Rebecca and Annie beaten again in final

Runners-up: From left, Annie Dunham, Rebecca Simpson and Chelsea Tomlin from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club.
Runners-up: From left, Annie Dunham, Rebecca Simpson and Chelsea Tomlin from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club.
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Spalding’s young trio of Rebecca Simpson, Chelsea Tomlin and Annie Dunham missed out in the national women’s triples championship final.

Two 19-year-olds from Ipswich, Anna Chalk and Katherine Rednall, took the title along with Rednall’s mum Christine.

Chalk and her opposite number Simpson (29) are both pregnant with their first child.

Spalding were the first to score with three shots on the first end but the Ipswich trio responded positively with a 1-4-1 run to lead 6-3 and opened up

an 18-8 advantage by the 12th end.

With Katherine Rednall - who won the women’s world indoor singles title in 2014 - playing like a veteran campaigner at skip, Ipswich kept a firm grip on proceedings to win 21-11.

A runaway win against Torquay United had seen Spalding safely through to Thursday afternoon’s final at Melton Mowbray.

All three Torquay players - Cassidy Lenton, Barbara Bellamy and Sophie Tolchard - have played for England, so a tight match was expected.

The game was close until the eighth end when, already 7-2 in front, Spalding struck with a 4-2-3 spell to lead 16-2 and the match was as good as over. After the Torquay trio closed to 16-6, two Spalding trebles on the 14th and 15th ends made it 22-6 and they shook hands.

In the quarter-finals Spalding gained revenge for their defeat at the hands of Blackpool Newton Hall in the pairs final.

Simpson and Dunham, who lost 15-13 the previous weekend, were joined by Tomlin while Lesley Rush teamed up with Kearsley and Gower.

This time Spalding beat Blackpool Newton Hall 14-13.

In the last 16 Barwell’s Val Hobart, Gill Wonnacott and Barbara Lewis - who won the women’s national over-50 triples title at Nottingham - looked set to beat Spalding’s trio but lost 14-13 on an extra end.