Three Stamford bowlers are just one step from reaching the last 16 of the English Indoor National Championship finals.
Alan Romaine, Peter Cox and Keith Rippin travelled to Horncastle at the weekend to take on Paul Bark’s rink and after a shaky start when they dropped a five on the third end, fought back with runs of six shots from the fourth and 12th ends until the shocked home side, after dropping another three, finally conceded on the 16th end with the score at 20-8.
The Stamford trio now face Ron Cowan’s Nottingham-based rink at a neutral venue in the Inter-Area play-off for a place in the prestigious national Over 50s Triples finals in Northampton in March.
Meanwhile Stamford IBC’s Bob Warters and Martyn Dolby are hoping to reach a similar stage in the Over 60s pairs after a solid performance against Boston’s Paul Flatters and Les Feary in the area semi-final.
Trailing 4-7 early on, they edged back into a slender lead with Feary consistently cutting a potential count with a decisive last bowl. However, the Stamford pair, who have reached the national final stages in the last three years, kept up the pressure with seven successive singles and when on the 19th at 15-11, Dolby had the chance to play a holding Boston bowl out of the head for a three count, he took it.
l Stamford IBC’s mixed team took another giant stride toward reclaiming their place back in the top tier of the Lincolnshire Indoor League when they trampled Louth B by 81 shots, claiming maximum points.
The home team who are propping up the Second Division offered only sporting resistance and had little response to captain Margaret Bloxham’s re-shuffled team, which ran away with four rinks before John Little’s quartet claimed five shots on the last end to complete the rout.
Stamford now trail league leaders Louth A by nine points with two games in hand.
l Stamford Men’s Over 60s team managed only three points from their Second Division trip to Sleaford, while the Men’s B team salvaged only one winning rink from their visit to Long Sutton with a depleted squad.
l Stamford IBC will host the second round of the Derbyshire Trophy Inter-County Federation matches on Sunday, 10am, when Northants play North Cambs - three rinks at Stamford, three at Wisbech.