Bowls battle of the sexes is on at Arun

Arun's men had the better of their latest game against the club's women  Picture by Louise Adams C131431-1
Arun's men had the better of their latest game against the club's women Picture by Louise Adams C131431-1

There’s action from Arun, Midhurst, Donnington and Hunston in our latest indoor bowls round-up - plus news from the latest West Sussex county matches.


Arun Men 135 Arun Ladies 112

Arun’s men played the club’s ladies in the Osbourne Cup in the first of a series of three games which are always hard-fought.

This first result gives the men a 23-shot lead going into the next game.

Scores: R Lincoln, A Simmons, E King, D Adams won 24-23; R Pearson, D Parker, R Friday, M English won 27-15; P Miles, B Sanford, S Mead, P Hannam won 27-17; B Why, C Chester, W Cato, G Leaman won 23-19; B Rebbeck, N Waddock, P Lillford, T Sayers lost 19-18; P Hamnett, M Cambell, A Anderson, R Gardner lost 19-16.

Arun 127 Worthing Pavilion 113

Arun entertained Worthing Pavilion in a Sussex League game that had Arun winning on four rinks. Arun took a point for each winning rink and five for the over all win, giving them 9 points out of 11 points. Keeping Arun on top.

Scores; P Green, E King, B Talmage, G Leaman lost 38-8; P Miles, J Olliver, B Horsey, L Corne won 18-17; R Leggett, M Johnson, A Anderson, M Bonner won 31- 6; B Rebbeck, D Ford, M Edgecock, T Sayers lost 16-15; D Jackson, B Sanford, S Mead, P Hannam won 33-15; T Arnold, M Campell, R Gardner, B Butler won 22-21.

Arun hosted the annual Fullers Millennium Trophy with 18 teams playing for the prize money and the cup. Starting at 10am, each team played an hour or eight ends, with the result coming after four games at 6pm.

The top team was Barry Why, Ray Leggett, George Dunham and Christine Dunham. The runners-up were Angus Anderson, Jim Morris, Irene Morris and Daphne Anderson, and third were Lenny Corne, Iris Brooker, Lyn Ball and Rod Lincoln.

The programme was organised by Matt Bonner and the prizes were presented to the winners by a representative from Fullers.

Arun 109 Chichester 117

When Arun entertained Chichester, the hosts’ bowling was not encouraging to start with as Chichester edged ahead.

About the halfway point, Arun managed to pull back and they went ten shots ahead - but Chichester fought back and took the game by eight shots. Scores: E Keyword, D Spink, P Hannam, A Avery won 21-13; C Chester, K Young, D Young, A Anderson won 26-11; K Burnard, L Saunders, G Herrington, J Newell lost 27-12; J Watson, R Bye, E Lawrence, S Payne lost 19-11; T Bridge, D Cooke, R Osment, L Hall lost 28-22; G Whitaker, F Downing, J Fox, V May lost 19-17.

* Many Arun bowlers are still in team and singles national and Sussex competitions. The club wish all of them a successful 2014.


West Sussex’s Premier and A teams both played the final matches in their round-robin groups before the KO stages. Both hosted Hampshire at Westergate.

The Premier team, after their defeat by Hampshire before Christmas, were playing for third or fourth place.

They started badly, winning just one game in the first session and one in the second with the other three games lost on the last end. This left them trailing 12-4.

In the third session they again managed only one win and lost one game on the last end. The final session showed a great improvement with three wins and also picking up the bonus points in both disciplines, triples and fours for a final score of 24-16 and 204-153 in shots to Hampshire, disappointing but an improvement on the previous match.

They now play a preliminary round KO match against Wiltshire in the consolation competition.

In the singles The Martlets’ Chris Blackman won 16-7 and lost 16-9 while club-mate Jim Noton lost 22-8 and 20-4. In the pairs Lavant’s Peter Whale lost 23-7 and 12-11 while The Martlets’ Malcolm Rollings lost 21-2 and won 13-12.

In the triples Bognor’s Brian Mills lost 12-10 and won 12-6 and Lavant’s John Simms lost 14-13 and won 9-8 In the fours Lavant’s Rob Peirce lost 10-9 and 12-6, with club-mate Peter Winter winning 11-4 and 13-5.

The A team, needing 12 points to retain second place in the table, started disastrously, losing all four games in the first session. The second brought a great improvement with three wins to leave them trailing 10-6.

They picked up five points in the third session and four in the final session with bonus points in the pairs and triples for a final loss of 21-19 and 180-177 - but had enough points to stay second.

They now play a preliminary KO match against Norfolk in the main competition.

In the singles Bognor’s Freddie Kaucher lost 23-5 and 16-12. In the pairs Bognor’s Betty Williams and Marlene Steel lost 17-10 and won 18-7.

In the triples Crablands’ Joyce Abel and Martin Hunt won 12-7 and lost 15-5 while Lavant’s Ray Harding with Chanctonbury’s Eric Stewart won 10-7 and 16-1. In the fours Lavant’s Jackie Lee lost 13-4 and 14-11.

Donnington v Hunston

Donnington entertained Hunston and clocked up their first win of the second half of the season.

On mat one, Donnington got away to a flying start - but Hunston hit back from 24-6 down to pull level at 24-24 after the 19th end. Donnington managed to win the last two ends and finish 27-24 winners.

On mat two the scores were reversed with Hunston in the lead until the ninth end when Donnington pulled ahead to win 26-13.

Scores (Donnington names first): W Dean, D Turner T Haigh, M Maggs beat P Franklin, D Greenfield, S Clay, A Hack 27-24; I Taylor, T Taws, B Taylor, and J Roberts beat T Hack, F Franklin, A Harle, R Steven 27-13.


Midhurst visited Liphook for a friendly, losing on one mat but winning on the other.

The winning mat triumphed by seven shots but that was not enough to cover the loss on the other - the final score being 51-30 to Liphook.

Scores: A Carn, D Berry J Etheridge-Barns, T Berry won 22-15; S Weeks, I Frost, R Carn, R Weeks lost 36-8.