Dacorum clubs battle for prizes on finals day

Berkhamsted Bowls Club's U18 players Jacob Trowbridge Slater and Jak Chowdhary
Berkhamsted Bowls Club's U18 players Jacob Trowbridge Slater and Jak Chowdhary

The Dacorum bowls clubs came home with a mixed bag of results as the Watford and District Finals took place this week.

Ken Woodward of Tring won the Officers Singles with a 21-5 triumph, while Hemel Hempstead’s Brian Smith beat Steve Delderfield of Kitcheners in the Champion of Champions event. Tring’s Bob Kerry went down 21-15 to his opponent from Rickmansworth in the Singles.

Kitcheners duo Brian Rumph and Dave Collins lost in the Pairs competition, and there was also a loss for Kitcheners’ Steve Delderfield, Michael Connell, Steve Halsey and Dave Collins in the Fours event.

Jack Bunting of Potten End also lost out in the U25s singles. It was a good performance from nine-year-old Jack, however, who played a very good game despite losing 21-10 to his more experienced opponent.

Berkhamsted, meanwhile, has congratulated Jacob Trowbridge Slater and Jak Chowdhary after they became the club’s inaugural U18’s League Championship finalists.

During the school holidays Jacob and Jak, along with six other U18s, have been fighting out their first competition since joining the club eight weeks ago.

Between them, the eight players have completed 28 matches and played 633 ends of bowls. Jacob and Jak both won six of their seven matches, amassing a total of 206 shots and they now proceed to the clubs finals next weekend to continue the battle to win the trophy.

The other junior players in the competition were Christopher Webb, Luke Swan, Jordan Hayes, David Scoot, George Pilling and Harry Sorley.

Elsewhere, in their friendly against Waddesdon, Tring went down 93-71 with top rink going to Eric Cook, Ian Croad and Brian Johnson.

The club were also beaten in their clash with North Watford, despite the best efforts of top rink players Jo Turney, David Cartland, Linda McGuiness and Brian Livesey.

In other action, 30 Kitcheners bowlers played for the Alf Bunn Trophy, which was won by Roy Murray, Kate Jenkyns and Pam Murray. Steve Davis, Colin Starling, and Malcolm Higby finished as runners-up.

Potten End, meanwhile, held their annual Gents vs Ladies match – with the Gents emerging victorious.

The day was a great success, with fun and games and a barbecue lunch preceding the day’s play.

Later in the week, Potten End played Kings Langley in the Dacorum Shield, winning 4-1 overall with a score of 61-56.

On Sunday, the club entertained Linslade in a six-rink mixed match and won 135-100. The highest winning rink was Edie Coxhill, Graham Floyd, Ray Timberlake and Steve Wilson.

Elsewhere, Rosemary Biggs held her Watford and District Lady President’s Day at Kings Langley, before Sylvia Jones, Dennis Fitch and Gary Young took top prize in the Club Triples day. Chris Woodcock, Bert Gardiner and Richard Rigarlsford took the runners-up spot.

Kings Langley also took on Hemel Hempstead in a Dacorum Cup tie and three friendly rinks.

Gary Young, John Bates, Roger Biggs and Rigarlsford won the men’s rink 30-10, while Marion Clarke, Colin Fleming, Anne Reilly and Harry Tyler took the mixed rink 20-12.

Hemel won the ladies’ rink, but Kings won 67-44 overall to take four points to Hemel’s one. Hemel did, though, win the friendly match 59-48.