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Spalding Bowls Club make progress in the Denny Cup and Yetton Trophy

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s men and women booked their places in the next round of the national inter-club knockout competitions over the weekend.

In the Denny Cup, Spalding’s men beat Stamford 81-67 in a tight encounter winning by 14 shots.

The early exchanges were shared at 17-17 at five ends, however, Stamford actually had their noses in front for the majority of the game at 38-32 at 10 ends, 53-52 at 15 ends and 65-62 at 18 ends.

Spalding defeated Stamford in the Denny Cup. (53318638)
Spalding defeated Stamford in the Denny Cup. (53318638)

However, Spalding showed their class and experience in the closing ends as they scored 19 shots to Stamford’s two to win the match and secure their place in the next round where they will play Leicester on Saturday, December 11.

Leicester actually beat Spalding in the first round of the 2019/20 season so they will be looking for a bit of revenge.

Rink scores: Home – Stephen Harris, Martin Simpson, Simon Lilley, Graham Smith won 23-15; Kevin Ekins, Steve Hill, Martin Spencer, Jordan Philpott drew 15-15; Away – Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton, Tristan Morton won 27-16; Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham, Dominic McVittie lost 16-21.

Spalding women had an equally tough match in the Yetton Trophy, also against Stamford, but their final winning margin was a bit more comfortable at 84-61.

Stamford started the quicker, but Spalding stamped their authority by 10 ends to lead 41-33.

This lead was extended slightly to 57-48 at 15 ends and 66-55 at 18 ends before the final winning score of 23 shots.

Spalding ladies will play Barwell in the next round, also on Saturday, December 11.

Rink scores: Home – Jean Patterson, Gill Haydon, Maggie Wheatley, Barbara Hurst won 25-11; Louise Harris, Sheila Chamberlain, Chris Jackson, Julie Hicks won 20-16; Away – Ann Newbury, Michelle Billingsley, Karen Martin, Betty Deaton lost 14-21; Freda Lyon, Jan Sinclair, Sandra Hammond, Maisie Belding won 25-13.

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s mixed county league team continued their good start to the season on Saturday with a convincing home win against Skegness.

Winning on all four rinks, they won the overall aggregate 89-53 and secured all the available 14 points.

The top winning rink was skipped by Anthony Cronin with Ann Newbury, Maisie Belding and Mick Dolton who won 24-10.

This result keeps Spalding at top of the south section of the mixed county league.

Spalding men's over 60 team bounced back from two successive defeats with victory over Sleaford in the Lincolnshire South League.

Captain Graham Hicks with Derek Overton, Abbs Belding and skip Graham Wright had a somewhat disastrous start after finding themselves 7-0 down in two ends.

Pulling together they gradually fought back and by end eight had levelled the score to 10-10.

By end 16, they had a decent lead of seven shots at 22-15 but Sleaford fought back with local skip Tony Stanley reducing the deficit back to two shots by the completion of 21 ends which saw Spalding triumph 24-21.

Skip Peter Vallance, assisted by Michael Taylor, Cliff Searson and Robin Roffe, were four shots each at four ends of their contest.

Unfortunately by end 11 they had stood still and were 10 shots adrift, but not giving up they fought back and by the close of 21 ends had reduced the deficit to three shots which was a brilliant effort towards the final aggregate as Sleaford were victorious 14-17.

New skip Ian Stafford, the side's youngest player at 60, assisted by Tony Westland, Paul Lockie and David Amess, got off to a shaky first couple of ends by dropping three shots.

But they soon got into rhythm and by the halfway stage it was nip and tuck with Spalding one shot up at 10-9.

Turbo boost was then employed and they gradually pulled away, convincingly picking up a five on end 17 giving them a nine-shot advantage as they cruised to a 24-14 success.

The final rink of skip David Nunney with Mick Dolton, Paul Turner and Rob West had a day to remember.

They started how they wanted to go on and took a four on the first end and steadily built the score.

Sleaford fought hard but the Spalding rink scored steadily and by the halfway end 10 had the upper hand at 20 shots to three after preventing their opponents from scoring at all until end nine.

Sleaford settled in the second half and it was a much more even game with Spalding only out-pointing them by one shot in an overall convincing 31-13 win.

Overall it was a great result for Spalding with three winning rinks and one losing by only three shots as they won on aggregate by 93-66 for an overall 12-2 points triumph.

The Spalding and District indoor ladies county team travelled to Grantham to play their second Trudy Bates League match of the season.

Grantham got off to a flying start to leave Spalding bewildered with the speed of the green.

After five ends, Grantham were 11 shots in front and were winning on two rinks and tied on another out of four rinks.

But, at the halfway point, Spalding had managed to dig deep and pull back to only four shots behind with two rinks winning apiece.

The best winning rink was skipped by Barbara Hurst with Judy Jackson, Gill Haydon and Maggie Wheatley who then went into second gear by scoring 17 shots in the last nine ends to win comfortably 27-10.

The overall result went in Spalding's favour after winning two rinks for a 79-61 aggregate victory that returned 10 points.

Full result: B. Hurst, J Jackson,G Hayden, M Wheatley 27-10; B Deaton, A Newbury, M Billingsley, J Taylor 15-19; M Belding, F Lyon, J Sinclair, S Hammond 24-12; J Hicks (captain), C Nunney, S Chamberlain, J Horner 13-20.

The next county league match will be on Wednesday, December 15, away at Stamford.

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