INDOOR BOWLS: Ruby hoping to shine at international trials

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club starlet Ruby Hill took part in an under-18 international trial on Sunday.

Held at the Rugby Thornfield club, Hill joined 23 other young bowlers from across England who were all hoping to be selected for the England team that will contest the British Isles Championships in Dunfermline on September 12 and 13.

• Spalding played host to Lincoln in the friendly league’s penultimate fixture of the winter season – and picked up a healthy win.

With Alan Pitts being the captain of the day, Spalding eased to a 138 shots to 69 success.

Irene Darlow, Keith Turner, Vera Elms and skip Roger Perkins were Spalding’s best winning rink.

• Sunday, April 21 saw the end of an era event at the Castle Sports Complex when the final game against The Oddfellows took place.

Spalding have played what is a local derby twice a year against the Oddfellows for the last 11 years.

The rivalry has always been a game played in a friendly atmosphere, between teams are primarily bowlers at Spalding IBC.

The organiser for Oddfellows June Holt has decided to call it a day – and with no-body willing to take on the task for the future, Oddfelwill now cease to exist.

The game was played in a typically competitive spirit, with Oddfellows taking an early lead and maintaining it through most of the game until the 18th end, when Spalding finally took the lead by a narrow margin.

However, Oddfellows hung on and closed the game out 119-110 – and amazingly after 11 years, the win levels the series up at 11-11.

The winning rink honours for the day went to the team of Jean Collin, Rodger Rout, Ian Stafford and skip Maisie Belding.

Captain of the day was Roger Perkins.