Tough test awaits Stamford’s best

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Stamford bowlers need to overcome a team littered with internationals and county stars to progress to the fourth round over England’s premier inter-club championship, The Denny Cup, tomorrow.

Spalding IBC offer a severe obstacle to their progress in the four-rink match (two at Stamford, two at Spalding) but it should provide a great opportunity for the much-improved Stamford players to pit their skills against one of the game’s top clubs after their narrow defeat of Boston in the previous round.

Stamford Men’s A will also entertain Scunthorpe IBC on Sunday in a Lincs County Division 1 match (2pm).

Despite a spirited performance against rivals Boston, a Stamford mixed team was unable to reach the next round of the English Top Club event on Sunday, fading in the closing stages of the pairs and triples.

It was a similar story in Saturday’s County League Mixed match at Spalding where Stamford IBC was only able to claim four of the 18 points available, despite holding a slender lead one shot lead with two ends to play.

Results (Stamford names only): Top Club: Stamford 81 (3pts) Boston 89 (11). Singles - S Bailey drew with S McDonald 16-16; A Warrington lost to W Phoenix 12-18; pairs - R Warters & C Ford lost to C Tomlin & I Clark 17-20; triples - R Allam, S Suffling, M Dolby lost to S Hoyles, A Field, M Tomlin 16-19; fours - J Foster, C Cox, D Want, M Bailey beat J Vinter, J Thompson, S Reeson, J West 20-16.

Lincs mixed League Division One: Spalding 101 (16), Stamford 90 (4). C Barnes, B Edwards, A Barnes, C Ford lost 16-32; S Bailey, J Harris, T Harris, M Bailey won 24-13; M Andrews, W Kettle, M Bloxham, R Harvey lost 15-19; D Hudson, J Brennan, A Edwards, J Little lost 14-26; L Banks, D Mackie, T Mackie, P Banks won 21-11.