Players hit the rink for new bowls season

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THE bowls season is under way and it was a busy week of action for Dacorum’s sides.

Kings Langley and Abbots Langley clashed, with the two teams ultimately sharing the spoils.

Abbots came out on top in the men’s match while Kings were triumphant in the women’s encounter.

Kings’ top men’s rink – consisting of Dave Connett, Tommy Thompson, Mick Brown and Alex Beard – won 32-14 in their game, but Abbots came out on top overall, taking the match 71-60.

The Kings ladies’ side, made up of Irene Turtle, Ann Clarke, Lucinda Blake and Margaret Ludlow, however, triumphed 22-11.

Meanwhile, Kings’ opening Spoon Drive also took place, and the competition was won by Alan Lloyd with a score of +16.

Dennis Fitch came second with +15, and Alan Clarke was third with +14.

Club barman Eric Hatch took home the wooden spoon.

Elsewhere, Berkhamsted Bowls Club travelled to Potten End for their opening match of the season.

It was a fiercely contested six-rink encounter, with both sides winning on three rinks, but the final outcome was a 117-102 win for Berkhamsted.

Berkhamsted’s top rink players were Marion Maynard, Ken Maynard, Maurice Primo and Anne Cutting, while their Potten End counterparts were Linda Burfoot, Alan Jones, Alan Clements and Peter Rees.

Potten End responded with a win in their mixed match at Leighton Buzzard, as top rink players Edie Coxhill, Sandra Gomm, Dave Burfot and Phil Bunting helped them to a 113-95 win.

Kitcheners Bowls club, however, lost to Tring in the Dacorum Shield.

The Kitcheners side lost the ladies rink, drew the men’s rink and won the mixed but ultimately lost 47-62 on shots.

Kitcheners, therefore, picked up one-and-a-half points, while Tring secured three-and-a-half.

Anyone interested in getting involved with bowls is invited to visit Berkhamsted Bowls Club on Tuesday or Thursday afternoons between 2pm and 4pm to try their hand at the sport.

There is an opportunity to gain membership at a reduced rate over the course of this month.

For further information, please contact Berkhamsted’s membership secretary, Beryl Parsons, on 01442 871892.