BOWLS: Season off to a great start for Spalding friendly team

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The Spalding Friendly team got their winter season off to a resounding start by beating “Perkins Retired”160-75.

The result was never in any doubt as the home side raced into a 31-11 lead after only five ends, to 71-31 after ten and 110-58 after 15.

It was not all plain sailing though. Fred Jones’ set found themselves six down with sixends to play but fought back to win 19-18.

The team led by Rod Briars, however, were never able to master their opposition and lost 18-13.

Of the four rinks who won their matches, the one led by Maisie Belding, including Jenny Horner, Gordon Kirby and Pat Newby, had the highest winning margin, 33-10. Captain James Newby, Lily Drawbridge and Alan Pitts skipped other winning rinks.

n Spalding Friendly bowlers played an away game at Sleaford.

The home team romped away to gain the lead but by the tenth end, Spalding had pulled the deficit back to be within ten shots.

They continued to apply the pressure so that on occasions they led, but the home team held up under pressure and secured a worthy 112-101 victory.

Spalding won on three rinks and lost on three, with the best rink the team of Trish Stafford, Gill Haydon, Tom Bell and skip Lily Drawbridge.

Captain was Roger Perkins.

n Spalding A began the defence of their league title with a comfortable home victory over newly-promoted Louth.

Spalding began well and never looked back, eventually recording an overall score of 140-48.

Simon Lilley’s set of Andy Dawson, Ryan Huskisson and Matt Dawson led the way with a 40-9 win. Other rink scores were Calvin Leuty 15-9, John Needham 25-9, Graham Smith 36-7 and Martin Simpson 24-14.