Storrington still to find prolonged performance.
Storrington, still languishing at the bottom of division 2 of West Sussex Bowls League, played Arundel , the League leaders, at Arundel on a hot afternoon and got off to a fast start . Mick O’Brien’s team was ahead by 9 -3 after 9 ends; and Stuart McGeachie’s team by 8 – 3 after7 ends;
But Paul Leatherbarrow’s and Harry Kendall’s team failed to start, only getting 3 shots and 4 shots respectively after 10 ends. However all 4 Arundel teams then showed their depth of performance, O’Brien’s team finishing just down, 15 – 17; McGeachie’s down by 14 – 19; Kendall’s team down by 15 – 24 and Leatherbarrow’s team down by 18 -30, giving a final match score of 62 – 90 shots and 0 – 10 League points., leaving them at the bottom of the league table.
Storrington do not quite jump high enough and are defeated by The Grasshoppers
The next day a chance to compete against a combined Sussex team, namely The Grasshoppers, a club for retired police force personnel, came up on the calendar. 5 teams of mixed triples played an eighteen end , evening, match at Storrington.
Brian Bona’s team held the Grasshoppers to a draw at the halfway mark but then moved smoothly ahead to finish 17 - 11 , while Harry Kendall’s team matched their opponents end for end up to the last end, the score being 14=14, but a lucky (?) shot by the Grasshopper skipper, L. Hall, took the game.
Terry Crispin’s team produced an up and down game resulting in being ahead 15 – 13 after the 15th end. However the usual weak finish of Storrington saw the Grasshopper’s Marilyn Martin orchestrate 5 shots over the last 3 ends leaving Storrington down 15 – 18.
Stuart Mc Geachie’s team led 7 -1 after 7 ends, but again the Grasshoppers found their reserve strength to leave Storrington down 10 – 14 at the end.
Les Wilson’s team produced a usual reasonable start , leading 11- 10 after 15 ends , but, characteristically, finished 11 – 18 down, resulting in an overall match score of Storrington 67 shots; Grasshoppers 76.