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BOWLS: International call-ups for Spalding duo

Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hill Bowls Club president Ray Cole with Fay Riley, winner of the Whaplode Drove Ladies Singles Trophy

Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hill Bowls Club president Ray Cole with Fay Riley, winner of the Whaplode Drove Ladies Singles Trophy

Martin Spencer and Annie Bellamy have been selected to represent England in an international series next March.

Spencer will be making his debut in the side, after being travelling reserve last year. He’ll be leading for Ely’s Nicky Brett in a rink that contains two former world champions in Billy Jackson and Mervyn King.

Annie has retained her place and is number two with new cap Lauren Copeland, Katrina Jones and skip Ellen Faulkner. Annie has also been selected for the Junior International side. She will captain England in Bromsgrove during February.

Denny Cup: Spalding’s men won their latest match of the national club knockout competition with a convincing victory over Stamford.

Spalding started well and were ahead after five ends before stretching that lead to more than 20 shots at halfway.

At home, Paul Simpson’s set of Martin Spencer, Maurice Elding and John Needham ran out 32-6 winners over P Edwards, whilst Graham Smith was joined by David Staples, Martin Simpson and Ash Caress in a 20-14 win over P Bailey. At Stamford, Scott Dunham, with Ryan Huskisson, Bob Davis and Calvin Leuty ran out comfortable winners against A Warrington, winning by 30 shots to 6. They were supported well by Matt Whyers, Matt Dawson, Andy Dawson and skip Simon Lilley in an 18-16 win over B Waters.

Friendly round-up: Spalding won 115-75 at home to Long Sutton on Saturday.

Spalding took the lead from the start, as Long Sutton failed to adjust to the rink and continued to lead throughout the game, winning on five of the six rinks. Some rinks were only decided on the very last end. Best winning rink was Vera Elms, Derrick Hammond and Alan Pitts.

Spalding lost 91-61 at Peterborough. Spalding’s best winning rink was Maggie Wheatley, Brian Wheatley and skip James Newby. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

• President Ray Cole, a long-standing member of Whaplode Drove and Gedney Hill Bowls Club, presented the trophies at last Saturday’s annual event.

Chairman John Riley and the committee were very pleased with the attendance of 138 and support from everyone.

The evening at Memorial Hall in Gedney Hill was enjoyed by all.

 

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