West Sussex bowlers have Londoners licked

West Sussex had a full programme of inter-county matches, with all three teams in action.

The Premier team entertained London at Westergate looking for a good result to lift them up the table.

They started slowly, sharing the points in the first session, but then stepped up a gear to take all eight points in the second session to lead 12-4 at lunch.

They continued the improvement in the afternoon taking six points from each session and taking the bonus points in three of the four disciplines for a 30-10 and 220-148 victory.

That takes them to second place in the table, two points behind the leaders Kent.

In the singles, The Martlets’ Chris Blackman won 16-7 and 18-11. In the pairs Lavant’s Peter Whale with The Martlets’ Jim Noton lost 18-13 and won 16-10.

In the triples, Bognor’s Brenda Jones won 12-11 and 11-9 while Lavant’s John Simms won 12-6 and 14-4.

In the fours Lavant’s Ray Harding with The Martlets’ Malcolm Rollings won 16-2 and lost 12-5 while in the other four Bognor’s Eric Jones and Lavant’s Peter Winter won 13-1 and 10-9.

The West Sussex A team entertained East Sussex also looking for a good result to improve their league position.

They started well taking six points from the first session but could only manage two points from the second session to be drawing 8-8 at lunch.

They improved their play in the afternoon to take six points from each session and five bonus points for a final result of 25-15 which puts them top of the table.

In the singles Bognor’s Freddie Kaucher won 15-8 and 14-8 while in the pairs club-mate Marlene Steel lost 15-11 and won 15-7. In the triples Crablands’ Joyce Abel and Martin Hunt drew 10-10 and won 12-4 while club-mate Mollie Backwith Chanctonbury’s Eric Stewart lost 10-7 and won 14-8.

In the fours Bognor’s Betty Williams drew 7-7 and lost 6-5 while Lavant’s Rob Peirce lost 8-6 and won 12-9.

The B team visited East Sussex for their opening friendly of the season with a team containing a number of new faces and with a new captain.

They started well taking five points from the first session and six from the second to be 11-5 up at lunch.

In the afternoon they continued with six points in the third session and four in the final session for a 27-13 win – an excellent result for a very inexperienced team.

In the singles Lavant’s Jackie Lee won 17-8 and lost 15-10.

In the triples Lavant’s Peter Lee with Chanctonbury’s Pam Healy lost 10-6 and 12-5 while in the other triple Barnham’s Pam Andrews won 14-6 and lost 15-5.

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