Jul 092019

Press Report W/E 6th July

 Saturday saw a busy day at Berkhamsted Bowls Club starting with Two mixed fours playing the 4th round of the Tony Allcock Trophy against Herts Club’ however the home team lost out by winning on one rink but losing on the other with a minus shot difference.

In the afternoon the club had their annual Captains versus Vice Captains competition with club Captains Brian Ralphs and Anne Furlong overcoming their Vice Captains by 117 shots to 78. Their top winning rink was Sylvia Smith, John Bell and David Brown. The top rink for the Vice Captains was Liz Baker, Sheila Bell and Bill Howells. During the afternoon £51 was raised with a Spider to start the match, for Diabetes UK and a raffle Raised £208 for the Hospice of St Francis.

On Sunday Berkhamsted welcomed Amersham. The results make good reading if you are an Amersham fan as they won 66 – 59 . Berkhamsted did have a winning rink of Mick Young, Carol Syms and Alan Jones 18 – 15. Jenny Carr, Maurice Primo and Peter Burke drew 17 – 17. Janice Cheshire Burke, Phil Clarke and Gary Fisher lost 12 – 24 and Geoff Drew, Annette Clark and Tony Smart  lost 12 – 28.

However Berkhamsted’s fortunes certainly took a turn for the better when a team from Berkhamsted Bowls Club took part in the Countywide Gerald Scott Memorial Gala at Hatfield Bowls Club.  Playing in 4 games during the day the team of Bob Anderson, Liz Temple, David Brown and Marcia Dunstone won 3 out of those 4 games with the only loss being by 1 shot. Hopes were high when the runners up were announced & had 6 points (3 game win) with a shot differential of 17.  The Berkhamsted team won with 6 points also but with a shot differential of 32 shots.  The trophy will be presented at the Annual County Presentation Dinner in November.

The winning quartet of Bob Anderson, Marcia Dunstone, Liz Temple and David Brown

Below: Players lining up before the Annual Capt v Vice -Captains Day


The Ladies Captain, Anne Furlong (right)and the Vice Captains, Dagmar McKay, Elizabeth Baker and Bill Howells reading out the teams on Captains Day

Jul 092019

Not a very good week for Berkhamsted when Pete Batchelor & Paul Sims played their 2nd Round of the Watford & District Men’s Pairs against  Keith Gissing & Alan Jones at Potten End on Monday evening . It was all very close until the 13th end after which the wheels came off the Berkhamsted challenge and the Potten End pair ran out winners by 22 – 11. This continued in the Dacorum Charity Shield at Bovingdon with Berkhamsted being  outplayed on their artificial surface. The teams were …Men: (Jack Bunting/Tony Smart/Phil Bunting and David Brown) losing 18-25. Ladies: (Sarah Marshall Linda Ralphs Kay Lingwood and Jackie Cormack) drawing 17-17. Mixed: (Sylvia Smith. Alice Biggs Brian Ralphs and Kevin Clarke) losing 15-30. The Friendly team of Frank Cutting. Jill Griffin. Maurice Primo and Ken Maynard)lost 16-24. Overall Points were : Bovingdon 4.5 points Berkhamsted 0.5 points.

However Berkhamsted ladies were very successful with their two teams getting through to the County Senior Fours quarter finals. Janice Murgatroyd, Kay Lingwood, Liz Temple and Alice Biggs had an emphatic win against a team from Harpenden winning 19 – 9 whereas the team of Carol Dunn, Anne Furlong, Marcia Dunstone and Jackie Cormack won by 1 shot on the last end due to a stunning skips wood. They now both play at Hatfield next week Unfortunately the Ladies came to the end of their run in the National Top Club when they were defeated by Northaw & Cuffley on the hottest day of the year losing on shots after a 2 – 2 draw. The Berkhamsted team was Alice Biggs, Janice Murgatroyd, Liz Temple, Anne Furlong, Anne Cutting, Jackie Cormack, Carole Dunn, Linda Ralphs, Kay Lingwood and Marcia Dunstone. 

Although Berkhamsted had a very good reception and welcome by their hosts , Hazells, who were a pleasure  to play, Berkhamsted were thrashed by 118 shots to 50.  All our rinks lost some by very large margins. The winning rink for the Berkhamsted team was awarded to the team with the least deficit that was  Bob Anderson, Mick Young and Marion Maynard who lost by 5 shots.

Nevertheless the week did finish on a high when the Men played the Griffin Cup 3rd round against Bovingdon and won convincingly. the teams were: Steve Burrell, Brian Ralphs, David Brown and Kevin Clarke and Jack Bunting, Phil Bunting, Trefor Jenkins and Tony Howard. Berkhamsted are now through to the Semi-final to be played on 3rd Aug.

Jun 242019

On Thursday, Berkhamsted Men played Kitcheners in the Ray Cup Second Round at home and won overall by 3 shots, but they did not fare so well on Friday when they were well beaten in the Herts Team Ten Competition by Garston at Garston although there were some very close scores.

However the week finished on a high when they travelled to Welwyn Garden City to play Round 4 of the National Top Club.  It was arguably one of their best wins ever against a strong club, winning 4 Games to 1. The results were, Two Wood:  Tony Howard won 14-11; Singles:  Trefor Jenkins won 21-18; Pairs:  Steve Burrell and Kevin Clarke won 24-17, after trailing for most of the way, until the 16th end; Triples:  Brian Livesey, Brian Ralphs and David Brown won 18-14; Fours:  Dave Sear, Tony Smart, Bill Howells and Peter Rowling lost 14-20.

