Chichester bowlers win county trophy for fourth time in five

Another county trophy for Chichester BC tops our latest round-up from around the bowling greens, while there's also news from all the other local clubs.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:19 am
Chichester BC's Abergavenny Cup winners

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Chichester 43 Norfolk 42

In a pulsating finish to a final worthy of any competition, Chichester were the winners by one shot overall on the very last end against Norfolk BC in the Sussex county Double Fours competition for the Abergavenny Cup.

Chichester have now won this prestigious trophy four times in the past five years, a feat not accomplished by any other club in Sussex since its inception more than 50 years ago – a quite remarkable achievement.

Scores: Malcolm Bowden, David Schofield, Simon Tooley, Mick Page (skip) won 25-15; Kevin Ball, Derek Leach, Clive Keedwell, Clive Benham (skip) lost 27-18.

A total of 28 teams from around the south converged on Chichester for their 23rd annual open tournament sponsored by Reynolds.

In group one after each team had played three games there were three on maximum points - Hedge End, Balls Out and Oddballs. Oddballs drew their last game to go into the play-off and Hedge end won their last game to progress to the final.

In group two The Roofers were on six points with the City Club on five.

In the play-off for third and fourth City Club won 13-9. In the final the Roofers (G Guy, M Leesen, M Wake, G Starks) won beat Hedge End (P Emery, M Nash, J Firth, C Higgins) 9-3.

Middleton 77 Chichester B 95

Chichester B produced a fine performance over the second half of their West Sussex League third-division match away to Middleton to secure eight points from an 18-shot victory.

Scores: A Daines, B Money, M Bayfield, P White (skip) won 33-16; A Deller, T Wiseman, J Pickard, A Avery (skip) won 23-13; T Jennings, R Anscombe, P Merritt, C Wade (skip) lost 28-12; S Wilson, N Dearman, C Porter, T Haigh (skip) won 27-20.

Chichester A 93 Southbourne 67

Chichester A held off a late challenge from Southbourne to take the maximum ten points in their home game in the West Sussex League.

Scores: P Green, G Buckle, C Keedwell, M Bonnar (skip) beat Dave Walter, Alan Williams, Dave Fewell & Paul Butler (s) 26-13; K Ball, T Hardgrove, M Bowden, D Leach (skip) beat Malcolm Keane, Eddie Neuts, Robin Armstrong & Mel Lillywhite (s) 20-17; P Whale, B Talmage, S Tooley, D Schofield (skip) beat Pete Jasinski, John Hardy, Mark Soper & Andy Smith (s) 23-17; I Linfield, S Meyer, B, Butler, T Sayers (skip) beat Richard Galloway, Malcolm Ayres, Rodney Bull & Antony Bull (s) 24-20.

Chichester A 83 Tarring Priory A 62

Chichester A dug deep over the last few ends to eke out a 21-shot win, picking up eight points, in their West Sussex League division-one match at home to the leaders and title holders.

Scores: P Whale, T Hardgrove, B Talmage, D Schofield (skip) won 22-14; I Linfield, S Meyer, B Butler, T Sayers (skip) won 22-18; K Ball, T Wiseman, N Anderson, D leach (skip) lost 22-16; P Green, G Buckle, C Keedwell, M Bonnar (skip) won 23-8.

Worthing Pavilion C 80 Chichester A 81

In their West Sussex Bowls League first-division match away to Worthing, Chichester A produced a late fightback to win by just one shot, taking eight points.

Scores: Les Etherington, G Buckle, C Keedwell, M Bonnar (skip) won 20-15; P Whale, M Lewis, B Talmage, D Schofield (skip) lost 25-10; G Jackson, S Meyer, B Butler, T Sayers (skip) won 27-20; K Ball, T Hardgrove, P Green, D Leach (skip) won 24-20.

Chichester 109 Fishbourne 38

Chichester entertained Fishbourne in a mixed friendly and had a comfortable victory.

Scores: G Buckle, V Pickering, M Lewis (skip) won 32-4; I Taylor, T Gaffney, P Green (skip) won 22-16; A Hulbert, K Burt, P White (skip) won 21-15; C Hulbert, S Baverstock, K Ball (skip) won 34-3.

