INDOOR BOWLS: Flying Ryan upsets the odds to land Open title

HOME COMFORTS: Spalding IBC under-25 Open winner Ryan Huskisson (left) with Michael Penfold from Stonehaven Residential Home. Photo supplied
HOME COMFORTS: Spalding IBC under-25 Open winner Ryan Huskisson (left) with Michael Penfold from Stonehaven Residential Home. Photo supplied
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Home favourite Ryan Huskisson put in a stellar showing to win Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s fourth annual under-25 Open.

The Spalding lad saw off much-fancied England under-18 international Daniel Seabourne in the final at the Castle Sports Complex to lift the Stonehaven Trophy and a healthy cash prize of £300 .

As with previous years, the field consisted of 24 very good young bowlers, who came from all over the country to take part.

The competitors were split into four groups of six, with each player playing everyone else within their group.

The format was fast and furious and played under Premier Three rules, which consists of the best of three sets, three ends per set, three bowls and a one-bowl shoot-out should the match be tied.

With the group stages were played to the highest standard – and once the scores were added up, most of the groups went to the form book to leave some mouth-watering quarter final ties.

Spalding’s Ashley Caress drew Desborough’s Connor Cinato, with Huskisson up against David Bristow (Sleaford) and Jonathan West (Boston) meeting Ben Akroyd (Ely).The draw of the round saw senior international Jamie Walker (Wellingborough) face Seabourne (Acle).

Cinato proved too strong for Caress and won in straight sets, while Huskisson beat Bristow and West defeated Akroyd by similar scores.

The Seabourne and Walker game went all the way, with both playing some great bowls before Seabourne got the victory on the last end.

Just as with the last eight ties, the semi finals were played to a very high standard.

Seabourne beat West to book his place in the final, while Spalding star Huskisson upset the form book by taking out under-18 international Cinato.

In the final Huskisson took control and, with his confidence increasing as the day went on, he played a great last bowl in the second set to win the match 2-0 in straight ends.

Spalding IBC would like to thank all of the helpers that made the day run so smoothly and also Michael and Marie Penfold from Stonehaven Residential Home in Quadring for their continued support of the event over the last four years.