Success for Spalding bowlers at county finals

Steve Hill and Martin Spencer
Steve Hill and Martin Spencer

Having already booked their places at the national championships being held at Leamington Spa in August, Ashley Caress (Ayscoughfee), Steve Hill and Martin Spencer (both Royal Mail Cart) battled away in the county finals at Spalding Town Bowls Club on Sunday.

In the under-25 singles final, Caress faced the challenge of Jonathan West from Burton House in Boston.

Ashley Caress

Ashley Caress

Caress, in his first-ever county under-25 singles final, hit top form early by taking an 18-6 lead and narrowly missed a shot to win the game on the next end.

It almost proved to be ‘a game of two halves’ as West found some form of his own to bring the score back to 18-16. Caress kept his cool as he trailed the jack with his last bowl of the next end to make the three shots he needed, claim a 21-16 victory and the title for the first time.

Both county finalists represent Lincolnshire at the national championships at Leamington Spa where Caress will face a representative from Worcestershire in the first round on Saturday, August 15.

Caress will be competing at the national championships for the fifth time but for the first time in this event.

Meanwhile, Hill and Spencer contested the pairs final against Steve Clarke and John Withers from St Giles in Lincoln.

Hill was playing in his first

county final while Spencer was playing in his first-ever county pairs final.

Despite some excellent bowling from the Royal Mail Cart pairing, the St Giles skip found some big saviour bowls to keep them in the game.

At 14 ends, Hill and Spencer really started to take control where they picked up six shots in three ends to give themselves a 21-12 lead with four ends to play.

Hill and Spencer picked up two shots on the last end to claim a 23-16 victory and lift the county pairs title for the first time.

As with the under-25 singles, both pairs finalists will represent Lincolnshire at the national championships where Hill and Spencer will face representatives from Suffolk in their first round on Sunday, August 23.

Spencer will be competing at the national championships for the eighth time but for the first time in the pairs event. Hill will be facing new territory at the championships for the first time.