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 17-Sep-2018  Peter Gacsall

An exciting close game was fought when Horsham came to Lindfield with the home team winning 99-95: Dorothy Keogh was leading much of the time, 11-2, but dropping a six and four was irreparable, 16-19; Sue Wilmott was down 2-10 but came back well to win 17-15: Chris Reynolds was down 6-24 then won the last four ends to finish 15-24; Roger Green kept his nose ahead throughout, 15-10; Paul Sandford made three fours on his way to 24-19; David Glossop led for half the match but dropped a four and five, 12-18.

Against Lewes the visitors led most of the way but a good last third took Lindfield to victory, 80-69: Terry Hughes was dominant but dropped six in the last two ends, 27-16; Dorothy Keogh was behind at 6-9, scored a five and never looked back, 20-15; Wilf Atkins did well to keep up with the hugely experienced Alex Parsons, 15-18; Alan Eastwood was behind but drew up to 17-17 to lose out narrowly, 18-20.

Lindfield beat Buxted Park in the annual John Ellmer Cup fixture winning four of the five games; Paul Sandford (single) 21-14; Terry Hughes (pair) 12-30; Roger Green (triple) 22-15; David Glossop (rink) 16-13; Mike Streeter & Wilf Atkins (double rink) 41-32.

News roundup

 10-Sep-2018  Peter Gacsall

As the season draws to a close a good close game was fought against Hollingbury. The visitors, despite losing three of the four rinks, came out victors by a single shot, 72-73: Peter Colbourne started strongly with a 9-1 lead and got to 20-9 only to drop six on the last two ends, 20-15; having led, Sue Willmott dropped a five to go behind 7-9 but regained her composure to win 16-15; Adam Harding led 5-4 but then went behind 5-12, a four and five helped him stay in the lead, 20-18; Terry Hughes led briefly but got stuck on six for eight ends to go down 16-25.

A better time was had when Crouch came, 77-54: Paul Sandford struggled early on, 7-16, but won the last seven ends, 20-17; a six helped Terry Hughes take control, 28-10; Sue Willmott dropped ten on the last four ends but kept ahead nonetheless, 23-19; Shirley Foxwell conceded just seven ends, 26-8.

The visit to Burgess Hill was an unexpected success, 86-72 to Lindfield: Paul Sandford led all the way, 23-9; the captain, Peter Elford, taking on the mantle of skip, had a splendid win against the vastly experienced Malcolm McKenzie, 20-17; Terry Hughes did well to keep ahead of Chris Wilkins, 27-19; at 4-4 Richard Harding dropped a six and never really recovered, 16-27.

Lindfield lose in Tony Allcock final

 03-Sep-2018  Peter Colbourne

The Lindfield team for the Tony Allcock Trophy went to Leamington for the national finals, won two rounds but lost both rinks in the final to Banbury Central from Oxfordshire. The team was: Keith Holman, Ian Watson, Peter Gacsall, Carol Watson, Margaret Atkins, Roger Green, Sue Willmott, Janet Hawkins, Carolyn Worth, Roger Willmott.

Bank holiday weather has been kind to us of late. Unfortunately, our finals days suffered a little this time. Overall only two matches had to be rescheduled.

The results:

Ladies' Championship: Jennie Sandord; Men's Championship: Paul Sandford; Men's Pairs: Bill Colbourne & Ron Langridge; Ladies' Pairs: Joan Hampton & Sue Willmott; Ladies' Backbone: Carolyn Worth; Men's Handicap: Tom Palmer; Men's Veterans: David Glossop; Ladies' 2 Wood: Jennie Sandford; Men's 2 Wood: Adam Harding; Dave Butfoy: Paul Sandford; Men's Backbone: Terry Hughes; 2 Wood Triple: Ian Wilson, Steve Minter, Tom Palmer; Ladies' 100 up: Sue Willmott.

There was a fine match on a difficult green at Rottingdean. At tea Lindfield only led on two rinks but by the end they had won four and drawn one, 103-82: David Glossop trailed until the last two ends, 18-15; Roger Green, down 2-9, came back, turning one down to two up with the very last wood of the match, 24-23; Peter Gacsall was behind 6-11 at tea but took control soon afterwards with three twos, 19-16; Alan Gardiner led at tea, 12-8, but only won four more ends, 18-18; Chris Reynolds made a four to lead 5-3 then never looked back, 24-10.

Lindfield in action at Leamington

 02-Sep-2018  Website Editor

Lindfield are busily flying the flag for Sussex in the closing days of the National Finals at Leamington Spa. On Friday 31st August Jennie Sandford, Carol Watson, Ian Watson and Keith Holman featured in a nail-bitingly close game in the first round of the Mixed Fours. Up against Mike Parsons's four from Hertfordshire, Lindfield got off to a horribly slow start, struggling to come to grips with the pace and swing of the green. They eventually clawed their way back from 3-12 down to level the scores at 16-16, and with Jennie regularly nailing the jack they took the lead for the first time on the 18th end, and eventually claimed victory, 19-17.

It was a different story in the quarter-final, up against Kelly Ling, Sue Bernard, Martin Heitzmann and Mark Royal of Suffolk, Lindfield were in regular trouble, with Keith having to mix controlled weight with inch-perfect drawing bowls in order to save heads on a regular basis. Another slow start meant that by the time the Lindfield quartet properly got going, there weren't enough ends left in the game to turn a gradual comeback into anything more, so Suffolk won 24-18.

More Lindfield players and supporters arrived on Friday afternoon, for the quarter-final of the Tony Allcock over-60's mixed double rink on Saturday against a team from Yorkshire. Keith Holman's rink of Margaret Atkins, Carol Watson and Ian Watson had a see-saw game, regularly picking up shots but also dropping several 2's and 3's in the first half of their game. They eventually consolidated their lead, Keith again regularly turning round heads to Lindfield's advantage, and their 31-18 win took the pressure of the other rink of Roger Willmott, Janet Hawkins, Sue Willmott and Roger Green, who came back from 12-8 down after 12 ends, to narrowly lose 16-15.

Lindfield play Essex in the semi-final this morning (2nd September), with two changes to the team - Carolyn Worth comes in for Janet Hawkins, and Peter Gacsall replaces Keith Holman, who is away on holiday. Good luck Lindfield!

Sandfords dominate Finals Day

 27-Aug-2018  Website Editor

Husband and wife Paul and Jennie Sandford are now the reigning men's and ladies' club singles champions after clinching the titles in contrasting fashions on a grey and drizzly Bank Holiday Monday. Paul took on five-times winner Adam Harding in the men's final and bowled superbly to win 21-7, while Jennie had a much closer battle against ladies' captain Carolyn Worth, playing in her first championship final. While Jennie generally bowled a more consistent weight, Carolyn's slightly more attacking style of play saw her stay in contention, battling back from 14-20 down to narrowly lose 19-21 in front of at least 50 spectators. Jennie's win makes her the first Lindfield lady bowl to win the singles title two years running, since Shirley Nelson in the mid-1990's.

In the other finals Paul and Jennie were again successful, with Paul putting on another excellent display of draw bowling to beat Tom Palmer 100 - 90 in the Butfoy (100 Up) singles, while Jennie found a consistently good weight to beat Carol Watson in the ladies Two Wood final. The only blip for the Sandfords came in the form of Tom Palmer, who fought back from 6-14 down to beat Paul Sandford 21-16 in the Handicap singles final. Tom enjoyed further success in the 2 Wood Triples final, skipping Ian Wilson and Steve Minter to a 12-9 win over David Walker, Phil Taylor and David Glossop.

In the ladies' games, Sue Willmott enjoyed an excellent finals weekend, first combining with Joan Hampton to beat Janet Hawkins and Carol Watson in the pairs final, then enjoying a repeat performance by comfortably beating Carol again in the 100 Up final on Monday afternoon. Carolyn Worth and Maggie Langridge starred in a nail-biting ladies Backbone final, with Carolyn eventually emerging the victor by a single shot.

