There was plenty of action for the Dacorum clubs on a sweltering week on the greens
The ladies and men of Berkhamsted Bowls Club held their annual battle of the sexes in aid of two local charities at Captain’s Day.
Led by Carole Dunn and David Brown, 40 club members assembled to raise funds for Halton MS Centre and the Hospice of St Francis – with the men running out deserved winners.
Everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves in the superb summer weather and players tucked in to a tasty meal afterwards.
The afternoon started with the usual spider competition which raised a further £50 to add to the £75 collected from the bar bottle.
The prize was won by Eric Millar after a bowl-off with Liz Baker because their first deliveries could not be split even after calling for the umpire to measure.
The raffle, meanwhile, raised £195, with all prizes having been generously donated by the Berkhamsted members.
Elsewhere this week, the captains were busy on the greens as Brown secured his place in the finals of the County Officers Singles competition by beating Bob Spence from Whit Hern 21-10.
Brown also partnered Kevin Clarke to victory in the quarter-finals of the W&D Pairs, while Dunn – aided by Mary Millar, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack – won 24-16 in the W&D Ladies’ League.
Berkhamsted’s Jean Greenfield, Margaret Goodwin, Beryl Parsons and Linda Ralphs also won in the friendly rink of the same match.
The Kitcheners men started the week with a victory in their County League clash with Croxley.
They followed that up with another win, this time against Watford in the Ray Cup quarter-finals, to set up a semi-final showdown with Owls.
It was not such good news for the Kitcheners ladies, however, as they were beaten in a W&D League match.
On Saturday, the club went to Wendover and won 82-77, with Dave Shirley, Jan Scattergood, Mickey Woodman and Steve Delderfield taking highest rink honours.
The following day, Kitcheners took on Owls at Home and won 93 -61, with highest rink going to Megan Graffham, Albert Craydon, Roy Phipps and Sue Halsey.
The Tring ladies pulled off an excellent 24-17 win against Potton End in the Ladies’ County Cup – but the men suffered a 61-48 loss to the same opposition in the Ray Cup.
Elsewhere, Jill Mooring progressed to the next round of the Ladies’ W&D Singles competition, beating her opponent from Bushey 21-9.
In the mixed match against Chessvale, Tring came out on top, with top rink going to Gill Cartland,Cliff Critoph and Gill Watson.
However Tring came off second best against Waddesden as they were beaten 76-60.
The Potten End ladies started the week with a double defeat to Berkhamsted as they were beaten 24-16 on the league rink and 15-14 on the friendly rink.
The men, meanwhile, travelled to North Mymms and were beaten 74-64, although top rink went to Reg Row, Peter Burke, Roy Moore and Tony Howard.
On Thursday the men played Tring in the Ray Cup and won 61-48, meaning they progress through to the semi-finals of the competition.
Elsewhere, the ladies’ pairing of Jan Dean and Sue Marshall beat a pair from Herts to progress through to the quarter-finals of the W&D Ladies’ Pairs tournament.
On Saturday, the Potten End bowlers travelled to Luton Town but lost 96-66 with top rink going to Mike Mathers, John Herron, Trefor Jenkins and Phil Bunting.
Sunday saw Rowley Lane visit the club in a mixed friendly, with the away side ending up comfortable winners on 87-67.
Kings Langley’s men’s vets league team recorded two victories over Hemel Hempstead to cement second place in Division Two of the Vets League.
Kings bagged a 42-25 win in the first clash, before romping to a 55-19 victory in game two.
Elsewhere, in the Ladies’ league, there were wins for Kings against Hemel (25-18) and Oxhey (25-14).
In the Jubilee Cup, the ladies had an excellent 49-14 win over Cassiobury to book their place in the next round of the competition to be held on August 12 at Herts Club.
In other action, the Kings Langley Men’s League team went down 58-53 against Herts, but managed to retain the Watford & District Shield with a 96-72 triumph.
In friendly the club’s friendly matches Kings were beaten 95-64 by Bushey and lost 61-48 by St. Albans.