Three wins on the trot for Wealden men

14314-06_MY_victory_bowls'Bowls Triples, Victory Bowls Club.'Peter McWilliam (L) and John Daniels.'Pic Mick Young'24/02/2014'
14314-06_MY_victory_bowls'Bowls Triples, Victory Bowls Club.'Peter McWilliam (L) and John Daniels.'Pic Mick Young'24/02/2014'
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Wealden Men made it three wins on the trot when they had a nail biting last gasp home victory against local rivals Grattons in the Sussex League.

From the opening ends a close result always looked the most likely outcome and at the interval only two shots separated the two sides. Over the next few ends the visitors began to pull away and soon opened a potentially match winning nineteen shot lead. From this unpromising position Wealden fought back with even the losing rinks substantially adding to their score. This great team effort brought them back to level terms with only one rink left to play the last end of the game. Although they had already decisively won their game the team skipped by Peter Carter found themselves one shot down with only the skips last bowl to play. Under intense pressure Carter played the perfect draw to just rest out the shot bowl and give Wealden the five bonus points and a 119 to 118 shot victory. Other winning Wealden point scorers were the teams led by Mel Woodhams who were comfortably ahead throughout and a shared point for Malcolm Gomans Four who picked up two shots on the last end to share the honours but even the losing rinks played their part by holding their opponents to just a few shots in their individual games. With just a few remaining games left to play there is still a chance for Wealden to avoid the drop into Division 2.

All match results:-

Wealden 118 Langney 116

Peter Flint 12 A. Craig 39, Steve Perris 14 J.Savin 21, Peter Menniss 20 A. Rowden 9, Vera Stevens 15 P. Brett 25, Valerie Menniss 23 A. Maynard 15,Adrian Wainwright 34 B. Thomas 7.

Wealden 131 Gullivers 100

Maureen Spyers 14 P. Gardener 25, Steve Perris 31 I. Crowther 11, Dela Harmer 18 J. Bissett 17, Wendy Botfield 24 N. Curren 16, Derek Heather 23 P. Tolley 15, Alan Bradley 21 A. Nellis 16.

Wealden 126 Worthing Pavilion 110

Peter Flint 18 B. Bodicot 23, Norman Dobson 29 R. Avecombe 14, Alex Parsons 21 R. Forester 14, Robert May 19 R. Ballman 18, Bill Bankier 26 A. Batchelor 19, Tony Pipe 13 C. Scott 22.

Wealden 119 Grattons 118

Mel Woodhams 29 A. Plater 14, Peter Menniss 16 A. Grainger 20, Robert May 17 M. Law 26, Malcolm Goman 20 K. Faber 20, Alex Parsons 14 R. Steele 24,

Peter Carter 23 E. Cousins 14.

Wealden 108 Langney 98

Valerie Menniss 14 J. Lesson 20, Janet Birch 23 S. Holmans 13, Margaret Smith 17 R. Vine 24, Jan Noyes 13 J. Savin 15, Elizabeth Gooding 25 C. Vogels 14, Joan Howson 16 K. Selby 12

Wealden 56 Groombridge 69

Trevor Douglas 9 B. Garland 12, John Naylor 10 C. Myers 13, Derek Howe 7 B. Agutter 13, Ken Snowling 15 G. Parsons 11, Kathy Howe 8 M. Greensted 9,

Kelvin Williams 7 J. Smith 11.