Chichester 43 Lancing 35

Chichester took four points from their trip to Lancing in the C&M League after winning on one rink and losing on the other.

Scores: Chris Hobbs, Mary Potter, Wendy Adams & Betty Spicer won 31-9; Jean Hole, Bridget Collins, Denise Latter & April Janman lost 26-12.

Congratulations go to Debbie Hogg and Jean Hole on reaching the county final of the Unbadged Trixie Pairs. Debbie has also reached the final of the County Unbadged Singles despite losing both finals 18-14 and 21-15.

Both players enjoyed the experience of competing in their first county finals weekend.


Fishbourne reached the semi-final of the Holbrook Cup with a hard-fought victory against Rogate with two of the three triples resulting in drawn games, but a good win for the Tony Bleach trio giving Fishbourne the win. They play Hotham for a spot in the final.

Scores: Wendy White, Audrey Saunders and Bernard Wallsgove drew 19-19, Chris Lankshear, Alan Banham and Tony Bleach won 28-11, Jim Lankshear, Brian Henham and Tony White drew 18-18.

Fishbourne played away to Storrington in a new fixture and lost 96-72, although each side shared the four triples.

Scores: Sue Lewis, Kirk Hardman and Bernard Wallsgrove won 24-20, Ken Ridley, Alan Marsh and Bill Cooper won 21-17, Wendy Cooper, Bernard Pack and Lionel Kneale lost 23-15, Janet Pack,Ted Badger and Gordon Summers lost 36-12.

Away to Portsmouth Gas Social, Fishbourne won 131-67.

Scores: Wendy White, Barry Denny and Jim Lankshear drew 14-14, Sonia Denny,Dave McTurk and Bernard Wallsgrove won 27-9, Ken Ridley, Bernard Pack and Mick Howard lost 16-12, Caroline Martin,Gordon Summers and Alan Banham won 23-11, Chris Lankshear, Guest and Martin Reed won 36-8, Alan Marsh, Guest and Tony White won 19-9.

Fishbourne drew 65-65 with Arundel.

Scores: Ken Ridley, Sonia Denny and Bill Cooper lost 20-15, Wendy Cooper, Rob Stone and Mick Howard won 17-12, Janet Pack, Jean Conway and Tony Bleach won 24-10, Brenda Payne, Bernard Pack and Barry Denny lost 23-9.

In the BM League, Fishbourne lost 42-25 to Southbourne.

Scores: Chris Lankshear, Tony Bleach and Peter Winter lost 26-11, Bill Cooper, Audrey Saunders and Bernard Wallsgrove lost 16-14.

Fishbourne enjoyed a 73-58 win over Witterings. Highlight of this game was a hotshot of all nine available by the trio of Chris Lankshear, Sue Lewis and Alan Marsh.

Scores: Janet Pack, Keith Fancy and Bill Cooper won 16-12, Sheila Hill, Bernard Pack and Tony Bleach lost 12-11, Ken Ridley, Wendy Dean and Jim Lankshear drew 19-19, Sue Lewis,Chris Lankshear and Alan Marsh won 27-15.

Playing away at Midhurst in a four-triples match, Fishbourne lost 82-58 despite losing on only one rink. A heavy loss on rink two gave the game to Midhurst.

Scores: Derek Packham, Audrey Saunders and Bernard Wallsgrove won 17-14, Jean Conway,Ted Badger and Peter Winter lost 34-5, Dave McTurk, Martin Reed and Gordon Summers drew 18-18; Ken Ridley,Alan Marsh and Alan Banham won 18-16.


Witterings 106 Fareham 82

Scores: Kate Nixon,Dave Buckton, Brian Barnes and Anne May (skip) won 18-16; Alan May, Jan Derkatsch Tony Nixon (Skip) won 28-22; Diane Leach, Ken Clark, Lindsay Bang (skip) won 21-14; Judy Bangs, Maureen Mulligan, Gwilym Morgan (skip) won 16-13; Colin Carter, Karen Slogrove, Julie Mulligan (skip) won 23-17.

Witterings 34 Pagham 39

In the BM League, Witterings lost by five shots.

