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Dominic McVittie of Spalding Indoor Bowls Club wins the men's event at the Champion of Champions national finals at the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club in Dorset

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club's Dominic McVittie is celebrating his first individual indoor national title.

McVittie came through a strong field to win the men's event at the Champion of Champions national finals at the Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club in Dorset.

The Spalding Lighting player had comfortably beat Dex Weyand from Thanet 21-8 in the last 16 before overturning a 14-6 deficit in the quarter-final against John McGuinness from Desborough to win 21-20.

Dominic McVittie.
Dominic McVittie.

McVittie continued his excellent form on Sunday to beat Darren Griffith from the Isle of Wight 21-8 in the semi-final and book his place in the final where he would play fellow international and former winner of this event, Martin Puckett from Dorchester.

With the score evenly poised at 7-6 in McVittie's favour, there was nothing to suggest that the final would be a one-sided affair.

However, the Spalding bowler showed his class and dominance to win the second half 14-1 and with it the match 21-7 and the title of national champion of champions winner.

Although winning the national under 25 singles title back in 2016, this was a special moment for McVittie after an awesome achievement.

Chelsea Spencer also represented Spalding at the event and lost in the last 16 of the ladies competition against eventual runner-up Morgan Merryweather from Whiteknights.

Spalding Indoor Bowls Club travelled away to Grantham on Sunday in the men’s county league.

Although Spalding came away with two winning rinks, the home team proved too strong as Grantham won by 17 shots (70-87) and 10-4 on match points.

Top winning rink was skipped by captain Dan Mills with Max Butters, Mick Dolton and Chris Warboys who won 22-15.

Rink scores: Max Butters, Mick Dolton, Chris Warboys and Dan Mills won 22-15; Tony Westland, George Almey, James Teesdale and Brian Martin won 17-16; Jack Wells, Gavin Staite, Nick Wilkie and Ian Stafford lost 20-32; Nathan Puttrell, Paul Turner, Anthony Cronin and David Nunney lost 11-24.

Spalding suffered their first defeat of the season in the Trudy Bates League away at Boston.

The home team were ahead on aggregate for the majority of the game but Spalding fought back with determination to ensure a close finish where they missed out on a match tie on a measure as Boston won 76-74 (10-4).

Spalding remain top of the County South Division by 17 points with two games to play. Their next match is at home to Skegness on March 7.

Rink scores: Jan Sinclair, Anita Phillips, Carly Morris and Maisie Belding won 19-13; Sheila Chamberlain, Sue Slayven, Trish Stafford and Maggie Wheatley won 20-18; Carole Nunney, Hazel Tokley, Mandy Parkins and Julie Hicks lost 19-22; Ann Newbury, Michelle Billingsley, Petrine Ault and Betty Deaton lost 16-23.

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