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Which ever option, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club is the place for you.

Club finals

Spalding held their finals weekend across a two week period at the end of the season, with results as follows:

Ladies singles: C Tomlin bt R Simpson; Mens singles: M Spencer bt G Smith; Ladies pairs: C Tomlin & R Hill bt S Wade & P Crampton (B Deaton sub); Ladies drawn pairs: P Gemmill & V Elms bt E Day & J Jackson; Mens pairs: J Philpott & G Smith bt A Dunham & M Elding; Ladies triples: D Wild, R Hill & G Haney bt P Collicott, B Windsor & P O’Brien; Mens triples: S Dunham, K Ekins & M Spencer bt J Laud, A Dunham & M Elding; Ladies fours: D Wild, R Hill, B Hurst & G Haney bt J Patterson, E Day, J Hicks (G Needham sub) & S Richardson; Mens fours: K Ekins, A Wild, B Wilson & J Philpott bt J Laud, J Haney, M Simpson & M Elding; Mixed pairs: R Hill & M Whyers bt J Jackson & J Spencer; Mixed fours V Elms, M Wheatley, A Dunham & M Elding bt J Dolton, H Searson, C Searson & M Dolton; League Cup: White Tigers bt Harriers; Rabbits singles: J Sinclair bt G Laidler; Under 25 singles: C Tomlin bt J Philpott; Over 60s singles: J Needham bt P Allen; 101 singles: G Smith bt J Philpott; 101 pairs: A Caress & J Philpott bt A Dunham & M Elding; Parent and child: S & R Hill bt P Allen & R Simpson; Vets pairs: J Haney & M Elding bt P Crampton & F Morris; Mr and Mrs pairs: S & A Richardson bt A & M Belding. Juniors results TBC

Top club defeat in national semi

Spalding lost their semi final of the national mixed Top Club competition on Saturday 29th April, in a match played against Clarrie Dunbar at York IBC. Spalding won two events but were unable to claim enough overall points to reach the final. Chelsea Tomlin won the ladies singles 14-9, whilst Matt Whyers lost the mens singles 8-13. The triples of Scott Dunham, Annie Dunham and Matt Orrey posted a convincing 26-11 scoreline but with the fours (Rebecca Simpson, Louise Catchpole, Ashley Caress and Graham Smith) narrowly losing 11-12, the mixed pairs (Ruby Hill and Martin Spencer) needed to win or draw to claim a place in the final. Despite a late comeback, they were pipped by a single shot also, to lose at the semi final stage for the second consecutive year.

Spalding’s Yetton ladies go close

Our ladies team were just one match away from winning a National title, as they narrowly lost to St Neots in the final of the Yetton Trophy on Sunday 23rd April at Bristol. In the semi final, Spalding faced North Wilts and were comfortable throughout, winning on two rinks out of four, with one a defeat by only one shot and posting a 78-54 scoreline. Rink scores: S Wade 13-20; A Dunham 21-9; G Haney 15-16; C Tomlin 23-8.

In the final, they faced tough opponents in St Neots, who had the current National singles champion in their ranks. It was St Neots who took the initiative, and were leading by ten shots with just a few ends remaining. Despite a late comeback, where Spalding got within two shots, they held on to take the title and become national champions. Rink scores: Freda Lyon, Maisie Belding, Betty Deaton & Sylvia Wade 7-22; Judy Jackson, Janet Staples, Rebecca Simpson & Annie Dunham 9-21; Danielle Wild, Val Bowker, Barbara Hurst & Gloria Haney 23-15; Ruby Hill, Gill Needham, Louise Catchpole & Chelsea Tomlin 23-8. Overall score 62-66.

Congratulations to St Neots on a well deserved victory. Huge congratulations to the Spalding ladies on a fantastic run; they should all be very proud to have reached the final and being so close to the title.

Spalding Juniors represented at the School of Excellence

Three Spalding players attended the Midlands Regional Finals of the EIBA School of Excellence at Melton Mowbray on Sunday 23rd April, joined by thirteen other players from clubs across the area. Nathan Puttrell, Jonathan Field and Jamie Goodliff qualified from the local event in January, playing three games to the ‘sets’ format, followed by a skills test in the afternoon. Points were awarded for the various events, with Nathan finishing 9th, Jonathan 13th and Jamie 14th. Congratulations to all three on a great performance both on the day, and for reaching the final stages which is a fantastic achievement in itself.

County finals

Maurice Elding and Graham Smith claimed county titles at the weekend, both in singles events. Elding beat Stamford’s Martyn Dolby by 14 shots to 12 in the Over 60s, whilst Smith beat Jonathan West 5-3; 9-1 to take the Sets singles title. It was mixed fortunes for Spalding, as Andy Dunham, Jordan Philpott and Mathew Orrey lost the triples 4-17 to J West and Matt Whyers, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Mathew Orrey lost to P Roberts 14-16 in the fours.

Over 60s county league

On Thursday 20th April the Over 60's county league team played their last game of the season at home to a very strong team from Skegness "A". Even though Spalding hung on for a few ends it was plain they were up against a superior side and gradually began to lose their way and by the tenth end they were trailing by nearly thirty shots. Some of the home team rinks raised their game and came back at the opposition but this was not happening on all rinks. The deficit remained throughout, finishing with the home team losing by 75 shots to 109. The consolation was that Spalding won on two rinks to pick up four points leaving Skegness with fourteen points to their credit. The Spalding winning rink of the day was Derek Overton, Brian Skelton, Pat Fillbrook and skip Graham Wright. Team captain was Pat Fillbrook.

Success for Spencer and Dunham

Martin Spencer and Annie Dunham represented England in the World Indoor Bowls Council Championships in Swansea between 11th and 14th April. Both qualified out of their group in the singles before losing in the knockout stages but they were paired together in the mixed pairs, with great success.

In the group stages, they had a tough opener against Chloe Watson and Graham McKee but managed to run away with the second set after drawing the first. They then beat C De Graaff and M Van Tol from the Netherlands. After struggling for most of the first set, they found themselves 8-1 down with two to play and picked up two fours to win it 9-8 and ran away with second set.

In the winner takes all final group game, they played Pauline Price and Jarred Breen from Wales. They lost the first set narrowly as Breen took out their closest bowl before winning the second with a jack trail from Spencer in the deciding end. In the tie break, it was more tension before the England duo took the spoils to reach the semi finals where they faced Amy Williams and Mark Harding. In the semi, they controlled the match but only won both sets narrowly, to reach the final.

In the final against Amy Stanton and Damian Doubler, Annie continued her good form, backed up well by Spencer and they were always in the control, taking the title with ease.

Seabourne takes the Under 25 Spalding Open title

Dan Seabourne, from Acle IBC, won the Under 25 Spalding Open on Sunday 9th April, beating David Bristow from Sleaford in a high quality final. The annual event, again generously sponsored by Hughes Electrical, was played to the Premier Threes format, with some of the best young players in the area on show.

After ten sessions of round robin matches, the top two in each group went through to the knockout stages. An open quarter final draw saw four Spalding players in the mix but they were drawn against each other as Jordan Philpott edged out Ben Wilson 2.5-0.5 and Aaron Wild beat Ruby Hill by the same score. In the other matches, David Bristow continued his excellent group form by beating Rhys Morgan 2-0, with Seabourne beating Glenn Williams 2-0.

The semi finals were both tense affairs, as all players’ good form continued. Bristow took another straight sets victory, this time against Wild as Seabourne beat Philpott 2-1, a match that went right to the last bowl played.

A packed crowd watched the final as Seabourne became the first player to take a set off Bristow, edging the first 3-2. The next turned out to be the last in this best of three match, with Seabourne edging another close one 2-1 to take the £300 for first prize. Bristow picked up a consolation prize of £150. The two losing semi finalists received £75 each and quarter final losers took £25 each.

Thanks must go to all players, spectators, markers and umpire Colin, as well as tournament organiser Graham Smith.

Our biggest thanks go to Graham Boor and his team at Hughes Electrical for sponsoring the event and providing a generous £700 in prize money. Without such gestures, tournaments like this couldn’t be held. Graham presented the cheques to the players and congratulated them on their efforts.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s penultimate game of the season was at home against fellow strugglers Lincoln ‘B’ on 6th April. Lincoln started well and after 10 ends were winning on 3 rinks but the aggregate scores were level at 49 shots each. Spalding finished strongly on two rinks with scores of 26-10 and 30-19. Close games on two further rinks finished in Spalding’s favour with the final result Spalding 16 points to Lincoln’s 2; with a score line of 117 shots to 92. With both teams having one game left to play, Spalding trail Lincoln ‘B’ by 9 points. The best winning rink was skipped by Peter Godding ably assisted by Pat Fillbrook, Derek Groves, and Eric Wakefield. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Pat Fillbrook.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly section played the penultimate game of the season at Boston on Saturday 8th April and came away worthy winners. Even though Boston were playing on their home green, by the fifth end they were beginning to establish their dominance of the game Spalding maintained the pressure and by the tenth end were scraping a four point lead overall. Regardless of the aggregate score being level on many occasions during the game Spalding held on to the lead and closed the game with a nineteen shot advantage. All present agreed it was a hard fought game played in the right spirit and all went home satisfied. Spalding had a winning rink,  who fought back from a disadvantage by the ninth end to close the game winning by eighteen shots. That rink consisted of Brian Skelton, Pat Cox, Maggie Wheatley and skip Alan Pitts. Spalding's captain of the day was Roger Perkins.

County mixed league

Spalding’s mixed league team played their last game of the season against Boston on Saturday 8th April and had a good result, winning on three rinks out of five and winning the overall aggregate, top rink being Judy Jackson, Ken Challans, Gill Needham and skip Graham Wright.

Free taster sessions at Spalding Indoor Bowls Club

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club, based at the Castle Sports Complex, is holding it’s annual free taster and coaching sessions for anyone wishing to give lawn bowls a try.

We welcome all ages and you’ll be taught how to bowl by our qualified coaches, with all equipment provided. Bowls is a great way of getting out and meeting new friends, with social events arranged throughout the year as well as leagues and competitions for players of all abilities. So why not come and give it a go, you’ve got nothing to lose!

If you’re interested, contact Reception on 01775 762178


Monday 10th April 2pm

Tuesday 11th April 6.30pm

Thursday 13th April 10.00am


Beginners starting Tues 2nd May at 6.30pm and Wed 3rd May at 2pm both for 10 weeks

Improvers start approx. 7 weeks later.

Hughes sponsored Under 25 Spalding Open

Spalding hosts it’s annual Under 25 Open on Sunday 9th April, with some of the best young bowlers in the country in action at the Castle Sports Complex. The tournament, again being generously sponsored by Hughes Electrical, is played to a quick-fire Premier Threes format. Each match is best of three sets, each set being just three ends.

Spalding players will be well represented, including Under 25 International and current champion Jordan Philpott, Ruby Hill, who recently became the Under 18 national singles champion and is the first player to be an Under 18, Under 25 and Senior International at the same time.

Other players hoping for glory are Acle’s Dan Seabourne, who is an Under 25 International and Glenn Williams from Riverain, who recently won the National triples title.

With play continuous throughout the day and free entry, why not come along and watch this fantastic event.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly bowlers visited the Whittlesey Bowls Club for the first time for several years at the weekend. A very enjoyable game was played and the teams were very even throughout the game, the final score being Spalding 74 and Whittlesey 69. Best winning rink was Edna Perkins, Abb Belding and skip Jenny Horner. Captain of the day was Jenny Horner assisted by Phyl Borst.

