AFTER their defeat at the hands of fellow strugglers Arun, there is now no realistic chance of Wealden Men avoiding relegation to Division 2 of the Sussex League.
A good start would have helped their cause but from the outset Wealden struggled to adapt to the fast surface and were well behind after the early ends had been played.
A heavy defeat looked the likely outcome but Wealden gradually fought their way back into the game to to at least give themselves a chance of the points.
Towards the end of the game the Wealden rally petered out and the early deficit proved decisive as Arun ran out comfortable winners by 97 shots to 124.
There were excellent individual performance by the team skipped by Mick Read who were more than 10 shots behind after the early exchanges but eventually romped home by 24 shots to 17.
Wealden’s other point scorers were the Four led by Peter Carter who also came back from a 10 shot deficit to clinch victory on the final end and Malcolm Goman’s team who, after a fluctuating game, won by the narrowest possible margin of one shot. Once again Wealden shared the honours in terms of the number of individual games won but lost out on those all important bonus points for the match result, a factor that has cost them dear over the season.
It was a mixed cocktail of results for Wealden Ladies in their Sussex League games the previous week.
Their match against Preston was well fought throughout and the eventual result hardly reflected how little there was between the two teams in the individual games.
The team led by Joan Howson proved to be Wealden’s only winners by the narrowest margin of one shot after a nail-biting last end and the rink led by Janet Birch shared the spoils in another game that went down to the last bowl in play.
In two other games Wealden just lost out over the closing ends by three and four to give them a disappointing one-and-a-half points tally.
It was almost a complete reversal of fortunes when they travelled to Hastings for their game against Falaise.
Once again Joan Howson’s team led the way with an excellent 12-shot victory and there were more Wealden winners for the rinks led by Margaret Smith, Jan Noyes and June Page.
With four points already in the bag the crucial points for the overall match result went to Wealden on the last bowl of the match for a 93 shot to 92 victory and a creditable nine points to two at a tricky away venue.