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Lincs competition qualifiers almost complete

posted 4 Dec 2018, 00:04 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 4 Dec 2018, 09:30 by Keith Rippin ]

All but a handful of matches have still to be played in the domestic qualifying rounds to complete Stamford's quota of entries into the knock-out phases of the Lincolnshire indoor championships. They must be completed by next week.

Among the latest qualifiers are father and son Mark and James Hebden whom, together with Mark's father-in-law Trevor Christie, beat Bob Warters, Neil Wright and Jeff Newson, substituting for Adam Warrington. Cliff Watson, Peter Edwards and Roger Martin had already qualified in this event.

However, the family team with Paul Galloway, were beaten 17-13 in the final fours qualifier by Wright, Warrington, Mick Linnell and Mike Humphreys. The other qualifiers are Owen and Wayne Aspinall, Garry Knights and Chris Ballard.

Through in the men's singles (to be played at Lincoln and District on February 9) are John Holroyd, Derek King, Alan Romaine, Mike Ramsden and Ballard.

In the Over 60s singles, Martyn Dolby and Warters - both former winners of the title - together with Richard Allam and Christine Ford, will represent the club at Boston on February 17, with Ford, King and Keith Gentry booking places in the Open sets singles at 
Sleaford on February 16.

In the mixed pairs, John and Moira Holroyd, Derek and Margaret King and Chris Ballard & Helen Holroyd, who put out last year's losing finalists Chris Ford and Martyn Dolby, have made it through to the knock-out rounds, where opponents from Spalding, Sleaford, Grantham and Skegness are possibilities.

County semi-finals are at Horncastle on March 30 with the finals at Boston on April 28.

In the Lincs IBA women's knock out for a place in the semi-finals, Louise Harris will represent Stamford in the singles at Horncastle in February 24. June Brennan and Christine Ford will play in the pairs at Grantham on January 29.


Stamford's Top Club team are likely to face their stiffest opposition yet when they travel to Northampton on December 16 (10am) to play a Kingsthorpe side littered with England internationals.

However, captain Paul Bailey is confident his side can put up a good performance with Tristan Morton combining with Paul's talented daughter Katie in the pairs.

The competition demands a range of mixed disciplines played over 18 ends with men's and women's singles 21-up.

Team: Singles - Adam Warrington and Christine Ford, pairs - Katie Bailey and Tristan Morton; triples - John Holroyd, Shirley Suffling & Jon Earl; fours - Elizabeth Wallace, Helen Holroyd, Bob Warters & Martyn Dolby.