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Club Finals Weekend 

Over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club held their club finals. Congratulations to our club champions and commiserations to the runners up. 

Men’s Competitions 

Singles Winner: Dominic McVittie; Runner Up: Graham Smith 

Pairs Winners: Kevin Ekins and Andy Dunham; Runners Up: Lewis Parnell and Dale Parnell 

Triples Winners: Harry Mycock, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie; Runners Up: Brian Martin, Martin Simpson and Simon Lilley 

Fours Winners: Harry Mycock, Martin Simpson, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie; Runners Up: Dave Murray, Alan Tokley, Terry Windsor and Gavin Staite 

Mixed and Open Competitions 

Mixed Pairs Winners: Julie Hicks and Graham Hicks; Runners Up: Sue Slayvan and Tony Westland 

Mixed Fours Winners: Brian Hodges, Maggie Wheatley, Trish Stafford and Ian Stafford; Runners Up: Jean Patterson, Betty Deaton, Roger Roffe and Graham Hicks 

Rabbits Singles Winner: Ollie Jeapes; Runner Up: Michael Jeapes 

Under 25 Singles Winner: Ollie Jeapes; Runner Up: Harry Mycock 

Over 60 Singles Winner: Martin Simpson; Runner Up: Julie Hicks 

101 Singles Winner: Simon Lilley; Runner Up: Dominic McVittie 

101 Pairs Winners: Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott; Runners Up: Harry Mycock and Dominic McVittie 

Family Pairs Winners: Lewis Parnell and Dale Parnell; Runners Up: Abs Belding and Maisie Belding 

Veteran Pairs Winners: Jean Patterson and Cliff Searson; Runners Up: Terry Windsor and Gavin Staite 

Ladies Competitions 

Singles Winner: Chelsea Tomlin; Runner Up: Ruby Hill 

Pairs Winners: Carole Nunney and Julie Hicks; Runners Up: Dee Brinkman and Hazel Tokley 

Triples Winners: Carole Nunney, Betty Deaton and Julie Hicks; Runners Up: Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Lily Drawbridge 

Fours Winners: Carole Nunney, Petrine Ault, Betty Deaton and Julie Hicks; Runners Up: Chris Williamson, Jan Sinclair, Jenny Horner and Maisie Belding 

Drawn Pairs Winners: Jan Sinclair and Barbara Cave; Runners Up: Sue Slayvan and Sue Cooper 

County Finals 

On Saturday 23rd April 2022, Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club hosted the men’s and ladies county finals day. Spalding were well represented but had a mixed bag of results. 

Spalding’s successes all came in singles events. Chelsea Tomlin won the ladies singles, beating Lin Mountain from Lincoln, 21-8 and Ruby Hill beat Boston’s Katherine Rockall to win the ladies under 25 singles title. Dominic McVittie won the county sets singles after beat Kevin Rands from Lincoln in a close encounter on a tie break. Stephen Harris won the under 25 singles title after beating Lincoln’s James Staples in straight sets. It was also a proud day for the Mycock family and brother and sister duo, Harry and Ruby, won the senior and junior under 18 singles titles respectively. Harry beat Owen Aspinall from Stamford, 21-7 whilst sister Ruby beat Harvey Parker from Sutton St. James 21-13 in her final. 

There were some disappointments though as Spalding were involved in four losing finals. Martin Simpson lost in the over 60s singles final, 9-16 against Paul Bark from Horncastle. Bark partnered Keith Jackman as they beat Brian Martin and Jordan Philpott, 16-18 in the men’s pairs final. Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Kevin Ekins lost in the men’s triples final against John Nott, Danny Brown and George Draper from Lincoln, 14-20. Finally, fresh from their successes in the morning session, Hill and Tomlin suffered a single shot defeat, 11-12 in the ladies pairs final against Sheila Plaskitt and Lin Mountain from Lincoln. 

County League News

On Tuesday 19th April 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies played in the Trudy Bates county final at Sleaford. Spalding won the south division and their opposition in the final were the north section winners from Lincoln. Unfortunately, Spalding were always behind on aggregate, albeit only between 8 and 15 shots. The match did get exciting as the deficit was reduced to a single shot at one stage but this was short lived as Lincoln finished the better of the two teams, Spalding eventually losing 65-84. 

Spalding captain, Julie Hicks, congratulated Lincoln on their win, thanked Sleaford for the hospitality and also her players for their commitment throughout the season. 

