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When writing the reports, the author (peter Gacsall) 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.

As this will be the last report of the season, the members and dirctors of the Wealden Bowls Centre would like to thank Peter Gacsall for his tireless contributions in writing these reports.

19th April

Wealden has now played its last four friendly matches of the winter season, and is now looking forward to playing outside; some on grass and others on an artificial surface.  Of the four matches, Wealden won two and lost two.

When East Sussex Nomads came to Wealden, the home team managed a good win, 132-74.  Rink 1 was close at 16-15; the remaining rinks also went to the home team, but with larger margins, 25-8, 25-10, 26-15, 22-14 and 18-12.

Away at Preston was another matter, with Preston winning by 17 shots to achieve 123.  Rink 1 was close and a win for Wealden, 21-20.  Rinks 2,3,4 and 5 went to Preston, 12-25, 16-26, 16-20 and 15-20.  Wealden took rink 6 with a healthy margin 26-12, but insufficient to swing the balance.

When Hurstpierpoint came to Wealden, the visitors triumphed 100-113.  Wealden won two rinks, 23-11 and 18-16.  The visitors won the rest; 12-21, 15-22, 14-24 and a close run thing on rink 6 at 18-19.

For the final match of the season White Oak came to Wealden and the home team won 133-113.  The match was close throughout, with both Wealden and the visitors wining three rinks.  However, rink 5 sealed the fate of Hurstpierpoint with an impressive 35-8 to the home team.  The remaining rinks were closer contributing 28-16, 17-30, 14-22, 15-20 and 24-17.

17th April

As the season draws to a close Groombridge came and were kept at bay, 117-92: Chris Crook, new to skipping, had strong opposition 8-28; Frank Phillips was helped with a six early on, 27-15; Ivan Atkinson could only win seven ends, 11-16; Paul Kennedy, another who rarely skips, had a good win in a close game, 17-15; Vivien Crowther produced a fine win, her opponent not scoring until end 19 then starting with a five, 27-9; Maureen Spyers’s game was close to 7-6 after which her opponent went off the boil ending 27-9.

Wealden won at Eastbourne, 120-111, although the electronic scoreboard showed a loss due to an anomaly in the order that the scores are added; Peter Carter kept ahead throughout, 24-18; Adrian Wainwright went down despite winning the last three ends, 19-25; Alex Parsons led but went behind briefly at 11-12 finally winning 21-15; David Horsburgh, pitted against an old Wealdonian, Malcolm Goman, started well, 8-1 but scored only sporadically afterwards, 18-27; Richard Flower led his chaps splendidly, 21-15, winning 14 ends and Wealden top rink; Richard Monk won in a close, low scoring game, 17-11.

At Grattons, Wealden did not have a good day, 72-117.  The match was a little disrupted due to a couple of player losing their way to the club, but ended with full rinks.  Valerie Menniss managed the only win for Wealden, 17-7; Peter Carter was able to draw at 13-13 in a nicely balanced game; Richard Monks lost by 5 at 12-17; Peter Flint had a bad day at 5-34; Peter Menniss managed 17, but his opposition stormed through with 27.  David Horsburgh lost 8-19.

1st April

Buxted Park, an outdoor club winning 108:135, came with many of their players also being members of Wealden: Andrew Taylor managed a win against Alan Bradley, 24-14; as did Vivien Crowther against John Osmond; Tony Szylka got off to a terrible start against Ken Long, 1-13, then 4-16, a five helped, but he did not score often enough, 16-25; two fours at the death did for Peter Menniss against David Driver, 17-23; Mike Simmonds came up against the wily old campaigner Neil Parrington, 17-32; Frank Phillips never really got going against Mike Wheeler, 7-28.

The ladies overcame the challenge of Worthing, Field Place, 116-89: Elizabeth Gooding edged the result, 22-21; Jan Noyes had three fours and a five, 30-15;  Janet Birch was edged out, 14-15; Val Menniss included a six, 26-11; Wendy Botfield came back strongly from 4-21, 16-21.

Wey Valley won a relatively close match, 87-103: Peter Flint started well, 8-0, was caught up to 10-10, but only took one of the last six ends, 17-20; Peter Menniss restricted his opponent virtually to singles, 20-12; Vivien Crowther won a high scoring match, 28-21; Valerie Menniss had too strong an opponent, 8-22; for David Horsburgh dropping ten in two ends was not too helpful, 14-28.

