Dacorum bowls round-up: Including a mixed batch of results for Little Gaddesden

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Little Gaddesden drew towards the end of their season with a mixed set of results.

Having defeated Bovingdon 72-33 in the Dacorum Shield, winning the men’s and mixed rinks but dropping the ladies’ (20-18), they just failed to take maximum points against last year’s champions.

A couple of days later, they lost in the Shield to Potten End; the final score being 81-28 despite the men drawing their rink 14 apiece.

After winning the traditional match with Dunstable 74-59, winning three triples and drawing one, they faced Kitcheners in the Dacorum Shield.

Although Little Gaddesden won two of the three rinks, they lost the match 65-47 as the men crashed to defeat. That meant Little Gaddesden took 2 points to Kitcheners’ 3.

> Kitcheners

Kitcheners have been involved in two Dacorum Shield Matches this week – the first was against Kings Langley which they lost by three points to two despite winning two of the three rinks.

On Saturday, fortunes were reversed as Kitcheners visited Little Gaddesden and won by three points to two despite losing two of the three rinks. This keeps them top of the table, one point clear of Potten End.

The following day, the club travelled to the Owls at Watford to play the semi-final of the West Division County League against Garston. It was a very close finish but Kitcheners eventually lost by 3 shots.

Next weekend, Kitcheners have their club finals, while the club also has two members involved in the Watford & District Finals; Ken Woodward in the singles and Dave Richardson in the officers singles.

> Potten End

The Potten End bowlers managed a 100 per cent success rate during a rain affected week.

The Dacorum Shield match against Hemel Hempstead produced the closest result but, thanks to the mixed team of Sandra Clark, Jan Dean, Trefor Jenkins and Graham Floyd, Potten End emerged as victors by 3 points to 2.

In the inaugural match against Rickmansworth, the mixed team secured an 86 shots to 69 victory, largely due to the top rink of Lesley Wilson, Peter Burke and Brian Cowland.

On a wet Sunday afternoon at Linslade, the mixed team overcame the conditions to complete a 121-99 victory. Top rink went to Jack Bunting, Chris Halls, Ann Wigmore and Arthur Page.

> Tring

Tring had a comfortable 81-64 victory in their friendly against Linslade, while the match against Waddesdon ended in an 88-67 win for the opposition – top rink going to John Bannister, Angie Prince, Malcolm Watson and Dave Dickinson.

The annual Cella Cup was won by the team of Gill Watson, Willis Crooks, Steve Lacey, Pat Morris, John Young, Dave Dickinson and Brian Johnson.

Thanks go to Shirley and Cliff Critoph who organised the raffle as well as donating the raffle prizes throughout the duration of the event, played over a period of six weeks.

> Hemel Hempstead

It will be a busy weekend for the Hemel bowlers with five teams playing in the St Albans & District Finals Day at Potters Bar on Saturday.

The following day, in Gadebridge Park, Finals Day takes centre stage for the many club competitions.

In matches played over the bank holiday weekend, a tense men’s triples semi-final against Welwyn & District saw the sides level at 27-27 after 18 ends. An extra end had to be played to decide who went through to the final and it was Hemel who held their nerve to emerge as the victors.

However, Hemel haven’t done so well in the Dacorum Shield this year. There were defeats to Potten End (69-51) and Bovingdon (59-50), despite winning 2-1 on rinks in both matches. Hemel’s top rink went to the talented quartet of Norma Brown, Peggy Vardy, Val Nash and skip Brenda Bennitt.

> Berkhamsted

Berkhamsted had a frustrating start to the week as their match at Chalfont St Giles was cancelled due to a waterlogged green following torrential rain.

Then it got worse with the ladies being knocked out of the Jubilee Cup by their age old rivals at Bushey.

However, things brightened up when the team of Linda Ralphs, Lesley Brown and Liz Temple won through to the semi-finals of the Watford & District Two-Wood Triples by beating a team of ladies from Oxhey Pavilion 32-6. This means that they will play another team of ladies from Berkhamsted in the semis.

The week finished with a win by a mixed team from Berkhamsted against Aylesbury Town, after a very close fought game, by 67 shots to 65. There was a top team of Geoff Drew, Mary Millar and Ken Maynard.