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Mixed team topple league leaders

posted 2 Dec 2017, 00:55 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 01:48 ]
WITH just 22 points out of a possible 72 from four matches, the odds have been stacked against Stamford's mixed team retaining their Lincolnshire Division One title.

But with a runaway 73-shot home win over top of the table Louth, in which they picked up 16 of the 18 points available, Christine Ford's team signalled their intention not to give up the crown without a fight.

And it might have been a whitewash had not Louth skip Alan Dent converted a four-count on the last end to snatch an 18-17 rink win over county mixed league debutant Neil Wright.

Stephen Harris switched from his normal role as a lead, to skip his quartet of Mike Ramsden, Sue Moir and Shirley Suffling to the rink honours.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincolnshire Mixed League Division One: Stamford 126 (16 pts) Louth 53 (2). M Ramsden, S Moir, S Suffling, S Harris won 31-5; J Robinson, K Rippin, D Mackie, R Montgomery won 19-13; H Holroyd, M Holroyd, J Little, B Warters won 30-6; J Brennan, T Mackie, C Ford, N Wright lost 17-18; C Barnes, C Warters, D King, A Barnes won 29-11.

Stamford's Lincs Over 60s League team languish firmly at the bottom of the Division One table after their fifth successive defeat - this time at home against fellow strugglers Scunthorpe.

Again Richard Martin's rink proved one of the strongest, scoring 12 shots in four ends from the 14th to set up a 21-16 win, while Mick Owens' quartet always had a stranglehold to run out 29-20 and take the rink honours.

Results (Stamford names only):

Lincs Over 60s League Division One. Stamford 93 (4pts) Scunthorpe 103 (14). T Barwell, G Corby, T Christie, M Owens won 29-20; D Henshaw, D Bruce, Mal Smith, D Heffernan lost 13-16; D Veasey, T Freeman, R Montgomery, K Vinter lost 11-31; D Howarth, T Mackie, A March, Richard Martin won 21-16; R Graham, A Lonslow, C Jones, P Banks lost 19-20.

Stephen Harris is just one win from reaching the national finals of the Under 25 singles at City of Ely after beating Spalding rival Ben Wilson.

The 20-year-old won in straight sets 13-1, 9-2 to set up an area final clash against an opponent from either Melton or Charnwood.

There was good news and bad news for Stamford IBC players representing Northants Bowling Federation teams against Hunts and Lincolnshire Federation on Sunday.

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