Under 18 county league

Spalding’s Under 18 "B" team travelled to Boston recently and put on a fine performance, winning 20 shots to 16. The team was Jonathan Field, Nathan Puttrell, Harry Mycock and Nicole Moseley. After a slow start, they found themselves 4-1 down after 5 ends but then recovered with claiming 7 shots over next 2 ends. They never looked back after that and were never behind again winning by 4 shots.

Mens A county league

Spalding’s A team lost at home against Louth on 26th March, taking just one rink win in a 89-95 defeat.

National finals disappointment

Our bowlers have performed admirably in National finals at Melton tyhis weekend, with Matt Whyers, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Matt Orrey winning one game in the fours before losing 19-8 against South Shields in the quarter finals. In the Under 25 double rink, Ben Wilson and Jordan Philpott were representing Lincs in the last end defeat against Devon in the final. Despite a 20-15 win on their rink, Lincs lost 31-34.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s Over 60s team played their latest game of the season away against Louth on 22nd March. Spalding secured its only win of the season when they played Louth at home so they hoped to secure much needed points at this return fixture. Spalding started well but found the new carpet difficult to play on and slipped behind on 4 of the 5 rinks and finished winning on only 1 rink. The final result was Spalding 2 points to Louth’s 16; aggregate score was Spalding 80 shots and Louth 111. The winning rink was skipped by Maurice Elding ably assisted by David Lunn, Derek Groves and Martin Hawkes. Captain for the day was David Lunn.

Ladies county league

The ladies beat Boston at home on 22nd March, by 16 points to 2. A comfortable victory saw them narrowly lose one rink and narrowly win one by 2, but the other rinks were comfortable. Best winning rink with a 24-15 score line was J Patterson, V Elms, B Hurst and G Haney. Other rink scores: B Deaton 18-20; P O’Brien 18-16; G Needham 22-17; S Wade 24-16.

A great few days for Spalding bowlers

It’s been an extremely successful few days for local bowlers, with Ruby Hill winning the National Under 18 singles title and four members of a successful International Series for England.

Following the Ladies International series, in which Spalding had four ladies in the England squad, we had Annie Dunham and Martin Spencer representing England in the British Isles singles championships, also held in Belfast. They were selected as National singles champions and were pitched against the winners of the other Home countries’ titles. Annie faced a tough task when she faced Chloe Watson from Ireland, losing 21-4. Martin also faced an Irish opponent in his first match, Graham McKee putting up a good fight before Martin claimed a 21-15 victory. He set up a final against current World Champion Paul Foster from Scotland. A thrilling comeback saw Martin hold game until Foster took Martins two closest bowls out to take the title 21-19.

Next up was the Mens International series, still in Belfast and it proved a successful one for England. Matt Whyers and Graham Smith formed a front end for skip Rob Paxton (Taunton Deane), with Perry Martin (Swale) making up the set. Martin Spencer was recalled to the side, leading for skip Jamie Chestney (Exonia), David Bolt (South Shields) and Neil McKee (Kingsthorpe). Matt Orrey was selected as travelling reserve. First up was Wales, with England taking control early on and winning 128-93. Smith and Whyers winning 23-15 whilst Spencer took a 19-14 victory. Ireland was up next and England dispatched them with ease, winning 137-90. Spencer won 26-21 whilst Whyers and Smith won 24-12. With Scotland winning both their matches, a final day clash would decide who took the spoils. A typically nip and tuck match saw Scotland take the lead but England fought back and remained a few shots ahead for the final few ends, posting a final score of 118-112. Both Spalding rinks won again; Spencer by 22 shots to 16, with Whyers and Smith winning 32-18. For the Spalding players, all managed to post 100% records, which is a great achievement. Well done to them and their International colleagues.

Rounding off a brilliant few days was Ruby Hill, who faced the added pressure of the National Under 18 singles being in front of an expectant home crowd, with Spalding again given the honour of hosting the event on Sunday 19th March. With round robin matches starting at 9am, the packed crowd were treated to an excellent standard of bowls. After three matches, Hill topped her group to reach the semi finals, with wins over I Cracknell, A Pitfield and J Larter.

An open draw saw Hill pitched against Cumbria’s Daniel Pool, with Pool taking the opening set 11-3 before Hill fought back in the next, winning it 11-7 to set up a tie break. Hill was down in both ends of the tie break but found wonder bowls in both to take an unassailable lead, 2-0 to reach the final. In the other semi, Devon Cooper (Riverain) beat William Moulton (White Oak) in straight sets to set up a clash with Hill.

Played in front of a full house, the crowd saw another high quality match, with Hill pipping Cooper in the first set, 7-5. It was then that Hill reached top gear and took a comfortable 10-1 victory in set two to claim the title of Under 18 national singles winner.

Congratulations to Ruby, who was already on a high following her debut in the senior England team earlier this month.

Spalding ladies on International duty

Five Spalding bowlers were involved with the England squad for the British Isles International Series, held in Belfast on 10th, 11th & 12th March. Annie Dunham and Rebecca Simpson retained their places whilst Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin were making their debuts. Louise Catchpole was the travelling reserve.

In the first match, England played against the hosts Ireland and found their form early on, running out comfortable winners by 160 shots to 82. Ruby’s rink led the way with a 43-7 victory; she was joined by Amy Stanton, Stefanie Branfield and Michelle Barlow. Annie Dunham was skipping for the first time and her rink of Lauren Mosely, Carole Baker and Katherine Hawes won 29-12. Rebecca, selected with Cassidy Lenton, Bex Field and Sarah Seymour, lost 13-18 whilst Chelsea lost 11-19. Her rink consisted of Katherine Rednall, Lorraine Kuhler and Penny Strong.

Next up was Wales and again, England were in control throughout to take a 136-91 victory to set up a winner takes all clash with Scotland, who had won both their matches. Annie and Ruby had good wins (27-14 & 36-12), whilst Rebecca won 22-14. Chelsea’s set lost 16-23.

The final match proved to be a disappointing one for England, as Scotland started well and never looked back, winning on 5 of the 6 rinks. Annie made it 3 wins from 3 as she posted a 26-18 scoreline. Ruby’s set couldn’t maintain their 100% record, losing 13-23, whilst Rebecca and Chelsea lost 11-24 and 14-24 respectively.

Despite the result, all 5 players should be extremely proud to be selected for this great event and for the club to have so many Internationals, is fantastic.

Well done ladies and hard luck but with youth on their side, they’ll hopefully be many more series’ for them all.

National finals come to Spalding                

Spalding IBC is proud to be given the honour of hosting the National Under 18 singles finals on Sunday 19th March. Sixteen of the best young players in England will be coming to Spalding hoping for glory, with the opening ceremony commencing at 8:45am. Round robin matches start at 9am, with group winners qualifying for the knockout semi finals, expected to commence at 6:15pm with the final at 7:45pm.

What makes the day even more exciting for the Club is that our very own Ruby Hill has qualified for the event, so hopefully the local support can cheer her on to victory!

Entry is free and refreshments are available all day so please come and support the best young players in the country and make it a memorable day for everyone involved.

Spalding through to national semi finals

Spalding’s Top Club team beat Hartlepool on 5th March at York IBC to reach the national semi final. They travelled to the neutral venue with hopes of reaching the Finals and were faced with tough opponents in Hartlepool. Most disciplines were close affairs but Spalding came out on top of all of them to reach the semi final, back at York, on 29th April. Rink scores: Ladies singles (C Tomlin) won 17-8; Mens singles (M Whyers) won 13-11; Mixed pairs (R Hill & M Spencer) won 16-13; Mixed triples (S Dunham, A Dunham & M Orrey) won 12-8; Mixed fours (R Simpson, L Catchpole, A Caress & G Smith) won 20-12.

Mens A county league

Spalding lost their latest county league match at Boston on 4th March. They won on three rinks to take 6 of the 18 match points but that wasn’t enough to win the aggregate score with Boston winning 96-79.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s latest Over 60s county league match was away against top of the league Lincoln ‘A’ on 2nd March. Spalding started well but the strong Lincoln side got into their stride and finished winning on all 5 rinks. Lincoln ‘A’ have won the division one title for the past 16 seasons and from the 10 games played this season they have only dropped 12 points from a maximum available of 180, so Spalding were up against a formidable side. The final result was Spalding 0 points to Lincoln ‘A’s 18; the aggregate score was Spalding 57 shots and Lincoln ‘A’ 140 shots. The best performing rink was skipped by Maurice Elding ably assisted by Rob West, Jim Hammond, and Martin Hawkes. Captain for the day was David Lunn.

County mixed league

Our mixed team lost 124-109 at Boston on Sunday 26th February but we did win on 2 rinks to claim 4 match points. Best rink was Judy Jackson, Janet Staples, Mick Jennings and Don Churchman

Ladies county league

Spalding’s ladies team lost their latest Trudy Bates match against Skegness on 22nd February by 102 shots to 77. The best winning rink was skipped by Gloria Haney, with Michelle Billingsley, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst who won 21-17.

Friendly round up

On Sunday 19th February, Spalding’s friendly team travelled to Skegness for a triples match. It was an enjoyable afternoon and at half way the teams were neck and neck at 44-45. Spalding then pulled away to win the match 107 - 86. The best winning rink consisted of Trish Stafford, Maggie Wheatley and skip Rob West, with a score of 30 - 5. Captain of the day was Trish Stafford, aided by Ian Stafford.

Junior update

Over the past two weekends, several junior members of Spalding have contested tournaments at Grantham and Horncastle. At Grantham, playing in the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme, Jonathan Field qualified as winner to the Regional Finals along with Danielle Wild who was second. Other successes were Jamie Goodliff (4th) and Nathan Putterel (5th) out of 13 players. At Horncastle, 8 members were amongst the last 16 of the County under 18 singles which played down to the last 2 in each group of 8 players in a junior section and senior section. Unfortunately with 2 members in the senior group, we did not have a qualifier, however in the junior section with 5 members contesting, Danielle Wild qualified as winner of the group. Congratulations go to all members for qualifying for these latter stages in the 1st place. 

Charity day for British Heart Foundation

Spalding held it's annual fundraising event in aid of the British Heart Foundation on Saturday 18th February. This is an all day event in which 72 bowlers play triples matches of seven ends or one hour whichever comes sooner. The winners being the team with the most points, with shot difference the deciding factor if points were level. The rinks were supplied free of charge by the Complex operating company 1Life as their donation to the charity, which amounted to £288. The members also donated raffle prizes, with over 90 prizes up for grabs and the very same members bought tickets, which raised £353, including 3 donations. The total money raised on the day was a staggering £641, which was presented to Helena Mair, Fundraising Manager of the BHF for Lincolnshire & Rutland. As a by-product of the day the Bowls Club is looking at taking part in a new venture by the BHF for life saving.

The bowls winning teams are as follows.

The Winners with 6 points and +16 shots were Mick Dolton, Gill Haydon and Vera Elms.

Runners with 6 point and +15 shots were Grace Scott, Harry Soderberg and Pat Murray.

Third place with 6 points and +14 shots were Brian Ivatt, Connie Cronin and Brenda Bowden.

Not only was the day enjoyed but the generosity of the members was most heartwarming with winners even wishing to hand back their winnings to the cause.

