BOWLS: Six of the best
Six Spalding bowlers played their part in International Series victories in Scotland.
The ladies series saw Annie Dunham, Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin in action.
Dunham skipped a rink, Tomlin played number two with Danielle Martinson from Hornsea and Hill led for St Neots’ Michelle Coleman.
First up were Wales with England proving too strong, winning 149-94.
Rink scores: Hill 32-9, Tomlin 29-17, Dunham 21-11.
Next up were Ireland the following day and England dominated the match to win on all rinks, the overall score being 199-80.
Rink scores: Dunham 54-7, Hill 26-16, Tomlin 28-16.
With Scotland winning their first two matches, a final-day showdown saw England start well, leading 44-15 after five ends.
They maintained their form to lead 70-43 at the halfway stage and a mini-comeback from Scotland was far too little too late as England secured the series win with a 115-99 victory.
Rink scores: Tomlin 12-17, Dunham 20-11, Hill 18-30.
With all bowlers playing their part, Dunham’s three wins from three stood out – particularly with her 54-7 victory on the second day.
In the men’s series, Graham Smith and Matt Whyers formed the front end for Robert Paxton, while Martin Spencer led for Jamie Chestney.
They opened their account with a comfortable 136-81 victory against Wales.
Rink scores: Whyers/Smith 16-14, Spencer 23-10.
Day two saw them face Ireland which proved to be another straightforward match for England, who took the initiative early on and never looked back, winning 141-101.
Rink scores: Spencer 21-14, Smith/Whyers 24-18.
With Scotland winning their two openers, another final-day shootout was to come.
As in their previous matches, England started well – leading 21-13 at five ends and 55-49 at 10.
At 15 ends, England looked to be cruising, as they pulled 15 shots clear before a fightback saw Scotland trail by just four shots with three ends to play across the board.
The tense final few ends saw England trail by one shot heading into the last rink to finish but they held their nerve to score the two shots they needed for victory.
Meanwhile, Spalding’s mixed team won their County League match at home to Horncastle.
They gained 16 match points, winning on four rinks and only narrowly losing the other. The best winning rink was Freda Lyon, Gill Needham, Mick Jennings and Graham Wright.