INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding on a roll after Yetton success

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies progressed into the next round of the Yetton knockout competition after beating local rivals Boston by 89 shots to 78.

The match was played on a home and away basis and, as expected, proved extremely close throughout.

Spalding took an early lead and were eight shots up at five ends, but Boston fought back and took a one-shot lead by the halfway stage.

Spalding then dug deep and found themselves four shots to the good after 15 ends and kept the lead to record the victory.

Leading the way for the winners were Rebecca Simpson, Ruby Hill, Chelsea Tomlin and Annie Bellamy, who won 36-11.

Backing up were the rinks of Margaret Dark and Sylvia Wade, who won 21-16 and 23-17 respectively.

Gill Needham’s set found themselves up against it, losing by 34 shots to nine.

• Spalding IBC’s over-60s team won their second consecutive county league away game as they saw off Grantham 100-88 to take the match by 14 points to four.

Spalding quickly became acclimatised to the fast Grantham green and by the fifth end they were leading 24-19.

The momentum stayed with the visitors and they still led at the tenth end.

It was at this point that the home team started to find their length and direction and by the 12th end Grantham had pulled level at 49 shots each.

However, by the 15th end the score had shifted in favour of the home team by 76 shots to 70.

But Spalding continued to fight and over the last two ends of the game they scored an incredible 19 shots to Grantham’s three.

That saw them finish the game as comfortable winners by a margin of 12 shots.

Spalding had three winning rinks, with the pick of the trio skipped by Maurice Elding.

The star set also included Derek Overton, Alan Pitts and Chris Stagles.

• Spalding IBC’s ladies won their latest Mason match by 38 shots to 25 against South Holland foes Long Sutton.

• The latest Trudy Bates match saw Spalding IBC’s ladies in action at county rivals Sleaford.

The visitors won on four rinks to seal an overall victory by 14 points to two.