Philpott victorious with England

Jordan Philpott was part of the winning England team in the Under 25 Home International series, held in Newport on 18th and 19th February. Philpott was selected at number two with Perry Martin (Swale) as the skip, Jack Bird (Scarborough) number two and Connor Cinato (Kingsthorpe) playing three.

First up was Ireland, with the rink winning 31-9, as England won 92-66. England beat Wales 96-58 with Philpott’s rink losing 22-12 as a final day showdown with Scotland was to come. England found themselves behind for much of the game before taking the lead with just two ends remaining. Philpott’s rink lost 24-12 as England clinched the series with a 76-72 score line.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s eighth game of the season was at home against Scunthorpe on Thursday 16th February. Spalding started strongly as Scunthorpe struggled to adjust to the green. At the half way stage Spalding were winning on 3 rinks and narrowly losing on the other 2 but more importantly, they were leading by 12 shots. The visitors finished strongly but Spalding held on to win on 3 rinks however Scunthorpe took the aggregate by 7 shots. The final result was 12 points to 6 in Scunthorpe’s favour, with the shots score being 94-87 to Scunthorpe. Best winning rink for Spalding was skipped by Graham Hicks, with Allan Browne, Mike Taylor and Martin Hawkes. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

Mens county league

Spalding’s A team won their latest division one fixture with a 128 shots to 71 score line against Sleaford on Saturday 11th February. Spalding were the hosts and found themselves in control from the outset to win on 4 rinks out of 5. Best winning rink was J Laud, G Hicks, J Needham and M Spencer who recorded a 38-14 score.

International round up

Ruby Hill & Chelsea Tomlin represented England in the Under 25 ladies international series, held in Islwyn on 11th and 12th February. England have historically dominated the series in recent years but it was Scotland who were victorious after 2 days of play. Tomlin and Hill both lost their opening matches but were teamed together for the last day and won their match 29-14 against Wales’ S Nichols 

Moseley goes close in Pentney

Spalding’s juniors travelled to Pentney on Saturday 4th February for their annual Under 16s singles tournament. Eight of our best juniors had hopes of success, including Danni Wild who lifted the trophy last year but it was Minnie Moseley who went closest, playing some excellent bowls to reach the semifinals. Danni Wild and Nathan Puttrell lost in the quarterfinals, whilst Emily Day, Harry Mycock, Jamie Goodliff, Aaron Barnes and Jonathan Field played some great bowls but didn’t quite make the latter stages this time. As always, all players were a credit to the Club and have promising futures in the game.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team won at home against Stamford on Saturday 4th February, winning back the Welland Salver Trophy in the process. The match was competitive but played in a great spirit by both teams but it was the hosts who took the spoils, winning by 151 shots to 81. The best winning rink was skipped by Maisie Belding ably supported by Roger Rout, Jenny Collins and Gill Fisher. Captain of the day was Gill Haydon

Smith goes close

Graham Smith had an excellent run the in the National Champion of Champions singles, eventually losing in the last eight. Having won the club singles last year to qualify as Spalding’s representative, he won through to the final stages with some excellent victories on the way. He travelled to the Warners Leisure Resort at Hayling Island on Saturday 4th February for the finals where he opened with an impressive 21-16 win over Duncan Hanmore from the Angel club. In the last eight, he faced fellow England International David Bolt which was a good standard match that Bolt pipped 21-18.

Jonathan through to the regional School of Excellence finals

It was a case of our Juniors on tour when they visited Grantham on 29th January for the regional School of Excellence event. A full days play saw some great bowling, with Spalding being well represented in the final standings. Big congratulations to Jonathan Field for winning the event and qualifying for the regional finals. Danielle Wild (3rd) and Jamie Goodliff (4th) could still qualify, depending on results elsewhere. A great effort from all involved, including Nathan Puttrell (5th), Aaron Barnes (7th), James Cherry (8th) and Bailey Day (12th). Well done everyone!!

Duo go close in nationals

Jordan Philpott and Chelsea Tomlin had their hopes of Under 25 National singles glory dashed as they both lost in the latter stages of their respective competitions. The men’s and women’s events were staged at the same venue, City of Ely IBC on 28th & 29th January. Tomlin beat C Edwards from the Whiteknights club in a tie break in her first match at the finals, which was the last 16 of the country, but in her quarterfinal match, she lost to eventual runner up L Smith from Westlecot in straight sets. Philpott won 2 matches, first beating Dolphin’s O Thake in a tie break to book a place in the last 8 where he faced S Dunn from the Falcon club. Each player won a set to force another tie break for Philpott, which he won to reach the semi finals. He was up against local favourite E Elmore who was playing at his home club, with Philpott again putting in a good performance and found himself in yet another tie break. Unfortunately, it was one too many, with Elmore securing the victory and booking his place in the final, which he won to claim the national title.

Spalding progress in the Top Club

Spalding’s mixed national team went marching into the quarterfinals as they dispatched Bromsgrove 16-0 in a match played on 28th January at Wellingborough. They won comfortably overall, winning all five disciplines to reach the next round where they will face Hartlepool on 16th April

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s seventh game of the season was away against Lincoln ‘B’ on Thursday 26th January. Spalding competed well throughout on three of the five rinks but Lincoln were always going to record emphatic wins on the other two. Lincoln finished strongly on all rinks, winning on four rinks and drawing the firth to take seventeen of the eighteen match points on offer. The score was Spalding 61 shots to Lincoln’s 110. The rink recording a draw was skipped by Roger Perkins ably assisted by Alan Browne, Rob West, and Martyn Stanley. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

National finals here we come!

Saturday 21st January was a mixed day for the Club, as we were represented in both the Yetton and Denny Cup national quarterfinals, with the ladies reaching the semifinal but the Men narrowly losing against Cumbria, by 73 shots to 64 at York IBC. They had another great run and now consitently reach the latter stages of this competition so it’s only a matter of time before they go all the way.

What a fantastic day for the ladies though….who travelled to the neutral venue of South Forest to play a strong York team, who beat us comfortably in last year’s quarterfinal. Revenge was sweet, with a thrilling comeback from the ladies towards the end: 10 behind with three ends to go across the match but that’s where they came alive and stunned York with a series of high scores to win 73-64. A partisan crowd cheered the team on and Bristol IBC won’t know what’s hit them on Sunday 23rd April when Spalding goes on tour once again!

Rink scores:

Val Bowker, Maxine Coleman, Barbara Hurst & Gloria Haney won 17-15

Ruby Hill, Gill Needham, Louise Catchpole & Chelsea Tomlin won 25-17

Freda Lyon, Maisie Belding, Betty Deaton & Syliva Wade lost 14-15

Pat Crampton, Judy Jackson, Rebecca Simpson & Annie Dunham drew 17-17

It’s not just about the 16 players, our 3 travelling reserves are just as important - Irene Blackman, Janet Staples & Julie Hicks and all those who assisted along the way.

Congratulations ladies and good luck on 23rd April in Bristol; North Wilts the opponents.

County mixed league

Spalding played their latest county mixed game at Louth on 22nd January who were too strong for the visitors. Despite most rinks being close, Spalding lost by 2 points to 16, with the best winning rink being Jan Sinclair, Gill Haydon, Anthony Cronin and Maurice Elding.

Friendly round up

On Saturday 21st January the Spalding friendly team played Huntingdon, with Spalding taking the spoils by 108 shots to 68. The best winning rink was Abb Belding, Gill Haydon and Brian Skelton with a score of 37-7. Team captains on the day were Jan Sinclair & Maisie Belding

National progress for men and ladies

Spalding has both their mens and ladies team in their respective quarterfinals of the national club knockout competition. In the Yetton, the ladies faced a tough match in local rivals Lincoln but they controlled the match to win 70-57. They face York on 21st January. The men faced an equally tough match against Barwell but despite a close match, they controlled the last few ends to win 75-55 to set up a clash with Cumbria on 21st January.

On Sunday 8th January, the Mixed Top Club team were in action, Barwell again the opponents, as Spalding bid to reclaim the national title they won 2 years ago. Another close fought contest saw Barwell take two of the five disciplines but Spalding won the remaining three to book their place in the next round. Mens singles 16-12, ladies singles 18-8, pairs 12-16, triples 12-23 and fours 25-13.

Mixed county league

The mixed county league team hosted Louth A on Sunday 8th January, with the home side winning three rinks to post a victorious score-line of 94-80. The best winning rink was Jan Sinclair, Judy Jackson, Anthony Cronin and Maurice Elding.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s over 60s team hosted Louth A in their latest division one fixture on Thursday 5th January. Spalding started strongly but Louth quickly pulled back as they got used to the green and at the half way stage, the scores were level. From there, Spalding finished strongly winning on three rinks to secure 14 match points and a 10 shot victory, 105-95. The best winning rink was skipped by David Lunn ably assisted by Peter Bendell, Jim Hammond and Derek Overton. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

Ladies county league

Spalding’s ladies faced Stamford away from home on Thursday 5th January in their Trudy Bates match. Spalding found their opponents too strong on the day, with Stamford winning 110-90, taking 12 match points. Spalding won on two rinks and narrowly lost one.

Royal claims Open title

World number 11 Mark Royal won the annual Spalding Open singles tournament, beating current World Champion and World number 1 Nicky Brett in the final. 62 bowlers entered the tournament, which is part of the National open singles circuit and was played across 27th & 28th December at the Castle Sports Complex. With Hughes Electrical generously sponsoring the event, there was  a total of £1800 in prize money up for grabs, which attracted some of the best players from across the country, including Spalding’s best. After a full days’ play, the quarter final line-up had 3 Spalding players still going, but Mathew Orrey and Graham Smith found their opponents on form, both losing to the eventual finalists. Orrey took Brett to a tie break before losing 2-0, whilst Smith narrowly lost his tie break against Royal. Ben Wilson continued his good form by beating Tom Holmes 9-1, 5-2 to claim his place in the semis. In the final match, Ely’s Ed Elmore was too strong for Thomas Towle, winning in straight sets. The losing quarter finalists each received £75. An open draw saw Wilson face Suffolk based Royal but despite a valiant effort, Royal took the spoils in straight sets (8-2, 6-2). Brett’s passage to the final was straight forward as he beat Elmore 9-2, 7-1 to set up a clash of the big guns. Losing semi finalists each received £150.

A packed crowd watched a high quality final, with two of the best players in the world produce a fine display of bowling. In the first set, Brett took a 2-1 lead after 5 ends before Royal took control, scoring 3 doubles to take the opener 7-2. Brett found another gear in set 2 but the scores were level at 6-6 with 2 ends left. Brett held his nerve to win both ends and force a tie break. Royal showed his class and won the next 2 ends to take the title and the £900 prize money. Brett settled for runner up and £300.

Tournament organiser Graham Smith thanked the sponsor Hughes and all the markers, umpires and helpers for their assistance in making the tournament another great success, including his daughter Beth for providing the background and walk-on music for the players. Thanks also to Graham on behalf of the Spalding Bowls Club committee for running the tournament.

World class field for Spalding Open

Spalding’s annual Open singles bowls tournament takes place on 27th and 28th December at the Castle Sports Complex, with top class players on show, including the current World number one and World Champion Nicky Brett. The tournament is part of the Open Singles Circuit, with Brett joined by players from across the country, as well as local talent. Players in action include Spalding’s Internationals Ruby Hill, Graham Smith, Martin Spencer, Matt Whyers and Jordan Philpott.

Each match will be played under the sets format, with play commencing at 6pm on 27th and all day from 8am on 28th.

