Stephen Harris new Lincs county singles champion

posted 22 Apr 2017, 15:18 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 24 Apr 2017, 07:29 ]

Stamford IBC bowler Stephen Harris (19) is the new Lincs Co-op county singles champion.

After beating the competition favourite Kevin Rands in the semi-final at Lincoln, he beat Gary Morris (Skegness) in a one-sided final at Boston IBC 21-5.

Earlier in the day at Newark he had been beaten 21-9 by L Creaser (Humberside) in the Federation 2-bowl Under 25 singles but he quickly put the result behind him after making the 40-mile trip to Boston for a 5pm start.

Unfortunately Martyn Dolby was unable to make it a Stamford singles double when he lost the chance to complete a hat-trick of Over 60 county singles titles.

He was beaten 14-12 in a tight struggle over 18 ends by Maurice Elding (Spalding). One shot down playing the last end, Dolby held three before Elding drew second bowl. Dolby was still left with 14 inches to clinch the game but attempt tragically touched the jack to Elding's nearest bowl.

Harris and Dolby also played Danny Brown and Billy Jackson (Lincoln) in the pairs final. It went down to the last of the 18 ends but they finally succumbed 17-19.

But again that nowhere near tells the whole story. The pair led 17-12 with just two ends to go but dropped three shots and on the last end Brown, then Jackson tickled the jack to hold six. With his last bowl Dolby was only able salvage two shots so a four count still left them two adrift.

Louise Harris lost 21-10 to Liam Reeson in the final of the Under 18 (Senior category) singles.

Robinson and Ford reach singles semi-finals

posted 22 Apr 2017, 02:36 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 22 Apr 2017, 09:06 ]

At the finals of the English Bowling Federation championships at Newark, Stamford IBC bowlers Joan Robinson and Christine Ford, representing Northants, have both qualified for the semi-finals of their respective singles disciplines.

Results so far

Wednesday, April 19: men's triples - Michael Humphreys, Chris Ballard (sub for John Holroyd), Kevin Vinter lost to Derbyshire 15-19 ; mixed triples - Adam Warrington, Christine Ford, Martyn Dolby beat Suffolk, beat Norfolk 29-8, lost to Derbyshire 19-25; women's triples - Fiona Richardson, Margaret Linnell, Julie Masters lost to Notts 10-18.

Thursday, April 20: men's pairs - Nick Wilkie & Joe Randall lost to Derbyshire 17-19; senior singles -  Joan Robinson beat N Cambs, beat Hunts 21-18; women's pairs - Jan Want & Denise Mackie lost to Lincs 8-24.

Friday, April 21: men's singles - Martyn Dolby lost to N Essex 15-21; mixed pairs - Carol Hunter & Joe Martin lost to Norfolk; women's singles - Chris Ford beat N Essex 21-19, beat Suffolk 21-6; men's veteran singles - Bob Warters lost Northumberland 12-21.


Sadly Joan Robinson's hopes of reaching the final were dashed by Northumberland's former national president Karen Weites 21-19.

Chris Ford campaign also came to an end, beaten 21-11, after Stephen Harris lost 21-9 in the Under 25 2-bowl singles.

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Bob Love - unbelievable barefoot bowler!

posted 13 Apr 2017, 11:56 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 17 Apr 2017, 11:19 ]

Barefoot Bob Love, launches a shot with his toes in the Over 60s competition (images courtesy of David Rhys Jones).

ALL OF us from time to time, suffer a twinge or two, which can make the game of bowls a difficult game to handle, especially as we get older.

But spare a thought for Tamworth's  Bob Love - a man literally with no arms, who takes to the green in bare feet and propels the bowl up the green with his toes.

Though he describes himself as 'a bowler with a disability rather than a disabled bowlers,' Bob is such an expert at this deft art that he skipped his Tamworth team-mate Neil Southall to the last 16 of the Over 60s pairs at Nottingham this week - an outstanding achievement in itself in a highly competitive bowling arena.

He enthralled spectators and competitors with the skill he showed, albeit proving a little disconcerting for their Barking opponents.

