Stamford see off gremlins

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WITH its split rinks and fast-paced, carpeted wooden surface, Dunholme Indoor Bowls Club tends to be a graveyard for visiting Stamford teams.

But Stamford’s county mixed league team overcame their gremlins at the weekend with an outstanding 11-shot win, to maintain their unbeaten record and charge to the top of the Division Two table

Oddly, it was their only losing rink that played a key contribution to the victory, clawing back an early 2-18 deficit as they came to terms with the surface to finally trail 14-22. It was enough to give Stamford an overall 90-77 win.

Stamford’s over 60s men’s team couldn’t repeat the feat, losing 109-74 on Monday. They continue to languish at the foot of Division Two.

In the English over 60s pairs, Bob Warters and Martyn Dolby made a solid start in their bid to reach the national finals in successive years with a 20-12 win at Long Sutton. They now meet Stamford’s Mike Ramsden and Malcolm Cullingworth.

Results: Lincs Mixed League Division Two: Dunholme 79, Stamford 90. Stamford names only: D Hudson, B Edwards, A Edwards, C Ford won 19-13; L Banks, C Warters, P Banks, R Warters won 16-12; J Brennan, Janet Gamble, D Ford, J Little won 18-13; W Kettle, M Andrews, M Bloxham, P Bailey won 23-19; S Bailey, K Bailey, John Gamble, M Dolby lost 14-22.

Lincs Over 60 League Division Two: Dunholme 109, Stamford 74: W Kettle, G Corby, R Harvey, T Freeman lost 10-28; N Kettle, R Graham, P Banks, A Horton lost 15-21; K Germany, D Jackson, D Veasey, D Henshaw lost 14-24; D Howarth, D Ingham, J Pearson, K Rippin won 30-7; T Mackie, B Gretton, M Hulse, A Romaine lost 5-29.