Spalding quartet bring home national title

Steve Hill, Harry Mycock, Dominic McVittie and Martin Spencer represented England at the British Bowls Championships held at Leamington Spa.

The quartet, who play for Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club, were England’s representatives after winning the national fours title in 2023.
In their first game of the event, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday, June 26 and 27, Hill, Mycock, McVittie and Spencer were drawn to play Scotland.
They started well as they opened up a 12-5 lead, before they won 19-12 and booked their place in the semi-final against Ireland.
The match was of high quality as the England quartet were 11-10 up at the halfway stage.
A strong second half saw them win four ends in a row to lead 17-10 as they won 22-15.
Their opposition in the final was Wales who beat Jersey in the semi-final 18-16.
The final started well for the team from England who found themselves 6-3 up at five ends and 11-6 up by ten ends.
The Welsh battled hard to reduce the deficit to 12-10 at 14 ends but Hill, Mycock, McVittie and Spencer held their nerve to win the match 17-11 and become British Isles fours champions, to go with the county, national and midland counties titles that they won last season.
q McVittie was also part of the England men’s team and was joined by Ruby Hill and Annie Dunham, who were part of the ladies’ team who were successful at the international series, also at Leamington Spa between Friday and Sunday, June 28 and 30.
The series saw a new format this season which saw the five nations battle it out in singles, pairs, triples and fours disciplines with points available for a rink win and overall aggregate session win.
The women were dominant over the weekend and only lost one session against Scotland out of the eight and topped the table, 12 points clear of Scotland in second place.
The men’s series was more closely contested with England, Wales and Ireland in with a chance going into the last session.
It was England who held their nerve to make it a men and women title double as they also topped the table, three points clear of Wales in second place.

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