 "We had no idea what was in store for us," said Barking skip Terry Hughes. "But I have every admiration for the guy, who turned heads around, and denied us a lot of shots. We had to dig deep and play our best to win that game."

After the lead had changed hands several times, Barking led 14-10 after 12 ends, but Southall and Love compiled a profitable 1-2-1-1-1 sequence to lead, 16-14, with only one end left to play. The Essex team held a match lie of three shots on the 18th end, but Love deftly pushed a Tamworth bowl in to the head cut the count to two shots to force an an extra end.

After Southall gave Tamworth a a good start on the 19th end good, Nelson trailed the jack to set up a three-count and Love's running bowls were narrowly off target, enabling Barking to book their place in the quarter finals.


"I'm not too disappointed," said Love, who has also qualified for the  Over 60 singles.

Too right! The man's a legend.     

In the final of the Over 60 Double Rink, Nottingham, who had earlier beaten Stamford by one shot in the Inter Area final, retained the title with a 40-28 defeat of Moonfleet (Weymouth) on their home green.

In the Double Rink Masons Trophy final for women, York beat Mote Park 42-23.

Exciting matches at club finals weekend

posted 8 Apr 2017, 14:26 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 15 Apr 2017, 15:00 by Keith Rippin ]

Presidents Maggie Holden and Denis Stapleton with women's fours winners, from the left Sue Moir, Margaret Bloxham, Joan Robinson and Christine Barnes.(Images by Alan Romaine).


High quality, exciting matches were the feature of the first day of the Stamford IBC club finals on Saturday with barely a shot to separate the contenders.

The mixed pairs came down to a one-bowl shoot-out when Paul Bailey playing with his daughter Katie (pictured in action, left) and  facing a three-shot deficit when leading 16-14, sprung the jack to hold the shot they needed for victory. Stephen Harris, playing with sister Louise, just missed his attempt to snatch back the initiative.

It was a similar story in the mixed triples when Stephen Harris, skipping Moira and John Holroyd, trailed octogenarian Peggy Birch and Christine and Alan Barnes by three, playing the last of the 18 ends. 

This time Harris, whose trio had led 8-3 at one stage, managed to trail the jack for two but it was not enough to force an extra end. 

Joan Robinson collected two titles in one day. Partnering Margaret Bloxham, she won the women's pairs 28-11 against Birch and Glenys Edwards, then overcame her regular adversary Chris Ford, who had led 17-10 at one stage but conceded 11 shots in six ends.

In the men's triples Adam Warrington, Jonathan Earl and Martyn Dolby (pictured left in red with opposition skip Bob Warters) took control early on against Mal Smith and defending champions Jay Travis-Jenner and Bob Warters. They led 7-3 but 12 shots in eight ends took Warters' rink clear and a four count on the penultimate 17th end sealed it.

The junior competition was won by Owen Aspinall after a tiebreak against Noah Tarabad. 


Junior (jnr) competition - Owen Aspinall beat Noah Tarabad 2-1 (after tie-break);  Women's pairs - J Robinson & M Bloxham bt P Birch & G Edwards 28-11; Mixed pairs - L Harris & S Harris lost to K Bailey & P Bailey 14-17; Women's singles - J Robinson beat C Ford 21-18; men's triples - A Warrington, J Earl, M Dolby lost to Mal Smith, J Travis-Jenner, B Warters 12-19; Mixed triples - M Holroyd, J Holroyd & S Harris lost to to C Barnes, P Birch, & A Barnes 18-19.


Martyn Dolby will represent the club again in next season's EIBA champion of champions event after retaining his 4-bowl singles title against John Holroyd.

He eased into a 10-1 lead, then held a 15-5 advantage before the Yorkshireman staged a comeback with a full house to trail 13-18. However, a three count on the 20th end took Dolby over the line.

In the men's pairs, Jay Travis-Jenner and Paul Bailey were looking to complete a double of titles, having already won the triples and mixed pairs respectively.

But they found John Little and Alan Barnes (pictured left)  in excellent drawing and converting form. The pair raced ahead into an 18-6 lead with great skill and a five count on the 16th end, despite their opponents closing the gap, finally put the result beyond doubt.