Attendance is free and refreshments will be available so whether you’re a keen bowler or just want to watch top quality sport, why not come along and support. 

International call-ups

Spalding has 10 international players following recent success at the trials. Every player that attended their trial has been selected for the England squad in their respective teams.
 Jordan Philpott has kept his place in the Men's U25 team, whilst Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin have retained their places in the Ladies U25 Team, with Chelsea being given the enourmous honour of captaining the side. Matt Whyers and Graham Smith have retained their places in the Mens Senior Team and Martin Spencer has been recalled to the team. Mathew Orrey is in the squad and will travel as reserve. Finally what a show from the ladies, with Annie Dunham and Rebecca Simpson retaining their places and are joined by Chelsea, Ruby and Louise Catchpole. It’s an outstanding achievement by all and good luck in Wales and Ireland next year

County mixed league

Spalding’s mixed team had a good afternoons bowling against Lincoln ‘A’ on Sunday 18th December, winning on all rinks and securing 18 match points. The best winning rink was Maxine Coleman, Maggie Wheatley, Dave Coleman and Roger Perkins. 

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly bowlers had a very enjoyable game on Saturday 17th December against Lincs.VP's winning by 102 shots to 82. The best winning rink was Paul Lockie, Jenny Collins, Maggie Wheatley and skip Mick Jennings. Captains of the day were Jan Sinclair and Maisie Belding

Over 60s county league

Spaldings’s fifth game of the season was at home against reigning champions Lincoln ‘A’ on 15th December. Spalding started confidently against a strong Lincoln side with 3 rinks having very close games throughout. However, Spalding ended up winning on only one rink resulting in 2 points to Lincoln’s 16. The aggregate score was close with a difference of only 13 shots, 93-106. The winning rink was skipped by Alan Browne, with Graham Hicks, David Head, and Brian Skelton. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

National knockout competitions

Spalding teams had mixed success in the club national knockout competitions over the weekend of 10th & 11th December. In the ladies competition, they comfortably beat Barwell by 89 shots to 48. The men also progressed as they beat Lincoln by 76 shots to 50. Both teams play their last 16 matches on 7th January where the ladies face Lincoln and the men play Barwell. In the mixed competition, Spalding lost out to Lincoln by 69 shots to 60.

Junior county league

Spalding’s Under 18 "A" team played their first competitive game of the season at Sutton St James on Saturday 3rd December. Finding it difficult to come to terms with the much heavier green, this young team eventually lost 21-13. The team was Aaron and Danielle Wild, Emily Day and Aaron Barnes. 

Friendly round up

On Sunday 4th December, members of the Spalding IBC travelled to Peterborough Bowls Club to play in a friendly fixture against the Cambridgeshire Vice Presidents. This was a game where both sides were equally balanced producing a game where the main score never varied by more than 2 shots until the final three ends when the VP's managed to sneak ahead to win by 6 shots giving a total to Spalding of 80 and to VP's 86. Spalding won on three of the five rinks with the winning rink honours going to the team of Jan Sinclair, Daphne Roddis, Ken Challans and skip Roger Perkins who was also Captain on the day.

Mixed county league

Spalding’s mixed team played against Skegness at home on Saturday 3rd December and won 98-92, winning on three rinks and losing on two to win 14-4. The top winning rink was Freda Lyon, Alan Pitts, Gill Needham and Graham Wright.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s Over 60s team travelled to Sleaford on Wednesday 30th November hoping for a good result. Unfortunately, Spalding struggled from the start against a strong Sleaford side and only won on one rink, taking 2 match points to Sleaford’s 16. The winning rink was skipped by Chris Stagles ably assisted by Mo Moseley, Roger Perkins and Peter Bendell. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

Egham trophy

Spalding came through a tough test in the national mixed knockout competition on Sunday 27th November as they beat Barwell by 77 shots to 56. Spalding took the lead early on but Barwell never gave in and it was two rinks that made the difference. Annie Dunham's set recorded an impressive 29-16 victory at Barwell whilst Graham Smith's quartet posted a 29-9 scoreline to secure a place in the next round. The rinks of Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott contained Barwell's other rinks, both narrowly losing 11-18 and 8-13 respectively. Next up is Lincoln on 11th December

Mens county league

Spalding were dominant in their home fixture against Stamford on Saturday 26th November, winning on all five rinks with a score of 142-63, taking 18 match points

Spalding well represented at International trials

International trials have recently been announced, with our players once again heavily represented.

Jordan will try to retain his place in the Men's Under 25 team, while Ruby and Chelsea try to retain their spots in the Ladies Under 25 Team.
Rebecca and Annie hope to hold onto their spots in the Ladies Senior Team and are joined by Chelsea, Louise and Ruby who will hope to break into the team. And finally Matt, Graham and Mathew will try to retain their places and are joined by Martin in the Men's Senior Trial.
Spalding has the highest number of trialists in total of any club in the country.

The trials take place at Northampton IBC, with the Seniors on 3rd December and the Under 25s on 4th December.

Good luck to all.

Spalding progress in nationals

Spalding progressed in both the mens and ladies national club knockout competitions on 19th November, with the ladies winning 64-63 against Charnwood whilst the men beat Boston 81-49.

Rink scores:

Ladies: A Dunham 16-13; C Tomlin 9-21; S Wade 21-17; G Haney 18-12.

Men: G Smith 23-10; M Spencer 19-12; A Caress 26-13; M Orrey 13-14

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly bowlers won their latest fixture against March IBC on Sunday 20th November. Both teams settled down quickly into what was to become a challenging & enjoyable game. March found the greens to their liking, gaining leads on three of the four rinks. By the half way stage March were 10 shots clear of Spalding, although Spalding did manage to pull a few shots back over the next few ends, resulting in the scores being level with 3 ends to play. Spalding finished strongly to secure an 8 shot victory. Final score Spalding 74-66 March. The best winning rink was Pat Cox, Gareth Laidler, Jenny Horner & Geoff Craft. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

Mixed county league

The county mixed league team faced Stamford at home on Sunday 13th November and had a convincing win, securing 15 of the 18 match points on offer. The top winning team was Irene Blackman, Maisie Belding, Mick Jennings and skip Don Churchman, with the overall final score being 104 shots to 82.

Egham Trophy

Spalding progressed to round 3 of the national inter club mixed competition with an emphatic victory over Peterborough on 13th November. The match was played on a home and away basis, with Spalding in complete control from the outset to record a 105 shots to 29 scoreline. Rink scores: G Smith 25-6; M Spencer 32-6; M Orrey 25-10; A Dunham 23-7

Friendly round up

On Saturday 12th November, Spalding’s friendly team had a very enjoyable game against Boston. At the start the scores were close but Spalding managed to take the lead and hold it. The winning rink was Gareth Laidler, Trish Stafford, Ken Challans and Geoff Craft. The overall score in Spalding's favour was 124 - 77. The captains of the day were Jan Sinclair and Maisie Belding

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s third game of the season was away versus Scunthorpe on Friday 11th November. Spalding quickly adjusted to the much faster rinks at Scunthorpe and after 7 ends, were leading on 3 rinks and the aggregate score was level at 38 shots each. However, Scunthorpe turned the game around when the rinks got even faster and Spalding found it difficult to adjust their game. Scunthorpe pulled ahead to finish winning on 4 rinks and claiming the aggregate by 84 shots to 108. Spalding won on only one rink resulting in 2 points to Scunthorpe’s 16. The winning rink was skipped by Mick Dolton ably assisted by Roger Perkins, David Head, and Brian Skelton. Captain for the day was Graham Hicks assisted by David Lunn.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team played their latest fixture against Peterborough IBC on Sunday 6th November. A good match was enjoyed by both teams, with some good bowls played by both sets of players. Spalding gained an early lead and by the half way stage were 41 shots clear, which they increased as the match progressed, eventually winning by 148 shots to 84. The best winning rink honours went to Chris Broughton, Gareth Laidler, Rod Briars & Allen Richardson. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

Spalding successful in all three club nationals this weekend

Spalding’s ladies progressed in the national club knockout competition courtesy of a 79-58 victory over local rivals Stamford in a match played home and away on Saturday 5th November.  It was always going to be a tough match, with three rinks being close but the rink of Ruby Hill, Louise Catchpole, Gill Needham and Chelsea Tomlin secured the victory with a 33-10 score-line at home. Annie Dunham’s set won 16-13 at home with the away rinks skipped by Gloria Haney and Sylvia Wade narrowly losing to ensure a safe passage overall for Spalding. Next up is Charnwood on 19th November.

In the mens equivalent, the Denny Cup, Spalding had a much more comfortable passage to the next round as they beat Grantham by 108 shots to 44. The result was never in doubt, with all rinks winning; the best of which came from Rhys Hill, Maurice Elding, Andy Dunham and Martin Spencer who won 44-9. Other rink scores: G Smith 24-11; Scott Dunham 16-12; Ashley Caress 24-12. Next up is Boston on 19th November

In the Top Club competition, Spalding had a routine victory against Melton in the match played at Spalding on 6th November. Spalding started well and looked in control, winning all five events to set up a clash with Barwell on 8th January. Rink scores: Ladies singles (C Tomlin) 16-9; Mens singles (M Whyers) 22-8; Pairs (R Hill & M Spencer) 24-17; Triples (S & A Dunham, M Orrey) 22-7; Fours (R Simpson, L Catchpole, A Caress & G Smith) 19-12

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team played against Long Sutton on Sunday 30th October. It proved a close game initially but Spalding pulled away towards the end to win by 103 shots to 78. The best winning rink was skipped by Ian Stafford ably supported by Sam Richardson and young Cory who played in his first Friendly game very successfully. Captain of the day was Vera Elms

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s second game of the season saw them travel to Skegness ‘A’ on Thursday 27th October. Spalding quickly adjusted to the much faster rinks at Skegness and after 10 ends Spalding were leading on 3 rinks and close on the other 2, with the aggregate score level at 42-all. However, Skegness turned the game around and pulled ahead to finish winning on 3 rinks and claiming the aggregate by 77 shots to 96. Spalding won on two rinks to claim 4 of the 18 match points available. The best winning rink was skipped by Chris Stagles, ably assisted by Roger Perkins, Alan Pitts, and Peter Bendell. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

Top Club victory in new shirts

Spalding’s Top Club team won their first round match in the national mixed Top Club competition against Charnwood on Sunday 23rd October. This match had extra significance, as it was the first time they wore their new club shirts, which have been generously sponsored by Colin Luesby Interiors, who are based at Swineshead. The local company has a five-year sponsorship deal and the Club is grateful for their support. The new look team found themselves behind early on in the match but they turned things around with around a third of the match remaining to win all five of the disciplines. Louise Catchpole made her debut in Spalding colours, playing the ladies singles and winning 18-10. The other debutant, Mathew Orrey, skipped the triples and was joined by Annie and Scott Dunham as they won on the last end 15-14. Other scores: Mens singles: Matt Whyers won 12-8. Mens pairs: Ruby Hill and Martin Spencer won 20-16. Mixed fours: Rebecca Simpson, Gloria Haney, Ashley Caress and Graham Smith won 18-11. 

