Second successive loss hits Stamford’s hopes of retaining crown
Stamford Men’s A team, the current Lincolnshire First Division champions, suffered their second successive defeat when they travelled to Louth.
Despite a battling performance and fielding late replacements, they went down by 16 shots, claiming just three of the 18 points available.
However, four of their last five matches are at home and captain Bob Warters is confident they can still challenge runway leaders Lincoln A.
All those who stepped into the breach at Louth performed with great credit and didn’t disappoint but by the time the visitors had adjusted to the pace of carpet Louth had built up a more than useful lead and held it to the end.
Ironically, both the Stamford rinks who collected points started badly.
The quartet of Wayne Aspinall, Mick Linnell, John Holroyd and Jonathan Earl were 1-7 and 7-15 behind before picking up 11 shots in the last six ends to win 18-16.
For A team newcomers Don Bruce and Andy Speechley, joining Mal Smith and Bob Warters, the deficit was similar (0-8 and 10-15) before taking an 18-17 lead only to concede a shot on the last end.
The team’s next fixture is a re-arranged home tie with Scunthorpe on February 17 (1.10pm).
n Lincoln A continued the surge at the top of the Division One table with a 117-68 win at Scunthorpe, picking up 17 points to take their total to 95 from six matches.
Stamford are third with 42 (5) one behind Boston 43 (5) but, with four of their last five matches at home, there are still 90 points at stake.
Result (Stamford names only): Lincs League Division One: Louth A 101 (15 pts) Stamford A 85 (3). M Ramsden, A Barnes, R Montgomery, Roger Martin lost 13-20; D Bruce, A Speechley, Mal Smith, B Warters drew 18-18; K Rawlins, D Miller, A Warrington, P Bailey lost 16-17; R Allam, C Watson, D Want, P Edwards lost 20-30; W Aspinall, Mick Linnell, J Holroyd, J Earl won 18-16.
A flurry of late shots was enough to earn Stamford Men’s B team vital points to take them, at least temporarily, to the top of the Lincs League Division Two table with 84 points, three clear of Grantham who have three games in hand.
Each team won on two rinks with one drawn but the 111-89 scoreline was enough to give Stamford 13 of the 18 points at stake.
Pete Linnell’s rink led the scoring charge with a seven count on the penultimate end while Dave Heffernan weighed in with 12 shots (in the last seven) and Derek King 20 (in 13).
There was also a welcome, winning return for Wittering veteran Mick Smith and a successful call up for his outdoor club-mate Ally McNaughton.
Result (Stamford names only): Lincs Men’s League Division Two: Stamford B 111 (13 pts) Skegness 89 (5). T Barwell, T Mackie, M Hebden, T Christie lost 18-20; D Howarth, D Veasey, P Banks, Richard Martin, lost 14-17; R Graham, G Knights, M Dye, P Linnell drew 22-22; Mick Smith, Dave Edwards, M Hewitt, D King won 25-15; C Ballard, A Lonslow, A McNaughton, D Heffernan won 32-15.
Stamford’s hopes of progressing in the EIBA women’s Over 50 triples were dashed when June Brennan, Shirley Suffling and Glenys Edwards lost 21-12 at March to Pauline Ayres’ trio.
And in an all-Stamford Over 60s EIBA rinks, Mal Smith, Doug Want, Peter Edwards and Martyn Dolby edged out Derek King, Mike Ramsden, Cliff Watson and Keith Rippin 18-13.
Stamford’s Over 60s men’s team remain firmly planted at the foot of the Lincolnshire League Division One table after another defeat - this time at home at the hands of high flying Boston A
Two winning rinks and a draw were not enough to prevent a 20-shot defeat (71-91) with club president Kevin Vinter taking the rink honours 18-12 thanks to four shots on the last three ends.