The future of the women's game at Stamford looks assured after 18-year-olds Louise Harris and Katie Bailey partnered Helen Holroyd (21) to the final of the triples - only to lose heroically on the last end.

Against Joan Robinson (pictured left), who later completed a quartet of titles, Margaret Bloxham (3 wins) and Sue Moir, the youngsters pulled back from 1-11 behind to lead 16-11 in eight subsequent ends. However, the experience of their opponents proved crucial and they were unable to snatch the two shots they needed to force an extra end.

In the men's Over 65 singles, Martyn Dolby and Bob Warters served up a treat in a see-saw battle.

Dolby took the initiative with 11-5 and 16-8 leads but with nine shots in four ends, Warters led 17-16. He held game at 18-17 before Dolby drew a winner, then the defending champion was holding three at 18-19 only for Warters to trail the jack for one. Two on the 24th end was enough to earn Warters, the current Northants Federation champion, a 21-20 win.

Jay Travis-Jenner won the Junior (snr category) for the third successive year, beating Katie Bailey in the final.


Men's singles - M Dolby 21 J Holroyd 13; Men's pairs - J Travis-Jenner & P Bailey 11 J Little & A Barnes 23; women's triples - J Robinson, M Bloxham & S Moir 19 L
Harris, H Holroyd & K Bailey 18.

 Men's senior singles - M Dolby 20 B Warters 21; Mixed rinks - K Bailey, H Holroyd, J Earl & P Bailey 23 M Ramsden, C Barnes, P Birch & A Barnes 15.

Junior (snr) Competition - Jay Travis-Jenner beat Katie Bailey 2-0; Women's rinks - J Robinson, C Barnes, M Bloxham & S Moir 18 J Brennan, J Want, S Suffling & C Ford 12; Men's rinks - A Romaine, S Travis, D Want, P Edwards 2 M Dolby, S Harris, J Earl & P Bailey 18.                                                                       BW                                                                 

The presidents with the mixed fours winners, from the left, Jonathan Earl, Helen Holroyd, Paul and Katie Bailey

Stephen Harris reached his second Lincs IBA county final to be played at Boston on April 22, when he beat title favourite Kevin Rands (Lincoln) 21-14 at Boston on Friday. He will play Gary Morris (Skegness) in the final who beat Adrian Field (Boston) 21-11.

He is already in the final of the pairs with Martyn Dolby, due to be played on the day he competes in the English Bowling Federation Under 25 singles at Newark.

The Scunthorpe rink of Neil Rowe, Phil Boulton, Phil Parker and Alex Mullen lost 20-9 in the final of the EIBA Over 60 Fours against the Victory Club at Nottingham.

Lincoln won the title in 2014 after Stamford were finalists the previous year.

Stamford IBC members Richard Montgomery and Cliff Watson were members of the Northants Federation team which won the Eversley Trophy on Sunday. The competition, first introduced in 1974, is now played on a one-day round robin basis and is for current county executives and past presidents. They beat teams from Suffolk, Durham, Humberside and Hunts.

Club finals schedule for weekend announced

posted 3 Apr 2017, 07:58 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 4 Apr 2017, 03:06 by Keith Rippin ]

After serious competition throughout the winter period, Stamford Indoor Bowls Club's individual competitions reach their climax with Paul Bailey figuring in four finals. Martyn Dolby could even feature in all five sessions subject to results of matches due to be played this week.

Joan Robinson is also in four finals - singles, pairs, triples and fours. 

Matches kick-off at 1.30pm on Saturday with junior competitions, women's pairs and mixed pairs followed at 5.30 pm by women's singles, men's senior singles and mixed triples.


Saturday, April 8

1.30 pm Junior (jnr) competition; Women's pairs - J Robinson & M Bloxham v P Birch & G Edwards; Mixed pairs - L Harris & S Harris or C Ford & M Dolby v K Bailey & P Bailey.

5.30 pm: Women's singles - J Robinson v C Ford; men's triples - A Warrington, J Earl, M Dolby v Mal Smith, J Travis-Jenner, B Warters; Mixed triples - M Holroyd, J Holroyd & S Harris v C Barnes, P Birch, & A Barnes.

