INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding net big victory

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club’s friendly side ran out comfortable winners against a 20-strong team from Deeping on Sunday.

They triumphed on three rinks out of five, with an overall score of 105 shots to 80. Best rink was Doreen Groves, Gill Hayden, Maisie Belding and Dave Spridgen, with captain on the day, Mick Jennings.

A day earlier, Spalding were beaten by a strong Grantham side away from home – despite some very close and hard-fought battles on four of the six rinks.

The remaining two rinks suffered heavy defeats, but Spalding did achieve two close wins by one and four shots respectively, to eventually lose by 149 shots to 103. The best rink came from Jan Sinclair, Bill Clark, June Taylor and James Newby. Captain of the day was Dave Spridgen.

• The Spalding friendly team’s return match against Fenland Bowlers was held at Long Sutton – and it turned out to be an eventful afternoon.

During the course of the game it was discovered that the electronic scoring system had not been functioning properly, causing a loss of data on one rink.

The final score card tally revealed a very close contest, with Fenland edging out Spalding by one shot (104-103) for the second time this season.

Spalding had two rinks of equal score and the winning rink was assessed on countback. The rink winners were Audrey Maxwell, Gill Haydon, and skip Brian Collin. Match captain was Brian Stuckey.