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Match Results & Reports

Date: Tuesday 19th September 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Pippbrook Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 26 to 41

Horsham Park's last game of the season was played away at Pippbrook in the most appalling conditions. The green was muddy due to the heavy rain and for the whole time there was a very strong wind; bowls had to be wiped clean of mud between each end.  The game had to be called off after 12 ends due to the poor weather.  Park were only able to win on 1 of the 4 rinks going down badly on the other 3 and losing overall by 15 shots, 26-41.  Park's only winning rink, skipped by David Clifton who with Lorena Daane and Peter Bailey who led from the start, winning all bar 3 ends to finish up 16-3. The other 3 rinks really didn't cope with the bad weather and the skill of the Pippbrook bowlers. Phil Claridge with Peter Chesser and Josie Allen got but closest and by end 8 were only 1 down, 5-6 but they only won 1 more end to finally lose 6-10.

Date: Thursday 14th September 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Ewhurst Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win : 75 to 73

After the weekend match against Hurstpierpoint was cancelled due to insufficient bowlers, eveyone was looking forward to the away game against Ewhurst. It was a gloriously sunny afternoon and for a change not too hot.  Park won on 3 of the 4 rinks and by a very close 2 shots, 75-73. The top rink, skipped by David Peters who with Kamran Nadim and Josie Allen won 19-10. At the half time tea, they were up 12-3 and they continued in the same vein, winning 6 of the remaining 9 ends and taking 3 shots on the last end which changed the overall result of the match.  Bryony Wood, David Clifton and Peter Chesser got off to a great start and were up 20-5 when they went into tea at 9 ends. Unfortunately as so often happens it all changed after tea and they only won 2 more ends but still came out on top 25-20. Phil Claridge's team of Brenda Thompson and Alan Setchell started slowly and by tea they were down 6-11. They then came back fighting, winning the next 4 ends to go 16-11 up but their success didn't continue and they only won 1 more end but still managed to win by 1 shot, 18-17. Captain David Turley's team of David and Angela Spurr came up against the Ewhurst Captain's team made up of their best bowlers. Turley's team went down by a 5 and a 7 early in the game and they struggled from then on, losing many ends by just a 1 or a 2 as the Ewhurst Captain drew in or took out Park's holding bowls.  They eventually lost by 13 shots, 13-26.

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   East Grinstead Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win : 44 to 42

On one of the hottest days of the year when the temperature rose to over 30oC, and in spite of losing on 2 of the 3 rinks, Horsham Park won their away friendly against East Grinstead by just 2 shots, 44-42. The win was due to Kamran Nadim and his team of David Clifton and Lorena Daane who were down 1-4 after 5 ends and 9 all at 13 ends, but then won all the final 5 ends to win by 12 shots, 21-9. In another very close game Phil Claridge, Angela Spurr and Peter Bailey were down 3-9 at end 8, but they fought back and won the next 5 ends to go 1 up, 10-9, on end 13, and with only 2 ends to play the score was 11 all. As they went into the last end, they were down 1 shot, 11-12, but on this end they were holding 3 when, with her last bowl, the East Grinstead skip drew in to win the end by 2 shots so Claridge’s team finally went down by 3 shots, 11-14. Bryony Wood with David Spurr and Beryl Noble were up against the East Grinstead Captain’s team. Wood’s team started well and by end 6 they were 6 to nil up but then the Grinstead bowlers started their recovery and by half time tea they’d recovered to 1 shot down 6-7. But as so often happens, they then went on to win all bar 2 of the remaining ends to win 19-12.

Date: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Finals Days

Horsham Park held its finals on the Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday. The weather stayed fine, there was no rain, and in the sunshine it was extremely hot. Many Club members, ex-members and family supporters assembled to watch the culmination of the season's competitions. Two games started promptly at 10.30.

The handicap singles was played between Lorena Daane and Phil Claridge. Although Daane had a 6 shot handicap to Claridge’s 2, Claridge closed the gap and eventually took the lead to win by 22 shots to 12.

The other morning game was the drawn pairs played between Beryl Noble with Kamran Nadim and Bryony Wood with John Leadbeater. Wood and Leadbeater started well and took an early lead but the perseverance of Noble and Nadim paid off and as the game neared the end, they took the lead, winning the last end to finally win 15 shots to 12.

The 2 games in the afternoon were the ladies and mens singles finals to decide the Ladies Champion and the Mens Champion.

The ladies game was between Angela Spurr and Bryony Wood.  Wood took an early lead and despite Spurr’s best efforts, Wood retained the lead to win 22 to 6.

Phil Claridge and David Turley played for the title of Men’s Champion. This game could have gone either way, it was incredibly close with the lead changing throughout the game. But as the game progressed, Turley, once he’d gained the lead managed to hold on to win 21 to 15.

On Bank Holiday Monday, 2 games were scheduled for the morning and in the afternoon was the Champion of Champions between the Ladies Champion and the Mens Champion.

The 101 up singles, where the 4 bowls nearest the jack count, and the winner is the first player to reach 101.  This final was played once again between Phil Claridge and David Turley but now it was time for Claridge’s revenge. It was another very close game where Turley’s early lead was overturned and Claridge was able to win the final few ends to win 103 to 97.

The final of the Jackson Trophy was played between Graham Roots and Peter Chesser. Chesser, although new to the Park, is an experienced bowler who joined when he moved to Horsham from Croydon. Roots is one of Park’s new bowlers. In spite of Root’s best efforts, Chesser’s experience showed as he won every end to finish 21 to nil after 9 ends.

After a welcome lunch break, both Bryony Wood and David Turley were back on the green for the Champion of Champions. Turley took an early lead and Wood, although she played well, couldn't find her usual top form and Turley was able to hold his lead to win 22 shots to 9.  

Date: Thursday 24th August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Handcross Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win : 22 to 12

In a game cut short by heavy rain and only 6 ends could be played before the bowlers were drowned, Horsham Park won their away game at Handcross by 10 shots, 22-12. Park won on 2 rinks but lost the third.  Bryony Wood, Captain of the day, came up against a loaded team of the top Handcross bowlers. Wood with John Leadbeater and Angela Spurr lost the first 4 ends but were just getting into their stride when rain stopped play and they lost 9-3.  Park's top rink, Phil Claridge with David Clifton and Lorena Daane were only 1 shot up by end 4 but they won the last 2 ends with a 5 and a 4 to win 12-2.  Park's last rink, skip David Peters, Kamran Nadim and Peter Chesser, won all bar 1 of the 6 ends played to win 7-1.

Date: Tuesday 22nd August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Billingshurst Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 22 to 57

Once again Horsham Park's home game against Billingshurst didn't go according to plan,losing 42-57 and on 2 of the 3 rinks. Park's only winning team skipped by David Turley had to play with one man short as at the last minute one of the team had to drop out.  Turley with Angela Spurr had a close game started well and after 5 ends they were 4-2 up but they then lost all bar 1 of the next 8 ends and by end 13 they were down 8-13. At this point they rallied taking 9 from the last 5 ends to win by 3 shots, 17-14. Phil Claridge, David Clifton and Lorena Daane had a close game which could have gone either way.  By end 8 it was 6 all, at end 12 they were only down 1 shot, 8-9 and with 1 end to play they were still down by 1 shot but unfortunately they lost this end also by 1 shot to lose by 13-15. David Peters with Peter Chesser and Marie Davies started well and by end 11 they were up 3 shots 11-8 but from then on it went downhill and they were only able to win 1 more end and they finally lost 12-28.

