Alner beats all-comers to county bowls title

West Sussex's short-mat bowlers held their singles championship, which saw 38 bowlers compete for the prestigious title. After the round-robin stages local players were well represented in the last 16 '“ Midhurst's Terry Berry and Colin Morgan, Infinity's Richard Jeffery, Jack Rollings and John Simms, Southbourne's John Hardy, Robin Armstrong, Andy Smith and Dave Alner; Bognor's Brian Mills, Lavant's Peter Whale and The Martlets' Chris Blackman and Marc Lancaster.

Richard Jeffery, runner-up, with winner Dave Alner
Richard Jeffery, runner-up, with winner Dave Alner

In the quarter-finals Jeffery beat Alan Berriman (Forest) 13-8, Rollings beat Daniel Butler (Comptons) 11-6, Mills beat Blackman 9-8 and Alner beat Whale 10-4

The first semi-final matched two of the county’s best young bowlers, both still in their teens, and proved to be a close, hard fought battle with Jeffery just edging out a 7-5 victory.

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The other semi-final was equally close with Alner just getting home 8-6 against Mills.

The final promised to be a very good game and did not disappoint. Neither player could maintain an advantage and they entered the last end level at 6-6.

When Alner came to bowl the last bowl of the tournament he was two shots down but played an excellent shot to move the jack back to his bowls for a count of two and to become the 2016-17 county singles champion – a new name on the trophy.


In the Sussex league, Arun ladies gained another ten points from the 11 available in a home game against Grattons IBC from Crawley.

Scores: V Greenaway, P Rampton, G Conley & W Adams won 18-12; C Hobbs, J Taffurelli, M Phillips & D Latter won 28-5; D Mitchell, B Collins, B Spicer & A Janman won 30-2; L Curtis, E Fitch, S Jones & S Miles lost 11-22; P Corkett, M Potter, J Whitfield & M Richards won 16-15.

Arun ladies travelled to Adur IBC for their latest game in the Sussex League and gained 8.5 points, keeping them top of division one.

Scores: V Greenaway, S Stocker, G Conley & W Adams 23-10; J Boucher, M Bacon, J Whitfield & M Richards 6-21; L Curtis, E Fitch, S Jones & S Miles 21-22; D Mitchell, B Collins, B Spicer & A Janman 17-17; C Hobbs, J Taffurelli, M Phillips & D Latter 26-12.


Fittleworth bowlers have continued their good form and have now won their league to secure promotion.

Wisborough Green 40 Fittleworth 41

Scores (friendly): Richard Burden, Alvar Etherington, Sonia Burden and Bernard Adsett (skip) won 22-17; Muriel Cook, Tessa Clegg, Charlie Martin and Dave Herbert (skip) lost 23-19.

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