Winter’s set in at Fishbourne

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Fishbourne Bowling Club held the finals of their knockout competitions.

In the ladies’ singles Audrey Saunders met Chris Lankshear. Audrey took an early lead which Chris pulled back to lead 12-9 only for Audrey to lift her game and pull away steadily to win 21-15.

In the men’s singles, the holder Peter Winter faced Peter Massey. Winter scored nine without reply before Massey got into the game. Although Massey closed the gap to 13-11, Winter pulled away again and ran out winner by 21-15 to retain his title.

The two-wood singles pitted Bernard Wallsgrove against Jean Conway. Wallsgrove started steadily and ran out a comfortable 19-4 winner.

In the novice singles for players who had not won a major title, John Wingate met Mick Bleach. Wingate took the lead, Bleach caught up and went into the lead, then Wingate pulled ahead again – holding on to win 21-18.

In the consolation singles for first-round losers, Mick Bleach met Ron Beasley. Bleach won the first set 7-3 and in the second Beasley took a 4-0 lead but failed to score again – and Bleach won the title 2-0.

In the invitation drawn pairs, singles finalists Peter Winter and Peter Massey met, with Winter partnered by Jean Conway and Massey by Jo Richards.

Conway and Winter took an early lead which Richards and Massey pulled back to 8-8 only for Conway and Winter to run out winners by 24-10.

Winter was again in action in the drawn mixed pairs, partnered by Chris Lankshear and facing Marjorie Beasley and Malcolm Keane. It was 7-7 at nine ends when rain interrupted.

On the restart Lankshear and Winter found another gear, establishing a 15-7 lead. They kept control and won 27-13 to give Winter his weekend’s third title.

Winter was also in action in the pairs final partnered by Mick Bleach and facing Mick Howard and Brian Henham. Howard and Henham took the lead at the start and with Bleach and Winter unable to close the gap they ran out winners by 27-13.


There was a good turnout for this year’s club finals.

Results: Ladies’ Pairs Championship – Winners: Janet Whitfield & Margaret Phillips; Runners-up: Alma Harrison & Christine Dunham; Ladies’ Singles Championship – Winner: Alma Harrison; Runner-up: Jean Taylor; Ladies’ Handicap Singles – Winner: Barbara Reardon;

Runner-up: Jean Taylor; Ladies’ Handicap Pairs – Winners: Beryl Charlesworth & Margaret Phillips; Runners-up: Alma Harrison & Eileen Tooley; Ladies 4321 – Winner: Barbara Reardon; Runner-up: Jean Taylor; Mixed Pairs Championship – Winners: Mary Ray & Tommy Gaskin; Runners-up: Beryl Charlesworth & Steve Soames; Men’s Singles Championship – Winner: Ned Waddock; Runner-up: Derek Ford; Men’s Pairs Championship – Winners: Ned Waddock & Norman Burchfell;

Runners-up: Edward Love & Rod Lincoln; Men’s Handicap Singles – Winner: Ned Waddock; Runner-up: Trevor Moore; Men’s Handicap Pairs – Winners: Edward Love & David Jackson; Runners-up: John Weatherall & David Purse; Mens 4321 – Winner: Tommy Gaskin; Runner-up: Tony Mussell; Men’s Veteran Singles – Winner: Rod Lincoln; Runner-up: Alan Lewis; Consolation Cup – Winner: Trevor Moore; Runner-up: Arthur Harrison.

Bognor 108 Telepost 73

Bognor won a friendly against Telepost, winning on three of the five rinks.

Scores: V Bailey, A Parry & D Matkins lost 21-7;

B Charlesworth, J Taylor & P Phillips won 24-8;

I Lightbody, A Harrison & B Hey lost 21-15; R Lincoln,

A Harrison & R Gardner won 26-17; B Harvey,

G Harrington & J Spiers won 36-6.


Finals Day started with rain but conditions improved and all 11 matches were completed.

Results: Men’s Singles – R Armstrong lost to A R Bull; Ladies’ Singles – M Odell beat A W Bull; Men’s Pairs –

R Bull, D Alner beat A Shelley, F Armstrong; Ladies’ Pairs – V Armstrong, M Odell lost to L Williams, A W Bull; Men’s Consolation – A Williams lost to J Simmonds; Men’s

2 Wood - R Armstrong lost to A R Bull; Longley Cup –

D Young lost to S Soper; Ladies’ Two Wood Singles –

M Odell lost to M Baylis; Lewis Trophy: R Bull, M Soper beat A Smith, A R Bull; Veteran Singles – A Williams lost to F Brimecome; Ladies’ Yardstick – M Odell beat A W Bull.

Southbourne 84 Waterlooville 84

Southbourne drew on shots with Waterlooville in the Reflex League, but Southbourne won overall by winning on three out of the five triples played.

Scores: I Jennings W Coates, S Heil won 22-16;

V Armstrong, D Young, M Odell won 23-13; D Hibberd,

M Baylis, P Garrard lost 26-9; A Greenfield, F Heil, J Staker lost 22-6; E Johnson, A Bull, F Brimcome won 24-7.


Chichester 33 Pagham 33

In their last BM League game of the season at home to Pagham, the points were shared three apiece – each team winning one rink by just one shot.

Scores: R Bayfield, B Spicer, M Bayfield lost 18-17;

B Copeland, L Shipp, M Lewis won 16-15.


Chichester won division one, their 65-point tally putting them seven ahead of runners-up Crablands. Witterings finished bottom. Division-two winners were Arundel, ahead of East Preston. Worthing Pavilion were bottom.


West Sussex entertained Dorset’s premier and A teams at Westergate in pre-season friendlies. The West Sussex premier team started badly, winning only one game in each of the morning sessions to trail 12-4 at lunch.

But the afternoon saw West Sussex starting to play to their true form.

In the third session they won three of four games and picked up the bonus points in the pairs to pull back to 16-12.

In the final session they won three and drew one, taking the bonus points in the triples by two shots and easily taking the bonus points in the fours.

This gave them a 23-17 win and 193-156 shots victory, a satisfying result.

The A team match was different with West Sussex starting strongly, winning all four games in the first session and three out of four in the second to lead 14-2 at lunch.

West Sussex continued strongly with a 100 per cent record in the afternoon for an overall 38-2 and 238-126 victory.


West Wittering Short Mat Bowls Club are holding an open evening for non-members on Friday, September 23, (7.30-9.30pm) at the Memorial Hall in Elms Lane. Everybody is welcome, with or without bowling experience.

During a demonstration match of about 20 minutes, the main points of the game will be explained. There will be a chance to have a go, guided by experienced bowlers. Bowls will be supplied.

To save mats from damage, visitors should wear shoes with soft, flat soles.

The club hold bowling sessions at the Memorial Hall all year round, every Monday morning and afternoon and every Thursday morning, afternoon and evening. Annual membership is £5 with a one-off joining fee of £5.

In addition members pay £1.50 per session attended.

For more information contact secretary Bob Ferguson on 01243 512344.


The club’s first match of the new season resulted in a 77-49 win against Witterings.

Scores: R Hodnett, J Stubb, F Frankin, A Hack won

26-22; T Hack, T Croucter, R Stevens, S Clay won 30-16.