BOWLS: Town end a 55-year wait

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SPALDING Town A have won the Bowls Lincolnshire Club Championship for the first time in more than 50 years after an exciting final at Washingborough.

They saw off Perry Sports 54-44 in a classic contest, having dispatched Branston 60-27 in the last four.

The success is Spalding’s first championship win since 1956 and capped a fine week for the club, who also picked up the Guardian Cup.

It’s the third of the four county titles to go to a Spalding team this season, with Ayscoughfee landing the Challenge Bowl and Royal Mail Cart picking up the Onyx Cup.

Town were in front after five ends, but Perry fought back to take a ten-shot lead after 12 ends. On the 13th end Wayne Phoenix took out two of Perry’s shots to score an important seven – and after 15 ends the duo were level.

But Spalding finally ran out as winners after Mike Elding’s rink won 13-3 in the last three ends.

Final result: Ian Bertram, Alan Almond, Steven Lane & Mike Elding won 20-14; Oliver Gedney, Ken Cherry, Roger Wing & Wayne Phoenix won 21-15; David Gedney, Phil Beeken, John Ivatt & Nick Wing lost 15-13. Ron Cherry was a non-playing captain.