The winter season ended at Arun amid a mixture of disappointment and optimism.
With the uncertainty of the weather of the past two years, many may have decided to enroll for the summer indoor bowling season at Arun, where there are organised leagues and roll-ups.
If you haven’t and would like to join us, call Viv Greenaway on 01243 268465.
An open day will be held on September 28 for those thinking of joining later on.
The disappointment came from Arun getting relegated to the second division when Falaise IBA beat Adur to put Arun into sixth place. They go down with Worthing Pavilion.
Marking the end of the club’s winter season was the eagerly-anticipated final weekend.
The finals took place over three days, starting with the ladies’ pairs, won by Bridget Collins and April Jarman, who beat Daphne Aderson and Wendy Adams 21-10.
The ladies’ new bowlers triples was won by Val Rayner, Pat Corkett and Audrey Rose, who won 15-9 against Margaret Rankin, Louise Saunders and Olive Silva.
The under-25s final saw Dominic Easterbrook beat Toby Green.
Day two started with the mixed pairs. Winners April Janman and Collin Spicer won 25-13 over Iris Brooker and Lenny Corne.
The men’s triples winners were Tony Arnold, Brian Butler and Matt Bonner who won 24-10 against Ian Harvey, Mick Edgecock and Tony Sayers.
The ladies fours went to Diana Mitchell, Edna Cook, Shirley Hart and Marion Richards - winning 23-16 versus Viv Grenaway, Sheila Stocker, Chris Horsley and Gill Conley.
The ladies’ singles champion is June Taffurelli after she beat Daphne Anderson 21-20. For the men, the singles champion is Ian Harvey after a 21-16 victory over Brian Rebbeck.
The ladies’ senior citizen singles winner was Sue Judd, 21-14 victor over Wendy Adams. The same title for the men went to Rick Hobbs, who defeated Colin Spicer 21-16.
The men’s plate winner was Pete Hannam after a 21-10 win against Tony Arnold. And the men’s pairs winners were Mick Edgecock and Tony Sayers, 21-16 winners over Paul Murphy and Peter Lillford.
The ladies’ triples winners were Daphne Anderson, Betty Spicer and Wendy Adams, who beat Iris Brooker, Viv Greenaway and Maureen King 20-18.
On the final day, the ladies drawn pairs were won by Bridget Collins and Sue Judd, who won 27-11 against Margaret Phillips and Marion Richards.
The ladies’ drawn triples winners were Janet Whitfield, Pat Terry and Denise Latter after a 24-16 victory over Daphne Anderson, Maureen Bacon and Maureen King.
The men’s fours winners were Tony Arnold, Paul Murphy, Ray Leggatt and Brian Butler, 17-16 victors against Rick Hobbs, Eric West, Lenny Corne and Tony Sayers. The Robert Adams Singles saw Nick Bashford beat Matt Bonner 21-16.
The mixed fours winners were Betty Spicer, Pam Rampton, Colin Spicer and Tony Sayers, who won 21-3 against Daphne Anderson, Maureen King, Eric King and Angus Anderson.
Arun ladies played a friendly against Watford & District, winning 128-89.
Scores: E Fitch, L Saunders, P Terry, B Collins won 25-8; O Fidgeon, K Young, P Jones, R Weidenheoft won 25-15; S Pugh, E Keywood, E Lawrence, D Latter lost 19-9; P Rampton, K Burnard, E Cooke, M Brown drew 19-19; M Potter, L Carthew, J Taffurelli, M Richards won 25-12; D Anderson, E McRae, V Foyle, S Stocker won 25-16.
Arun ladies played the last of their league matches against Eastbourne and won 118-71.
Scores: J Foster, S Pickard, G Conley, W Adams won 22-12; I Brooker, S Judd, B Collins, M Brown won 22-10; L Napper, P Rampton, J Taffurelli, B Spicer lost 16-15; D Mitchell, M Bacon, J Whitfield, A Janman won 24-9; V Greenaway, S Hart, M Phillips, M Richards won 14-11; M Potter, S Stocker, M King, D Latter won 21-13.
