West Sussex bowlers suffer a northern knockout

Nyetimber Bowls Club's prizewinners
Nyetimber Bowls Club's prizewinners

West Sussex A are out of the inter-county competition after losing to North Yorkshire in a last-16 tussle in Daventry.

North Yorkshire are new to the competition this year and proved to be strong opponents.

West Sussex started badly, winning only one game in the morning to trail 14-2 at lunch.

They improved their performance after lunch with three wins in the third session and two in the final session but still ended with a 28-12 defeat which saw them go out of the competition.

In the singles Bognor’s Brian Mills lost 26-4 and won 14-12. In the pairs Southbourne’s Audrey Bull lost 11-9 and 18-9.

In the triples Bognor’s Eric and Brenda Jones lost 15-8 and 13-10.

In the fours the Martlets’ Barrie Fitch and Freddie Kaucher lost 12-11 and won 14-7 while Southbourne’s Karen Alner and Dave Walter with Bognor’s Roger Brown lost 12-8 and 12-2.


In a home game against Wealden IBC, Arun ladies won 141-82.

Scores: D Hogg, S Pickard, W Bury & B Spicer won 27-10; M Brand, C Dunham, P Jones & D Latter drew 19-19; K Burnard, M Potter, J Adams & M Richards won 23-15; I Brooker, P Rampton, J Taffurelli, W Adams 20-18; J Boucher, F Ireland, S Jones & S Judd won 29-11; J Sales, C Preston, G Conley, C Horsley won 23-9.

In the latest county league game at home against Horsham IBC, the ladies took ten of the available 11 points thus maintaining their first position in their section.

Scores: V Greenaway, M Bacon, S Stocker & M Richards lost 21-20; I Brooker, L Hathaway, G Conley & B Spicer won 23-10; P Corkett, S Jones, B Collins & A Janman won 22-6; J Boucher, E Cooke, S Judd & D Latter won 26-8; D Mitchell, M Potter, J Taffurelli & S Mileswon 27-7.

* Arun hold their spring open day at their Nyewood Lane HQ this Saturday from 10am to 2pm and 6pm to 8.15pm.

Go along and give bowls a try. Organisers say bowling is not just for older people, but all ages. It keeps your mind and body active and opens up whole new set of experiences and friends.

Falaise 104 Arun 111

Arun travelled to Falaise in Hastings and in the first half they were in front, but Falaise gradually pulled it back.

Most rinks were quite close at the finish and Arun did well to hold the score difference to just seven shots.

Arun managed to win on three rinks, giving them three points. Falaise won the game for five points and won on three rinks for eight county points.

Arun remain third with Falaise visiting Bognor this Saturday.

Scores: P Hamnett, F Taylor, J Davis, E Pigeon won 18-13; R Corkett, L Ethington, K Ball, T Sayers drew 14-14; I Linfield, M Campbell, C Spicer, B Butler lost 27-13; B Daley, M Johnson, J Newell, G Leaman won 21-12; B Forey, N Hatfield, V May, A Anderson won 18-12; C Gilham, J Fox, E West, L Corne lost 23-20.

Arun 146 Pagham 96

Arun entertained Pagham’s outdoor bowlers in a friendly. It’s hard for an outside club to find the weight of their woods in an indoor rink but a good day was had by all.

Scores; P Easterbrook, S Wilson, C Waddock, S Payne won 19-13; L Etherington, B Why, P White, P Hannam won 29 -15; J Sparrow, G King, A Wilkins, A Avery won 24-13; D Loader, W Branford, J Smith, J Edward won 19-12; R Lincoln, J Breazier, K Ball, J Pickard won 29-23; G Finch, T Bridge, C Chester, C Radford won 29-26.

Arun IBC 122 London Transport BA 115

Arun entertained the London Transport bowlers for a fixture that is always competitive. Arun pipped them to the post.

Scores; D Hogg, N Hatfield, E Chapman, C Burnard lost 33-9; J Sparrow, L Etherington, T Dade, C Chester lost 22-21; T Gibney, M Winter, J Fox, A Avery won 17-15; R Lincoln, I Nelson, A Stewart, J Saunders won 26 -19; A Wilkins, W Branfiel, K Ball, R Gardner won 25-12; P Langridge, B Sales, P White, M English won 24-16.


Nyetimber SMBC had their annual presentation lunch at The Bear and it was a great social event enjoyed by all.

Among the prizewinners were club champion Brian Boiling, who received the Arthur Guppy Trophy, ladies’ singles champion Irene Hathaway, pairs winners Una Purnell and Freddie Kaucher, and triples winners Afke Booker, Lynton Griffiths and Freddie Kaucher, who received the Evans Trophy.

The event was well organised by Carol Sands with the help of Irene Hathaway.


Fittleworth 45 Crablands 40

Scores (Fittlewth names first): Jane Adsett, Alvar Etherington, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett beat Denise Merritt, Marion Hatch, Les Jewiss, Reg Hatch 32-9; Audrey Hodgson, Monica Enticknap, Charlie Martin, Sue Judd lost 31-13 to Jan Obermayer, Martin Hunt, Joyce Heritage and Mollie Back. Fittleworth 4pts, Crablands 2pts; (friendly): Arthur Ellcome, Pauline Gilpin, Veronica Maher, Tony Broughton beat Meg Pocock, Bill Merritt, Rod Shambrook and Terry Axworthy 20-18.

Lavant 43 Fittleworth 35

Scores: Alvar Etherington, Monica Enticknap, Charlie Martin, Sue Judd lost 20-14; Jane Adsett, Gina Barnfield, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett lost 23-21. Lavant 6pts.


Southbourne Rovers 32 Crablands Avocets 41

Southbourne Rovers lost at home in south-west zone division two of the West Sussex Winter League against Crablands Avocets.

Each team won on one mat and Crablands won overall by nine shots.

Having suffered a drought of points over recent games, joyous Crablands Avocets were delighted to come away with four points.

For Avocets, both mats got away to a good start with both gaining the first shots on the first end. However, there the two mats’ similarities ended.

On mat one, with supurb leadership by skip Don Jonas, the team were 5-5 on the eighth end. On several ends Avocets were holding three or four shots but with luck riding with the home team, this was taken away by their skip.

Together with a one-sided mat, and Jonas being the only Avocet able to play that side, Avocets’ Joan Taylor, Harry Stead and Elaine Sadler were only able to win another seven shots while Southbourne picked up 18, making them clear winners 23-12.

On mat two, again the two teams were even, 3-3 on the fifth end, but a good all-round effort by skip Alan Foot and his team of Celia Foot, Sylvia Gray and Peter Latchford notched up a five on the next end and never looked back.

With multi-scores on many ends they eventually won 29-9, gaining the two extra match points for an overall win.

Ecstatic captain Alan Foot said: “We all had to work really hard and it was a good team effort. We were fortunate they got bogged down and we were able to score well. It’s nice to get some league points after so many games of not having any – it looks good for our remaining few matches.”

Scores (Southbourne names): Irene Jennings, John Staker, Pete Jasinski & Alan Williams (s) won 23-12; Kathy Shelley, Colin Bulbeck, Margaret Odell & Alan Shelley (s) lost 29-9.

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