INDOOR BOWLS: It’s double rink delight as Spalding bag national title

NATIONAL GLORY: Spalding Indoor Bowls Club's successful over-60s team. Photo supplied
NATIONAL GLORY: Spalding Indoor Bowls Club's successful over-60s team. Photo supplied
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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s over-60s double rink side are toasting a national title after getting their hands on the coveted Mason Trophy.

The team were competing at the English Bowling Association national finals at Northampton – a competition that was entered by more than 290 teams from across England.

Each club entered two teams of four ladies aged over 60, with the scores on each rink added together at the end to determine an overall result.

First up for Spalding’s ladies in the finals was a last four clash against Riverain, from Hertfordshire.

Gloria Haney’s rink got the team off to a flyer with a 23-17 victory, while Sylvia Wade’s set completed the job by drawing 17-17. It was a similar story in the final against Croydon. Haney’s rink again won, this time 20-12, with Wade’s quartet drawing 18-18.

That gave Spalding an overall winning score of 38-30.

Spalding’s eight winning players, including skippers Haney and Wade, were Val Bowker, Gill Needham, Barbara Hurst, Irene Blackman, Betty Deaton and Margaret Dark .

The reserves, who during the earlier rounds contributed to the success, were Pat Crampton, J Jackson and J. Staples.

• Spalding IBC travelled to Dunholme in the latest of their over-60s county league fixtures – and managed to come away with 12 points towards their relegation battle after mounting a stunning comeback.

They won an exciting game by 105 shots to 89, winning on two of the five rinks.

The game started badly for Spalding and their players took some time to get used to the speed of the rink.

Consequently, they were down by six shots after five ends.

At ten ends the gap had increased to 30 shots as the home team led by 60 shots to Spalding’s 30.

At this point the travellers started to get a grip and by the 15th end had pulled the deficit back to 10 shots.

By the 18th end Spalding were in the lead by six shots at 78-84 and stormed home to a 16-shot victory.

The better of the two winning rinks was skipped by Chris Stagles and included Len Jackson at lead, Geoff Craft and Rod Briars.

Captain of the day was James Newby.