Scores: Nige Miller, Sue Dobson, Tony Nixon (skip) lost 23-14; Glyn Dobson, Marion Corbett, Chris Horsley won 20-16. Pagham 4pts, Witterings 2pts.

Witterings 58 Fishbourne 70

Scores (friendly): Teresa Hethorn, Marion Corbett, Eric Shoyer (skip) lost 24-15; Kate Nixon, Dave Buckton Gwilym Morgan (skip) won 12-11; John Heathorn, Margaret Bowell Tony Nixon (skip) lost 16-12; Doug Holden, Sheila Currell, Jan Derkatsch (skip) drew 19-19.

Witterings 23 Hotham 32

Hotham won by nine shots in the BM League.

Scores: Ron Prior, Stuart Hooker, Chris Horsley (skip) won 13-10; Paul Chivers, Carole Tuffin, Lindsay Bangs (skip) lost 22-10; (friendly): Glyn Dobson, Dave Buckton Tony Nixon (skip) lost 22-14.


Southbourne 76 Little Spain 34

Southbourne played an enjoyable mixed triples friendly at home to Little Spain. Southbourne won on 2 rinks and lost on one.


Crablands played Pagham and achieved a welcome five points.

Scores: L Lewendon, J Saunders, J Cornwell and T Dade won 23-18; J Tyrrell, A Humphreys, N Reynolds and M Heasman won 20-19; D Terry, F Carrie, D Clayey and R Humphrey drew 20-20; A Blyth, P Blackman, M Campbell and A Bateman lost 25-14.

Crablands 44 Southbourne 17

In the BM League, Crablands beat Southbourne at home to gain the six points on offer.

Scores: P Osborn, N Reynolds and J Tyrrell won 24-5; D Jonas, V Tyrrell and J Cornwell won 20-12.

The club’s internal drawn mixed triples was played to final stage this weekend – the finalists are G and A Humphreys with B Berry to play C Smith, N. Reynolds and C Ruler.


Bognor played holders Chichester in the PC Cup – they won on one rink but lost 95-65.

In the semi final Chichester will be away to Norfolk BC.

Scores: Ben Stabler, Geoff Kendall, Richard Robinson and John Whitfield lost 18-13 to Mike Lewis, Tony Hardgrove, Simon Tooley, Mick Page (skip); Bob Daley, Chris Witt, Tony Arnold and Arthur Richardson lost 26-21 to Kevin Ball, Stuart Meyer, Brian Butler, Tony Sayers (skip); Rod Lincoln, Norman Burchfell, Gerry Stevens and Tommy Gaskin lost 33-12 to Les Etherington, Derek Leach, Clive Keedwell, Matt Bonnar; David Jackson, Ned Waddock, Derek Ford and Ron Gardner beat Ian Linfield, Nigel Dearman, Brian Talmage, David Schofield (skip) 19-18.

In the West Sussex League division three, Bognor B played East Preston B. They won on three rinks and by 87-68, scoring eight points.

Scores: Rod Lincoln, Chris Witt, Bob Hey and John Whitfield lost 18-16; George Dunham, Phil Hasler, Pat Phillips and John Edwards won 27-18; Geoff Cook, Geoff Kendall, Richard Robinson and Dave Matkins won 18-15; Ben Stabler, Norman Burchfell, Keith Graham and Mike Philpot won 26-17.

They also played Petworth in a division-three game, winning on three rinks and losing on one for a 119-68 victory and eight points. Petworth were a player short on three rinks.

Scores: Ben Stabler, Norman Burchfell, Keith Graham, Mike Philpott lost 26-19; Geoff Cook, Richard Robinson, Dave Matkins and Len Hall won 42-15; George Dunham, Phil Hasler, John Blacow and John Edwards won 22-18; Rod Lincoln, Pat Phillips, Bob Hey and John Whitfield won 36-9.

In a friendly against Tarring Priory, Bognor men won on one rink but lost overall 82-61.

