Arun bowlers remember one of the best

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C130318-1 Spt Bowls Arunadur phot kate''Teams taking part in the Arun v Adur match.C130318-1

THE Colin Knight Memorial Trophy is staged every year at Arun in memory of a man who was one of the club’s most popular members.

Colin’s wife Sandy attends the competition each year to present the tophy to the winning team.

This year’s winners, with eight points, were Tony Sayers, Keith Robini and Rob Keele. Second with seven were Steve Payne, Ron Bye and Heather Steel and third with six came Peter Hannam, Dot Champion and Martin Laver.

Tony Sayers was presented with the silverware by Sandy Knight (pictured).

Arun press officer Vic May said: “Six years ago when I first started bowling at Arun, there were a few bowlers that were real characters that over a short period of time I got to know.

“Colin Knight was one such person, a gentle giant of a man standing over 6ft tall, a retired policeman that went through the ranks from a cadet aged 19 to become an inspector at Bognor. Colin went on to work for the Crown Prosecution Service for another 12 years.

“He was one of Arun’s very best bowlers. Sandy told me he won the national triples final and the county pairs final among other trophies - all in the same season. Colin also won every club accolade several times – you’ve only to look at Aruns wall of fame.

“Colin would have loved the idea of this trophy because it integrates new bowlers with experienced bowlers. It’s the only way new bowlers can gain enough experience to become better bowlers and it gives them the encouragement they need.”

SOUTHBOURNE

Nyetimber 57 Southbourne 51

For their final short mat bowls match of the season, Southbourne visited Nyetimber and suffered a narrow defeat.

The friendly games on the three mats were all closely fought, but Nyetimber proved the stronger side by winning on two mats and Southbourne won on the mat skippered by Alan Shelley the Southbourne short mat captain.

A pleasant evening of bowling was completed by supper.

Scores: Bill Coates, Karen Alner, Dave Young, Dave Alner (s) lost 22-14; Audrey Bull, Alan Williams, Jon Staker, Rodney Bull (s) lost 20-15; Kathy Shelley, Lyn Williams, Robin Armstrong, Alan Shelley (s) won 22-15.

A very cold Monday morning of bowling by more than 20 bowlers from local Sussex clubs at Southbourne completed a successful winter season of bowling by the ‘Polar Bears’ on the all-weather green.

A welcome fish-and-chip lunch rounded things off nicely.

As well as some Southbourne bowlers, the Polar Bears include members from several other clubs, including, Wittering, Fishbourne, Emsworth, Leigh Park and Cowplain.

They bowl on Mondays and Fridays throughout the winter - weather permitting.

Southbourne now look forward to the summer bowls season, which starts for them on Sunday, April 21 with a friendly match against the Polar Bears.

BOGNOR GOODWOODS

In their final league match of the season, Goodwoods Silvers failed to repeat ther recent run of success when they entertained Lavant Green and lost 4-2.

Silvers team of D Dray, M Williams, P Smith and L Dray were well in command during the first half against Greens team of M Keans, S Lillywhite, K Fancy and S Meyer and by end 17 were leading 22-9. They then lost ten shots in the last four ends and only just hung on to win 22-19.

The picture on mat two was totally different with G Roope, J Harbut, J Hudson and D Lovell seldom getting close to Greens’ C Beardmore, J Powell, B Copeland and T Bleach - losing by 26-13 to give Lavant a 45-35 victory.

In the friendly, Silvers got some consolation when J Hayter, R Wiedenhoeft, S Hayter and F Kaucher beat Lavant’s C Martin, E Keane, Y Squires and P Whale 18-12.

Goodwoods Greens, after a disappointing series of results, have been relegated from county division one to division two.

FITTLEWORTH

A visit to West Chiltington ended in a 68-57 defeat for Fittleworth - despitw wins on two out of three mats.

Scores: Audrey Hodgson, Alver Hetherington, Sheila Allen, Gina Barnfield lost 33-11; Paulin Gilpin, Peter Cook, Edna Hendy, Sue Judd won 24-20; Murial Cook, Nancy Goodyer, Alan Jordan, David Herbert won 22-15.

COUNTY MIXED PAIRS

The Martlets added the West Sussex county mixed pairs championship to their haul of titles from the 2012-13 season when Melanie Haulkham and Marc Lancaster beat club-mates Chris and Marion Rolph in the final.

Twenty teams initially played six games against random opposition in the day-long tournament at Westergate’s Six Villages Sports Centre.

After the group stage, the top four contested the two semi-finals. The first semi-final saw Chris and Marion Rolph defeat Peter and Muriel Winter of Lavant while Lally Mercer and Terry Berry (Midhurst) lost a tight game to the Lancaster/Haulkham combo.

The final was unusually one-sided, with Haulkham’s leading proving the difference in the all-Martlets encounter.

After only eight ends of the allocated nine, Lancaster and Haulkham ran out 11-6 first-time winners.

Trophies and Warman Leisure vouchers were presented by tournament organiser Rod McBeth and West Sussex chairman Peter Winter.