Rink Scores
Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst – Won 17-11
Ann Newbury, Michelle Billingsley, Trish Stafford and Betty Deaton – Lost 20-24
Freda Lyon, Jan Sinclair, Sandra Hammond and Maisie Belding – Lost 17-25
Carole Nunney, Sheila Chamberlain, Chris Jackson and Julie Hicks – Lost 11-20 

Also on Tuesday, our men’s county league team ended their season in style at home against Boston “A”. Despite being 14-0 down after only one end on each rink, Spalding were generally in control before closing out a 15 shot victory, 85-70 and claiming 12 of the 14 available match points. Spalding ended up in third place of the county’s south section, only three points behind Stamford “A” and Boston “A” with Stamford “A” winning the section on shot difference. 

Rink Scores
George Almey, Jack Wells, Brian Martin and Dominic McVittie – Won 24-19
Tony Westland, Tim Roger’s, David Nunney and Kevin Ekins – Won 23-16
Nathan Puttrell, Anthony Cronin, Mike Robertson and Simon Lilley – Lost 13-23
Robin Roffe, Abs Belding, Ian Stafford and Martin Simpson – Won 25-12 

Finally, well done to our mixed team who have won the south section of the mixed county league. The success was made even more impressive given the team’s outstanding home record where they won all five fixtures and gaining 67 points from a possible 70. That’s only one rink loss and one draw from 20 rinks. 

Hartlepool Open Success 

Over Easter weekend, Hartlepool Indoor Bowls Club hosted their open singles on the Friday which is part of the EIBA (English Indoor Bowling Association) Open Singles Circuit and was followed by their 49th International Masters Pairs Tournament on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Spalding were well represented and were successful in both events. 

Spalding’s Dominic McVittie came away with the singles crown and was joined by Martin Spencer to win the pairs tournament. 

In the singles event, McVittie came through his first three rounds with apparent ease, beating Gary McPheaters 2-0 (11-2, 9-1), Josh Minto 1.5-0.5 (9-0, 6-6) and Mark Goodfellow 2-0 (9-5, 8-4). Also through to the quarter final was Spalding’s Jordan Philpott who also had an excellent run. Philpott enjoyed a comfortable win against Scotland’s Stevie Rankin whilst McVittie beat the host club’s Glenn Skipp in straight sets 2-0 (10-5, 8-6). This set up a very impressive semi-final line up where Philpott was matched up against Jamie Walker, who has recently been selected to represent England at the 2022 Commonwealth Games whilst McVittie took on England international, David Bolt from South Shields. Unfortunately, Philpott’s run came to an end at the semi-final stage and found Walker in top form. McVittie on the other hand had an exceptional game against Bolt, winning in straight sets but on the deciding end of each set, securing a place in the final 2-0 (6-5, 7-6). 

The final was eagerly anticipated and the crowd were not disappointed by two players at the top of their form. It was Walker who started the better of the two players, taking the first set 7-5 but McVittie did not let that phase him as he took the second 8-1 to take the match into a three end tie break which went to the final end. McVittie held shot before Walker drew close with his third bowl of the end. The players nor the marker were completely sure who was shot but McVittie took matters into his own hands. He played a perfect runner with his last bowl of the match to put the jack in the ditch and sit approximately six inches away, making it nearly impossible for Walker to retrieve the shot. Walker missed out with his last and McVittie won the Hartlepool Open Singles title for the first time. 

For the rest of the weekend, the attention turned to the pairs tournament where Spencer and McVittie enjoyed success. With 16 teams in each group, every pair played six games, three on Saturday, three on Sunday, aiming to make top four of the group to qualify for the knockout finals day on Monday. On Saturday, Spencer and McVittie put themselves in an excellent position, beating Paul Wallace and Mark Irwin, 9-7, Dale Oram and Steve Tindale, 28-5 and Sam O’Donnell and Jonathan Ross, 15-10. They followed them up with three more wins against T. Sclater and M. McGowan, 12-10, Stevie Rankin and Derek McClue, 9-5 and Rae Graham and Eddie Murray, 13-8. Also enjoying six wins from six games in the group was Jordan Philpott who partnered Hartlepool’s Carl Higgins who came second in the group with Spencer and McVittie third and both qualifying for the finals day of the tournament. 