Terry Hughes was another to feature in two finals, first combining with Peter Page in a 'game of two halves' in the men's pairs, which saw Peter and Terry go from 15-6 up, to lose 15-21 to the experienced duo of Bill Colbourne and Ron Langridge. Terry and Ron then had a re-match in the men's Backbone final, which lasted just over two hours, and saw Ron mount a brave fight-back which just faltered on the last end, Terry claiming the title 21-19. Adam Harding made up for the result in the Championship by convincingly beating Bill Colbourne in the men's Two Wood final, while John Bartlett's heavy cold forced him to concede the Veterans final to David Glossop halfway through their game, as the heavy rain became more persistent.

Club President Ron Langridge hosted the trophy presentations at the end of play on Monday, and an army of willing helpers turned out to provide guests and members with tea and cake, ensuring that despite the best efforts of the weather, this was yet another enjoyable and well-organised club finals weekend.

Schedule for Finals Days 2018

 21-Aug-2018  COMPETITION SECRETARIES

The running order for Sunday 26th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:00 Ladies Pairs Winners: Hampton & Willmott 
  Janet Hawkins & Carol Watson Joan Hampton & Sue Willmott
  Scoreboard: Stella Sayers.
10:00 Men's Handicap Pairs Winners: Colbourne & Langridge
  Bill Colbourne & Ron Langridge Peter Page & Terry Hughes
  Scoreboard: Ian Wilson.
10:30 Ladies Backbone Winner: Carolyn Worth 
  Carolyn Worth Maggie Langridge
  Marker: Frank Morris / Scoreboard: Kathy Jarvis
11:00 Men's Handicap Winner: Tom Palmer 
  Paul Sandford Tom Palmer
  Marker: Willy Bollschweiler / Scoreboard: Stephen Gorringe
13:00 Men's Veterans  Winner: David Glossop
  David Glossop John Bartlett
  Marker: Ian Watson / Scoreboard: Clive Smith

The running order for Monday 27th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:30 Ladies Two Wood: Winner: Jennie Sandford 
  Jennie Sandford Carol Watson
  Marker: Maggie Langridge / Scoreboard: Julia Dearing
10:30 Men's Two Wood Winner: Adam Harding 
  Bill Colbourne Adam Harding
  Marker: Martin Pelosi / Scoreboard: Terry Johnson
10:30 Butfoy 100 Up Singles Winner: Paul Sandford 
  Paul Sandford Tom Palmer
  Marker: Steve Noyes / Scoreboard: Alan Gardiner
10:30 Men's Backbone Winner: Terry Hughes 
  Terry Hughes Ron Langridge
  Marker: Margaret Atkins / Scoreboard: Wilf Atkins
13:45 2 Wood Triples Winners: Wilson, Minter & Palmer 
  Ian Wilson, Steve Minter, Tom Palmer Phil Taylor, David Walker, David Glossop
  Scoreboard: TBC.
14:15 Ladies Championship Winner: Jennie Sandford 
  Carolyn Worth Jennie Sandford
  Marker: Dorothy Keogh / Scoreboard: Chris Wilson
14:15 Men's Championship Winner: Paul Sandford 
  Paul Sandford Adam Harding
  Marker: Peter Elford / Scoreboard: Roger Willmott
14:30 Ladies 100 Up Winner: Sue Willmott 
  Sue Willmott Carol Watson
  Marker: Julia Dearing / Scoreboard: Audrey Kite.
 
17:00 Presentation of trophies by Club President Ron Langridge.

Umpires: Peter Colbourne, Adam Harding, Martin Pelosi.

Note: Dress code for all bowlers and markers is whites. Greys for doing the scoreboard.

Lindfield players in action at Leamington

 12-Aug-2018  Peter Gacsall

In the National Men's Senior Fours at Leamington the Lindfield rink, representing Sussex, was: Roger Willmott, Paul Sandford, Ian Watson and Keith Holman, who lost in the first round 14-27 – but our congratulations for getting that far.

After a week of splendid bowling the Lindfield team won the prestigious Jubilee Triples final beating a Newick team by the flattering margin of 15-0.

In a new fixture our trip to The Drive was not a rip-roaring success going down 58-115 with losses on all rinks. Having to play on an artificial pitch will always be a huge problem for outdoor clubs.

An excellent match was fought when Hurstpierpoint visited ending 70-70, thanks to Frank Morris's triple who went from 11-0 to win 25-7; Richard Harding led briefly, 6-5, but finished 15-24; Alan Gardiner had a closer game, 13-17; Alan Eastwood led 9-4 but lost, 17-22.

Various club members will be representing Sussex at Leamington this week: in the Ladies 2 Wood Singles, Jennie Sandford; in the Ladies Pairs, Carol Watson and Sue Willmott; and in the Men's Senior Pairs, Ian Watson and Keith Holman.

Lindfield reach Leamington in Tony Allcock trophy

 5-Aug-2018  Peter Gacsall

In the Tony Allcock Trophy Lindfield reached the last 8 nationally after beating Bromley at Tonbridge. Keith Holman, Ian Watson, Carol Watson and Margaret Atkins won 28-18 while Roger Green, Sue Willmott, Janet Hawkins and Roger Willmott won 25-17. They will go to the national finals at Leamington.

In the Mid-Sussex League a strong performance produced an 8-2 win at Hurstpeirpoint.

There was a good away win at Eastbourne Parade, 79-65: Sue Willmott was remorseless winning 34-6; Carolyn Worth was helped to respectability by a pair of threes, 10-26; in a fluctuating game Alan Gardiner came out ahead, 18-17; David Glossop had another close-fought win, 17-16.

A match against Newick is always a close affair this time the visitors came out ahead 48-65: David Glossop tussled to a draw from 5-10 down, 17-17; despite an early five Mike Streeter lost 15-24; Alan Gardiner scored an early six but could not score steadily thereafter, 16-24.

News round-up

 29-Jul-2018  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield's Senior Four (Keith Holman, Ian Watson, Paul Sandford, Roger Willmott) played the county final at Worthing Pavilion against a strong White Rock quartet. In a nail biting finish, after trailing by 7 shots, Lindfield squeezed into the lead on the 20th end 16-15, only, when holding 2 shots on the 21st end, to have White Rock's skip Trevor Logan play a brilliant last wood to take the shot and level the score at 16 all. The extra end was very tight with Holman producing the shot of the day to touch the jack away from a White Rock bowl onto a Lindfield bowl. Lindfield are thereby county champions by 17-16, and will go on to represent Sussex at the national finals at Leamington in August.

In the Border League Cup semi-final with Horley it was all square after 21 ends with Horley taking the extra end, 43-42.

In the national mixed double four Lindfield took the match 45-35. Roger Green's rink kept his opponents in check, 16-19; Keith Holman, surely one of the county's most reliable skips, dominated the whole match, 29-16.

There was a stunning demolition of Pope's Mead in the Border League, 70-28.

A new format for friendly matches proved very successful, a triangular tournament with Lewes and Peacehaven. The latter (62) pipped Lindfield (61) to win with Lewes (48) third.

News round-up

 15-Jul-2018  Peter Gacsall

In the county two wood competition the doughty Peter Gacsall beat Glyn Ball of Chichester on an extra end to go to the semi-final where he lost to Trevor Roberts.

This week's Border League match was more successful than last week's as Redhill was beaten 60-39: Terry Hughes had a close game until a six put him in charge, 22-9; Graeme Geddie did well to come back from 1-12 and 3-15, to end 12-19; Adam Harding's win was never in doubt, 26-11.

At Horsham it was three rinks all but 102-123 to the home side: Chris Reynolds did not score until end four but then gradually took charge, 20-15; Alan Gardiner was unlucky to come up against the hugely experienced, ex-Lindfield, Doug Whetstone, 12-34; Richard Harding led 8-5 but struggled thereaftert, 12-22; Shirley Foxwell led all the way, 24-13; unusually David Glossop failed to compete apart from a patch of seven in five ends, 11-17; Ron Langridge's game changed throughout but edging it, 23-22.

There was a successful trip to Motcombe Gardens, 64-56: Dorothy Keogh, despite only winning seven ends came close, 14-15; David Glossop was back to winning ways, 23-11; Willi Bollschweiler led 8-6 but then lost control, 9-23; , on the captain's rink Peter Elford only conceded five ends, 18-7.

