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Spalding bowlers part of England team to win British Isles International Series for third year running

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club trio Annie Dunham, Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin helped England to their third straight victory at the British Isles International Series.

Dunham, Hill and Tomlin joined their team-mates at Llanelli Indoor Bowls Club to take on Ireland, Scotland and hosts during the three-day event at the weekend.

Hill and Dunham were selected to play at lead and number three respectively in the same rink as Laura Holden and skip Michelle Coleman.

England won their third successive British Isles International Series title at Llanelli Indoor Bowls Club in Wales. Photo supplied.
England won their third successive British Isles International Series title at Llanelli Indoor Bowls Club in Wales. Photo supplied.

Meanwhile, Tomlin was selected at number three in a rink skipped by Danielle Martinson, with Devon Cooper and Harriet Stevens number two.

England started the defence of their title against Wales and stamped their authority on the tie from the outset.

By ten ends, England were 69-45 up and they extended their advantage to 105-70 at 15 ends before closing out a comfortable 153-95 win.

Annie Dunham.
Annie Dunham.

Despite performing well, Hill and Dunham found their opposition in top form on their particular rink as they lost 13-19 against a rink skipped by Amy Williams, while Tomlin's rink had a good win against former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Laura Daniels 29-20.

The other match saw Scotland beat Ireland 152-78.

Next up for England were Ireland and after racing into a 40-shot lead, stretching it to 71-31 at ten ends, England won on five of the six rinks to post a comfortable 141-89 success.

Hill and Dunham had an impressive 28-10 rink win against Ireland's Sarah Jane Curran, while Tomlin's rink found their opposition in top form, narrowly losing 16-18 against Dessa Baird.

Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin.
Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin.

The other match saw a shock win for Wales against Scotland to win 116-113.

In the penultimate match of the series, Wales beat Ireland 151-97 which meant that in order to win the series, England needed to avoid a losing margin of 20 shots or more against Scotland.

Pride was also at stake as neither side wanted to experience defeat, with the last country other than England and Scotland to win the ladies international series having done so in 1988.

However, it was England who made it a third successive series win after taking control against Scotland before coming out on top 125-90.

Hill and Dunham lost a close encounter 18-21 against Scotland's Lorraine Craig, but Tomlin's rink enjoyed a good win against one of Scotland's more experienced skips led by Margaret Letham.

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