Spalding trio Ruby Hill, Annie Dunham and Chelsea Spencer were in British Isles International Series action for England in Essex.

England lose title

Spalding’s Ruby Hill, Annie Dunham and Chelsea Spencer were part of the England ladies team in the British Isles International Series at Falcon Indoor Bowls Club in Essex.

Hill and Dunham were part of the same rink at lead and skip respectively, with Kylie Jenkins and captain Sandy Hazell, while Spencer skipped her own rink with Cassidy Hampton, Chloe Brett and Anna Noble.
England were defending champions and started with wins against Ireland, 162-67, and Wales, 136-83. Spencer’s rink enjoyed two rink wins (24-12 and 23-10) while Dunham’s rink won one and drew one (19-15, 19-19). Scotland also comfortably beat Ireland and Wales to set up a series decider between England and Scotland.
Scotland proved too strong on the day and led throughout the match, winning 115-91 to regain the Clara Johns Trophy.
Hill was England’s representative in the ladies under 25 singles in the British Isles Championships after winning the national title earlier in the year. Unfortunately, she lost a close game (21-17) to eventual winner, Sophie McGrouther from Scotland.
l Spalding Indoor Bowls Club beat Stamford A in the penultimate fixture of the Men’s County League South Division. In a match where all rinks could have gone either way, the hosts won by 10 shots (79-69) and won on three rinks, which meant that they also won 12-2 on match points.
Top winning rink was skipped by Simon Lilley, with Nathan Puttrell, Tim Rogers and David Nunney, who won 25-19.
l Spalding hosted Skegness in the Trudy Bates competition. The home team and defending champions proved too strong and won by 14 shots (80-66) to secure 12 match points.
Although three of the rinks were closely contested, the main damage for Spalding was done by the rink skipped by Maisie Belding, with Jan Sinclair, Anita Phillips and Carly Morris, who won
27-15. The win put Spalding in a great position and they are favourites to book their place in the final from the South Division.
l Spalding Indoor Bowls Club’s tough season in the Men’s Over 60s County League continued with a defeat at Boston B.
It was a closely contested match that the home side won by eight shots (78-70) and 10-4 on match points.
Spalding did manage two winning rinks but their top winning rink was skipped by Chris Warboys, with Mick Dolton, Dave Amess and Gavin Staite who won 26-9.

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