Hailsham, another outdoor club, had a bad day, 159-71: Ivan Atkinson dropped twelve in four ends to lose, 17-18; Frank Phillips was splendid, 21-7; Paul Wherle even more-so, 37-10; David Driver started with a six then kept ahead, 22-12; Malcolm Brown also started with a six and got to 22 before there was any reply, 39-8; Vivien Crowther carried on the good work, 23-16.

Victories against Portmouth’s Victory club are rare so therefore special, 139-104: Gary Styles had a five and six, 30-14; Valerie Menniss led 6-3, got behind 11-18, and ten in the last three ends secured success, 25-22; Alex Parsons did not score until 0-7 then produced a good win 22-15;  Peter Flint only lost singles until the penultimate end, 27-12; Vivien Crowther dropped a disappointing twelve in three ends, 19-28; Peter Menniss had a good second half, 19-13.

23rd April

In the Sussex County Leagues Wealden claimed victory over Langney in both competitions on consecutive days.  First, the ladies won three rinks to two and 86-80: Elizabeth Gooding was drawing 6-6 then did not score for six ends and could not quite get back, 15-19; Jan Noyes included a seven while winning 24-15; being down 0-7 Valerie Menniss could only match her opponent thereafter, 13-20; a four and a five early on put Joan Howson in charge, 18-13; Wendy Botfield trailed, drew, then a five took her over the line, 16-13.

The men won the Division 2 championship by beating Langney 5-3 in points and 117-102 in shots:
Peter Carter’s rink simply outscored the opposition, 25-9; Tony Szylka had a very close game but took the last two ends, 20-18; Andrew Taylor was just behind throughout, 18-19; Andy Clews lost 14-23; Alex Parsons lost by the same score, 14-23; Richard Monk had a fine second half to secure the win, 26-10.

Wealden lost against Worthing Pavilion 80-114: John Osmond led 7-0 went behind 8-9 then never quite made it, 16-17; Mike Simmonds only won six ends, 7-27; Tony Pipe only won seven, 10-29; Peter Menniss led all the way until the penultimate end, 14-14 and won the last, 15-14; Peter Butler was down 6-14 so came back impressively, 13-17; Steve Perris was a beacon of success, 19-10.

12th March

At White Oak Wealden could win only two rinks, 95-142: David Driver rushed to a 15-5 lead then failed to score again, 15-25; despite a five and four late on Peter Menniss fell short, 21-30; Peter Flint had a small resurgence from 5-21 to end 11-26; Alex Parsons was one of the winners, 21-14; Vivien Crowther was up against a strong team, 9-33; Val Menniss was the other winner, 18-14.

Falaise, making use of all four outside rinks, beat Wealden ladies 72-90: Jan Noyes maintained control throughout, 24-10; Val Butler scored a five but did not score for another eleven ends, 11-20; Joan Howson won despite dropping five in the last three ends, 16-12; Valerie Menniss led 11-9 but two dropped fours dented her chances, 16-20; Elizabeth Gooding only won four ends, 5-28.

When Grattons came to Wealden the visitors were leading 52-3 at the tea break, but in the second half Wealden stormed to a win, 142-86: Peter Gacsall was behind 3-9 half way but only dropped one shot in the second half, 23-10; Ivan Atkinson was down 1-16 to stage a magnificent comeback falling just short of a win, 19-23; Richard Monk was down 6-9 but scored three sixes to win splendidly, 37-15; Peter Carter lost just three singles, 23-3; David Horsburgh started ahead, fell behind to 13-20 but an eight secured victory, 22-20; Peter Flint was in front 16-7 but was nearly caught up, 18-15.

5th March

In the County League Wealden acquitted itself much better in the return game against Falaise, 134-78 in shots and 6-2 in points: having led all the way, five in the last three ends did for Peter Carter, 14-17; Richard Monk got stuck on “unlucky” 13 for eight ends, 18-25; Andy Clews never gave quarter, 40-11; neither did Tony Szylka, 42-13; half way Alex Parsons was behind 5-10 but achieved a splendid win, 20-12.

Gulliver’s can only accommodate two rinks at home but it managed to bring six triples to Wealden.  The result went the way of the home side, 116-74: Bill Hooker secured a tightly fought draw, 17-17; the captain, Terry Pickering , achieved 23-9; Vivien Crowther capped her effort with a seven on the last end, 26-7; Peter Gacsall just kept ahead until he dropped a four to bring the scores to 14-14 but then judicious drawing brought four from the final two ends, 18-14; Peter Flint played a close game until halfway, 8-7, then conceded just one more shot, 21-8; Bob Smith struggled early on, 3-14, but a good second half was good but not quite enough, 11-19.

