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'A' team grab bragging rights in league opener

posted 6 Oct 2019, 11:15 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 12 Oct 2019, 01:55 ]
Stamford Men's A team before their derby clash with the B team
Stamford B put up a plucky fight against the A team

WITH a comprehensive defeat of the club's plucky and newly promoted B team, Stamford A gained an early grip on the First Division of the Lincolnshire Men's First Division.

In a match that was more about internal bragging rights than points at stake, the senior players won 127-69 gaining a maximum 18 points from this opening fixture of the 2019-20 campaign.

But it wasn't always plain sailing. The B team dashed into an early lead after five ends before being overhauled by their more experienced opponents.

Leading the surge back was the rink of Dave Hudson, Mick Linnell, Peter Edwards and Martyn Dolby, who led 12-0 after six ends added a six on the 13th and finally ran out 34-13 to take the individual honours.

Schoolboy Owen Aspinall also helped captain Paul Bailey to a 21-9 win while Roger Martin was outstanding in skipping his rink to 22-19 win after trailing 11-16 against Trevor Christie at 12 ends.

Results (Stamford B names first):

Lincs First Division : Stamford B 69 (0) Stamford A 127 18 pts). D Edwards, D Cave, A McNaughton, C Watson lost to M Ramsden, J Travis-Jenner, B Warters, T Collins 14-23; T Barwell, K Rippin, M Hewitt, M Hebden lost to O Aspinall, M Wallace, R Allam, P Bailey 9-21; R Graham, D Veasey, K Vinter, T Christie lost to Mal Smith, K Rawlins, T Scarr, Roger Martin 19-22; Mick Smith, D Henshaw, D Heffernan, M Owens lost to D Hudson, M Linnell, P Edwards, M Dolby 13-34; P Linell, B Acock, D Middleton, D King lost to W Aspinall, C Ballard, N Wright, A Warrington 14-27.

Stamford A entertain Louth A on Saturday (Oct 12, 1.10pm) with the following team: m Ramsden, O Jeapes, B Warters, T Collins; Mal Smith, M Linnell, J Travis-Jenner, Roger Martin; O Aspinall, M Wallace, R Allam, P Bailey; M Humphreys,M Jeapes, P Edwards, M Dolby; W Aspinall, C Ballard, N Wright, A Warrington.


Following an early defeat against defending champions, Lincoln A, Stamford's newly promoted senior team in the Lincs Over 60s First Division battled back with a stunning two shot victory at Boston.

At Lincoln, where the Stamford players had a first experience of the club's new blue carpet surface (left), Keith Rippin's rink had a chance to snatch valuable points but conceded four shots in the last two ends to lose 19-16.

However at Boston vital three counts on the last end by quartets skipped by Richard Montgomery and Mick Owens earned the team a 13-5 points victory.

Results( Stamford names only)

Lincs Over 60s League First Division: Lincoln A 111 (18 pts) Stamford 65 (0). R Blake, M Dye, T Scarr, Roger Martin lost 14-25; T Barwell, D Henshaw, D Heffernan, M Owens lost 13-18; D Hudson, S Travis, C Watson, K Rippin lost 16-19; R Graham, M Linnell, D Miller, T Christie lost 12-24; P Burt, J Bourne, P Banks, K Vinter lost 10-25.

Lincs Over 60s League First Division: Boston 106 (5) Stamford 108 (13). J Pearson, S Travis, K Vinter, R Montgomery drew 18-18; M Ramsden, M Linnell, D King, Roger Martin lost 21-22; T Barwell, D Henshaw, D Heffernan, M Owens lost 17-25; R Graham, J Bourne, P Pheasant, T Christie won 23-21; D Hudson, M Dye, C Jones, C Watson won 29-20.

Stamford's senior team play their first home match on Monday (October 14, 10.30 am) against Dunholme with the following team: M Ramsden, M Linnell, T Scarr, Roger Martin; R Graham, J Bourne, R Montgomery, K Rippin; S Travis, D King, K Vinter, T Christie; T Barwell, D Heffernan, M Owens, B Warters; D Hudson, D Henshaw, P Burt, C Watson. Res P Banks, T Mackie, R Blake, M Dye, P Pheasant.


Stamford Lady President Shirley Suffling and her husband John, represented the club at Lincoln and District IBC's unveiling of their new blue carpet.

Together with other county club presidents they were entertained to a buffet and exhibition matches including current world champion Mark Dawes and former champion Billy Jackson. 

The Stamford club is due to replace its green carpet in April and after an extensive poll among members, yet to be revealed, the directors will decide whether or not to take up a similar blue option.      BW