Former world indoor bowls singles champion Greg Harlow was a special guest at Stamford IBC when Potters Resort, whom he represents as an ambassador and as a professional on the bowling circuit, presented their travelling roadshow.
From seven-year-old Owen Aspinall to 93-year-old Arthur Chapman, the members and visitors provided irrefutable evidence that bowls is for all ages and abilities and Harlow and the Potters team were very impressed by the near 100-bowler turn out.
Said Harlow: “Stamford is a superb facility of which you should be very proud.”
Among those given tuition by Harlow was Stamford St Gilbert’s pupil Owen who impressed Harlow with his skills.
Said the 2016 World semi-finalist: “Owen is a great little prospect. He has a superb smooth and low delivery and has already picked up all the mannerisms of a top bowler, even at such a young age.
“He just needs to stick at it and be encouraged and I’m sure in a few years time we will see him competing at a high level.”
l With a 13-shot victory at home to Boston, Stamford Men’s A team have taken a one-point lead over their rivals at the top of the Lincolnshire League First Division, claiming 14 of the 18 points available with three out of five winning rinks.
They might even have taken a maximum but Roger Martin’s rink held four shots on the last end when opposing skip Adrian Field, clipped the jack into the ditch to claim an 18-17 win. And despite three on the last end, Peter Edwards fought back to finally trail 20-22.
A total of eight shots from the 19th and 20th ends put Derek King’s rink out of reach to the extent they could afford dropping five on the last to win 25-21.
Elsewhere, Martyn Dolby’s re-shuffled rink always just had enough in hand to run out 17-13 winners, while 17 shots during a prolific 11-end period, earned Jay Travis-Jenner, Cliff Watson, Adam Warrington and John Holroyd the rink honours 22-14.
Spalding and Lincoln hold the key to outcome of the title as both have to play Stamford and Boston before the season ends in April.
Result (Stamford names only):
Lincs League Division One: Stamford 101 (14 pts) Boston 88 (4). J Travis-Jenner, C Watson, A Warrington, J Holroyd won 22-14; W Morris, J Earl, P Bailey, M Dolby won 17-13; A Romaine, M Cullingworth, B Warters, R F Martin lost 17-18; D Hudson, S Travis, D Want, P Edwards lost 20-22; R Allam, A Barnes, K Rippin, D King won 25-21.
l While the A team rides high, chances of Stamford Men’s B team avoiding relegation from the second Division of the Lincs League, after winning the Division Three last season, looked doomed after a 107-70 defeat at top of the table Long Sutton.
Despite a couple of sturdy rink performances, they failed to bring back a single point from the 18 available and with only one match to play, away to bottom club Spalding B, they need those above them to falter to avoid the drop back into the third tier.
Result (Stamford names only):
Lincs Men’s League Division Two. Long Sutton 107 (18)’ Stamford B 70 (0). K Rawlins, J Geary, R Graham, M Owens lost 11-21; A Lonslow, DVeasey, C Ballard, M Hewitt lost 15-26; W Kettle, C Jones, D Heffernan, T Christie lost 17-19; D Howarth, D Bruce, N Graham, P Banks lost 16-17; T Barwell, M De Camps, P Linnell, D Henshaw lost 11-24.
l Martyn Dolby has made a strong defence of his Lincs Over 65 singles by reaching the semi-finals on March 20 at Spalding where he will meet home-based former football referee Maurice Elding.
Dolby beat Sleaford’s Brian Jenkinson, who had earlier beaten Stamford’s Keith Rippin, while Elding accounted first for former winner Bob Warters 19-13, then Stamford’s Alan Romaine 16-15.
Derek King also had a chance to go through but after beating Eric Dilnot, (Long Sutton) lost on the last end to Horncastle’s bandana-wearing George Lancaster.
Stephen Harris and his sister Louise are also through to the semi-finals of the Lincs County Championships after a thrilling defeat of Shirley and David Allen from Boston.
The pair led 17-12 but dropped four on the penultimate end before grabbing the one shot they needed to secure a place against either Louth or Lincoln A.
The Stamford duo were also involved in the Lincs 18 and Under singles qualifier at Louth playing each other in the early rounds ( Stephen won 7-4) before Stephen qualified with further wins against Oliver Moore (Boston) and Kieran Crane (Spalding). He now plays Ruby Hill (Spalding).
l The finals of the Northants Women’s Triples at Peterborough on March 13 will be an all-Stamford affair after two semi-finals played simultaneously.
Jan Want, Shirley Suffling and Christine Ford trailed Fiona Richardson, Liz Barr and Julie Masters 1-11 and the 10-17 with just four ends to play before securing 11 shots without reply.
On an adjoining rink, Moira Holroyd, Margaret Bloxham and Joan Robinson dominated their match against Margaret Andrews, Sue Moir and Glenys Edwards running out comfortable winners.
Holroyd and Edwards lost their pairs 6-17 against the holders Jenny Harvey and Carol Hunter, while Robinson and Want lost to Richardson and Masters.
The men’s senior singles final will also have Stamford representation with Doug Want playing Peter Edwards against either Dolby or Mick Linnell at Peterborough. Elsewhere, Stephen Harris, Cliff Watson and Peter Edwards reached the finals of the men’s triples beating the City rink skipped by Peter Harvey on the last end.
Dolby plays King in both the mixed pairs and triples for a place in the finals.