INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding seven share in national title glory

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club members enjoyed great success at the National Finals held at Nottingham.

The most impressive victory came in the Atherley Trophy, where seven Spalding ladies represented Lincolnshire in the inter-county final. And they all played a key role in beating a strong Surrey side by 133 shots to 85 to become national champions.

Sylvia Wade, Gill Needham, Gloria Haney, Margaret Dark, Val Bowker, Annie Bellamy and Rebecca Allen were spread across four of Lincolnshire’s six rinks and none were beaten.

Wade came back well to draw on her rink 19-19, skipped by Lincoln’s Cath Smith, while Needham won a close encounter 17-15.

Haney skipped her rink of Bowker, Allen and Boston’s Janet Tomlin to a 25-12 victory, while Dark and Bellamy helped Olive Wells to a 29-11 success to secure a comfortable win for Lincolnshire.

Everyone at the club congratulates them all on an excellent achievement.

In the quest for individual honours, Haney, Dark and Wade were unfortunate to lose their last 16 match 19-8 in the over-50s triples against a trio from Great Aycliffe, who went on to reach the semi-finals.

Haney was also joined by Wade in the over-60s pairs too, but just lost out 25-17, again in the last 16, to a strong Egham pairing.

In the men’s events, Scott Dunham and Calvin Leuty enjoyed two very close wins to reach the quarter-finals. In their first match, they played a pairing from the Plymouth club and, despite being behind for most of the match, launched a fightback to secure a 20-19 win.

In the last 16 they were drawn against England international Glenn Skipp from the Hartlepool club and a nail-biting game resulted in another 20-19 win for the Spalding pair.

But they just fell short in the quarters to an excellent young pairing from the Victory club, going down 23-14.

Elsewhere, Graham Smith skipped Martin Spencer and Paul Simpson to the quarter- finals of the triples event.

They had two comfortable wins against a trio from Swale in the last 32, winning 18-8 and then defeating a St Andrews trio by 21 shots to eight.

This set up a clash with Barking’s Jamie Holmes, but some excellent bowling from them saw Spalding defeated 18-7.