Read all about it - Chichester take the Littlehampton Gazette title

Littlehampton Gazette sports editor Steve Bailey with the title-winning Chichester team
Littlehampton Gazette sports editor Steve Bailey with the title-winning Chichester team

Bowlers from the Chichester club have ended a successful season by being presented with the Littlehampton Gazette League trophy.

They won the league title by ten points from Worthing.

Pavilion B clinched the division-two title and are promoted into division one with runners-up Arundel, replacing Storrington and Petworth.

Champions Lancing and Worthing B went up from division three with Field Place and Middleton dropping down from two.

Worthing won the LG League PC Cup on the league’s presentation day at Worthing Pavilion. They beat Norfolk 91-66 in the final.

Littlehampton Gazette League chairman Chris Rolph said: “It’s been a good year and the league continues to go from strength to strength.

“It was traumatic with our secretary, Rod Jamieson, dying last November but I took on the secretary role again and had help from results co-ordinators – Rod McBeth, Lew Mockett and Brian Heal. Without their help, the league would have struggled.

“We’ve had another application for next season, so could possibly rise to 21 clubs and 29 teams if they are accepted.

“I think it’s the best league in Sussex now. You listen to people who talk about it around the county and everyone will agree that it’s a good, strong, competitive league.”

In the champions versus the rest clash, Chichester, Pavilion B and Lancing joined forces for a 133-104 win.


Witterings welcomed teams from Arundel, Bognor, Emsworth, Lancing, Little Spain, Maltravers, Norfolk, Pagham, Rogate and Telepost plus two home club teams for their ladies invitation tournament on a grey and windy afternoon.

Each team played three rinks of eight ends and the winning team were Lancing, with Little Spain a very close second.

On Witterings’ finals weekend, matches were very competitive.

Results: Men’s 100 Up – B Horsley beat L Bangs; Ladies’ 100 Up – C Horsley beat J Edwards; Ladies’ Pairs –

C Tuffin & V Jeffryes beat M Aylward & J Mulligan; Triples – C Tuffin, R Hanbury & J Mulligan beat B Horsley, F Bray & G Porter; Veterans – J Slogrove beat M Aylward; 2 Woods – P Lillywhite beat P Chivers; Men’s Pairs – J Hostler & M King beat L Bangs & C Buckle; Men’s Singles – P Chivers beat B Horsley; Ladies Singles –

M Aylward beat J Edwards; Juniors - J Mulligan beat J Bangs; Handicap – L Bangs beat J Edwards; Club Pairs – B Horsley & J Hardy beat F Knotts & V Jeffryes; Club Championship – P Chivers beat J Slogrove.


Middleton Bowls Club’s finals were played over two days.

The ladies’ finals were dominated by Joan Gower, the section’s captain, who took the two and four-wood titles and teamed up with Ray Payne and skip Ron Wootton to claim the triples. The ladies’ pairs were won by Doris Jenkins and Irene Smith.

The mixed pairs were a family affair, Andrew and Jane Nurse losing to Ron and Mary Wootton. The captain’s Trophy went to Bob Murray.

The men’s four-wood pairs were scooped by Rick Wheeler and Andrew Nurse, while Ron Wootton took the two-wood title.

The men’s four woods provided a real cliffhanger. Trevor Finch scored four to lead 16-11 but John Wilson played himself back into it at 19-19 on the 25th end. Wilson took the 26th but Finch took the ;ast two for a 21-20 victory.

The second day produced some rain but this didn’t deter members and friends from turning out to see some competitive bowling.

The annual captain-versus-president’s match also featured president Ann Steventon’s charity day, with proceeds going to the Chestnut Tree House hospice. The captain’s side won 110-101.

Meanwhile, the annual match for the Helmann Trophy was played at Cowplain. The mixed triples match, played on six rinks, saw Cowplain take the trophy 113-96, although the rinks were shared 3-3.


