Club News

Competitions update

 17-July-2022  Website Editor

For the first time since 2013, Lindfield's men have failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals of any county competition.
Adam Harding and Paul Sandford both made it to the quarters in the singles, only to be beaten by Lee Dickson and Kevin Yeo respectively at Sidley Martlets.
In the triples Phil Taylor had to drop out due to ill health, and was replaced by Alan Gardiner, but along with Peter Page and John Truran they struggled against some high class bowling from Carl Dyer, Ryan Midwinter and Michael Stone on a pushy Popes Mead green.

In the fours at Burgess Hill, the quartet of Adam Harding, Paul Sandford, Ian Watson and Keith Holman had an absorbing and low-scoring game against Darren Anderson's team from Hove & Kingsway. At 10-10 the game could have gone either way, but Darren's team edged ahead and managed to maintain a slender lead in the closing ends, to win 14-16.

In the Tony Allcock (national over-60 mixed double rink) trophy there was better news, as Lindfield won the Sussex area final against the Norfolk club (from Littlehampton) on a neutral green (Henfield), 36-27. The team of Jennie Sandford, Sue Willmott, Paul Sandford and Roger Green won 20-16, while the other rink of Margaret Atkins, Carol Watson, Peter Doughty and Ian Watson won 16-11. Peter Doughty was a late replacement for Keith Holman, who had to drop out due to Covid, so Ian moved to skip and Peter played an excellent game at 3. Many thanks to Henfield for hosting the game. We're now in the last 32 in England, and play a team from Kent at Wadhurst on Monday 1st August.

In the national men's over 55 pairs, Ian Watson and Keith Holman have won 5 games to reach the area final, to be played against Malcolm Mackenzie & partner, from Burgess Hill.

Several of our ladies are through to the semi-finals of the county competitions, to be played at Preston BC on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July, click here for the programme.

County competitions update

 25-June-2022  Website Editor

Area finals have been played in all the main (men's) county competitions, with the following results:

- Adam Harding is through to the singles quarter-finals after clinching a close-fought game against team mate Keith Holman

- Paul Sandford is also through to the singles quarter-finals after beating Uckfield's Phil Soper

- Ian Watson and Keith Holman lost their pairs area final to Buxted's Jason Walter and Alex Paine

- Paul Sandford, Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman are through to the Fours quarter-final after a last-end win against Preston

- Phil "The Power" Taylor, Peter Page and John Truran are through to the Triples quarter-final after beating team mates Gacsall, Reynolds and Green by 1 shot in the area final.

In the ladies' county comps:

- Carol Watson has reached the semi-final of the singles, after beating Buxted's Sue Walter 21-16.

- Julie Green and Stella Sayers play each other in the unbadged singles

- Carol Watson is still going in the Champion of Champions

- Jennie Sandford, Carol Watson and Sue Willmott have reached the semi-final of the triples

- Jennie Sandford, Margaret Atkins, Carol Watson and Sue Willmott have reached the semi-final of the fours

- Our double rink team are still going

Best of luck to all our remaining competitors!

Competitions update

 18-June-2022  Website Editor

Lindfield's fratricidal progress continues in the county competitions, with team mates pitted against each other with such regularity that internal leagues are having to be postponed to free up rink space.
In the county triples 3rd round reigning champions Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman took on Peter Gacsall, Chris Reynolds and Roger Green in an incredibly close game. Holman's trio saw their early 12-2 advantage slip away to a 12-13 deficit on longer jacks, a final scoreline of 13-13 required an extra end, which Roger Green's team just managed to win. They now play the area final against the Lindfield trio skipped by John Truran, with Phil Taylor and Peter Page, who enjoyed unexpected success against last year's losing county finalists from West Hoathly, before comfortably beating Des Foord's Newick trio last week.

In a rare game involving a player from a different club, Keith Holman managed a narrow 21-17 win against Buxted's Jason Walter in the 3rd round of the county singles. Keith now plays team mate Adam Harding in the area final on Tuesday, while in the other area final Paul Sandford (who beat team mate John Truran in the previous round) takes on Uckfield's Phil Soper.

Ian Watson and Keith Holman have reached the area final of the county pairs, and take on Buxted's Jason Walter and Alex Paine on 23rd June.

In the fours it was Lindfield vs Lindfield again, Paul Sandford's team enjoyed a convincing win against Peter Elford's quartet. Sandford and co now travel to Preston for the area final on 24th June.

In the county 2 wood day at Rottingdean Lindfield's five players struggled to get through to the latter stages, with first round exits for Harding and Minter. Peter Colbourne's last-bowl take-out shot secured a win against local player Dave Gardiner after the two players had gone into their last end 13-13, but Peter then came up against Lindfield team mate Alan Gardiner, whose good form narrowly won him that match but Alan then lost by a single shot to West Hoathly's Gordon Hall.