Friendly round up

On Sunday 23rd October, Spalding’s Friendlies division played host to the Lincolnshire Vice Presidents. This is a twice annually event and always strongly contested by both teams as the VP's tend to be seasoned bowlers from around the County. In this instance Spalding took the lead as is usually the way until the visiting team get the feel of the green, however the VP's then began to peg back Spalding’s lead and by the fifteenth end there was only one shot separating the two teams. A number of rinks swung back and forth and the visitors only got ahead on one occasion by a small margin. The home team maintained the pressure and closed the game with 116 shots to105 victory. A thoroughly enjoyable game played in the best of spirit among good companions.  The winning rink for Spalding with a very good score of 34-6 was made up of Edna Perkins, Grace Scott, Ian Stafford and skip Maisie Belding. Home Captain on the day was Roger Perkins.

Spalding players on International duty

Ruby Hill was part of the England team who retained the Under 18 British Isles title in Aberdeen on 15th & 16th October. Ruby was selected in the mixed pairs with Aaron Johnson from Norfolk and was joined in the mixed fours by Ryan Nash (Moonfleet 200), Liam Harris (Beccles) and Adam Pitfield (Wellingborough). Up first was the mixed pairs, where Ruby and Aaron won all three matches against Wales, Ireland and Scotland to claim the Gold medal. Ruby almost claimed a clean sweep in the mixed fours, winning two but narrowly losing out to Scotland in the third. Despite the defeat, England won the series overall, with Scotland runners-up.

Three more Spalding players have been on International duty this month, with Graham Smith, & Mathew Orrey representing England in the mixed test series against Wales held in Bristol on 6th & 7th October, whilst Annie Dunham was selected for the ladies series against Scotland in New Earswick on 13th & 14th October. In the mixed event, Mathew and Graham were joined by Julie Leake in the triples, which they won, before Mathew won his pair match and Graham narrowly lost. With the overall scores at 3-2 to Wales, it was all to play for in the singles on the final day. Mathew lost a close match and Graham’s victory turned out in vain as Wales ran out 7-4.

In the ladies event, Annie was joined by Rebecca Field and Ellen Faulkner, as they won their triples match before Annie and Amy Stanton won their pairs as England lead 4-1 into the final days singles. England lost their opener before Annie lost to Leanne Furye as England stuttered but Sandy Hazel clinched the series win.

County mixed league

Spalding mixed league played at Skegness on Sunday 9th October. This competitive game was losely fought with Spalding coming out the winners by 14 points to 4, with the  best winning rink being Jan Sinclair, Gill Haydon, Mick Dolton and skip Maurice Elding.

National Under 25 double rink

Spalidng’s under 25 national double rink team played their first game in this season's competition against Huntingdon, with one rink at home and the other away. This was always going to be a difficult gamed due to 3 senior players being unavailable due to work commitments. However, the 3 replacements from the junior section of the club played very well and did not let anyone down, regardless of the result, which went against the club by 9 shots, 26 to 35.The home rink of Aaron Barnes, Ollie Gedney, Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott won 15 shots to 11 and the away rink of Aaron and Danielle Wild, Rhys Hill and Ben Wilson lost 11 shots to 24. With the home rink finished, the away rink found themselves 6 shots adrift with 2 ends remaining. Unfortunately, their efforts to secure the shots required were in vain and they slipped further behind.

Over 60s county league

Spaldings first game of the 2016/17 season was played at home on Thursday 6th October against newly promoted Sleaford but the hosts were unable to make home advantage count, losing by 91 shots to 111. After 10 ends Spalding were leading on 3 rinks and close on the other 2 rinks and the aggregate score was 59 shots to Spalding and 41 shots to Sleaford. However, Sleaford quickly became used to the speed of Spalding’s rinks and pulled ahead to finish winning on 4 rinks and claiming the victory. Spalding won on only one rink resulting in 2 points out of possible 18. The winning rink was skipped by Maurice Elding ably assisted by David Lunn, Mo Moseley and Gerald Horner. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks.

Mens county league

Spalding A opened their campaign with a 14 points to 4 victory at Louth on Saturday 1st October. Spalding who are looking to reclaim their county title this year, took a strong team to Louth and were dominant from the outset. They won on 3 of the 5 rinks, best of which came from Rhys Hill, Mick Dolton, Jordan Philpott and Matt Whyers who won 28-10. Other rink scores: K Ekins 14-33; M Simpson 22-20; A Caress 17-24; G Smith 25-13

Jordan triumphs at the Stamford Open

Jordan Philpott won the Stamford Open singles tournament, defeating former world champion Greg Harlow in the final to clinch the title and pocket £750 in prize money. Philpott, who has won SIBC’s under-25 Open for the past two years and also lifted the British Isles under-18 singles title in 2015, showed delicate drawing skills throughout a gruelling day, which attracted five of the world’s top 20 players – including world number one Nicky Brett. Despite the presence of the world’s top talent, it was Philpott who caught the eye all day. He saw off singles specialist Andy Ware (Ely) then his Spalding team-mate Graham Smith in a tie-break, before accounting for Derbyshire’s Russell Robinson and then Paul Roberts from Sleaford in the semi-final. Harlow awaited him in the final, having beaten Stamford President Bob Warters, Boston’s Ron Flowers, Ely’s Elmore – who knocked out Brett – and Richard Summers (Norfolk BC). He was widely regarded as the favourite in the final showdown – and looked to be coasting to the title when he took the first set 7-4 to leave the Spalding talent with everything to do. However, Philpott levelled the scores in the second set with a 5-3 triumph to set up a decider. On the last of the best-of-three end tie break, Harlow held a match lie only for Philpott to draw an inch-perfect shot into a nest of Harlow’s bowls around the jack for a perfect back toucher to win the game 4-7, 5-3, 2-1 and the title.

Spalding IBC fundraising for LIVES

Following a year’s fundraising, Gloria Haney and Maisie Belding from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club presented a cheque for £1,258.55 to Mr Gordon Kirk from LIVES on 20th September.

Monies raised came from a second hand bowls clothes sale, with clothes donated by club members and two cake stalls, which were very well supported. In addition, proceeds from the raffle held on the Club’s annual Ladies v Gents Presidents day went to the LIVES charity. The funds raised were boosted as Gloria Haney was the Lincolnshire ladies President for the season and proceeds from her raffle money taken at her County Presidents day went to the charity.

Gordon Kirk gave a talk on the work of LIVES and how charity money helps with their expenses.

Ladies County league

Spalding’s ladies enjoyed a comfortable start to their Trudy Bates campaign, securing a 122-78 shot victory at home against Sleaford on 22nd September, winning on four rinks. Rink scores: S Wade 25-17; B Deaton 27-14; G Haney 27-15; P O’Brien 16-19, with best winning rink being F Lyon, M Coleman, M Belding & G Needham who won 27-13. Overall, Spalding took 14 of the 16 match points on offer.

Friendly round up

On Saturday 24th September the Spalding IBC’s friendly team played host to Perkins Retired from Peterborough in the first game of the Friendly bowling season. The Spalding side led from the onset and continued to increase their lead throughout the game to finish with a 167-74 victory. Even though score went in Spalding’s favour, it cannot be taken from Perkins that they fought right down to the last wood and took their defeat with the best of grace and the game was played in the most convivial manner. Spalding won on all rinks although one was a little close at the finish, however the best winning rink honours went to the rink of Chris Broughton, Paul Lockie, Gill Haydon and skip Abs Belding. Captain on the day was Roger Perkins and the next round against Perkins Retired is on 14th January 2017.

Ruby retains England place

Ruby Hill has retained her place in the England Under 18 team, which will be part of the International Series held in Aberdeen on 15 & 16th October. Ruby will play in the pairs with Aaron Johnson from Norfolk and in the fours with Ryan Nash (Moonfleet 2000), Liam Harris (Beccles) and Adam Pitfield (Wellingborough).

Good luck to Ruby and the rest of the England team

Summer friendly fixtures

We are pleased to announce the following friendly fixtures against Long Sutton:

29th May at Spalding
26th June at Long Sutton
24th July at Long Sutton
21st August at Spalding 

Season finale

Spalding IBC held their finals weekend on 23rd and 24th April, with their presentation night held on the Sunday. The spectators were treated to some excellent finals, with trophies presented by World number one and current World Champion Nicky Brett.

Winners: Ladies singles: Rebecca Simpson; Mens singles Graham Smith; Ladies pairs Ruby Hill & Chelsea Tomlin; Ladies drawn pairs Danielle Wild & Maisie Belding; Mens pairs Martin Spencer & Ash Caress; Ladies triples Val Bowker, Betty Deaton & Margaret Dark; Mens triples John Laud, Paul Cherry & Andy Dunham; Ladies fours Val Bowker, Barbara Hurst, Margaret Dark & Gloria Haney; Mens fours Paul Cherry, Andy Dunham, Scott Dunham & Martin Spencer; Mixed pairs Ruby Hill & Matt Whyers; Mixed fours Pat Crampton, Marilyn Morris, David Inglis & Fred Morris; Rabbits singles John Spencer; Under 25 singles Chelsea Tomlin; Over 60s singles John Needham; 101 singles Jordan Philpott; 101 pairs Graham Smith & Martin Spencer; Parent & Child Martin & Paul Simpson; Veteran pairs John & Gloria Haney; Mr & Mrs Pairs Scott & Annie Dunham; Quintet Derek Hammond, Jonathan Smith, Len Jackson, Morgan Sillet & Jordan Philpott; Jack High Ayscoughfee; League Cup Bowling Stones

Junior singles Ruby Hill; Junior pairs Harry Mycock & Ruby Hill; Junior triples Aaron Barnes, Johnathan Field & Nicole Moseley; Junior fours Morgan Sillett, Nicole Moseley, Harry Mycock & Jordan Philpott

County league division two

Spalding B lost by 79 shots to 106 against Long Sutton but the four match points they received was enough to save being relegated. It was a close game at half way but Long Sutton got stronger as the game went on and took the victory. Spalding’s best winning rink was M Sillett, D Groves, D Amess & G West, with a new captain on the day in Tom Bell

Spalding duo claim national titles

Annie Dunham and Martin Spencer claimed a remarkable double for Spalding when they won their respective national singles titles at Melton Mowbray on Sunday 17th April. Annie’s closest match was her opener where she pipped R Bailey from Victory 21-20 to reach the last eight. Next up was Riverain’s R Tremlett who Annie beat 21-11 where she faced England colleague Kylie Hampton. This also proved comfortable for Annie who posted a 21-12 scoreline to reach her first national singles final. Meanwhile, Martin beat M Todd (Beccles) 21-6 and A Squire (Falcon) 21-13 to reach the last eight where he faced England International Martin Puckett from Moonfleet 2000. This proved a closer affair, with Spencer coming from behind to claim a 21-18 win where he faced former World Champion Greg Harlow from Ely. This proved easier than expected, with Martin taking a 21-10 victory to face Sam Tolchard (Torquay) in the final. With both finals played at the same time, the Spalding duo maintained their excellent form to claim national singles titles for the first time. Dunham beating Amy Stanton (Welford) 21-19, whilst Spencer beat Tolchard 21-10.

Congratulations to them both on a fantastic achievement.