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Storrington Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 57 to 62

On one of the few warm and sunny afternoons of the summer, Horsham Park played and, in a game that could have gone either way, lost by 5 shots their away game against Storrington. Park won 2, drew the third but lost on the fourth rink.  Park's top rink went to skip Bryony Wood who with David Dunnington and Alan Setchell led from the start and by end 8 they were up 8-1 but at this point the Storrington bowlers dug their heels in and by end 13 they'd closed the gap to just 1 shot, 9-8. Fortunately for Park, Wood's team fought back and managed to win all the remaining ends to finish the game 9 shots up, 17-8. John Leadbeater skipped Park's other winning rink. Leadbeater with Angela Spurr and Graham Roots had anther super game leading all the way and by end 14 they were up 15-6.  Storrington won the next 2 ends to close the gap to 15-12.  Both teams scored a 2 on each of the last 2 ends so Park ended up winning by 3 shots 17-14. Phil Claridge, David Clifton and Lorena Daane once again got off to a great start and by end 8 they were 11-1 up. They then lost the next 5 ends so by end 13 they were down 11-14 but they held their nerve scoring on 4 of the remaining 5 ends so that their game ended in a draw, 15 all. Park's fourth rink, skipped by David Peters, who with Pater Chesser and Josie Allen once again started well and by end 10 they were only 1 down, 8-9 but at this point, things went downhill and they weren't able to win another end and eventually lost 8-25.

Date: Sunday 13th August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Southgate Park Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 59 to 62

In another close game, Horsham park narrowly lost their home game against Southgate Park by 3 shots, 59-62. Park won on 2 rinks but went down on the other 2. Park's top rink went to David Clifton who with Lorena Danne and Pailine Topper started well and by end 9 they were 8-5 up and then on the next end they took an 8 which somewhat demoralised the opposition bowlers. They continued to win the majority of the remaining ends to and won 23-9.  John Leadbeater's team of Brenda Thompson and Beryl Noble were 4 all on end 6 but by the 10th end they were 4-10 down but at this point they rallied winning all bar 2 of the remaining ends to win by 5 shots, 17-12. Alan Setchell, Josie Allen and Norma Covey's game consisted of most ends being won by 1 shot but unfortunately the Southgate bowlers managed a 5 on 1 end to win 16-7. David Peters' team of Peter Schlotter and Marie Davies came up against the Southgate Park captain's picked team and they struggled from the start and fimally lost 12-25.

Date: Thursday 10th August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   away to  Burgess Hill Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 32 to 80

Report:  Horsham Park struggled once again when they played Burgess Hill in the last Border League game of the season losing by 32-80.  Bryony Wood's team of Graham Roots, Tony Owens and Vivian Holmes performed best with both teams winning 9 ends but unfortunately Wood's team were scoring the occasional 2s and 3s against the oppositions 5s and 6s and they finally lost 17-29. David Peters, David Clifton, John Leadbeater and Lorena Daane struggled from the start, winning only 6 of the 18 ends and losing 6-19.  Kamran Nadim with Peter Chesser, Stephen Sandham and Beryl Noble lost the first 8 ends and were 24 - nil down before they started to score. They won 6 of the remaining 10 ends but in spite of their best efforts they were unable to close the gap and they lost  9-32.  A game best forgotten.

Date:  Sunday 6th August 2023      Annual President v Captain Match

Competition:   Mixed  Friendly    Score:   President 28 - Captain  19

Report: On a fine Sunday afternoon with only a slight shower in the middle, Horsham Park held their annual President versus Captain match which resulted in a win for both of the President's teams, and winning the match overall by 9 shots, 28-19. The teams were selected by both the President and the Captain from the list of Park bowlers signing up for the game. The first of the President's teams was led by David Peters, who with Angela Spurr, Club President Brenda Thompson and Pauline Topper took on Bryony Wood, Marie Davies, Margaret Cornwell and Graham Roots playing for the Captain. The game started well and after 3 ends the score was 5 all but from then on Wood's team struggled losing the next 4 ends to go down 5-12. They started to recover and won the next 3 ends to close the gap but it was too late and they finally lost 8-14.  On the second rink, Captain David Turley with David Clifton and Lorena Daane took on Phil Claridge, David Spurr and Beryl Noble playing for the President. Claridge's team started well and were 8 shots to nil up be end 3 but David Turley's team dug in and their recovery started. They won all bar 2 of the remaining ends but it wasn't quite enough and they lost by 3 shots, 11-14. 

At the end of the game everyone retired to the club house for a magnificent tea supplied by many the members.  Everyone ate their fill but their was so much food left at the end that everyone was encouraged to take home the left overs in "doggy bags".  A super end to an enjoyable afternoon.

Date: Tuesday 1st August 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club away to  Southgate Park Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Win: 71 to 37

Report:  Horsham Park went out with a bang on their last game in the Mid-Sussex League away at Southgate Park. Park drew on 1 rink but won substantially on the other 2 to win overall by 34 shots, 71-37.  This result gave them 9 points and consolidated their position as 3rd in the league. Parks top rink went to skip David Turley who with John Leadbeater, Brenda Thompson and Peter Chesser dominated their game from the start and were 12-nil up after 4 ends. The Southgate Park bowlers recovered from their poor start and by end 11 they were only 4 behind, 14-10, but from then on the Park bowlers took command of the game, winning 6 of the remaining ends to win by 18 shots, 30-12.  Phil Claridge captained Park's other winning rink. Claridge with David Clifton, Lorena Daane and Beryl Noble led from the start winning 13 of the 18 ends and by 16 shots, 25-9. Bryony Wood with David Peters, Stephen Sandham and Peter Bailey had a mixed game. After 7 ends they were 2 shots down, 6-8,  but they rallied and won the next 6 ends to go into the lead 16-8 but at this point things went downhill and they weren't able to win another end to finally draw the game 16 all.  Overall a satisfactory end to the Mid-Sussex season.

Date: Thursday 27th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   home to  Dorking Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 37 to 55

Report:  Horsham Park continued their losing streak when they lost their Border league home game against Dorking, losing 37-55 and gaining only 1 of the 10 points available. Phil Claridge's team of David Clifton, Peter Chesser and Lorena Daane had a really close game and on end 14 they were ahead 13-9. unfortunately they lost 3 of the 4 last ends to finally draw their game 14 all.  David Peters with Brian Milner, John Leadbeater and Beryl Noble started well and by end 8 they were 3 up; they were 10 all on end 11 but they went 6 down on end 13 which proved difficult to recover from. They won the last 3 ends but couldn;t make up the difference and finally lost 15-19. Bryony Wood's team came up against some very stiff opposition and they were only able to win 5 ends and lost overall 8-22.

