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2024: Club News

28th May

Boor & Wainwright Shield Competition

All but two of the final matches in the round-robin group stage of this competition have now been played, with the following teams qualifying for the quarter-finals, to be played by Sunday 14th July:

Group A: Blackstones D and Greetham Poachers (positions to be decided when Greetham have played their final match).

Group B:  1. Stamford Town Aztecs,  2. Stamford Town Crusaders.

Group C:  1. Market Deeping Regals,  2. Market Deeping Royals.

Group D:  1. Market Overton Tornadoes,  2. Blackstones C.

Congratulations to all these teams, and particularly to the only team with an unbeaten record – Market Deeping RegalsDetails of the quarter final draw are still to be finalized once the outstanding two matches have been played, and will be on the Stamford & District Bowls League website at .

The results were clear cut in Group D, but in Group B,  Stamford Town Crusaders finished on the same number of points as Ketton, qualifying in second place with a better aggregate score. Similarly, in Group C, Market Deeping Royals qualifed with a better aggregate score than Oakham A. The final positions of the top two teams in Group A is yet to be decided.

Tuesday 21st May: Stamford League Boor & Wainwright Competition

The final matches of the Boor & Wainwright Competition should have been played on 20th May, but a number of matches postponed from 3rd May, because of the rain, have still to be played. This means that there is still some uncertainty as to which teams will go forward to the knockout stage of the competition.

In Group A, there is still one result to come in from a match played on 20th May, and two matches which were postponed: Greetham Poachers v Greetham Valley Eagles and Bourne Eau v Blackstones D. This means that any two of the top three teams – Greetham Poachers, Blackstones D and Empingham Falcons – could still qualify to go through to the next stage.

In Group B, Stamford Town Aztecs, with 8 points from 6 matches, will definitely qualify on their aggregate score. Ketton also has 8 points from 6 matches. Just one postponed match, between Stamford Town Crusaders and Stamford Town Dragons, remains to be played. The winner of this match will also have 8 points from 6 matches, so the second qualifier will be decided by aggregate scores, as will the final positions in the group.

Market Deeping Regals top Group C with an unbeaten record and 12 points from 6 matches. Market Deeping Royals, with 8 points from 6 matches, will qualify in second position with a higher aggregate score than Oakham A, who also have 8 points from 6 matches. There are still two outstanding postponed matches: Bourne Woods v Blackstones A and Carlby Corgis v Greetham Anglians. None of these teams can equal the points scores of the qualifiers.

Finally, Market Overton Tornadoes will qualify from Group C, with 8 points from 5 matches. Blackstones C could equal this points score if they win their outstanding match against Langtoft. However, if Langtoft win this match, Barnack Vikings, Blackstones C and Langtoft will all have 6 points from 5 games, so once again, aggregate scores will determine who qualifies and in what position.

The importance of aggregate scores this season is unprecedented; it emphasises the pressure on teams to maximise their scores in every match.

The Stamford League begins on Monday 3rd June, after a short break for the Bank Holiday and school half terms. This should also give teams time to play their postponed matches so that the draw for the Boor & Wainwright knockout stage can be made.

Tuesday 14th May: Stamford League Boor & Wainwright Competition

The results for the Boor & Wainwright competition are now beginning to take shape. After the postponement of the majority of matches on Friday 3rd May because of wet weather (only 3 out of 11 matches could be played), followed by a match-free Bank Holiday Monday, the majority of teams have now played 4 out of their 6 matches (5 matches for group D). Some teams still have games in hand as they have either had byes or they have not yet been able to play their postponed matches. 

The teams are ranked within their groups according to points gained (2 points per overall win, 1 point per overall draw), then according to their aggregate scores.

In Group A, three teams have won 3 out of 4 matches, giving them each 6 points: Greetham Poachers, Empingham Falcons and Ryhall. Blackstones D have 4 points from 3 matches, with one match in hand, so they could still join this group. Probably the most exciting match was between Greetham Valley Eagles and Bourne Eau; the overall result was a draw, with scores on the three rinks being 23 – 22, 23 – 23 and 22 – 23.

Similarly, in Group B, three teams also have 6 points each from 4 matches: Ketton, Stamford Town Crusaders and Stamford Town Aztecs. Aztecs, from Division 3, had a stunning win over Crusaders, from Division 1, with Aztecs using their +30 handicap advantage to score a total of 83  shots to Crusader’s 60.

Market Deeping Regals top Group C, with an unbeaten 10 points from 5 matches, putting them well ahead of Market Deeping Royals with 6 points from 4 matches. Bourne Woods have a game in hand, and could match Royals’ points total.

The picture is less clear in Group D, with the results from Monday 13th May still to come in. Langtoft, Barnack Vikings and Blackstones C all have 4 points from 3 matches, and Market Overton Tornadoes could join them. Blackstones C and Langtoft still have a postponed match to play, so anything could happen in this group.

The final matches of the competition will be played this weekend, on Friday 17th May and Monday 20th May. There is then a gap in the bowling schedule before the Stamford League starts on Monday 3rd June, which should allow time for all the postponed matches to be completed by the end of this month.