County titles come to Spalding

On Sunday 17th April, Spading were represented in most county finals, winning their fair share, with more titles potentially on the way. Matt Whyers clinched a nail biting match when he beat Ian Clarke from Boston 21-20. Meanwhile, Ruby Hill became the youngest ever winner of the county singles when she beat Lincoln’s J Squires 21-6. Graham Smith and Ashley Caress were on the wrong end of a close match when they lost 12-15 to Grantham’s Martin Pulling and Matt Orrey. Danielle Wild (subbing for Annie Dunham), Ruby Hill, Rebecca Simpson and Chelsea Tomlin won the fours title when they beat S Stainton (Louth) 23-14. Aaron Wild beat Nicole Moseley in an all Spalding Under 18 junior singles final, taking the match 21-15 in a high quality match. Ruby Hill (subbing for Annie Dunham), Rebecca Simpson and Chelsea Tomlin lost the triples final 16-10 to O Wells from Horncastle. With matches having to be re-arranged, Spalding has more chances for honours and are guaranteed at least one more title, as Ruby Hill plays Chelsea Tomlin in the Under 25 ladies singles. Mens triples and fours (Graham Smith) will be played in the next two weeks, as well as the Under 18 senior singles where Ruby Hill meets Stamford’s Stephen Harris.

Gareth Hicks Memorial Trophy

The 21st annual Gareth Hicks Memorial Trophy was held at Spalding IBC on Saturday 9th April, with our Junior players joined by members of Boston and Sutton St James. They were teamed with with twelve senior members to make up twelve rinks of two bowl triples. After three games, the winners were Nicole Moseley (Spalding) and Catherine Rockall (Boston), with the runners up Emily Day (Spalding) and Adam Hodgson (Boston). The senior winner was Geoff Patterson with the runner up Gloria Haney. Trophies were donated by Gareth's parents Julie and Graham Hicks. A raffle was held with the prizes being donated by the players which helped boost the takings for the day to £250 which would be sent to the leukemia charity P.A.C.T. A big thank you goes to the parents of the children and the spectators and the senior players for making this such a successful event . 

Friendly round up

Spalding had a friendly bowls match on Saturday 9th April against Boston. A great afternoon with good company and a lovely meal. Spalding won, winning on four rinks. The overall score was 128 shots to 92. The winning rink was Judy Dolton, Trish Stafford, Tony Westland and Roger Perkins. Captain of the day was Jan Sinclair

Over 60s county league

The battle to avoid relegation from division one reached a climax on Thursday 7th April, with three teams, Spalding, Stamford and Boston, facing the drop ahead of the final round of fixtures. At the start of the day Boston needed 6 points from their away game against league leaders Lincoln A to overtake Spalding. Boston gained 4 points from their last game and Spalding managed to gain 2 points from their final game leaving them 3 points ahead of Boston and thus avoiding the relegation slot. At the half way stage Spalding were only 11 shots adrift of the aggregate but Lincoln B pulled away to finish 21 shots ahead. The match finished Spalding 77 shots to Lincoln B’s 98. Spalding’s best winning rink was skipped by Chris Stagles ably assisted by Mick Laidler, Ken Challans and Roger Perkins. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Graham Hicks

Mens county league division one

Spalding A beat Stamford in their penultimate match of the season, in a match played at the Castle Complex on 7th April. Whilst Stamford were hoping to increase their chances of winning the league, Spalding still needed points to confirm their place in the top division next season. It was Spalding who started well and they gradually increased their lead throughout the match, winning on all rinks to claim 18 match points, with a 71 shot win. Rink scores: Graham Smith 19-13; Scott Dunham 21-14; Martin Spencer 41-15; Ash Caress 23-17; Paul Simpson 31-5

Spalding through to National Finals

Spalding’s Top Club Mixed team are on course to retain their national title after winning their quarter final match against Welford on Saturday 2nd April. Spalding won four out of the five events to book their place in the last four. Rink scores: Ladies singles (Chelsea Tomlin) 22-12; Mens singles (Matt Whyers) 16-9; Mixed pairs (Ruby Hill & Martin Spencer) 12-13; Mixed triples  (Jordan Philpott, Annie & Scott Dunham) 21-7; Mixed fours (Rebecca Simpson, Gloria Haney, Ashley Caress & Graham Smith) 26-11. The finals will be held on 30th April in York IBC

Mens county league

Spalding won their latest division one fixture against Lincoln in a match played at the Castle Sports Complex on Sunday 3rd April. Spalding used their home advantage well to claim a 92-80 shots victory, with the hosts taking 14 match points out of 18. Rink scores: G Smith 23-13; M Simpson 8-20; M Spencer 18-21; A Caress 20-14; Best winning rink was D Green, P Cherry, K Crane, A Dunham 23-12.

Ladies county league

Spalding ladies fell agonisingly short of qualifying for the final of the Trudy Bates, despite two wins in their last two matches. In their penultimate fixture, Spalding beat Boston by 101 shots to 59, taking 14 match points. Best winning rink was Janet Staples, Judy Jackson, Val Bowker & Betty Deaton. In their last match, Spalding needed to win on all rinks but just fell short, taking three wins, a draw and a narrow defeat to end their challenge for this season. 

Perfect record for Spalding duo

Graham Smith and Matt Whyers won all three of their matches as England won the Home International Series at Llanelli on 17th, 18th and 19th March. The pair formed a front end for Swales Perry Martin and skip Rob Paxton, from Taunton Deane. First up for England was hosts Wales and the visitors made light work of things, with Smith and Whyers winning 27-15 in an overall victory of 150-86. Next up was Ireland and England again made it look easy, taking the match by 132 shots to 107. Smith and Whyers recording a 22-17 scoreline. With Scotland winning both their opening fixtures, the clash between the sides on the final day was a winner-takes-all battle. England made a good start and posted a 13-1 score after just one end across all rinks. They remained in front throughout, with a final score of 122-100, Whyers and Smith this time winning 26-19.

Spalding girls go close with England

Rebecca Simpson and Annie Dunham were part of the England team that narrowly lost the Home International series, which was played at the Llanelli Indoor Bowls Club on 11th, 12th and 13th March. Annie retained her place in the team at number three with skip Ellen Falkner, whilst Rebecca was making her debut for the senior side playing number two for Sophie Tolchard. In the opening match against the hosts Wales, Annie’s rink lost a close match 17-19, with Rebecca registering a 26-9 victory, in an overall team win by 121 shots to 112. The second match against Ireland was a formality, with England recording a 166-63 scoreline. Annie won 38-5 and Rebecca 23-10. That result set up a final match showdown with Scotland, who had won both their matches. A close match throughout saw Scotland take control towards the end, with one England rink losing 35-8. Annie’s set recorded a 19-13 win, whilst Rebecca lost by a single shot, 22-23. Overall, both girls recording two wins out of three and giving an excellent account of themselves.

Junior county league

Both Spalding IBCs junior "A" and "B" teams were in action on Saturday 12th March against Boston and Stamford respectively. The "A" team of Danielle Wild, Aaron Barnes, Keiran Crane and jordan Philpott had a very good win away at Boston by 23 shots to 17. The "B" team of Harry Mycock, Emily Day, Morgan Sillett and Aaron Wild, playing at home found the going very tough against a very strong Stamford side. Nevertheless, they put up a spirited performance and gained valuable experience from the fixture.

Mens B county league

Spalding B had a good win at home against Stamford on Saturday 12th March, winning by 120 shots to 67, earning 17 match points which will help them climb the league table. The best winning rink was R Walpole, G West, J Taylor & M Taylor. Captain for the day was R Walpole 

Friendly round up

Spalding won their latest friendly fixture, which was played at March IBC on Sunday 13th March. By the halfway stage, March had taken a two shot lead which they maintained until towards the end. With the finish line fast approaching, Spalding turned up the heat and raced into the lead, eventually recording a seven shot victory, of 63-56, winning on two rinks and drawing on two.Best winning rink was Chris Broughton, Gill Haydon, Kelvin Crane & skip Roger Perkins. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s Over 60s team travelled to Lincoln on Thursday 3rd March for their latest division one fixture. Lincoln ‘A’ have won this league title for 15 consecutive years so this was always going to be a tough game, especially playing away fromhome on their much faster rinks. And so it turned out to be – Lincoln finished 54 shots ahead – the match finished Spalding 84 shots v Lincoln ‘A’ 138 shots. However, Spalding won on two rinks to tale four match points. Spalding’s best rink was skipped by Chris Stagles ably assisted by Roger Perkins, Ken Challans and Mick Laidler. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Mike Taylor.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team played against Grantham IBC on Saturday 4th March. Spalding quickly gained an early lead, which they held onto throughout the game to secure a final score of Spalding 118 - Grantham 81. Best winning rink was Alec Cooper, Kelvin Crane, Abs Belding & Lily Drawbridge. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

Philpott retains title

Jordan Philpott retained the Spalding Junior Open singles title, collecting £350 in prize money and the trophy. The tournament was generously sponsored by Stonehaven Care Home and was played at the Castle Sports Complex on Saturday 27th February. With 24 of some of the best young players in the country in action, a round robin format of Premier Three type style matches determined final group standings, with the top two in each group qualifying for the quarter finals.

Quarter finals: Tom Hall bt Jack Wells 2-0; Chelsea Tomlin bt Ben Wilson 2-1; Kieran Crane bt Connor Cinato 2-0; Jordan Philpott bt Rhys Hill. The open draw for the semis saw Hall pitched against Crane and an all Spalding tie with Philpott playing Tomlin. Both semi finals were hard fought matches but both were settled in straight sets, with Philpott and Hall victorious. With the title up for grabs, a nip and tuck match was again settled in straight sets, with Philpott retaining his title.

Friendly round up

The bowlers from the Spalding Indoor Bowls Club played host to a team comprising of the Lincolnshire Vice Presidents in a Friendly game on Sunday 28th February. Albeit this was classed as a Friendly game the competition across all the rinks was quite fierce even though it was carried out in the best of humour and in a fun filled atmosphere. However, after the fifth end the home team pushed for superiority and gradually forged ahead even though the final result on some rinks went down to the last end to decide. An absolutely cracking game thoroughly enjoyed by both teams. But, there had to be a winner and Spalding won on four rinks and drew on the other two with a final score of 138 to Spalding and 74 to the VP's. The winning rink on the day with an outstanding score of 39 to 8 going to the team of Sue Maltby, Grace Scott, Ken Challans and skip Roger Perkins who was also Captain for the Day.

Ladies miss out on National glory

Spalding’s ladies lost to a strong York team in the quarter final of the National club knockout competition in a match played at Newark on Saturday 20th February

Ladies county league

Spalding’s ladies county team lost their latest match away at Skegness by 100 shots to 96, taking four of the twelve match points on offer. Best winning rink for Spalding comprised of J Patterson, V Elms, M Wheatley and Barbara Hurst

County 18 & under singles

A number of juniors from SIBC qualified for the last sixteen of the County 18 & Under singles, held at Louth Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday 21st February.
There were two groups of four players in each of the junior and senior sections played on a round robin basis with three players from Spalding in the senior section. Ruby Hill being successful in her group and now plays Stephen Hariss from Stamford in the Final.
In the Junior Section there were five players from Spalding with Aaron Wild and Nicole Moseley winning their respective groups and now play each other in the final. The finals to be held at Boston Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday 16th April.
Other Spalding Players were Kieran Crane, Morgan Sillett (seniors) Emily Day, Danielle Wild and Aaron Barnes (juniors)

Heart Foundation Gala Day

On Saturday 20th February, seventy two bowlers from the Spalding Indoor Bowls Club took part in a tournament in aid of the British Heart Foundation. Play was in the form of thirty six bowlers playing in teams of three for one hour followed by an hours relaxation for refreshments and socialising while the other teams bowled in this period. These same great folks also supplied over eighty raffle prizes for the occasion, which in itself raised £220.00. The day was made possible by the facilities being made available free of charge by 1Life the company running the complex, J2 Catering the on site caterers also played their part by coming up with the £180.00 prize money. The day was in itself something of an achievement as there was so many new players taking part and most of all there was a strong contingency of club Juniors. There were two winning rinks both on the same points and only being separated by the one shot. The runners up team consisted of Emily Day, Jenny Horner and Derek Hammond who shared prize money of £60.00, in the true spirit of the occasion one of these players immediately donated their share back to the charity. The winning team honours on the day went to the team of Lynne Smith, June Taylor and Keith Wood who shared prize money of £120.00. However, without doubt the big winners were the British Heart Foundation as due to all involved a quite wonderful sum of £550.00 was raised for this worthy cause, thanks to everyone involved in making the event so successful.

