Bowls News

BOTH Wealden Men and Ladies travelled to Bexhill for Sussex League games this week – and both came off second best to the strong Egerton Park Club.

In their game, the Ladies got off to a poor start and trailed badly on three of the six rinks in play.

This early deficit was always going to be difficult to overturn and, as the game progressed, the hosts gradually pulled away even more to leave any prospect of Wealden capturing the bonus points for the overall match result almost impossible to achieve.

This trend continued after the interval and Wealden eventually succumbed on all rinks with only the teams led by Pat Lane and Janet Birch having any realistic chance of winning their games.

In their game Wealden Men also made a disappointing start and, although most of the rinks in play were in contention, the overall result never looked in doubt as Egerton built up a substantial lead by the half-way stage.

The only exception to the general trend was by the team skipped by Malcolm Goman who took an early lead in their game and, with some fine bowling, continued to pull away throughout to win by 23 shots to nine.

Wealden’s only other point scorers were the Four led by Chris Thomas who, after being behind early on in their game, fought back for a well-earned draw at 15 shots apiece. The remaining games all showed comfortable wins for Egerton and this 95 shots to 122 defeat still leaves Wealden with a lot to do to avoid relegation into Division 2 of the Sussex League.