INDOOR BOWLS: County singles successes among top Spalding show

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s Rebecca Simpson and Matt Whyers won their respective Lincolnshire county singles titles following final victories at Sleaford on Saturday.

Simpson raced into a 9-0 lead before being pegged back by last year’s winner, Grantham’s Pat Thompson.

With the scores at 12-9, the Spalding ace took control to claim the county title, eventually securing a 21-12 victory.

Meanwhile, Whyers was in superb form against Lincoln’s Danny Brown and took an early strangle hold on the match. He never let that grip go and, despite his opponent being an excellent player himself, the Spalding player registered a remarkable 21-0 victory.

Lucy Cooke took the ladies’ under-25 singles title with an impressive 21-7 win over Boston’s Charlie Reeson. She led throughout the final and remained calm to take the title.

In the ladies’ pairs, Pat Crampton and Sylvia Wade won the all-Spalding final by beating Rebecca Simpson and Annie Bellamy 26-17. Crampton and Wade took an early lead and held that throughout the match, fending off a late comeback to take the title.

David Bristow was Spalding’s other victorious player, as he beat Long Sutton’s Daniel Willows 21-17 in the 18 and under singles. He found himself staring defeat in the face, but launched a successful fight back to clinch victory.

Spalding were well represented in many other finals, with David Staples and Martin Spencer missing out in the pairs, losing 21-17.

Jordon Philpott lost in the under 25 singles to junior international Matt Orrey , then joined Ash Caress and Matt Whyers in the triples.They went down 18-9.

Rob Aves, Ryan Huskisson, Calvin Leuty and Scott Dunham also lost the fours final 23-15, while Maurice Elding was beaten in the over-60s singles and Ruby Hill lost 21-14 in the 18 and under junior singles final against S Carr.