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The freshly painted facade of Stamford indoor bowls club ready to start a new winter season.

Adam Warrington - twice a former national singles champion

 Stamford Indoor Bowls ready for new winter season


Stamford Indoor Bowls Club, recently given a facelift at its world class facility off Exeter Gardens, has announced it will open for the new autumn/winter season on Monday, September 11 at 9.30am with the first of the daytime leagues starting at 2.10pm that day.

 

The club, with its six-rink green, is also available from September 12 for regular roll-ups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (from 9.30).

 

Evening leagues (6.30pm) will start on Monday, September 18 with evening roll-ups from September 11 subject to availability while summer leagues are completed. Domestic winter league fixtures are due to be distributed to team captains this week.

 

The first friendly fixture is on Wednesday, September 13 at home to Greetham (9.30am).

 

INTRODUCTORY SESSIONS SOON

Stamford IBC plans to stage open mornings for those interested in taking up the sport of indoor bowls on successive Saturday's (September 16 and 23 from 930am).

 

The introductory sessions are free to all ages (from eight to 80 plus) with experienced bowlers and coaches available to show newcomers the ropes including the free use of equipment.

 

For further information visit www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk or call 01780 756452

 

OPEN SINGLES ENTRY FORMS

 

Entry forms are now available for the Nigel Kettle Memorial singles tournament to be staged at Stamford IBC on September 30 & October 1 with some of the country's top internationals committed to taking part.

 

Entry forms can be obtained either from the club in Exeter Gardens or can be downloaded from the website (www.stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk). Cost of entry is 15 with 700 going to the winner.

 

Last year the event was won by Spalding's Jordan Philpott and attracted some of the biggest names in the sport including world No.1 Nick Brett and No.4 Greg Harlow and they are all again among the invitees together with some top class women bowlers.

 

SAD END FOR FIVES

 

When Stamford indoor bowlers took 19 points from their first three games on their EIBA Fantastic Fives debut, it looked like they could make quite a first impression.

 

Unfortunately it was not to be. In mostly unfamiliar conditions away from home they picked up just five points from their last five games, finishing fourth overall after a 6-2 home defeat by league leaders Melton.

 

In the singles Tony Barwell took a 5-2 lead after seven ends but eventually went down 6-7, while in the fours, June Brennan, Betty Sims, Jeff Bourne and Richard Martin also led 7-4 after six ends. But dropping a four count eventually cost them a 7-9 defeat.

 

After the break Sims, Bourne, and Martin lost the triples 5-11 but Brennan and Barwell salvaged some pride fighting back from a 2-6 deficit to win 9-7.

  

COUNTY AIMS FOR TITLES

 

With the Stamford & District outdoor leagues due to be completed tonight (Friday), focus switches to Skegness next week where many local bowlers are watching or competing in the English Bowling Federation finals.

 

Several Stamford League players will be representing Northants in the final of the inter-county Newton Trophy against Humberside on Sunday (2pm).

 

They include Darren Middleton and Paul Buckley from Blackstones, Bob Warters (Ketton) and Peter Cox (Langtoft) aiming to capture a trophy that has eluded the county for half a century.

 

From Tuesday, individual county champions start their bid for national titles with Adam Warrington, Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl (Blackstones) looking to regain the two-bowl triples they last won in 2013.

 

Later Warrington (Blackstones) faces veteran Steve Botten (North Essex) in the 2-bowl singles - a title he has won on two occasions - and clubmate Martyn Dolby takes on K Breame (Norfolk), aiming to defend a veterans singles title that Northants has won for the last two years.

 

Another Blackstones bowler Stephen Harris competes in the Under 25 singles for the fifth successive season on Thursday against T Leslie (N.Essex), while his sister Louise challenges for the women's version.

 

Peter and Anne White (Langtoft) start their bid for the senior mixed pairs on Wednesday.

 

For further information visit www.northantsbowlingfederation.co.uk


Published: 16/08/2017





 
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