INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding surge into semi finals

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s mixed top 11 team have booked their place in the semi-finals of a national competition.

They beat Barwell in the last eight of the Mixed Top Club competition by 12 points to four, in a match played at Spalding.

The event is played in a multi-event mixed format, with a men’s and ladies’ 21-end (two-bowl) singles match, as well as mixed pairs, triples and fours.

Spalding recorded the first points on the board courtesy of a 16-11 win. Next up was Matt Whyers who followed suit with a convincing 23-8 victory, which left Spalding only requiring one of the final three events – as long as they maintained their aggregate advantage.

They did just that, with Chelsea Tomlin and Calvin Leuty winning 23-15 and the mixed fours of Ash Caress, Rebecca Simpson, Annie Bellamy and Graham Smith winning 25-13.

Last to finish was the mixed triples of Ruby Hill, Paul Simpson and Scott Dunham who lost 13-14, with overall victory already secured.

Spalding play Wellingborough in the semi final this Saturday at Rugby Thornfield.

• Spalding’s ladies lost to Lincoln in the Yetton Trophy as they exited the national knockout competition.

Despite a good win for Ruby Hill, Rebecca Simpson, Chelsea Tomlin and Annie Bellamy – plus an honourable draw for Gill Needham away from home, Spalding still went down to a strong Lincoln team.

It was nip and tuck for much of the match but Lincoln took control towards the end to secure a place in the next round.

• Spalding led from start to finished as they won their latest friendly fixture 157-78 against Perkins Retired.

They started well and raced 64-13 ahead third of the way through, before clinching wins on all six rinks.

The best set consisted of Vera Elms, Keith Turner, Tom Bell and skip Lily Drawbridge.

Captain of the day was Mick Jennings.

• Spalding’s over-60s gained their fifth consecutive victory after seeing off Sleaford 107-77 at the Castle.

That was enough for a 16-point haul for the hosts, with Sleaford having to settle for two.

The game was quite comfortable for Spalding, who gained victories on all but one of the five rinks.

They were leading throughout the game and at the 15th end they held a massive 51-shot advantage.

However Sleaford made a fighting comeback over the last six ends, recovering 21 shots over the home team. Fortunately, that was insufficient to prevent Spalding running out 30-shot winners.

Of the four winning rinks, the best was led by skip Don Churchman and included Dave Marriott, Rob West and Alan Pitts.

• Spalding A remain top of the table despite losing their latest Lincs League Division One fixture 101-74 at Louth.

Louth started well and maintained that throughout, with Spalding only winning on one rink out of the five.

That came from Martin Spencer, Colin Wilson and Paul Simpson (24-17), which was reduced to 18-17, as they lost 25% of their shots due to being a player short.