Sun shines on Horsham bowls finals

Horsham Bowling Club President, Diana Taylor with Men's Champion, Martin Joliffe, left and Ladies Champion, Fran Baillie, right
Horsham Bowling Club President, Diana Taylor with Men's Champion, Martin Joliffe, left and Ladies Champion, Fran Baillie, right
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Finalists at Horsham Bowling Club enjoyed the best of the weekend weather as the Bishopric Green hosted the annual finals.

In the men’s finals, reigning champion Martin Jolliffe proved too strong for Dennis Tribe, winning 22-13, and then teamed up with his father Paul to add the Championships Pairs. In a good weekend Martin also took the Handicap Pairs with newcomer Stuart King.

Elsewhere Arch Redwood won the Williams Cup, Keith Dellard took the Hales Cup ahead of Barry Baillie, who won the Sets Competition as well as the Hundred-Up Competition. Martin Jolliffe retained the Victor Ludorum Trophy.

In a keenly fought Ladies Finals competition, Katie Felton led right to the last end where Fran Baillie pipped her to the trophy. Fran, playing with Lesley Gorgan also added the Championship Pairs trophy, while Maggie Dallard and husband Keith won the Handicap Singles, with Maggie also adding the Handicap Pairs alongside Barbara Hill.

Horsham BC also played two matches this week, losing 92-86 at home to Littlehampton with Chris Holmes, Stuart King, Barbara Hill and Keith Dellard the top rink, and going down 76-61 at home to Dorking, Chris Holmes, Mick Mansbridge and Keith Dellard the only rink win.

Storrington BC’s Finals Day saw two full days of bowling matches resolve some long-standing arguments and spring a few surprises. Alex Ackerman retained the Men’s Club Championship, as did Penny Bowyer in the Ladies’ Championship.

Horsham IBC lost to visitors Oyster IBC, who won six of the eight rinks. Top Horsham rink was Jill Pendrill, John Kinner, Tony Martin and skip Dorothy Armstrong.

Billingshurst let a tea time lead slip to lose to Southwick by 17 shots, top Hurst rink was Tony Saunders, Barry Gilbert and Betty Weller. There was better luck against Midhurst with a 24-shot win,top Hurst rink to Brian Richards, Marion Clark and Geoff Weller (+16). The annual ladies verses gentlemen match saw the ladies comfortable 58-44 victors, with Hazel Sanford, June Bennett, Marion Clark and Anita Colliety (+13) top rink for the ladies, with Ray Sutton, John Bennett and Fred Crofts doing the business for the gentlemen (+4).