Another busy week of bowls action is recorded in this round-up of reports from local clubs
Pioneers display amazing accuracy
Berkhamsted played host to the Chesham Pioneers, a club for partially-sighted players, in a friendly triples match.
With sighted helpers relaying information back to the partially- sighted bowlers about where each of the bowls had finished, using clock face references through two-way radios, all was going well until the heavens opened.
For the sake of the players’ safety the decision had to be taken to abandon the match half way through.
The score at that time stood at 35–7 in Berkhamsted’s favour but that didn’t reflect the standard of the bowls being played.
It was incredible to watch how the partially-sighted players maintained their line and length far better than the sighted players of the home side.
Berkhamsted Ladies had a fine win over local rivals Potten End in the Watford & District Jubilee Cup.
This match is played over two rinks of triples with an aggregate score counting – Berkhamsted won on both rinks winning by more than 20 shots.
They now progress to the semi-finals on a neutral green.
Representing Berkhamsted were Carole Dunn, Anne Cutting, Mary Clarke, Marion Maynard, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack.
Not to be outdone, the men also recorded a win over local rivals Kitcheners BC in the County League.
The match was dedicated to ‘Sport’ Pocock, one of Berkhamsted’s best-loved sports stalwarts, who died last week
Sport was a member of the Kitchener’s Club and also a former player of nearly all sports available in Berkhamsted.
It was a close-run match, with both sides winning one of the rinks contested. The final score saw the two sides separated by just seven shots at 37-30.
The eight shot difference that David Sear, Steve Burrell, David Brown and Kevin Clarke managed to post proved decisive in Berkhamsted’s favour.
Ken into semi-finals
Ken Woodward has progressed to the semi-finals of the Watford & District Competition after beating fellow Tring bowler Pete Routley 21-16.
He will now meet Dave Hendry from Bushey at the Owls Bowls Club on Monday.
The ladies had a convincing win over Kitcheners, recording a 34-10 margin in their W&D fixture, while in the Dacorum Shield Kings Langley won convincingly 35-76.
In a friendly fixture, also against Kings Langley, Tring ran out convincing 52-31 winners.
A friendly against Hazels was a close encounter with Tring going down 72-81, top rink honours going to John Allen, John Evans, and Pete Stafford.
Final slot assured
Potten End’s ladies played Chesham in a rearranged game and were trailing 30-32 after 10 ends when the rain came down too hard and they had to cancel the match.
The ladies also took on Hemel Hempstead in a league match and recorded a comfortable 25–11 win, and notched up an even wider margin in a corresponding friendly fixture which saw them win 28–9.
When the men took on Harpenden they ended up on the wrong end of a 72-97 defeat, but highest winning rink honours went to Andy Dukes, Mike Goodson and Peter Burke.
On Saturday the men played Kings Langley in the Griffin Cup semi-final and beat them by 10 shots, taking them through to the final to play Croxley Guild!
Sunday saw the men, plus two rinks of ladies, hosting Owls and winning 101-86 with top rink going to Jack Bunting, Keith Martindale and Brian Howlett.
Ladies in spotlight
The ladies enjoyed a successful week, and recorded a significant result in the St Albans & District Pairs competition.
The team of Mary Pells and Sheila Kinzelmann bowled their way to a commanding 31-17 win over the ladies from Clarence Park, taking them through to the quarter finals.
In the County League, the team of Norma Brown, Mary Kinzelmann, Val Nash and Brenda Bennitt narrowly won their meeting with Herts BC, finishing 19-17 winners.
And a ladies team captained by Della Smith chalked up another win in a two rink away shootout with Townsend, finishing with a comfortable margin of 49-29.
Their St.Albans & District Ladies Bowling Association home venue meeting resulted in a very close result in which the Hemel team of K. Emmins, J. Smith, N. Brown and P. Gillings lost by 102-107.
A mixed team were hosted by Chesham Broadway to an enjoyable three rink triples friendly and won 53-33.
But in their contest away at Wing Village BC the team lost the encounter 55-68.
One consolation for the rink of Della Smith, Ron Bull and Brian Smith was their 19-13 win.
The midweek men’s match at home against the Owls resulted in a 81-72 win for Hemel with Roy Barlow, Mike Beavington, George Smith and Allen Bennitt taking top rink honours. In the County League clash away to Garston, the Hemel men lost heavily and finished on the wrong end of a 57-21 scoreline.
Hemel Hempstead hosted the Watford & District Men’s Bowling Association Griffin Cup semi finals on Saturday.
Teams from Mill End, Croxley Green, Potten End and Kings Langley Bowls Clubs lined up to0 do battle.
Colourful and enthusiastic supporters cheered the teams from Potten End and Croxley Green to victory and the eventual final showdown.
Up and down week
Kitcheners’ ladies travelled to Tring in the Watford & District League but ended up on the losing side. Kitcheners men went to Berkhamsted in the County League and lost 30-37.
On Saturday they entertained Redbourn in a four mixed triples match and won 100-50. John Land, Chris Ivin and Roy Phipps were highest triples. On Sunday the men returned from Luton with a 64-52 win under the belts. The highest rink was Megan Grafham, Richard Tipton, Colin Jones and Tony Scattergood.