Bowls round-up: Horsham earn town bragging rights over Park

The town’s bragging rights belong to Horsham Bowls Club, who won back the annual Town Challenge Trophy in a close contest with rivals Horsham Park.

The rumbles of thunder gave way to hot and humid conditions and both teams won on their respective greens.

The game in the Park ended in a plus four win for the hosts, but Horsham’s plus eight win saw them take the trophy by four shots.

Park’s top rink was Frank Thomas, David Spurr, Brian Milner and Carole Neve (+11).

There were fireworks on Horsham’s rink skipped by George Cooper who had a ‘hot shot’ against Park’s rink skipped by Ian Holmes.

Cooper was also in charge of Horsham’s top rink skipping his four of Jan Puffett, Mick Mansbridge and Roy Pretty to victorious margin of 19 shots.

Horsham captain Mike Power said: “It was hard work out there and not only because it was the hottest afternoon of the season.

“The Park bowlers made it very difficult for us and we were fortunate to come away with the narrow win overall.

“We will add the Challenge Shield to our other Trophies for this season and do our best to hold onto it next year.

“I must compliment everybody involved in a game played hard but in the best sporting spirit.”

Elsewhere Horsham Park enjoyed the game at Haywards Heath played in a friendly atmosphere but eventually lost by 11 shots.

Ian Holmes’ triple, with Pauline Topper and Paul English, won by four shots, in spite of losing nine over the last five ends.

David Peters with David Spurr and Marie Davies also won by two but the other three rinks went Haywards Heath’s way.

There was better luck for Horsham Park in a friendly at home to Burgess Hill.

A great day was had by all with three winning rinks for the Park, who won the match overall by nine shots.

Horsham BC may have won back the Town Challenge Trophy, but elsewhere they didn’t have it all their own way.

Despite the lady captain’s triple winning handsomely, Horsham lost overall to their Surrey visitors Newdigate.

Newdigate won three out of the five rinks and had an overall winning margin of 12 shots. Christine Thomas said: “Stuart King and Mick Norris played very well. It was just a pity that our excellent effort wasn’t enough to secure the overall win.”

Visitors Hurstpierpoint found the Bishopric Green very much to their liking and secured a handsome win over their Horsham hosts by 29 shots.

Horsham’s only winner from the five triples was Roy Smith, helped by David Grogan and Alan Fisher. Smith said: “We scored a most unusual ‘hot shot’, all nine woods counting on the tenth end. But it was a measure of the strength of the opposition that they still held us to a winning margin of only four shots. They were much too strong for us on the day.”

Consistent scoring by Maltravers at Billingshurst allowed the visitors to take an early lead which they never looked like losing. The hosts managed one winning rink by Ray Sutton, Barry Gilbert and Chris Laker (+13).

Horsham District IBC lost 154-140 to White Oak despite sharing the rinks four each. Top Horsham rink was skip Gladys Stocker, Betty Trisscott, Ralph Pratt and Betty Gunter (+20).

There was also a narrow defeat to Adur 118-114. Top Horsham rink was Dorothy Armstrong, Jill Pendrill, Denis Truscott and Peter Brown.