Results (Stamford names only): Lincs Over 60s League Division One: Stamford 71 (5pts) Boston A 91 (13). D Veasey, T Freeman, D Heffernan, K Vinter won 18-12; R Blake, T Mackie, D Bruce, Mal Smith lost 9-27; D Howarth. t Weaver, A March, Richard Martin drew 15-15; R Graham, A Lonslow, P Banks, A Horton won 18-16; T Barwell, G Corby, M Owens, T Christie lost 11-21.
Richard Montgomery’s rink (with Derek King, Richard Allam and Malcolm Cullingworth) have reached the next round of the Lincs County fours with a 24-14 defeat of a Grantham rink skipped by former Stamford player Martin Bailey.
In men’s Federation competitions there was a win for Mick Humphreys and Roger Martyn over Adam Warrington and Martyn Dolby (20-15).
Elsewhere in the pairs, Richard Montgomery lost to Ray Keating by a similar score, while Peter Edwards and his partner received a concession from Cliff Watson.
In the four-bowl singles Martyn Dolby continued his defence of the title beating Peter Cox 21-9 and now plays Nick Wilkie.
Cox, however, beat Mike Ramsden 21-18 in the veteran singles and now faces Derek King, who beat Tony Barwell 21-7.
Paul Dalliday, James Harford and Simon Law pulled back from 1-7 in the two-bowl triples to take control against Howard Shipp, Nick Wilkie and Bob Warters, with a series of superb conversion shots to win 23-8.
Singles specialist Stephen Harris reached the semi-final of the prestigious Spalding Under 25 Open at the weekend against a strong field including several young internationals.
Qualifying second in his group of six with five wins, playing best of three three-end sets, which included Ely’s Ed Elmore and Connor Cinato (Kingsthorpe), he eventually beat Spalding’s Ruby Hill in the quarter-finals after one bowl shoot-out.
Harris finally picked up a £75 consolation prize, beaten 2-1 by Glen Williams (Riverain) who himself lost to Cinato in the final.
Malcolm Smith has been drafted in to the Lincolnshire Over 60 side to contest the Senior Liberty National Knock-out semi-final at St Neots IBC on February 20 (10.30am) against Norfolk.
He joins Martyn Dolby’s rink of Doug Want and Peter Edwards. With Tony Scarr unavailable, the other Stamford rink will be Alan Romaine, Malcolm Cullingworth, Bob Warters and Roger Martin. Completing the county line-up will be players from Boston, Lincoln, Skegness and Horncastle.
Indoor bowls will continue throughout the summer months at the Stamford IBC centre in Exeter Gardens, thanks to the continued help of the club’s volunteer administrators.
Leagues will take place on Monday (6.30pm) Tuesday (noon) Wednesday (10am) and Friday (6.30pm), with roll-ups available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (9.30am).
Registration forms to compete in domestic summer leagues (to run from late April to early September) will be posted in the club shortly.
The club will also be represented in the EIBA’s Summer League against clubs including Melton, Charnwood, Kingsthorpe and Rugby Thornfield.
For further information visit www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk
Ketton’s Oakham-based bowler Elizabeth Wallace will contest her first Northants Women’s Federation indoor final on March 18 at Peterborough IBC after beating Fiona Richardson 21-20 in the Senior singles, scoring two shots on the last end.
She will meet Joan Robinson for the Trophy which bears her name after Robinson received a walk over from Hazel Bass in the other semi-final.
Wallace was also due to meet Richardson in the four-bowl singles semi-final this week for the right to play England triallist Helen Holroyd who beat Christine Ford 21-12.
Stamford IBC has received £500 sponsorship from the Clarity Partnership, which includes carrying the company’s logo on its men’s A team shirts.
Set up by Ian Cooper and fellow director Gary Hall to offer financial and estate planning, the deal also features a wall banner displayed in the Stamford centre, which now boasts a membership of more than 600.
Mr Cooper whom, with his partner Jayne is currently taking part in Saturday morning bowls introductory course, was also represented at the President’s Tournament when the following won bottles of wine from the sponsor - Margaret Andrews, Anne Holmes, Nicola Cole, Neil Wright and John Hawkins.