INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding duo inspire bid to be best of British

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club duo Martin Spencer and Matt Whyers played their part as England under-25 won the British Isles Bowls Championships last weekend.

In their first match at Nottingham Indoor Bowls Club, England defeated Wales 97-59 with Spencer’s rink, skipped by Kent’s Perry Martin, winning 28-12.

The second match saw England pitched against Ireland. Although Spencer’s rink lost by five shots, the team won overall to set up a winner takes all battle against Scotland.

In the decider it was nip and tuck towards the end, until they picked up the pace to win by 76 shots to 72. Simpson was again victorious by 21 shots to 16.

Spalding team-mate Whyers was selected as travelling reserve and didn’t feature in the actual games.

• There was despair for Spalding ladies as they lost their clash with local rivals Lincoln in the Yetton national club knockout competition.

The match was extremely close throughout, but Spalding just missed out on the last end – despite winning on three rinks out of four.

• Ladies from Spalding played a prominent role as Lincolnshire won their national Inter-County Cup quarter-final match against Warwickshire.

Defending champions Lincolnshire took an early lead in Sunday’s clash at Sleaford and continued to dominate, running out 126-88 winners.

They now face Yorkshire in the last four.

• Spalding’s over 60s side lost a thrilling clash against rivals Long Sutton last Thursday.

Sutton prevailed 93-86, but Spalding’s best winning rink came from L Jackson, A Pitts, D Amess and K Woods.

• Spalding’s inter-county B team earned a 106-95 success over Louth.

The game was very close all the way through until the last couple of ends when Spalding managed to get ahead.

They won on four of the five rinks, the best being J Philpott, L Burns, A Gibbs and K Cherry.

• The Spalding friendly team were handed a heavy beating at Lincoln on Saturday.

Despite their valiant efforts of Spalding, they went down 192-102, but did contest two of the rinks closely.

The best Spalding rink honours went to the team of Chris Williamson, Ron Townsend, Ron Mander and skip James Newby. Captain of the day was Roger Perkins.

• Cumbria await Spalding’s Mason team in the quarter finals of the national over-60’s competition they beat Leicester in the last 16.

Gloria Haney’s rink helped Spalding prevail 28-10 on their home green, while Margaret Dark’s set travelled to Leicester to complete the job.

They went down by just nine shots to hand Spalding an overall 42-33 shot victory. They will play Cumbria on a neutral green in the last eight.

• Spalding thrashed Stamford in the ladies’ county league, winning on all rinks at the Castle complex.

They claimed a 16-0 overall points win and have now won all their matches in the league so far. Leading the way were Gloria Haney, Barbara Hurst, Val Bowker and Lucy Cooke, who won by 34-8 shots.