Unfortunately, Higgins and Philpott lost at the quarter final stage, 5-14 against Paul Hartley and David Bolt but Spencer and McVittie progressed as they beat Daniel Poole and Graham Vipond, 12-6. Again, the semi-final competitors were of the highest quality as the Spalding pair took on Josh Minto and Martin Heitzman, who topped the group the day before. Spencer and McVittie raced into an 11-0 lead before their opposition acknowledged defeat, 14-3 with a couple of ends to spare. The other semi-final saw Matt Pownall and Jamie Walker beat Hartley and Bolt, 11-10. The final was extended to 15 ends after playing 12 ends or 90 minutes for the rest of the weekend. 

Walker would have no doubt been out for revenge after his singles final defeat to McVittie but Spencer and McVittie started the better by collecting a count of four shots on the very first end. Pownall and Walker fought back to 4-4 at four ends but that’s as good as it got as the Spalding pair complimented each other exceptionally well to outclass their opposition and eventually win the final 18-6 when the match was conceded after 12 ends. Spencer and McVittie won the 49th International Masters Pairs Tournament for the first time and will join good company on the honours list which includes a number of world champions. 

Denny Cup Champions 

On Saturday 9th April 2022, it was a historic day for Spalding Indoor Bowls Club as they won the Denny Cup – deemed the FA Cup of bowls – for the first time. With wins throughout the season against Peterborough (116-52), Stamford (81-67), Leicester (88-49), Lincoln (85-53), South Shields Vipers (89-80) and Wey Valley (72-61), Spalding set up a final clash against Norfolk IBC, who were already twice beaten finalists in this competition in 2016 and 2018. The Denny Cup is the most prestigious club knockout event and has been played for since the 1934/35 season. 

The atmosphere was electric and cheered on by their travelling supporters, Spalding won the early exchanges and made a dream start in their first Denny Cup final. The rink skipped by Jordan Philpott started exceptionally well as they raced into an 11-1 lead at five ends. All four rinks complimented each other and the team spirit was evident as they raced into a 20 shot lead (40-20). The lead stayed between 15 and 20 shots for some time until Spalding pressed on again, mainly thanks to the rink skipped by Mathew Orrey, with Stephen Harris, 12 year old Ollie Jeapes and Graham Smith who eventually won their rink, 25-7. Norfolk soon acknowledged defeat and conceded when Spalding were 80-44 ahead with only 12 ends left to play across the board. Making the win even more impressive was that all four rinks returned winning scorecards. 

Having had time to reflect on a fantastic day in the club’s history, club captain Graham Smith said: “Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would ever get a chance to win the Denny Cup. It was an absolute magical moment for me. Thank you to all my players for their enthusiasm and team spirit for the whole season, not just in the final. Not much I can say other than I’m a very proud captain!” 

Rink Scores
Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Won 25-7
Kevin Ekins, Simon Lilley, Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott – Won 19-11
Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie – Won 18-12
Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton and Tristan Morton – Won 18-14 

County Semi-Finals

On Sunday 3rd April 2022, Lincolnshire county semi-finals were played at Stamford Indoor Bowls Club. It was a very mixed bag of results for our Spalding players but we do have representatives in five county finals. 

Brian Martin and Jordan Philpott will contest the pairs final after the beat Sam Ashton and George Draper in the semi-final, 20-6. They will play Keith Jackman and Paul Bark from Horncastle. Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Kevin Ekins are in the triples final after a tense extra end semi-final win against 2009 world singles champion, Billy Jackson and his rink from Lincoln. In the final, they will play another rink from Lincoln skipped by George Draper, with John Nott and Danny Brown, who beat Spalding’s Graham Smith, Martin Spencer and Mathew Orrey in their semi-final by a single shot, 17-16. In the sets singles, Dominic McVittie will play Kevin Rands from Lincoln after McVittie beat Boston’s Ian Clark in straight sets in his semi-final. In the under 25 singles, there was an all Spalding semi-final clash between Stephen Harris and Jordan Philpott. Harris came out on top in a close encounter, 1.5-0.5 and will now play James Staples from Lincoln in the final. Our final county finalist was secured by Martin Simpson in the over 60 singles. He beat John Maury from Sleaford, 16-12 and will play Horncastle’s Paul Bark in the final. Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott were also in the mixed pairs semi-final but was narrowly edged out by Colin Barks and his partner from Dunholme. 

County finals will be played at Lincoln on Saturday 23rd April 2022. Good luck to everyone involved! 

