Bowls round-up: Including rampant Berkhamsted running riot against Rickmansworth

Berkhamsted Bowls Club Gemini Day
Berkhamsted Bowls Club Gemini Day

It was another action-packed week across Dacorum, with the borough’s representatives out in force.

> Berkhamsted

There was plenty of action at Berkhamsted this week, starting with a resounding win for the ladies in the Watford & District Ladies Triples Competition.

They beat Rickmansworth ladies 26-3, with a top rink of Liz Temple, Anne Cutting and Mary Clarke.

Next up, Berkhamsted beat Chess Vale at home with a winning score of 120-79, helped along by the top team of Judy Kenyon, Dick Gardener, Linda Ralphs and Mike Low.

Success continued on Thursday when three rinks of men played North Watford in the second round of the Ray Cup and won 63-55.

Unfortunately, in the Friday night league their euphoria faded when they lost 57-23 to local rivals Potten End.

However their faith was soon restored when the two clubs met again in the second round of the National Top Club Team 11 and won by three matches to two.

Later on Saturday, Berkhamsted played Harpurbury and won 87-51, helped by a top team of Sarah Marshal, Stuart Wesley, Alan Baker and Eric Browett.

Success continued on Sunday when two teams beat Bushey 39-32 in the second round of the National Mixed Over 60 Two Rink competition thanks to the top rink of Marion Maynard, Anne Furlong, Brian Smith and Ken Maynard.

The week finished with the annual Gemini Trophy, which is a fun day for charity sponsored by Peter Batchelor of Gemini Printers of Potton End.

In a straight match in the morning of ladies v men, the ladies were the winners.

In the afternoon an obstacle course using bowls was devised and the men’s winner was David Brown, while Lesley Brown and Beryl Parsons tied for first place for the ladies.

A total of £335.00 collected and donated by Peter to the World Challenge Trek to Nepal later in the year, in which three of Berkhamsted’s young Bowlers are taking part.

> Potten End

Potten End started the week against Batchwood, winning 110-91 with a top winning rink of Phillip Cheung, Brian Lawrence, Cyril Pike and Brian Cowland.

The ladies then played Linslade away and won 48-38 with top rink going to Eileen Pacitti, Linda Burfot and Pam Smith.

The men played in the Watford and District Friday Evening League against Berkhamsted and won 57-23. They also played Garston in the second round of the Ray Cup and emerged victorious by four shots.

Elsewhere, Graham Floyd, Trefor Jenkins, Jan Dean and Eileen Clements progressed to the next round of the National Mixed Fours after beating a four from Cassiobury.

Potten End played Hatfield on Saturday and lost 118-105 with highest winning rink going to Alan Clements, Mick Young, Gerry Jackson and Tony Howard.

Sunday saw the club play Croxley at home, losing 87-81 and highest winning rink going to Dave Gomm, Cyril Pike and Phil Bunting.

Gomm, Tony Howard and Bunting also progressed in the Watford and District Two Wood Triples by beating a team from Harperbury.

> Kitcheners

Kitcheners travelled to Bushey on Monday in the County League and won 59-34, before the teams met again on Thursday in the Ray Cup.

It was a nail-biting finish with visitors Bushey winning by one shot. Highest rink went to Roy Murray, Steve Davis, Chris Ivin and Steve Halsey.

On Saturday, Kitcheners entertained Redbourn in a four-rink mixed triples match and won well. Highest triples was Brian Rumph, Alan Doydge and Joy Starling.

The following day, the club played Wing in a four-rink mixed triples match and won 71-53. Halsey, Colin Jones and Enid Rance were highest triples for Kitcheners.

> Tring

Tring enjoyed a very convincing 98-43 win over North Watford, with highest winning rink going to John Evans, Colin Dealey and Joe Kempster.

It was not such good news against Chalfont St Giles, however, as Tring suffered a 103-71 defeat – top rink going to John Bannister, Gerald Lashley and Jill Mooring.

Tring also went down in the Ray Cup to Kings Langley, while the ladies’ match against Cheddington had to be abandoned after 10 ends due to heavy rain.