Berkhamsted enjoyed a good victory on Sunday when they defeated Kings Langley in the 3rd Round of the Tony Allcock Trophy. Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong, Trefor Jenkins and Tony Howard won by 20 – 13 and Janice Murgatroyd, Jackie Cormack, Kevin Clarke and David Brown won by 19 – 12 so they now progress to the 4th round.

To finish the week Berkhamsted played a friendly of 5 mixed triples against a team from Hemel Hempstead and won by 85 to 69.The top rink of Elizabeth Baker, John Webb and Alan Jones won by 20-12. Other rinks were Eric Lloyd, Gill Howells and Ken Maynard 18-12, Marion Maynard, Stuart Wesley and Bill Howells 16-14, Janet Spooner, Alan Baker and Gary Fisher 21-15, and Maurice Primo, Tom Presland and Tony Smart 10-16.


Jun 202019

The ladies had a great win this weekend in the National Top Club competition against Potters Bar. The competition is for 4 rinks, singles, pairs, triples and Fours which resulted in 2 games won and 2 games lost but Berkhamsted emerged winners by 71 shots to 68. Although 2 rinks lost they kept their game tight to ensure there wasn’t a large differential. The Berkhamsted team was Lesley Brown, Sarah Marshall, Janice Murgatroyd, Anne Furlong, Carole Dunn, Anne Cutting, Jackie Cormack, Alice Biggs, Linda Ralphs, Kay Lingwood and Marcia Dunstone.

Berkhamsted Men beat Met Police in Round 2 of the Griffin Cup 39-26 and will play Bovingdon at home in the next round on 27th June. Dave Gomm, Brian Ralphs, Trevor Jenkins and Tony Howard won 15-14 and Jack Bunting, Steve Burrell, Phil Bunting and Kevin Clarke won 24-12, after being 11-12 down after 12 ends.

In the County Pairs, Kevin Clarke and David Brown beat Dave and Bernie Craft of Mill End 25-10 and Dave Gomm and Tony Howard beat Roy Surrey and Brian Smith of Hemel Hempstead 21-18, after being down 1-14 early on.

Ladies West Division 2nd Round Match played at Herts BC, Linda Ralphs & Sarah Marshall beat Lois Hall and Tessa Miles, 22-20.

Ladies W & D Singles, Round 2:  Linda Ralphs lost 15-21 to Michele Cavaye of Kings Langley BC.

Finally Berkhamsted enjoyed the fine weather on Sunday to secure a friendly win over Harperbury, with only 9 shots separating the two sides;  Berkhamsted’s Eric Lloyd, Sylvia Smith and Steve Burrell led them to a 88 – 79 victory.

Jun 152019

The ladies of Berkhamsted have had a busy week. In the County Pairs Alice Biggs and Jackie Cormack had a narrow win against a duo from their own club winning on an extra end by one shot. Jackie then bowled with Anne Furlong in the Watford & District pairs but on this occasion they lost by one shot. In the Watford & District league against Croxley Guild the league team of Sarah Marshall, Kay Lingwood, Alice Biggs and Marcia Dunstone had a narrow victory by 18 shots to 17.  The friendly rink of Marion Maynard, Sylvia Smith, Linda Ralphs and Jackie Cormack stormed to victory by 28 shots to 8.

The men then had a resounding win in the W&D Vets match against Bovingdon with Paul Shorne, Tony Smart and David Brown winning 31-7 & Eric Lloyd, John Bell and Brian Ralphs winning 18-11. This now means that Berkhamsted  are now 3rd in the W&D Division after 6 games.

Berkhamsted entertained Chess Vale at home on Tuesday and came out winners scoring 80pts to 61. The game was tighter than the score suggests. The win was due  to good score by Rink 4 who won by 25 to 9.  The match was played in good spirit and enjoyed by all and also the weather was kind turning out to be a fine sunny evening. The teams were as follows with rink 4 getting top rink. Ring 2 –  Tim Bailey, Maureen Smart and Bill Howells  13 – 13. Rink 3 –  Janice – Cheshire Burke, Alan Baker and Peter Batchellor  16 – 11. Rink 4 – Jill Griffin, Bob Anderson and David Sear   25 – 9. Rink 5 – Liz Baker, Toby Bunting and Phil Bunting 9 – 15 and Rink 6 – Janet Jackson, Mick Young  and Peter Burke  17 – 13. However things did not go so well for the Men in the National Men’s Two Wood Competition as they lost heavily to Baldock Town 19 – 49 Shots. The teams from Berkhamsted were Dave Sear, Rowling, Phil Bunting and David Brown and Paul Mackness, Brian Ralphs, Trefor Jenkins and Tony Howard.

In the result of the National Top Club Round 2 fixture against  Hertford, Berkhamsted won 4 Games to one and they now go on to play Welwyn Garden City. The results were as follows…..Two Wood: Tony Howard won 17-2. Singles:  Trefor Jenkins won 21-19, going from 16-19 to win. Pairs: Steve Burrell and Kevin Clarke won 21-12. Triples: David Gomm, Peter Rowling and David Brown won 31-13,  picking up 16 in the last 4 ends and in the Fours: Toby Bunting, Peter Burke, Brian Ralphs and Phil Bunting were behind 13-18 after 16 ends, when the match was called off.

The week finished on Sunday with Berkhamsted signing over their Green to Watford & District for their match against Hertfordshire’s County President and Berkhamsted find it very gratifying the County deem their Green good enough for their Matches.


Kevin Clarke ( President of Berkhamsted) welcomes David Worker, President of Hertfordshire Bowls to Berkhamsted Bowls Club, with Alan Sayers (West Division Chairman) and David Brown in attendance.

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