The first indoor match of the winter season at Worthing Pavilion was a keenly contested friendly against Worthing IBC, which finished in a narrow victory for the hosts by 90 shots to 87.
The six games of triples played over 18 ends were shared three apiece. Linda Carter, Dave Thomas and John McCormick were top rink for Pavilion with a 17-10 win. Tony Beale, Les Mann and Richard Krupa won 20-13. Keith Leather, Christine Chapman and David Berry squeaked home 19-17 by scoring six shots on the final three ends.
Dave Owens, Alan Fryer and John Bartholomew went two shots up but dropped three on the last two ends to lose 12-11. Maria Jones, Peter Tomley and Ken Chapman lost 19-13. Diane Bartholomew, Simon Ritter and Bryan Bodicoat lost 16-10.
Pavilion lost their away tie against Eastbourne and District in the first round of the national Top Club competition, a knockout tournament run by the English Indoor Bowling Association.
The best result for the visitors was achieved by the four of Christine Cheeseman, Lynn Down, Paul Ward and skip Mick Patching, who drew 12-12 and shared the four points with Eastbourne.
Simon Davey played a marathon match against Ajay Morphett in the two-wood singles that went to 32 ends. The advantage changed hands six times before Morphett scored the one shot he needed to win 21-19, taking two points.
In the other two-wood singles, Hannah Down lost 21-6 to Mandy Carrie, who scored two points.
The pairs went to the home team of Nikki Dale and Rob Morphett, who defeated Julie Woods and James Brennan 18-10 to score four points. And Eastbourne also won the triples, with J Cable, Pat Bain and Steve Boswell defeating Pat Edmonds, Colin Davey and Mick Patching 20-6 to give a final points aggregate of 14-2 in favour of the winners, with a shots total of 92-53.