Action from Arun, Nyetimber, Southbourne, Fittleworth, Bognor Goodwoods, Crablands and Lavant makes up our latest round-up of the West Sussex indoor bowls scene.
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Arun Ladies 158 Dolphins 96
Arun ladies played host to Dolphins, a team from Dorset.
Scores: K Burnard, G Morgan, S Stocker, M Phillips won 34-12; E Fitch, J Connors, M Fair, C Horsley won 18-17; J Foster, V Greenaway, J Taffurelli, P Terry won 18-13; P Rampton, P Jones, I Brooker, M King won 34-15; S Pugh, E Cooke, B Bonnar, G Conley won 23-15; J Simmons, S Simmonds, L Napper, J Whitfield won 31-24.
Croydon 86 Arun Ladies 142
Arun Ladies visited Croydon to play a friendly and won well.
Scores: J Boucher, S Simmonds, M Bacon, M Phillips won 27-12; J Foster, J Lindley, J Taffurelli, B Jones drew 16-16; O Fidgeon, M Fair, S Hart, D Latter won 25-16; P Rampton, E Fitch, E Cooke, P Terry lost 19-15; D Mitchell, J Connors, I Brooker, S Blyth won 17-14; J Simmons, V Greenaway, R Wiedenheoft, F Ireland won 42-9.
Arun 100 Bognor Regis 123
Arun entertained outdoor bowling club Bognor in a six-rink mixed friendly. Many Bognor bowlers play at Arun in the winter months so the match was played in a friendly spirit.
Bognor won on three rinks, Arun on three, with Bognor winning by 23 shots.
Scores: G Finch, K Burnard, D Spink, K Burt lost 29-11; L Saunders, M Parker, L Hall, L Corne won 22-14; R Osment, K Young, W Branford, C Radford lost 28-10; O Fidgeon, E Lawrence, B Sandford, J Newell won 21-20; C Chester, E Fitch, R Pearson, M English lost 17-13; J Watson, C Burnard, A Avery, PJ White won 23-15.
Nyetimber hosted RAFA for their annual friendly. Nyetimber won on all four mats but both teams enjoyed the evening.
Nyetimber entertained Crablands and the hosts enjoyed a three-mat victory by 59-47.
Scores: D Merritt, A Crew, R Hatch and B Crew beat Sylvia Gray, Jean Tolhurst, Geoff Brown & Charlie Threlkeld 20-11; A Threlueld, I Brown, L Tuck and R Tolhurst beat Ann Threlkeld, Iris Brown, Lil Tuck & Roy Tolhurst 19-12; M Hatch, E Morgan, S Syrett and E Moore beat Sheila Plaistow, Colin Garland, Trevor Plaistow & Mollie Back 27-17.
Southbourne 38 Arundel 33
Southbourne short-mat bowlers had a close home friendly against Arundel but eventually achieved an overall victory by winning on one mat and only just losing on the other.
Scores: Karen Alner, John Staker, Rod Bull, Dave Walter (s) lost 20-17; Audrey Bull, Bill Coates, Kathy Shelley, Dave Alner (s) won 21-13.
A first visit to Fittleworth for Infiniti saw them win on both mats and by 39-29 to take all six points.
Scores: Pauline Gilpin, Gina Barnfield, Alan Jordan, David Herbert lost 21-16; Audrey Hodgson, Tony Broughton, Sue Judd, Charlie Martin lost 18-13.
Fittleworth lost 64-45 when Norfolk won on two mats out of three.
Scores: Pauline Gilpin, Nancy Goodyer, Alan Jordan, David Herbert lost 16-14; Angela Reader, Pat Perry, Edna Henly, Gina Barnfield lost 33-9; Audrey Hodgson, Tony Broughton, Sue Judd, Charlie Martin won 22-15.
In a pairs competition at Fittleworth played over just six ends, Nancy Goodyer and Jane Adsett beat David Herbert and Peter Martin 9-1.
A very tense friendly between Barnham and Bognor Goodwoods ended with Goodwoods winning by eight shots despite losing on two of the three mats.
Brian Williams’ team of G Roope, D Lovell, P Smith led from the off, but lost three of the last four ends to lose 21-20.
M Goodland, G King, J Hudson and F Kaucher played nip and tuck until they fell away on the last four ends, conceding one shot on each for a final score of 18-14.
It was a different story on mat three, where M Steel’s team of B Goodland, M Williams and J Harbut scored well throughout including a five and a six at strategic times to win 28-15 - the winning margin sufficient to secure victory 62-54 for Goodwoods.
Crablands Bitterns visited Lavant Blue and gained four valuable league points with an overall 35-33 win.
Scores: Jean Tolhurst; Iris Brown; Geoff Brown & Lil Tuck won 23-12; Sylvia Gray; Joan Taylor; Ted Murrell & Jim Saunders lost 21-12; (friendly) Joyce Abel; Stevie Brooks; Yvonne Clifton & Mollie Back lost 17-15.
Lavant Blue gained two league points away to Crablands Cormorants.
Tony Boxall suffered five shots against on the eighth end, giving Cormorants a healthy lead they held on to to win by nine shots.
Bernard Wallsgrove lagged behind but then enjoyed a five-shot end to be level at the halfway point. Taking five ends in a row pulled his rink to an eight-shot win.
Jim Sharrod’s friendly rink enjoyed a close game to win by one shot.
Scores: T Boxall, P Massey, P Sharrod, J Conway lost 24-15; B Wallsgrove, B Cooper, M Winter, J Lee won 23-15; (friendly): J Sharrod, D May, K Fancy, M Bleach won 21-20.
Lavant Red, at home to Ashington Swans, gained two league points. Peter Winter had a poor game and Swans scored well helped by a six-shot end midway through, and won by 20 shots.
Peter Whale had to work very hard but Red got the luck this time with a seven-shot end, going on to win by six shots.
Scores: P Winter, D May, R Peirce, J Simms lost 29-9; P Whale, P Beardmore, J Sharrod, R Harding won 23-17.