Bowling polar bears need a bit of warming up...

Southbourne Bowling Club’s ‘Polar Bears’ sessions - open to bowlers from all local bowls clubs - completed a very successful first half of the winter season with a Christmas celebration of mulled wine and mince pies made by Marina Aylward of Wittering & District BC.

Bowling on Southbourne’s all-weather green is on Monday and Friday mornings and there is still space for a few more bowlers. Just turn up before 10am, and dress in something warm.

Chanctonbury 37 Southbourne 31

A win on the mat skipped by Dave Alner gave Southbourne two points in a close match at Chanctonbury in the West Sussex League division two. Congratulations go to John Hardy on his first league appearance for Southbourne.

Scores: Karen Alner, John Hardy, Robin Armstrong, Dave Alner (skip) won 17-14; Audrey Bull, Alan Shelley, Dave Walter, Rodney Bull (skip) lost 23-14.

Ashington Red 39 Southbourne 30

Southbourne lost their second-round West Sussex cup-tie at Ashington Red by nine shots. Andy Smith enjoyed a rink win in his first short-mat competitive game.

Scores: Andy Smith, Allan Shelley, Robin Armstrong, Rodney Bull (s) won 20-17; Karen Alner, John Hardy, Dave Walter, Dave Alner (s) lost 22-10.

LAVANT

Lavant A had a fine win away to Haywards Heath Rollers in the league knockout competition.Both mats had good starts and kept ahead to register a match score of 47-28. The Rollers got their own back on the friendly, winning by nine shots.

Scores: P Whale (skip), P Beardmore, J Sharrod, R Harding won 24-11; P Winter (skip), D May, R Peirce, J Simms won 23-17; (friendly): S Meyer (skip), L Kneale, M Winter, M Bleach lost 24-14.

Lavant Red visited Bognor Goodwoods and recorded an excellent result. Mat one steamed ahead while Green floundered, Red winning by 21 shots.

Mat two also kept up their scoring, pulling well ahead towards the end to win by 18 shots.

Revenge for Green came on the friendly mat with a win by 20 shots.

Scores: P Winter (skip), D May, R Peirce, J Simms won 30-9; P Whale (skip), P Beardmore, R Harding, J Lee won 27-9; (friendly): M Bleach (skip), K Fancy, M Winter, P Lee lost 36-16.

Lavant Blue visited Crablands Cormorants and after axcellent start on mat one, Blue were eight shots up on end nine.

Cormorants came within two shots by end 13 when Blue took six of the last ends to win by nine shots.

Mat two lagged behind, caught up on end 12 for 9-9, but slipped back to lose by five shots. The final score was 36-32 to Blue.

On the friendly mat, one shot on the last end from Lavant forced a draw.

Scores: B Wallsgrove (skip), T Bleach, M Winter, J Conway won 20-11; T Boxall (skip), L Kneale, P Sharrod, J Lee lost 21-16; (friendly): P Winter (skip), J Sharrod, K Fancy, M Bleach drew 21-21.

NYETIMBER

Nyetimber Green played a league match against Goodwoods. Each team won one mat but Nyetimber took the overall victory.

It was a very close match and an anjoyable occasion between two clubs whose members are good friends.

Scores: Brian Boyling, Peter Watters, Andy Watson and Denise Kirby won 17-15; Peta Watters, Dave Harding, Shirley Syrrett and Jim Chaplain lost 17-16.