Charles in running for 18th county title after tough semi

Charles Wright
Charles Wright

Eastbourne Bowling Club’s Charles Wright goes in search of an 18th county title on August 7 when he plays the final of the Sussex Singles Championship at Polegrove BC.

In the County quarter final at Rottingdean BC, he defeated Dave Moses (Mackie) 21-15 after a tough struggle and then played well to win 21-9 over club colleague Barrie Fordham in the semi. Fordham had won 21-13 over Ian Younger (Storrington) in the quarters.

Wright previously won the blue riband County Singles Championship in 2005 but will have his work cut out when he takes on the strongly fancied Ian Watson (Lindfield) in the final.

The last Eastbourne BC player to win the County Singles was Derek Dyer in 2006.

Fordham made up for his loss when he joined forces with wife Julia to win 18-11 over Sue Taylor and Adrian Wainwright (Uckfield) in a tight semi final of the Bowls England National Mixed Pairs.

The game was played at the Saffrons ground as the Uckfield pairing sportingly gave up their home advantage as all four players are based in Eastbourne.

Their final opponents are not yet known but, on this showing, the Fordham’s have an excellent chance of making the finals at Beach House Park, Worthing.

The Saffrons based club gave up their County Double Fours crown when they were defeated by the Preston Club in the Sussex semi final.

The away team of Fordham, Bill Hulbert, Peter Jackson and Aaron Sexton trailed 8-22 at one stage but fought back strongly and showed great character to only lose 20-23.

They also won the extra end which was played in Brighton. Unfortunately, the home team of Wright, Dave Booth, Francois Celada and Derek Dyer were not able to capitalise on the good away showing despite taking an early 10-0 lead.

The Preston quartet fought back well and, with opportunites wasted, the home team spluttered to an 18 all draw and, ultimately, a 38-41 defeat. Preston will take on Lindfield at the Polegrove on Finals Day.

Eastbourne BC also went out of the Bowls England Top Club competition when they lost the Sussex Area Final 2-3 to Southwick Park.

The players struggled to come to terms with the heavy Southwick green and were victorious in the Pairs and Fours with narrow wins for Fordham and Sexton and the quartet of Bob Jones, Bob Palmer, Mike Taylor & Peter Jackson. The pairs win even included a maximum count of 8.

In the other events Wright lost 14-15 in the two Wood Singles whilst Dyer went down 13-21 in the four Wood Singles.

The triple of Andy Stanley, Dave Booth & Bill Hulbert fought bravely but narrowly lost.