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Second away win for Men's A team

posted 4 Nov 2018, 13:16 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 7 Nov 2018, 11:07 ]
Stamford Men's A team turned up the heat on Lincolnshire League Division One defending champions Lincoln A with a workmanlike 16 points from their visit to Sleaford on Sunday.

Winning on four of the five rinks for an overall 105-83 victory, they took their points total to 30 from two opening away matches, just two behind the champions who have home wins against Boston and Louth to their credit.

In the early stages there was nothing to choose between Stamford and Sleaford at 48-apiece before the visitors came to terms with the unfamiliar conditions to take a nine shot lead at halfway.

James Harford's rink of Richard Allam, Mick Linnell and John Holroyd, trailed by seven after eight ends before taking control with 16 shots without reply and finally ran out 28-12 winners to take the rink honours.

Elsewhere Peter Edwards rink had a real battle with Gerald Pask until, with the scores level, a seven-shot haul on the penultimate put the result beyond doubt. New recruit Trevor Collins claimed a first win at skip, while Roger Martin also picked up vital points. 

Sadly for captain Paul Bailey, a late five-shot concession cost his rink a points maximum but he was delighted with the overall performance which keeps his team on target to regain the title they claimed for the first time in the club's history in 2017.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincs Men's League Division One: Sleaford 83 (2pts) Stamford A 105 (16). W Aspinall, C Ballard, B Warters, Roger Martin won 21-16; D Hudson, Mal Smith, A Barnes, P Edwards won 23-17; R Allam, M Linnell, J Holroyd, J Harford won 28-12; M Ramsden, J Travis-Jenner, N Wright, T Collins won 16-14; A Romaine, J Hebden, A Warrington, P Bailey lost 17-24.

Stamford A visit Boston on Saturday (2pm) with the following team: Owen Aspinall, J Hebden, A Warrington, P Bailey; R Allam, M Linnell, J Holroyd, M Humphries; W Aspinall, C Ballard, B Warters, Roger Martin; M Ramsden, J Travis-Jenner, C Watson, T Collins; D Hudson, Mal Smith, K Rippin, P Edwards. 


Tony Barwell put up a gallant performance in the national singles against Stamford bowler Stephen Harris, who joined Spalding this season. On the unfamiliar Spalding surface Barwell shocked his young opponent by taking a 15-7 lead.

However, Harris shortened the jack  length and gradually took control running out a 21-17 winner.