Crowborough Wolfe came and struggled, 60-49: Frank Morris led 12-3, got stuck on twelve but came out ahead, 13-9; having been down 6-15 Richard Harding secured a good victory, 17-16; Shirley Foxwell stormed it again, 16-9; John Bartlett would have won but for a four dropped on the last end, 14-15.

Henfield were trounced 107-71: for Alan Gardiner a five and a six helped hugely, 30-12; three fours took Frank Morris to a great start, 31-17; Richard Harding went from 1-6 to 17-6 for a final 29-15; despite an opening four David Glossop was overcome 17-27.

News round-up

 03-Jul-2018  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield have made it through another round of the National Double Fours. The match was close for a long time: Adam Harding's rink, rather rampant, led throughout against Dave Swainston balancing the tough time enjoyed by Keith Holman's men against Dave Race. Holman was behind 2-10, then 3-12, but a four altered the momentum, he drew up to 12-14 to finish just behind, 12-19; Harding's rink won 31-8 to secure a fine victory.

There was a productive visit to Buxted Park where Lindfield won 102-96: Richard Harding played a tight game when fourteen in five ends took him from 5-12 to 19-12, finishing 24-23; Alan Gardiner briefly led 8-6 but ended 12-24; the captain, Peter Elford, finding a good vein of form, won 24-11; Terry Hughes led until 18-15 at end eighteen to complete a draw, 18-18; David Glossop went from 1-9 to 20-9 in nine ends, ending 24-20.

The trip to the Surrey/Sussex border at Felbridge was less successful, 69-88: Margaret Atkins recovered from 11-19 to lose by just four, 19-23; Shirley "Comeback Queen" Foxwell went from 0-11 to win 24-21; Willy Bolschweiler never really got going, 10-25; Dorothy Keogh led in the first half 12-5 but had a poor second, 16-19.

The visit to Eastbourne Parade went well, 79-65: Carolyn Worth was down 4-14 when two threes took her to 10-14 but that was the end of her success, 10-26; Alan Gardiner's game fluctuated but he came out just ahead, 18-17; Sue Willmott only conceded four ends, 34-6; David Glossop, another "come backer", trailed 2-13 from where he won 17-16.

Lindfield breezed into the next round of the Border League Cup because Monotype could not put a team together.

Watson and Willmott through in county pairs

 25-Jun-2018  Peter Gacsall

Carol Watson and Sue Willmott have won through to the Semi Final of the Ladies County Pairs in July. To win they had to play 5 games in a day at Eastbourne.

A mixed team went to Isle of Thorns only to lose 47-69: Willy Bolschweiler was way behind at 2-24 then eleven in three ends took him closer to John Bowes, 17-28; Stella Sayers kept in touch all the way but Phil Bird took the honours, 14-17; Eileen Pope took on the hugely experienced Jan Noyes but could not quite keep up, 16-24.

A splendid victory was achieved away at Mackie, 88-59: Richard Harding was ahead 10-6, a dropped six took it to 10-14, then a good end pipped the match, 18-17; Frank Morris also scored a six in a strong performance, 28-15; David Glossop started behind but once ahead stayed there, 22-12; Alan Gardiner was well ahead but two dropping fours gave a scare but not for long, 20-15.

Peter Gacsall shines in 2 Wood

 19-Jun-2018  Website editor

The team for the Abergavenny (men's County double-fours) played well-judged games against Woodingdean. The home side, skipped by Keith Holman, were drawing 8-8 but then gradually went ahead 15-8 and maintained the effort to win 17-13; away, Adam Harding's rink reached 10-10 then a string of scores, including two fours, took them to 21-10 to win 23-16.

In friendlies there was a good win in the local derby against Haywards Heath, 75-52: it was four ends before Willy Bollschweiler's rink scored, he took the lead two ends later and never looked back, 20-9; Wilf Atkins led 16-6 but only hung on for 16-13; Sue Willmott was behind twice but nine on the last three ends took her to victory, 18-13; Richard Harding dropped ten in the last five ends but persistence paid off, 21-17.

At Adastra there was another good win, 107-90: Frank Morris dropped three threes and a seven, 12-23; despite dropping a six Richard Harding played strongly, 21-10; David Glossop's men were just too strong, 26-7; Mike Streeter could only win six ends, 11-20; two fours helped Ron Langridge stay ahead, 19-13; new skip Steve Minter started well, 10-1, but only just held on, 18-17.

West Hoathly came and drew 2-2 in rinks but Lindfield lost on shots, 64-95: Eileen Pope could not win quite enough ends, 17-26; Dorothy Keogh led 16-2 but only scored twice more, 19-18; Mike Streeter, although dropping two fours, had a good win, 23-15; the captain's rink skipped by Frank Morris suffered a very one-sided defeat, 5-36.

Much to everyone's surprise, Peter Gacsall managed to win the County (Division 2) Two-wood competition and now goes to the county-wide quarter-finals at Sidley Martlets in July.

Men start well in Top Club

 12-Jun-2018  Peter Gacsall

Jennie Sandford played in the National Ladies Two Wood single at Eastbourne. She had to play 4 games to win the Zone. Eileen Pope won her first game in the Ladies County Unbadged single 21-17 against Felbridge's F Middleton. A Lindfield triple played for Sussex in the Johns Trophy against the Isle of Wight at Shanklin. Sussex won and will next play Surrey.

The gentlemen of Lindfield managed a good win in the Top Club at Woodingdean on a fast, erratic green, 4-1. In the Two Wood Tom Palmer had a close game with Simon Wilkinson, the lead changing several times. Palmer won the last five ends, 15-10; in the four wood single Adam Harding led John Vickers until Vickers scored seven in two ends to go one up, 18-19, but Harding scored five on the last two ends, 23-19; the evergreen pairing of Watson and Holman took on Trevor Smith and David Race in the pairs: Smith/Race took the lead at 7-9 but the Lindfield pair scored two priceless fives late on, 22-11; the triple, skipped by the sometimes amusing Roger Green, got to 7-7 against Woodingdean's Ken Ross but only scored once more, 9-23; Peter Colbourne's excellent rink were in control throughout, 23-14.

In the Border League Cup against Newdigate, the home side, skipped by the irrepressible Tom Palmer, strolled to 23-7; Terry Hughes's away team had to work rather harder to lose by just 10-15.

In a friendly at Henfield Lindfield went down 35-62 Carol Watson was the only winner, 16-15.

Lindfield news round-up

 4-Jun-2018  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield was visited by a surprisingly strong tourist side from Warwickshire who won 145-62: Wilf Atkins won just six ends, 7-26; Colin Stevens could not win quite enough ends, 9-23; Richard Harding picked up a six on the last end, 13-21; Ron Langridge dropped too many multiple scores, including a five, 8-31; Alan Gardiner got off to too slow a start, 12-28; Willy Bollschweiler had the closest match, 13-16.

A more successful time was had at Bletchingly chalking up a solid win, 79-56; David Glossop led all the way, 20-12; Alan Gardiner started down, 1-6, but came back to win, 18-16; Richard Harding performed strongly, 30-11; Ron Langridge led 11-9 but did not score again, 11-17.

At Crouch no rinks won, 55-87: Alan Eastwood only won six ends, 13-26; Alan Gardiner nearly made it, 14-14 into the last end, 14-15; Shirley Foxwell had a good game, 13-19; David Glossop scored regularly but two fours, a five and a six did for him, 15-27.

The week finished with a good win in the local Derby against Haywards Heath, 75-52: Willy Bollschweiler went from 0-3 to 19-3, a dropped four on the last end made it 20-9; Wilf Atkins was comfortable at 16-6 but dropped seven in the last four ends, 16-13; Sue Willmott was down 9-13 but won 18-13; Richard Harding won despite giving away three 3's in the last three ends, 21-17.

