The Directors and members of the Wealden Bowls Centre are most grateful to Peter Gacsall for preparing the following reports.

When writing the reports, Peter will often refer to specific people as if they are playing individually. However, unless the match is a singles game, the person referred to is the rink "Skip" and any score is clearly a team result and not due to one person. Ed.

6th January

The last match before Christmas was closely fought in the County League at Preston, which Wealden won 118-100: Tony Plater started so well, leading 13-3 after eight ends, then Preston’s Ken Ross scored steadily to get even, 16-16 after which Plater never scored again, 16-25; Peter Carter also led until the eighteenth end, 11-11, going on to lose 12-14; Peter Menniss was behind 3-5 after six ends after which he rather took charge, 25-13; Andy Clews was behind 5-17 so had something of a revival going down 10-19;
Richard Monk’s rink was dominant throughout, 35-11; in Andrew Taylor’s game against Tony Fenton the lead kept changing but a good last third helped produce a good win for Taylor, 20-18.

The first match of the new year was against the Insurance Bowling Association in which the lead changed frequently on most rinks, Wealden winning 96-83; Tony Plater started trailing, 2-9 then 5-10 then steadily took the lead, 17-15 and 19-15 but lost the last three ends, 19-20; Terry Pickering was down 3-9 and 7-11 but came back to win well 18-15; Peter Gacsall was behind the stalwart former Wealden player Malcolm Goman until 11-16 at end eighteen but a five helped produce a good win, 19-17; Vivien Crowther was strolling it at 10-2 then 16-5 but two fours revived the opposition to end 17-21; Mike Simmonds led 10-3, was caught up to 13-10 then went ahead purposefully to win 23-12.

10th December

A highly enjoyable, if a little one-sided, match was played against West Hoathley, 140-99: Peter Flint shared the number of ends won but claimed the victory, 19-12; Peter Gacsall led 12-5 but allowed Dave Dawson back to 12-11 when a three and five gave him control, 26-16; after a good start, 7-0, Steve Perris only just held on, 18-16; Vivien Crowther once again led a winning team, 26-22; Dorothy Glasby’s rink had strength in depth, 32-12; Dave Driver, having led 11-5 thanks to a seven, scored infrequently thereafter, 19-21.

The ladies chalked up another good win in the county league against Falaise, 91-61½: Sue Walter scored almost entirely in twos, 20-12; Joan Howson started behind, 0-6, led 12-7, but then only scraped in, 15-12; Jan Noyes was as solid as ever, 21-13; only three opponents turned up to play Valerie Menniss’s rink so they lost 25%, 19-10½; in a low scoring match a five gave Elizabeth Gooding the edge, 16-13.

A match against the SCB Executive is always a fun event.  Although most rinks were close Wealden managed the win, 143-98: David Horsburgh’s rink bowled really steadily, 38-16; Peter Carter was ahead
21-5, but then did not score for eight ends, 22-13; David Driver trailed 0-7, caught up 7-7, led 18-12 but only just held on 20-18; John Osmond led 12-1 then shared the points, 22-13; Alex Parsons was down 0-8 got back on terms, 10-13 then two fives gave him the game, 24-20; Tony Plater led 17-11 but lost the last five ends, 17-18.

There was a relatively close match against Royal Tunbridge Wells with Wealden prevailing 104-86: Tony Szylka led throughout, 21-13; Valerie Menniss was behind 1-6, led 8-6, behind  14-12 and, despite a dropped five, won,22-20; a late four and three ruined Andy Corben’s chances, 17-25; Peter Menniss always had the advantage, 29-12; from 14-12 Peter Flint lost seven of the last eight ends, 15-16.

Crowborogh Wolfe went down to Waelden 212-60.

7th December

Wealden’s ladies had a good win against a strong Egerton Park team, 113-81: Jan Noyes was always just behind, 13-20; from 7-7 Elizabeth Gooding won the second half, 24-10; Valerie Menniss trailed 3-10 but a good middle period put her in charge, 19-15; Joan Howson was down 13-19 until fifteen in three ends sealed the victory, 28-19; from 11-4 Margaret Smith conceded a six for 11-10 but then took control, 29-17.