Trudy Bates Report 

On Thursday 31st March 2022, Spalding ladies played their final Trudy Bates league fixture of the season at home to Boston. With five regular players out and recovering from Covid, it was certainly a new look Spalding team with only one rink staying the same. Spalding never let Boston settle and were 36 shots ahead at the halfway stage. The lead was extended in the second half to eventually win by 45 shots (90-45), collect the 14 available match points and win the south section of the county Trudy Bates league. Everyone certainly played their part but the top winning rink was skipped by Barbara Hurst, with Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault and Maggie Wheatley who returned a 26-8 winning scorecard. Over the season, Spalding ladies have impressively won seven out of eight matches. Spalding will now play Lincoln, the winners of the north section in the county final on Tuesday 19th April at Sleaford Indoor Bowls Club. 

Ladies captain Julie Hicks, would like to thank all the ladies who have played and supported the Trudy Bates squad and national team competitions throughout the season. 

Rink Scores
Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst – Won 26-8
Ann Newbury, Sue Slayven, Val Bowker and Betty Deaton – Won 27-14
Chris Williamson, Jan Sinclair, Sandra Hammond and Chris Jackson – Won 17-12
Sheila Chamberlain, Janet Howitt, Carole Nunney and Julie Hicks – Won 20-11

National Two Bowl Singles Glory for Chelsea 

There was further national success for Spalding Indoor Bowls Club as Chelsea Tomlin came home from Nottingham with the two bowl singles title on Wednesday 30th March 2022.  

In a field that was full of current junior and senior internationals, Tomlin eased her way to the final with wins against Gillian Cliff from Bromsgrove (21-14), Leah Bamford from Folkestone (21-14) and a comfortable semi-final win against Alice Lovett from Loddon Vale (21-7). In the final, she faced fellow senior international, Nicole Rogers from Exonia, Devon, who had just battled herself through a tense semi-final encounter against current ladies world champion, Katherine Rednall, 21-19. With both Rogers (2018) and Tomlin (2019) both former champions in this event, they were both hungry to win it for a second time. 

The final was destined to go the distance but the early exchanges were won by Rogers as she raced into a six shot lead, 8-2 and 12-6 later on. Tomlin was not willing to give up without a fight and the gap was closed slightly to within four shots (13-17) before she stepped up a gear to score eight shots without reply to win 21-17. 

Tomlin made it a two bowl singles championship double after she won it for the first time in 2019. 

Liberty Trophy Champions 

On Saturday 26th March 2022, the national bowls finals at Nottingham kicked off with the Liberty Trophy final between Lincolnshire and Surrey. This competition is the main inter-county knockout event and Lincolnshire had beaten Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northamptonshire to reach the final. Lincolnshire went into the final arguably as favourites and were aiming to make it a hat trick of titles after winning the trophy in 1981 and 2018 whilst Surrey were playing in their first final since they won it back in 1978. 

Twelve of Spalding’s stars were selected in the 24 man squad. In the final, Lincolnshire soon got in their stride and even though the early exchanges were close, Lincolnshire extended their lead to 45-25, mainly thanks to the rinks skipped by Tristan Morton and Mark Dawes. Surrey did reduce the deficit to 14 shots at one stage but that’s as close as it got. Cheered on by their supporters, Lincolnshire reduced the hopes of the Surrey players as the match was conceded with 13 ends still left to play across the board and Lincolnshire 44 shots (125-81) ahead. This secured a third Liberty Trophy title in the county’s history. 

Congratulations to everyone involved in what was a great day for Lincolnshire bowls!

Rink Scores (from Spalding unless specified):
Martin Pulling (Grantham), Alex Tomlin (Boston), Martin Spencer, Mathew Orrey – Won 20-10
Jonathan West (Boston), Nick Orrey (Lincoln), Andy Dunham, Dominic McVittie – Won 19-13
Ian Clark (Boston), Dean Stevenson (Lincoln), Kevin Rands (Lincoln), Billy Jackson (Lincoln) – Won 20-13
Stephen Harris, Simon Lilley, Graham Smith, Jordan Philpott – Lost 14-21
Paul Dalliday (Stamford), Simon Law (Stamford), Ean Morton, Tristan Morton – Won 26-11
Terry Berridge (Grantham), Kevin Ekins, Paul Roberts (Sleaford), Mark Dawes – Won 26-13 

Under 18 Inter-County Double Triples 

Following the Liberty success the day before, it was the turn of the county under 18s on Sunday 27th March 2022 in the semi-final and final of the inter-county double triples competition. Spalding’s Harry Mycock skipped one of the rinks whilst Ollie Jeapes led in the other rink skipped by Daniel Stanley from Louth. 

