Arun lose their Wey in Surrey

John Pressdee tries his hand at bowling at Arun's open day   Picture by Kate Shemilt C141582-5
John Pressdee tries his hand at bowling at Arun's open day Picture by Kate Shemilt C141582-5

We’ve action from Arun, Nyetimber, Donnington, Southbourne and Midhurst in our latest round-up of the local indoor bowls scene.

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Wey Valley 136 Arun 110

ARUN were beaten fair and square in Surrey although they won on three rinks and did well on a fourth.

Scores: J Watson, J Smith, A Humphries, C Radford won 26-13; T Jennings, D Spink, D Young, C Burnard lost 23-19; P Langridge, P Easterbrook, J Fox, J Olliver lost 34-10: D Loader, W Branford, B Sanford, R Gardner won 23-22; C Gilham, P Phillips, B Sales, P Lillford won 26-16; C Pestle, D Matkins, J Morris, P White lost 23-16.

Another two days of Sussex League division-one action brought meetings with Worthing IBC and Eastbourne IBC.

In a game played on five rinks at Worthing, Arun lost 103-86, winning on only two rinks to get 2.4 points. Worthing took five points for the win and 3.6 points for winning on four rinks.

Scores: P Hamnett, M Campbell, P Lillford, B Butler lost 20-19; C Gilham, B Sanford, R Gardner, L Corne lost 23-11; B Daley, M Johnson, A Anderson, M Bonner won 20-18; R Lincoln, F Taylor, D Adams, J Davis lost 18-13; D Parker, P Phillips, J Olliver, B Horsley lost 24-23.

Arun travelled to Eastbourne the next day and took charge of a close game, winning on four rinks and by 113-108.

This gave them five points for the win and four for four rink wins, totalling nine points, with Worthing getting two.

Scores: P Hamnett, M Campbell, J Newell, B Butler won 18-16; D Jackson, F Taylor, B Horsley, P Hannam lost 18-17; I Linfield, C Burnard, G Herrington, G Leaman lost 28-10; R Lincoln, P Phillips, J Davis, E Pigeon won 20-16; C Gilham, B Sanford, R Gardner, L Corne won 26-17; B Daley, M Johnson, A Anderson, M Bonner won 22-12.

Arun IBC have improved greatly in the County League and are currently in third place with 47.4 points. Adur are on top with 56.3 points and Egerton Park second with 52.3. Arun’s next Sussex League game is on February 18 at home to Grattons.

n The Arun club’s open day was another resounding success with 17 people signing up for coaching and a great influx of new bowlers and new friends. The social benefits to the individuals and other members at the club is immeasurable, but to the club it means that with a little luck some of these bowlers might become good operators and help the club remain as one of the top ones in the county.

Arun is run mostly by volunteers who work very hard.


Nyetimber Golds went to Walberton for a league match and lost on mat one and drew on mat two – gaining one point in the league.

The friendly mat was won by Nyetimber.

Scores: Stella Singleton, Barbara Crew, Lynton Griffiths, Richard Stevens (skip) lost 26-12; Alan Crew, Carol Sands, Irene Hathaway, Afke Booler (skip) drew 19-19.


There were mixed results for Donnington in January.

Crablands 42 Donnington 38

Playing at Crablands, Donnington lost by just 4 shots.

After a very good start R Stone, C White, M Maggs and A Banham saw their lead slip away on rink one to end up losing 23-17.

On rink two the scores were reversed and A Hulbert, S Coley, B Taylor and C Hulbert won by two shots, 21-19.

Donnington 45 West Wittering 21

Playing at home to West Wittering, Donnington did well on both rinks.

R Stone, W Dean, P Skinner and M Maggs led all the way to win 27-11 and S Baverstock I Taylor B Taylor and C Hulbert did well to win 18-10.


Southbourne Rangers 50 Upper Beeding 26

The Rangers’ had an excellent home win in division one of the West Sussex Winter League against Upper Beeding. Rangers won on both mats and by 24 shots overall. Southbourne gained a maximum six points.

Scores: Karen Alner, Andy Smith, Dave Alner & Robin Armstrong (s) won 27-10; Audrey Bull, Dave Walter, Alan Shelley & Rodney Bull (s) won 23-16.


Midhurst Eagles had a close game overall against Bury at home, just losing out by five shots. The Eagles won on two and lost on the third.

Scores: D Clark, D Burton, R Weeks won 20-13; S Tate, L Stevens, T Berry won 14-13; A Burton, I Frost, J Etheridge-Barns lost 24-11.