (10.30am).
For this first time anyone in the club can remember, Stamford’s women’s team returned from Skegness with more than a stick of rock.
Their three winning rinks was enough to claim a 9-7 points advantage in their Lincolnshire League clash.
In an exciting tussle the shot scores finished level at 100 apiece but by virtue of winning more rinks, Stamford took home a narrow points advantage.
Said Stamford captain Glenys Edwards: “ I have played in these matches for many years and this is the first time I can remember us winning more points than Skegness, even though we finished level on shots.”
With their tricky surface, Skegness is always a difficult place to pick up points, so full credit to the rinks skipped by Edwards, Christine Ford and Peggy Birch for giving Stamford the opportunity to break their duck at the seaside.
The result leaves Stamford just a point behind leaders Spalding, who have a game in hand.
Result (Stamford names only): Trudy Bates Lincs Women’s ALeague: Skegness 100 (7pts) Stamford 100 (9): T Handley, L Harris, J Want, G Edwards won 18-15; J Lonslow, S Henshaw, S Suffling, C Ford won 20-19; J Dye, A Preston-Bambridge, D Mackie, R March lost 21-30; E Wallace, M Broadbelt, C Warters, S Moir lost 16-23; R Roberts, P Jones, M Andrews, P Birch won 25-13.
Lincolnshire Indoor Bowls Association stages it’s Under 25 singles at Lincoln IBC on Saturday, February 24, open to all affiliated club members aged under 25 on September 30, 2017. Registration (£1 ) is on the day at 9.30am. First match 10am.