Lincolnshire’s semi-final opponents were Suffolk. In a match that had it all, the spectators were on the edge of their seats and no doubt some mothers proud to be watching their children play in their first national championships on Mother’s Day. With Mycock’s rink finished having won 21-18, there was three shots in the game with Stanley’s rink playing their last end. With one bowl in hand, Stanley found himself three down and the match facing an extra end. Stanley had other ideas as he kept his cool to draw third bowl and secure Lincolnshire’s place in the final against a strong Kent team. 

Unfortunately, Kent did prove too strong in the afternoon’s final. Everyone played their part in a highly contested match but the Kent rink skipped by under 25 international, Isaac Jenner, pulled away from Mycock and his rink, 7-24. Stanley’s rink did manage a 23-17 rink win but Kent ran out 41-30 winners. 

Well done to all players – fantastic achievement to get to the final in itself! 

Trudy Bates Report 

On Thursday 17th March 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies continued their winning streak in theIr Trudy Bates league match at home against Skegness. 

Spalding got off to a terrific start before Skegness got the measure of Spalding's green with only five shots in the aggregate at the half-way point. Spalding then moved into top gear and extended their lead before closing out an impressive 86-45 win. Although some of the rinks had to altered due to hospital appointments and Covid, Spalding adapted very well.

Spalding gained all 14 points to keep them at the top of the league with only one match left against Boston, their nearest rivals, at home on Thursday 31st March 2022. 

Rink Scores:
Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst – Won 27 - 5 
Freda Lyon, Jenny Collins, Jan Sinclair and Maisie Belding – Won 20 – 13 
Judy Jackson, Michelle Billingsley, Trish Stafford and Betty Deaton – Won 17 - 15 
Ann Newbury, Carole Nunney, Sandra Hammond and Chris Jackson – Won 22 – 12

Friendly Presidents Match 

On Tuesday 15th March 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club played the President's Challenge match where the Ladies of the club under the guidance of the Ladies President Julie Hicks play against the men of the club captained by the Club President Roger Perkins in what can only be called a gender needle match. 

This is an annual event that has been curtailed for two years by the awful Covid epidemic. Judging by the endeavours on the green the delay has only fuelled the efforts of both sides to come out supreme. It was a closely contested game played in the best of spirit and laughter could be heard as was the good natured jeering. The ladies took the early lead and it looked as though the men were in trouble. At the fifth end the ladies were three shots ahead and by the tenth end they still clung on to a five shot lead. However the men were not going to roll over and dug their heels in to close the game out and win 85-77, winning on three of the six rinks and drawing on one, much to the disappointment of the ladies. Winning rink for the ladies was Jean Patterson, Carole Nunney, Janet Howitt and skip Barbara Hurst. Winners for the men being John Rawding, Geoff Patterson, Chris Stagles and skip David Nunney. The game was followed by a meal and accompanied by an excellent raffle supplied by the members which raised a massive £168.00.  Altogether a most rewarding and enjoyable day!

Liberty Trophy Result 

On Saturday 5th March 2022, twelve of Spalding’s bowlers helped Lincolnshire to a national semi-final win in the Liberty Trophy away against Northamptonshire. The Liberty Trophy is the main inter-county knockout event and Lincolnshire were looking for revenge after Northamptonshire beat them in the final back in 2015 which was the last time the two teams met. Lincolnshire stamped their authority on the match from the outset, mainly thanks to the rink skipped by Spalding’s Jordan Philpott who went 12-0 up after only four ends against Northamptonshire’s England international, Andrew Manton. Lincolnshire held between a 10 and 20 shot advantage throughout the match and as the rink skipped by Mark Dawes extended their lead, Northamptonshire conceded when Lincolnshire were 36 shots ahead (127-91). Lincolnshire will play Surrey in the national final at Nottingham on Saturday 26th March 2022 at 1pm. 

Rink Scores (Spalding unless stated)

Stephen Harris, Simon Lilley, Graham Smith, Jordan Philpott – Won 32-12

Alan Dent Jnr (Louth), Alex Tomlin (Boston), Martin Spencer, Mathew Orrey – Lost 14-19

Ian Clark (Boston), Dean Stevenson (Lincoln), Martin Pulling (Grantham), Billy Jackson (Lincoln) – Won 15-14

Terry Berridge (Grantham), Kevin Ekins, Paul Roberts (Sleaford), Mark Dawes – Won 33-11

Paul Dalliday (Stamford), Simon Law (Stamford), Ean Morton, Tristan Morton – Lost 16-19

Jonathan West (Boston), Nick Orrey (Lincoln), Andy Dunham, Dominic McVittie – Won 17-16

