Bowls News: Uckfield end John Spriggs League season as champions

Hellingly Bowls Club Open Triples competition winners Duncan Richards, Ann Marden and Ron Hemmings of St Johns Mead, and runners-up Terry Frizzell, Mary Page and Valerie Frizzell from Horam BC along with Hellingly BC chairman Kevin Hylands
Hellingly Bowls Club Open Triples competition winners Duncan Richards, Ann Marden and Ron Hemmings of St Johns Mead, and runners-up Terry Frizzell, Mary Page and Valerie Frizzell from Horam BC along with Hellingly BC chairman Kevin Hylands
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UCKFIELD Bowls Club ended the John Spriggs League season as league champions by the narrowest of margins. Their last match against West Hoathly was a 10-0 defeat, but their earlier performances ensured they beat Southwater to the league title on shots difference.

Uckfield’s Mid Sussex League campaign came to a close in mid-table safety in the top division, following a season of rather mixed results, but the club is pleased to be continuing its five-season stay in the top flight.

RESULTS. Mid Sussex League: Uckfield 50 Burgess Hill 36 (8-2): A Wainwright won 17-12; D Brooks lost 13-20; M Woodhams won 20-14. John Spriggs League: West Hoathly 63 Uckfield 38 (10-0): D Bissett lost 17-19; D Hartley lost 10-23; T Butler lost 11-21. Horam League results: Uckfield 79 Hertmonceux 54 (7-1): P Soper won 20-15; B Stanley won 15-10; D Brooks lost 16-20; A Wainwright won 28-9. Uckfield 89 Deanland 69 (7-1): P Soper 21 A Thurgood 12; A Corben 30 B Wilson 13; D Brooks 15 C Vogels 23; T Butler 23 V Cheesman 21. Ringmer 60 Uckfield 76 (1-7): S Barton 14 A Corben 17; R Berry 25 S Perris 9; P Escott 12 P Soper 20; E Watson 9 A Wainwright 30. Friendlies: West Hoathly 95 Uckfield 108: J Stevens 15 P Daly 11; M Hernandez 14 L Soper 27; N Goodman 24 D Bissett 13; B Goatman 11 D Brooks 20; N Harbour 15 P Soper 22; M Nesbitt 16 M Sanders 15. Burgess Hill 69 Uckfield 76: C Bailey 19 R Gorringe 21; J Ferris 15 D Bissett 23; D Cole 19 B Hooker 16; L Finnimore 16 M Sanders 16. Uckfield 86 St Francis 69: L Soper 23 D Hook 7; D Bissett 17 C Parks 12; P Soper 15 T Jarvis 11; P Daly 16 G Bannister 16. Uckfield 57 Buxted Park 68: R Gorringe 18 R Hemsley 12; T Butler 13 M Wheeler 18; D Hartley 14 K Long 20; P Pidgeon 12 R Stockley 18. Uckfield 69 Wealden 55: D Brooks 18 A Jefferies 15; M Woodhams 10 W Hearnden 19; P Rutherford 21 H Greenall 9; D Hartley 20 L Ashby 12.

THERE were fluctuating results for Lewes Bowls Club in recent league matches.

On Tuesday in a Men’s Brighton League match, Lewes visited Mackie and lost on all three rinks and as a result lost their third place in the league to their opponents.

The following day in a Mixed Meridian League match, Lewes again visited Mackie but this time won on four of the five rinks. Next day in another Meridian League match, table-topping Crouch came to Lewes and the home side won on three of the five rinks with a narrow overall shot difference thanks partly due to five shots scored on the last end by David Holmes’ rink.

A subsequent victory at Newhaven sees Lewes in third place in the Meridian League in their first season.

Attention now turns to the finals of club competitions on Bank Holiday weekend with some members in four or more finals.

TWENTY teams competed against each other in two groups of ten in the Open Triples Competition at Hellingly Bowls Club.

The winners of each group contested the final. Both groups were very tightly fought with St Johns Mead (Eastbourne) and Horam meeting in the final.

This very popular event saw other local teams competing such as Deanland, Hailsham and Herstmonceux. All club members worked tremendously hard to make the event another success.

The picture shows runners-up Terry Frizzell, Mary Page and Valerie Frizzell from Horam BC, along with Hellingly club chairman Kevin Hylands and the winners from St Johns.