INDOOR BOWLS: Spalding secure super semi spot

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s under-25 team are one win away from a national final after securing a stunning success over Northumberland.

The talented team progressed through to the last four of the national competition with an impressive 48-41 victory over their northern opponents.

In a game played on a neutral green at York and District I B C, Martin Spencer’s rink of Jordan Philpott,Martin Duncan and Ryan Huskisson got off to a flying start by picking up four shots on the first end.

They continued to take command and moved into an 8-1 advantage after five ends.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly when they picked up a five on the sixth, only to drop the same amount on the ninth.

But they were still comfortably ahead at 16-7 after ten ends – and another four on the 13th end and a single saw them at 21-12 after 15.

Six shots dropped on the next three ends saw their lead reduced to three, but Spalding’s set managed to hold on and ended up winning 24-19.

Meanwhile Calvin Leuty’s rink of Charlene Leuty,Michael Cole (stand in for Mathew Whyers who was not available) and Ashley Caress dropped four on the first, which saw them 7-5 down at five ends.

In what proved a tight game throughout, Spalding’s set were always behind – and at one time on the 12th end they were 14-9 down.

The game turned in Leuty’s favour on 13 ends though, when his team picked up six shots to take the lead by one at 15-14, but by the 18th they were again behind 21-17.

Once again the game changed on the 20th when, with good fortune, the opposing skip saw his last bowl smash into the jack off one of his own bowls and into a cluster of Spalding’s. And with Leuty’s last bowl counting, he picked up another six shots to lead 23-22. Spalding then picked up one more on the last end to win the rink 24-22 and seal their progress.