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Last updated - 27 August 2019 07:45

The final Billingham League fixture of the 2019 season was played at Worthing Pavilion this afternoon in very blustery windy conditions which on a fast green made it very difficult for the bowlers.    Division Two (D2) entered the game seven points ahead of Division Four (D4), the current League Champions and winners for the past eight years, so D2 needed just 5 points to clinch their first every Billingham League title. 

The game started well for D2 and at five ends, they were 8 shots ahead and winning on four of the six rinks.  By the end of ten ends they had increased the shot difference to 17 shots and were winning on five rinks and drawing the other – D4 Four were well behind and almost looked a beaten team. 

However, by the end of 15 ends D4 had turned the match around and now D2 were really struggling.   D4 from ends 10-15 had gone from 17 shots behind to be 21 shots ahead - a turn around of  38 shots - over five ends - and were now ahead on four rinks losing on just two.  

The match culminated with Four Rinks having finished, three having been won by D4 and just one by D2 and  the match and the title hinging on the two remaining closely fought rinks .  Ultimately these two rinks were both won by D4 giving a final result of D4 ,133 shots and 13 points with D2,  91 shots and 2 points. 

Division Four won their 10th title and their ninth in a row, leaving Division Two still seeking their first ever Billingham League win since 2005 when it became a League - as opposed to the previous knockout tournament. 

The two teams meet again on Friday 30th August at Newick BC, when they contest one of the semi Finals of the Pullen Cup.

Sussex’s Rachel Mackriell has secured the Women’s National Senior Singles, sponsored by Bowling Abroad Holidays, just five days after claiming the Women’s Senior Pairs title.  The Polegrove BC bowler defeated Nottinghamshire’s Janet Eames 21-17 at a rain-drenched Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.  Mackriell skipped Lorraine Hume to success in the Senior Pairs on Tuesday, before doubling up this afternoon.  Mackriell had reached the final with convincing victories over Norfolk’s Jackie Devitt and Somerset’s Kate Herbison, whilst Eames defeated Bridget Hodder (Dorset) and Warwickshire’s Gill Maund.



Rachel Mackriell (S’sex) bt Jackie Devitt (N’folk) 21-9

Kate Herbison (S’set) bt Sara Trotter (Kent) 21-18

Gill Maund (Warks) bt Beverley Wall (Berks) 21-15

Janet Eames (Notts) bt Bridget Hodder (D’set) 21-8 


Rachel Mackriell (S’sex) bt Kate Herbison (S’set) 21-11

Janet Eames (Notts) bt Gill Maund (Warks) 21-14 


Rachel Mackriell (S’sex) bt Janet Eames (Notts) 21-17

Rachel Mackriell and Lorraine Hume won the National Women’s Senior Pairs at Leamington this week. This is the second time Sussex has won this event in three years. Well done Ladies and congratulations from the County.
PRESS FOR RESULTS of Women's County Finals 2019
PRESS FOR RESULTS of Men's County Finals 2019

Because Sussex County Bowls now only recognises Coach Bowls registered coaches, Geoff Fitch has resigned his position as County Coach (EBCS) but maintains his role as Sussex County Coordinator for Coach Bowls.  Therefore ALL coaching matters should be referred to him at the contact details given on this website.

Our team in the Inter County Double Rink - Balcomb Trophy reached the National Semi Final for the second year running but were beaten by Warwickshire. Congratulations to the team and the managers for getting that far.  Well done boys.

The following courses are available through Coach Bowls.

Safeguarding in Bowls - Time to Listen: Tuesday 24th September 10 - 2 at Eastbourne IBC This course is a bowls specific workshop designed to support club welfare officers and is aimed at the safety of young people. 

Adult Safeguarding in Bowls: Saturday 14th September 10 - 1 at Beeding & Bramber Village Hall.  This course is recommended for all Club Safeguarding Officers and deals specifically with adults. 

Adult Safeguarding in Bowls: Tuesday 1st October 10 - 1 at Eastbourne IBC This course is recommended for all Club Safeguarding Officers and deals specifically with adults. 

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Geoff Fitch
County Coach & Div 1 Selector


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