BOWLS: Spalding’s three national champions

Brilliant haul: New EBF national ladies' senior singles champion Shirley Quinton with Under-25 title holders Ashley Caress (left) and Martin Spencer.
Brilliant haul: New EBF national ladies' senior singles champion Shirley Quinton with Under-25 title holders Ashley Caress (left) and Martin Spencer.
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Spalding has three national bowls champions.

Martin Spencer is the top Under-25 Singles player and he partnered Ashley Caress to victory in the Under-25 Pairs. Shirley Quinton took the ladies’ senior singles title.

The glory came in the English Bowling Federation national finals at Skegness.

Quinton (67) had reached the final stages for only the second time, the last being in 2005.

This year the Moulton Harrox player, who lives in Spalding, knocked out 2009 champion I Gillespie, from Cleveland, and beat North Essex’s Val Noy 20-17 in the final.

She said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. Everyone there was so nice and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Spencer (23) enjoyed singles and pairs success, bringing the singles trophy back to Spalding after a year away following Caress’s 2009 success.

Caress (19) said of the pair’s win: “It was more of a relief than anything.

“We’d been expected to do well in previous years but failed. But we felt good about it this time around and when we beat the defending champions in the semi-finals, we really started to believe it would be our year.”

The Spalding duo firstly saw off Derbyshire’s Ashley Clipston and G Bosworth 20-14.

The next round was a bit easier beating a Suffolk pair 30-3 and then it was on to the semi-finals.

Brilliant play saw them knock out defending champions D Leightley and G Robinson (Northumberland) 20-14.

And Spencer (Royal Mail Cart) and Caress (Ayscoughfee) got their hands on the trophy after a final against a Nottinghamshire duo, which started tightly before the Spalding players pulled away to win 19-6.

To lift the singles crown, Spencer had to go one better than last year.

And he did that by the tightest of margins – edging home by one shot.

Spencer led Cleveland’s J Bowes until late in the final when he found himself 20-18 behind, but picked up a single and then two to take the title 20-21.

He reached the final with a tough 21-17 win over against Robinson, whom he had beaten in the pairs.