Catch up with the latest bowls news in Dacorum

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There was plenty of action on the bowls greens of Dacorum this week despite the wet weekend weather.

Potten End

Potten End made a good start to the week, with Dave Gomm, Stan Durrant, Tony Howard and Phil Bunting progressing to the next round of the County Fours competition.

They followed that up with a triples victory over Kitcheners, but the ladies were beaten 39-33 by Dunstable.

Elsewhere, the men played Oxhey in the County League, drawing overall, while Tony Howard secured an emphatic 21-2 victory in the W&D Singles.

On Saturday, the club hosted Redbourn in a mixed game and won 92-66, with top rink going to ladies vice captain Linda Burfot and her team-mates Roy Moore and Richard Abrahart.

The following day, the club travelled to Owls where the ladies suffered a four-shot defeat in a W&D league and the men were edged out 76-75.

The highest winning rink was Frank Wilcocks, Steve Griffiths, Arthur Page and Stan Durrant.

In other action, Tony Howard, Graham Floyd and Phil Bunting moved on to the third round of the London and Southern Counties Triples competition by beating Townsend.

Finally, Graham Floyd and Phil Bunting beat a pair from Hemel Hempstead 22-15 in the W&D Pairs.


Kitcheners played Hemel Hempstead in a four-rink mixed match and won 82- 60 – with top rink going to John Coleman, Joy Starling, Richard Tipton and Tony Scattergood.

On the same day, Dave Collins and Brian Rumph won through to the next round of County Pairs together with Peter Burt and Steve Halsey.

On Friday, the club lost a W&D Evening League match by five shots to Tring, before Saturday’s match against Rickmansworth was rained off.

The following day, Kitcheners travelled to Bovingdon for a four-rink mixed match and won 86-60, with highest rink going to Kate Jenkyns, Tony Scattergood, Enid Rance and John Coleman.


Tring enjoyed a convincing 53-23 win over Hemel Hempstead in the Men’s County League with top rink going to Roy Sane, Colin Dealy Dave McGuiness and Ken Woodward.

Meanwhile, Pete Routley and David Holloway progressed to round four of the W&D Pairs, beating a pair from Townsend 20-16.

In the Ladies’ County Pairs, Lyn Boniface and Jill Mooring saw off a pair from Potton End 18-11, however in their league fixture against Bushey they suffered a narrow 16-14 loss.

Tring then had a close encounter with Kitcheners in their W&D league match, coming out on top 31-26.

The mixed match at Dunstable saw the home side win 73-59, while the match against Wendover was a closer affair with Tring going down 110-104.


Berkhamsted enjoyed a winning week as they made progress in various district and county competitions.

First up, Eric Browitt, David Brown and Kevin Clarke won a tightly fought County Triples match against Cassiobury after prevailing in an extra-end shoot-out.

Lesley Brown and Janice Murgatroyd won their W&D Ladies’ Pairs match 30-15 against Croxley Guild, while Kevin Clarke and David Brown beat a pair from Garston in the W&D Men’s Pairs.

Elsewhere, Steve Burrell and Brian Smith also go forward to the next round of the W&D Men’s Pairs and Alan Jones and Ken Maynard have progressed in the St Albans and District Men’s Pairs after beating a pair from Batchwood Hall 25-11.

Meanwhile, in a weekend friendly at Potters Bar, Derek Sandford, Pat Ringwood and Brian Ralphs led Berkhamsted to a 72- 62 victory after a close fought match that went down to the wire.

On Sunday morning, five members of the Herts County Coaching Society descended on Berkhamsted’s green to give some friendly advice to 24 bowlers on the art of delivering the heavy wood.

The participants said afterwards that the session was of immense educational value and thanked Paul Oxtoby and his four fellow coaches for their time and dedication.