Date: Tuesday 25th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club home to  St Francis Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  lost: 48 to 52 

Report: Due to the stand in Captain not being certain of the rules, Horsham Park lost their Mid-Sussex home game against St Francis by 4 shots, 48-52. The Mid-Sussex League is a mixed league and requires a bowler of each sex to be included in each team. Unfortunately when the lady in one of our teams had to drop out she was substituted by a man which meant that this team lost 25% of it's score which changed the overall 1 shot win to a loss by 4 shots, 48-52. 2 teams still won but unfortunately our third team went down. Phil Claridge's team of Kamran Nadim, Stephen Sandham and late substitute John Leadbeater led from the start and won their game 21-12 but because it was all male, they lost 25% and the score became 16-12 but still a good win. David Turley, David Clifton, Brenda Thompson and Peter Chesser were down 7-9 on end 10 but they came back to take the lead and won by 4 shots 19-15. Bryony Wood's team of David Peters, Peter Bailey and David Dunnington had a close game until end 11 when they were only 2 down, 8-10, but over the last few ends they went down by  a 6 and a 5 which meant they finally lost 13-25.

Date: Thursday 20th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   away to  Reigate Priory Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 38 to 68

Report: Horsham Park men lost their away Border League game against Reigate Priory 38-68. Park's only winning rink was skipped by David Peters who with Peter Chesser, Stephen Sandham and David Dunnington had a close game where the lead changed throughout the game but they hung on and finally won by 2 shots 14-12. Park's other 2 teams had difficult games losing 16-27 and 8-29.

Date: Tuesday 18th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club away to  Haywards Heath Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Win: 51 to 46 

Report: In spite of losing on 2 of the 3 rinks, Horsham Park still won their Mid-Sussex game away at Hawards Heath by 5 shots, 51-46 taking 6 of the 10 points.  Park's winning rink was skipped by David Tuurley who with David Clifton, Stephen Sandham and Marie Davies led from the start winning 12 of the 18 ends and by 9 shots, 19-10. Both Park's other teams had very close games.  Bryony Wood, David Peters, David Dunnington and Norma Covey, in a game that could have gone either way, were 14 all going into the last end but unfortunately lost this end by 1 shot to go down 14-15. Phil Claridge with Kamran Nadim, Peter Chesser and Lorena Daane started well and by the 8th end were 10-2 up but then things went a bit downhill and by end 13 they were down 12-18.  They managed to score a 5 on end 17 to close the gap but still lost by 3 shots 18-21.

Date: Thursday 13th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   home to  Downsman Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 28 to 59

Report: Horsham Park's men suffered another defeat in their home Border League game against Downsman losing on all 3 rinks and 29-59.  Unfortunately the the teams Park's men have come up against have fielded some very good bowlers and Park's mix of new and old bowlers can't compete. 

Date: Thursday 13th July Horsham Park Ladies  home to Southwater ladies

Competition Nellie Mercer: Score: Win Horsham Park 32 - Southwater 27

Report: We used rinks 1 & 2 as BL had 3, 4 & 5. Team of Marie, Lorena & Bryony started slowly but by end 5 were 5 - 5 all. They then won the next 6 ends to lead 16 - 5 after end 11. Southwater began to read the green better and won 4 of the final 7 ends but only reduced our lead by 1, with final total 21 - 11. Team on rink 2 of Margaret, who came into play at short notice, Brenda and Pam. They had a close match all the way through and led 7 - 5 at end 11. Southwater gained 4 shots on end 12 and at end 16 it was 11 all. However a 4 dropped on end 17 proved difficult to regain. However we managed to keep the shot difference down on the final end so Horsham Park gained the 2 bonus points, ending with Horsham Park 4 points Southwater 2 points.

Date: Tuesday 11th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club away to  East Grinstead Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Win: 60 to 31

Report: On a fine evening, Horsham Park enjoyed another successful evening in their Mid-Sussex away game against East Grinstead. Park won on 2 rinks, drew the third and won overall by 29 shots 60-31 taking 9 of the points. Park’s top rink was Bryony Wood, David Spurr, David Dunnington and Peter Chesser who won all bar 5 of the ends and by 29-7. Park’s other winning team skipped by Phil Claridge, who with Kamran Nadim, Stephen Sandham and Angela Spurr were down 2-11 at the halfway point of the game but then their recovery started and with 1 end to go they’d clawed their way back to 13-12 up but then they put in a great last end to take 6 shots and win 19-12. David Turley, David Clifton, Peter Bailey and Norma Covey were ahead for most of the game and by end 14 they were up 12-7 but then they didn’t win another end as the East Grinstead bowlers slowly caught up to draw the game 12 all.

Date: Thursday 6th July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   home to  Burgess Hill Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 35 to 86

Report: Horsham Park’s home Border League game against Burgess Hill did not go well; Park were only able to draw on 1 rink, going down heavily on the other 2. Burgess Hill, who are top of the division in the league, came with some excellent bowlers, one of whom was in the England under 18 squad. Parks best performing team who were only able to draw their game, was led by Bryony Wood who with Kamran Nadim, David Spurr and Peter Bailey had a poor start and by end 7 they were down 1-13 but they won the next 4 ends and by end 11 they’d recovered to 1 shot down, 12-13. With 1 end to play they were still down 1 shot, 17-18, but they took the last end by 1 shot to draw the game 18 all.  Park’s other 2 rinks came up against very tough opposition and went down 12-35 and 5-33. A difficult game.

Date: Saturday 1st July 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Crawley Town Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 37 to 49

Report: Horsham Park’s home game against Crawley Town was reduced to 3 triples when Crawley couldn’t get enough bowlers. In fact, when they arrived, they were still 1 player short so one team played 3 against 2 bowlers. Unfortunately, the Crawley players who arrived were many of their best bowlers and Park lost by 12 shots, 37-49. Bryony Wood skipped Park’s only winning team. Wood with Marie Davies and Pauline Topper started well and were ahead 6-2 by end 6 but the Crawley bowlers recovered and won the next 4 ends to go 2 up by end 10. Once again Wood’s team dug in to claw back the deficit to win 14-11. Ian Holmes, Brenda Thompson and Beryl Noble’s game was very close with the lead changing throughout the game.  The scores were level on ends 7, 11 and 16. On end 17 Park took 1 shot to take the lead 17-16 but unfortunately went down 2 on the last end to lose by 1 shot. Phil Claridge playing with 2 of Park’s new bowlers came up against a very strong Crawley team. They were behind from the start and lost 6-20.

