BOWLS: Spalding’s top 10 heading for England trials

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International trials have been announced with Spalding having the highest number of players of any club in the country.

Jordan Philpott will try to retain his place in the men’s under-25 team while Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin hope to retain their spots in the ladies under-25 team.

Rebecca Simpson and Annie Dunham hope to hold onto their spots in the ladies senior team.

They are joined by Tomlin, Hill and Louise Catchpole who will hope to break into the team.

Matt Whyers, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey look to retain their places and are joined by Martin Spencer in the men’s senior trial.

International trials will take place this weekend at Northampton.

Meanwhile, Spalding progressed in both the men’s and ladies national club knockout competitions on November 19.

The ladies won 64-63 against Charnwood while the men beat Boston 81-49.

Spalding’s friendly team beat March 74-66.

Spalding came through a tough test in the Egham Trophyy national mixed knockout competition on Sunday as they beat Barwell by 77 shots to 56.

Spalding took the lead early on but Barwell never gave in and it was two rinks that made the difference.

Annie Dunham’s set recorded an impressive 29-16 victory at Barwell while Graham Smith’s quartet posted a 29-9 scoreline to secure a place in the next round.

The rinks of Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott contained Barwell’s other rinks, both narrowly losing 11-18 and 8-13 respectively. Next up are Lincoln on December 11.

Spalding were dominant in their Men’s County League home fixture against Stamford on Saturday, winning on all five rinks with a score of 142-63, taking 18 match points.