BOWLS: Smith bidding to keep England spot

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club skipper Graham Smith has been selected for a senior international trial.

Smith is a current member of the England side and will be looking to keep his place, while Paul Simpson has been selected as travelling reserve.

Last year Simpson was selected to play in the trial, but with the number of players invited being reduced, he is pleased to be named in the squad for the trial game to be held on Sunday, December 11.

• Over 60s Lincs League: Spalding pulled off another superb win as they hosted Skegness.

The home team raced away at the start and were 30 shots up at one stage, but Skegness came back very strongly towards the end.

After a tense finish, Spalding claimed an 82-78 shot win.

Best winning rink went to B Skelton, M Taylor, K Woods and P Lane (20-11).

In their next outing against Lincoln C, the team will wear official club shirts for the first time.

• Ladies’ County League: Spalding ladies won their latest Trudy Bates match after a tight tussle with rivals Boston.

They claimed a 97-95 success, with Freda Lyon, Bridget Holland, Maisie Belding and Gill Needham leading the way.

• Spalding’s over-60s side won their opening match in the national double rink competition with a comfortable 50-34 victory against Grantham.

They now face Stamford in the next round.

• Men’s County League: It’s now three wins out of three as Spalding bid to defend their title.

They won by a massive 161-61 shots against Scunthorpe, with Scott Dunham’s rink leading the charge for Spalding with a 40-10 triumph.

Maurice Elding also skipped his set to a 38-9 win. Supporting them were John Needham, Calvin Leuty and Martin Simpson, who led their rinks to comfortable wins.

• Spalding’s U/25s side won the opening match of the inter-club national double rink competition with a convincing victory over Boston.

At home, Martin Spencer skipped his rink to a 25-10 win over J West, while Calvin Leuty beat A Tomlin by 22 shots at Boston, being 21-0 up at one stage.

Spalding are looking to win the national title for the third time in recent years.

• In their latest friendly, Spalding travelled to Sleaford and picked up a 112-107 victory.

Spalding’s best winning rink of Yvonne Pitts, Mike Taylor, Lilly Drawbridge and skip Roger Perkins secured a 27-9 shot success.   

• A nail-biting finish saw Spalding ladies lose in the first round of the Lingford Trophy.

They were beaten in the U/60s double rink knockout competition by a strong Peterborough team. Ruby Hill, Julie Hicks and Annie Bellamy lost 14-13 at Spalding, whilst Val and Lucy Cooke, with Rebecca Simpson won 16-15 at Peterborough to set up an extra end shoot-out.

Unfortunately, Simpson’s set lost out to send Peterborough through to round two.