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England trial dates for international series

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club will have a number of representatives at England trials.

Matt Whyers, Graham Smith and Martin Spencer are hoping to retain their places in the men’s team while Mathew Orrey and Stephen Harris will be aiming to break into the line-up.

Orrey helped England to an international series win in 2016 so he will be hoping for a recall.

Harris is competing at the men’s senior trial for the first time after impressing the selectors at the under-25s last season where he was named player of the series.

Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin
Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin

Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin will also hope to retain their places in the women’s team.

Annie Dunham is aiming for a recall into the side after being unavailable for the series last season due to giving birth to her second son Rory.

Selection for the men’s and women’s team will result in taking part in the British Isles International Series at Llanelli in Wales.

England are defending champions going into the women’s series on March 6-8 and the men’s competition on March 12-14.

Jordan Philpott
Jordan Philpott

In the men’s under-25 trial, Harris and Jordan Philpott will be hoping to retain their place in the team.

Philpott skipped his own rink for the first time last season when Harris played for his country for the first time.

In the women’s under-25 trial, Hill is also looking to retain her place from last season where he helped her team to a series win.

Danielle Wild will aim to break into the side for the first time.

The women’s under-25 international series will take place on February 8 and 9 at Arbroath in Scotland.

The men’s competition is the following weekend at Stanley in Durham.

Trials are held over the weekend of November 30 and December 1 at Rugby Thornfield in Warwickshire.

Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin
Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin

Ruby Hill has reached the last 16 of the national under-25 singles.

She had straight-sets wins over Nicole Moseley and clubmate Danielle Wild at the qualifiers at City of Ely on Sunday.

The finals are being hosted by Spalding Indoor Bowls Club for the first time in front of a capacity crowd.

Jordan Philpott, Harry Mycock, Rhys Hill and Stephen Harris are still competing in the men’s under-25 singles qualifiers.

There were mixed emotions for Spalding’s men’s and women’s national inter-club teams on Saturday.

The women had a comfortable first-round win in the Yetton Trophy against Melton Mowbray while the men suffered a rare first-round defeat at the hands of Leicester in the Denny Cup.

In the Yetton, Spalding stamped their authority from the outset and were already 36-11 ahead after five ends.

This was extended to 53-26 at 10 ends and 87-39 at 15 before a final result of 114-52 secured a safe passage where Charnwood or Peterborough await on November 16.

The main damage was done at home by the rinks skipped by Chelsea Tomlin and Annie Dunham who both won 37-7.

Rink scores: Home - Jenny Patterson, Judy Jackson, Ruby Hill, Chelsea Tomlin won 37-7; Ann Newbury, Barbara Hurst, Lauren Finbow, Annie Dunham won 37-7. Away - Freda Lyon, Tracy Philpott, Maisie Belding, Betty Deaton won 23-16; Jan Sinclair, Karen Martin, Pearl O’Brien, Gill Needham lost 22-17.

Spalding’s men came up against an inspired Leicester side in the Denny Cup and just fell short by nine shots (84-75).

Leicester opened up an early lead and by five ends, Spalding trailed 28-13.

Spalding fought back well and by 15 ends, the deficit was reduced to 55-53.

However, Leicester finished stronger to secure their place in the second round.

Not all is lost though for Spalding as they are entered into the Denny Plate competition where they will play Melton Mowbray or Church Gresley, also on November 16.

Rink scores: Home - Harry Mycock, Rhys Hill, Maurice Elding, Martin Spencer won 22-10; Steve Hill, John Needham, Simon Lilley, Graham Smith lost 32-11. Away - Nick Wilkie, Martin Simpson, Andy Dunham, Kevin Ekins won 20-15; Brian Martin, Nigel Eagle, Stephen Harris, Jordan Philpott lost 27-22.

Spalding’s under-25 double triples team secured a safe passage through to the national second round after a comfortable win against Boston on Sunday.

After losing in last season’s final against a team from Swale in Kent, this certainly shows their intent to go one better this season.

The main damage was done by the rink of Harry Mycock, Rhys Hill and Stephen Harris who won 34-1.

The home rink of Nathan Puttrell, Aaron Barnes and Jordan Philpott also played their part.

The next round will now be on December 21 against York or Hartlepool.

Spalding’s friendly section won 138-53 at home to the Fenland Bowlers from the Wisbech area who now generally play their home games at Sutton St James.

Even by the fifth end, Spalding were already 17 shots ahead. This was extended to 37 by 10 ends.

Spalding won on all six rinks with three vying for the honour of top winning rink and two winning by an equal number of shots but on recount, one rink won one extra end.

The winning rink honours went to Alan Tokley, Sheila Chamberlain and Abi Belding. Captains for the day were Jan Sinclair and Maisie Belding.

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