Against Sutton and District it was three rinks each but 103-129 in points: Ken Long only won eight ends, one of which was a five, 13-24; Malcolm Brown conceded three fives, 12-33; Peter Menniss was behind 4-11 but scored steadily thereafter to win, 17-15; John Baker was down 8-10 but a three and two fours kept him ahead, 25-16; Andrew Taylor was in front 11-3 but scored only sporadically from then on, 17-23; Peter Flint was struggling at 1-8 but clawed his way back to win, 19-18.

In the match against Eastbourne Wealden led quite handsomely, but then dropped shots across the board in the last three ends and managed not to lose, 119-116: Peter Gacsall, thanks largely to consistent bowling from the lead and number two, achieved top rink by count back – losing eight ends, 24-13; Peter Menniss lost nine ends but had the same score, 24-13; Alex Parsons also conceded just eight ends, 23-14; Vivien Crowther led 13-0 but then only just hung on, 19-17; David Horsburgh from 4-12 dropped two fives, 15-30; Vera Stevens could not win enough ends, 14-29.

Wealden proved to be too strong for West Hoathley, 140,99: Peter Flint was held to 9-9 but finished strongly, 19-12; Peter Gacsall led 12-5, lost four ends for 12-11 but the clinical removal of the second wood gained him five to gain the upper hand, 26-16; from 13-6 Steve Perris dropped a four but hung on to win, 18-16; Vivien Crowther went from 23-8 just to make the finishing line, 26-22; Dorothy Glasby’s rink was just too much for the opposition, 32-12; despite scoring a seven David Driver could only win seven more ends, 19-21.

26th November

Wealden ladies were just pipped at Horsham, 105-109: Elizabeth Gooding stayed ahead until 10-10 but just lost out in the second half, 15-17; Sue Walter was strong, 29-15; a dropped six at the end left
Valerie Menniss 19-19; Wendy Botfield did not have a good day, 9-29; ten in five ends gave Joan Howson victory, 17-11; from 12-11 Jan Noyes dropped eight in four ends to go down 16-18.

The Piscatorials came with a gift kippers, but went down 151-89: Carole Small led 15-6 but dropped eight in the last five ends, 15-14; Steve Perris scored freely, 31-14; Andrew Taylor was ahead 16-10 and hung on, 18-15; Vivien Crowther, getting back to form, scored five on the last two ends, 22-18; Terry Pickering performed well, 32-17; Peter Menniss had a good run, 31-11.

In the London and Southern Counties League against Eastbourne there was success both home and away: Andy Clews scored two fours, a five and a six, 38-17; Peter Carter just fell short, 16-18; both away teams won, Alex Parsons, 24-23 and after a solid performance Tony Szylka ended 22-13.

Wealden gave a strong showing against Adastra, finishing 132-79: Dave Horsburgh only lost seven ends, 21-8; a six helped Terry Pickering to a win, 22-15; Eight on the first end helped Peter Flint mightily, 25-11; Steve Perris was down 9-14 only to win quite remarkably 28-14; Joan Howson had to contend with trailing 1-17 but recovered in the second half, 11-23; Vivien Crowther was back to her best, 25-8.

Hellingly started well and it was 60-59 at tea, but ended down 134-64: Andy Corben lost just four ends,
36-6; Malcolm Brown was down 4-8 but came back well, 17-12; Ivan Atkinson went from 6-11 at tea to win handsomely, 23-14; Cyril Woolgar went down, 10-17; Mike Simmons led all the way, 23-9; as did
Terry Pickering, 25-6.

21st November

The Wealden ladies put in a remarkably strong performance against Preston, 142-92: Jan Noyes was in supreme form, 44-8; Margaret Winton led all the way, 23-14; Elizabeth Gooding’s was a tightly fought match, 15-15; Margaret Smith made it to 6-6 but dropped multiple scores thereafter, 11-26; Janet Birch led 23-3 but ended 27-16; Vera Stevens lost the last six ends 1-8 but stayed ahead, 22-13.

At Eastbourne won three of the six rinks to finish 108-128: May Urben scored steadily, 23-14; Terry Pickering could only win seven ends, 14-29; Cyril Woolgar was rather overwhelmed, 7-32;
David Horsburgh manage to overcome ex-Wealden man Malcolm Goman, 25-19; Adrian Wainwright played to expectation, 28-9; Peter Flint had a slow start achieving only 1-13 but to end 11-25.

Balcombe, solely an outdoor club, struggled on the indoor green, 99-36: Andrew Taylor was as powerful as ever, 31-5; as was Ken Long, 31-6; Dave Keetley had a close match against the experienced Dave Dawson, 13-15; Maurice Brazier, not a regular skip, had a good win, 24-10.