Scores: George Dunham, Rod Lincoln, Chris Witt and Gerry Stevens lost 19-11; Ray Philpott, Phil Hasler, John Christensen and Alan Hall lost 26-21; Ben Stabler, Simon Webster, J Upton (TP) and Geoff Cook lost 22-11; Bryan Harvey, Alan Lewis, Keith Graham and David Jackson won 18-15.

In a mixed friendly against Godalming, Bognor lost on all rinks and by 107-51.

Scores: Jenny Gibson, George Dunham, Janet Whitfield and John Edwards lost 22-19; Ray Philpott, Dicky Dalton, Christine Preston and John Whitfield lost 27-11; Edna Keywood, John Christensen, Penny Jones and Gerry Stevens lost 28-10; Jane Colebrook-Taylor, Pauline White, Christine Dunham and Geoff Cook lost 30-11.

Bognor ladies played Norfolk ladies in a friendly and won on two rinks to secure a 64-53 victory.

Scores: Jane Colebrook-Taylor, Christine Dunham, Penny Jones and Margaret Phillips lost 22-15; Edna Keywood, Beryl Charlesworth, Anne Parry and Jean Spiers won 24-19; Hannah Down, Jenny Gibson, Janet Whitfield and Barbara Reardon won 25-12.


Aldingbourne Bowls Club celebrated 25 years of bowling at their Oliver’s Meadows ground combined with a tribute to the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The dress code of red, white and blue added to a relaxed atmosphere enjoyed by players and guests alike.

A fun competition of short jack, spot jack and full length bowls was won on shot difference by Derek Page, Maureen Grey, and Glyn Ball.

A warm welcome was given to the founder members John and Hilda Phillips, who made the long journey up from the west country.

A ladies’ two-rink league match away to Arundel resulted in a 16-16 draw on one rink and a 19-14 loss on the other.

Scores: E Taylor, A Howson, J Robini, L Hathaway lost 19-14; E Fitch, H Lewis, J Dace, J Whetstone drew 16-16.

A four-rink friendly against Arundel produced two wins, one draw and one loss. Aldingbourne won 63-59.

Scores: B Lewis, H Norford, E West, F Taylor won 19-14; T Booker, M Dale, J Cordingly, D Meakins drew 15-15; T Smith, D Hill, J Piggott, D Cornish won 19-11; D Cote, B Varney, N Boxall, DB Kibble lost 19-10.

Away to Chichester in a four-rink men’s league match, Aldingbourne won on two rinks and lost on two, going down 84-59. Aldingbourne took four points out of ten against a strong Chi team.

The ladies’ teams in their two-rink league match with Chi lost on both rinks.

Capitulation by Pulborough BC at 11 ends saw Aldingbourne men’s team through to the semi-finals of the PC Cup, winning 85-17.

Scores: H Gear, G Arnold, J Cordingly, R Wyatt won 21-6; J Gilpin, D Page, R Macer, F Taylor won 21-3; G Ball, A Stiles, D Cornish, B Murray won 23-3; S Hayter, B Wellard, DB Kibble, J Smith won 20-5.

Another four points came from an away fixture at Norfolk BC – a pleasing result in a close match which finished 71-63.

Scores: S Hayter, D Page, R Macer, F Taylor lost 24-11; J Sparrow, D Anderson, N Boxall, J Smith lost 19-16; A Carter, D Hill, E West, DB Kibble won 19-13; G Ball, T Booker, D Cote, B Murray won 17-15.


Midhurst 46 (2pts) Liphook 48 (3pts)

In their Three Counties League match, although winning on two of the three rinks, Midhurst lost by two shots.

Scores: Catherin Dixon, Margaret Sole and Dave King won 18-16; Stuart Largan, Paul Chuter & Gerald Dixon lost 16-11; Howard Seymour, Malcolm Hutchings & Terry Berry won 17-16.

Midhurst 60 Vice Patrons 102

Scores (friendly): Jack Jurado, Phil Kingswell, Bob Butterfield & Terry Berry lost 24-13; Richard Sofry, Roger Brindle, Phil Wells & Dave King won 18-16; Peter Moller, Howard Seymour, M Hutchings & Gerald Dixon lost 21-18; Brian Porter, Alan Ricketts, Stuart Largan & Paul Chuter lost 41-11.

