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Stamford seniors triumph in Double Rink

posted 8 Jan 2019, 09:41 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 9 Jan 2019, 14:01 ]
Stamford's double rink at Lincoln who won 22-7. From the left: Roger Martin, Jeff Newson, Bob Warters and Tony Scarr.

EIGHT SENIOR bowlers from Stamford have reached the last 16 of the national Over 60s Double rink - beating former champions Lincoln 35-25 on aggregate - playing one rink at home and one away.

Having already beaten teams from Grantham, Spalding and Sleaford indoor clubs, they expected the experienced Lincoln outfit to prove their toughest task so far. And so it proved with Lincoln away skip Mick Thompson playing positive bowls to grab two four-counts at Stamford in the latter stages and win 18-14 against Dave Hudson, Mick Owens, Peter Edwards and Martyn Dolby.

But playing simultaneously at Lincoln (pictured left), Bob Warters and Tony Scarr - at lead and No.2 respectively - kept a tight grip on heads from the start on the slick Lincoln surface.

And having seen his rink take a slender 8-7 lead at the 11th end, skip Jeff Newson, ably supported by Roger Martin at No.3, turned Lincoln's nearest bowl out of the head for a crucial four count to give Stamford the overall advantage which they never surrendered.

With George Draper's Lincoln home side now chasing the game, Newson's quartet kept up the pressure and added 10 shots without reply to win 22-7.

In the next round on February 5, Stamford will play Church Gresley from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, who had a shock 40-26 win over Nottingham, winners of the competition for the last two years.

Result (Stamford names first):

EIBA Over 60s Double Rink: Stamford A 35 Lincoln 25. Home - Dave Hudson, Mick Owens, Peter Edwards, Martyn Dolby 14 Neil East, Dave Hipworth, John Withers Mick Thompson 18; away - Bob Warters, Tony Scarr, Roger Martin, Jeff Newson 22 Steve Derby, Paul Morris, Mike Smith, George Draper 7.

Aggregate end-by-end: 7-6 (5 ends), 16-13 (10), 28-21 (15), 35-25 (18).

FOOTNOTE: Martyn Dolby lost 21-20 to Jeff Pitt in the national Over 60 Singles.


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