Somewhat unexpectedly the ladies lost to Denton Island, 69-93: Jan Noyes only won two ends in the first half, 5-17, won the second half but fell short, 16-24; Margaret Smith was ahead for fifteen ends, 11-10, but dropped a four, then had to come back to draw, 14-14; Joan Howson trailed but caught up to 10-10 when three twos produced the victory, 17-13; it was six ends before Valerie Menniss scored, with a four, but she only won six more ends, 12-20; Margaret Winton led initially, 6-0 then dropped a five after which her opponent scored steadily with little reply, 10-22.

In a fine match Wealden beat the West Sussex Under-25s by 82-81 but the youngsters won three of the four rinks.

24th February

Wealden’s progress in the SCIBA League moved on apace away at Horsham with an 8-0, the shots score being 176-66.  The stars were Peter Carter’s rink by 42-8.

There was an equally satisfactory result, with some high scoring games, against Mid Sussex Downs Tourists, 137-108: Ken Long scored two fours and a five on his way to 32-16; Mike Simmons’s game went the other way conceding three fives, 16-33; Dave Keetley was down 8-9 halfway but then took charge, 19-11; Vivien Crowther, maily losing only singles, but too many, 13-17; Jim Wakefield scored steadily, 25-10; Peter Flint went from 15-15 to win 32-21.

The ladies’ game against Egerton Park was a much closer affair, 85-79: Wendy Botfield was on top form losing just five ends, 21-6; Joan Howson could not score often enough, 12-22; Elizabeth Gooding led 15-5, trailed 15-19 then got back for a draw, 21-21; Margaret Smith just kept her nose ahead throughout, 16-14; Jan Noyes, leading 13-5, scored two singles thereafter, 15-16.

Egerton’s mixed team were not kind to Wealden, 59-142.  Suffice it to say: all rinks lost.

Revenge was exacted from the Sussex County Past Presidents, 156-84: Jim Wakefield started slowly against Alan Hilton, 6-6 after seven, but then managed to get and keep in front, 17-13; Peter Menniss put together a six, three fives and a four against our own Colin Morphew, 35-14; Peter Carter, competing with Gordon Leaman, had another good day, 27-13; a five helped Alex Parsons pip our erstwhile Malcolm Goman, 22-18; Tony Szylka, developing into a top class performer, held on against Lew Mockett, 17-14; Richard Monk had no mercy on another Wealden player, Mark Broadway, 38-12.

Adur is usually a tough fixture for Wealden but this time our ladies prevailed, 142-99: Wendy Botfield, down 10-15 constructed a good win, 19-18; Joan Howson was just edged out, 19-20; despite dropping a six Margaret Winton won, 23-19; for Veda Coleman winning the last four ends 9-0 did not quite make it,
21-22; Jan Noyes was dominant, 26-10; Valerie Butler was even more so, 34-10.

18th February

Against Falaise there was the tightest of tight finishes with Wealden, in front half way, 64-51, not quite maintaining it, 119-120: a seven late on by Jim Wakefield's teeam helped, finsihing 13-30; Alex Parsons, having achieved 23-12, finished at 24-20; Peter Carter, having been behind throughout, almost made it
20-21; Peter Menniss had a very good day in the middle of the game winning eleven ends without reply, 26-9; Andrew Taylor came up against a good skip, 16-23; for Tony Szylka ten in five ends helped a great deal, 20-17.

Rotherfield struggled, 143-69: May Urben stuttered a little but four on the last three ends took her to victory, 15-11; Alan Bradley led 13-1 but could only draw 17-17; Angela Jenkins was too much for her opponent, 41-7; Trevor Hill led 14-1 but faltered, 20-13; Bob Smith dominated throughout, 40-5;
Ivan Atkinson never quite got into contention, 10-16.

Egham were too strong across the green, 97-137: Alex Parsons started with a six, got ahead 11-4 but dropped a six on the last end, 19-21; Vivien Crowther's team were not on song, 14-26; Dave Driver was the bright spot, 20-12; Tony Szylka trailed 4-10, won the second half but by not quite enough, 15-20; Peter Flint conceded too many multiples including a six, 11-30; as did Sue Hanlon, 8-28.

