National progress buoys bowlers at Chichester

Dorothy Crees tries her hand at bowling at Fishbourne  Picture by Kate Shemilt
Dorothy Crees tries her hand at bowling at Fishbourne Picture by Kate Shemilt

Progress for Chichester A in the National Club Two Fours competition leads this week’s local bowls round-up.

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Chichester A 41 Tarring Priory A 35

In fading evening light in Priory Park, Chichester got their season off to a successful start by beating Tarring Priory BC by six shots in the preliminary round of the 2014 National Club Two Fours.

Scores: Nick Anderson, Malcolm Bowden, Derek Leach, Matt Bonnar (skip) won 23-17; Peter Whale, Stuart Meyer, Jim Larkin, Tony Sayers (skip) drew 18-18.

Chichester B 84 Tarring Priory B 62

After 11 ends of their home LG League division-three match against Tarring Priory B, Chichester B led by 26 shots although they were only ahead on two of the four rinks.

Chichester held their advantage on the two leading rinks and managed a one shot win on one of the other rinks to secure eight points.

Scores: A Deller, B Money, T Haigh, S Tooley (skip) won 18-9; T Jennings, P Merritt, K Burt, PJ White (skip) won 24-23; J Walters, A Daines, B Taylor, T Hardgrove (skip) won 28-7; G Beagley, B Hole, L Shipp, S Meyer (skip) lost 23-14.

Lancing 49 Chichester A 110

Chichester A travelled to Lancing for an LG League division-one match and got off to a wonderful start. After ten ends they were up on all rinks with a 33-shot advantage. Chichester continued to build up their score, taking all ten points with a 61-shot victory.

Scores: N Anderson, M Bowden, D Leach, M Bonnar (skip) won 28-11; M Bayfield, C Porter, D Schofield, T Sayers (skip) won 24-14; P Whale, S Meyer, B Talmage, J Larkin (skip) won 30-12; T Hardgrove, M Lewis, K Burt, C Keedwell (skip) won 28-12.

Arundel 81 Chichester 68

Chichester visited Arundel for a friendly and put in a spirited performance.

Scores: G Beagley, T Haigh, B Manning, C Wade (skip) won 19-17; A Stewart, D Turner, C Warrington, L Etherington (skip) lost 19-12; A Daines, B Money, R Anscombe, T Gaffney (skip) lost 22-14; T Jennings, M Davis, S Goddard, PJ White (skip) drew 23-23.

Chichester Bowling Club entertained Wokingham’s tourists to Priory Park on a warm and sunny afternoon.

A great time was had by both teams in a very friendly match, resulting in a 113-103 win for the visitors.

Light-hearted banter was heard form all the six rinks and 48 bowlers and the afternoon was enjoyed by both sides.

Chichester Ladies 40 Arundel 43

Chichester ladies were one player short against Arundel in their first C&M League game of the new season, winning one rink apiece - but with Arundel’s rink having the bigger shot difference, they took the four points for the overall win.

Scores: Chris Hobbs, Margaret Schofield, Sue Miles & Wendy Adams won 26-10; Rosemary Manning, Bridget Collins & April Janman lost 33-14.


Southbourne 50 Fishbourne 37

Southbourne had a close home friendly against Fishbourne, with Fishbourne winning two out of the three triples played but Southbourne winning overall on shots.

The match was particularly enjoyable as several of the Fishbourne bowlers had, as ‘polar bears’ been regular visitors to Soutbourne during the winter. The evening ended with supper provided by the Southbourne team.

Wendy Cooper, Allan Marsh and Peter Massey were Fishbourne’s top rink.

Scores: Colin Bulbeck, Len Mates, Margaret Odell (s) won 25-6; Mary Thornton, Jim Jennings, Alan Williams (s) lost 18-14;

Irene Jennings, John Staker, Dave Young (s) lost 13-11.

n To ready themselves for forthcoming Gazette League matches, Southbourne’s men turned up for a pre-season roll-up arranged by men’s team captain Andy Smith.

Initially 12 teams played an eight-ended pairs match. This was followed by six teams bowling a ten-ended rinks match. All the bowlers enjoyed the morning’s bowling and felt it was a good way to start the season.



Twenty-one visitors attended the Fishbourne BC open day, organised in accordance with the Bowls Development Alliance’s Play Bowls scheme.

Seven expressed a wish to join the club and 11 indicated they would return for further coaching, which will be given on the next four Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm in sessions also open to visitors who were unable to attend the initial open day.

At home to Telepost, Fishbourne had a convincing 59-43 win, winning on all three rinks. Wendy Dean, Rob Stone and Bernard Wallsgrove were top rink.


Crablands 99 IoW Tourists 73

The start of the season brought the Isle of Wight tourists to Crablands along with their county president Barbara Sleap.

Six rinks were played and the weather was very kind. The home team were the victors.

Scores: M Whittle, M Bateman, V Tyrrell lost 15-6; P Osbourn, J Lindley, C Bowles lost 20-12; A Bateman, Y Clifton, E Sadler, M Back won 27-5; I Jones, J Mitchell, C Lewendon, S Jones lost 14-12; R Osborn, B Neate, V Foyles, J Byrne won 24-9; L Lewendon, J Harman, L Tuck, B Chandler won 18-10.


West Dean opened their season with a friendly against Midhurst in West Dean Gardens.

On a cool but dry evening, they were the winners of two of the three triples and won overall 64-33.

Scores: Andy Woods, David Turner and Jim Sharrod beat Jack Jurado, Howard Seymour and Margaret Sole 37-6; Pam Patterson, John Elliott and Tony Boxall beat Stella Tait, Roy Ralph and Malcolm Hutchings 16-9; Pam Sharrod, Ian Morrison and John Butterworth lost 18-11 to Sue Ralph, Terry Berry and Phil Kingswell.


Midhurst visited Holloway Hill in a close match losing 69-61.

Scores: Sue Ralph, Phil Wells and Malcolm Hutchings lost 16-15; Mike Ryan, Delphine Clark and Margaret Sole won 16-13; Dot Berry, Howard Seymour and Terry Berry won 21-10; Lally Mercer, Roy Ralph and Peter West lost 30-9.


Pagham ladies played a two-rink BM League game against Arundel, winning 25-13 to collect four points.

Scores: Jacqui Sales, Carol Penny, Iris Brooker, Sheila Stocker lost 22-19; Louise Saunders, Jean Cutts, Chris Mayoss, June Taffurelli won 25-13.

Pagham men beat Arundel with four rinks in a league match - the 78-75 win giving them six points.

Scores: Nick Terry, Roy Osment, Mick Adams, Len Hall won 20-17; Tony Wells, I Turner, John Newell, Ron Friday won 27-9; Brian Sales, Jeff Pickard, Richard Read, Gerry Stevens lost 31-15; Robert Pearson, Terry Plows, Paul Mayoss, Mike English l lost 18-17.