Date: Thursday 29th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Ladies away to  Newdigate Bowls Club Ladies

Competition:  Nellie Mercer League  Score  win: 32 to 30

Report: In the Nellie Mercer League, Park ladies played away at Newdigate while the men took on the Newdigate men in the Border League at home.  The ladies won their game by 2 shots, 32-30, taking 4 league points to Newdigate’s 2. Pauline Topper, Lorena Daane and Ladies Captain Bryony Wood, had a close game and were 10 all at the half-way point. They then started to win, and going into the last end, they were 6 shots up, 16-10. The Newdigate ladies, having won the previous end, put up a long jack and as the ground got heavier due to the late evening damp, they managed to draw to the jack and were holding 3 shots. Despite several attempts to remove the Park ladies nearest woods, they held onto their 3 shots and Bryony Wood’s team overall lead was reduced by 3 shots to win 16-13. Park’s second team of Beryl Noble, Pam Venn and Angela Spurr began well, and they kept their nose ahead for most of the game. They too went into the last end 2 shots up with Angela Spurr having the last wood. Newdigate were holding 2 shots which would have drawn the game, but the Park ladies had the back woods and Angela, trying for a win instead of a draw, fired in an attempt to take the jack back to Park’s woods but unfortunately, she missed and knocked another of the Newdigate woods into the head, thus losing their game by 1 shot.

Date: Thursday 29th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   home to  Newdigate Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 50 to 51

Report: After the morning’s heavy rain, the evening brightened up for Park’s home Border League game against Newdigate. A number of Park’s regular bowlers weren’t available for the game, so some new bowlers were included in the teams. Park once again won 1 rink but lost the other 2 and lost marginally overall by 1 shot, 50-51 and only gained 2 of the 10 points available. Phil Claridge with David Clifton, David Spurr and Peter Bailey had a terrific game, leading from the start. By end 8 they were 8-3 up and with 1 end to play they were ahead 21-8. Bearing in mind the overall final score was only 1 shot between winning and losing, Claridge’s team went down by 2 shots on the last end which affected the overall game score, but the team still won 21-10. Brian Milner’s team of Kamran Nadim, Brenda Thompson and Stephen Sandham had a close game and at end 12 the scores were even 10 all. Unfortunately, they lost 4 of the next 5 ends and with 1 end to play they were 11-17 down but they recovered and won the last end by 3 shots to lose by only 3 shots, 14-17. David Turley with Ian Holmes, Peter Chesser and Norma Covey started well and after 3 ends were up 5-1 but then things went downhill and by end 12 they were down 6-19. At this point they dug in and recovered somewhat, and with 3 ends to play they’d got back to 13-19 but they went 5 down on the next end and finally lost 15-24. 

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club home to  Horsham Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Lost: 41 to 52

Report: On an overcast evening Horsham Park took on Horsham at home for their next Mid-Sussex match.  Unfortunately, the game didn’t go as planned, Park were only able to win on 1 rink, losing on the other 2 and losing overall by 11 shots, 41-52. This result gained Park only 2 of the 10 available points.  Park’s only winning rink skipped by Phil Claridge, who with Kamran Nadim, Graham roots and Angela Spurr had a close game almost to the end. They were 4 all on end 5, 6 all on end 8 and 11 all on end 14 but then they were able to win the last 4 ends and won by 8 shots, 19-11. David Turley with David Spurr, Peter Bailey and Brenda Thompson started well and by end 11 they were up 13-8 but things went downhill from then on and they were only able to win 1 more end to finally lose 14-21. Bryony Wood’s team came up against a loaded team which included the Horsham Captain. Wood’s team were behind almost from the start and were 8-20 down by the finish.

Date: Thursday 22nd June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   away to  Dorking Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost: 31 to 59

Report: Park’s away Border League game against Dorking didn’t go as planned, Park lost on 2 rinks, drew the third and lost overall by 28 shots, 31-59. David Turley, Phil Claridge, Lorena Daane and David Clifton’s game was low scoring and very close, it could have gone either way with the lead changing throughout the game; it finally ended in a draw, 12 all. David Peters with Ian Holmes, Peter Chesser and Peter Baily were only 4 down on end 10 and it seemed as if they were on their way back, but they then went down 5 shots on the next end which proved very difficult to recover from. They eventually lost by 10 shots, 11-21. Park’s other team had a difficult game against some very good bowlers losing 8-26.

Date: Tuesday 20th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club away to  Isle of Thorns Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Lost: 48 to 54

Report: After the recent heatwave the weather was overcast and just a little cooler when Horsham Park played their Mid-Sussex away game against the Isle of Thorns Bowls Club.  In spite of winning 2 of the 3 rinks, Park lost overall 48-54, gaining only 4 of the 10 available points. Park’s top rink, skipped by David Turley, who with Ian Holmes, Angela Spurr and Brian Milner scored consistently from the start to win by 10 shots, 20-10. They were 13-6 up on end 12 and then scored a 5 to take them to 18-6 but the Thorns bowlers scored 4 on the last few ends to close the gap slightly. Bryony Wood, David Peters, David Spurr and Graham Roots were down 2 shots, 5-7 when they won an end and started to put up long jacks. It was at this point that the table turned and by end 15 they were 10 shots up, 18-8. Unfortunately, they lost the last 3 ends but still won18-12.  Phil Claridge’s team came up against the Thorn’s loaded team, including their Captain and Chairman, who were all very good bowlers. Claridge’s team were even, 4 all at end 6 but things went downhill from there. They lost 11 shots over the last 3 ends to finally lose 10-32.  This result gave the overall win to Isle of Thorns and the extra points in the league.

Date: Thursday 15th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Ladies   home to  Popes Mead Bowls Club Ladies

Competition:  Nellie Murcer League  Score  Lost  : 24 to 26

Report: Popes Mead sent a strong team for their match against Horsham Park ladies. Lorena Daane, Brenda Thompson & Bryony Wood enjoyed a very close game where the lead changed on 3 occasions. Over the 18 ends only 23 points were scored. After 10 ends Bryony's team lead 7-6 and were 15 all on end 15. However we dropped a 3 on the next end and never recovered losing 2 on the final two ends. Park's second team of Beryl Noble, Pam Venn and Angela Spurr began well and by end 10 were 8-4 up. However Popes Mead came back and by end 16 were ahead by 1 shot. Angela's team dug deep and managed to score 4 off the final 2 ends to secure a 15-12 victory. Points Horsham Park 2 Popes Mead 4.

Date: Thursday 15th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   home to  Reigate Priory Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Win  : 58 to 42

Report: On yet another hot evening, Horsham Park played and won emphatically their home Border League game against Reigate Priory.  Park won well on 2 rinks but went down on the third, winning overall by 16 shots, 58-42, taking 8 of the 10 available points. Park’s top rink went to David Turley, who with David Spurr, Peter Chesser and David Clifton started slowly and by end 6 the score was 4 all. Their game then picked up, winning 9 of the remaining 12 ends, and by 13 shots, 21-8. David Peters, Brian Milner, John Leadbeater and Peter Bailey had a close game initially; at end 8 they were 1 up, 9-8, and by end 11 it was 13 all, but Peters’ team finished off with a flourish to win by 8 shots, 23-15. Skip Phil Claridge with Ian Holmes, Stephen Sandham and Graham Roots, started well and with only 3 ends to go they were ahead by 1 shot, 14-13 but then the Reigate bowlers won all 3 to finally win by 5 shots, 19-14. 