Egerton Park, always strong, were given some close games, 98-117: David Horsburgh kept up his average, 23-16; despite dropping a five John Osmond edged a close game, 16-15; Tony Plater also had a close game but came out the wrong side, 13-18; Carole Small came back well from 4-17 to win 18-23;
Ivan Atkinson was leading 10-6 but two fives did for him, 14-25; Vivien Crowther has not yet repeated the achievements of last year, 14-20.

11th November

Wealden had a convincing win against Eastbourne winning on all 4 rinks in the Denny Plate.   Andrew Taylor played against the experienced Steve Bain in a really engrossing and close-fought game and won 24-16; Peter Carter's home rink won 21-17 having been behind for most of their game; Alex Parson's away rink won 26-10, and Adrian Wainwright’s 21-20.

In the county league there was a rather one-sided game at home to Horsham, 160-80: one rink drew
21-21, everyone else won.  Peter Carter’s rink had a fine game 40-5; Andrew Taylor's rink won 31-11;
Alex Parsons sneaked a last-gasp one-shot win; Andy Clews and Richard Monk enjoyed more comfortable victories.

The ladies achieved a good win against Denton Island, 95-80: Valerie Menniss went from 4-1 to 4-11 and did not quite get back, 16-21; Jan Noyes was convincing, 29-14; Margaret Smith led throughout, 21-17; as did Joan Howson, 19-11; Janet Birch only won six ends, 10-17.

Uckfield (outdoor)’s players were mostly Wealden players thereby depleting Wealden’s strength producing a close match, 113-119; Mike Simmons won well, 20-13; Terry Pickering came close, 18-21; Carole Small was slow to start, 1-9 and 5-15, so came back creditably, 16-25; Peter Menniss was behind, 1-9 but took over thereafter, 26-17; Vivien Crowther led 9-4 but was overtaken, 15-24; John Baker had the closest game,

Worthing edged a close game, 112-118: Wendy Botfield, down 3-22 was brilliant from there on, 23-24;
Jan Noyes did her usual good work, 29-15; Maureen Spyers only scored three times in the second half,
14-22; Joan Howson was never behind, 20-13; Sue Hanlon dropped seven in three ends to spoil her chances, 16-24; Vivien Crowther did not enjoy her usual success, 10-30.

The Drive could only bring four rinks, but won, 61-76: Vivien Crowther only led briefly, 10-21;
Peter Menniss stayed ahead, 21-16; Jeff Elmer kept his head, 17-14; Valerie Menniss had a less good day, ending 13-25.

4th November

Wealden received something of a drubbing when visiting the Angel, Tonbridge, losing 73-143 - although there were two winning rinks: Ivan Atkinson won just four singles, 4-26; May Urben won seven ends,
14-24; Peter Flint managed just four ends, 6-30; John Osmond led 11-1 and held onto his advantage,
20-11; Terry Pickering dropped two fives and four fours, 9-38; David Horsburgh started behind but then scored steadily, 20-14.

The ladies continued their good start to the season with a win against Denton Island, 95-80:
Valerie Menniss only won seven ends but they included threes and a four, 16-21; the always competitive Jan Noyes conceded two fours but came out well ahead, 29-14; Margaret Smith was stuck on nine for six ends but easily won the second half, 21-17; Joan Howson scored mostly in twos, 19-11; Janet Birch only won six ends but restricted her opponent well, 10-17.

The match against another Kent side, The Tunbridge Wells Angels, redressed the Kent imbalance, 112-48: David Horburgh had a good victory, 25-9; Peter Flint went from 0-2 to 13-2 and stayed in front, 25-13; in a close game Tony Plater scored ten in the last four ends without reply, 23-16;
Andrew Taylor, not the club champion for nothing, was dominant, 39-10.

30th October

It was not the best of weeks for Wealden.  In the Egham Trophy, mixed, four rinks two each home and away, only Alex Parsons could secure a win, 32-9; Peter Carter went down 13-30; Andrew Taylor came close, 18-20; Jan Noyes, 13-30.  Grattons won 76-89.

Against Worthing, Field Place, Wealden only won one rink, 78-106: Peter Flint dropped two sixes, 12-25; Adrian Wainwright opened up an early lead and kept it, 26-12; David Horsburgh led for a little while, 5-3 but rarely scored thereafter, 15-23; Hazel Burr also led, 5-2, but did not score for six ends, 11-19;
May Urben led 6-1 then 9-3 but only scored thrice more, 14-27.

