Grattons overcome Donyngs despite pressure

Grattons top rink Alan Rainer, Gordon Hall, Danny Whinder and skip Mike Beesley SUS-150903-154531002
Grattons top rink Alan Rainer, Gordon Hall, Danny Whinder and skip Mike Beesley SUS-150903-154531002
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Grattons mixed team played at home on Saturday against Donyngs.

They raced to a first half lead of 35 shots. Despite Donyngs’ best efforts after tea Grattons kept up the pressure and went on to win 136-89.

Captain Kim said: “Donyngs were not up to their usual strength but still a good win for us.”

Top rink went to: Jim Morton, Margaret Blackmore, Pat Hawkins and skip Roger Buckland.

Sunday saw the men at home to the London Welsh. Grattons could not hold back the Welsh invasion and were soon trailing by 25 shots.

Although Grattons performed better after tea they could not stop London Welsh from taking the inevitable victory, losing 95-128.

Captain Kim said: “A disappointing result particularly as they had three of our members playing for them.”

Top rink was Ron Baker, Barrie Roderick, Allan Porthouse and skip Alan Harris.

On Tuesday the ladies played a County League match away to top of the table Arun.

A tough game throughout Arun came out as winners 96-68.

Captain Sue said: “It was a hard game but we did manage to win two of the five rinks.”

Top rink: Sandy Rogers, Ann Ogden, Pat Hawkins and skip Cecelia Woodward.

On Wednesday the men played Sussex County who quickly took a 20-shot lead. Stunned Grattons fought back to lead by 15 shots at tea.

Although Grattons could not build on their first half lead they did win the game 131-117.

Top rink was Alan Rainer, Gordon Hall, Danny Whinder and skip Mike Beesley.