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Over 60 Double Rinks crash out

posted 5 Feb 2019, 11:39 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 6 Feb 2019, 15:00 ]
Hopes that Stamford might reach the quarter-finals of the EIBA Double Rink for the first time in the club's history were dashed on Tuesday when, after a four-month campaign, they were toppled 28-37 by Derbyshire's Church Gresley.

As regular phone messages criss crossed the country relaying each team's progress - one rink of four players at home and one playing away to form a aggregate score - Stamford were well in the hunt at the ten end stage of an 18-end match.

Martyn Dolby's rink led 13-7 at home after a seven count on the 5th end, while Jeff Newson's rink trailed by just six away. 

However, while Dolby's quartet of Dave Hudson, Mick Owens and Peter Edwards continued to hold the upper hand, eventually winning 19-13, the away team which also included Bob Warters, Tony Scarr and Roger Martin were unable to contain the persistent drawing and running bowls of skip Terry Bosworth and his No.3 Dave Brennan.

Chasing the game in a bid to make up ground in the closing stages they eventually conceded a 24-9 defeat.

In the quarter-finals Church Gresley, who had earlier beaten holders Nottingham, now play Cumbria, who beat York A 42-32.


Lincs Under 18s, from the left: Adam Hodgson, James Cherry, Harry Mycock, Owen Aspinall, Nathan Puttrell, Kathryn Rockall and team manager Rod West. (Image Anne Aspinall).

Ten-year-old Owen Aspinall, who bowls at the Stamford Indoor Bowls Club, got a taste of more top level competition when he represented Lincolnshire Under 18s in the first leg of two-venue match played at York & District against Yorkshire Under 18s.

The St Gilbert's School pupil featured at lead in a rink alongside Spalding's Nathan Puttrell and Harry Maycock which they won 18-13. The other rink of James Cherry (Spalding) and Kathryn Rockall and Adam Hodgson (both Boston) lost 17-23. Lincs will have the opportunity to overturn the 35-36 aggregate deficit when the Yorkshire side visit Boston for the return match on Saturday (Feb 9).


Defending singles champion Martyn Dolby reached the quarter finals with a 21-11 defeat of clubmate John Holroyd. It was a high quality match but three on the last end finally settled it after the previous end Holroyd had bowled four bowls within inches and came away with just one shot! Dolby will play the winner of the Nick Wilkie v Stephen Harris tie.

Paul Dalliday comfortably beat Peterborough's Brian Bassam and in the mixed pairs, Louise and Stephen Harris beat Bob and Carol Warters 18-11.


Stephen Harris, who has joint membership of Stamford and Spalding indoor clubs, has reached the Area 5 final of the EIBA two-bowl singles, defeating his friend and clubmate Jordan Philpott.

He trailed 3-11 and 9-17 before picking up seven shots, only to trail 16-18 when he inadvertently removed his own bowl from the head.  Philpott grabbed two more shots to lead 20-16 but five shots in three ends took Harris over the line 21-20 and a clash with either Joe Dawson (Barwell) or Chris Rodgers (Melton).