INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding boost county bid

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TEN Spalding Indoor Bowls Club members played their part as Lincolnshire booked a place in the quarter-finals of the Liberty Trophy.

Lincolnshire played host to Yorkshire in the last 16 of the national competition at Boston IBC in a six rink contest. The away side took the early initiative, but Lincs gained control and took a 20 shot lead at the half way stage.

Yorkshire mounted a thrilling comeback and with three ends remaining and led by two shots at one stage, but it wasn’t enough and Lincs took the spoils.

The all-Spalding rink of David Staples, Ryan Huskisson, Simon Lilley and Graham Smith led by example with a super 29-10 win.

Also winning by one shot were Spalding trio Matt Whyers, Calvin Leuty and Scott Dunham, who were joined by Sleaford’s Nick Barnett.

Not to be outdone, Spalding’s Martin Spencer, Andy Dawson and Paul Simpson were joined by Grantham’s Matt Orrey and picked up a crucial 18-18 draw.

The other three rinks lost, but Lincs progressed to set up a last eight match against Leicestershire in January.

• Spalding’s friendly bowlers beat a team from the Deepings 128-90 on home turf, despite a valiant effort from the away side.

Spalding won on four rinks, drew on one and lost the final rink by one shot. Their winning rink was the deserving team of Doris Laidler, Vera Elms, Jenny Horner and skip David Spridgen.

Captain of the day was Roger Perkins.