Sun shines on historic tournament

The 2014 Bexhill Open Bowls Tournament has been taking place at The Polegrove greens throughout this week (SUS-140408-144324002)

The 2014 Bexhill Open Bowls Tournament has been taking place at The Polegrove greens throughout this week (SUS-140408-144324002)

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The 2014 Bexhill Men’s Open Bowls Tournament has been taking place at The Polegrove greens throughout this week.

The 77th staging of the popular annual event got underway in bright sunshine on Monday morning and the good weather continued into Tuesday.

Yesterday (Wednesday) morning dawned wet, but the skies soon cleared to leave another nice day and today has been similarly pleasant.

The action is scheduled to continue tomorrow, although rain is forecast, before concluding on Saturday with the semi-finals in the morning and finals during the afternoon.

Entry numbers are very similar to last year with 121 players in the singles, 80 pairs and 50 triples.

As well as the strong local contingent, there are several players from Kent and Essex, a lot of clubs in Surrey are represented - including Cranleigh, which has supported the tournament for many years - and there are even players from Weymouth and Wales.

They will all be hoping to emulate the success of last year’s singles winner Rob Morphett, pairs champions Carl Dyer and Michael Stone, and triples victors James Henty, Brian Henty and John Pannett.