TUESDAY evenings have now become the highlight of each week for bowlers in the Mid Sussex area as the ten-week bowling league gets under way.
After clinging on precariously to their Division 1 membership in the Mid Sussex League at the end of last season, Newick were home to Lindfield.
Although winning on two of the rinks they went down so heavily on the third that Lindfield picked up the four bonus points for winning on shots scored and thus won on league points 6-4.
Meanwhile, in the John Spriggs league, having been demoted last year to Division 3, Newick made a great start picking up all 10 points at Crawley.
For much of the evening they were behind with only Robert May’s rink holding out.
Allen Lucas’s four gradually clawed back into contention in the second half.
Ken Cunningham’s rink had a sudden turn-around on the 15th end when they all suddenly found the line together and Brian Knott’s four lost it to allow Ken’s squad to pick up a six and go one shot ahead, a lead they then increased over the last two ends.
In the Tom Francis Knockout Competition, a double-fours event, Newick and Lindfield were once again drawn together.
At Newick, the Lindfield four, skipped by Derek Heather, got the better of Janet Birch and her Newick squad by two shots.
However, at Lindfield Peter Carter’s four managed to win by five shots so Newick goes on to the next round in a fortnight’s time.
Sunday was Ladies Day at Newick. Janet Birch, Vera Jones and Eileen Towner beat Joan Howson, Rosemary Read and Shirley Mansfield in a closely-fought final.
Peter Carter and Bob Younger organised the tournament.
As usual this was followed by the men waiting on table whilst the ladies enjoyed a meal prepared by Norman Birch and his team.
After Newick’s centenary match against them at Windsor Castle last year the Royal Household Bowling Club came to Newick for a return match on Saturday.
This time Royal Household struggled to cope with the high winds and managed to win on only one rink.
Ladies county competitions are all played together on set days at Eastbourne.
Over the last few weeks Margaret Smith and Janet Birch had a good run in the pairs, reaching the semi-finals of Zone A before being knocked out.
On Monday Janet won her first round of the singles.
The men are still running in a couple of events. Robert May is due to meet Tom Palmer of Lindfield in the fourth round of the unbadged singles.
In the pairs Colin Heasman and Chris Robey, both comparatively new bowlers, are up against Ian Watson and his partner from Lindfield in the fifth round.
RESULTS: CRAWLEY 39 NEWICK 50: Ken Cunningham 18, Brian Knott 15; Robert May 17, Eric Sergeant 10; Allen Lucas 15, Dennis Cobb 14.
NEWICK 128 ROYAL HOUSEHOLD 92: John Baker 17, Ray Taylor 12; Maurice Awcock 18, Con Fairbrother 16, Colin Heasman 19, Graham Crisp 18; Des Ford 21, Brian Parish 15; Allen Lucas 22, Robin Trevett24; Ken Cunningham 31, Les Pond 7.