Heath talk their way to a good start and Adastra ladies can take heart

Last minute phone calls to find players to cover for illnesses paid off for Haywards Heath & Beech Hurst as they opened the season with two fine home wins.

They beat Maresfield by a single shot on Saturday, thanks in no small part to a six-shot win on the 10th end played by Beryl Cordwell’s triple and a five for Maureen Spyers on the ninth end.

Heath then beat a strong Hurstpierpoint team on Sunday when Derek Ayling’s quartet poached a 23-10 lead at 14 ends before finally getting home 25-19.

The ladies of Adastra can draw comfort despite losing to the men in the opening game. They won on three rinks to the men’s two, with one halved.

Barbara Hornby’s rink then gained a hot shot as the ladies romped to a big win at Woodingdean.

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