Bowls: Cup success for Townsend

Despite having to provide two squads for major cup games in close succession, all went well for Townsend teams.

In the National Top 11, Townsend welcomed Buntingford, a formidable team which had always pushed the hosts very close in the past. The two singles were won by Townsend, with Andrew Briden winning 21-9. with Simon Gilbert succeeding in the two woods by 15-11. Next to finish were the pairs, Peter Thomson and Danny Macro, who, despite being up against one of the opposition`s leading players, managed to force them to concede the game, and match, after 16 ends, when leading 23-6.

At that stage the fours, of Alfie Long, Jason Hall, Peter Armstrong and Gary West, were in the lead by 17-10, and the triples, David Day, Dave Houghton and John Godman were also winning by 18-15. The overall score of 91-54, and five rinks to nil, summarised an excellent result for the home team.

In the Jones Cup Townsend managed home and away victories against a strong Welwyn Garden contingent. The home team was skipped by Peter Armstrong, with Andy Bates, Laurie Rackham and Roger Potter, and won by 27 shots to 17; while the away team, with captain Gordon Williamson, and comprising Mike Doherty, David Day and Les Perkins, won 23-16.

Townsend welcomed five rinks of Harpenden bowlers for the midweek friendly, which was played in brilliant sunshine and excellent spirits.

At the halfway stage honours were more or less even, with the visitors ahead on one rink, the hosts on one and the other three drawing. Gradually, however, Townsend pulled ahead to win on all five rinks and by a margin of 122 shots to 80. The top rink was skipped by Laurie Rackham, comprised Robbie Ransted, John Oakey and Tony Izzard and won by 30 shots to 17.

In the District Pairs the Townsend duo of Richard Morgan and David Day, against strong and very experienced opposition from Hemel, won though by 24-15.