Newick had a reasonable first half, 56-45, then declined, 138-85: Ivan Atkinson just squeaked home, 15-14; Peter Colbourne had a patchy afternoon from 7-6 to 7-12, then 15-15 to lose 16-21; Peter Gacsall’s rink were uniformly strong, 26-9; John Osmond had a fine second half from 4-8 to 26-12; Frank Philips led 24-5 but took his foot off the pedal, 28-15; Andy Corben scored regularly losing just seven ends, 27-14.

11th February

Games against Sutton can go either way.  This one went Wealden’s way, 121-103: Iain Smith@s team matched his opponent at 3-3, 6-6, 8-8 but then faltered to 8-14 and never quite got back, 13-19; Colin Morphew, coming back to form, had a fine win, 28-8; two fours helped Alex Parsons get and stay ahead, 24-19; Peter Menniss could only score sporadically, 8-31; despite losing the last four ends Peter Flint just kept ahead, 19-13; Richard Monk scored three fours on his way to 29-13.

There was an unusually strong performance against Portsmouth’s Victory Club, 133-82: Andrew Taylor was as dominant as ever, 30-7; Bob Smith went ahead and kept ahead until 15-9 but failed to score again,
15-19; a similar fate befell Mike Simmons, leading 10-7 but losing 13-18; the ever reliable Alan Bradley started behind but twelve in four ends put his rink into a lead which he did not relinquish, 24-15; for
David Horsburgh eleven in five ends secured a good win, 25-11; Vivien Crowther was propelled to 12 before her opponent troubled the scoreboard, despite conceding a five she kept the lead, 26-12.

There was also a successful visit to Eastbourne, 104-92: David Horsburgh led all the way, 22-16;
Alex Parsons team was ruthlessly efficient against the evergreen Malcolm Goman, 26-20; Mike Marshal went behind briefly but came back strongly, 25-12; Peter Carter went from 5-7 to 14-7 in three ends but only scored thrice more, 18-20; Tony Plater conceded too many multiple scores on his rink, 13-24.

Arun is always a tough nut to crack but this year’s match was very close, 111-113: from 15-15
Vera Stevens won the last three ends, 19-15; Maureen Spyers took the lead on end 19 with a four, 16-15, but dropped four on the last two ends, 16-19; Joan Howson, having led 11-0 could only produce a draw, 18-18; Wendy Botfield dropped four fours, 13-28; Vivien Crowther took the lead to 15-6 but only won one more end, 17-22; Jan Noyes was as splendid as ever, 18-11.

5th February

Wealden’s ladies had a strong performance against Sutton ladies, 102-53: Valerie Menniss built up a good lead, 19-8, but, after a bit of a wobble, kept ahead, 22-16; Elizabeth Gooding scored consecutive sevens on her way to a fine win, 30-14; Margaret Winton restricted her opponent to just one two and singles, 25-10; Vivien Crowther kept close then went behind, 7-9 after which she was positively rampant, 25-13.

Groombridge came but struggled, 146-84: Phillip Carr only just made it with a five on the last end, 21-18; Ivan Atkinson went from 11-10 to finish 22-10; Frank Phillips scored eleven in three ends on his way to victory, 26-14; Alan Bradley was his usual dominant self, 28-11; Vivien Crowther went from 9-11 to 23-11 and a good win, 24-13; fourteen in four ends took Hazel Burr to win, 25-10.

At Adur Wealden did not acquit themselves as they would have liked, 82-152: Valerie Menniss could only win six ends, 10-32; Terry Pickering could not win enough ends either, 13-23; John Osmond also struggled, 8-28; Val Butler scored a four to get to 7-8 then 9-15 got to 17-17 but did not score again, 17-24;
Peter Menniss stormed to 15-0 and stayed ahead, 25-10; May Urben only scored one until 1-30 then had a little rally, 9-35.

The ladies’ match against Grattons was a very close affair, 100-104; Jan Noyes got ahead and stayed ahead, 30-11; Margaret Smith won regular ends but not quite enough of them, 16-24; Maureen Spyers went from trailing 9-12 to win 17-15; Joan Howson could only produce singles, 11-23; Valerie Menniss did not concede a shot until end six, 6-1, then a good second half took her to 20-8; Wendy Botfield had a come back from 7-20 to lose by just 16-23.

26th January

Normally we do quite well against outdoor clubs, however, when Uckfield come their team comprises of some of Wealden’s best players as they are members of both clubs, including all the skips, so 84-166 was merely disappointing: Pat Wolstonholme shone achieving a draw against Tony Butler, 25-25; Terry Pickering lost to Mel Woodhams, 7-29; Frank Phillips went down to Tony Szylka, 12-22; Dorothy Glasby came up against one of the best skips in the county, Guy Thornely, 9-38; Vivien Crowther was against Andy Clews, 14-30; Carole Small vied with David Bissett, 17-22.