The ladies played the gents in a long-mat game. It was very close with the gents winning by just 11 shots.
It’s the last time the competition will be held in The Grange - members hope to be playing in the new sports centre in Midhurst in the new year.
West Sussex held the finals of their Knockout Cup, with the semi-finals in the morning and the finals in the afternoon.
In the main cup competition, Arundel played Horley Hawks and after the first few ends Horley, more comfortable on the fast county mats, took the lead and went on to a 57-21 victory.
The second semi-final matched holders Bognor against this year’s league champions, The Martlets. In the early stages Bognor pulled ahead on one mat but never enough to offset the lead The Martlets built up on the other mat and the Martlets went on to win 45-22.
In the final The Martlets four of Ivan Salmon, Malcolm Rollings, Marc Lancaster and Mel Lillywhite took an early lead and pulled away. On the other mat, the game was very close with The Martlets four of Chris Blackman, Barrie Fitch, Jack Rollings and Chris Rolph being held by the Horley four, who kept just ahead for most of the game.
The Martlets won 46-21 to complete the league and cup double.
The KO Plate for first-round losers saw a semi-final between Boxgrove-based Infinity and Chanctonbury. The strong, young Infinity team led from the start and went on to a 53-10 victory to reach the final for the third year in succession.
The other semi-final pitted Mannings Heath against Lavant. For most of the game there were never more than two shots separating the teams but Lavant put in a late surge over the last three ends to win 39-28.
In the afternoon’s final, Lavant could not repeat their morning’s efforts and Infinity surged away to win 58-9 and to win the
Plate for the second time in three years.
Lavant Blue hosted Crablands Cormorants. On mat one, Blue won it on the last. On mat two, heavy scoring by Cormorants saw Blue lose by five shots. The match score was 38-36 to Cormorants. On the friendly mat Lavant won by 11 shots.
Scores: B Wallsgrove, B Cooper, M Winter, J Lee won 18-15; T Boxall, P Massey, P Sharrod, J Conway lost 23-18; (friendly): P Winter, J Sharrod, B Copeland, M Bleach won 24-11.
Lavant B hosted Southwater Red for a place in the semi-finals of the County KO Cup plate competition.
Bernard Wallsgrove’s team scored steadily to win by 15 shots. Tony Boxall’s team lost by two, meaning the match score was 43-30 to Lavant.
Scores: B Wallsgrove, T Bleach, M Winter, J Lee won 26-11; T Boxall, P Massey, P Sharrod, J Conway lost 19-17.
Nyetimber hosted Southbourne in a friendly. They won 22-14 on mat one, 20-15 on mat two but lost 22-15 on the third. That gave Nyetimber an overall 57-51 victory.
Nyetimber visited Arundel for a friendly but lost on both mats - going down 36-7 on mat one but only by four shots on mat two.
In the final match of the season under the retiring captain John Roberts, Donnington entertained Wittering and managed to go out on a winning streak, taking a 40-26 victory thanks to 20-13 wins on both mats.
Rob Stone, Terry Haig, Vic Mitchell, John Roberts, Wendy Dean, Trevor Wilson, Maggie Maggs and Peter Whale were the victorious Donnington players.
During the season, under captain John Roberts and vice-captain Les Stewart and Trevor Wilson, 32 different club members - out of 50 playing members - have represented the club, who aim to give as many members as possible a chance to play in friendly home and away matches.
The club will be bowling through the summer on Mondays and Wednesdays at Donnington. Anyone interested should contact Maggie Maggs on 01243 789427.
The club are holding an open day on Saturday, May 4.
All are welcome to go along and try their hand at green bowls from 10am to midday.
If you don’t like the outdoor elements, then between 12.15pm and 2pm members will introduce you to short mat bowls.
Experienced bowlers looking to join a new club can check out the facilities.
Tea and biscuits will be served and club members will answer any questions.
If you can’t make it on the day and would like details of the club, please ring Jim on 01243 606172.