Ladies progress in Top Club

 28-May-2018  Peter Gacsall

The Lindfield Ladies have had a second win in the County Top Club beating Newick 3-1. Jennie Sandford started the day with a wonderful win in the singles 23-6; in the pairs Shirley Nelson and Sue Willmott won 24-11; the triple, Joan Hampton, Carolyn Worth and Eileen Pope put up a very good fight but lost 9-16; the four of Carol Watson, Shirley Foxwell, Janet Hawkins and Margaret Atkins secured an excellent win, 23-14.

In a close-fought friendly the men beat Rottingdean 102-97: Ron Langridge was down 7-17 so did well to pull back to 13-20; Wilf Atkins trailed 5-16 only to produce a splendid win, 25-23; Richard Harding managed to keep ahead throughout, 25-16; Willy Bollschweiler led early on but a poor patch in the middle could not be dragged back, 16-23.

The mixed team sent to Hollingbury was less successful, 72-90: Peter Colbourne took the lead with a six and never looked back, 32-19; Dorothy Keogh could not win enough ends, 12-24; David Glossop had a torrid time, 9-29; Frank Morris was behind 3-8 but a good second half ended in victory, 19-18.

Lindfield teams get into their stride

 21-May-2018  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield's Men's National Double four started the season with a substantial win over a Newick team, 56-17. Adam Harding's rink dropped just five single shots in winning 32-5; Keith Holman's rink were not quite so dominant, winning 24-12.

In the Ladies County Senior Fours, Lindfield won through to the Zone final beating Seaford, at Eastbourne, 20-18 and then Ringmer, at Newick, 22-10. The team was: Jennie Sandford, Eileen Pope, Carol Watson, and Sue Willmott. The Ladies then won the first round of the County Top Club beating Woodingdean 3-1.

In the Mid-Sussex Champion of Champions Peter Colbourne played a game of two halves against West Hoathly's Roy Williams, Peter bowled well to go 17-5 up, then Roy settled down and came back strongly, converting one crucial end after the other, but Peter held on to win 21-18.

In friendlies, obviously less significant matches (!), things did not go quite so well. At Tarring Priory a relatively strong Lindfield team lost 62-100: David Glossop, our star, managed to stay ahead throughout, 16-13; Ron Langridge only won five ends, 10-19; Graeme Geddie won seven ends but dropped too many multiples, 10-30; Peter Gacsall was trailing 3-11 so the final result was quite encouraging, 15-18.

Redhill came and had the temerity to win, 58-68: Willy Bollschweiler secured a good win, 19-8; Terry Hughes could only win four ends, 6-24; Wilf Atkins was undone when dropping ten shots in three ends, 12-25; yet again David Glossop led the way, down 3-8, then 7-10 but scored fourteen in six ends without reply, 21-11.

On the other hand a good win was produced at Saltdean: Adam Harding led 15-13 but lost the second half, 20-27; after being 5-5 at 10 ends Peter Colbourne's formidable rink enjoyed a splendid second half, 21-10; Ron Langridge was down 11-15 so turned things around well, 20-17; Carol Watson played a tight game against Saltdean's champion bowler Darren Melver, 16-16.

Lindfield ladies off to a strong start

 14-May-2018  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield Ladies played the first round of the National County Senior Fours at Eastbourne against Polegrove securing a good win 23-14. Lindfield, skipped by Sue Willmott, with Jennie Sanford, Carol Watson and Eileen Pope, lost a 3 on the first end but scored a 4 on the second and managed to keep up a steady game scoring well.

A good win was produced in a close triples game against Balcombe, 68-64: Wilf Atkins started slowly, 1-4, but then scored regularly for 17-13; Peter Colbourne's trio simply handled a difficult green better than the opposition, 22-10; Roger Green took time to get going, 3-8, scored an eight for 12-8 to finish with a creditable draw, 18-18; Jennie Sandford had the worst start, 0-11, so did reasonably in the second half, 11-23.

Mackie came to play a really tight match which Lindfield won, 93-92: a five late on took Shirley Foxwell closer to respectability, 11-23; Chris Reynolds led 6-1 but was pegged back to 8-8 and just missed the win, 14-15; Graeme Geddie scored fourteen in three ends, including a seven, to end 27-19; David Glossop scored a five and a six on the way to a strong win, 26-13.

On a surprisingly warm, sunny afternoon, Lindfield produced a good win against Preston, 105-79: Ron Langridge played tightly to 14-16 then dropped shots on the last three ends, 14-24; the lead changed several times in Graeme Geddie's game getting to 16-16 but he did not score again, 16-22; on the captain's rink Peter Gacsall was helped hugely by his first two, both with ocular problems but who played really well to beat Tony Dade 23-12; Carol Watson put in a very strong performance to be top rink, 27-9; Wilf Atkins was almost as good, 25-12.

In the Edward Rowland game against Crouch, Lindfield "B" enjoyed success in the first 7 ends but were pegged back by a strong Crouch rink, who won 8 successive ends up to the 15th. It was then level pegging to the 20th end. On the 21st with The Crouch leading 17 -14 and holding 2 shots, the final wood of the match was in the mercurial hands of Peter Colbourne. Undaunted by the situation he threaded his shot through a forest of short woods to trail the jack back to 5 uncovered Lindfield bowls - 6 up and a win by 20 shots to 17. Steve Minter lead steadily throughout, Roger Green produced some inspired woods at Number 3, and John Bartlett contributed usefully at 2.

2018 season finally gets under way

 12-May-2018  Peter Gacsall

After a 2-week delay to the season caused by the unusually wet weather in early April, Lindfield's summer season started unusually in three ways:
1) Having enjoyed balmy weather in late April, the temperatures we played in were arctic. The game against Godstone on 29th April saw most players wearing several jumpers and rummaging for hand warmers!
2) In the Ladies' captain against the Men's captain, the women announced a famous victory, however...
3) The men scored 138 and the women 126!

The first inter-club game was against Godstone and Lindfield won by 3.5 rinks to half a rink, and 73-49 in shots: Roger Green only conceded singles, 22-9; Peter Gacsall was cruising at 16-5 but lost six in the last three ends, 16-11; Jennnie Sandford had a close game throughout, 15-15; Sue Willmott trailed 1-5, then 5-10 but a good second half ended 20-14.

Away at Seaford in glorious sunshine, one dominant rink secured the victory 70-44: Peter Colbourne led 5-3 but only won four more ends, 10-23; Adam Harding led 10-5 but only won two more ends, 12-14; Roger Green only lost five ends, 48-7.

Lindfield win Home Counties Triples

 18-Sep-2017  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield's irrepressible trio of Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman represented Sussex in the Home Counties Triples, held at Bexhill BC. In the morning they played Surrey in the semi-final and won after 17 ends. In the final they played Berkshire and won 20-8 after only 16 ends, to become this year's Home Counties Triples champions. Congratulations to all three of you, from everyone at LBC!

Aussie pairs results

 17-Sep-2017  Pat Whetstone

Ten teams have just taken part in the George and Elsie Aussie Pairs competition (named after George and Elsie Long). The winners after five hard-fought rounds were the "Dipstix" with 40.5 points (Peter Gacsall, Martin Pelosi, Roger Green and Paul Sandford). Second with 37 points were the "Chefs" (Colin Sayers, Stella Sayers, Mick Lewry and Jamie Oliver). Third with 33.5 points were "The National Hit Squad" (Carol Watson, Jennie Sandford, Dave Walker and Steve Minter).

They have bravely played in the rain, wind and cold but have had a great time! The most important thing is that £95 was raised for St Peters and St James Hospice - a charity that Elsie always supported. Thanks must go to the players for taking part, the food providers, the drink providers and the players who helped put out the equipment each night. I have spoken to George this morning and he is thrilled that we raised so much for Elsie's charity. He sends a big thank you to all.

Lindfield win Border League Plate

 11-Sep-2017  Peter Gacsall

There was a final trophy victory for Lindfield: a team comprising Peter Gacsall, Roger Willmott, Alan Gardiner and Terry Hughes won the Border League Plate, held at Newdigate, against seven other teams from Surrey and Sussex. They won six games and just drew one, the last against the home side, to score 13 points with Newdigate B scoring 10 in second place and Downsman 7 in third.

