SEVEN ladies from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club were part of the Lincolnshire side that successfully defended their national title.
The Lincolnshire girls beat Kent 109-104 at the national finals, held at Nottingham.
Spalding’s Margaret Dark and Annalisa Bellamy joined skip Olive Wells in a 23-15 win over Amy Banes, while Gloria Haney skipped her rink which included Gill Needham and played some excellent bowls, narrowly losing by five.
Sylvia Wade also played her part as she was joined by Lincoln’s Kath Smith in a thrilling comeback, just missing out by one shot.
Meanwhile, Betty Deaton and Rebecca Simpson, led by skip Karen Kew, found themselves as the last rink to play, with Lincolnshire holding a four shot advantage.
A tense last end saw them pick up one shot to secure the title in a fantastic final.
• Six Spalding ladies will be bidding for a county glory after semi-final victories at Boston.
Gloria Haney and Barbara Hurst won 29-14 to set up a final against Horncastle’s Olive Wells, while Sylvia Wade was joined by Gill Needham, Pat Crampton and Judy Jackson as they beat Sleaford to reach their final.
They play Karen Kew and her rink from Lincoln in matches to be played at Skegness on April 21 – a joint finals day with the men.
• Spalding’s friendly bowlers secured an excellent win over a strong Essex County side on home soil.
This was the third game in the Essex side’s tour, having played and beaten both Lincoln and Boston on the Saturday.
Spalding’s team was made up of rinks from the ladies’ section, club comp fours, over-60s, ‘B’ team, ‘A’ team and the friendly side – ensuring all parts of the club were represented.
Spalding won on five out of the six rinks for a winning score of 150-98. Leading the way with a 42-9 shot victory was the rink of John Dawson, Gerald Horner, Mat Dawson and skip Andy Dawson.
• Other rinks scores: R Perkins’ rink won 21-14; John Culy’s rink lost 15-29 ; Gordon West’s rink won 22-16; John Needham’s rink won 23-13; Gloria Haney’s rink won 27-17.
• Spalding’s friendly team went to Long Sutton and secured a comfortable victory by 110-95 shots.
The game had to be reduced to triples on five of the rinks because of Long Sutton’s difficulty in raising a full team.
It was still a close game, with the home team winning on three of the rinks with one drawn and two going to Spalding. Spalding’s best rink was skipped by Gerald Horner and included Abs Belding and Jan Sinclair. James Newby was the captain of the day.
• Spalding friendly bowlers welcomed a Lincs EBA VP’s team and won 118-108.
The winning rink was Eric Murray, Jenny Horner, June Taylor and Mick Jennings, who was captain of the day.