Friendly Report

On Sunday 27th February 2022, the friendly section of the Spalding Indoor Bowls Club played host to the team of the Lincolnshire Vice Presidents, a team made up of bowlers from throughout Lincolnshire. The team are regular visitors to Spalding as they feel we are so friendly and obliging making the game a social and friendly affair. It was not the VP's day as despite their best efforts they really struggled to remain in contention with the Spalding team and the game closed with a score of 154-67 in Spalding’s favour. The large difference in the scores was not reflected in the quality of play and the social experience.  Spalding's top winning rink for the game was made up of Roger Perkins, Jenny Wakefield, Abs Belding and skip Lily Drawbridge. Captain for the day was Roger Perkins, ably assisted by Edna Perkins.

Liberty Trophy Result 

On Sunday 20th February 2022, eleven of Spalding’s bowlers helped Lincolnshire to a national quarter final win in the Liberty Trophy against Cumbria. Lincolnshire were inter-county national champions last in 2018. On Sunday, Lincolnshire were always in control against Cumbria after taking an early 20 shot lead. Cumbria battled back to within eight shots but Lincolnshire pulled away again to secure a comfortable 21 shot (117-96) victory and book their place in the semi final where they will face Northamptonshire on Saturday 5th March 2022 away at Northampton IBC. 

Rink Scores (Spalding unless stated)

Stephen Harris, Richard Ashton (Lincoln), Paul Roberts (Sleaford), Graham Smith – Won 18-17

Alan Dent Jnr (Louth), Alex Tomlin (Boston), Martin Spencer, Mathew Orrey – Won 22-17

Ian Clark (Boston), Dean Stevenson (Lincoln), Kevin Rands (Lincoln), Billy Jackson (Lincoln) – Won 24-18

Terry Berridge (Grantham), Kevin Ekins, Jordan Philpott, Mark Dawes – Won 22-11

Paul Dalliday (Stamford), Simon Law (Stamford), Ean Morton, Tristan Morton – Won 16-12 

Andy Dunham, Nick Orrey (Lincoln), Martin Pulling (Grantham), Dominic McVittie – Lost 15-21 

Mixed League Result 

Also on Sunday 20th February 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club had a mixed county league fixture away at Skegness. Spalding lost a close game by five shots (67-72) and were even leading for the majority of the fixture. Although two rinks lost and one drew, Spalding did have one winning rink skipped by Graham Wright, with Tony Westland, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst who had an impressive 22-10 rink win. The final match score was 11-3 in the favour of Skegness. Spalding remain second in the south section, only three points behind Boston. The next mixed county league fixture is at home to Grantham on Sunday 6th March 2022. 

Junior Bowls Cheque Presentation 

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s junior bowlers have recently been presented with a cheque for £200 from a representative from Howdens Joinery in Spalding to purchase new shirts for the junior section of the club. Howdens Joinery are a supplier of kitchens and joinery products to the building trade. Spalding’s under 25 bowls co-ordinator, Colin Wilson, was presented with the cheque from Mr Mateusz Opiela of Howdens. 

Denny Cup Delight 

On Saturday 12th February 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club progressed to the Denny Cup final for the first time in the club’s 50 year history. The Denny Cup is the FA Cup of bowls and Spalding played in the semi-final for the first time since 1979. The trophy will have a new name on it as Spalding’s final opponents are Norfolk IBC who are twice runners up of the competition. 

Spalding’s semi-final opponents were Wey Valley IBC from Surrey. It was described by many of the players and spectators that it was the best atmosphere they have experienced and was likened to an international series. Whilst Spalding have some very good players, they were underdogs in this tie as Wey Valley have reached the later stages on a number of occasions. 

Spalding started well on all four rinks and held a two shot advantage (18-16) at five ends. This was extended to 37-24 at ten ends as Spalding’s stars began to pile the pressure on. Wey Valley were not willing to give up without a fight and at 18 ends, had clawed back to within six shots which set up a tense final few ends. This did close to within three shots but driven by the support of the spectators, some outstanding bowls from the Spalding team meant that they were eleven up (72-61) when the four hour time limit ran out. 

Everyone played their part in a great day in the club’s history but the top winning rink was skipped by Dominic McVittie, who had a fantastic game with his rink of Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell and Andy Dunham and returned a winning scorecard of 21-13. A special mention has to go out to both Spalding youngsters, 13 year old Ollie Jeapes and 18 year old Harry Mycock, who conducted themselves well in a pressure game and enjoyed such a fantastic experience. 