In virtually the last friendly matches of the season Lindfield beat Hollingbury winning all four rinks, 81-64. In a foreshortened game, wind and rain intervened, Rottingdean won 30-32 despite Lindfield winning three of the five rinks; the ladies beat Mackie 57-31; Newick Ladies beat Lindfield 34-48. There was a good victory against Adastra, 105-84; and another versus Crouch by three rinks to one and 69-57.

The team for Sunday's John Ellmer Cup against Buxted has been selected:
Singles: Peter Gacsall
Pair: Roger Willmott & Roger Green
Triple: Arthur Mortenson, Peter Elford, Terry Hughes
Four: David Walker, Martin Pelosi, Geoff Nelson, David Glossop
Double four:
John Bartlett, Mike Streeter, Frank Morris, Alan Gardiner.
Ian Wilson, Cyril Woolgar, Ron Langridge, Alan Eastwood.

News round-up

 04-Sep-2017  Peter Gacsall

The final of the 2 Wood Drawn Triples took place on Sunday morning, and it was an excellent game with over a dozen spectators, completed just before the rain set in at 12:30. Ian Wilson was remarkably consistent at lead and provided a solid foundation which was built on by Carolyn Worth, and skip Peter Elford converted several heads to keep his team's noses in front. For the opposition David Walker had a useful game at lead, Shirley Nelson found excellent lines throughout at 2, and Cyril Woolgar bowled some telling woods at crucial times, however Cyril's trio were always slightly behind on shots, and the eventual 22-16 scoreline doesn't quite reflect how close the game was.
Many thanks again to Geoff Nelson for umpiring, Ron Langridge for conducting the trophy presentation after the match, and to John Bartlett and his team for arranging the green.

As the season draws to a close there was more success for Lindfield players in external events. The redoubtable Ian Watson & Keith Holman were runners-up in the National Men's Senior Pairs competition, losing to a pair from Buckinghamshire in the final at Leamington. Ian and Keith had won 10 games in a row to reach the final.

Jennie Sandford, Carol Watson and Sue Willmott won the Sussex County 2 wood Benevolent Triples. The semi-finals were played in the morning, at Horsham, when they beat Preston. It was 14-14 going into last end. The Preston lead drew 2 round the jack, Watson broke up the head with a running wood, the Preston skip took out Watson's wood then Willmott drew shot to win a tense match.

In friendlies Lindfield, in a new fixture for the club, beat The Drive 61-51: Peter Gacsall's rink won 19-11; Wilf Atkins's by 13-12; Richard Harding drew 14-14; Carol Watson won 15-14.
Lindfield ladies lost 40-50 to Steyning: Joan Hampton won 15-13; Carolyn Worth lost 11-19; Stephanie Teddenham lost 14-18.
Against Peacehaven it was all square in ends and shots 81-81: Terry Hughes dropped 4 on the last end to go down 17-21; Peter Colbourne lacked support, 10-32; Richard Harding won 24-16; Jennie Sandford 30-12.
In the trip to Woodingdean the home side won 67-77: David Glossop's was the only winning rink, having led 24-3 allowed Ken Ross back to 26-19; Wilf Atkins's rink led until the last end to draw, 15-15; Terry Hughes lost 10-23; Chris Reynolds was drawing 12-12 but eventually lost 16-20. Away at Rottingdean the ladies lost 55-65.
Hollingbury Park came but lost 81-54: Alan Eastwood's rink had a fine win 20-5; Terry Hughes, 22-15; Carol Watson 19-15; David Glossop took a single on the last end to win 20-19.

Colbourne and Sandford win singles crowns

 28-Aug-2017  Competition secretaries

The second part of Lindfield's Finals Weekend produced some fantastically close-fought games of bowls. In the Ladies' Two Wood singles Jennie Sandford drew an inch-perfect bowl to beat Carol Watson 15-14, while husband Paul Sandford bowled impressively to win the Butfoy 100 Up singles 105-65 against Bill Colbourne.

Dorothy Keogh gave a fine display of draw bowling to win the Ladies' Backbone singles 21-8 against Stella Sayers, and David Glossop was again the runner-up, this time in the mixed Aussie Pairs, as he and Carolyn Worth struggled to put eventual winners Arthur Mortenson and Ron Langridge under any sustained pressure.

Colin Stevens enjoyed his first final, showing a good range of shots to beat Bill Colbourne 21-14 in the Men's Backbone, but in the sun-drenched afternoon session most eyes were on the Men's and Ladies' Championship finals. Peter Colbourne took on five-time winner Adam Harding in a wonderfully engrossing game that saw Peter take an early 7-2 lead, then Adam steadily chipped away at the deficit, levelling the scores at 15-15. Both players had the misfortune to turn heads round to their opponent's advantage on a rink with some challenging lines, but with Adam 19-17 ahead Peter picked up two consecutive 3's to claim his second club championship title, 21-19.

The ladies' championship final was the third game of the weekend between Jennie Sandford and Carol Watson, and again Jennie just managed to prevail, both ladies playing superbly well and the shot changing hands regularly, Jennie hung on to win 21-19. This was the second time in 3 years that the Competition Secretaries have emerged as club champions! This was a classic Finals Weekend and showed the club at its very best, with a small army of helpers and many appreciative spectators. Special thanks go to Ian Watson for arranging the rinks, Ron Langridge for presenting the trophies, Willy Bollschweiler for providing many mouth-watering cakes, Clive Smith for manning the bar, Christine Colbourne for many tireless hours in the kitchen, and Geoff Nelson for his excellent services as umpire for the whole weekend.

Finals Weekend: Update

 27-Aug-2017  Competition secretaries

Today saw an excellent first half to Finals Weekend, with the club bathed in warm sunshine for the entire day, and an appreciative crowd of spectators witnessed some fine bowling. Last-minute substitute Phil Thorpe played steadily and claimed a first club comp title with partner Roger Willmott, Keith Holman played superbly to win the Men's Handicap, while the ladies' triples went down to an umpire's measure, Dorothy Keogh's team just winning by a single shot.

Men's Pairs:
Ian Wilson & David Glossop 16, Phil Thorpe & Roger Willmott 25.
Ladies Pairs:
Carolyn Worth & Margaret Atkins 14, Janet Hawkins & Carol Watson 23.
Men's Handicap Singles:
Peter Colbourne 11, Keith Holman 21.
Men's Veterans Singles:
Terry Hughes 7, Bill Colbourne 21.
Ladies 100 Up:
Carol Watson 89, Jennie Sandford 101.
Men's Two Wood:
Martin Pelosi 18, Peter Colbourne 21.
Betty McMillan Triples:
Norma Smith, Margaret Atkins & Stephanie Tuddenham 10: Lesley Dooge, Shirley Nelson & Dorothy Keogh 11.

Finals Weekend: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August

 21-Aug-2017  Competition secretaries

The running order for Sunday 27th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:00 Ladies Pairs  
  Janet Hawkins & Carol Watson Carolyn Worth & Margaret Atkins
  Scoreboard: Lesley Dooge.
10:00 Men's Pairs
  Ian Wilson & David Glossop Phillip Thorpe (sub) & Roger Willmott
  Scoreboard: Bob Hampton / Phillip Thorpe is subbing for Nevill Congdon, who is unavailable.
10:30 Men's Handicap Singles  
  Keith Holman Peter Colbourne
  Marker: Adam Harding / Scoreboard: Alan Gardiner
13:00 Men's Veterans  
  Terry Hughes Bill Colbourne
  Marker: Ken Eldred / Scoreboard: Peter Gacsall
14:00 Men's Two Wood:  
  Martin Pelosi Peter Colbourne
  Marker: Peter Elford / Scoreboard: Willy Bollschweiler
14:00 Ladies 100 Up  
  Carol Watson Jennie Sandford
  Marker: Julia Dearing / Scoreboard: Carolyn Worth.
14:30 Betty McMillan Triples  
  Lesley Dooge
Shirley Nelson
Dorothy Keogh
Norma Smith
Margaret Atkins
Stephanie Tuddenham
  Scoreboard: Audrey Kite.

