Wealden Men make it three wins out of three

Wealden Men made it three wins out of three in the Sussex League when they played their first away game of the season at Horsham.

From the very first ends this game always looked likely to go Wealden’s way as they roared ahead on five of the six rinks in play. This pattern continued as the game continued... so much so that the only doubt at the halfway stage was the extent of the final victory.

The maximum 11 points for the overall victory plus wins in each of the individual games just eluded them as the team skipped by Mick Read lost out over the final ends when they incurred a narrow eight-shot defeat.

The sides led by Chris Thomas, Peter Carter and Malcolm Goman all won by decisive margins, however, and there were comfortable wins also for the teams skipped by Alex Parsons and Steve Perris.

Wealden Men could not have made a more encouraging start to the season in their campaign for a quick return to Division 1 of the Sussex League.

In news from the week before, Wealden Ladies continued with their recent run of wins in National Cup Competitions when they defeated Langney in the second round of the Vivienne Trophy.

This was a hotly-contested match throughout at both home and away venues with the final result in doubt until the very last ends were played.

At home there was very little difference between the two sides over the opening ends and even at the halfway stage a mere one point separated the teams.

After such an even start it was a surprise to see one team suddenly sprint ahead but the Wealden four skipped by Vera Stevens found a rich seam of form as they piled on ten shots without reply over the last six ends to win by 23 shots to 10.

It was tougher going for the other home rink led by Wendy Botfield but two shots on the final end gave them a vital three-shot win in a game that was fiercely contested throughout.

This gave the two away sides a 16-shot cushion to play with but on the fast carpet at Langney it was never going to be an easy task to maintain this lead.

The Wealden team led by Margaret Winton took an early lead against their opponents but were pulled back as the home rink evened the score with just ends three and then went ahead for the first time in the match with one end left to play.

The final end was all Wealden as they out bowled the opposition to win the end by three shots and the game by 20 shots to 19.

The last ends in each individual game proved to be a bonanza for the Wealden Ladies as they won all four and piled on eight shots in the process to claim their 78 shots to 70 overall victory.