Bowls: Silverware is hotly contested at Arun

West Sussex bowler Rodney Bull   Picture by Kate Shemilt C140984-2
West Sussex bowler Rodney Bull Picture by Kate Shemilt C140984-2

The 21 Club Trophy has been handed over at Arun.

Barrie Why, men’s president, handed it to Arun captain to Barry Sanford after his team defeated The 21 Club 121-98.

The trophy is played for annually between members who have been at Arun at least 21 years, and a team who have not.

It was donated by Alan Stewart, a club member in 2006.

Arun 125 Sutton 126

Arun entertained Sutton at home and a close-fought game was enjoyed by all.

Scores: P Easterbrook, F Hollebone, G Courtey, S Payne won 25-15; D Loader, D Spink, M Campbell, A Avery won 27-9; A Wilkins, A Stewart, N Waddock, C Burnard lost 23-15; T Haigh, T Jennings, J Greenfield, R Friday lost 31-14; S Webster, W Branford, B Sanford, R Gardner lost 23-16; P Langridge, J Smith, N Short, M English won 28-25.

Arun 150 Grattons 93

Arun picked up five Sussex League first-division points for the win and the same number again for winning on five out of six rinks.

This game showed just how much Arun have come on, and they had a resounding win.

Scores: B Daley, P Murphy, A Anderson, M Bonnar won 39-5; P Hamnet, M Johnson, P Lillford, B Butler won 26-10; P Phillips, V May, J Davis, E Pidgeon won 18-17; P Green, M Campbell, J Olliver, T Sayers won 27-18; G Gilham, B Sanford, R Gardner, L Corne won 24-17; D Jackson, F Taylor, B Horsley, P Hannam lost 26-16.

Adur 115 Arun 93

Arun took just three points for rink wins on their visit to Adur.

Scores: B Daley, V May, A Anderson, M Bonner won 22-14; D Jackson, F Taylor, P Lillford, P Hannam lost 18-15; P Green, M Campbell, J Olliver, T Sayers lost 30-10; C Gilham, D Parker, R Friday, L Corne won 21-15; P Hamnett, M Johnson, J Newell, B Butler won 15-14; T Arnold, P Phillips, J Davis, E Pigeon lost 24-10.

Arun visit Worthing Pavilion on Saturday.

Worthing Pavilion 78 Arun Ladies 104

Arun ladies travelled to Worthing Pavilion BC for a Sussex League match. Arun won on four of the five rinks played, giving them ten points out of a possible 11.

Scores: B Collins, P Terry, S Judd and D Latter won 21-17; I Brooker, M Potter, S Stocker and J Conley won 24-22; J Foster, W Bury, J Whetstone and C Horsley lost 21-9; C Hobbs, V Greenaway, M Phillips and M Richards won 25-8; P Rampton, E Cooke, J Taffurelli and A Janman won 25-10.

Chris Hobbs and Betty Spicer had a great win in the ladies’ national pairs competition, 21-8 against a team from Egerton Park.

The duo have now qualified for the final stages of this competition and play at Melton Mowbray on Saturday, April 4, against a pair from Rugby BC.

COUNTY SCENE

West Sussex beat Kent to win the annual Triples Shield challenge.

The competition between the two counties was first played in 1993 and has been played regularly since 1997.

It consists of a match with 12 triples per side selected from county A and B team players. Having lost at Kent last year, West Sussex were eager to regain the trophy and started well, winning the first two sessions 7-5 to lead 14-10 at lunch.

In the third session they excelled, winning seven games and drawing one which left them needing only one point from the final session to be sure of taking the trophy.

The points were shared 6-6 in the final session and with West Sussex winning on shots 241-215 for the two bonus points, they ended up regaining the trophy with a very satisfying 33-17 win.

Bognor’s Pam Andrews won 15-4 and 11-9, Bognor’s Betty Williams and Marlene Steel won 9-7 and drew 9-9 and Nyetimber’s Freddie Kaucher won 10-6 and 7-6.

Bognor’s Clive Andrews lost 12-9 and won 11-8, Crablands’ Elaine Sadler drew 8-8 and won 9-4, while Crablands’ Joyce Abel with Infinity’s Denise Kirby drew 13-13 and won 15-11.

Lavant’s Rob Peirce and Crablands’ Rod Shambrook lost 8-6 and 14-7, Southbourne’s Audrey and Rodney Bull with Crabalnds’ Mollie Back won 17-7 and lost 10-5.

Jackie Lee of Lavant won 8-6 and 12-10 and Lavant’s Ray Harding with Crablands’ Martim Hunt won 14-9 and lost 11-10.

