BOWLS: Moore takes crown at super Spalding Open

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LEICESTERSHIRE’S Chris Moore saw off 64 of the East Midlands’ top players to win the Spalding Open.

Another hugely successful Sunseeker UK sponsored competition climaxed with Moore beating Boston’s Ian Clarke in a tense final.

Moore, who was recently crowned national under-25 singles champion, played consistently well all day and deserved his victory - which earned him £650 in prize money. Clarke banked £350.

Five of the worlds top 20 players were in the draw for the Castle Sports Complex event. After the early rounds, an open draw was made for the quarter finals.

There, defending champion Simon Skelton beat Nigel Roberts 2-0, while eventual winner Moore won comfortably against ex-Spalding player Rob Parker, who now represents Acle.

Meanwhile, Clarke won a very close match against Suffolks Lee Rowlands on a tie break, while local favourite Martin Spencer was beaten in another breaker against Essex star Jamie Holmes in a thrilling encounter.

Despite the Spalding player being supported well by a packed crowd, Holmes just edged it.

The semi-finals saw Holmes up against Moore, who reached the final by winning the first set and holding on to draw the second.

There was a shock in the other semi though, as Clarke upset defending champion Skelton in a high quality game.

There were big crowds all day and the majority stayed to watch a top drawer final, with Moore taking the spoils in both sets to become the champion.

He was presented with the Brian Thorold trophy by Eileen Thorold.

Spalding IBC thank all those who were involved in the day, particularly Eileen Thorold for presenting the trophies and Sunseeker UK for sponsoring the event and donating very generous prize money for those who reached the quarter-finals.

Thanks also to all the markers and umpires, as well as Simon Lilley and Graham Smith for keeping the day running so well.

The club are now looking forward to next year’s event.