BOWLS: Spalding ladies on international duty

INTERNATIONAL ACTION: On the rink in their England kit, from left, Louise Catchpole, Annie Dunham, Chelsea Tomlin, Rebecca Simpson and Ruby Hill.
INTERNATIONAL ACTION: On the rink in their England kit, from left, Louise Catchpole, Annie Dunham, Chelsea Tomlin, Rebecca Simpson and Ruby Hill.
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Five Spalding bowlers were involved with the England squad for the British Isles International Series held in Belfast.

Annie Dunham and Rebecca Simpson retained their places while Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin were making their debuts as Louise Catchpole was the travelling reserve.

In the first match, England played against the hosts Ireland and found their form early on, running out comfortable winners by 160 shots to 82.

Hill’s rink led the way with a 43-7 victory – she was joined by Amy Stanton, Stefanie Branfield and Michelle Barlow.

Dunham was skipping for the first time and her rink of Lauren Mosely, Carole Baker and Katherine Hawes won 29-12.

Simpson –selected with Cassidy Lenton, Bex Field and Sarah Seymour – lost 18-13.

Tomlin lost 19-11 with her rink of Katherine Rednall, Lorraine Kuhler and Penny Strong.

Next up were Wales and again England were in control throughout to take a 136-91 victory to set up a winner-takes- all clash with Scotland who had won both their matches.

Dunham and Hill had good wins (27-14 & 36-12) while Simpson won 22-14 and Tomlin’s set lost 16-23.

The final match proved to be a disappointing one for England as Scotland started well and never looked back, winning on five of the six rinks.

Dunham made it three wins from three as she posted a 26-18 scoreline.

Hill’s set couldn’t maintain their 100 per cent record, losing 13-23, while Simpson and Tomlin lost 24-11 and 24-14 respectively.