After an enjoyable week away on tour in Bournemouth, Hemel Hempstead Bowls Club returned to resume the season’s matches.
In lovely weather conditions on Wednesday, there was an opening event to celebrate the centenary of the Watford and District Bowling Association, hosted at the club’s ground.
The Association fielded a six-rink team comprising players from affiliated clubs, while Hemel Hempstead, together with Radlett BC, provided three rinks each.
The games were played in good spirit with the final result being 135 to Hemel and Radlett, and 114 to W&DBA. Top rink went to the Hemel team of Norma Brown, Lena Emmins, Jeff Streeter and George Smith.
On the same day, the men lost 39-29 in their County League game against Cassiobury.
In the Ray Cup, the men played a fiercely competitive match against Berkhamsted, winning by just one point in a dramatic conclusion.
Hemel skip Glyn Williams played his last wood and was lying second, leaving Berkhamsted needing one to draw and two to win. But they failed to make the shot and Hemel won 56-55, sending them through to the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, two home friendly games were played at the weekend.
On Saturday Berkhamsted took on Amersham, winning 61 to 57, with top rink going to Mick Sparkes, Pauline Howell and Roy Payne.
On Sunday there was another win against a visiting team from Linslade, 94-56, with top rink being Henry Fowler, Ken Lowe and Glyn Williams.
The Tring ladies took part in a number of W&D matches during the week, with Zena Livesey winning 21-12 in the singles against an opponent from Abbots Langley.
Jill Mooring and Gill Cartland progressed to the next round of the pairs against opponents from Owls, while Linda McGuiness and Lyn Boniface won by 34-21 in their league fixture against Abbots Langley.
In a friendly against Linslade, Tring went down 119-112, with top rink going to Bill Veasey, Linda Croad, Brian Livesey and Pete Routley.
Bob Kerry progressed to the next round of the county unbadged singles, and Dave McGuiness and Brian Livesey also made progress in the W& D pairs.
Berkhamsted had a difficult week on the bowling green as they won just one of their four fixtures.
Losing on all five rinks in a 117-17 defeat at Chessvale was not the start to July that Berkhamsted wanted – although it was plain to see that home advantage and the artificial surface proved too much of a challenge.
Getting back onto their own green for the Ray Cup, the Berkhamsted men put in a good performance but went down by just one shot overall.
The efforts of the top rink of P Mackness, K Maynard, J Webb and T Kenyon were unable to rouse Kevin Clarke’s rink to obtain the two shots needed to force an extra end.
The Berkhamsted side lost overall by 56 shots to 55.
In the Friday night Triples League game against Townsend BC, both sides managed a win at home; so it was again down to shot difference.
Townsend had the better win at home, resulting in a 39-29 loss for Berkhamsted.
Finally it came together for Berkhamsted when they travelled to Amersham for a friendly on Sunday; Carole Dunn, Alan Baker, Ken Maynard and Jackie Cormack led the charge, ably assisted by two other winning rinks for an 88-70 victory.
> Potten End
The Potten End ladies recorded a hard-fought 47-31 win over Cheddington, with highest winning rink going to Cannie Cheung, Avis Jackson, Linda Burfot and Jean Jones.
The ladies also played Houghton Regis and lost 62-40, while the men played Houghton Regis at home and drew 74-74 with a highest rink of Dave Gomm, Peter Burke, Gerry Jackson and Brian Cowland.
Elsewhere, Potten End played St Albans Townsend on Sunday and lost 101-76, but got a top rink of Mick Young, Hannah Dukony, Brian Lawrence and Brian Howlett.
In knock-out action, Jean Jones and Sheila Howling are through to the third round of W&D Pairs after beating a pair from Garston 28-15.
The men progressed to the semi-final of the Ray Cup by beating Mill End by two shots.
Kitcheners Bowls Club have had a very successful week, with only one set-back along the way.
On Tuesday they went to Tring for a four-rink mixed match and won 71-70. Mavis Janes, Mike Waterhouse, Colin Jones and Ian Davis were highest rink for Kitcheners.
On Thursday, Dave Collins and Brian Rumph lost their County Pairs clash by one shot (18-17) to Garston, but the following day saw the ladies’ team of Enid Rance, Jan Scattergood, Sue Halsey and Chris Phipps win their County League match 30-17 against Met Police.
On Saturday, Kitcheners entertained St Albans in a four-rink mixed match and won 87-64. Highest rink for Kitcheners was Colin Starling, Megan Graffham, Collins and Steve Delderfield.
Kitcheners ended the week at home to Houghton Regis and recorded a comfortable win. Highest rink was Albert Graydon, Maggie Moore, Yvonne Owens and Rumph.