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club home to  Crawley Town Bowls Club

Competition:  Mid-Sussex League  Score  Win: 56 to 48

Report:  On another very hot evening, Horsham Park took on and won against Crawley Town in the first Mid-Sussex game of the season. Park won on 2 of the 3 rinks and by 56 shots to 48 thus gaining 8 of the 10 available points, a good start to their league season. Park’s top rink went to Phil Claridge who with David Peters, Brenda Thompson and Brian Milner were 8 nil down after 2 ends, but they then gathered themselves to go on and win by 12 shots, 24-12, winning all bar 4 of the remaining 16 ends. David Turley, Ian Holmes, Angela Spurr and Peter Chesser were 8 nil up at end 4 but the Crawley bowlers recovered and by end 8 the score was 8-7 but Turley’s team dug in and with 2 ends to play, they were up 17-9 but on end 17 the Crawley bowlers scored 5 shots closing the gap to 17-14.  But then, miracle of miracles, on the last end, the Park bowlers were holding 3, so the Crawley skip fired but missed, taking out his own woods, so Turley’s scored a magnificent 7 to win by 10 shots, 24-14. Bryony Wood’s team drew the Crawley Town Captain who’d picked the best team for his rink. Wood’s team started well and by 9 ends they were 7 all, but then disaster struck, and they were only able to win one more end to lose finally 8-22.

Date: Friday 9th June 2023     Horsham Park pair home to Burgess Hill pair

Competition :  Unbadged Sussex County Pairs knockout competition   Score  Win  19 to 10

Report: In the second round of the Unbadged Sussex County Pairs knockout competition, Park’s Captain David Turley with Phil Claridge played and won their game against the Burgess Hill pair to win their way through to the next round. They defeated the Burgess Hill bowlers by the significant margin of 9 shots, 19-10. The Park pair started slowly and by end 5 they were down 2-5 but from then on, their fortunes changed, and they won all bar 3 of the remaining ends. A well-deserved victory which we hope bodes well for them when they play their next round game against Hove and Kingsway on Monday 12th June. We wish them well.

Date: Thursday 8th June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club Men   away to  Downsman Bowls Club Men

Competition:  Border League  Score  Lost  : 51 to 64

Report: The evening had a decided chill in the air when Horsham Park men played their first Border League game away against Downsman. Although Park won well on 1 rink, they went down on the other 2, losing overall by 13 shots, 51-64. Park’s winning rink skipped by David Turley who with Phil Claridge, Peter Chesser and David Clifton started slowly and by end 5 they were 4-8 down but from then on, they got on top of the opposition to win 8 of the remaining ends and they finally won 26-15. Ian Holmes, David Spurr, John Leadbeater and Peter Bailey had a very close game which could have gone either way with the lead changing throughout the game. By end 7 the score was 6 all and again at end 13 the score was 14 all.  Park went on to win a few ends and they were ahead 2 shots, 18-16 with 2 ends to go, but unfortunately with a little luck and a wick, the Downsman skip managed to draw in ahead of Park’s holding woods on both the last ends to finally win 22-18. Brian Milner’s team of Peter Schlotter, Stephen Sandham and Grahan Roots came up against the Downsman Captain, a county bowler, and in spite of their best efforts they went down 27-10. This result gives Park 2 points in the league table.

Date: Wednesday 7th June 2023     Horsham Park Ladies home to Horsham B Ladies

Competition :  Gladys Roland   Score  Win  21 to 15

Report: Horsham Park Ladies took on the Horsham Ladies in the Gladys Roland knock out competition. Once again the Horsham Ladies came with their best bowlers determined to overcome their recent defeat in the Town Challenge.  The Park ladies started slowly and by end 5 they were down 1-5 but they then got into their stride and by end 10 they were drawing 9 all.  They continued in the same vein to finally win 21-15.  A great result for the Park ladies who now progress to round 2.

Date: Saturday 3rd June 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Billingshurst Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 47 to 81

Report: On a hot sunny Saturday afternoon, Park travelled to Billingshurst full of hope for another win after enjoying a good start to the season. Unfortunately, it was not to be, Park lost on all 4 rinks and by 34 shots, 47-81. Bryony Wood skipped Park’s rink that got closest, losing by only 2 shots, 16-18. Wood’s team of David Clifton and Angela Spurr kept the game close, scoring 7 shots over the last 4 ends, who knows, after a couple more ends they may have won. Park’s other 3 teams went down by varying amounts, Ian Holmes team by 6 shots, 13-19. David Turley’s team came up against the Billingshurst Captain and another County bowler and in-spite of winning 8 of the 18 ends, they went down 8-24. David Peters’ team also lost 10-20. They scored regularly but just singles whereas the Billingshurst bowlers consistently scored 2s and 3s.

Date: Sunday 28th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Horsham Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win : 86 to 69

Report: On a lovely sunny afternoon, Horsham Park, playing the second, home leg of the Town Challenge, beat local rival Horsham by 17 shots, 86-69 thereby retaining the Town Challenge Shield with a combined score of 163-147.  Park won on 2 rinks, drew the third and lost on the fourth.  The size of the win was due to the rink skipped by David Peters who with Ian Holmes, Josie Allen and Alan Setchell, were 14-1 up by end 14 and they continued to win most of the last 7 ends and win overall by the significant margin of 18 shots, 26-8.  Park’s other winning rink, David Turley, Phil Claridge, David Clifton, and Lorena Daane were ahead for most of the game and at end 14 they were up 18-12 but the Horsham bowlers started to catch up and with 2 ends to go the score was 21-21 but Turley’s team held on to win by only 1 shot, 23-22.  Kamran Nadim’s team of Pam Venn, Brenda Thompson and Angela Spurr took the lead from the start and at end 16 they were well ahead 19-10 but at this point the Horsham bowlers got into their stride and by end 20 Nadim’s team were down 2 shots, 19-21, but fortunately they were able to win the last end by 2 shots to draw their game 21-21.  Bryony Wood with David Spurr, Peter Schlotter and Barbara Rowe had a poor start and by end 6 they were down 6-nil. They then started to score and by end 11 they were 2 shots up, 10-8, but once again the Horsham bowlers caught up and soon were ahead 14-10.  The game was still close and on end 18 the score was 15 all but 2 of the last ends went to the Horsham bowlers and they won by 2 shots, 18-16. It was an enjoyable afternoon with many spectators enjoying the game. At the end everyone retired to the clubhouse for an excellent tea.

Date: Thursday 25th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to  Dorking Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win  : 63 to 57

Report: The sun continued to shine for Horsham Park’s home game against Dorking Bowls Club which Park won by 6 shots, 63-57. Phil Claridge skipped Park’s top rink. Claridge with David Clifton and Barbara Rowe had a great start and by end 8 they were ahead 15-1 but then the Dorking bowlers started a slow come back to close the gap, but Claridge’s team held on and still won by 6 shots, 19-13.  Bryony Wood, David Spurr and Brenda Thompson had a much closer game but kept their noses ahead throughout the game and won 13-9. Often it was Wood’s last bowl that took the end for Park.  Ian Holmes with Peter Schlotter and Angela Spurr started badly, winning only 3 of the first 11 ends to go down 5-15, but the tide turned, and they won 6 of the last 7 ends to draw their game 16-16.  David Peters’ team, Kamran Nadim and Alan Satchell started well and by end 12 they were ahead 13-6 but unfortunately they could only win 1 more end and finally lost 15-19.

