Wins come once, twice, three times for the ladies

Nyetimber SMBC members with their prizes at The Bear in Pagham Picture by Kate Shemilt C141592-1
Nyetimber SMBC members with their prizes at The Bear in Pagham Picture by Kate Shemilt C141592-1

There’s county action plus reports from Arun, Nyetimber, Southbourne, Lavant, Fittleworth and Crablands in our latest local bowls round-up.


Arun Ladies 133 Camberley 94

Camberley arrived at Arun for a friendly and a great afternoon of bowling was enjoyed by both sides. After 21 ends, Arun emerged the winners.

Scores: J Foster, M Bacon, E Hall and F Ireland lost 22-21; J Simmons, V Greenaway, B Collins and S Hart won 26-22; E Fitch, B Bonnar, S Stocker and J Whetstone won 20-8; I Brooker, E Cooke, W Bury and M Richards won 22-8; P Rampton. M Brand, M Phillips and D Latter won 21-18; O Fidgeon, I Morris, A Latta and C Horsley won 23-16.

Arun Ladies 118 Wealden 110

A close game took place when Wealden Ladies visited Arun.

Scores: F Downing, M Potter, P Terry and J Whetstone lost 23-14; D Anderson, E Cooke, S Judd and J Taffurelli won 28-9; J Simmons, R Wiedenheoft, G Conley and C Horsley lost 19-18; E Taylor, V Raynor, K Young and B Jones lost 18-15; A Rose, M Brand, J Lindley and B Spicer lost 22-16; O Fidgeon, R Norford, S Simmonds and M Richards won 27-19.

Horsham ladies travelled to Arun in the Sussex League. Arun won on four out of five rinks and won overall, and collected ten out of 11 available points.

Scores: I Brooker, C Mayoss, S Stocker and G Conley won 22-18; C Hobbs, M Bacon, S Miles and B Spicer won 26-7; E Fitch, M Phillips, S Hart and M Richards lost 16-4; J Foster, J Lindley, C Horsley and A Janman won 21-15; J Simmons, V Greenaway, J Taffurelli and D Latter won 15-9.


West Sussex A have played friendlies over the last two weekends.

They visited London and made a steady start, sharing the points in both the morning sessions to be level at 8-8 at lunch.

In the afternoon they stepped up their game, winning three and drawing one game in the third session and winning three in the final session. With bonus points in singles, pairs and triples they ended up with a very satisfying 27-13 win.

In the singles, Crablands’ Mollie Back lost 12-10 and won 18-10. In the triples, Infinity’s Denise Kirby won 7-6 and 11-8 and in the fours, Crablands’ Elaine Sadler lost 13-10 and won 8-7.

After that they entertained Kent, very strong opponents, and started slowly, winning just one game in the first session and two in the second to be 10-6 down at lunch.

In the afternoon they picked up, winning three games in the third session and two in the final session, which left the teams at 16-16 on game points.

However West Sussex picked up the bonus points in the pairs and the fours and shared the bonus points in the triples which gave them a well-earned 21-19 victory.

In the singles, Crablands’ Mollie Back lost 15-6 and 17-9. In the pairs, Bognor’s Betty Williams and Marlene Steel won 18-9 and 12-11.

In the triples, Lavant’s Jackie Lee with Crablands’ Elaine Sadler and The Martlets’ Ivan Salmon lost 11-9 and won 9-5, while in the other triple, Infinity’s Denise Kirby lost 10-9 and 13-12.

In the fours, Crablands’ Rod Shambrook won 9-5 and lost 8-5 and Bognor’s Pam and Clive Andrews won 8-7 and 10-1.


Nyetimber held their annual presentation lunch at the Bear Inn, Pagham, and all summer league winners were presented with their trophies.

This year there was a new trophy, the Arthur Guppy Cup, which was won by Freddie Kaucher.

Winners: Club champion Freddie Kaucher, runner-up Stella Singleton; Ladies’ singles winner Carol Sands, runner-up Una Purcell; Men’s singles winner Freddie Kaucher, runner-up Elwyn Morgan; Ladies’ invitation pairs winners Carol Sands and Freddie Kaucher; runners-up Shirley Syrett and Jim Chaplain; triples winners Irene Hathaway, Afke Booker and Michael Biggs; runers-up Alan Crew, Una Purcell and Jimmy Smith; Summer League winners Barbara Crew, Michael Biggs, Nigel Plummer, Stella Singleton, Dave Harding; Spooner winner Richard Stevens; Ladies v Gents winner George Booker; Captain v Chairman winner Peter Watters; Most improved player Afke Booker; Club championship winners Stella Singleton and Freddie Kaucher.

Nyetimber Green visited Bognor Silvers and took four points – winning on one mat but losing on mat two and winning overall 47-34.

The friendly was won by Bognor Silvers 35-12 but this was a first win away at Bognor for Nyetimber.

Scores: Brian Boiling, Jean Morgan, Jim Chaplain, Freddie Kaucher (skip) won 30-13; Peta Watters, Elwyn Morgan, Andy Watson, Peter Watters (skip) lost 21-17.


Southbourne held a two-wood triples competition. Eighteen bowlers were randomly selected into six triples. Each triple played three games of six ends and the top four bowled in semi-finals followed by the final.

In a close-fought final, Eileen Keane, Rod Bull and Dave Alner beat Alan Shelley, Margaret Odell and Rob Armstrong 6-3.


Lavant B visited Comptons in the third round of the County League. Mat one saw Comptons win seven of eight ends to go nine shots up. Lavant responded by winning most of the remaining ends but ended two shots down.

On mat two, Lavant were chasing all the way but could not catch up, Comptons scoring five shot ends twice to win by nine shots.

Comptons won 43-32.

Scores: T Boxall (skip), B Wallsgrove, P Sharrod, J Conway lost 21-19; J Sharrod (skip), T Bleach, M Winter, J Lee lost 22-13.

Lavant Red went to face the Mannings Heath White Squirrels.

With Red struggling on both mats to find consistency, Squirrels were soon well ahead. Red did improve, but by then the match was already lost.

Scores: P Whale (skip), P Beardmore, R Harding, J Lee lost 29-9; P Winter (skip), D May, R Peirce, J Simms lost 22-15.


Lavant 37 Fittleworth 30

Fittleworth took two of the six points on offer from their trip to Lavant.

Scores: Arthur Ellcome, Alvar Etherington, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett won 18-16; Monica Enticknap, Gina Barnfield, Sue Judd, Charlie Martin lost 21-12.

Fittleworth 36 Crablands 36

The teams took three points apiece from this league game.

Scores: Arthur Ellcome, Gina Barnfield, David Luxford, Bernard Adsett beat Jan Obermayer, Peter Latchford, Martin Hunt, Mollie Back 19-18; Pauline Gilpin, Monica Enticknap, Sue Judd, Charlie Martin lost 18-17 to Joyce Abel, Joan Taylor, Reg Hatch, Les Jewiss; (friendly): Muriel Cook, Jane Adsett, Tony Broughton, Alvar Etherington beat Brenda Howes, Marion Hatch, Rod Shambrook, Wally Obermayer 21-15.


Crablands Bitterns visited Nyetimber Gold and won on both mats, gaining all six points.

Scores: Elaine Sadler, Nigel Reynolds, Meg Pocock and Peter Blackman won 23-15; Jean Tolhurst, Ted Murrell, Lil Tuck and Roy Tolhurst won 20-19; (friendly): Les Howland, Eddie Willcocks, Dave Harding and Trevor Wilson won 19-15.