BOWLS: Spalding through to national semi-finals

Annie Dunham
Annie Dunham
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Spalding’s Top Club team beat Hartlepool on Sunday at York to reach the national semi-final.

They travelled to the neutral venue with hopes of reaching the finals and were faced with tough opponents.

Most disciplines were close affairs but Spalding came out on top of all of them to reach the semi-final, back at York, on April 29.

Rink scores: ladies singles (C Tomlin) won 17-8; men’s singles (M Whyers) won 13-11; mixed pairs (R Hill & M Spencer) won 16-13; mixed triples (S Dunham, A Dunham & M Orrey) won 12-8; mixed fours (R Simpson, L Catchpole, A Caress & G Smith) won 20-12.

Spalding men’s A team lost their County League match at Boston on Saturday.

They won on three rinks to take six of the 18 match points but that wasn’t enough on the aggregate score with Boston winning 96-79.

Spalding lost at top-of-the-table Lincoln A in the Over-60s County League.

Spalding started well but the strong Lincoln side got into their stride and finished winning on all five rinks. The aggregate score was 140-57.

Lincoln A have won the Division One title for the past 16 seasons and from the 10 games played this term they have 
only dropped 12 points from a maximum available of 180.

The best performing rink was skipped by Maurice Elding ably assisted by Rob West, Jim Hammond and Martin Hawkes. Captain for the day was David Lunn.

Spalding’s mixed team lost 124-109 at Boston but won on two rinks to claim four match points. Best rink was Judy Jackson, Janet Staples, Mick Jennings and Don Churchman.

The friendly team won 107-86 at Skegness in a triples match.

The best winning rink was Trish Stafford, Maggie Wheatley and skip Rob West with a score of 30-5. Captain of the day was Trish Stafford, aided by Ian Stafford.

Spalding’s ladies team lost their Trudy Bates match against Skegness 102-77.

The best winning rink was skipped by Gloria Haney with Michelle Billingsley, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst who won 21-17.

Several junior members have contested tournaments at Grantham and Horncastle.

At Grantham, playing in the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme, Jonathan Field qualified as winner to the regional finals along with Danielle Wild who was second.

Other successes were Jamie Goodliff (fourth) and Nathan Putterel (fifth) out of 13 players.

At Horncastle, eight club members were among the last 16 of the county under-18 singles which played down to the last two in each group of eight players in a junior section and senior section.

With two members in the senior group, Spalding did not have a qualifier.

However in the junior section with five members, Wild qualified as winner of the group.