The running order for Monday 28th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:00 Ladies Backbone  
  Dorothy Keogh Stella Sayers
  Marker: Frank Morris / Scoreboard: Joan Hampton
10:00 Butfoy 100 Up Singles  
  Paul Sandford Bill Colbourne
  Marker: Pat Whetstone / Scoreboard: John Foster
10:00 Ladies Two Wood  
  Carol Watson Jennie Sandford
  Marker: Shirley Foxwell / Scoreboard: Jan Bartlett
10:00 Drawn Aussie Pairs  
  Carolyn Worth & David Glossop Arthur Mortenson & Ron Langridge
  Scoreboard: John Bartlett
13:30 Men's Backbone  
  Colin Stevens Bill Colbourne
  Marker: Stephanie Tuddenham / Scoreboard: Alan Eastwood.
14:30 Ladies Championship  
  Carol Watson Jennie Sandford
  Marker: Dorothy Keogh / Scoreboard: Norma Smith
14:30 Men's Championship  
  Adam Harding Peter Colbourne
  Marker: Mike Streeter / Scoreboard: Wilf Atkins
 
17:00 Presentation of trophies by Club President Ron Langridge.

Umpire: Geoff Nelson.

Note: Dress code for all bowler and markers is whites. Greys for doing the scoreboard.

Watson & Holman through to National Semi-Finals

 19-August-2017  Website Editor

Good news from the National finals at Leamington, as Ian Watson & Keith Holman have made it through to the semi-finals of the over-55 pairs. The Lindfield duo defeated Bedfordshire this morning 26-13, then had a much closer game against a pair from Yorkshire, just winning 24-21. They play a pair from Surrey in the morning, with the final tomorrow afternoon if they get through.
UPDATE - Ian and Keith lost to Buckinghamshire in the final, 23-16, they were always behind but got back to within 3 shots of their opponents, only to see them pick up another score and move ahead. The game was concluded with one end left to play.

Lindfield win County Triples, 2 Wood

 06-August-2017  Website Editor
Lindfield County Triples Winners 2017

Good news from Popes Mead as Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman successfully defended their County Triples title, beating Worthing Pavilion's Rob Taylor, Alex Paine and Mark Strong 23-11. The game was closer than the score suggests, with most ends closely fought, the shot changing hands regularly, but the Lindfield trio bowled consistently well to always be in control of the game. There was one dodgy moment when Alex Paine sprang the jack backwards and to the corner of the green, and Worthing Pavilion collected 5 shots as Holman couldn't quite cut down the damage, but apart from that the Worthing trio's scoring opportunities were always limited.

In the County Two Wood final Martin Pelosi celebrated his first year at Lindfield by claiming the title for a second time, winning fairly comfortably against Martin Leach of Hove & Kingsway. The players shook hands with 3 ends left to play as it had become mathematically impossible for Leach to win, as he was more than 6 shots behind.

Ian Watson and Keith Holman have also qualified for the last 32 of the National Senior Pairs. They played five games altogether beating West Hoathly, Peacehaven, a team from Lindfield, then Newick and White Rock. Having reached the zone final they played a pair from Burges Hill and now will represent Sussex in the Nationals at Leamingon. Interestingly all their games were away fixtures!

In the Border League Lindfield maintained their place at the head of the table with a 10-0 defeat of Dorking 79-27. In a new friendly fixture four Lindfield triples beat The Drive 61-51. Peter Gacsall's three won 19-11. The other games were much more closely fought: Wilf Atkins won the last few ends 7-4 to win 13-12; having led 10-5 Richard Harding drew 14-14; having been down 8-10 Carol Watson won 15-14.

Watson and Holman through to Leamington

 02-August-2017  Peter Gacsall

Ian Watson and Keith Holman won the zone final of the Senior Pairs against a pair from Burgess Hill 24-17. They now go to Leamington later this month to compete in the National Finals, and also in the Triples with Adam Harding.

In the Mid Sussex League, by beating Felbridge 10-0 for the second time, Lindfield ought to have staved off relegation. Two fours late on helped Chris Reynolds to 23-18; although the lead changed often a five took Roger Green to 19-12; Tom Palmer scored steadily to win 19-10.

Having, relatively recently, won the Border League top division for 12 out of 13 years, last year Lindfield suffered the ignominy of relegation. Last Thursday, with two weeks to go, they confirmed their return to the top flight with a 10-0 victory against Horsham Park. They are now on 64 points with Redhill second on 60 points with 2 games to play.
Adam Harding's rink won 15-11 having been in arrears for most of the game but scored 5 shots on the last 2 ends. Another close match was on Geoff Nelson's rink where they also ended up 15-11 winners. Terry Hughes's rink however had few difficulties coming out winners by 26-6, including a 6 and a 5. So an overall score of 56-28.

At Redhill Lindfield achieved a whitewash, 81-46, in a triples game: Wilf Atkins was 0-7 but then won ten of the next eleven ends to win 21-11; Richard Harding hung on in a close match, 17-16; Adam Harding was dominant winning 18-8; as was Peter Gacsall, 25-11.

News round-up

 25-July-2017  Peter Gacsall

Sue Willmott, Carol Watson and Jennie Sandford played in the County Two Wood Triples. They had to play in a preliminary round then three more matches of 15 ends each, plus two trial ends and an extra end, i.e. 69 ends of bowls in a single day. They beat Henfield, Horsham, Hurstpierpoint and Haywards Heath and are now through to semi-finals.

Lindfield have tried a new format for the first time: a match involving four rinks each from three local village clubs, Lindfield, West Hoathly and Newick. The inaugural match was played at Lindfield with Lindfield scoring 112 shots; West Hoathly 80 and Newick 63. It was much enjoyed so next year's event will be at West Hoathly.

In a keenly fought fixture at Brighton, although the rinks were shared, Lindfield prevailed by 49-42. Shirley Foxwell's triple beat Howard Funnell's 11-9; Cyril Woolgar lost to Brian Wooley 8-16; Clive Smith, relatively new to skipping, lost a very close game 10-11; Janice Woolgar, skipping for the first time, overcame Peter Fowle, a much experienced skip, 20-6 - congratulations to her team.

National Mixed Fours update

 19-July-2017  Peter Gacsall

In the area semi-final of the National Mixed Fours against Ringmer, Lindfield: Carol Watson, Sue Willmott, Ian Watson and Keith Holman, won 25-17. They were 8-0 down after the first two ends then 14-8 down, they fought back to get even and gained 4 shots on the 16th end taking the lead and keeping it. They will meet four from Worthing Pavilion in the area final.

The Lindfield ladies won another County Double Rink beating West Hoathly, both at home and away. They are now in the zone final which will be played at Saffrons, Eastbourne.

Martin Pelosi beat Phil Soper of Uckfield 18-15 in the County Two Wood to take him into the final.

In friendly matches the Sussex Vice-Patrons had a very good last few ends to beat Lindfield 109-116. Lindfield's Richard Harding led Dave Dawson 18-5 but ended 20-20; and Chris Reynolds led the redoubtable Des Foord 15-5 only to lose 15-17.
Things went better against Henfield with an 86-61 victory. In a new fixture Brighton came and beat Lindfield 68-77. Richard Harding, up 20-8 after sixteen ends dropped nine shots in four ends to win by just 21-17; David Glossop led early on but David Nealer clawed his way back to 16-15 whence the two Davids shared eight shots in the final two ends to finish 20-19 to Lindfield.

Lindfield reach County finals

 12-July-2017  Peter Gacsall

Carol Watson and Sue Willmott are through to the final of the ladies' County Pairs, beating four separate pairs to get to the semi-final and then winning their semi-final at Preston beating S Brown & S Norman from Sidley Martlets: It was a very close game at 11- 10 on the 16th end; then in the 17th Willmott managed to take Sidley Martlets's shot wood out cleanly to give the Lindfield pair a 6, making it 17 -10. The result was 20-14 to Lindfield who will play in the Final at Haywards Heath on the 29th/30th July.

In the County Double Rink, Lindfield Ladies played three rounds beating teams from White Rock, Hampden Park, and then beating Crouch 58-29.

