Bowls: National and County Fours finals for Briden and co

Andrew Briden, Dave Houghton, Jason Hall and Danny Macro booked a spot in the County Fours final at their expense of their Townsend team-mates.

After a strong start Briden`s rink took a 14-7 lead, but John Godman`s team stormed back with 11 unanswered points to make the score 18-14. Briden`s rink then scored three, two and one on the final three ends to clinch the match and a place in both the County and National finals. The unlucky trio were Alan Charran, Andy Bates and Gary West.

In the Top 10 competition, Townsend came up against visitors Hatfield, for the second time in as many weeks. The result was a win for the hosts by four rinks to nil, and by 88 shots to 43.

In the County Pairs John Godman and Jason Hall found the Herts’ green more to their liking in the second half of their match, winning comfortably in the end by 23 shots to 16.

In the County Singles Briden overcame David Bowler of Oak Hill, but only after a hard-fought 28 end match, by 21 shots to 13. In the subsequent round, and by the same score, he progressed against Alan Dick of Potters Bar.

In the same competition Peter Thomson, at 18-15 up, scored three to beat Welwyn`s Neil Sharp. He also progressed in the County Unbadged Singles at the expense of Martin Barson of North Mymms, the District Officers` singles against Welwyn`s Alwyn Challacombe, and to the third Round of the London and Southern Counties Lonsdale Trophy at the expense of Herts’ Dave Cartwright.

In the L&SC fours Townsend came up against local rivals Harpenden, but managed to win fairly comfortably, by 25 shots to 13, with the hosts conceding after 18 ends. The winning Townsend rink was Carl Robinson, Mike Cowell, Alan Charran and skip Peter Armstrong.