BOWLS: Domination at county finals
Spalding Indoor Bowls Club won 10 out of 11 men’s and ladies county finals.
Due to Danielle Wild being at the England under-18 international trials on county finals day, the all-Spalding clash in the county senior under-18 singles final was brought forward and played at Spalding.
In a closely-fought battle which went down to the final bowl of the match, she beat Harry Mycock 21-20 to win the title for the first time.
The county junior under-18 singles final was also an all-Spalding affair as James Cherry beat TJa Spiller 21-11.
Being able to boast all four under-18 singles finalists really does show that the future of the club is in good hands.
The blue ribbon singles event for both the men and the women was always going back to Spalding as Graham Smith beat Kevin Ekins 21-12 - winning the title for a record-equalling fifth time - while Chelsea Tomlin beat Ruby Hill 21-15 to win the title for the second time.
The next two finals were also all-Spalding clashes with Smith making it a singles double, beating Martin Spencer in the sets singles final in straight sets (6-5, 7-4) and taking the title for the third successive season.
Hill got revenge on Tomlin as she won 21-11 in the ladies under-25 singles to win the title for the first time - beating Tomlin in her final under-25 season and stopping the run of four consecutive title wins.
Spalding made it an under-25 singles double as Stephen Harris won the open under-25 singles title for the first time, beating Lincoln’s Sam Ashton on the last end of the tie-break 2-1 (6-7, 8-6, 2-1).
The men’s pairs was won by Spalding’s Matt Whyers and Jordan Philpott against David Bristow and Paul Roberts from Sleaford.
The young Spalding pair fell behind early until a count of six shots gave them the lead for the first time as they eventually closed out the match 21-15.
The pairs title was extra special as Whyers now has the main set of titles (singles, pairs, triples and fours) over his already impressive bowls career while Philpott won his first senior county title.
The ladies pairs title also went to Spalding as, after competing against each other for two games in the morning, Hill and Tomlin joined forces to collect the county pairs title for the second time - beating Rachel Stanley and Tina Reeson from Louth 18-14.
The final title of the day going back to Spalding was in the men’s triples in dramatic fashion.
Whyers, Spencer and Smith collected four shots on the final end to win by a single shot 18-17 against a trio skipped by Scunthorpe’s Phil Parker and win the county triples for the second time.
The only disappointment for the day for Spalding was in the men’s fours where David Staples, Andy Dunham (sub for Nick Wilkie), Maurice Elding and John Needham lost by a single shot (14-13) against a set from Lincoln, skipped by former world singles champion Billy Jackson with Alan Watts, Dean Stevenson and Kevin Rands.
SPALDING INDOOR BOWLS CLUB
Winner - Graham Smith; runner-up - Martin Spencer.
Winner - Ruby Hill; runner-up - Danielle Wild.
Winner - Jordan Philpott; runner-up - Chelsea Tomlin.
Winner - Cliff Searson; runner-up - Maurice Elding.
Winner - Gareth Laidler; runner-up - James Teesdale.
Winners - Harry Mycock & Rhys Hill; runner-up - Steve Hill & Martin Simpson.
Winners - Ruby Hill & Chelsea Tomlin; runner-up - Danielle Wild & Lauren Finbow.
Ladies Drawn Pairs
Winners - Janet Staples & Pat Cox; runner-up - Jan Sinclair & Jude Browse.
Winners - Jean Patterson & John Needham; runner-up - Terry Windsor & Betty Windsor.
Winners - Terry Windsor & Betty Windsor; runner-up - Steve Hill & Rhys Hill.
Winners - Steve Hartfil, David Staples & Gareth Laidler; runner-up - Peter Bendell, Michael Laidler & Chris Stagles.
Winners - Danielle Wild, Lauren Finbow & Ruby Hill; runner-up - Ann Newbury, Maggie Wheatley & Freda Huggins.
Winners - Steve Hill, Harry Mycock, Rhys Hill & Martin Simpson; runner-up - Tony Westland, Ab Belding, Ian Stafford & Ken Challans.
Winners - Danielle Wild, Jasmine Sinclair, Lauren Finbow & Ruby Hill; runner-up - Gillian Hayden, Pat Collicot, Betty Windsor & Pearl O’Brien.
Winners - Ruby Hill & Matt Whyers; runner-up - Maggie Wheatley & Maurice Elding.
Winners - Karen Reay, Hazel Searson, Cliff Searson & Ian Reay; runner-up - Jan Sinclair, Ab Belding, Maisie Belding & Ken Challans.
Winner - Graham Smith; runner-up - Kevin Ekins.
Winners - Graham Smith & Martin Spencer; runner-up - Ruby Hill & Jordan Philpott.
Winner - Danielle Wild; runner-up - Nathan Puttrell.
Winners - Toby Horton & Harry Mycock; runner-up - TJa Spiller & Danielle Wild.
Winners - Dylan Creamer, Toby Horton & Harry Mycock; runner-up - Jasmine Sinclair, James Cherrry & Matthew Ford.
Winners - Dylan Creamer, Toby Horton, Bailey Day & Harry Mycock; runner-up - Ruby Mycock, TJa Spiller, James Cherry & Nathan Puttrell.