Spalding Bowls Club’s Jordan Philpott was in excellent form on Good Friday when he won the Hartlepool Open, part of the open singles circuit.
Philpott’s first round opponent proved to be a tough test as he beat Mark Johnson from the host club 1½-½ (9-7, 7-7).
The second round against Hayley Robinson from York was far more comfortable as Philpott won in straight sets (7-3, 8-3).
An all-Lincolnshire clash in the last 16 awaited as Philpott faced Paul Johnson. The Scunthorpe man started stronger and took the first set 7-0 before Philpott bounced back to take the second set 7-6 and force a tie-break.
The Spalding youngster held his nerve to win the tie break 2-0 and book his place in the quarter-finals.
A live draw saw Philpott up against Cumbria’s Kevin Harrison in the quarter-finals where he hit top form to allow Harrison to score only a single shot all game to win in straight sets (9-0, 8-1).
The semi-final was a tense affair, which saw Philpott matched against current British Isles singles champion Jack Bird from York.
Bird took the first set 8-5 before Philpott showed his fighting ability to take the second set 8-1.
The match went the distance and Philpott found himself match down before taking the tie break 2-1.
In the final, Philpott faced off against home favourite from Hartlepool, Paul Hartley.
Philpott continued his good form to win the final comfortably in straight sets (8-2, 9-2).
Congratulations to Jordan who took home the £1,000 first prize and valuable ranking points towards the ‘Race to Potters’ Grand Finals which are due to take place on November 22 and 23.
The Hartlepool Open title is now back in Spalding after Graham Smith won it back in 2017.
Meanwhile, on Easter Sunday and Monday, representatives from Spalding took part at the national finals at Nottingham.
Cousins Chantal and Martin Spencer qualified to the last 16 in the national family pairs and eventually took the runners-up spot.
In the last 16, they comfortably beat father and son duo Trevor and Josh Halcrow from South Shields. A positive start saw Chantal and Martin lead 19-2 before the South Shields pair accepted defeat at 21-8 after 14 ends.
In the quarter-final, Chantal and Martin played former champions, mother and son Wendy and Lewis King from Swale. Their opponents took an early lead, 5-2 after five ends, before Chantal and Martin gained the initiative to lead 11-7 after 10 ends.
The match was always destined to go the distance which at 15 ends was level at 16-all. Two singles from Chantal and Martin saw them lead 18-16 going into the last end and consolidated well to win 18-17.
In the semi-final, Chantal and Martin faced off against another father and son duo in Peter M Ward and Peter D Ward from Atherley.
A relatively comfortable match saw Chantal and Martin win 18-7 and set up a mouth-watering clash against brothers John and Mark Dawes from Blackpool Newton Hall – Mark being the 2018 world men’s singles and pairs champion.
Unfortunately, Chantal and Martin found the brothers from Blackpool in top form and conceded at 15-7 after 17 ends. The Spalding pair won £400 in prize money and the runners-up trophy.
Also at Nottingham on the Sunday was the county under-18 double triples semi-final and final.
Lincolnshire qualified to the semi-final from the northern section of the draw, the team including Spalding’s Danielle Wild, Nathan Puttrell, Harry Mycock and James Cherry.
Wild, Puttrell and Mycock played as a rink, while Cherry led for Boston’s Kathryn Rockall and Adam Hodgson. Unfortunately for the Lincolnshire youngsters, they came up against a strong Somerset team who eventually went on to beat Leicestershire in the final.
In the semi-final, Mycock’s rink lost 14-15, while Hodgson went down 8-24, losing on aggregate 22-39.
A great effort by the young Lincolnshire team, who gained valuable experience at that level, all players from all teams showing that the future of bowls is in good hands.
On Saturday, Freda Lyon assisted in her final junior bowls coaching session as she announced her retirement.
A presentation was made by the junior bowlers, parents and fellow coaches for her 18 years’ service coaching the young bowlers of the club.
Spalding’s over-60s team played their last game of the season at home to Sleaford.
At the halfway stage, Sleaford were winning comfortably on three rinks and in front on the aggregate.
The match finished in Sleaford’s favour, with Spalding victorious on two rinks. The final result was 4-14 to Sleaford and 92-110 on aggregate.
The top winning rink for Spalding was skipped by Roger Perkins, with Derek Overton, Rob West and Dennis Wilkinson. Captains for the day were Graham Hicks and David Lunn.
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