Sunday, April 9

10 am: Men's singles - M Dolby v J Holroyd; Men's pairs - J Travis-Jenner & P Bailey v J Little & A Barnes; women's triples - J Robinson, M Bloxham & S Moir v L Harris, H Holroyd & K Bailey.

1.30 pm : Men's senior singles - P Edwards or M Dolby v B Warters; Mixed rinks - K Bailey, H Holroyd, J Earl & P Bailey v M Ramsden, C Barnes, P Birch & A Barnes;

5.30 pm - Junior (snr) Competition; Women's rinks - J Robinson, C Barnes, M Bloxham & S Moir v J Brennan, J Want, S Suffling & C Ford; Men's rinks - A Romaine, S Travis, D Want, P Edwards v M Dolby, S Harris, J Earl & P Bailey.

Dolby reaches two Lincs county finals

posted 3 Apr 2017, 02:16 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 3 Apr 2017, 10:03 ]

Martyn Dolby will feature in two Lincs Co-op-sponsored finals at Boston IBC on April 22 after securing his place in both the pairs and Over 60 singles - a title he is defending after first winning it in 2015.

In a thrilling pairs semi-final he partnered Stephen Harris to a 15-14 victory over home-based Kevin Rands and Mike Smith. They will play another Lincoln duo in the final, with Danny Brown and former world indoor singles champion Billy Jackson edging home 16-15 against Spalding's Graham Smith and Ashley Caress.

Said Martyn :"The first few ends were shared but then Stephen and I forged ahead to a 13-5 lead. But when they won an end Mike walked up the green with the mat. We were not phased but kept losing single shots until we found ourselves pegged back to a nerve jangling 14 apiece going down the final 18th end.

"We held a precarious single but it was crying out for Kevin to tickle the jack to two waiting woods which he did on his second attempt. When he also played a blocker I managed with a slight deflection it push the jack to two of our back bowls, which Kevin was unable to disturb."

In the seniors event, played over 18 ends, Dolby beat clubmate Derek King 22-6 and will play old adversary Maurice Elding, who accounted for Stamford's Dave Hudson 19-9.

Mixed team claim first ever Division One title in style

posted 1 Apr 2017, 13:00 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 2 Apr 2017, 08:23 by Keith Rippin ]

Winning Mixed Team on 1st April 2017      -        Photo courtesy of Alan Romaine

Needing just one point to clinch a first ever Lincs Co-op-sponsored county league division one title for the first time in the club's history, Stamford's mixed team duly roared over the line with an 87-shot defeat of Louth, their nearest rivals.

The 18 points they picked up, albeit against a depleted north Lincolnshire side, took them to an unprecedented 134 points, having won all but two of their 10 fixtures.

Said captain Margaret Bloxham of her team: "You have all done me and the club proud, the way you have all stuck together and made yourselves available for the whole season. It has made my job so much easier."

Results (Stamford names only)
Lincs Co-op County Mixed League Division One. Stamford 148 (18 pts) Louth 61 (0). Joan Robinson, Margaret Bloxham, Alan Barnes, Cliff Watson won 29-7; June Brennan, Carol Warters, John Little, Bob Warters won 34-9; David Hudson, Moira Holroyd, Shirley Suffling, Martyn Dolby won 22-14; Tony Mackie, Denise Mackie, Christine Ford, Mick Humphreys won 37-18; Katie Bailey, Sue Moir, Mal Smith, Paul Bailey won 26-13.

Outstanding Over 60s - back in the First Division

posted 31 Mar 2017, 14:20 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 1 Apr 2017, 14:34 by Keith Rippin ]

Stamford's Over 60s team beat Dunholme on all rinks to capture the 18 points they needed to gain promotion back to the First Division. 

Their 133-69 victory was more than Stamford could have hoped against the early league leaders and sets them up for re-promotion to a league from which they were relegated last year. Boston are expected to join them in the first division.

