INDOOR BOWLS: Duo earn an England calls

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TWO of Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s top talents have earned a shot at international glory with England.

Charlie Leuty and Lucy Cooke have received the nod from the EIBA and will attend the ladies’ under-25 international trials at Barwell IBC on on Saturday, November 5.

This is deserved reward for being part of Spalding’s national fours winning rink from last year.

Annalisa Bellamy would have also attended, but is unavailable as she is representing England in the European Team Championships.

They will be attempting to make the side that participates in the BIWIBC U/25 International Series at Bristol IBC on Jan 14 and 15 next year.

• Spalding’s friendly bowlers recovered from a slow start to beat Peterborough IBC in their latest fixtures.

They were 20 points down at the halfway stage, with the green appearing fast.

It took several ends for Spalding to gain some control and improve their scoring, but they eventually ran out 106-86 winners.

Spalding’s winning rink was Yvonne Pitts, Margaret Skelton and James Newby as skip. Geoff Craft was the captain on the day for Spalding.

• For the first time in several years, Spalding were drawn in the preliminary round of the Denny Cup National Club Championship.

Facing rivals Long Sutton, both teams got of to nervy starts – and after five ends there was very little in the game. It was a different story after ten ends though, as Spalding had opened up a 20 shot advantage.

The team built on their solid foundations and ran out comfortable 116-55 winners.

Spalding will now play Stamford, who beat Horncastle in the previous round, this Saturday (10am).

Rink scores: At Spalding – Simon Lilley 28 Mike Hartopp 16; John Needham 38 Jim Forrest 7. At Long Sutton – Calvin Leuty 24 Richard Dolman 18; Rob Aves 26 Ron Speechley 14.

• Lincs League Division One: Fresh off the back of their Denny Cup win, Spalding men’s A team entertained newly promoted Sleaford A.

Both sides had comfortably won their opening league matches so this had all the indications of being a close encounter.

After an even opening, Spalding took a 12 shot lead by the halfway stage. The match then turned in Spalding’s favour and they ran out worthy winners by 37 shots for a 16-2 victory on points.

Rink scores: John Needham 21 Dave Chandley 10; Derek Sands 18 Richard Mason 20; Simon Lilley 21 Trev Bannister 13; Graham Smith 30 Jim Cave 15; Scott Dunham 19 Paul Roberts 15.

• Spalding’s over-60s team beat Dunholme 97-92 in a closely-fought contest.

Hosts Spalding were 20 shots in front at one stage and held on to record their first win of the season.

Their best winning rink came from L Jackson, D Groves, J Bailey and M Elding. Dave Marriot was captain, assisted by James Newby.