Sue Willmott's run in the Champion of Champions faltered in the 5th round against Amy Truran of St Francis, 21-18.

At Popes Mead on Monday Lindfield's reigning men's County Triples champions - Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman - were again successful, winning their semi-final against Dave Woosnam's Mackie trio 21-5. They now face a re-run of last year's final against Mark Strong's Worthing Pavilion team, at Popes Mead on 6th August.

There was more good news as Martin Pelosi extended his good run in the County Two Wood Singles (which he previously won in 2014), beating M Keane of Southbourne 16-5 in the quarter-final, then prevailing in a much tighter game against Uckfield's Phil Soper, 18-15. Martin now plays M Leach of Hove & Kingsway in the final at Popes Mead on 6th August.

In friendlies Horsham ladies pipped Lindfield 53-56. The following day Lindfield ladies did the pipping against Burgess Hill, 60-64.
Mixed teams: more pipping taking Motcombe Gardens 90-86; and a rather more handsome win over Crowborough Wolfe, 85-64, in which Richard Harding scored 9 in the last two ends to lose to Sue Clark by just 20-22; Shirley Foxwell went down to Ivan Atkinson by just one, 16-17; Peter Gacsall allowed Peter Flint only three ends, 27-8; and Wilf Atkins, having given Lynn Kipps a 0-9 start came back to win 22-17.

Lindfield men represent England in British Isles Championships

 09-July-2017  Roger Green
Lindfield men representing England

In Belfast, representing England in the Senior Fours of the British Isles Championships, Lindfield's Keith Holman, Tom Palmer, Roger Green and Ian Watson played Jersey in the rain and really cold conditions (the heating was on in changing rooms!).
They were behind most of the match but clawed their way back to win it on the last two ends.
Although scheduled to play Ireland the next day, they were asked to play again with less than an hour's break. Ireland, who had not played and were on their own club green, took full advantage and then went on to win the championship.

Mixed fortunes for Lindfield teams

 03-July-2017  Peter Gacsall

There was a good win in the Tom Francis mixed double rink with Graeme Geddie's away team going down 13-23 but the magnificent home team, skipped by Sue Willmott, winning 27-12.

In the Border League Cup, Chris Reynolds's home team won by one shot. Going into the last end Terry Hughes's men were up one overall and were down just one when the opposing skip, Graham Duvergier, drew a second so an extra end had to be played which was won by Horsham. In friendly matches Lindfield, rather uncharacteristically, lost to Felbridge away 59-96; to Eastbourne Parade 48-63; and to Felbridge at home 61-87. Some socks need to be pulled up.

Triples through to county q/finals

 25-June-2017  Peter Gacsall

First the good news: two Lindfield triples won through to the area final. Adam Harding, Ian Watson & Keith Holman beat Roy Gibbs's Brighton triple 23-6; Martin Pelosi, Peter Gacsall & Roger Green beat Dave Beard's West Hoathly triple 20-9. The bad news: only one will go through because they will play each other next.
Tom Palmer beat Robert May of Newick 23-13 in the county singles to reach the quarter-finals, as did Martin Pelosi, beating Preston's Trevor Vive 17-8 in the two wood. Lindfield's (men's) double fours beat Preston's team 49-26 to make the area final.
In friendly matches: at home Lindfield beat Godstone 73-33; in away matches there were, very gratifyingly, good wins: against Isle of Thorns - in which Dorothy Keogh's mixed rink came from 8-16 to win 20-17, 68-59; Mackie, 86-49; and the most closely fought, Adastra, 95-94.

International Success for Sussex Village

 18-June-2017  Peter Gacsall
Lindfield ladies at Llandidrod Wells

Brilliant International Success for Sussex Village!
Four lady members of Lindfield Bowling Club were half of the squad (four men, four women) that won the Tony Alcock Trophy National Double Mixed Fours at Leamington Spa in 2016. As a result of that win they represented England in the Ladies Senior Fours at the British Isles Championships held at Llandidrod Wells in Wales. They are (left to right): Margaret Atkins, Sue Willmott, Carol Watson and Shirley Foxwell.

Their first game, played on Friday 16th June against Wales, they won 19-17. In their next game, a semi-final against Ireland, they won 17-11. After a short break, it was the final against Jersey, all of whom were international players. England, that is, Lindfield, won 20-18 having been 18-7 up after 14 ends. They entered the last end up 20-16. The last few ends were very intense.

This is a marvellous achievement for a village bowling club; a great experience for the Lindfield ladies, playing against international players and being part of the winning team representing their country.

Ladies make progress as men struggle in counties

 12-June-2017  Peter Gacsall

It was not such a good evening for the Lindfield's men in the county pairs this week. Peter Gacsall & Adam Harding were out-skipped by Ringmer's Broadway & Bannister, 23-15; Thanks to a five on the penultimate end Uckfield's Phil Soper and Guy Thornley beat Ian Watson and Keith Holman 22-18; with a late surge Uckfield's Patrick Urben and Adrian Wainwright overcame Roger Willmott & Terry Hughes 29-18. Steve Noyes & Peter Colbourne had a tough game against Simon Wilkinson and Arthur Knapp at Woodingdean, 9-12 down at 15 ends, twice Knapp drew the shot when 4 down, and the Lindfield pair lost 9-21.

Lindfield Ladies got through to the last round in the Triples beating Gildredge Park 22- 7; then had a close game against Crouch winning 17-16; next they played Hellingly and despite not being on form Lindfield won 16-5. The team was: Jennie Sandford, Carol Watson & Sue Willmott.
In the Pairs Willmott & Watson had a walkover in the first round; next they played a strong pair from Polegrove in a close game: on the 20th end the score was 16-15 to Lindfield but they were down 2 shots. Willmott fired with the last wood making a dead end so they played another. Again were down by 2 shots, Willmott fired again with her last wood and took the Jack back to their own woods winning 18-15.

In friendlies there was a very close game at Adastra, Lindfield winning 3 out of the 6 triples but just winning 95-94 overall. At West Hoathly it was 2-2 in rinks but Lindfield came out ahead 94-88: there were resurgences: Geoff Nelson led 19-6 at tea to end 27-19; Jennie Sandford led 13-6 at tea to lose 16-24; Peter Gacsall was 5-9 at tea to win 28-17; Carol Watson trailed 6-9 to win 23-18.

County pairs make progress

 05-June-2017  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield had a good Thursday evening in the men's county pairs, with all four pairs winning their matches: Terry Hughes and Roger Willmott beat the Woodingdean pair 21-19; at home Keith Holman and Ian Watson, winners in 2016, beat Maurice Awcock's pair from Newick, 31-11; Peter Colbourne and Stephen Noyes beat John Bowes & David Lindsay from Isle of Thorns in a close match 21-17; Adam Harding & Peter Gacsall were behind all the way until they picked up ten shots in the last three ends to win 21-18.

In the National Double Fours, against West Hoathly, all looked good for Lindfield when Keith Holman's rink won 21-16 with Tom Palmer's rink just 14-15 down. Unfortunately Tom's rink then dropped seven on the next two ends to lose 16-23.
In the friendly at Crouch, although close at teatime, Lindfield won three rinks and shared one, 95-75: Chris Reynolds won 27-15; Peter Gacsall was down to Derek Budd all the way but won the last three ends to square the game 23-23; Alan Gardiner was down most of the way, got to 18-18 on the last end and secured the win by using a shoulder (Crouch called it a wick) to win 19-18; David Glossop won 26-19.

Bletchingly came and secured a rare win against Lindfield by 60-62: David Glossop won 17-12; Terry Hughes drew 17-17; Peter Gacsall lost 14-16; Wilf Atkins lost 12-17. At Haywards Heath, always a closely contested game, Lindfield were just three ahead so the final margin was a surprise, 93-64: David Glossop, down 4-17 at tea against Julie Fairbairn won 29-18; Carol Watson moved from 9-9 to beat Terry Gasson 25-13; Ken Eldred always led David Jones, 25-15; Shirley Foxwell was always behind Mike Rymer, 14-18.