Sophie Morton Photography also has to be credited for the brilliant action shots. 

The final will be played at Nottingham IBC against Norfolk on Saturday 9th April 2022 at 6pm. If you are at a loose end, this will not be one to miss! 

Rink Scores

Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie – Won 21-13

Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Won 20-15

Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton and Tristan Morton – Won 19-14

Simon Lilley, Martin Simpson, Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott – Lost 12-19

National Champion of Champions Finals 

Over the weekend of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th February 2022, Graham Smith and Chelsea Tomlin represented Spalding at the men’s and women’s national champion of champions finals respectively after winning a series of qualifying games throughout the season. 

They both got through the first day with relative ease. In the last 16, Smith beat J. Brennan from Worthing Pavilion (21-10) and followed it up with a win In the quarter final against S. Cook of Colchester (21-15). Tomlin also breezed through the same rounds beating S. Walter from Wealden (21-4) and S. Entwistle from Redcar (21-7). 

In the semi-finals on Sunday, Smith played Tom Segolo from Norfolk whilst Tomlin played Kirsty Mann from Beccles. Unfortunately, Tomlin lost out in an epic encounter 21-18 where many spectators commented that it should have been the final. Mann went on to win the final comfortably, 21-7. Smith faired better in his semi-final. He as always in control as he won 21-15 and set up a final clash against international colleague Matt Whyers from Boston. This meant that the winner of the title would come from Lincolnshire for the first time since the 1999/2000 season. In the final, Whyers started the better of the two players and Smith was always chasing. Whyers picked up a crucial four shots to go 17-7 up. Smith did show his fighting qualities as he reduced the deficit to 17-13 however, Whyers closed out the match well to win 21-13 and claim the title of national champion of champions for the first time. It certainly goes some way to make up for Whyers’s defeat in the national singles final in October 2021 where he lost against Huntingdon’s Nicky Brett. 

Well done and hard luck to both Chelsea and Graham on a great run but congratulations to Matt – enjoy your celebrations! 

Trudy Bates Result 

On Thursday 3rd February 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies had another good result in the Trudy Bates away at Boston. The match was closely contested throughout with Spalding generally in front. At the halfway stage, Spalding were winning on two rinks, level on another and down on the last by two shots. Four ends later, Spalding were one shot behind on aggregate but a big push on the last three ends by the rinks skipped by Betty Deaton and Maisie Belding, scoring seven and six shots respectively put Spalding back in charge where they eventually won 71-63. Spalding also collected twelve of the available fourteen points. The top winning rink was skipped by Julie Hicks, with Sheila Chamberlain, Chris Jackson and Jenny Horner who won 20-11. After five group games, Boston remain top by three points with three games left to play. Next up is a home game against Grantham on Thursday 24th February 2022. 

Rink Scores

Sheila Chamberlain, Chris Jackson, Jenny Horner and Julie Hicks – Won 20-11

Freda Lyon, Jan Sinclair, Sandra Hammond and Maisie Belding – Won 18-13

Ann Newbury, Michelle Billingsley, Trish Stafford and Betty Deaton – Won 20-15

Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst – Lost 13-24

Friendly Result 

On Saturday 5th February 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s friendly bowlers travelled to Peterborough. The side was captained by Paul Tuner and Tony Westland and was Paul’s first game in charge as friendly captain. At five ends, Spalding had already opened up a 34-13 lead which was extended to 61-29 by ten ends. The scoring increased dramatically as the lead was 113-49 by 15 ends before a final score of 123-55. Top winning rink was skipped by Rob West, with Chris Williamson and Paul Turner who had an impressive 33-3 rink win, having picked up 26 shots in ten ends without reply. Everyone who went to Peterborough enjoyed the company, meal and a large raffle. Particular thanks went out to Pat Cox who was a late replacement coming into the team late morning on the day. 

Denny Cup and Top Club Results

Over the weekend of Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club had mixed emotions as they played South Shields Vipers in the quarter final of both the Denny Cup and mixed Top Club at York & District Indoor Bowls Club. 