In the Tony Allcock trophy Lindfield are still going, having secured a convincing win against Preston B then a walkover against Crouch, they now face Rottingdean by 26th June.

Bowls Big Weekend

 03-June-2022  Website Editor

A small army of club members gave up their time to help in the Bowls Big Weekend. We had over 30 people, of all ages, come and have a try at bowling on the Saturday morning in the lovely sunshine, including our local MP Mims Davies joined by Anthea Lea who is our local councillor, who both had a good try at bowling and thoroughly enjoyed it.
There was lots of fun and laughter and some very good potential bowlers, including some juniors.
Bowls Big Weekend

On Saturday 4th June our ladies take on Polegrove in the second round of the national Top Club competition - do come along and cheer them on.

In other national comps the men had a close win over Preston in the National Double Fours, with new bowler Paul Gorringe making a successful debut in the senior team. They now travel to Crouch, who beat Lindfield in the Top Club 3-2 on 19th May.

In the national Mixed Pairs Sue Willmott and Martin Pelosi were unlucky to be drawn against Lindfield pairing Jennie Sandford and Adam Harding. Sue and Martin had enjoyed a convincing win against West Hoathly in the previous round, and their game against Adam and Jennie went to the last end, with Adam having to fire at the head to secure a narrow 2-shot win. He and Jennie now face another Lindfield pairing in the regional quarter-final!

Other Lindfield teams have been drawn against each other early, Kelvin Booth and Peter Page held on to win 13-12 against Steve Minter and Alan Gardiner in the county pairs, while Peter Colbourne and Steve Noyes enjoyed a competitive game against former winners Ian Watson and Keith Holman, at 9-9 after 10 ends the game was in the balance, but Keith's accuracy told in the closing ends. Ian and Keith had a walkover in the next round and now face Rottingdean in the 3rd round.

In the fours another all-Lindfield affair sees Peter Elford's team take on Paul Sandford's team on 10th June, while Peter Gacsall's team (Pelosi, Lonsdale, Thornely) travel to Barcombe to take on former Lindfield player Dave Richardson.

The men's county singles is the same story - Lindfield against Lindfield - Alan Gardiner enjoyed a good win against Kelvin Booth but then succumbed to some accurate drawing by new signing John Truran in the 2nd round. John struggled against team mate Andy Todd in the Unbadged, but Andy lost the next round to a player from Rottingdean. John now plays reigning club champion Paul Sandford in the singles on 14th June. In the previous round Paul beat team mate Chris Reynolds in a close-fought game. Keith Holman takes on Sussex star Jason Walters at Buxted on the 14th.

In the men's Senior Fours it was another all-Lindfield match, with Ralph Lonsdale, Paul Sandford, Ian Watson and Keith Holman taking on Peter Gacsall, Peter Elford, Andy Todd and Chris Reynolds. Steady leading from Gacsall and some excellent woods from Andy Todd kept them in the hunt until the closing ends, when again Keith's accuracy with weight, and some fine drawing from Sandford, gave their team the win.

New season gets under way

 02-May-2022  Website Editor

The 2022 season is up and running, with the prolonged spell of dry weather already making the green quicker than usual (for the time of year).
Friendly matches have taken place at Handcross, where Lindfield contrived to lose narrowly on each rink, but the annual trip to Godstone on 1st May resulted in a 7 shot victory thanks to a comfortable 10 shot win by Ian Wilson, Julia Dearing and Peter Page.

The first of a new series of Lindfield member profiles has been published - click here to read all about Chris Reynolds's bowling career. If you'd like your profile to appear on the website, please get in touch with Peter Colbourne.

2022 Dates announced

 12-Mar-2022  Website Editor

With just over a month til the outdoor season begins, here are some dates for your diary:

Sat 9th April - Pre-season meetings in the club house (choice of 10-11am or 12-1pm).

Sat 16th April - Green opens.

Mon 18th April - Club drive.

Thu 12th May - New members' induction evening.

27th to 29th May - "Bowls Big Weekend" (details TBC).

29th and 30th Aug - Finals Days.

10th Sep - Reserve Finals Day.

