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Round-up of the action from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club progressed to the last 16 of the Egham Trophy after a close contest with Barwell on Sunday.

Spalding started the stronger of the two teams in the national mixed event and, at five ends, were 22-11 up across the board.

However, Barwell showed good fighting qualities to reduce the deficit to three shots (40-37) by 10 ends.

Stephen Harris (53411473)
Stephen Harris (53411473)

Spalding extended the lead again by 15 ends (68-53) but Barwell were not ready to give up without a fight.

With three of the four rinks finished, the home rink skipped by Graham Smith were playing their last end with Spalding three shots ahead overall.

With the crowd on the edge of their seat, the Barwell skip narrowly missed a shot to make three shots with his last bowl to allow Smith’s rink collect one shot and see Spalding through to the next round with an 87-83 win.

Every member of the team played their part. However, the away rinks did fantastically well, especially the rink skipped by Jordan Philpott, with Ruby Hill, Louise Harris and Stephen Harris, who won 25-16.

They now face Nottingham in the next round on Sunday, December 12.

Rink scores: Home – Rebecca Simpson, Maggie Wheatley, Andy Dunham, Graham Smith won 18-17; Karen Martin, Chelsea Tomlin, Martin Spencer, Tristan Morton lost 22-27; Away – Ruby Hill, Louise Harris, Stephen Harris, Jordan Philpott won 25-16; Brian Martin, Julie Hicks, Annie Dunham, Dominic McVittie lost 22-23.

Spalding’s men’s county league team had a comfortable win against Stamford B on Saturday by 38 shots (91-53), securing 12 of the available 14 points.

They won on three of the four rinks but the top winning rink was skipped by captain Brian Martin, with Mick Dolton, Paul Turner and Stuart Callaby, who returned a winning scorecard of 26-10.

The rinks skipped by David Nunney and Graham Hicks also had impressive wins as they triumphed 24-9 and 23-13 respectively.

The win puts Spalding top of the south section men’s county league, albeit only after three games.

The next game is away at Boston B on Saturday.

Spalding’s under 30s team were also supposed to play Lincoln in the last 16 of the national inter-club double triples event on Saturday, however, their opponents were unable to field a team and conceded the game.

Although this is not how they would have liked to progress, they now play Hornsea or Hartlepool in the national quarter-final on Saturday, February 5.

The friendly section of the Spalding club travelled to Peterborough on Sunday to play a game against the Cambridgeshire Vice President's Association.

It is a yearly event and the next one will be held at Spalding in 2022.

As the VP's are drawn from a number of different clubs throughout Cambridgeshire, they put out a good selection of bowlers of quality and the game is usually a strongly contested affair.

The game started with the VP's taking the lead but the strong efforts from two of the visiting rinks pulled back the lead in Spalding's favour and from there on the rest of team pushed ahead and closed the game to win on five of the six rinks with a final score of 113-69.

Spalding's winning rink was made up of Jan Sinclair, Gill Haydon, Trish Stafford and skip Mick Jennings. Captains for the day were Jan Sinclair and Maisie Belding.

The next friendly match is on Sunday at home to Grantham.

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