Crablands Ladies 65 Crablands Men 88

The annual battle of the sexes took place on a windy and eventually wet afternoon. When the game was cut short at 16 ends, the men were the victors.

Scores: G Humphreys, S Brooks, M Back, C Bowles beat B Jones, A Gilling, R Shambrook, A Bateman 14-10;

C Lewendon, V Dudman, J Harman, M Brown beat R Neate, L Lewendon, I Jones, J Saunders 19-16; J Taylor, M Pocock, E Clifton, S Blyth lost 17-15 to L Dray, C Pestle, B Foyle, J Harman; M Bateman, B Neate, V Tyrrell, J Lindley lost 20-14 to D Jones, R Osborn, K Bailey, M Heasman; M Whittle, B Neate, V Tyrrell, J Lindley lost 25-3 to C Garland, J Tyrrell, A Blyth, D Adams.

Final results for the C&M League saw Crablands ladies finish in second place. In the BM League, Crablands have been promoted to division one. In the Littlehampton Gazette League, Crablands stay in the same division.

Crablands 83 Telepost 58

On a sunny afternoon a good game was enjoyed with all four Crablands rinks winning. Top rink was skipped by Derek Adams.

Scores: R Neate, J Harman, D Adams won 25-13; E Sadler, C Lewendon, A Bateman won 24-16; M Bateman, L Lewendon, M Brown won 16-15; D Jonas, R Osborn, V Tyrrell won 18-14.

Crablands 93 Walton-on-Thames 75

Crablands hosted five triples from Walton for a friendly but windy afternoon of bowls.

Scores: E Sadler, V Tyrrell, J Saunders won 19-13; C Garland, J Lindley, I Jones won 17-15; P Jones, L Lewendon, A Humphreys lost 20-10; C Lewendon, R Osborn, D Adams won 20-15; G Humphreys, S Jones, J Tyrrell won 27-12.


Fishbourne 88 Forton 92

Scores: C Lankshear, R Stone, G Collins won 21-15; K Makin, W White, M Bleach lost 16-14; S Lewis, A Marsh, B Wallsgrove won 26-21; B Ashton, K Fancy, E Dewing lost 21-16; J Heffer, T White, K Burt lost 19-11.

Bedhampton 93 Fishbourne 100

Scores: D Humphreys, I Roberts, M Keane lost 22-10; B Rice, A Saunders, T Gaffney won 15-14; N Campbell,

T Bleach, G Jefkins won 19-15; K Makin, A Marsh, M Howard lost 19-14; N Saunders, K Burt, P White won 25-11; K Ridley, M Bleach, B Wallsgrove won 17-14.

Arundel 70 Fishbourne 61

Scores: G Randall, A Marsh, S Heil lost 25-1; C Martin, T Bleach, M Bleach won 19-13; S Lewis, E Dewing,

P White won 16-7; K Ridley, F Heil, K Burt lost 25-11.

Norfolk 112 Fishbourne 56

Scores: C Martin, T White, E Dewing lost 22-13; D Humphreys, W White, T Gaffney lost 21-10; K Ridley,

A Saunders, P White lost 21-19; B Ashton, C Lankshear, P Winter lost 16-11; I Roberts, W Dean, N Saunders

lost 32-3.

Denmead 91 Fishbourne 90

Scores: I Roberts, A Marsh, P White won 91-17; G Randall, F Heil, P Winter won 21-16; K Ridley, G Summers, S Heil lost 18-10; D Humphreys, T Bleach, K Burt won 16-11; K Makin, A Saunders, G Jefkins won 21-12; N Campbell, M Bleach, M Howard lost 21-8.

Fishbourne 96 Portsmouth Gas 97

Scores: I Roberts, A Saunders, M Howard won 14-13; M Keane, C Lankshear, P White won 21-15; M Beasley,

A Marsh, K Burt won 16-15; A Whitney, N Saunders, T Gaffney won 20-16; R Stone, J Heffer, G Collins lost

27-9; K Makin, K Ridley, R Beasley won 16-11.

