The 25th Anniversary Wadhurst Triples Bowls Tournament

The Tournament was a great success attracting 24 teams of bowlers from across three counties to compete for the £300 prize money. Although the day started with early showers come the afternoon the sun shone as the bowlers got into their stride.
After 8 hours of competition a winner emerged in the guise of local club Cross in Hand ‘B’ who scooped the prize money, personalised bottles of Chapel Down fizz and the cup - all presented by long-time competition sponsor Gary Tate of Tate Fencing & Automation.

Second were Hunton (Kent) and third were Cross in Hand ‘A’  (East Sussex).

It was a good day for John Loran not only skipping his team to victory but also winning the prize draw of £100 for good measure!

Entry is now open for next year’s tournament - contact Malcolm Dick ( for entry details.

Winners of the 25th Wadhurst BC Tournament John Loran, Elizabeth and Mark Thomson, Cross in Hand BC

September Update (by Laurence Worton)

Tunbridge Well Triples League Update and Results

A story of ‘The nearly men’ (and women)………

 It came down to the last league game of the season with Wadhurst A in second place and Wadhurst B (the Bees) in danger of relegation. Like so many games it was down to fine margins and a little bit of luck - the Bees had it but the A team didn’t.

 The Bees needed take at least two points off league leaders Grove to ensure survival. If they could and the A team could get maximum points against Grosvenor then the A team would leap-frog Grove and win the league.

 In the event, although Wadhurst A managed the full 8 points, the Bees could only manage a single point in their game meaning the A team finished second in the league one point behind Grove but due to other results going the Bees way they managed to escape relegation.

 Fine margins indeed!

The Border Cup 2023  (by Laurence Worton)

The Border Cup turned into a hotly contested bowls final between Wadhurst (East Sussex) and Hawkhurst (Kent).
The final, played over two legs, had Wadhurst with a slim 10 shot advantage as they hosted the return match.
Halfway through and Hawkhurst had narrowed the deficit to just two shots however they were unable to keep up the pressure and Wadhurst came back to win the cup with an 18 shot overall advantage.
Cellar Head Brewery at Flimwell supplied the liquid refreshments at both legs.  With the brewery situated on the boundary between the two counties they are ideally positioned to support the event but who they favour remains a diplomatic mystery.
The late rain didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the afternoon which was played out in good humour by both clubs and with a cask of beer thrown in everyone went home happy.  Perhaps a little too happy….!

It’s a bowls match not a tug-o’-war!

Wadhurst BC hosts the Sussex Men's County Two Wood Competition

Area 1

On Sunday 4 June we saw some outstanding bowling.  Our congratulations go to Stuart Holland (Spartan & Lakeside) and Kenny Bolton (Spartan & Lakeside) for reaching the next stages of the competition.

Start of the Season Report (by Laurence Worton)

Last month I wrote about how cold it had been for the start of the season and this month seems to be going the same way. Not much rain and some decent sunshine but that wind has a very chilling effect!

 We are well under way with our league campaigns and feature a report from our Horam League Captain – Dave Hacker

 Horam League Report

The Horam League is up and running and we have had a fantastic start, winning five of our first six matches and only losing by two shots to Cross in Hand (Captains fault, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by surrendering a 9 – 0 lead!!).

 We are currently top of the league, by virtue of playing more games than our closest rivals, however compared to the corresponding matches from last season we currently have 37 points against 29 points from last year – so we are ahead of the game in our quest to retain the Horam league title.

 I want to thank everyone who has put their names down to play in the league games, the response has been excellent and after the game against Uckfield on the 30 May we had included 26 members in the league teams. This shows the fantastic strength in depth the club currently has.

We have some big games coming up away from home so please continue to put your names down to play, we have made a great start we just need to continue in the same vein.

Once again thank you for your support.


Tunbridge Wells League Division One - Report

Very early days in the league but the ‘B’ team won their opening game away at Crowborough whilst the ‘A’ team lost theirs so the ‘Bees’ sit on top of the league!

 The club have been putting together some sponsorship options for various local businesses to consider from green-side advertising banners to getting your business mentioned in our fixture handbook or on the scorecards.

 To promote this, I have been doing my sums and worked that over the course of a season we have over 1494 players who attend the club. Now bearing in mind most games are about three hours long that is quite a lot of advertising for very little outlay. Those players and teams will use 226 scorecards with at least 18 entries made each game – that is 4068 views of your advert! If any businesses would like to be associated with a successful local club, we have packages available ranging from a few pounds upwards.

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