Club Finals results

 15-Aug-2021  Website Editor

Shirley Nelson and Julie Green Despite the grey, cheerless weather of this year's Finals Days, there was some excellent bowling on the Lindfield green.
In men's competitions Paul Sandford won the Championship 21-19 in a high quality battle with Guy Thornely.
Keith Holman had to work hard to score 24 shots to beat Kelvin Booth in the Handicap, Kelvin gave him a run for his money with some good attacking bowls early in the game.
In the 2 Wood Peter Colbourne won for the 3rd time in a hard-fought encounter with Alan Gardiner. Alan will feel hard done-by to lose the 100 Up to Peter Gacsall despite both players reaching 100 on the same end - due to the scoring system Peter won by reaching 100 before Alan's 4th bowl was counted. Alan had the consolation of a convincing win against David Walker in the Backbone.
The men's handicap pairs turned into an epic battle that lasted nearly 4 hours. David Highton and Peter Colbourne never looked to be in the game, 3-13 down to Anthony Gimson and Peter Page after 10 ends, they then went on a scoring spree, picking up 16 shots in 5 ends, before Page drew 3 excellent shots to narrow the gap to 21-19. The game eventually went to an extra end, Gimson stuck a front toucher on the jack that stayed there, giving them the win.
Peter Page also won the Butfoy mixed singles, just getting the better of Steve Gorringe 100 - 80.

2 wood triples finalists 2021

Bill Colbourne set a new Veteran's singles record, winning the trophy for the fifth time in a convincing display against an off-form Anthony Gimson.
In the ladies' competitions Carol Watson had a tough two days, losing four of her five finals, but crucially winning the Championship singles against Shirley Nelson, who earlier rolled back the years to see off newcomer Julie Green in the Backbone final. Shirley also contested the 100 Up against Sue Willmott, with Sue prevailing. Sue did battle with Carol in the 2 Wood final, the players eventually shook hands with Sue too far ahead for Carol to catch up.
Sue Willmott went on to win all four of her finals, pairing up with Julie Green to win the pairs, and with John Bartlett and an impressive Kath Honeysett to win the 2 wood triples.

See the full list of winners and runners-up here.

Schedule for Finals Days 2021


The running order for Sunday 29th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:00 Aussie Pairs  
  David Walker & Colin Stevens Joy Mayall & Carol Watson
10:00 Ladies 100 Up  
  Sue Willmott Shirley Nelson
10:30 Butfoy 100 Up  
  Peter Page Steve Gorringe
11:00 Men's Handicap  
  Kelvin Booth (+6) Keith Holman (-3)
13:00 Men's Backbone  
  Alan Gardiner David Walker
14:00 Men's Championship  
  Guy Thornely Paul Sandford
14:30 Ladies' Pairs  
  Julie Green & Sue Willmott Kathy Jarvis & Carol Watson
15:00 Men's Pairs  
  David Highton & Peter Colbourne Anthony Gimson & Peter Page

The running order for Monday 30th August is as follows:

  Blue stickers Red stickers
10:00 Ladies Backbone:  
  Shirley Nelson Julie Green
10:00 2 Wood Triples  
  Kath Honeysett, John Bartlett, Sue Willmott Colin Mallows, Geoff Nelson, Carol Watson
10:30 Men's 2 Wood  
  Peter Colbourne Alan Gardiner
10:30 Men's Veterans  
  Bill Colbourne Anthony Gimson
14:30 Men's 100 Up  
  Peter Gacsall Alan Gardiner
14:30 Ladies Championship  
  Shirley Nelson Carol Watson
16:15 Ladies 2 Wood  
  Sue Willmott Carol Watson
17:30 Presentation of trophies.

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

Lindfield pair in action at Leamington

 22-Aug-2021  Website Editor

Sussex County Pairs winners Paul Sandford and Adam Harding put in an excellent showing in the Nationals at Leamington Spa today. Playing on rink E5 in the morning session they bowled well to beat Josh Minto and Chris Yeomans of Gosforth (Northumberland) 16-14. The Lindfield duo took an early lead and kept their noses in front throughout on a tricky rink.

That put them into the afternoon session on A2 against newly-crowned National Singles Champion Sam Tolchard and partner Louis Ridout from the Kings Club (Devon), who are probably favourites to win the competition this year. Adam and Paul both rose to the occasion, with Paul regularly matching Ridout as both leads crowded the jack. The difference was in Tolchard's confident array of conversion shots, moving the jack around or pushing bowls away with controlled weight, so that any shots that Lindfield held looked precarious at all times.

Adam played a superb yard-on bowl to remove Devon's nearest wood on the 10th end to give them 3 shots, only to then drop a 3 on the following end as Tolchard did the same.
Scoring more than a single shot on any end looked to be a near-impossible task, and the skips eventually shook hands at 19-10 to Devon, with one end to spare. Well done Paul and Adam for putting in an excellent performance in front of an appreciative crowd.

Tony Allcock team beat Wallington on neutral green

 15-Aug-2021  Website Editor

Our Tony Allcock (National over 60's mixed double-fours) team are one win away from Leamington, after beating Wallington BC at Horley Bowls Club (neutral venue) this morning.
The two games were hard fought, with the result never really certain until the closing ends, when Peter Gacsall's rink (Margaret Atkins, Sue Willmott, Ralph Lonsdale) pulled away strongly from their opposition, sealing the game by picking up a 5 on their last end.

