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'Welland Salva' stays in Spalding after easy win in friendly over Stamford

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club lifted its third "Welland Salva" title after bearing rivals Stamford by nearly 40 shots.

The annual friendly competition between the two towns concluded on Saturday when a return fixture was staged to decide who would lift the silverware.

In the first match, held at Stamford last November, Spalding triumphed in a close-run encounter by just nine shots.

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club news.Photo supplied.
Spalding Indoor Bowls Club news.Photo supplied.

But with home advantage this time, Spalding soon took an early lead and they were to stay in command throughout, sealing a hat-trick of "Welland Salva" wins in the process.

Spalding won on four of the six rinks contested, with the winning rink skipped by captain Ken Challans who was joined by John Rawding, Gerald Horner and Janet Staples.

The next friendly match for Spalding will be against Newark on February 22.

Meanwhile, Spalding's over 60s' team had a tough time of it in their fixture away at Grantham.

Although the match began as normal, it soon became clear that the visitors were going to have trouble with the amount of green needed due to the carpet having recently been stretched.

A strong Grantham side took advantage of the conditions and by the halfway stage, Spalding were

over 30 shots behind.

Despite recovering slightly, Grantham ran out 23-shot winners, with their opponents picking up just one of the six rinks available.

The overall match score was 16-2 in Grantham's favour, with Spalding's winning rink skipped by Maurice Elding, alongside Martin Cox, Paul Lockie and David Nunney.

Spalding's captain for the day was Ken Challans, assisted by Tony Westland and Ron Walpole.

Spalding's over-60s travel to Horncastle on February 20.

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