Bowls: Whiteknights can’t ride to the rescue at Arun

Bob Foyle in action for Arun against Victory  Picture by Kate Shemilt
Bob Foyle in action for Arun against Victory Picture by Kate Shemilt

We’ve reports from Arun, Donnington, Lavant, Fittleworth and the West Sussex scene in our latest bowls round-up.

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Arun 172 Whiteknights 77

Arun entertained Whiteknights and were celebrating when Cliff Radford, I McRae and P Chivers scored a hotshot of nine on rink one.

Scores; P Chivers, I McRae, C Radford won 29-15; F Smith, P Green, D Young, A Avery won 23-17; R Lincoln, P Lichfield, D Spink, M Johnson won 31-5; P Hamnett, M Kemp, W Cato, D Sayers won 36-7; D Goodenough, B Foyle, T Jennings, T Sayers won 25-16; W Branford, D Wincherster, B Sanford, R Gardner won 28-17

Arun 118 Bognor 133

At half-time it was quite even but Arun ended up 15-shot losers.

Arun won on two rinks by a good margin but lost on four rinks.

Scores: P Lacy, K Young, E Hall, S Payne lost 19-17; S Pugh, F Hollebone, E Lawrence, M English won 26-14; A Payne, B Jones, M Steel, C Burnard lost 35-12; M Berzins, M Kemp, J Dyke, D Spink lost 25-21; O Fidgeon, C Chester, K Burt, PJ White won 28-7; L Carthew, S Simmons, D Young, B Horsley lost 33-14.

Arun 135 Wealden 115

Arun turned in a strong performance against Wealden winning on three rinks and drawing on one. This friendly was enjoyed by all.

Scores: A Simmons, J Gilpin, M Monk, L Corne won 34-9; P Hamnett, T Jennings, G Herrington, G Leaman lost 25-17; G Arnold, B Jones, J Greenfield, A Avery won 22-16; J Watson, B Whittaker, L Hall, T Sayers won 24-20; C Chester, P Lichfield, V May, J Pickard drew 18-18; D Taffurelli, W Branford, B Sanford, R Gardner lost 27-20.

Arun ladies beat Preston IBC from Brighton 126-81 in a league match.

Scores: D Mitchell, V Greenaway, B Spicer, M Richards won 32-4; P Rampton, E Cooke, B Collins, W Adams won 17-11; D Anderson, P Terry, J Taffurelli, D Latter won 18-14; E Fitch, M Bacon, S Miles, A Janman won 28-10; J Simmons, S Judd, G Conley, M Brown lost 26-11; C Hobbs, S Pickard, B Jones, C Horsley won 20-16.



The West Sussex singles championships attracted 33 bowlers.

In the quarter-finals Dan Blackman of Infinity beat Eric Jackson of Upper Beeding, Chris Page of Infinity beat club-mate Melanie Haulkham, Chris Rolph of The Martlets defeated Les Dray of Bognor and Marc Lancaster of The Martlets knocked out Matt Allen of Infinity.

The semi-finals paired club-mates together and the game between Page and Blackman of Boxgrove-based Infinity was very close, with Blackman running out the winner 9-8. In the other game, Rolph established an early lead and held on to win 13-4.

In the final the early ends were close but Rolph finally opened a gap and went on to win 11-6 for his third county title this season, having already won the pairs and the fours.


Donnington held the finals of their club competitions held throughout the season.

Leading the field was Joan Jones - at 91 she is their senior bowler, and she was in three of the finals, showing the younger bowlers how it’s done.

The finalists of all the competitions were Maggie Maggs, Ron Beasley, Trevor Wilson, Wendy Dean, Alan Banham, Marjorie Beasley,

Terry Taws, Rob Stone, Jones Jones and Dave Turner.

All were hard-fought matches and the resulting winners will be presented with their trophies, after engraving, at the annual meeting on April 17.

Quite a number of other club members were in attendance to support the finalists.

Donnington welcomed Southbourne for a return match to try to avenge their heavy defeat at Southbourne earlier in the season.

Under non-playing vice-captain Les Stewart, mat one - Peter Skinner, Brian Taylor, Terry Taws and skip Maggie Maggs - won 16-15.

On mat two, Brian Aston, Terry Haigh, Ron Beasley and Alan Banham lost 17-16, leaving the overall score 32-32, which gave both teams plenty to discuss over a fine tea supplied by Donnington’s Lavinia Brooks.


Lavant Green enjoyed a fine 56-34 win at home to Walberton.

Scores: T Bleach, B Copeland, K Fancy, C Beardmore won 33-11; S Meyer, S Lillywhite, J Powell, P Lee drew 23-23.

There was a 40-29 win for Lavant Red away to Midhurst Eagles.

Scores: P Whale, P Beardmore, J Sharrod, R Harding won 18-15; P Winter, T Bleach, R Peirce, J Simms won 22-14.

Lavant Green were 44-34 victors at home to Nyetimber Green.

Scores: T Bleach, B Copeland, J Powell, C Beardmore won 25-17; S Meyer, K Fancy, D Shears, P Lee won 19-17.

Lavant Blue won at home to Barnham. Mat one had a good start but fell back to be one shot down before scoring steadily to win by eight shots.

Mat two a good start and won by 14 shots. Lavant took the friendly by five shots.

Scores: B Wallsgrove, B Cooper, M Winter, J Lee won 21-13; T Boxall, P Massey, P Sharrod, J Conway won 26-12.

An annual contest for the Two Villages Cup between Lavant and West Dean members started with a triples match at the Memorial Hall and concludes with an outdoor triples match at West Dean Gardens on Sunday, June 2. At the hall, Lavant triumphed on all mats.

The match score of 73-43 to Lavant may sound positive but every point will be needed if Lavant are to succeed outdoors on West Dean’s devilish greens.

Scores: P Winter won 24-9.; P Whale won 26-12; S Meyer won 23-22.

Lavant Red lost at home to Midhurst Eagles in a match they needed to win to improve their league position.

On mat one, Red scored on only seven of the 21 ends. Eagles won by 22 shots. Mat two had a happier outcome when Red pulled ahead and won by eight shots. Lavant took the friendly by three shots.

Scores: P Winter, D May, R Peirce, J Simms lost 30-8; P Whale, P Beardmore, J Sharrod, R Harding won 25-17; (friendly): T Boxall, T Bleach, S Lillywhite, M Bleach won 17-14.


When Fittleworth visited Barnham, it ended in a 53-53 draw.

Scores: Pauline Gilpin, Tony Broughton, Gina Barnfield, Edna Henly lost 20-17; Audrey Hodgson, Jane Adsett, Alan Jordan, Sue Judd drew 14-14; Arthur Ellcome, Alvar Hetherington, Bernard Adsett, Dave Herbert won 22-19.

Fittleworth beat Clapham 58-45 in a friendly. They won on two mats and lost on one.

Scores: Murial Cook, Jane Adsett, Alan Jordan, Dave Herbert lost 21-15; Pauline Gilpin, Marc Wood, Sheila Allen, Gina Barnfield won 24-13; Audrey Hodgson, Bernard Adsett, Peter Cook, Sue Judd won 19-11.