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Friendly round up

Spalding were hosts in a friendly game on Sunday 15th October against Fenland Bowlers. Spalding played well from the start and were in control for the complete match which finished with a score in Spalding's favour of 131 shots to Fenlands 70. 
Best winning rink with a score of 40 to 6 was Vera Elms, Tony Westland and skip Trish Stafford, this team actually achieved a ' hot shot' which in bowling terms is about as good as it gets.

Victory in the Egham

Spalding’s national knockout mixed team beat Sleaford in the home and away match played on 15th October. They started well and despite a comeback from Sleaford, they ran out comfortable victors, winning on all rinks. Score: Home: M Spencer won 23-14. G R Smith won 16-14. Away: M Orrey won 18-14. J Philpott won 28-14.

Over 60s county league

Spalding’s over 60’s team finished last season in the relegation zone of division one, so are playing in division two for this campaign. Their opener was at home versus Dunholme on 12th October. At the half way point Spalding were well ahead on 3 rinks but the remaining 2 rinks were close. Spalding finished strongly winning on 4 rinks and posting a score of 101-84, taking 16 of the 18 points on offer. The best winning rink was skipped by Chris Stagles ably assisted by John Bailey, Paul Lockie, and Pat Fillbrook. Captains for the day were David Lunn and Graham Hicks.

Juniors progress in double rink

Spalding’s double rink team played their first game in this newly formed competition home and away against Melton. The home rink of Ruby Hill, Chelsea Tomlin and Jordan Philpott won 25-14 whilst the away rink of Lauren Finbow, Rhys Hill and Ben Wilson won 34-9, a total overall score of 59-23 to Spalding. They now play Stamford in the next round.

Charity presentation at SIBC

Our ladies section recently presented a cheque for £1,183 to Dennis Bell at the Butterfly Hospice. The money was raised by cake and book sales, raffles and other events.  Well done ladies!!

Friendly round up

Spalding’s Friendly team won at Sleaford on 6th October by 116 shots to 55, winning on 5 rinks, the best of which was I Tyler, A Garrett, N Putrell and I Stafford.

Martin victorious with England

Martin Spencer played for England in the Mixed International Test match in Bristol on 27th & 28th September, beating Wales by 7 match points to 4. Martin played in the triples event with Laure Holden and Perry Martin but they lost a close match 0.5-1.5. Martin narrowly lost out in the mixed pairs too, this time with Janice Gower as England ended day one 2-3 behind. Day two was much more fruitful for the hosts, as they took five out of the six singles matches, with Martin winning the final match of the series.

Umpiring invite for Colin

Colin Wilson, from Spalding indoor bowls club has been invited to Umpire at the Mens International Test match between England and Scotland on 11th &12th October. The event comprises of two triples and three pairs matches on the first day, then 6 singles games on the second day. It’s held at the New Earswick club in York and will be televised live on ITV4. There will be six of the top eight players in the world competing, including Alex Marshall and Paul Foster for Scotland and Greg Harlow and Nick Brett for England. On 14th and 15th October he’ll travel to Bristol for the Under 18 BIBC International Series. Comprising of quarter and semi finals of singles, pairs, trips and fours on the first day with the Finals of each on the following day. The Club congratulates Colin on his achievement and wish him all the best in the two prestigious events.

Friendly round up

Spalding IBC kicked off their season of Friendly games against the team of Perkins Retired from Peterborough. This is a game played twice annually and has been so for many a year whereby the competitors become more than just opponents and become more friendly acquaintances. However this is only until such times as we all get on the green and then it's play to win; and win Spalding did with excellence. As much as Perkins retired have not beaten Spalding in the last six years they fight gamely on, at the start they held their own and at ten ends the score was 48 to Spalding against 44 for Perkins but after this the home team dominated the game and finished at 142 against 69. Regardless of the hefty defeat everyone finished friends and a very good meal was enjoyed by all. Spalding's winning rink with a score of 30 to 8 was Edna Perkins, Paul Lockie, Freda Huggins and skip Jenny Horner. The Captain of the day was Roger Perkins and the return match is Sat 13th January 2018.
Top club defeat in national semi finals - Saturday 29th April 2017
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 - Sunday 23rd April 2017
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 - Sunday 23rd April
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. 
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