Two teams from Worthing Pavilion emerged victorious from nail-biting encounters in the first round of national knockout competitions run by the English Indoor Bowling Association.
Pavilion faced Horsham & District in the Yetton Trophy, in which four rinks play home and away over 21 ends. Remarkably, the outcome was undecided until the last of the 672 bowls was delivered, with Pavilion winning by 83 shots to 82.
On the away rinks, Julie Woods, Gill Harrisson, Lynn Down and skip Jacky Pearson dominated their opponents and won 31-13. Pat Edmonds, Mary Stemp, Hannah Down and skip Sue Gubbins lost 24-16.
On the home rinks, Chris Cheeseman, Sue Manning, Kathy Byrnes and skip June Lewis battled to a 21-21 draw. Leah Hawkins, Helen Beale, Ann Button and skip Marina Crayston lost 24-15.
Pavilion's opponents in round two on November 4 will be Preston, who defeated Worthing IBC 80-79 in an equally close match.
The Denny Cup format is identical to the Yetton and Pavilion's match against Adur was almost as tense.
On the home rinks, Vinnie Minter, George Davey, Arthur White and skip Dan Groombridge won 34-7, a decisive margin of victory because Adur won on the other three rinks. Ray Leggett, Russ Doherty, Keith Wadhams and skip John Frew lost 30-25,
On the away rinks, Graham Morrey, Andy Peters, Paul Ward and skip Bill Murphy lost 18-17. Jeremy Simpson, John Winkley, Ken Chapman and skip Garry Olver lost 25-11. The aggregate was 87-80 to Pavilion, who will face Worthing IBC in round two. The pressure of national competitions clearly suited Pavilion, whose mixed friendly at home to Adur three days earlier ended in a whitewash for the visitors across six games of triples. Linda Farley, Mike Spinks and Bryan Bodicoat lost 14-13. Bennie Bennett, Mick Steggell and Ian Down lost 12-11. Linda Carter, Dave Owens and Richard Krupa lost 19-13.
Jim Lindup, Dennis Allen and Warwick Davis lost 19-14. Keith Leather, Brian Jones and Graham Farley lost 21-15. Andy Peters, Lynn Down and David Berry lost 32-9, giving Adur an aggregate win by 108-78.