Fishbourne 77 Hayling Island 65

Scores: D Humphreys, K Ridley, D Heil lost 20-10; S Lewis, N Saunders, K Burt won 22-13; N Campbell, A Saunders, P White won 24-7; W Dean, G Summers, M Bleach lost 25-11.


Southbourne 99 Leigh Park 68

In a home Reflex League match, Southbourne won on four triples and drew on the fifth.

Scores: E Johnson, M Baylis, R A Bull won 20-8; C Lowe, A Williams, M Odell won 28-14; K Shelley, W Coates,

F Brimecome won 15-12; D Hibberd, A Bull, P Garrard won 22-20; A Greenfield, J Jennings, J Staker drew 14-14.

Southbourne 58 Cowplain 60

Southbourne could raise only three triples so had to concede 20 shots. However, they won on two triples and only just failed to win.

Scores: E Johnson, A Shelley, M Odell won 19-9; J Staker, I Jennings, P Garrard won 24-11; K Shelley,

W Coates, F Brimecome lost 20-15.

Southbourne 70 Lockswood 49

In their final friendly of the season, Southbourne played Lockswood.

Scores: K Shelley, J Jennings, J Staker won 20-17; A Shelley, D Mosele, P Garrard won 21-11; D Young, W Coates, A Williams won 29-21.

Hayling Island 94 Southbourne 63

In an away Reflex League match Southbourne managed wins on two of the triples.

Scores: C Lowe, A Shelley, M Odell won 18-16; K Shelley, W Coates, F Heil won 18-17; E Johnson, J Staker, S Heil lost 17-9; I Jenning, D Young, F Brimecome lost 19-8; A Greenfield, J Jennings, P Garrard lost 25-10.


Telepost’s latest outings resulted in a win and a defeat. They won 86-51 at home to Wittering but lost 83-58 at Crablands.


The race for the division-one title went right to the final game and Pulborough, after a good home win against Aldingbourne, went to Arundel needing a win for the title. Arundel needed as many points as possible from the game to avoid relegation.

Pulborough continued their good late-season form and took all six points to give them the title and leave Arundel relegated with Aldingbourne.

In division two the final game between Bognor and Fishbourne was rained off but Fishbourne had already won the league and finished the season with an unbeaten record. Fishbourne and Crablands are promoted.

Results: Div 1: Pulborough 50 (5pts) Aldingbourne 21 (1pt) (Brown 36 Mulholland 7; Adsett 14 Whetstone 14); Norfolk 33 (6pts) Aldingbourne 23 (Botting 17 Mulholland 9; Collins 16 Wyatt 15); Chichester 33 (3pts) Pagham 33 (3pts) (Bayfield 17 English 18; Lewis 16 Livermore 15); Arundel 31 Pulborough 40 (6pts) (Heal 17 Brown 19; Lee 14 Adsett 21); Aldingbourne 53 (6pts) Pagham 23 (Wyatt 29 Mayoss 12; Whetstone 24 Conley 11).

Final Tables: Div 1: 1 Pulborough p10 42pts; 2 Norfolk p10 39; 3 Chichester p10 33; 4 Pagham p10 23;

5 Arundel p10 23s; 6 Aldingbourne p10 20.

Div 2: 1 Fishbourne p10 49; 2 Crablands p10 39; 3 Middleton p10 36; 4 Hotham p10 19; 5 Bognor p10 19; 6 RAFA p10 18.


Arundel ladies held a charity day to raise money in aid of breast cancer. Teams from a number of local clubs were invited to wear something pink, and they didn’t disappoint.

The day raised £260 and the deputy mayor of Arundel, Ann Harriot, presented the prizes. Petworth ladies – Bobbie Bonnar, Lesley Napper and Sue Miles, aka the Petworth Fairies – were voted best-dressed team.