Hemel Hempstead BC staged its annual President v Captains match on Saturday in glorious spring sunshine.
The game ended in a 83-61 win for the President’s team, and president Brian Smith secured top rink together with Diane Pinnock and Della Smith.
Torrential rain terminated the match with Welwyn and District earlier in the week after 11 ends. Hemel were in the lead so secured a win.
In a midweek men’s five-rink game against Townsend, Hemel lost 77-60. Ray Neave, Ron Nash, Kevin Greene and Glyn Williams took top rink.
On Sunday the team hosted a friendly five-rink contest with St Albans and lost 98-80. Top rink for Hemel was led by Mark Woodcock in his first match, together with Wally Ratley, Pauline Howell and Gary Eagles.
Little Gaddesden get the season started
The Little Gaddesden first team and vets team have both started the 2014 campaign with one win and one loss.
The vets lost to Croxley Blue and beat Rickmansworth, while the first team were beaten in their first game away at Kitcheners in a close fought contest by 11 shots overall.
They then went on to defeat Berkhamsted away in an equally tight game by the same margin.
Little Gaddesden have coaching rinks open to new players on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings. Visit www.lgbcc.co.uk for information.
> Potten End
Potten End lost 109-101 in a high-scoring mixed clash with Hemel Hempstead, with highest winning rink going to Arthur Page, Sandra Clark, Tom Jordan and Bill Pearce.
The club also played a mixed triples against North Watford. Dave Gomm led his side to a big 93-46 win as top rink went to Sandra Gomm, Cannie Cheung and Jim Moone.
The ladies played Kings Langley in a league and friendly double, but they were beaten in both matches.
They also took on Houghton Regis, losing 57-35, but highest winning rink went to Sally Pickervance, Mollie Moone and Sue Marshall.
Elsewhere, Pam Smith and Jean Jones progressed to the next round of the National Senior Pairs by beating a pair from Kings Langley 22-17.
The ladies played in the Top Club against Berkhamsted, going down 3-1.
The club also played a mixed match against Chessvale, winning 117-108, with captain Arthur Page enjoying his first win of the season. Top rink was Pat Jordan, Cannie Cheung, Keith Martindale and Neil Fancourt.
Potten End then played Barton-le-Clay in a mixed rinks game, drawing 79-79 as John Lowe, Mike Mathers, Jean Murphy and Alan Jones took top rink honours.
The men started their defence of the Ray Cup by beating Croxley by 3 points, before triumphing 64-51 over Kitcheners in the Eversley Trophy.
Meanwhile, the trio of Trefor Jenkins, Graham Floyd and Phil Bunting progressed to the next round of the London Southern Counties Triples by beating a team from Aylesbury.
Kitcheners have had a very busy week, starting with a 93-39 triumph over Aston Clinton in a four-rink mixed match.
Colin Starling, Dave Shirley, Richard Tipton and Tony Scattergood were highest rink.
On Thursday, Kitcheners entertained Princes Risborough in a five-rink mixed triples match, but lost 80-77. Highest triples went to John Colman, Jill Birdsell and Peter Burt.
The following day, the club played Potten End in the Eversley Tophy and lost 64-51, before visiting Tring in the Dacorum Shield.
They won the mixed rink, lost the men’s and ladies’ rinks, but drew on overall shots, meaning Kitcheners were awarded two points and Tring picked up three.
On Sunday the club played Garston in a four-rink mixed match and drew 84-84. Roy Murray, Jan Scattergood, Colin Starling and Yvonne Rudge were highest rink.
Berkhamsted had a week of mixed fortunes, starting with a 70-59 loss to Little Gaddesden.
However there was a top rink for Berkhamsted of Judy Kenyon, Ken Maynard and John Webb.
Things looked up when the Berkhamsted men took on Mill End in the Inter Club Championship and won 55-51 to go through to the next round.
The rink of David Brown, Paul MacNess, Brian Smith and Ken Maynard swung the result by scoring six shots on their last end.
The winning trend continued when the ladies beat Potten End Ladies 74-66 in the first round of the National Top Ten competition.
There was hiccup on Saturday when a mixed team lost 102-82 to North Watford, despite the efforts of top rink trio Eric Browett, Margaret Goodwin and Gary Fisher.
To finish the week off Berkhamsted, travelled to Bushey, and produced a 113-93 win. There was a top rink for Berkhamsted of Mike Low, Frank Cutting and Carole Dunn.
Tring had a resounding 127-83 win over Chesham, with top rink going to Alan Saunders, Jo Boniface, Roy Sane and Pete Stafford.
Meanwhile, Tring were hosts to the Watford and District Bowls Association in a Centenary match. Tring edged it by 115 shots to 106, with top rink going to John Young, Joe Kempster and Brian Johnson.
In the first Dacorum Shield match of the season, Tring beat Kitcheners, while Tring were convincing 69-49 winners in the friendly match – top rink going to John Bannister, Terry Floyd, Colin Dealey and Joe Kempster.
The men proceeded to the next round of the County Inter Club Championship fours, beating Croxley Guild 3-0, while the annual Pendley Shield was won by the rugby club.
Beginners’ Courses are now under way at Tring on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Call Geoff on 01442 825462 or visit www.tringbowls.co.uk for information.