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Young Stamford bowler books place in EIBA national final


Jay Travis-Jenner becomes the first Stamford player this season to compete in an EIBA national final after defeating England International Ruby Hill in the Area final of the Under 18 singles at Boston.

He secured a straight sets win (9-8, 9-6) over the Spalding youngster who represented her country in Western Samoa recently.

The former Welland Academy pupil now meets Craig Moss from Suffolk at Spalding on Sunday, March 13.

l Hopes of a second Stamford representation in the English nationals bowls finals at Melton in March were dashed on Monday, when the indoor club’s last survivors in the Fours were beaten at Horncastle.

Roger Martin’s rink, which also included Bob Warters, Malcolm Cullingworth and Tony Scarr, never got to grips with a tricky home surface, which Paul Bark’s quartet handled with unerring accuracy.

The Stamford four won only four ends in a 9-24 defeat which reflected the Horncastle dominance of the full-length-jack game that they pursued. Two four-shot counts in successive 7th and 8th ends to take the score to 16-3 proved the turning point and although Scarr twice ditched the jack in the closing stages the inevitable concession came in just 16 ends.

l Stephen Harris just failed to guarantee a place for a Stamford bowler in the final of the Northants Bowling Federation 4-bowl singles when he went down 16-21 to the defending champion Simon Law (Parkway). At times only millimetres separated opposing bowls in the head before Law edged into a semi final clash with Harris’s club mates either Derek King or John Holroyd.

In the other half of the draw, Doug Want will play James Harford, who beat Adam Warrington on his home green after an epic struggle over more than two hours. Warrington held sway on several occasions and led 16-14, holding two shots, only for Harford to convert with a fortunate deflection. At 18-18, Warrington drew shot when three down, but finally lost 19-21.

l In the two-bowl rinks Bob Warters, Tony Scarr and Roger Martin got off to a wretched start against Adam Warrington, Jon Earl and Martyn Dolby, conceding 17 shots in the first six ends before Scarr and Martin switched and they pulled back to trail by only seven. However, when Dolby twice trailed the jack to kill the end when shots down, he was eventually able to a secure a 24-16 winning advantage.

John and Moira Holroyd reached the semi-final of the mixed pairs with a 16-15 defeat of Jenny Harvey and Howard Shipp at Peterborough. Trailing 0-6 after three ends, they switched positions, as the rules allow and with two shots on the 21st forced the extra end, which they won.

Northants president Bob Warters suffered a 20-21 home defeat by City veteran Mick Linnell in the Senior singles, in his bid to secure an outdoor/indoor county double. Warters led 11-4 and 15-12 but the determined Linnell overhauled him in the tense final stages.

In the mixed triples, Cliff Watson joined Glenys and Peter Edwards against Fiona Richardson, Neil Wright and Simon Law and were always on the back foot against the Peterborough trio who ran out 20-13 winners.

Stamford’s Northants Women’s County President Joan Robinson will have to put her chain of office on one side when she competes in the finals at the county indoor championships at Peterborough on March 15 after she beat Christine Ford in the semi-finals of the senior singles 21-17.

Joan also knocked out clubmate Shirley Suffling 21-8 in the four bowl singles. In the same competition, Carol Warters gave Julie Masters a challenge, levelling at 15-15 but finally lost by six.

l Margaret Andrews and Sue Moir are through to the semi-finals of the Lincs Women’s pairs at Horncastle next month after two outstanding wins in the qualifiers at Spalding.

Andrews stepped in to replace Margaret Bloxham against fellow Stamford clubmates June Brennan and Christine Ford and after a titanic tussle won 21-20 before securing a semi-final place by defeating Sleaford’s Pat Rand and Lily Searle 21-17.

l Wayne Morris just missed out on a place in the semi-finals of the Lincs County singles on March 20 at Spalding when he lost in the quarter-finals to Lincoln’s Alan Watts at Horncastle on Sunday 17-21.

Earlier he had beaten Sleaford’s Nick Barnatt 21-15 and clubmate Chris Ballard (21-11) whom earlier had accounted for P O’Reilly (Lincoln) 21-5. Watts had earlier beaten Stamford’s George Cameron 21-10, while David Heffernan lost 21-18 to K Lewis (Lincoln).

At the Louth qualifier, played simultaneously, Richard Allam lost to Martin Spencer (Spalding) and Adrian Field (Boston) beat Stephen Harris 21-20.

l John and Moira Holroyd faced a tough uphill struggle against Pat Thomson and Dion Auckland (Grantham) when they trailed 1-10 after only a handful of ends in their Lincs Mixed pairs. They fought back only to finally concede at 14-23.

l Stamford men’s B team are battling hard to stave off relegation from the Second Division of the Lincs County League, claiming their third successive win, this time against Sleaford, by 11 shots overall.

And it proved a memorable 89th birthday celebration for Wally Kettle, whom with Charlie Jones, David Heffernan and the in-form Trevor Christie, secured the best winning rink prize with a 28-14 victory to help Stamford claim 14 of the 18 points available.

From 4-10 behind Christie’s rink picked up 24 shots in the next 12 ends, while Peter Banks’ rink dropped 10 shots in the last five ends but still prevailed 25-18. Elsewhere captain Dennis Henshaw ran out a 26-18 winner.

Stamford B remain three points behind Skegness in the relegation zone and will be looking for vital points from their last matches away to Long Sutton and Spalding.

Results (Stamford names only):

K Rawlins, R Graham, J Geary, C Ballard lost 20-25; W Kettle, C Jones, D Heffernan, T Christie won 28-14; T Barwell, M de Camps, P Linnell, D Henshaw won 26-16; D Howarth, D Bruce, T Mackie, P Banks won 23-18; A Lonslow, D Veasey, N Graham, M Hewitt lost 16-27.

l Despite picking up a late flurry of shots - including 15 by Ann Cullingworth’s rink in the last seven ends, Stamford’s women’s team, competing in the Trudy Bates Lincs county league at Sleaford, lost by just one overall, 102-103.

All rinks were struggling to overcome the slower Sleaford surface, before the Stamford players finally got to grips with it with a handful of ends to play but left their rally just too late.

Rink honours went to Jan Want, Ann Northen, Peggy Birch and Cullingworth who finally triumphed 32-14.

Result (Stamford names only):

Lincs County Trudy Bates League A: Sleaford 103 (12pts) Stamford 102 (4). B Sims, M MacKellar, D Mackie, S Moir lost 14-24; J Brennan, M Broadbelt, S Suffling, C Ford won 27-15; J Want, A Northen, P Birch, A Cullingworth won 32-14; R March, C Warters, M Bloxham, J Robinson lost 16-28; Moira Dolby, M Andrews, J Dupree, S Henshaw lost 13-22.

l Martyn Dolby begins the defence of his Lincs County Over 65 singles title at Lincoln on Saturday against Boston rival Mick Tomlin. Another former winner, Bob Warters faces Maurice Elding (Spalding) with Alan Romaine awaiting the outcome with a bye to the next round.

Also taking part are Keith Rippin (v Dave Saxby of Scunthorpe) and Derek King ( v E Dilnot of Long Sutton).

l Stamford’s mixed team will look to overturn their defeat earlier in the season when they entertain Skegness, leaders of the county second division at 2.10 pm on Saturday.

In another top of the table clash Stamford Men’s A host Boston in a re-arranged first division fixture starting at midday on Sunday.

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