Friendly round up

On Sunday 21st February, Spalding’s friendly team travelled to Skegness to play Skegness Indoor Bowls Club. Spalding got off to a good start and after 7 ends were 30 shots up but Skegness fought back and on the 13th end Skegness were only 1 shot behind so it was game on. Spalding had to dig deep to pull off a victory which they did finishing the game winning by 13 shots, Spalding 114 to Skegness's 101.The best winning rink was skipped by Mick Laidler aided by Terry Grimshaw & Peter Bendall. Captain of the day was Eric Maltby.

Philpott wins on England debut

Jordan Philpott was part of the Under 25 England side who won the British Isles series, played in Bristol over the weekend of 20th and 21st February. Having already represented England at Under 18 level, Jordan stepped up to the Under 25s for the first time in a rink skipped by Swale’s Perry Martin, with Tom Bishop leading and Conor Cinato number three. England won all three of their matches against Wales, Ireland and the decider against Scotland on the last day, with Jordan’s set winning 27-13 (v Wales), 23-11 (v Ireland) and narrowly losing 18-19 against Scotland, with the match already won. 

Friendly round up

Spalding’s IBC played host to a team from the Fenland bowlers in a friendly match on Sunday 14th February. This was an interesting game as despite the fact that Spalding had a resounding win on all rinks and a final score of 121 shots to Spalding against the 63 for Fenland, players from both teams came off the green commenting on what a good game it had been. This was one of the games were the result did not reflect the quality of play which was of a high standard. Further friendships were formed in the meal, which followed and a firm resolve by Fenland to return in the future. The highest winning rink for Spalding was made up of Brian Skelton, Abs Belding and skip Ian Stafford. Captain of the day being Roger Perkins.

Spalding ladies win with England

Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin won both their matches to help England win the Junior Womens International Series held in Paisley, Scotland on 13th & 14th February. Chelsea skipped a rink for the first time, which included Ruby who was making her debut. First up was Wales and despite a close start, they took control and won by 32 shots to 13. In their final match, they played hosts Scotland and another close start was followed by a strong finish, as they won 21-13. The overall scoring saw England take 14 match points to Scotlands 10, with Wales failing to win any rink points.

Spalding Juniors shine

Two of Spalding’s most promising Juniors have qualified for the Regional Finals of the 2016 School of Excellence. They travelled to Grantham IBC on 31st January and claimed the top two qualifying places, with just one point separating the two. Aaron Barnes took the spoils, with Jonathan Field second

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team hosted Stamford on 6th February in the second leg of the annual Welland Salver Trophy. After a disappointing first leg, Spalding needed a 30 shot victory and despite an early lead for the visitors, Spalding took control in the second half. The second half of the match was touch and go, with Spalding needing to stretch their lead and Stamford desperately trying to reduce the deficit. Spalding won the game, with a final score of 128-99, an agonising single shot short of a remarkable comeback, winning on three rinks, losing two & drawing one. Best winning rink was Jenny Collins, Terry Grimshaw, Grace Scott & skip Maisie Belding. Geoff Craft was captain for the day.

Ladies into national quarter final                    

Spalding’s ladies progressed into the quarter final of the National club knockout competition, courtesy of an 87-71 victory over South Forest on Saturday 30th January. Facing strong opposition, Spalding knew they had to be on top form and that’s exactly what happened, with both home rinks coming out on top. The away rinks kept things close to ensure Spalding progressed to the next round where they face York at the neutral venue of Newark IBC at 12:30 on Saturday 20th February.

Mens county league

Spalding beat Scunthorpe in the division one fixture played at Spalding IBC on Sunday 31st January. Despite being 7-0 down early on Spalding were dominant throughout the match, winning on all five rinks and taking the full 18 match points. Rink scores: K Ekins 38-10; S Dunham 34-11; Ash Caress 27-7; A Dawson 26-14; G Smith 35-14; Overall score Spalding 160-56 Scunthorpe

Ladies county league

Spalding lost their latest Trudy Bates fixtures when they came up against Boston. Despite winning on two rinks, Spalding lost 92-100, with J Patterson, M Morris, B Hurst & G Haney being their best rink on the day.

Men’s B county league

Spalding B lost to Louth A, who were stronger all round but the home team managed to get 4 points. The best winning rink was G Kirby, A Richardson, I Stafford and T Bell. Captain for the day was R Walpole

Over 60s county league

Spalding lost a difficult away fixture at Lincoln on Thursday 28th January where they faced Lincoln B. Playing on the fast rinks at Lincoln was always going to be a challenge for Spalding but four of the five rinks had close games throughout and at one stage Spalding were winning on two rinks and drawing on one rink. However some late shots picked up by Lincoln resulted in Spalding winning on only one rink. The match finished Spalding 66-101 Lincoln B, with Lincoln taking sixteen of the eighteen points on offer. Spalding’s only wining rink was skipped by Maurice Elding, ably assisted by Derek Overton, Bob Power and Tom Bell. Captain for the day was David Lunn.

Ladies progress in nationals

Spalding ladies won their latest Yetton trophy national knockout match on Saturday 16th January, beating Scunthorpe by 96 shots to 67. Spalding found themselves behind early on but took control towards the end to record a place in the next round, winning on three of the four rinks. They play South Forest on 30th January.

Friendly round up

On 23rd January, Spalding’s friendly team travelled to Sutton St James with hopes of a victory. A close match saw the visitors claim a four shot victory, with the best rink being M Belding, G Haydon, T Westland and G Taylor

Over 60s county league

Spalding played their latest over 60s county league fixture on Thursday 7th January. Although playing at home, Spalding started very badly and quickly found themselves ten shots adrift on the aggregate. Spalding launched a fight back and moved into a ten shots lead but Boston fought back and for the second half of the game there was never more than a few shots in it. Thanks to one of the Spalding’s rinks, skipped by Mick Dolton, the aggregate moved in Spalding’s favour as Mick and his team secured ten shots on their final two ends. The match finished Spalding shots 95, Boston shots 90. Spalding won on two of the five rinks, taking twelve points to Boston’s six. Our best rink was skipped by Mick Dolton ably assisted by Alan Pitts, Graham Hicks and Peter Bendell. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Mike Taylor.

Friendly round up

A team from Spalding travelled to Long Sutton for a friendly match against Fenland Bowlers on Sunday 10th January. Spalding got off to a good start and kept up their form throughout the game, at the halfway stage Spalding were fifteen shots clear and finished winning the game by 54 shots the final score being 127 to 73. Spalding won on five rinks with the highest scoring rink going to Ken Challans aided by Jean Collin and Abs Belding Captain of day was Eric Maltby

County mixed league

Spalding mixed team kept up their winning streak by beating Lincoln A on Sunday 20th December. They won on three rinks out of five, with an overall score of 107-96. The best winning rink was Freda Lyon, Derek Green, Gill Needham and Graham Wright.

Friendly round up

Spaldings friendly team won their home fixture against Lincoln on Sunday 3rd January; a great start for the New Year. At no time were Spalding in trouble and they won on five of the six rinks. The best winning rink was skipped by Maisie Belding ably supported by Jenny Collins, Brian Collin and Alan Pitts. Captain of the day was Vera Elms.

Ladies county league

Spalding ladies won their latest Trudy Bates fixture with a 11-5 points victory at Sleaford. The best winning rink was Gill Needham, M Belding, M Coleman & F Lyon

Spencer wins Spalding Open

Spalding’s Martin Spencer won the annual Spalding Open singles tournament, beating City of Ely’s Edward Elmore in the final. The tournament, sponsored by Hughes, is part of the Open Singles Circuit, with ranking points up for grabs with the top 48 across the country being invited to the Grand Finals. Spencer came through a strong field, which included the current world number one and a former world champion in matches played over 27th & 28th December.

After nine sessions of play, just eight players were left with a chance of glory.

Quarter final results

Nick Brett bt Matt Orrey 0-8, 6-5, 2-0

Edward Elmore bt Billy Jackson 3-5, 7-2, 2-0

Mark Royal bt Paul Roberts 6-6, 6-5

Martin Spencer bt Ryan Atkins 5-9, 5-4, 2-1

A strong semi final line up saw Edward Elmore narrowly beat current world number one Nick Brett (8-7, 8-6) to book his place in the final. The other semi final proved just as close, with world number thirteen Mark Royal taking the opening set against local favourite Martin Spencer before Spencer hit back to take the second set and force a tie break. It was there that Spencer found top form, taking the next two ends in the best of three tie-break to join Elmore in the final.

The stakes were high, with £900 on offer to the winner, with the match played in front of a full house at the Castle Sports Complex. The first set was nip and tuck throughout, which saw the scores level after six ends of the seven end set. Spencer held his nerve to take a double, securing a 9-7 set score. The second set is where Spencer took control, winning 6-2 to take the title for the first time.

Elmore’s consolation was £400, with losing semi finalists taking £125 each and losing quarter finalists taking £50 each.

Huge thanks to sponsors Hughes Electrical for their support of the event and generous prize money, which attracted some of the worlds best players. Thanks also to Graham Smith and his daughter Beth for organising the event and ensuring things went smoothly on the day. Thanks also to all the markers and others who helped with raffles and other duties, especially to Umpire Colin Wilson who was on hand for every session across the two days.

International call ups

Jordan Philpott has been selected for the Under 25 International Series, which is being held on home soil, in Bristol on 20th & 21st February. Jordan will make his debut at number two, with Tom Bishop from Cyphers leading, Kingsthorpe’s Connor Cinato and Swale’s Perry Martin form the back-end.

Matt Whyers and Graham Smith retained their places for the International Series in Wales on 17th, 18th & 19th March. They form the front end for skip Rob Paxton with Perry Martin completing the set.

Chelsea Tomlin skips a rink for the first time in the Under 25 ladies team, with Ruby making her debut as the number two in Chelsea’s rink. Lydia Cutmore and Zoe Eagles make up the set. They will travel to Paisley IBC, Scotland on 13th and 14th February.

Rebecca Simpson will make her debut in the senior ladies team in Llanelli on 11th, 12th & 13th March, with Annie Dunham retaining her place and Chelsea being selected as part of the squad: as non-travelling reserve. Rebecca plays number two with Paige Dennis, Michelle Barlow and Sophie Tolchard, whilst Annie plays number three with Lauren Copeland, Amy Banes and Ellen Faulkner.

Congratulations and good luck to everyone in their respective matches.

Chelsea in action in World Junior championships

From the 8-11th December, the World Junior Championships took place in Coatbridge IBC in Scotland. Chelsea Tomlin from Spalding was selected as one of the ladies representatives for England along with Cathy Edwards from Whiteknights. This was courtesy of an excellent run in last year’s National Under 25 singles.