Wealden’s ladies had a strong victory over Langney, 114-53: Jan Noyes was ahead all the way, 24-7;
Joan Howson had a closer game, 18-11; Wendy Botfield was down 1-13 so did brilliantly to win 19-18;
Val Menniss was just too dominant, 35-6; Margaret Smith sped to 10-0 and stayed in front, 18-11.

Against Arun the match was reasonably close, 76-100, until, yet again, the last five ends, to finish 97-142: David Horsburgh made steady progress throughout, 25-12; Ivan Atkinson was rather overwhelmed, 8-40; Wendy Botfield trailed 0-7, got to 8-9, then 13-13 and took the lead, 16-13 but ended 16-18; Alan Bradley led 13-3 then lost his way, 18-23; Vivien Crowther team struggled for once, 13-31;
Carole Small was up 6-1, then got stuck but a five late on almost brought her into contention, 17-18.

22 October

In their Yetton Trophy match the Wealden ladies started slowly but as the match went on gradually took the lead and held on to win 81-74.

Adur always manages to assemble a strong team and this was certainly the case when Wealden men faced them in the Denny Cup.  The two away rinks always struggled; at home, Peter Carter kept close to
Terry Honnor, who played superbly, but a dropped five handed the game to the visitors; Andrew Taylor started behind then with steady scoring got to 22-9 but dropped a 6 after which the visitors go right back.  Adur won 104-47.

Wealden men had a good start to the County League campaign against Langney, 124-101: Andy Clews’s rink led 15-1, conceded a six but lost only three more ends, 31-12; Ken Long played a close game, 10-10, 13-13, 16-16, dropped a five and never scored again, 16-26; Alex Parsons trailed 4-17 so had something of a resurgence, 16-22; the ever reliable Andrew Taylor led 12-0 and lost just seven ends, 21-8; Peter Carter led most of the way, went behind but two on the last end secured the win, 20-19; despite conceding six in the last three ends Richard Monk came out ahead, 20-14.

In a mixed game Wey Valley faced six male skips who lost 104-147: Peter Mennis won thirteen ends,
24-15; Peter Flint started slowly, went from 5-12 to 12-12 but an unfortunate five on the last end gave the visitors the game, 16-20; uncharacteristically Alex Parsons struggled throughout, 10-38; Andy Corben was down throughout, 15-24; Gary Styles could only win eight ends, 13-35; Andy Clews is playing really well this season, 26-15.

The ladies lost to Grattons, 103-125: Wendy Botfield led 17-7 but only just hung on for 19-16; Jan Noyes was behind 2-17 but came back to 15-30; Elizabeth Gooding led 17-10 but succumbed 20-21; Joan Howson trailed 2-17 but nearly won, 18-20; Val Menniss dropped eleven in the last three ends, 15-27; Margaret Winton got to 10-10 but had a poor second half, 16-21.

10th October

The Wealden season has started satisfactorily with three wins to one loss.

The first match was the traditional derby between the Wealden outdoor and indoor clubs, with the indoor club winning 122-81: Andrew Taylor always led, 23-14; Val Mennis was even stronger, 21-9; as was
Peter Mennis, 29-10; Wendy Botfield led 9-5 but a five and four did for her chances, ending13-18;
David Horsburgh was helped with a four and six, 23-16; Jennie Sandford had the closest match, 13-14.

The Angel, Tonbridge, was a much harder proposition with all rinks losing, 103-143.

Wealden’s women started with a good win against Horsham, 123-109: Maureen Spyers produced a splendid win having been 3-12 down, 20-17; Elizabeth Gooding led throughout, 22-11; as did Jan Noyes, 29-19;
Val Mennis had another good game, 21-18; Wendy Botfield led for half the match but ended on the losing side, 15-17; Vera Stevens went from 3-9 to lead 14-10 but hardly scored again, 16-27.

Egerton is always a tough match and it was close until the last four ends, Wealden winning well in the end, 135-109: Robert May did well coming back from 4-18, to lose 13-23; Tony Szylka led 12-3 but let things slip rather, 20-22; Val Mennis was in charge all the time, 33-22; Alex Parsons kept control, 25-9; Peter Mennis had a fine second half going from 13-8 to win 31-14; John Osmond came back from 15-5 to get close, 13-19.