WORTHING Pavilion Bowling Club progressed past local rivals Tarring Priory in the national top team competition after a nail-biting finish last week.
The match was tight throughout and literally went to the wire on the last discipline, the fours.
With the overall score 2-2, Pavilion were one down going into the last end.
Pavilion were holding one shot when Richard Dray delivered his first wood, which was a pearler that tickled the jack to potentially give Pavilion game and match.
Opposing skip, Andy Clarke, was unable to change the situation and Pavilion went on to pick up five shots on the last end to win the fours 20-16 and progress into the next round with a 3-2 win.
Marine Gardens continued their strong run in the county fours when their four of Peter Blanks, Ted Coaker, Don Nice and Barry Stratton beat Worthing’s rink of John Schools, Brian Dunne, Mick Schools and Luigi Sebastiano 24-12 at Beach House Park.
A strong performance from the whole team meant Marine Gardens were always in control of the match and this win sets up a visit to Pulborough in the third round on Friday.
Worthing Pavilion’s A team gained eight points in a 87-63 win at Lancing in Littlehampton Gazette League Division 1.
They sit second in the table, 11 points behind leaders Chichester, who have played two games more.
There were also wins for Pavilion’s B and C teams, who lead their respective divisions.
West Tarring picked up eight points in a 85-72 victory at Homefield Park in the Stracey League.
Homefield Park got a measure of revenge in the Brodie Tray, though, as they took all ten points from a 72-36 victory at West Tarring.
In friendly action, West Tarring won 72-65 at Horsham and lost by three shots, 61-58, away to Pulborough.