The ladies carried on their successful run in the County League against Eastbourne, 102-64: Jan Noyes conceded only seven ends, 16-10; Joan Howson lost only six, 27-8; Janet Birch led 8-2, went behind 9-15, then scored 12 in the last five ends, 25-16; Valerie Menniss dropped singles and one five, 26-10; Elizabeth Gooding gave away a seven early on and never recovered, 8-20.

In a friendly the ladies only won one rink against Arun, 73-95: Val Butler went from 3-2- to 5-12 six ends later, 14-20; Irene Scoble led 12-5, was caught up, 12-12, to end with a draw, 15-15; Val Menniss scored steadily, 19-10; Joan Howson came back from 4-9 and 6-11 to get a victory, 16-14; Jan Noyes was stuck on five for six ends and only scored thrice more, 9-26.

In the County League match against Preston, 153-97: Andrew Taylor’s rink went from 3-4 down to 15-4 up in five ends, got stuck on fifteen to 15-13 then asserted control, 24-17; Peter Carter built a good lead to 15-9 but a late four against was telling, it ended 18-18; Tony Szylka went to 15 before his opponent scored and then gradually clawed his way into the game, 24-23; Andy Clews was never really challenged, 35-9; in a close game Richard Monk scored ten in three ends to get ahead, 28-18; from 7-9 Alex Parsons scored a five to gain momentum, 24-12.

At Gulliver’s, where there are just two rinks, Wealden won a close match, 38-37: Richard Flower stayed ahead, despite dropping a four, 19-13; Mike Simmons conceded a four and a five to go down 19-24.
WhiteKnights came but were overwhelmed 156-85: Terry Pickering’s rink scored several multiples only conceded singles with a five on the last end, 23-11; Peter Menniss led well to 22-5 but stuttered a little,
25-10; David Driver led 10-7, but was the only Wealden skip to be challenged dropping twelve in the last three ends, 17-30; John Osmond got a head and stayed there, 24-16; Andrew Taylor was merciless to his rival, 48-6; Andy Clews, in a close game, managed to keep his nose in front, 19-12.

The match against Egerton was closer but Wealden prevailed, 128-117: Maureen Spyers led 8-7, went behind 9-16 but came back well, 21-17; May Urben had a strong victory, 30-11; Peter Menniss’s rink could not score quite often enough, 16-18; David Driver had a better time this time, 21-17; Terry Pickering yielded too many multiples, 18-28; Peter Flint, on the other hand, only won nine ends to twelve but scored in multiples, 22-16.

19th January

Against the Angel (Tonbridge) Wealden ladies came up just short, 106-116: Wendy Botfield succeeded against the trend leading 19-0 eventually to win 28-13; Veda Coleman could only win eight ends, 13-23; as did Jill Flint, 12-23; from 2-12 Margaret Winton fought back to 12-13 but four successive twos sealed her fate, 13-21; Valerie Menniss led 10-1 but rather let her opponent back in going on to win 23-17; May Urben led 9-3 was caught up 10-10 then 15-15, took the lead 17-15 only to drop four in the last two ends, 17-19.

The ladies’ match against Adur was triples and produced a fine win, 105-67: Joan Howson’s match started slowly, just 7-4 after nine ends then dropped a five thereafter matching her opponent to lose 12-14; in a low scoring match Wendy Botfield started well, 8-2, was caught, 9-9 then did enough, 14-11;
Maureen Spyers led briefly 12-9 but did not score again, 12-20; Veda Coleman put together a strong performance, 23-10; Jan Noyes conceded just four singles, 24-4; Margaret Winton lost just five ends, 20-8.

The men had a close and exciting match with Sutton, the overall lead changing several times, 121-123: Peter Carter took time to get going, 3-22, then brought things back somewhat, 15-26 unfortunately only scoring once more, 16-34; Andrew Taylor was up against a skip with the deadly combination of skill and great luck - too often scoring with his last wood, 17-21; Alex Parsons dominated, 17-1, allowed his competitor to come back then dropped eight in the last two ends, 20-15; Peter Flint led 9-1, then 13-4 but only won two more ends, 16-16; Peter Menniss went the opposite way trailing 1-9, had a come back, 12-12 eventually winning well, 23-16; the ever reliable Richard Monk was ahead throughout, 29-21.

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,
18-19.

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.

 


 


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