Bowls: Arun’s open house attracts new faces

Some of Middleton's prizewinners / Picture by Lilly-Mae Lovelock
Some of Middleton's prizewinners / Picture by Lilly-Mae Lovelock

AN open day at Arun Indoor Bowls Club generated a good few new members to the club.

But you don’t have to wait for an open day – you can go along at any time and they will organise for you to have a try to see if you like it.

Arun 136 Wey Valley 106

Arun entertained Wey Valley and the game and company was enjoyed by all.

Scores: R Lincoln, T Dade, a Humphries, J Newell won 29-9; C Chester, P Easterbrook, R Hobbs, J Davis lost 24-12; C Burnard, J Sparrow, M Campbell, L Corne won 28-14; N Hatfield, S Webster, A Brown T Sayers lost 23-20; P Green, A Wilkins, B Sanford, P Hannam lost 21-15; R Corkett, G Finch, C Spicer, A Anderson won 32-15.

Arun 162 West Surrey 97

Arun hosted a home friendly and West Surrey found it hard to cope with Arun’s fast rinks. Arun won on four of the six rinks.

Scores; A Hunt, Ann Millett, Pam Palmer, L Hall won 38-12; P Lichfield, Val Rayner, B Rebbeck, D Parker won 41-13; T Jennings, Ann Latta, K Ball, Joan Whetstone won 19-15; Daphne Green, T Gibney, B Sanford, Sue Miles lost 26-15; P Miles, Margaret Wintere, D Bowles, Marion Richards won 32-12; Sylvia Pugh, C Millett, Resi, A Avery lost 19-17.

Arun 177 The Piscatorials 87

Arun hosted The Piscatorials – a charitable organisation that was started in 1947 between Smithfield Meat Market and Billingsgate Fish Market.

These days the team comes from all over London and the south-east. The Piscatorials raise money for projects with a raffle at the end of the bowling.

A good day was had by all and there was a hotshot by Arun on rink six.

Scores; P Corket, B Lawson, G Finch, L Corne won 21-14; R Cairns, H Downs, B Williams, J Pickard drew 20-20; N Hall, T Arnell, J Taffurelli, S Judd. Won 44-9; B Arnell, B Cairns, J Brazier, A Anderson won 31-16; D Hogg, P Murphy, J Saunders, M Richards won 30-11; D Green, T Finch, V May J Newell won 31-17.


West Sussex’s Premier and A teams were both in action in the inter-county championship.

The Premier team opened their season with a home match against Kent. They started slowly, sharing the points in the first session and winning only one game in the third session to trail 10-6 at lunch.

They upped their game in the afternoon, taking three wins in the third session and two wins and a draw in the final session. With bonus points in the pairs and fours West Sussex ended up winners of a very close and hard-fought contest by 21-19, a very satisfactory opening to their season.

In the singles The Martlets’ Mel Lillywhite won 11-10 and 11-9 while Southbourne’s Robin Armstrong lost 16-6 and 16-6. In the pairs Bognor’s Roger Brown with The Martlets’ Marc Lancaster lost 18-6 and won 13-12 while The Martlets’ combination of Chris Blackman and Jack Rollings won 21-5 and 15-14.

In the triples Crablands Joyce Abel with Lavant’s Peter Winter and Peter Whale lost 12-10 and 14-8. In the fours the Southbourne combination of Audrey Bull, Rodney Bull, Dave Alner and Antony Bull lost 12-4 and won 9-8.

The A team entertained East Sussex looking to follow up their away win at East Sussex in the first match of the season.

They started slowly taking three points in the first session and five in the second to be level at 8-8 at lunch. Like the Premier team they upped their game in the afternoon, taking seven out of eight points in the third session and six in the final session, together with the bonus points in all four disciplines for a 29-11 victory.

In the singles The Martlets’ Freddie Kaucher drew 11-11 and won 19-11. In the pairs Lavant’s John Simms lost 12-10 and drew 14-14 while Southbourne’s Karen Alner lost 14-11 and won 22-4.