The Wallington skip succeeded in regularly getting his rink out of trouble, on one end cutting a 7 down to 1, and saving several other big scores. The pressure eventually told with Gacsall's quartet winning 22-6 with an end to spare.

In the other game Jennie Sandford, Carol Watson, Ian Watson and Keith Holman had a constant tussle with their opponents, the shot changed hands regularly until some telling bowls from Keith just nudged them ahead, 15-14. Lindfield now face a team from Kent on another neutral green in the next two weeks.

25th July: County pairs champions!

 25-Jul-2021  Website Editor

Adam Harding (left) and Paul Sandford, county pairs winners 2021

Congratulations to Paul Sandford and Adam Harding on winning the Sussex County Pairs, defeating Hove & Kingsway's Shaun Mulligan and David Hubbard 17-10 in steady rain at Horsham this morning. Paul and Adam took an early lead and looked comfortable for much of the game, until several ends of inspired bowling from Mulligan and Hubbard closed the gap to just 3 shots. However Adam bowled a series of telling woods in the closing ends to minimise the Kingsway duo's chances of scoring.
Adam (pictured left) had previously won the county pairs with Keith Holman in 2005.

24th July: County triples champions!

 24-Jul-2021  Website Editor

Adam Harding, Ian Watson and Keith Holman are Sussex County Triples Champions again, for the fourth time! The trio managed to sneak a two-shot win past West Hoathly's Dave Dawson, Roy Williams and Gordon Hall, 15-13, in an absorbing final at Horsham today. Lindfield got off to a good start but then got stuck on 7 for several ends, while West Hoathly gradually caught up with them, and went ahead.

It took a full-blooded firing shot from Keith to ditch the jack then draw a good second, to get them back into the game, after which Adam started to find better weight than Dave Dawson, and Gordon found several gaps with running woods.
Adam, Ian and Keith previously won the triples together in 2017, 2016 and 2003.

16th July: County competitions update

 16-Jul-2021  Website Editor

Congratulations to Paul Sandford and Adam Harding, who are through to the final of the county pairs after beating Des Foord and Peter Carter of Newick at Horsham last night.

Adam is also through to the triples final along with Ian Watson and Keith Holman, where they face Gordon Hall's West Hoathly team.

We narrowly missed out on some other finalists - Keith Holman lost in the semi-final of the Champion of Champions to Lee Dickson, and Ian Watson's senior four also lost in the semi-final, while Adam lost in the quarter-final of the men's singles.

County finals weekend is Sat/Sun 24th-25th July at Horsham bowls club. Running order TBC.

In the nationals, Lindfield have reached the area semi-final of the Tony Allcock trophy thanks to a comfortable win over Preston, and we now face Eastbourne by 25th July.

31st May: News update

 31-May-2021  Peter Gacsall

After an awfully long time, the bowls season has got under way! April was glorious, but it was too early to bowl, and May has been less kind with players wearing multiple jumpers and wet gear. Quite a number of Lindfield players have won through the early stages of county competitions:

- Carol Watson and Ralph Lonsdale won their first National Mixed Pairs at West Hoathly against Roy Williams and Sylvia Smith, 25-9.

- Sue Willmott and Carol Watson are through to the 4th round of county pairs having won against Woodingdean 22-4; Joan Hampton's Trixie pair is through to the second round.

- Keith Holman won his first round match in the Champion of Champions.

- In the 4 wood singles Kelvin Booth, Adam Harding, Keith Holman, Peter Gacsall and Ralph Lonsdale are all through to the second round.

- Peter Page is through to the second round of the Unbadged Singles.

- Peter Page and Kelvin Booth had a good win over Preston's Andy Michael and Steve Ireland in the National Over 55 Pairs.

- In the county pairs, both Ian Watson's pair and Paul Sandford's are into the third round.

- Three triples are still competing, led by: Ian Watson, Peter Colbourne and Peter Page.

Quite a number of club matches have been cancelled because of rain. Those matches played have had reduced numbers plyaing, usually just three triples, with the results balancing wins and losses.

April 2021: Not long til we open!

 15-Apr-2021  Website Editor

The end is in sight after a long and difficult winter; the green opens on Saturday 24th April with well-supported drives on both days of the opening weekend.
At the moment we are anticipating a full season, as demonstrated by our fixtures list, but we start the season under Bowls England's "Return to Bowls" restrictions.

For visiting teams and members, please click here to view how these restrictions will affect your game at Lindfield during April and May. We hope that these restrictions will be gradually lifted as the season progresses.

The Lindfield green in April