County and match updates

 28-May-2017  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield Ladies had an excellent start in the County 4s. A team of J Sanford, M Atkins, C Watson & S Willmott beat a team from East Grinstead 28-11 and had another good win against Ringmer 25-11 but playing Uckfield in the third round was harder. 5 shots were dropped in the first 2 ends they were always chasing the game and lost 17- 22. In the county triples the same team, without M Atkins, has won the first game against Gildredge Park 22-7 with Gildredge conceding on the 17th end.

In the first round of the Border League Cup Lindfield's men, one rink home and one away, overcame strong Horley teams winning both legs. Away, Terry Hughes's men took some time to come to terms with a very fast green but then turned in a good team effort to win 17-11. At home David Glossop was in charge where, in a tight game, the lead changed several times but when Lindfield took the lead late on they managed to stay ahead and win 14-11.

In the trip to Hollingbury Park Lindfield players struggled with a slow and somewhat lumpy green so were disappointed to lose 68-77: Dorothy Keogh won 17-14; Adam Harding lost 14-25; Peter Colbourne was down 6-17 at tea so had a good comeback to end just 18-21; the evergreen Geoff Nelson won 19-17. Bletchingly arrived late and short so borrowed two of Lindfield's players and had the temerity to win 60-62.

National Double Fours progress

 24-May-2017  Peter Gacsall

Lindfield's men won the first round of the National Double Fours in a close-run battle with Preston, by just 4 shots. After 14 ends it was 27-25 in favour of Lindfield. The Preston four rallied and had two good counts on their last two ends to win by 2 shots. At this point Tom Palmer's Lindfield quartet were two ends slower, and their score put Lindfield 5 shots to the good. There followed a strange end which, after 12 woods, had the jack completely surrounded but nothing within a yard of it.  Preston had 3 or 4 in the count but Andy Smalldridge, the Preston skip, fell short. Palmer picked up 2 shots which more or less secured victory with an end to go. Preston's best chance was to kill the end but Smalldridge's second firing shot missed by a narrow margin.

In friendly matches Lindfield continue successfully. Isle of Thorns ladies came and won one rink: for Lindfield Stella Wellum's rink won 21-18; Stephanie Tuddenham lost a close game 16-19; Janet Hawkins made the difference, 28-19. A mixed team beat Redhill on all triples: Geoff Nelson 25-12; Peter Colbourne 17-15; David Glossop 22-16; Ken Eldred 22-15. Against Saltdean there was a similar pattern on all rinks: Lindfield race ahead then Saltdean peg them back: Chris Reynolds, led 10-0 to win 22-13; Alan Gardiner 9-2 then 23-14; Richard Harding 11-0 then 26-12; Wilf Atkins 7-2 then 17-26.

Ladies beat Hailsham in Top Club

 14-May-2017  Peter Gacsall
Lindfield ladies at Plumpton races

Lindfield ladies (pictured at today's outing to Ladies' Day at Plumpton Races) played County Top Club at Hailsham. Jennie Sandford played singles giving a 21 -17 win to start. Carol Watson and Margaret Atkins playing the pairs got a 4 on the 16th end bringing them up to 13 -11, and they finished winning 16- 15. In the triples Janet Hawkins, Dorothy Keogh, and Shirley Foxwell were 12-12 on end 13 but then won every end winning 21-12. In the fours Shirley Nelson, Carolyn Worth, Joan Corless and Sue Willmott struggled on the green and after 7 ends were 0-11 but they brought the mat up and changed the length of the Jack and lost by just 2 shots 19 - 21 giving Lindfield a win of three games to one and 77-65 in shots.

Ladies National over 55 fours played at Eastbourne: Margaret Atkins, Shirley Foxwell, Carol Watson and Sue Willmott played a team from Polgrove and lost 14-19.
Joan Hampton won her County Secretaries singles against B Bird from Isle of Thorns 21-11.
Carolyn Worth lost a County singles match against Hazel Burr from Uckfield 11-21.
Sue Willmott won her Champion of Champions game against P Stanyer from Lewes 21-12.
In friendly matches against St. Francis Lindfield won 105-92: David Glossop, 14-17; Ken Eldred 19-14; Alan Eastwood, 27-10; Chris Reynolds, 14-20; Alan Gardiner, having trailed 5-12 won 22-15; Peter Gacsall, 10-16.

Another good win was secured against Mackie, 109-73: Terry Hughes, 14-19; David Glossop, 29-11; Roger Green, having led 15-8 hung on for 16-15; Chris Reynolds, 13-19; Wilf Atkins, having led 31-1 with five ends to go won 37-9.
This was followed by a successful foray to Peacehaven & Telscombe, 103-68: Terry Hughes, 25-18; Adam Harding, 25-21; Alan Gardiner, 31-12; Peter Colbourne 22-17.
Preston were also successfully overcome, 80-68 despite losing 2.5 rinks to 1.5: Shirley Foxwell had led 12-10 went down 14-17; David Glossop, after leading 20-15 drew 20-20; Peter Gacsall led throughout, 29-10; Richard Harding was ahead 16-9 lost 17-21.

Lindfield off to a flying start

 08-May-2017  Peter Gacsall

Mike Streeter's and Norma Smith's tenures as club captains have got off to a rip-roaring start. Despite the quite alien nature of the green at Handcross, and the fact that the green turned white with hail for about five minutes, Lindfield secured a good win in a close game, 87-80.
When we travelled to Godstone, another good win was engineered, 65-55, Carol Watson's rink had a topsy-turvy game trailing by 2-13 but winning 20-15.

The next match, against Hurstpierpoint, was also away. Despite winning three rinks to two Lindfield lost on shots 82-93. The next three matches were all at home and all were won.
Crowborough Wolfe's Ladies gave a good close match: Dorothy Keogh led 6-2 but lost her way going down 11-27; Carol Watson had a good win, 27-10; and Sue Willmott was down 2-10 but won the second half to close the game 18-14.

Seaford came with two rinks of ladies and three men's triples. The ladies won in the last two ends to take the game 32-28: Shirley Foxwell, taking the last four ends 7-0 won 18-13; Carol Watson held on for 14-15; the men were fairly dominant, 68-42, winning all rinks, Peter Colbourne, 20-16; Terry Hughes, 23-14 and Adam Harding, 25-12.
Balcombe came but Lindfield were too strong, 72-49, taking three of the four triples: David Glossop, 25-15; Ken Eldred, 18-15; Peter Gacsall, 19-5; Shirley Foxwell lost a close game 10-14.

Meanwhile the men's Top Club team for the game against West Hoathly on Tues 16th May has been selected:
2 Wood: Tom Palmer
4 Wood: Keith Holman
Pair: Martin Pelosi & Adam Harding
Triple: Roger Willmott, Ian Watson, Roger Green
Four: David Glossop, Terry Hughes, Peter Gacsall, Chris Reynolds.

Chilly start to the new season

 27-Apr-2017  Website editor

Yesterday's wintry weather heralded the first fixture of the 2017 season, and our intrepid team of four rinks set off to Handcross for a friendly match that was played in single-figure temperatures, with a brisk breeze, occasional rain, and at one point a covering of hail.
The match was very close overall, with Lindfield just prevailing 87-80. There were wins for David Glossop (26-12), Peter Gacsall (24-21) and Alan Eastwood (21-19), while Chris Reynolds's rink fared less well. The weekend promises similarly challenging conditions, firstly for the annual Men's Captain vs Ladies Captain game on Saturday, which will see 7 rinks per side, and then for the away game at Godstone on Sunday.
The men's club competitions have been drawn and will appear on the noticeboard in the next few days, and the mixed club competitions will be drawn next week.

New LBC website goes live

 25-Mar-2017  Website editor

After nine years, the faithful old version of the website has been retired, and replaced with this new version, which is optimised to work on mobile phones and tablets, and also integrates with BowlsManager, so the selection committees will now be able to select the teams on BowlsManager and publish them straight onto this website.

Don't forget that the new season starts in 3 weeks time on Saturday 15th April, with the usual coffee morning, and the green will be open from 10am onwards. There is a working party on Saturday 8th April at 09:30, to get the club ready and do some spring cleaning.