Successful 60th annual tour for West Sussex

WEST SUSSEX Bowls Touring Club have recently returned from their 60th annual tour, which this year took place in Devon.

West Sussex Bowls Touring Club
West Sussex Bowls Touring Club

The club stayed at The Manor Hotel in Exmouth, which is a favourite venue of the club having stayed there in 2000, 2005 and 2010.

President Chris Rolph, travelling on his 32nd tour, and captain Ned Waddock enjoyed the company of 39 other members on what was another successful tour both on and off the green.

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Rain, although heavy at times, did not materialise during the matches and most were played in warm sunshine.

The club won six of the seven games they played and only lost by two shots to the strong Topsham Bowling Club.

The player of the tour award went to club treasurer Jon Clear, with an average daily score of plus-12.00. He narrowly beat Paul Chivers and Kevin Mitchell, who were second and third respectively.

Six of this year’s party have now travelled on 20 or more tours and a further 12 members have travelled on ten or more.

In 2016, the club will travel to a new venue and county, when they venture to Scarborough in Yorkshire.

The top rink of the week was on the first day at Ottery St Mary, when Chivers, Bill Bryder, Michael Booth and Gareth Beven won 36-10.

Tour results - Ottery St Mary 109, West Sussex 155. Top rink: Chivers, Bryder, Booth and Beven; 36-10.

Topsham 134, West Sussex 132. Top rink: Joe Peters, David Levey, Ron Wootten and Jon Clear; 28-7.

Honiton 102, West Sussex 160. Top rink: Alan Messer, Kevin Mitchell, Amrik Pannu and Ron Bell; 31-9.

Madeira (Exmouth) 140, West Sussex 168. Top rink: Chivers, Peter Chiffins, Steve Hawkes and Roger Ayling; 36-12.

Culm Vale 128, West Sussex 139. Top rink: Steve Hawkes, Graham Allen, Messer and Beven; 25-14.

Lyme Regis BC 100, West Sussex 162. Top rink: Ray Roberts, Geoff Kendall, Messer and Barry Horsley; 30-10.

Budleigh Salterton 86, West Sussex 120. Top rink: Alan Stewart, Kevin Mitchell, John Edwards and Jon Clear; 26-9.

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