Though the team ran into a rich vein of form towards the end of the season none of,it's players are getting any younger and it will probably need an injection of new faces to maintain their status among the top senior teams in the county.

Mick Owens continued his recent good form by skipping the top rink, assisted by Tony Barwell, Gerry Corby and Trevor Christie, with a 30-11 scoreline.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincs Co-op Lincs Over 60 League Division Two: Stamford 133 (18 pts) Dunholme 69 (0). D Howarth, T Weaver, A March, Richard Martin won 24-16; R Graham, A Lonslow, P Banks, A Horton win 26-17; J Bourne, T Freeman, R Harvey, K Vinter won 26-15; Mal Smith, D Veasey, D Henshaw, D Heffernan won 27-10; T Barwell, G Corby, T Christie, M Owens won 30-11.

Repercussions after Long Sutton IBC closes

posted 31 Mar 2017, 05:44 by Stamford Indoor Bowls

The six-rink Long Sutton Indoor Bowls Club is to close after celebrating its 30-year anniversary.

The move has repercussions not only for the Lincolnshire Indoor Bowling Association reducing its membership from 13 to 12 clubs) but also for Stamford IBC whose teams were due to face the club next season in men's, women's and mixed competitions.

Opened in 1987, local entrepreneur Roy Smith has been its driving force. Its unique two-rinks at right angles to its four-rink structure attracted local players from Long Sutton and Holbeach communities and further afield and has always proved a difficult surface to handle for visiting players.

However, in recent years as its future became precarious, some of its players have drifted away or retired from the game. It registered only 157 players in 2014.

Said county competition secretary Simon Reeson: "It is with great sadness that I report that having spoken to Long Sutton this morning it will be closing at the end of the season. This will have implications on the make up of next season's leagues."

He said that the Men's Leagues will now change to two divisions - the first division with six teams and the second division with seven. 

Division One will be Stamford A, Louth A, Spalding, Boston A, Lincoln and Sleaford or Scunthorpe. If Long Sutton A finish second in Division two Sleaford will retain their position; if Scunthorpe finish as runners-up, they will replace Sleaford. 

The make-up of the Second Divison will be Sleaford or Scunthorpe, Horncastle, Grantham, Stamford B, Boston B, Louth B and Skegness.

The Men's Over 60 Division One will include Lincoln A, Scunthorpe, Louth, Sleaford, Boston and Stamford who defeated Dunholme regain promotion. Either Lincoln B or Spalding will join them.
Division Two will be Lincoln B or Spalding, Dunholme, Horncastle, Grantham, Lincoln C, Skegness and Boston B.

The Mixed Leagues will continue with their ' two-up, two-down' structure in both divisions.

Sad end to women's Trudy Bates campaign

posted 30 Mar 2017, 10:21 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 30 Mar 2017, 12:20 ]

The hopes of Stamford's women bowlers of adding another title to those already achieved by the men's and mixed teams in the Lincs Co-op-sponsored county leagues were dashed at Spalding today.

Needing nine points to win the Trudy Bates A League, they suffered a 20-shot defeat and picked up only three of the 16 points available.

The women led the table by four points and needed nothing less than a win to force their way into a play-off at Grantham against the winners of the B League.

But it was soon clear that Spalding were in no mood for a charitable end to Stamford's campaign.

Christine Ford's rink (with June Brennan, Jean Dupree and Shirley Suffling) won comfortably 32-11 against former Stamford player Pearl O'Brien and Denise Mackie's rink forced an extra point but elsewhere there was little joy.

Result (Stamford names only):

Lincs Co-op Trudy Bates A League: Spalding 102 (13pts) Stamford 82 (3). J Dye, M Broadbelt, S Moir, D Mackie drew 15-15; Moira Dolby, P Jones, S Henshaw, F Rogers lost 7-35; M Andrews, M Holden, C Warters, G Edwards lost 15-19; J Brennan, J Dupree, S Suffling, C Ford won 32-11; P Birch, A Northen, E Wallace, R March lost 13-22.

FOOTNOTE: Stamford's Over 60s men's team beat Dunholme on all rinks to capture the 18 points they needed to gain promotion back to the First Division. 

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