INDOOR BOWLS: England trial for top duo

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club stars Annalisa Bellamy and Rebecca Simpson have been called up for senior international trials.

The duo will make the trip to Bristol Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday, December 10, as they bid to show their skills on the highest stage.

This will be Simpson’s second England trial, but is the first for Bellamy. They are hoping to be selected for the England women’s team that will compete in the British Isles Championships at Swansea in March.

• Home green proved important as Spalding B saw off Stamford B in County Men’s League Division Three.

Spalding took the lead from the very first end and continuing their momentum to record a 124-84 shot success.

The home side won on three rinks and narrowly lost the other two. The best winning set was Len Jackson, Gordon Pearson, Dereck Groves and skip John Taylor, who ran out 36–14 winners. Ron Walpole led the team.

• Spalding progressed to the second round of the national men’s Knockout Cup with a comfortable 95–50 win over Stamford.

A close start saw Spalding lead by just two shots after five ends, but some super play saw them extend their lead to 11 shots at the halfway stage.

From then on Spalding took the initiative, winning on all four rinks. Graham Smith led the way at home winning 27-12, with John Needham’s set supporting him in a 20-14 win.Meanwhile, Calvin Leuty and Paul Simpson skipped their rinks to 24-11 and 24-13 wins respectively at Stamford.

Spalding now face Lincoln in the next round.

• Lincs Over-60s League: Spalding secured another impressive victory, this time against the Grantham IBC.

They completed a 109-83 shot victory by winning on three rinks, drawing on one and losing one. Spalding started well and maintained the momentum throughout.

It was a super performance from all the players, which included three debutants, A Crief, B Skelton and M Taylor. Top rink was once again L Jackson, D Groves, J Bailey and M Elding.

• Lincs County Trudy Bates League: Spalding’s ladies won their opening match with a hard-fought 96-90 (12-4 points) victory at Stamford.

Best rink was Irene Blackman, Judy Jackson, Ann Stacey and skip Betty Deaton.

• Spalding’s friendly bowlers saw off Skegness 114-99 in their latest fixture.

They led at the halfway stage and had to fend off a Skegness comeback before running out comfortable winners. The best winning rink was Chris Broughton, Audrey Maxwell, Maisie Belding and skip Alan Pitts, with Mick Jennings captain on the day.

• Spalding’s friendly side also beat a strong Oddfellows society side 110-98 in the latest of their biannual clashes.

Spalding’s winning rink honours went to Chris Williamson, Pat Newby, Alan Pitts and skip Mick Jennings. Captain was Roger Perkins.