There were plenty of competitions to keep bowlers busy, on all levels.

Harpenden's Denise Moores and Jenny Redford held their nerve to come through their quarter-final in the National Ladies Senior Pairs against a strong pair from Berkhamsted while on the same day the trio of Jenny McEvoy, Moores and Sheila Rider also ran out winners in their last eight match against Herts BC in the county triples.

Harpenden's men competed in the area semi-finals of both the National Two Fours and National Top Club competitions, both times away at Garston.

And the home side won on both occasions.

In the Two Fours, both rinks were beaten for a 33-26 loss while in the Top Club Garston won on three of the five disciplines.

The two successes for Harpenden came in the two-bowl and four-bowl singles, John Osborn winning 14-11 against the national senior singles champion Jerry Rumball and Nick Muir 21-16.

They also lost in a District League match at Townsend, all three rinks going the way of the home side with the best of them Les Perkins, Roger Potter, Bob Lawrie and Peter Armstrong who won 34-10.

Robbie Ransted, Derek Connelly, Andy Scarborough and Peter Thomson won 30-10 while Ian Forster, Bob Padget, Gordon Williamson and Alan Charran had a narrow 20-19 triumph.

They also won away to Welwyn Garden City in the same competition with a 69-36 success and another maximum 80-point haul.

Top rink there was Ransted, Connelly, Scarborough and Thomson who won 27-10.

Townsend exited the district's Jones Cup with a semi-final loss to Welwyn & District.

The home of Bob Lawrie, Mike Cowell, Gordon Williamson and Alan Charran won by seven shots but the away rink didn't fare so well, slipping 12 shots down after five ends.

They did fightback but by that time their fate was sealed and W&D won by three shots

St Albans lost both of their fixtures by the barest of margins.

The men's match away at Potten End was lost by just a single shot, 76-75, all that despite just one rink win and one draw from the five played.

The winning rink was Chris Palmer, Alan Turner and Phil MacArthur, 22-11.

A mixed triples away at Tring saw the four rinks shared but St Albans still lost by a shot, this time 57-56.

Top rink with a 19-14 victory was Palmer, Turner and Peter Kay.