With a jam packed field full of the best juniors in the world, Chelsea started well, winning her first two games beating senior Welsh International Ysie White and junior Scottish international Michelle Keenan.

Next up was the defending champion Chloe Watson from Ireland and after a close first set, Chloe came out on top winning in straight sets. Next was Carrie McLean, the champion from two years ago and Scottish junior and senior international. The first set was close with Carrie playing a super last bowl to tie, leaving Chelsea with no bowls left to reply. Carrie then excelled from here playing a super second set to win the match. The last game in the group stages was against Welsh junior international Jodie McCarthy. With the two sets tied this game went to a one end tie break. Chelsea managed to lay game with her last bowl but Jodie played an excellent bowl to win the game with her last.

The ladies event was won by Amy Williams from Wales.

In the mixed pairs event Chelsea was drawn to play with Jordan Davis from Wales. The pair got on to a storming start winning their first game with ease. They then lost to Carrie McLean (Scotland) and Ryan Atkins (England) who were the eventual winners of the event.

Mens B county league

Spalding B had a change of fortune on Saturday 5th December getting a very welcomed 14 points against Stamford which was their first win of the season. it was a close match throughout and after 15 ends, Spalding were just 1 shot behind   the final score was Spaldings 92-81 Stamford. Spalding's best winning rink was G Kirby, R West, I Stafford and T Bell. Captain for the day was Ron Walpole

Friendly round up

On Sunday 6th December, Spalding IBC played host to a team from the Peterborough Conservatives. Although the Peterborough team fought vainly throughout the match, Spalding went from strength to strength and finally closed the game by winning on all rinks and with a hefty 65 shot advantage albeit some rinks only having a narrow margin. Despite this heavy defeat the Peterborough team fought to the end and a friendly, sociable game was had by all. The winning rink honours for Spalding went to the team of Chris Broughton, Colin Taylor and skip Roger Perkins who was also team captain on the day.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s Over 60s team played their latest county league division one fixture on the 2nd December at Stamford, with Spalding securing an excellent victory. The match was very close throughout, with Spalding only one shot ahead after five ends and two shots ahead at ten ends. It was there that Spalding slowly built a lead to finish thirteen shots ahead, winning 91-78. Spalding won on three rinks, taking fourteen of the eighteen points on offer. Spalding’s best rink was skipped by Steve Buffery, ably assisted by Eric Wakefield, Pete Allen and Phil Beeken. Captain for the day was David Lunn assisted by Mike Taylor.

Juniors on tour

On Sunday 29th November, Spalding IBC entered three triples teams into the East Anglian Junior Competition, held at the prestigious Potters Holiday Resort in Hopton, Great Yarmouth. The three teams did very well against some strong opposition notably from Gallows club (Fakenham), Acle and Ipswich. Two of the three Spalding teams qualified from the group stages to the quarter finals where both were beaten by a close margin. The third junior triples team lost out on qualification by four points having matched results throughout with Ipswich. The nine players to represent SIBC were: Jonathan Field, Aaron Wild & Danielle Wild; Morgan Sillett, Nathan Puttrell & Nicole Moseley; Aaron Barnes & Emily Day were joined by a guest from Acle, due the unavailability of Spalding’s ninth player. A large group of supporters included parents, grandparents and friends made the 200 mile round trip to support the three teams at the venue which holds the world championships. Well done to everyone involved.

Spalding progress in the Egham Trophy

Spalding’s national mixed team beat Grantham on Sunday 29th November to set up a clash with Lincoln on 20th December. Spalding lead early on and remained in control throughout, winning on all four rinks and posting a 109-57 score-line.

Friendly round up

Spalding enjoyed the first round of the friendlies matches for the Welland Salver Trophy against Stamford on Saturday 28th November. With Stamford only able to provide 18 players for the rinks game, this had to be changed to triples, with several Spalding players standing down. Stamford gained an early lead, being 9 shots ahead after 5 ends. By half way, despite Spalding's fight-back, Stamford had increased their lead by 32 shots. The final result was Stamford 104-71 Spalding. Best winning rink for Spalding with a score of 18-16 was Chris Broughton, Sam Richardson & Mick Jennings skip. Captain of the day Geoff Craft

Men’s County League

Spalding B played at Louth in their latest Lincs League division 2 fixture on Saturday 21st November. Spalding found the early stages of the match tough going and were 12 shots behind at half way but they then lost their way and eventually lost 70-132. Spalding won two rinks and got four points with their best winning rink consisting of D Groves, R West, I Stafford & T Bell. Captain of the day was R Walpole

Ladies progress in nationals

Spalding ladies progressed in two knockout competitions in three days, both in emphatic fashion. First up was the Over 60s double rink on Thursday 19th November, where Spalding cruised passed Long Sutton with the Home rink skipped by Gloria Haney winning 24-10 and Margaret Dark posting a 25-12 victory at Long Sutton.

The ladies where then pitched against Boston in the Yetton trophy on Saturday 21st November, with this victory turning out to be very comfortable. Spalding started well and never looked back, lead by an impressive 38-12 win at Boston for Pat Crampton, Maxine Coleman, Sylvia Wade & Margaret Dark. Gloria Haney’s set kept things close at Boston, narrowly losing 14-18. Spalding were just as dominant at home; Gill Needham posted a 27-8 scoreline, whilst Annie Dunham won 28-25. Total score: 107-63. Next up is Scunthorpe on 16th January.

Mens county league

Spalding A suffered a rare defeat in division one at the hands of Scunthorpe on 22nd November. This fixture away from home is always a tricky one and Scunthorpe used their home advantage well to secure a 14-4 points victory.

Spalding claim Denny Cup victory

Spalding clinched a nail biter in the national knockout Denny Cup, in a match played home and away against Stamford on Saturday 14th November. Spalding started slowly and fell behind Stamford by the half way stage. From 13 ends, Spalding found their form, particularly at home and headed into the last few ends a couple of shots to the good. With just two ends left to play, the scores were level but a double from Martin Spencer at Stamford left the home rink skipped by Matt Whyers needing to keep things close, which they were able to do, losing a single shot to take the match. Rink scores: Home Graham Smith 26-17 Roger Martin; Matt Whyers 29-13 Keith Rippin; Away: Martin Spencer 15-19 Pete Edwards; Scott Dunham 5-25 Martyn Dolby. Overall score was 75-74 to Spalding who face Grantham on 29th November.

England trials galore!

Spalding bowlers will be well represented at various International trials in the next few weeks. In addition to Ruby Hill’s success at under 18 level, Lucy Cooke, Ruby Hill and Chelsea Tomlin have trials for the Under 25 team on 12th December. Jordan Philpott and Ashley Caress have been invited for Under 25 trials on 22nd November, with Graham Smith, Matt Whyers and Martin Spencer attending the senior mens trial on 6th December. Rounding up an excellent year so far is Annie Dunham, Rebecca Simpson and Chelsea Tomlin who have received senior ladies trials on 13th December.

It’s a fantastic achievement for one club to have so many International trialists. Well done to all and good luck.

Yetton trophy

Spalding ladies progressed in their first round match of the Yetton trophy on Saturday 7th November against Stamford. Spalding won all 4 rinks by 100 shots to 87

Egham trophy

Spalding’s mixed national team beat Boston on Sunday 8th November by 74 shots to 57. Away from home, rinks skipped by Annie and Scott Dunham kept it tight, keeping to a narrow deficit which was a good job done, as at home, Graham Smith and Martin Spencer’s sets both recorded 12 shot winning margins.

Annie wins with England

Annie Dunham was part of the England team that won the Ladies Test Series against Scotland on 31st and 1st November, held in Stanley, County Durham. The series was played over a best of eleven-match format consisting of two triples, three pairs and six singles. Annie narrowly lost her triples 2-1 in the tie break, having won a set each, but she quickly registered points on the board for England in the pairs, this time winning a tie break 2-1. Annie’s singles match was slightly more straightforward, winning both sets to set England up for a grandstand finish. Ely’s Ellen Faulkner won the deciding match to take the series 6-5.

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team lost their latest fixture at Long Sutton on Sunday 1st November by 93 shots to 113. Spalding struggled to keep up with opposing team early on in this triples match, however they managed to close the gap to within 7 at the half way stage. It was at that stage that Long Sutton re-discovered their form and pulled clear in the latter stages. The best winning rink was skipped by Roger Perkins ably supported by Abs Belding and Gill Haydon winning on 13 ends out of 18. Captain of the day was Gill Haydon

Men county league division two

Spading B hosted Sleaford A at the Castle Sports Complex on Saturday 31st October in this division two fixture. Sleaford didn’t take long to adjust to the green and they reached top form throughout to take the victory by 101 shots to 80. Spalding did manage to win two rinks, the best of which were D Churchman, R Perkins, J Taylor and N Tasker. Captain on the day was Ron Walpole        

Denny Cup

Spalding were pushed all the way in their opening match in the National knockout competition but kept their nerve to claim the victory by 76 shots to 67 against Long Sutton on 31st October. Despite starting badly at home, Spalding quickly gained their composure and started to show their quality. With the 2 away rinks playing well, Spalding nipped in front just after half-way and only pulled away in the very latter stages. Rink scores: Home; Graham Smith won 18-15, John Needham lost 16-23. Away; Martin Spencer won 22-13, Scott Dunham won 20-16. Next up in Stamford on 14th November.

Trudy Bates county league

Spalding ladies continued their good form with a comfortable victory against Skegness. The match was played on 29th October at the Castle green and Spalding used their home advantage well, winning on all rinks to earn the maximum 16 points on offer. Best winning rink was Freda Lyon, Maxine Coleman, Maisie Belding & Gill Needham to secured a 21-7 win. Overall score: Spalding 102-66 Skegness.

International glory for Ruby

Having impressed the international selectors, Ruby was selected to represent England in the Mixed Under 18 International Championships in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland on 10th and 11th October 2015. The championship pits the best young players from Channel Islands, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England against each other in singles, pairs, triples and fours. Each player represented their country in two of these disciplines where Ruby was selected to play in the pairs and fours competitions.

In the pairs, Ruby was partnered with Noah Cummings from Darlington who is currently the national under 18 singles champion. The pair dominated through the rounds and sealed the gold medal with a win against the Welsh pairing in the final. In the fours, Ruby played number 2 with Lydia Cutmore from Hornsea, Harry Ward from Huntingdon and Harry Goodwin from Torquay United whilst her pairs partner, Noah secured gold in the singles. Again, the four impressed through the rounds however, were narrowly edged out by an in form four from Scotland in the final, meaning they brought home the silver medal. These consistent performances from Ruby helped England retain their title and seal team gold.

A gold and a silver medal in one weekend. Well done Ruby!!

Friendly round up

Spalding’s friendly team won their home fixture against Peterborough Conservatives on Saturday 17th October by 125 shots to 82.

In spite of the visitors unfamiliarity both with some of their playing colleagues and the Spalding playing conditions, they got off to a good start keeping the home team to a two shot advantage by the fourth end. Things changed however and by the tenth end Spalding lead by 55 shots to 40. From then, the home side seized control and eventually won by a 43 shot margin.

Spalding lost on only one rink and two rinks tied for best aggregate rink with 16 shot victories, but the rink skipped by Mick Jennings ably supported by Gerald Horner and Brian Skelton won on count back, winning on 13 ends (out of 18).

Captain of the day was James Newby





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