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.

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.