Dacorum’s bowls clubs have had another busy week of action as the season gets into full swing.
A busy start to the season for Hemel Hempstead BC began with a midweek men’s game at Chesham.
The weather was excellent but Hemel failed to hold on to early rink advantages, losing the match 90-69.
Top rink for Hemel was taken by Ken Lowe, Roy Barlow, Alex Turnbull and Martin Green.
There was a similar result in the home mixed match against Potters Bar where Hemel succumbed 91-70. Top rink was taken by Tony Young, Pauline Howell, Gary Eagles and Brenda Bennitt.
The ladies restored pride on Friday in a comfortable win in their triples home meeting with Potten End, taking the contest 79-50. Top Rink was Lena Emmins, Sheila Pell and Pam Mushens.
Meanwhile, the club held a very successful open day on Sunday in excellent weather.
The week concluded with the annual Ladies v Men contest on Bank Holiday Monday. Once again the ladies prevailed, winning 131-84.
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The Potten End ladies travelled to Bushey BC and drew 43-43, with a highest winning rink of Sandra Gomm, Sheila Howling and Pam Smith.
The club also played a mixed game against Aston Clinton, losing 84-90 despite a top rink of Dave Gomm, Lesley Wilson, Alan Howling and Arthur Page. New bowler Colin Sallery made his debut.
On Friday, the ladies played at Hemel Hempstead, losing 50-79 with a highest winning rink of Avis Jackson, Sandra Gomm and Pam Smith.
The Men travelled to Flitwick on Saturday, narrowly losing 79-78, but had a highest winning rink of John Lowe, Gerry Jackson, Steve Wilson and Bob Anderson.
Meanwhile, Potten End end duo Jan Dean and Trefor Jenkins progress to the next round of the National Mixed Pairs competition.
Bob Anderson, Roy Surrey and Tom Jordan also managed to beat a trio from Kitcheners to progress to the next round of the County Triples.
It was not such a good weekend for Berkhamsted as they played at Cassiobury and lost 83-62 despite having a winning rink of Pat Ringwood, Tom Presland and Jane Low.
On Sunday, Berkhamsted played Harpenden in a very close-fought match which, after several recounts of the score, turned out to be a 94-94 draw. The top rink for Berkhamsted was Eric Browitt, Beryl Parsons, Maurice Primo and Dave Sear.
During the week, Berkhamsted duo Liz Temple and Lesley Brown narrowly lost 22-20 to two ladies from Bushey in the national over 55s pairs competition.
Kitcheners entertained Berkhamsted on Tuesday evening in a four-rink mens match and won 74-65.
The captain’s rink was highest for Kitcheners, with Roy Murray ,Steve Davis, Chris Ivin and Alan Doydge taking the honours.
On Saturday, 14 pairs took part in the Philip Cooper Trophy. Kate Jenkyns and Ken Woodward were victorious, with Mavis Janes and Micky Woodman finishing as runners-up.
The following day, Kitcheners entertained Watford and won 87-60. Highest rink was Woodward,Jan Perry and Maggie Moore.
In a very close men’s match against Cheddington, Tring came out on top 101-85, with top rink going to Jim Bowyer, John Young and Ian Croad.
In the mixed match against Bletchley, Tring saw their winning run come to an end as they lost 100-83, with top rink going to Nancy Powell, Joe Kempster and Brian Johnston.
The ladies opened their season with a 39-27 win against Long Crendon as Diana Hewitt, Linda Croad and Linda McGuiness took top rink.
Tring hold the second of their open days Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Light refreshments will be provided together with free coaching, and a warm welcome is assured for all those wishing to participate.