Spalding trio bowl in Home Internationals

Spalding bowls star Graham Smith.  ANL-140321-135246001
Spalding bowls star Graham Smith. ANL-140321-135246001

Three Spalding bowlers represented England in the Home International Series.

Chelsea Tomlin was selected as number two in a rink with Zoe Eagles, Sophie Tolchard and Lorraine Kuhler in the Under 25s ladies series held at Nottingham.

Although they lost both matches, England won the series with a total of 11 match points, ahead of Scotland (8) and Wales (5).

In the senior ladies team, Annie Bellamy was also selected at number two, in a rink with Lauren Copeland, Stefanie Branfield and Ellen Faulkner.

They won two matches out of three with England cruising to a series victory, having won all their matches at the Stanley Bowls Club.

Also at Stanley, Graham Smith was recalled into the senior men’s team, with Matt Marsden, Sam Tolchard and Stuart Airey.

Smith won two of his three matches but it wasn’t enough as England lost their final match to eventual winners Scotland.

Meanwhile, Spalding’s winning run in the Over 60s County league came to an end at Stamford when they were beaten by 99 shots to 80.

Spalding won on only two of the five rinks, gaining four match points as opposed to Stamford’s 14.

The better of Spalding’s two winning rinks was once again skipped by Don Churchman with Len Jackson, Gordon Leonard, and Rob West sharing the honours.

Spalding remain top of the league by 13 points with two games in hand. James Newby was captain of the day.

Also, Spalding IBC hostedPeterborough IBC in a friendly and won 144-55.

Spalding won on five of the six rinks with the winning rink honours going to the team of Jean Collin, Alan Richardson and skip Mick Jennings.