Date: Tuesday 23rd May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Southgate Park Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win: 71 to 52

Report: The sun continued to shine for Horsham Park’s away game against Southgate Park Bowls Club. Park won on 3 of the 4 rinks and by a creditable 19 shots, 71-52.  Park’s top rink went to Captain David Turley who with Angela Spurr and Stephen Sandham lost the first 3 ends but then went on to win all bar 4 of the remaining ends to finally win 24-9. Park’s other 3 rinks had much closer games with the lead changing throughout the game.  David Peters, Brenda Thompson, and Graham Roots were 2 down, 11-13, on end 13 but then won the last 4 ends to win 19-13.  Bryony Wood with Peter Schlotter and David Clifton were behind for most of the game and by end 16 they were still down, 9-14, but they then scored 7 on the last 2 ends to win 16-14.  Kamran Nadim, David Spurr and Lorena Daane started well but couldn’t keep up the momentum, and by end 12 they were down 1 shot, 9-10.  They continued to persevere and although they won 3 of the last 6 ends they still went down 12-16. 

Date: Sunday 21st May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Southwater Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score Win: 72 to 62

Report: On a warm Sunday afternoon with a band playing in the bandstand, Horsham Park won their return home fixture against Southwater Bowls Club by 10 shots, 72 to 62. All rinks had close scores, but Park was able to win on 3 of the 4 and losing on the 4th by 4 shots. Park’s top rink went to David Peters who with Ian Holmes, Pauline Topper and Barbara Rowe were 10 all at end 12 but won 6 of the remaining ends to finally win 21-15.  Bryony Wood, Brenda Thompson, Jim Covey and Beryl Noble were down 2 shots, 11-13 on end 14, but then recovered to win by 5 shots, 22-17. Park’s other winning rink was skipped by Kamran Nadim who with David Spurr, Marie Davies, and last-minute stand in, Norma Covey, had another close game, but came out ahead to win 15-12. Captain David Turley with Angela Spurr and 2 of Park’s new bowlers, Tony Owen and Stephen Sandham struggled at the start and by end 10 they were down 9 shots, 2-11, they then started their recovery, but the gap was too much to overcome, and they ended up losing 14-18.

Date: Thursday 18th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Cranleigh Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win  : 59 to 57

Report: The weather, although overcast, stayed fine but slowly got very cold for Horsham Park’s first home evening game, the return fixture against Cranleigh Bowls Club. Park won the earlier away game by a narrow 3 points, 59-56 and continued the success with another win, this time by only 2 points, 59-57. Once again, the game went to the wire with the result hinging on the last bowl of the last end.  Park’s top rink went to Kamran Nadim who with David Clifton and Jim Covey led from the start and by end 16, with only 2 ends to play, were ahead 22-7 but the Cranleigh bowlers took 7 shots from the last 2 ends to close the gap, but Nadim’s team still won by a substantial margin, 22-14.  Captain David Turley, Angela Spurr and new bowler Stephen Sandham were behind by 1 shot as they went into the last end but they were able to take 3 shots from this end and won 16-14.  David Peters, Peter Chesser, another new member, and Lorena Daane had a difficult game, but by winning the last 3 ends, they narrowed the gap but still lost 9-14. Bryony Wood with David Spurr and Beryl Noble were up against a strong team, but they held their own and by the last end they were only 2 behind. They were holding 3 shots when the Cranleigh skipper bowled his last wood which miraculously threaded its way through all the front woods to take the shot and win 15-12.

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Horsham Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Lost : 77 to 78

Report: The sun came out for Horsham Park’s away fixture against Horsham Bowls Club playing for the Town Challenge Shield. In another incredibly close game that once again went down to the last bowl of the last end, Park lost by 1 shot, 77-78 on this leg.  Park won 2 and lost 2 rinks. Park’s top rink went to David Peters who, with Kamran Nadim, Brenda Thompson and Peter Schlotter, were 21-8 up on end 15 and still up 24-13 with only 1 end to play. Unfortunately, they went down 4 shots on this last end but still won 24-17. Park’s other winning rink, Phil Claridge, Ian Holmes, John Leadbeater and Beryl Noble, had a very poor start and by end 14 were down 8 shots, 9-17. At this point their recovery got underway and Claridge’s team won all the remaining 7 ends to triumph 20-17. Captain David Turley with David Clifton, Graham Roots and Lorena Daane made a good start and by end 11 were up 14-6 but at this point, the Horsham bowlers started their own recovery and Turley’s team won only 2 more ends to eventually lose 17-24. Bryony Wood’s team of David Spurr, Angela Spurr and new bowler Stephen Sandham were last to finish. They also had a poor start and were down 4-16 by end 11 but once again they slowly started to close the gap until by the last end they’d got back to 16-19.  Wood’s team were holding 3 and would have drawn their game but with his last bowl, the Horsham skip slid through many front woods to take the shot.  This proved to be the shot that gave Horsham their 1 shot win.  After the game everyone retired to the Horsham clubhouse for an excellent tea.

Date: Thursday 11th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Crawley Town Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Lost : 29 to 30

Report: After the away game at Felbridge was cancelled due to the weather, Horsham Park hoped that it would improve for their next game, but it was not to be. The sky was very dark and after a while the thunder began for Horsham Park’s away game at Crawley Town. It wasn’t long before the rain started, which got steadily heavier, and it was agreed to cut the game to 9 ends when everyone dashed in for tea.  Unfortunately, Park lost this game by just 1 shot, 29-30, winning 1 rink, drawing 2 but losing on the final rink.  Park’s top and only winning rink skipped by Bryony Wood who, with David Spurr and Peter Bailey, took the lead from the start and scored consistently to win 10-5.  David Peters with Marie Davies and one of Park’s new bowlers, Alan Setchell, were ahead 7-3 by end 7 but lost the last 2 ends in the rain to draw 7-7.  Similarly, Phil Claridge with Angela Spurr, playing with a bowler short, were ahead 6-2 when they also lost the last 2 ends to draw 6-6. Park’s only losing rink was David Turley, David Clifton and Barbara Rowe who were down 1-6 by end 4 but they then fought back to win the next 4 ends and even the score to 6 all, but in the heavy rain, they lost the last end by 6 shots to go down 12-6.