LAVANT

Tony Conway Trophy day at Lavant is a yearly memorial. This year it involved 12 drawn pairs on three mats.

In the first semi-final Tony Boxall and Eileen Keane beat Rob Peirce and Colin Stubbs. It was a close game with Peirce scoring two shots on the last end to draw. An extra end clinched the game for Boxall 8-7.

in the second semi, Peter Whale and Yvonne Squires beat Pam and Clare Beardmore. A solid start allowed Whale to get ahead but a good chase from the Beardmores could not prevent a win by 9-7.

The final saw Whale and Squires beat Boxall and Keane. It was another solid start from Whale but scores were 6-6 after six of the nine ends. Whale took the final three ends to win the trophy 10-6. Thanks went to all the day’s helpers.

Lavant Red took on Infinity at Boxgrove. On mat one, a bad start by Lavant saw them give ten shots away before scoring.

Both teams scored well from then on but Red could not reduce the gap and lost by ten.

Mat two started slowly but played well all through a tight game to be one shot up with one end to play. Infinity got one shot on the last bowl for a draw.

Scores: P Winter (skip), D May, T Boxall, J Simms lost 25-15; P Whale (skip), P Beardmore, T Bleach, R Harding drew 15-15.

Lavant Green visited Nyetimber Gold. On mat one, Green were 11-7 up on end 12 but a six from Gold and then wins in six of the last seven ends gave them a win by ten shots.

Mat two saw Green, from being eight shots adrift by end four, forging ahead to win by four shots. The friendly was well won by Nyetimber. Scores: S Meyer (skip), K Fancy, W Cooper, P Lee lost 23-13; M Keane (skip), B Cooper, E Keane, C Beardmore won 20-16; (friendly): P Beardmore (skip), J Lee, Y Squires, C Martin lost 29-15.

CRABLANDS

Crablands Bitterns played Southbourne at home in SW division two of the West Sussex Winter League and won on both mats, gaining all six points with a 49-32 victory.

Scores: Elaine Sadler, Iris Brown, Groff Brown and Peter Blackman beat Mary Thornton, Kathy Shelley, Margaret Odell & Pete Jasinski (s) 23-21; Jean Tolhurst, Meg Pocock, Lil Tuck and Roy Tolhurst beat Joan Frost, Colin Bulbeck, John Staker & Alan Williams (s) 26-11.

Crablands Cormorants visited Lavant Blue and won on both league mats to take the six league points. They lost the friendly by three shots.

Scores: Denise Merritt, Marion Hatch, Alan Foot and Reg Hatch won 24-15; Joyce Abel, Jan Obermayer, Mollie Back and Martin Hunt won 24-22; (friendly): Celia Foot, Harry Stead, David Harding and Don Jonas lost 20-17.

Crablands played against Midhurst Eagles in the plate competition at the new Grange Centre in Midhurst. They lost on both mats so Midhurst Eagles go through to the semi-finals at Westergate on April 18.

Scores: Joyce Abel, Marion Hatch, Trevor Wilson and Martin Hunt lost 23-15; Jan Obermayer, Dave Harding, Reg Hatch and Mollie Back lost 24-19.

SOUTHBOURNE

Southbourne Rangers 44 Lavant Red 30

Southbourne Rangers had a good home win in division one of the West Sussex Winter League against Lavant Red. Rangers had a convincing win on one mat and Lavant won on the other mat. Rangers’ won by 14 shots overall to earn four points.

Scores: Dave Walter, Andy Smith, Robin Armstrong & Dave Alner (s) lost 22-15 to P Whale (skip), P Beardmore, T Bleach, R Harding; Audrey Bull, Alan Shelley, Rod Bull & Ant Bull (s) beat P Winter (skip), D May, R Peirce, J Simms 29-8.

MIDHURST

The Eagles won a home match against Nyetimber. Midhurst won on all three mats with a very close game on one mat, taking the match 79-54.

Scores: S Tate, C Dixon, B Fallows, T Berry won 32-22; D Clark, L Mercer, J Etheridge-Barns, R Weeks won 19-17; B Osborne, L Stevens, I Frost, S Glazebrook won 28-15.

FITTLEWORTH

Fittleworth 45 Goodwood Silver 24

Fittleworth won a league match against Goodwood Silver, taking all six points.

Scores: Arthur Ellcome, Alvar Etherington, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett won 23-14; Audrey Hodgson, Monica Enticknap, Charlie Martin Sue Judd won 22-10.