INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding duo earn an England call

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club duo Martin Spencer and Matt Whyers have been selected for the England junior squad.

The pair will be looking to guide England to glory at the British Isles Team Championships next month.

England are the hosts and will take on holders Scotland, along with Ireland and Wales during the weekend of January 7 and 8 at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club.

Spencer has kept his place in the team and will lead for Perry Martin, Jamie Walker and Martin Puckett. Spencer is the travelling reserve and will be hoping for a debut appearance.

• Betty Deaton held her nerve to earn Spalding ladies a narrow win in the Yetton Trophy.

Faced with a very strong Boston side in the national ladies’ team knockout competition, the scores were all square at 79 all after all four rinks had finished their 21 ends.

Deaton was skipping a rink for Spalding at Boston and was handed the task of the tie break end.

Under pressure, she drew the shot to set up a match lie – and when Boston’s Jean Cammack missed out, the Spalding ladies were delighted with their win.

They meet Long Sutton in the next round this Thursday.

• Spalding’s friendly bowlers earned a fine win against a strong team from Peterborough Conservative Club.

Hosts Spalding took an early lead in the game and, despite the city team edging close on a number of occasions, they maintained the lead throughout the game.

The game was equal on rinks won but Spalding closed with a strong 134-95 advantage.

Spalding’s best rink, with an impressive 38-6 win, was Chris Williamson, Barbara Jackson, Brian Stuckey and skip Roger Perkins, who was also captain of the team on the day.