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Spalding Indoor Bowls Cub to stage National Under 25 singles finals

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Spalding Indoor Bowls Club will be hosting the National Under 25 singles finals for the second time next weekend.

The event - which runs over the weekend of January 22 and 23 - will see Spalding’s very own Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott in action.

Jordan will be hoping to make it an indoor and outdoor double after winning the outdoor national under 25 singles at Leamington Spa in the summer.

The national Under 25 singles finals are being staged at Spalding. (54250049)
The national Under 25 singles finals are being staged at Spalding. (54250049)

There is some further local interest as Boston’s Nathan Dunnington has qualified.

Although now playing out of Swale, Katy Tointon - formerly of Boston - has also qualified for the ladies event.

The standard will no doubt be of a high quality and the club are urging anyone to come and support some of the best under 25 bowlers that the country has to offer.

Play will commence at 10am on each day with the last 16 and quarter-finals being played on the Saturday and the semi-finals and finals on the Sunday.

Spalding won their last 16 clash against county rivals Lincoln in the Denny Cup on Saturday.

The main damage was done by the two home rinks as Spalding stamped their authority from the outset as they raced into a 28-14 lead by five ends which was extended to 51-28 at 10 ends and 68-44 at 15.

Jordan Philpott and Ruby Hill (54250175)
Jordan Philpott and Ruby Hill (54250175)

With the score at 85-53 and the four rinks having played a combination of 18 and 19 ends, Lincoln conceded the match.

Although all rinks played their part, the top winning rink was skipped by Mathew Orrey - with Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes and Graham Smith - who had an impressive 28-11 win.

In the quarter-final, Spalding will now play South Shields Vipers on January 29.

Rink scores: Home - Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes, Graham Smith, Mathew Orrey won 28-11; Kevin Ekins, Simon Lilley, Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott won 24-8. Away - Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton and Tristan Morton won 21-12; Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie lost 12-22.

Spalding's mixed Top Club team progressed to the quarter-finals on Sunday as they attempt to defend the national title they won in October.

They beat Nottingham at home in their last 16 clash on shots by a 87-81 margin.

Spalding were the first to put points on the board as Chelsea Tomlin and Stephen Harris won the ladies and men’s singles respectively. The singles were worth two points each as Spalding went 4-0 up.

The mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours were worth four points each, meaning that Spalding needed one of the remaining disciplines and the overall aggregate which is exactly what happened.

Nottingham bounced back to take the pairs but Spalding next took the fours, leaving the triples last on the green.

Although the Spalding triple were behind on their rink, they had the benefit of knowing that the overall aggregate would secure a place in the next round and, with one end to play, Spalding were 85-81 in front.

The head never set up for Nottingham and the Spalding triple picked up two shots to win the match.

Next up are South Shields Vipers on January 30, the day after playing them in the Denny Cup.

Rink scores: Ladies Singles – Chelsea Tomlin won 21-8; Men’s Singles – Stephen Harris won 21-20; Mixed Pairs – Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott lost 12-19; Mixed Triples – Andy Dunham, Annie Dunham and Martin Spencer lost 16-22; Mixed Fours – Jean Patterson, Karen Martin, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey won 17-12.

Spalding's Over 60s team continued their quest in the county league away at Grantham last week.

The team was mainly made up of regular players, however, a debut was handed to Alan Tokley.

For several players, it was a return to bowls after a Covid-affected Christmas and new year break.

It took some time for the Spalding players to adjust to the longer and faster Grantham green, however, by the seventh end they were winning on two rinks and down on the other two with the aggregate 27-24 in Grantham’s favour.

Grantham's lead was extended to 47-39 by 12 ends but Spalding showed their fighting qualities and by the 17th end were 58-54 in front.

By the end of the game, Spalding won on three out of the four rinks and triumphed 79-67 on aggregate. Spalding also secured 12 of the 14 available points.

The top winning rink was skipped by Mick Dolton, with Derek Overton, Alan Tokley and Rob West who had an impressive 26-13 win.

Next up for Spalding Over 60s is an away trip to Sleaford on January 24.

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