INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding men target a clean sweep

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club have representatives in every men’s county final after a very successful outing at Grantham on Saturday.

Following Simon Lilley’s singles victory midweek, Martin Spencer and Paul Simpson secured their place in the pairs final courtesy of a 27-9 win over Sleaford’s Trev Bannister.

They were joined by Graham Smith in the afternoon for the triples semi, with the outcome the same, Spalding winning by 21 shots to 11.

In the fours, an all-Spalding match lived up to expectations, with Calvin Leuty, Scott Dunham, Rob Aves and Ryan Huskisson launching a comeback against John Needham’s set to take the spoils.

Mixed pairs was also a close affair, but Annalisa Bellamy and Scott Dunham were victorious over Paul Bark.

Andy Dawson won his under-25 singles match against Caroline Davis to set up an all-Spalding final. He awaits the winner of Ben Wilson and Martin Spencer, who are yet to play their match.

• Spalding beat Boston in the final group match of the Trudy Bates League to set up a final with northern section winners Lincoln at Horncastle on April 12.

Their place in the final was secured with this 103-84 victory, a 14-2 points return. Irene Blackman, Ida Andrew, Jean Collin and Betty Deaton led the way for Spalding.

• Spalding’s over-60s county league team are on-course for promotion back to the top flight after a fine 111-91 win at Skegness that earned them 16 points out of a possible 18.

At one stage they were 30 shots down, but a spirited comeback followed and they turned it around. Best rink, winning by ten shots, was D Marriott, D Spridgen, B Benton and M Elding.

• Spalding A clinched the Division One county league title with an impressive win over local rivals Boston.

Simon Lilley’s rink led the way early on, racing to a 7-0 lead against Martin Tomlin – but just missed out on a rink win.

Paul Simpson’s rink drew with Les Feary, with Graham Smith and John Needham’s rinks recording narrow victories. Calvin Leuty, with Bob Davis, Richard Evenden and John Dawson, ensured Spalding secured a win over Jonathon West, sealing a 15-3 points win overall.

• Spalding just ran out 97-90 winners an exciting mixed county league match against Boston.

With the game going right down to the very last end, Spalding held their nerve to secure their place in Division One. The best winning rink was F Lyon, M Dolton, B Hurst and B Benton.

• The Spalding friendly bowlers beat Rutland Tourists 99-83 in their annual match.

Out of the six rinks, Spalding won three and drew on two. The highest scoring Spalding rink was skipped by Maisie Belding, ably supported by Gwen Bothamley, Colin Taylor and Abbs Belding. Brian Stuckey was captain.