Convincing win for Batchwood Men

BOWLS ROUND-UP: BATCHWOOD Men had a convincing win in their home match in the District League over Welwyn & District winning on three rinks with the fourth rink ending in a draw.

Scores: Batchwood 94 W&D 58 - League Points Batchwood 72� W&D 7�

Top Rink: Cliff Springle, Peter Jarvis, Stan Endericks, John Harvey (24-10).

On Saturday Batchwood were away to Harpenden in another District League fixture this time losing the match overall by 65 to 83 although winning on two of the four rinks they were well beaten on the other two.

Top Rink District League Match: Bill Bennett, Davis Waters, John Taylor, John Harvey (21-14)

League Points Batchwood 30 Harpenden 50

On a fifth rink a Batchwood four played a friendly against a Harpenden four and had a comfortable win with the team of Dennis Garrick, Vic Pontin, Martin Duke and Dave Norrell winning by 30 shots to nine and becoming top Batchwood rink over the five rinks.

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It was a good week for Liz Schlatter of Batchwood Hall this week. She began by retaining her place in the Johns team for Herts County. This was followed by wins in all three of her matches in National County Competitions. In the Champion of Champions second round game she defeated Paula Gillings of Potten End by 21 shots to 13. In Round one of the National singles she had a close game against Trish Gascoine of St Albans and won by one shot 21–13.

Finally with her Pairs partner Teresa Wood she played Jean Hubball and Lorna Thomson of Harpenden and won by 31 shots to four.

In the National Pairs round one game Nora Endericks and Pat Savage lost on the final end against Sylvia Pullen and Pat Stamp of Rowley Lane by 16 shots to 17.

Beech Hill (Luton) hosted a mid-week fixture against Batchwood on a warm and sunny afternoon and although winning on two of the rinks lost the match overall by 10 shots (75-65)

Batchwood Top Rink: Pat Chandler. Ken Bridger, Terry Chandler Don Gould

Harpenden ladies excelled themselves in the third round of the National Top Club away against North Mymms, winning all four disciplines to reach the semi-final. Dena Roberts made a good start and was 15 - 7 ahead before her opponent started to make a comeback, the match climaxing in the closest possible finish. When leading 20 - 17 Roberts was four down, her opponent holding a match lie, but she drew shot with her last wood to stay in the match. Two ends later it was 20 - 20 and Roberts was two down with her last wood to come - a real pressure shot, but she put it right on the jack to win the match. The pairs and fours both started well and were never behind, the pairs winning 22 - 10 and the fours 26 - 8. The triples had a closer match and were level at 8 - 8 after eleven ends. Thereafter they moved ahead, eventually winning 17 - 11.

Harpenden’s other ladies team in the Top Club played at home against a strong Bushey side. Janet Hubball (Harpenden) had an extremely close game in the singles just losing by one shot 20 - 21. Unfortunately, the triples lost 14 - 26 and the fours lost 13 - 20, the pairs being unfinished at 14 - 14. Harpenden’s winning team will now meet Bushey away in the semi-final.

In the ladies Two Wood Singles at Harperbury, Linda Newby (Harpenden) won three rounds, beating Christine Jefford (Abbots Langley) 18 -2, Margaret Southay (Bushey) 16 - 10 and Tricia Pentecost (Harpenden) 16 - 9. However, in a close final she lost to Janet Sellek (Bushey) 15 - 12.

Harpenden men also had mixed fortunes, losing 4 -1 in the National Top Club to a strong Garston team, but in the second round of the County Ten they beat Hertford Castle 4 - 0,

Noel Roberts leading the way by winning the singles 21-13, closely followed by the fours winning 21-15, the triples winning 18 - 10 and the pairs 22-12, not needing the last end.

Harpenden’s youngest member, 14-year-old Tom Muir, played brilliantly in the Under 25 Singles at Roebuck, winning three rounds to reach the final. In the first round he beat Ross Kilford (Roebuck) 21-9, then had a comfortable win in the second round over Andrew Avenell (North Mymms) 21 -2. He went on to win the third round against Michael Coles (Garston) 21-11 and will now play in the final against S Lepley (Sawbridgeworth) at Hatfield on 22nd July. If he wins he will play in the National Finals at Worthing.

In the District League Harpenden men beat Batchwood Hall 83-65, winning two rinks each and gaining 50 points to Batchwood’s 30. Harpenden’s top rink: Colin Driscoll, Doug Rodger, Ken Murray, Simon Burgess, 29-12, including a hotshot on the second end!

In a friendly mixed match, Harpenden beat Abbots Langley 109-63 (top rink: Beryl Driscoll, Angela Favell, John Williams, Tricia Pentecost 35 - 13). Harpenden Ladies had a close triples match with Beech Hill, just losing 40-44 (top rink: Sue Murray, Dena Roberts, Tricia Pentecost 19 - 12), but in a mixed match against Shire Park Harpenden won on all five rinks for an overall score of 115 - 81 (top rink: Linda Newby, Lyn Roberts, Fred Whaley, John Millins 23-8).

Radlett Vets playing Garston in the Watford and District Vets League recorded

a 39 shot to 25 shot win at home with John Page, Raymond P-Morton and Harry Speight being top rink (20-11).

Playing East Barnet Valley Bowls, a draw was a fair result at 57 shots all. Radlett’s top rink was Sheila Embleton, Alan Woolidge and Myreen Woolfe 21–3.

On Thhursday St Albans entertained local rivals Townsend in a mixed friendly match. St Albans won 76-73 with the highest rink for St Albans Mike Jeffries, Betty Lawrence, Debbie Turner and Phillip Macarthur.

St Albans played Hatfield in the Old McMullen on Friday night winning on all four rinks the score to wrap up a 63-42 victory.

St Albans played Berkhampstead on Saturday morning in the Top Ten. With Steve Wilson winning the singles and with the pairs of Andrew and Peter Kay losing their game the match was evenly balanced but a tremendous win by the fours skipped by Dave Kiff, winning by 32 shots, saw the contest effectively finished by the 12th end.

In the afternoon St Albans were away to Potters Bar but with the win in the morning some of the bowlers could not quite raise their game and Potters Bar won three out of four rinks giving the hosts a 90-67 win. St Albans’ top rink was Dave Mills, Paddy Boyle, Tony Morris and Peter Kay 21-13 The ladies won 38-34 with the to rink Maggie kendrick, Doreen Gray Jean Budd & Maureen Grimward.

On Sunday St Albans were once more at home against Northaw & Cuffley. With beautiful weather St Albans had a convincing win by 124-46. Highest rink for st Albans Jill Newman, Maureen Ryelands, Arthur Law and Ken Budd.