Date: Thursday 4th May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Haywards Heath Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win   : 63  to 62

Report : On another warm spring afternoon, Horsham Park played and narrowly won their home game against Haywards Heath by just 1 shot, 63 to 62. Park won well on 2 rinks and went down badly on the other 2 and the game could have gone either way right up until the last end. Park’s top rink went to skip Kamran Nadim who with Angela Spurr and Graham Roots were ahead 20-2 by end 13 and the team continued in the same way losing on just 2 additional ends to finally win 24-7. Park’s other winning rink, skipped by Bryony Wood who with David Spurr and Marie Davies were also well ahead18-5 by end 14 but then the Hayward Heath bowlers won 3 of the last 4 ends but Wood’s team still finished ahead 21-9.  The Park team skipped by Phil Claridge came up against the Haywards Heath Champion of Champions who time after time turned over Claridge’s team’s holding shots to take the end and win overall 25-9. In a similar fashion, Park’s fourth team came up against stiff opposition, winning only 6 of the 18 ends and losing 9-21.

Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Cranleigh Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score  Win  : 59 to 56

Report: The weather, although overcast, stayed fine for Horsham Park’s away game against Cranleigh. After the torrential rain the previous day, one end of the green was very wet and slow.  In an incredibly close game, which could have gone either way right up until the last end, Horsham Park were able to win their friendly away game against Cranleigh by 3 shots, 59 to 56. Park’s top rink went to skip Bryony Wood’s team of Peter Schlotter and Beryl Noble who had a poor start on the unpredictable green and were 1-6 down at 6 ends and still down 4-8 by end 10. But by this time they’d got the hang of the green and won all bar 1 of the last 8 ends to win by 17-11.  David Peters, Angela Spurr and Peter Bailey were 7-4 up at end 8 but by end 12 they were down 7-11 at which point the fightback started and with one end to play they were back to 12 all. Fortunately, they were able to win the last end by 3 shots to give them a winning score of 15-12.  Phil Claridge with David Spurr and Lorena Daane had a close game with the lead changing throughout the game. On the last end Claridge’s team were 1 shot up, 14-13, but they lost the last end by 2 shots to lose 14-15.  Kamran Nadim’s team of David Clifton and Pauline Topper also had a very close game and at end 13 they were 12 all, but the Cranleigh bowlers were able to take 6 shots from the last 5 ends to win by 13-18. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all and let’s hope the season continues in the same way for the Park bowlers.

Date: Sunday 30th April 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club -  Opening Drive

Score :  A Team 29   B Team  34

Report : After all the recent rain, the sun came out for Park's opening drive which had been resceduled from a wet Sunday 23rd April.  20 bowlers arrived for the drive and teams were selected as the bowlers arrived.  The first A team led by Bryony Wood who with David Dunnington, Jim Covey and Angela Spurr were able to beat Ian Homes team of Barbara Rowe, Sheila Howard and Margaret Cornwell by 14-6. Both the other A teams lost their games. Phil Claridge's B team, Lorena Daane and Norma Covey led from the start overcoming the team led by David Spurr, Brenda Thompson and Marie Davies by 12-8. Kamran Nadim led team Bs third team, consisting of David Clifton and Pauline Topper.  Kamran's team led from the start overcoming David Peters' team of Beryl Noble and Viv Holmes by 16-7. At 6 ends Peters' team hadn't scored and were 9-0 down but they then won the next 4 ends to close the gap to 9-7 but they couldn't keep up the momentum.  Overall this was an enjoyable start to the season but from now on things will be different as we go into our friendly games.

Date: Thursday 27th April 2023     Horsham Park Bowls Club   Away to   Southwater Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win: 36 to 34

Report:  The heavy rain at the start of the season continues to disrupt our games.  The first away game against Southwater started in a light drizzle but soon turned to much heavier rain.  In spite of the weather and the poor state of the Southwater green, 12 ends were played which resulted in 2 winning rinks, losing on the other 2 but Park were still able to win overall by 2 shots. Ian Holmes with Brian Milner, Peter Bailey and Marie Davies were 10-2 up after 7 ends but at this point Southwater started their fight back and Holmes' team lost the next 3 ends but they still won 11-8 when the game was stopped at 12 ends.  Park's other winning rink, skipped by Kamran Nadim who with David Clifton, Norma Covey and Graham Roots started in a similar fashion and were 9-2 after 8 ends but they lost the last 4 ends to finally win 9-8. David Turley's team of Brenda Thompson, Lorena Daane and Beryl Noble also had a good start and by end 6 were ahead 6-1 but they lost the next 5 ends to end up losing by 1 shot, 7-8.  Phil Claridge's team playing with 1 player short were also ahead 6-1 by the 6th end but once again went down by 1 shot, 9-10.  

 

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Date: Tuesday 20th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Pippbrook Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost: 58 to 70

Report: Due to the poor state of the Pippbrook green, they requested that our normal end of season game away at Pippbrook was played at home in the Park.  On most rinks the Horsham Park teams had really close games, up or down by 1 shot but Park finally lost overall by 12 shots, 58-70.  David Turley skipped Park’s only winning rink. Turley with Angela Spurr and David Dunnington were 3 shots up on end 17 but lost the last end by 2 to win 18-17. David Peters, Kamran Nadim and Norman Stone were down 6-13 at 9 ends but they were able to win 7 of the remaining ends but still went down by 1 shot, 17-18.  Phil Claridge with Ian Holmes and Sheila Howard were 12-8 up on end 11 but in their case, they could only win 2 of the remaining ends and lost also by one shot, 14-15. Bryony Wood’s team of David Spurr and Barbara Rowe had a tough game when the Pippbrook lead was able to draw accurately to the jack on most ends and with only 3 ends to play they were down 3-20.  They were won the last 3 ends and on the last end they were holding 5 shots when their skip came in with a lucky wick to cut it down to 2. Wood’s team finally lost by 11 shots, 9-20.

Date: Sunday 18th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Felbridge Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win: 69 to 47

Report: Horsham Park won their friendly home game against Felbridge by 22 shots, 69-47. The Park bowlers were able to overturn their loss earlier in the season when they played away. Park won on 3 of the 4 rinks and only lost by 1 shot on the 4th. Phil Claridge, Sheila Howard and Ian Wilson took the top rink honour, winning by 10 shots, 21-11. They were ahead 14-3 on end 11 but the Felbridge bowlers started to catch and with 2 ends to play they’d recovered to 16-11 but Claridge’s team won the last 2 ends. Kamran Nadim and Pam Venn, playing with one bowler short, maintained their lead for most of the game and at the half time tea they were 9-3 up and by the end they’d extended their lead to win by 8 shots, 17-9. Bryony Woods’s team of Shirley Stone and Maddy Gordon were ahead 15-7 on end 11 but the Felbridge bowlers were able to win 4 of the remaining ends to close the gap a little but Wood’s team still won by 5 shots, 18-13. Ian Holmes, Pauline Topper and Norman Stone had a really close game with the score even on many ends. Holmes team were 13 all with one end to play but went down by 1 to lose 13-14.

