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Bowlers from the Royal Mail Cart Club in Spalding win the British Isles Championships as England's representatives





A quartet of Spalding bowlers have completed a memorable run of success by being crowned British champions.

Steve Hill, Harry Mycock, Dominic McVittie and Martin Spencer - who play for the Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club - won the British Isles Championships as England's representatives.

Their selection came after winning the national fours title in 2023 which came on the back of county and Midlands title triumphs.

The victorious quartet from the Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club.
The victorious quartet from the Royal Mail Cart Bowls Club.

And that success was carried at Leamington Spa where the awesome foursome defeated both Scotland, Ireland and Wales en-route to glory.

In their first game against Scotland, Hill, Mycock, McVittie and Spencer started well as they opened up a 12-5 lead before they won 19-12 to book their place in the semi-final against Ireland.

The match was of a 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 overall to set up a final clash with Wales who had beaten 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 10 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.

McVittie was also part of the England men's team and was joined by Ruby Hill and Annie Dunham in the ladies' side who were successful at the international series, also at Leamington Spa.

The series saw a new format this season with five nations battling it out in singles, pairs, triples and fours disciplines with points available for a rink win and the overall aggregate session victory.

The women were dominant over the weekend and only lost one session 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's and women's title double as they also topped the table, three points clear of Wales in second place.



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