International selection for local players

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club has 10 international players following recent trials.

Every Spalding player that attended their trial has been selected for the England squad in their respective teams.

Jordan Philpott has kept his place in the men’s under-25 team, while Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin have retained their places in the ladies’ under-25 team, with Chelsea being given the honour of captaining the side.

Matt Whyers and Graham Smith have retained their places in the men’s senior team and Martin Spencer has been recalled. Mathew Orrey is in the squad and will travel as reserve.

In the ladies, Annie Dunham and Rebecca Simpson have retained their places and are joined by Chelsea, Ruby and Louise Catchpole.

It’s an outstanding achievement for the club to have so many players winning international call ups.

n Spalding teams had mixed success in the club national knockout competitions at the weekend.

In the ladies’ competition, Spalding comfortably beat Barwell by 89 shots to 48, and the men also progressed, beating Lincoln by 76-50. Both teams play their last 16 matches on January 7, when the ladies face Lincoln and the men play Barwell.

However, in the mixed competition, Spalding lost out to Lincoln 69-60.

n In the Junior County League, Spalding’s Under-18 A team played their first competitive game of the season at Sutton St James.

Finding it difficult to come to terms with the much heavier green, they eventually lost 21-13.

The team was Aaron and Danielle Wild, Emily Day and Aaron Barnes.