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Last updated - 12 October 2018 12:47

The County are still seeking a Manager for the Under 25's and applications are invited for this position. Applications should be submitted to the County Secretary (email by 20th October.   If no suitable application is received, the County will be obliged at the Home Counties Bowling Association Meeting on 22nd October, to once again notify our intention to withdraw from that Competition for the 2019 Season.

Last weekend at the Disability Bowls England Presentations it was officially announced that Bob Henstridge, with five others, has been named as DBE Ambassador. Bob is the Ambassador for Sussex with the remit to promote and represent DBE and encourage new and existing  bowlers to enjoy this great game. We also want to encourage more Clubs to get involved with helping people with disability to bowl and become aware of DBE.  If he can help any players or clubs please let him know.

He can be reached at email; bobbowler@

The County are seeking a Manager for the Middleton Cup and Home Counties League teams and applications are invited for this position from suitably qualified members.  The revised Job Responsibilities for this position can be read by following this link.

Applications should be submitted to the County Secretary (email by 20th October, together with a ‘potted history' of previous experience and achievements’.
We regret to announce the death of Alf Bridges of Popes Mead BC.  For many years he was the Under 25's manager of Sussex County Bowling Association.  His funeral will take place at 12.30pm on Thursday 25th October at St Margarets Church, Ifield, RH11 0NN.  His interment will take place at 1.30pm at Snell Hatch Cemetary, Goffs Lane Crawley.  The wake will take place afterwards at Oakwood Football Club, Tinsley Lane, Crawley, RH10 8AR.

Under 18's Mixed Finals held at The Crouch BC on Sunday 9th September 

This event was well attended by parents, County Officials and other supporters and seemed to be enjoyed by the 10 contestants. The bowling was to a high standard and the results were as follows:-

Winner - James Brennan. Runner Up - Ajay Morphett. 18 -15. Third Place - Keira Dunk over Treana Smith. 15-14. Plate Winner - Michael Murphy. Runner Up - Maesi Ramsay - 11-2
Congratulations once again to Lindfield BC for reaching the Finals of the Tony Allcock Double Mixed Fours at Leamington, the competition they won in 2016.

Lindfield Tony Allcock teams at Leamington ;

Quarter Final ; won 45-34 ( 30 - 18 , 15 -16 ) Keith Holman , Ian Watson , Carol Watson , Margaret Atkins ; Roger Green , Sue Willmott , Janet Hawkins , Roger Willmott. 

Semi Final , won 41-37 ( 15 -20 , 26 - 17 ) 

Final , lost  35-47 ( 16 - 20 , 19 - 27 ) #.  Ian Watson , Peter Gacsall , Carol Watson , Margaret Atkins ; Roger Green , Sue Willmott , Carolyn Worth , Roger Willmott .  Reserve Wilf Atkins. 

Players used in earlier rounds - Tom Palmer and Graeme Geddie .  

Lindfield coming in as runners up in the Tony Allcock Trophy after some 374 teams had entered the competition , came away with a £500 cheque for the club.  They beat a team from Kent to qualify for Leamington and proceeded to the final beating Yorkshire and Essex but were unable to overcome Oxford's team from Banbury.
A brilliant result from all converned.  Well done!


Sussex have won the Walker Cup for the first time, after emphatically defeating Yorkshire 52-15 in this afternoon’s final.

The event, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, took place at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Yorkshire defeated Cambridgeshire by one shot in this morning’s semi-final, whilst Sussex reached the final with victory over holders Somerset. 

Sussex were competing in only their first final, whilst Yorkshire had been in two finals previously – runners-up to Somerset in 1970 and defeating Dorset in the final in 1997.



Yorkshire bt Cambridgeshire 44-43

Rink scores (Yorkshire skips first): M Dowson bt E Falkner 26-11; L Metcalfe lost to J Stephens 18-32;

Sussex bt Somerset 41-33

Rink scores (Sussex skips first): L Kuhler bt K Hembrow 28-9; R Mackriell lost to S Branfield 13-24;


Sussex bt Yorkshire 52-15

Rink scores (Sussex skips first): L Kuhler bt M Dowson 27-6; R Mackriell bt L Metcalfe 25-9


Back Row: Denise Hodd, Jennie Sandford, Carole Bowles, Women's President Kate Sayers, Gill Hill, Rachel Mackriell & Yvonne Woodcock

Front Row: Sue Taylor, Emma Cooper, Lorraine Kuhler & Pat Escott


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