On Saturday, the men contested the Denny Cup inter-club knockout competition. South Shields Vipers were the beaten finalists in 2019 therefore, Spalding knew they were in for a battle. The atmosphere was electric and played in an excellent spirit by both teams. Spalding started the stronger of the two teams and had opened up a 30 shots lead by the half way mark. South Shields Vipers showed their fighting spirit as they closed the gap to within four shots as two rinks were playing their last end and one rink had two to play. The rinks skipped by Jordan Philpott and Tristan Morton scored an important treble and double respectively to put the team nine shots in front with one rink playing their last two ends. Mathew Orrey and his rink dropped a single on their penultimate end which meant that South Shields Vipers needed to score a rare full house of eight shots to take the match into an extra end. Spalding scored a single to win the match by nine shots (89-80) and book their place in the semi-final for the first time in recent years and believed to be the second time in the club’s history. Everyone played their part in an impressive victory but the main damage was done by the rink skipped by Jordan Philpott, with Kevin Ekins, Simon Lilley and Martin Spencer who beat South Shields Vipers star, David Bolt 25-17. Spalding’s semi-final opponents will be Wey Valley from Surrey on Saturday 12th February 2022 at a neutral green yet to be agreed. 

Rink Scores

Kevin Ekins, Simon Lilley, Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott – Won 25-17

Stephen Harris, Martin Simpson, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Won 17-16

Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton and Tristan Morton – Won 22-21

Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie – Lost 25-26

On Sunday, Spalding’s mixed top club team attempted to continue the defence of their title but fell short on this occasion. Spalding recorded the first points of the match as Chelsea Tomlin and Stephen Harris won both the ladies and men’s singles 21-15 and 21-14 respectively. This meant that Spalding needed to win only one of the other disciplines (pairs, triples and fours) and win the overall aggregate however, South Shields Vipers were far too strong as they won the remaining disciplines and the match 12-4 on points without the aggregate even needing to come in to play. South Shields Vipers will now play Egham in the semi-final. Good luck to them for the rest of the competition. 

Rink Scores 

Ladies Singles – Chelsea Tomlin – Won 21-15

Men’s Singles – Stephen Harris – Won 21-14

Pairs – Louise Harris and Jordan Philpott – Lost 11-25

Triples – Andy Dunham, Annie Dunham and Martin Spencer – Lost 11-16

Fours – Jean Patterson, Karen Martin, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Lost 16-26

Trudy Bates Result 

On Thursday 27th January 2022, Spalding’s ladies played their fourth Trudy Bates match of the season away at Skegness. Three out of the four rinks were closely contested but two of them missed out on the last end. The big push came from the rink skipped by Barbara Hurst, who scored eleven shots on the last five ends. Top winning rink was skipped by Julie Hicks, with Carole Nunney, Sheila Chamberlain and Jenny Horner, who returned an impressive 29-10 scorecard ensuring that the aggregate was never in doubt. Spalding won the match 10-4 on points and the overall aggregate 89-65. The next match will be against Boston on Thursday 3rd February 2022. 

Rink Scores 

Carole Nunney, Sheila Chamberlain, Jenny Horner and Julie Hicks – Won 29-10

Jean Patterson, Petrine Ault, Maggie Wheatley and Barbara Hurst – Won 25-16

Freda Lyon, Jan Sinclair, Sandra Hammond and Maisie Belding – Lost 17-18

Ann Newbury, Judy Jackson, Trish Stafford and Betty Deaton – Lost 18-21 

National Under 25 Singles Finals January 22nd and 23rd 2022

Over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd January 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club were the proud hosts of the national under 25 singles finals. Spalding have always prided themselves on their junior section so to host such a prestigious event is only good for the club. The event was well supported and there were local interest with Jordan Philpott and Ruby Hill qualifying in the men’s and women’s events respectively. Unfortunately, Philpott lost in the quarter final of the men’s event however, we have more of a success story to report on with Ruby Hill as she became national under 25 singles champion for the first time.

In the last 16, Ruby played M. Linford from Acle. Despite drawing the first set, Ruby dominated the second set to win the match, 1.5-0.5 and set up a quarter final with Imogen Jenner from Swale. Ruby again showed her class to win in straight sets and secure her place in the semi-final where she would face Chloe Brett from Huntingdon, the daughter of former world champion, Nicky. The first set was closely contested but Ruby picked up a three on the final end to win the set 9-4. Ruby showed her dominance and controlled the second set, winning it with an end to spare. In the final, Ruby played fellow junior and senior international, and 2018/19 winner of the event, Devon Cooper from Hartlepool. The supporters were treated to a high quality affair but Ruby was fantastic from the very first end as she won the first set with two ends to spare. Devon put up more of a fight in the second set as she went 6-0 up after two ends but Ruby was far too good as she won the set 12-6 and win the championship match in straight sets and the title for the first time.

Ruby will also represent England in the British Isles Championships in October 2022.