Townsend lift District title for first time

Robbie Ransted

Robbie Ransted - Credit: Archant

Townsend won the St Albans and District Club Rinks League for the first time in their history.

This tournament, played out over the entire season, required four rinks from each club to play against all seven others in the league. Points were awarded for each winning rink and for overall victory. The finish couldn’t have been closer, with Potters Bar, who had been winners for seven out of the last nine years, requiring a clean sweep against Hemel.

As it was they dropped 15 points, thereby ensuring that the trophy came to Townsend for the first occasion in the 15-year history of the competition.

The Townsend midweek team paid their first visit to the new Batchwood and emerged with a 4-1 victory. The top rink was skipped by David Day, comprised Clyde Martindill, Richard Morgan and Gordon Herring, and won by 27 shots to nine.

Every Tuesday throughout the season Townsend bowlers competed for points which went towards the award of a pewter Claret Jug. This season’s winner, by a narrow margin, was Robbie Ransted, who was awarded the trophy by organiser and sponsor Gordon Williamson. In second place was Ian Forster, in just his second season, and third was Peter Thomson.