In the triples Bognor’s Eric and Brenda Jones won 15-6 and 16-4. In the fours Southbourne’s John Hardy with Crablands’ Martin Hunt and Bognor’s Brian Mills won 13-6 and 19-8 while The Martlets’ Barrie Fitch with Infinity’s Denise Kirby and Southbourne’s Dave Walter lost 10-8 and won 12-11.


TWO Crablands teams met in a close-fought encounter. The Bitterns beat the Cormorants 37-34.

Scores: Cormorants (Jan Obermayer, Gwen Coombes, Terry Axworthy and Joyce Heritage) lost 20-15 to Bitterns (Jean Tolhurst, Iris Brown, Geoff Brown and Roy Tolhurst); Cormorants (Joyce Abel, Martin Hunt, Les Jewiss and Mollie Back) beat Bitterns (Meg Pocock,, Brian Berry, Peter Blackman and Lil Tuck) 19-17; (friendly): Cormorants (Denise Merritt, Tony Heritage, Marion Hatch and Reg Hatch) beat Bitterns (Ted Murrell, Les Howland, Trevor Wilson and Jim Saunders) 25-14.


Fittleworth 43 Midhurst Eagles 36

Scores: Jane Adsett, Gina Barnfield, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett lost 26-25 to B Osbourne, D Berry, B Fallows, T Berry; Audrey Hodgson, Alvar Etherington, Monica Enticknap, Sue Judd beat S Tait, S Weeks, L Mercer, R Weeks 18-10; (friendly): Arthur Ellcome, Muriel Cook, Roger Lucking, Tony Broughton won 20-10.

Goodwoods 49 Fittleworth 31

Scores: Jane Adsett, Gina Barnfield, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett lost 25-14; Audrey Hodgson, Charlie Martin, Monica Enticknap, Sue Judd lost 24-17; (friendly): Muriel Cook, Pauline Gilpin, Tess Clegg, Roger Lucking lost 33-11.


The Eagles played Horley Falcons in the league knockouts with one mat coming out on top 18-17 but the other mat winning 33-12.

Scores: B Osbourne,D Berry, B Fallows, T Berry won 33-12; S Glazebrook, S Weeks, L Mercer, R Weeks won 18-17.

Against Nyetimber Bears, the Eagles won on one mat and lost on one -going down 40-35 and picking up just two points.

Scores: B Osbourne, D Berry, B Fallows, T Berry lost 27-17; A Knight, S Tait, L Mercer, R Weeks won 18-13.


Southbourne Rovers 43 Walberton 29

Southbourne Rovers had a good win at home in south-west zone division two of the West Sussex Winter League against Walberton. Each team won on one mat and Southbourne Rovers won overall by 14 shots to earn four points.

Scores: Mary Thornton, Colin Bulbeck, Malcolm Keane & Alan Williams (s) won 30-10; John Staker, Joan Frost, Margaret Odell & Pete Jasinski (s) lost 19-13.

Audrey Bull from Southbourne BC has been awarded her West Sussex (WSCSMBA) badge. County badges are awarded on completion of eight matches for any of the county representative teams. She has played seven of her matches for the Sussex A team and her latest match was for the County Premier team.


Donnington celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Goodwood Restaurant, Chichester College. Claire Wilding and the students provided a lovely meal.

Club chairwoman Maggie Maggs gave a short speech about the 25 years of the club and gave the toast. A total of 36 people attended including five of the original members.

They are looking forward to another enjoyable season’s bowling of roll-ups, internal competitions and friendly matches.



Middleton Bowls Club held their prizegiving dinner with a record turnout at Middleton Sports Club.

The bowlers and their partners were treated to an upbeat, fun-filled speech by club captain Peter Lush who thanked all those members who contributed in innumerable ways to a successful running of the club during the past season.

Club president John Graham presented trophies to the 2015 champions of the club’s knockout competitions.

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