Horsham Bowling Club had a very successful week, winning all four contests leading up to finals weekend.
Last Monday saw a big red coach park into Horsham Bowling Club, carrying bowlers from Didcot Bowling Club on the last leg of their tour around West Sussex. They had already played at Hove & Kingsway, Middleton on Sea, Arundel and Worthing Pavilion, calling in to play us before heading back home. It was very hot out on the green, recording the highest August temperature on record! A full six rinks saw play even on many ends, but aided by two strong Horsham sides, the home team was victorious by 139-84. Top rink went to Irene Gettins, Mike Pearson, Ian Evans and skip Vicki Connors by 29-12.
The following day Horsham ladies played Adastra, winning on all three rinks by a total of 69-36 with the top rink going to Helen Stepney, Fran Baillie and Barbara Hill. On the same day the men played away at Dorking winning on three out of the four rinks with an overall score of 61-51 with top rink going to Norman Porter, Stan Ball and Dave Marden.
Thursday saw a visit from Norfolk, Littlehampton, with another full six mixed rinks. Always a popular encounter, honours seemed about even at half-way tea. Then the rain came down for a brief shower, delaying resumption of play. The sun came out, so play continued, again all quite close. At the end, Horsham managed an overall win, up in four of six, at 118-106. Top rink was John Meyer, Marree Stanley, Mick Norris and skip Keith Dellard, scoring 21-10. No sooner had players got back into the clubhouse than the heavens opened for a tremendous downpour, flooding the green! That was close!
Although a few friendly games remain into September, the weekend was devoted to all finals of competitions played through the summer for members new and experienced. On Saturday, winners were Barry Baillie in Sets, Fran Baillie and Barbara Hill in the Ladies Handicap pairs, Darren Reynolds in the 4-3-2-1, Doug Whetstone in the Hales Cup. Also Irene Gettins won the Coben Cup, Ray Knight and Jan Barnes the Mixed pairs and Darren Reynolds also won the Williams cup.
Sunday saw the weather deteriorate with steady rain during the afternoon. Winning bowlers were Darren Reynolds and Barry Baillie in the Men's Handicap pairs, Jan Barnes in the Ladies Handicap singles and Dave Stearn in the Men's Handicap singles. Afternoon winners were Martin Jolliffe in the Championship singles, Neil Potter and Graham Duvergier in the Championship pairs, Anna Bishop and Vicki Connors in the Ladies Championship pairs, Fran Baillie in the Ladies Championship singles and Barry Baillie in the Centenary Cup. Congratulations to them all!
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