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Pavilion bowlers excel in national indoor tournaments



Worthing Pavilion's home rink players in the Vivienne Trophy, with Denise Staton of the English Bowls Umpires Association

Bowlers from both ends of the age spectrum recorded impressive victories for Worthing Pavilion in national competitions.

Playing in the under-18 mixed singles run by the English Indoor Bowling Association, 13-year-old Vinnie Minter defeated 16-year-old Connor Stephens from the Bromley club in southeast London. 

The match on neutral ground at Grattons went to a tie-break after Vinnie won the first set of nine ends 10-2 but lost the second set 8-7, dropping a shot on the ninth end. He made no mistake in the best-of-three tie-break, winning 2-0. 

Vinnie will play either Harry Wimble-Roberts or Alex Gilbert, who each represent Kent clubs, in the next round.

Eight Pavilion bowlers reached the area semi-final of the over-60s double rink competition after a nerve-racking match against Isle of Wight A. The EIBA knockout tournament was played home and away simultaneously, which added to the tension when each visiting four dominated on the away rink.

Jeremy Simpson, John Winkley, Warwick Davis and skip Bill Murphy won 12 of the 18 ends in their match but it was not all plain sailing against the islanders. Pavilion dropped four shots on the fourth end, which cost them an early lead they didn't regain until the 12th end. They lost only one of the last nine ends and claimed an 18-10 victory. 

The two shots they gained on the final end proved pivotal, because Ray Leggett, Arthur White, Paul Ward and skip John Frew were unable to hold on to an early advantage on Pavilion's home rink. They led 4-2 after five ends but were overhauled by halfway. The five shots the islanders scored on the 13th end gave them a commanding lead and the overall match then swung on the visitors' margin of victory. The game finished 19-12, giving Pavilion a 30-29 win on aggregate. Adur will be their semi-final opponents on December 12.

Pavilion's run in the Vivienne Trophy ended with defeat at the area semi-final stage. After earlier wins against Preston and Eastbourne, Pavilion found Arun in top form and lost three of the four triples games. On the home rinks, Pat Edmonds, Ann Button and skip Sue Gubbins led by two shots after 15 ends but were defeated 20-17. Ange Gatland, Kathy Byrnes and Marina Crayston trailed 13-0 after only five ends, then dug in and eventually lost 23-11. 

On the away rinks, Julie Woods, Lynn Down and Jacky Pearson recovered from a slow start and were only two shots down with three ends to play. They were unable to complete the comeback, however, and lost 15-12. 

June Lewis, Gill Harrisson and Linda Farley prevented a whitewash by drawing 17-17 on the other away rink, with the aggregate score 75-57 in Arun's favour. They will play Royal Tunbridge Wells in the area final. 

A friendly fixture between mixed teams from Pavilion and Rottingdean, hosted at Denton Island, saw Pavilion win on three rinks and 76-44 on aggregate. They borrowed four Rottingdean bowlers to make up the numbers and Bert Day played superbly for the "wrong" team. He helped Keith Lyons, Simon Ritter and skip Bryan Bodicoat to a 26-4 victory.

Dave Owens, Kathy Byrnes, Richard Krupa and guest Del Archer won 21-10. Linda Carter, Roger Dutton, John McCormick and guest Martin Ebling won 15-14. Terry Edmondson, Andy Peters, Chris Byrnes and guest Richard Silberbauer lost 16-14. 

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