Alner beats all-comers to county bowls title

Richard Jeffery, runner-up, with winner Dave Alner
Richard Jeffery, runner-up, with winner Dave Alner

West Sussex’s short-mat bowlers held their singles championship, which saw 38 bowlers compete for the prestigious title. After the round-robin stages local players were well represented in the last 16 – Midhurst’s Terry Berry and Colin Morgan, Infinity’s Richard Jeffery, Jack Rollings and John Simms, Southbourne’s John Hardy, Robin Armstrong, Andy Smith and Dave Alner; Bognor’s Brian Mills, Lavant’s Peter Whale and The Martlets’ Chris Blackman and Marc Lancaster.

In the quarter-finals Jeffery beat Alan Berriman (Forest) 13-8, Rollings beat Daniel Butler (Comptons) 11-6, Mills beat Blackman 9-8 and Alner beat Whale 10-4

The first semi-final matched two of the county’s best young bowlers, both still in their teens, and proved to be a close, hard fought battle with Jeffery just edging out a 7-5 victory.

The other semi-final was equally close with Alner just getting home 8-6 against Mills.

The final promised to be a very good game and did not disappoint. Neither player could maintain an advantage and they entered the last end level at 6-6.

When Alner came to bowl the last bowl of the tournament he was two shots down but played an excellent shot to move the jack back to his bowls for a count of two and to become the 2016-17 county singles champion – a new name on the trophy.

ARUN

In the Sussex league, Arun ladies gained another ten points from the 11 available in a home game against Grattons IBC from Crawley.

Scores: V Greenaway, P Rampton, G Conley & W Adams won 18-12; C Hobbs, J Taffurelli, M Phillips & D Latter won 28-5; D Mitchell, B Collins, B Spicer & A Janman won 30-2; L Curtis, E Fitch, S Jones & S Miles lost 11-22; P Corkett, M Potter, J Whitfield & M Richards won 16-15.

Arun ladies travelled to Adur IBC for their latest game in the Sussex League and gained 8.5 points, keeping them top of division one.

Scores: V Greenaway, S Stocker, G Conley & W Adams 23-10; J Boucher, M Bacon, J Whitfield & M Richards 6-21; L Curtis, E Fitch, S Jones & S Miles 21-22; D Mitchell, B Collins, B Spicer & A Janman 17-17; C Hobbs, J Taffurelli, M Phillips & D Latter 26-12.

FITTLEWORTH

Fittleworth bowlers have continued their good form and have now won their league to secure promotion.

Wisborough Green 40 Fittleworth 41

Scores (friendly): Richard Burden, Alvar Etherington, Sonia Burden and Bernard Adsett (skip) won 22-17; Muriel Cook, Tessa Clegg, Charlie Martin and Dave Herbert (skip) lost 23-19.

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