Date: Saturday 17th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Southgate Park Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost : 64 to 74

Report: The sun was out but it was still a little chilly for Horsham Park’s friendly away game at Southgate Park. Although Park won well on one rink, drew a second, but lost quite badly on the other two, to lose overall by 10 shots, 64-74. Park’s top and only winning rink was skipped by David Peters who with Angela Spurr and Barbara Rowe had a close game initially, and by end 12 they were only one shot up, 10-9. At this point they took over the game winning all bar 1 of the remaining ends to win by 13 shots, 23-10.  Kamran Nadim, John Leadbeater and Beryl Noble drew their game 18 all despite being 6 shots down on end 12 but they then won the next few ends to close the gap so that they were only down 1 shot with 1 end to play. The head was very close, but they were able to win the last end by 1 shot to draw their game. Shirley Stone with Brenda Thompson and David Clifton had a difficult start and by half time they were down 3-15 but they then recovered to win the next 5 ends to close the gap to 14-19, but unfortunately they couldn’t maintain their momentum and finally lost by 10 shots, 15-25. Park’s Captain David Spurr's team of Sheila Howard and Norman Stone came up against the Southgate Captain’s team whose lead was able to draw to the jack on almost every end. This meant that Spurr’s team were on the back foot trying to dislodge or draw closer to the jack which they mostly failed to do.  They were only able to win 5 ends to go down by 13 shots, 8-21.

Date: Thursday 15th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Ewhurst Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win : 82 to 47

Report: As the season draws to a close, Horsham Park enjoyed a big win away at Ewhurst, winning on all 4 rinks and by 35 shots, 82 – 47. Ewhurst in the past have been a difficult club to beat and last year, after a tough game, Park did well to draw 42 all. Park’s top rink was once again Bryony Wood who with Ian Holmes and Kathleen Turner started well and were 7–1 up by end 4 but then the Ewhurst bowlers started their fight back and by half time had closed the gap to 2 shots. At this point, as often happens after tea, Wood’s team took over and won all bar 2 of the remaining ends to win by 14 shots, 25–11.  Captain David Turley, David Clifton and Lorena Daane were only 1 shot up at half time, 6–5, but in the second half they were able to score consistently and finally won by 11 shots, 20–9. Kamran Nadim with Brian Milner and Norman Stone had a great start and by end 5 were 9–0 up but then the Ewhurst bowlers got into their stride and closed the gap to 12–9 by end 10. Nadim’s team then started to recover, and they won all bar 2 of the remaining ends to win by 8 shots, 20–12.  David Peters, Shirley Stone and Vivian Holmes had a much closer game which could have gone either way.  The scores were 8 all on end 10, and 12 all on end 15, but then Peters’ team won 2 of the last 3 ends to win by 2 shots 17-15.

Date: Saturday 10th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Bramley Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win: 45 to 40

Report: It was pleasantly sunny for Horsham Park’s return away fixture at Bramley Bowls Club.  The Park bowlers were determined, and they succeeded, to overturn the previous week’s loss at home. Park won by 5 shots, 45–40 by winning well on 1 rink but still lost on the other 2.  Captain of the day, Bryony Wood’s team of John Leadbeater and Lorena Daane ensured the overall win by dominating their game from the start to win by 14 shots, 21–7.  David Peters with Brenda Thompson and Alan Setchell had a close game and by end 10 they were 7 all but they then lost the next 4 ends to go 7-15 down. At this point, they recovered to win 4 of the 5 remaining ends but still went down 12-16. Similarly, Phil Claridge, David Clifton and Barbara Rowe were 8 shots all at half time tea, but they then lost the next 4 ends to go 8-16 down but, although they won 4 of the remaining 5 ends, it was too late, and they lost by 5 shots, 12-17.

Date: Wedesday 7th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   East Grinstead Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score win : 68 to 58

Report: The rain cleared up for Horsham Park’s friendly away match at East Grinstead and the game went ahead with Park determined to overturn their Mid-Sussex league defeats earlier in the season.  Park won by 10 shots, 68 - 58, winning on 2 rinks and losing on the other 2. Bryony Wood once again skipped Park’s top rink. Wood with Brian Milner and Angela Spurr were only 2 up at half time, 8 – 6 but from then on, they won all bar 2 of the remaining ends to extend their lead and win by 12 shots, 21 – 8. David Peters with David Clifton and Barbara Rowe were down 4 – 9 at the half time tea but they then took a 6 and a 4 on the next 2 ends to go into the lead 14 - 9. They continued to score consistently to win overall by 8 shots, 21 – 13. David Spurr, Ian Holmes and Lorena Daane had a really close game which was 10 all on end 11, then 12 all on end 15. They went into the last 2 ends 2 up, 14 – 12, but they then lost both ends, going down by 5 on end 17 when the Grinstead skip took the jack back to his waiting woods. Spurr’s team lost overall by 4 shots, 14 – 18.  David Turley, Sheila Howard and David Dunnington went into tea 9 – 2 up but then things changed dramatically, as they often do after the half time break, they could only win 2 more ends and finally lost 12 – 18.

Date: Sunday 4th September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   home to   Bramley Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost: 43 to 59

Report: The weather stayed warm and sunny for Horsham Park’s friendly home game against Bramley which they lost by 16 shots, 43 – 59. Bramley is a small club and were short of bowlers, so they “borrowed” some of Cranleigh’s best bowlers to complete their teams.  Park could only win on one rink, losing on the other two.  Park’s top and only winning rink skipped by David Spurr, who with club President Brenda Thompson and new bowler Graham Roots were 6 shots all on end 9 when the teams went into tea, but then went on to win 6 of the remaining ends and finally won by 8 shots, 19 – 11. Bryony Wood, Angela Spurr and Ian Wilson were 3 shots to 18 down by end 13 but then they were able to close the gap a little to end up losing 13 – 22. Wood’s team came up against some of the Cranleigh bowlers, one of whom was in 3 club finals and their skip was able to overturn many ends where the Park bowlers were holding. Phil Claridge’s team of John Leadbeater and Barbara Rowe started well and by end 9 were 5 shots up, 9- 4 but then the old saying “it all changes after tea” kicked in and they went down 6 on the next end. From then on things didn’t get much better and Claridge’s team only won 2 more ends and finally lost 11 – 26.

Date: Thursday 1st September 2022     Horsham Park Bowls Club   away to   Adastra Bowls Club

Competition:  Mixed Friendly  Score lost: 63 to 72

Report: The weather stayed fine just long enough for Horsham Park’s return away fixture with Adastra Bowls Club. Park won on 2 rinks and lost on the other 2, losing overall by 9 shots, 63 – 72. Park’s top rink went once again to Bryony Wood who, with Ian Holmes and Angela Spurr, won by 12 shots, 23 – 11.  Initially the game seemed close and at 5 ends, the score was 5 all but then Wood’s team took control of the game, winning all bar 4 of the remaining ends. Park’s other winning rink was Brian Milner, who was skipping for the first time, plus new bowlers David Clifton and Vivian Holmes. They were down 6 – 12 on end 10 but then won 7 of the last 8 ends to win 20 – 14. David Peters, David Spurr and Mark Tournoff lost 14 – 29. Time and again Peters’ team were holding shots which were turned over by the Adastra skip. Phil Claridge’s team also came up against tough opposition. They started well but then the Adastra bowlers got into their stride to finally win 18 – 6.

 

Bryony & David after Champion of Champions Bryony & David after Champion of Champions