Captain for the day Roy Smith led his rink of Jan Puffett, Malcolm Ryan and Keith Dellard to a five-shot win, one of three rink wins for Horsham, but a 13-28 reverse on the fourth ensured Crawley won 79-77.
Smith said: “It was a difficult green but we managed to cope with it.”
It was a similar story against Pippbrook, as Horsham won two rinks but lost 72-50 overall.
Robin Machell, Fran Baillie and Ken Holloway gained top rink with a six shots win.
Billingshurst rallied from three shots down at the break to beat Sutton 65-43.
After adapting to a challenging green, Ray Sutton, Grace Stewart and Anita Colliety led the way with a 12-shot victory.
That was followed up by a friendly defeat of Newdigate the next day, racing into a 20 shot lead which was soon extended to 30 before the visitors rallied. Top rink went to Tony Saunders, Betty Wier and Fred Crofts (+24).
A second half fightback by Bramley could not stop Billingshurst registering a 62-47 win. Hurst raced into a 30-point lead, and thanks to Robin Clark, Hazel Sandford and Alan Knight (+9) held on.
Then in a five triples friendly at Fishbourne, Billingshurst reached the magic 100 shot mark, winning by 32 shots. Rick Cooper, Sylvia Smith and Alan Readshaw were top rink (+16).
Horsham Park suffered on their own green in an 81-55 defeat to Southgate Park.
In good conditions, the green played well, but the visitors mastered it better as they took three of the four rinks.
Harry Smith skipped Park’s top rink winning by two, taking five shots from the final two ends.
Celia Steere’s rink had another close game, losing by two, but Dave Spurr’s and Dave Peter’s rinks both lost by 13 against superior opposition.
Victories on two rinks were not enough for Horsham Park to beat Southwick in a 93-69 defeat.
Top rink went to Les Linscer playing with Pauline Topper, Brian Milner and Brian Sherlock who won by a convincing 29 – 13.
There was better news however against Newdigate in a friendly triples match, as Park ran out 75-73 winners - despite only winning one rink.
John Dodridge, Sylvia English and Skip David Peters saved the day thanks to their eight shot advantage.
Another friendly win followed when Horsham Park ran out impressive 68-54 victors against visitors Portslade.
John Howbury-Gale, Paul English and Skip Brenda Thompson led the to finish +24 and be the pick of the rinks.
Horsham Park will host their finals day on Sunday August 29, with the men’s and ladies’ singles matches the headline events.
Southwater Ladies won both rinks away at Horsham Park to collect all six points for a third place finish in the Nellie Mercer League. Winners Lindfield were just two points clear, with Newdigate in second, a point ahead of Southwater. It was not so good in the Mid Sussex League Division 2 match against Haywards Heath as Southwater won just the one rink. Tony Woodard, Michael Skipp, Gill Jeffcoate and skip Ray Davis finished +5 to collect 2 points. Although there was better news in Division 1 of the John Spriggs League, when Southwater claimed nine of the ten points on offer against Burgess Hill. The pick of Southwater’s three winning rinks was Margaret Dunsbee, Brian Barnes, Heather Grant and skip Sheila Bonwick +9.
Storrington Bowls Club are extending their season in the hope of persuading new players to join. The season will now end on October 15. If you are interested, get in touch via www.storringtonbowlsclub.com.
A heavy loss on one rink proved enough to send Horsham to defeat against rivals Crawley Town.