Midhurst 71 Arundel 55

Scores (friendly): Jean Adams, Alan Ricketts & Margaret Sole lost 18-17; Dot Berry, Basil Osbourne & Malcolm Hutchings won 20-12; Bob Butterfield, Lilly Kingswell & Howard Seymour won 15-12; Delphine Clark, Stella Tait & Phil Kingswell won 19-13.

Midhurst 82 Fishbourne 58

Scores (friendly): Bob Butterfield, Delphine Clark & Paul Chuter lost 17-14; Ann Chuter, Dot Berry & Terry Berry won 34-5; Colin Downham, Jean Adams & Phil Wells tied 18-18; Phil Kingswell, Stella Tait & Malcolm Hutchings lost 18-16

The John Sadler Cup is a charity fun day and the proceeds go to the Impaired Vision charity. Twenty-six members took part and raised £245.

The four-ends final for the cup was won by Roger Brindel, Ann Chuter, Roy Ralph and Phil Kingswell (skip) beating June Barnard, Basil Osbourne, Corina Pearce, and Margaret Sole (skip) 5-2.

* This Saturday, Midhurst will host the Midhurst Cup final on their June Lane green (2.30pm). It is between Bognor and Midhurst and it is the first time Midhurst have reached their own final since 1994, when they won it.


Petworth have had a busy week of bowling – they won a mixed triples against Fittleworth on their home carpet, but found it less straightforward away in the Men’s League on grass to East Preston and Bognor.

Scores - v Fittleworth (won 55-47): Selwyn Hall, Roger Lucking and Mike Berry beat Gina Barnfield, Mike Ryan and David Luxford 19-16; Carol Hall, Kathy Williams and Bill Bryder beat Simon Herbert, Tessa Clegg, Bernard Adsett 22-12; Eileen Warrington, Stan Enticknap and Nigel Flynn lost 19-14 to Arthur Ellcome, Pauline Gilpin, Sue Judd.

v East Preston: Les Martin, Geoff Harris, Mike Berry and Alan Potter lost 22-16; Peter Miles, Ron Elliott, Mike Booth and Barry Forey lost 23-11; Selwyn Hall, Stan Eniciknap, Nigel Flynn and Jim Palmer lost 21-17; Kevin Mitchell, John Steel, Bill Bryder and Mick Monk lost 17-16.

v Bognor: Kevin Mitchell, Richard Stevens, Mike Booth won 26-19; Selwyn Hall, Nigel Flynn and Alan Potter lost 42-15; Peter Miles, Ron Elliott, David Mustard and Mick Monk lost 22-18; Les Martin, Roger Lucking and Jim Palmer lost 36-9.


Fittleworth 54 Norfolk 40

Scores: Simon Herber, Tessa Clegg, Bernard Adsett drew 18-18; Mike Ryan, David Luxford, Gina Barnfield won 16-1; Arthur Ellcome, Colin Long, Sue Judd won 20-9.

The Fittleworth Cup was won by Arthur Ellcome, Sue Judd and Gina Barnfield with six points and a plus-16 shot difference.

Runners-up on countback on shots were Simon Herbert, Mike Ryan and David Luxford. 
Fittleworth 60 Midhurst 31

Scores: Bryan Woolcott, Mike Ryan, Gina Barnfield beat Gordon Knight, June Barnard & Roy Ralph 21-15; Arthur Ellcome, Tessa Clegg, Sheila Allen beat Stella Tait, Ann Chuter & Paul Chuter 21-9; Sylvia Woolcott, Sue Judd, David Luxford beat Jack Jurado, Delphine Clark & Terry Berry 18-7.



Arun IBC’s summer section played a friendly against Adur, who beat them 127-109.

Scores: J Simmons, A Boucher, R Osment, E Hall won 19-11; G King, B McGovern, P Buckland, M Hunt lost 36-14; B Linley, K Burnard, B Lawson, M Richards lost 24-17; P Corkett, L Saunders, A Wilkins, D Sayers won 19-18; V Greenaway, E Cooke, N Hatfield, A Anderson lost 23-17; J Boucher, E Lawrence, I Nelson, J Brazier won 23-15.

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