INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding’s double bid still on track

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SPALDING Indoor Bowls Club’s under-25 team took another step forward in their quest to win the National Club Double Rink title with an emphatic 48-23 win against rivals Lincoln.

With Annalisa Bellamy away on international duty in Portugal and Ashley Caress unavailable, changes had to be made to the team.

Ryan Huskisson came in to fill the number two spot in Calvin Leuty’s rink, while Ben Wilson moved up to number three to replace England ace Bellamy.

Andrew Dawson also moved over to this away rink at lead, while Charlie Leuty, normally in the away rink, played at home so that she was able to fulfill another commitment after the game.

Even after these changes Calvin Leuty romped home by 34 shots to ten. Martin Spencer’s rink, which included 16-year-old Michael Cole (replacement for Caress) and Charlie and Matt Whyers found the going tough against a strong Lincoln rink.

But they eventually won by one shot (14-13), with this rink eventually conceding after 18 ends after Leuty’s set completed their 21 ends first.

• Spalding’s friendly bowlers were up against March IBC on Saturday – and despite their best efforts, just lost out in the overall aggregate score.

All rinks played a fairly evenly matched game, with scores alternating from team to team.

Well into the second half March managed to hold onto a small lead and won by 64 shots to 56.

Spalding’s best winning rink was Eric Murray, Alan Pitt, Margaret Skelton and Roger Perkins skip.

Captain for the day was Geoff Craft

• The friendly bowlers slipped to another loss 24 hours later.

Playing host to Sleaford, they went down 112-106.

The game was very close all the way through, but once Sleaford gained the lead with an hour to go, Spalding never managed to recover.

The rinks were evenly shared, as the teams won three each.

Spalding’s best winning set was skipped by Mick Jennings and included Pat Newby, Ron Townsend and Audrey Maxwell.