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.
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.
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.
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!”
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Denny Cup Result
On Saturday the 8th of January 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club won their last 16 clash against local rivals, Lincoln. The main damage was done by the two home rinks however, Spalding stamped their authority from the outset as they raced into a 28- 14 lead by five ends. This was extended to 51- 28 at ten ends and 68- 44 at 15 ends. With the score at 85- 53 and the four rinks having played a combination of 18 and 19 ends, Lincoln conceded the match. Although all rinks played their part, the top winning rink was skipped by Mathew Orrey, with Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes and Graham Smith who has an impressive 28- 11 rink win. In the quarter final, Spalding will now play South Shields Vipers on the 29th of January 2022.
Stephen Harris, Ollie Jeapes, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Won 28-11
Kevin Ekins, Simon Lilley, Martin Spencer and Jordan Philpott – Won 24-8
Brian Martin, Mike Robertson, Ean Morton and Tristan Morton – Won 21-12
Harry Mycock, Lewis Parnell, Andy Dunham and Dominic McVittie – Lost 12-22
Top Club Result
On Sunday the 9th of January 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s mixed top club team progressed to the quarter final and attempt to defend the national title they won in October 2021. Spalding beat Nottingham at home in their last 16 clash on shots, 87-81. Spalding were the first to put points on the board as Chelsea Tomlin and Stephen Harris won the ladies and men’s singles respectively. The singles being worth two points each, Spalding went 4-0 up. The mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours are worth four points each, meaning that Spalding needed one of the remaining disciplines and the overall aggregate which is exactly what happened. Nottingham bounced back to take the pairs but Spalding next took the fours, leaving the triples last on the green. Although the Spalding triple were behind on their rink, they had the benefit of knowing that the overall aggregate would secure a place in the next round and with one end to play, Spalding were 85-81 in front. The head never set up for Nottingham and the Spalding triple picked up two shots to win the match. Next up are South Shields Vipers on the 30th of January 2022, the day after playing them in the Denny Cup.
Ladies Singles – Chelsea Tomlin – Won 21-8
Men’s Singles – Stephen Harris – Won 21-20
Mixed Pairs – Ruby Hill and Jordan Philpott – Lost 12-19
Mixed Triples – Andy Dunham, Annie Dunham and Martin Spencer – Lost 16-22
Mixed Fours – Jean Patterson, Karen Martin, Graham Smith and Mathew Orrey – Won 17-12
Over 60s Result
On Tuesday the 4th of January 2022, Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s over 60’s team continued their quest in the county league away at Grantham. The team was mainly made up of regular players however, a debut was handed to Alan Tokley. For several players, it was a return to bowls after a COVID influenced extended Christmas and new year break.
It took some time for the Spalding players to adjust to the longer and faster Grantham green however, by the 7th end, Spalding were winning on two rinks and down on the other two with the aggregate 27- 24 in Grantham’s favour. Grantham’s lead was extended 47- 39 by 12 ends but Spalding show their fighting qualities and by the 17th end were 58- 54 in front.
By the end of the game, Spalding won on three out of the four rinks and won 79- 67 on aggregate. Spalding also secured 12 of the 14 available points. The top winning rink was skipped by Mick Dolton, with Derek Overton, Alan Tokley and Rob West who had an impressive 26- 13 rink win.
Next up for Spalding over 60’s is an away trip to Sleaford on the 24th of January 2022.