West Sussex’s county singles championships attracted 48 bowlers from around the county to vie for the title.
After the round-robin games, the quarter-finals matched Chris Blackman of The Martlets against Martin Hunt of Crablands, John Burton-Gow of Mannings Heath against Terry Berry of Midhurst, Robin Armstrong of Southbourne against Ron Booty of Clapham and Patching and Peter Whale of Lavant against Dan Blackman of Infinity.
Blackman beat Hunt 7-6, Burton-Gow beat Berry 12-5, Armstrong beat Booty 8-2 and Whale beat Blackman 9-4.
In the semi-finals Blackman took control and ran out winner 7-4 against Burton-Gow and in a tight game Armstrong held on to beat Whale 8-6.
The final, between two players who had not previously won the title, was a very close affair with Armstrong just managing to keep ahead and win 6-5 to gain Southbourne’s first county champion title.
Meanwhile, the county B team visited London in a friendly and started well, winning three games in the first session.
The second session was shared, with the two triples winning and the two fours losing, which left West Sussex 10-6 ahead at lunch.
In the afternoon they took five points in the third session and gained the bonus points in the pairs to be 17-11 ahead going into the final session.
This was a repeat of the second session. with the two triples winning and the two fours losing, so with the bonus points from the triples, West Sussex gained a very satisfying win by 23-17 and 200-160 in shots.
In the singles, Crablands’ Martin Hunt won 16-8 and 15-7 while clubmate Mollie Back lost 18-9 and 21-11.
In the pairs, Bognor’s Marlene Steel won 16-10 and drew 13-13. In the triples, Lavant’s Dominic May with Chanctonbury’s Pam Healy won 16-3 and 12-8 while Lavant’s Peter Winter with Barnham’s Pam Andrews won 18-8 and 16-1.
Arun IBC 100 Bognor 143
Arun IBC entertained a mixed game against a summer outdoor club who have many members who play at Arun in the winter.
Arun struggled to keep up with Bognor amid the banter on a fun afternoon enjoyed by all.
Scores: T Jennings, S Simmonds, D Young, J Whetstone lost 19-13; H Steel, E Lawrence, T Bridge, J Muffett won 23-15; F Downing, J Fox, K Burt, S Payne lost 26-13; L Saunders, A Payne, B Britz, A Avery lost 33-12; J Watson, W Bateman, F Hollebone, A Hunt. lost 38-18; L Sadler, W Branford, B Sanford, R Gardner won 24-12.
Arun 128 Wealdon 103
Arun hosted Wealdon in a friendly. The match started well for Arun, but Wealdon started to pull back – only for the home team to win yy 25 shots.
Scores: G Arnold, A Stewart, J Fox, M Johnson lost 26-12; C Chester, B Sales, C Burnard, P White won 27-15; J Watson, I Hart, M Campbell, T Sayers. won 24-16; G Whitaker, J Gilpin, L Hall, J Newell won 25-11; P Green, T Bridge, J Olliver, A Avery lost 16-15; R Pearson, W Branford, B Sanford, R Gardner won 25-19.
Crablands Bitterns hosted Walberton and won on both mats.
This was the Bitterns’ final match for the winter season and they gained a valuable six points.
Scores: Peter Latchford, Meg Pocock, Terry Axworthy and Jim Saunders won 36-15; Jean Tolhurst, Yvonne Clifton, Ted Murrell and Roy Tolhurst won 27-26.
Crablands Cormorants played their final league match of the winter season away to Lavant Blue, but lost on all three mats.
Scores: Denise Merritt, Marion Hatch, Alan Foot and Reg Hatch lost 22-19; Joyce Abel, Don Jonas, Jan Obermayer and Joyce Heritage lost 24-17; (friendly): Ted Murrell, Gwen Coombes, Tony Heritage and Joan Taylor lost 22-20.
Hunston played their final home game against Barnham and won 63-34.
It was also their final game against a club who are due to fold soon.
Scores: P Franklin,B Hodnett T Hack won 21-10; D Greenfield,T Wilson, A Hack lost 14-13; J Hodnett, F Franklin, A Harle 29-10.