Aug 262019

The Ladies had a good win with Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack winning through to the Watford & District semi-finals in the 2 wood triples defeating a trio from Bushey 23 – 8.

However the same Trio had mixed fortunes over the weekend with Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack attempting to reach the Watford & District finals in the Triples and 2 wood Triples. On Friday in pouring rain they beat Radlett by 17 – 11 shots in the Triples, however on the Saturday they lost in the 2 wood triples to Bushey, they had a 3 end poor start but the rest of the match was very evenly balanced.

Things did not go so well for Berkhamsted in the Dacorum Community Shield match against Tring last Monday 12th June with the following results.

Ladies:  Tring 28 Berkhamsted 12; Men: Tring 26 Berkhamsted 17; Mixed: Tring 28 Berkhamsted 15. In addition to this there was a friendly match which also lost 12-39.  The total result was  in Points: Tring 5 Berkhamsted 0.

At the beginning of last week, on Sunday, was the Club Fours in which 32 players competed in 8 randomly selected teams to secure a place in this year’s Finals in September. Given the monsoon conditions we had at the end of the previous week the players tolerated the protection mats needed to avoid serious damage to the green and served up some excellent bowling in a competitive but  friendly spirit. The two successful teams were Team CAT (Liz Temple, Paul Shorne, Stephen Shearing, Gill Howells) and Team THRUSH (Steve Burrell, Lynn Kessler, Geoff Drew, Anne Cutting) – so will the Cat get the Bird in this year’s final?!

On  last Sunday this year’s Mixed Triples Competition was played and has proved very popular with 54 players wanting to play in it. To accommodate this number we have had to arrange matches on two separate days, with 12 teams playing yesterday (Sunday) and 6 teams playing this coming Wednesday, in order to find the 4 teams that will play semi-finals on the Friday evening of our Finals weekend in September. Though the early rain threatened to mar the day, it cleared just as play started to allow the day’s play to be in good sunshine. As always play was highly competitive and friendly with some close ‘9-end’ matches resulting. After 3 matches each  Team Labrador (Kevin Clarke, Janet Jackson, Christine Sims), Team Jay (Peter Rowling, Jenny Carr, Bob Anderson) and Team Raven (Phil Bunting, Paul Shorne, Kay Lingwood) were Group winners and they now wait to see from Wednesday’s matches who will join them in the semi-finals.

Aug 072019


Great success for the Berkhamsted Men this week winning the W&D Griffin Cup after beating Croxley Green in the Semi-final and then going on to beat Gerrards Cross in the final by 6 shots. The game was played at Harperbury green who hosted a superb day for all. The Berkhamsted team (including reserves) were; Jack Bunting, Phil Bunting, Toby Bunting, Peter Burke, Steve Burrell, Kevin Clarke, Dave Gomm,Tony Howard, Trefor Jenkins, Alan Jones, Tony Smart and Mick Young.

Close on their heels the Berkhamsted Ladies won through to the final of the Watford and District Jubilee Cup defeating Bushey Ladies on both rinks. The team of Sarah Marshall ( Director Lesley Brown ) Kay Lingwood and Liz Temple won 17 – 13 and the team of Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack won 18 – 10. 

Unfortunately the week did not finish well with a really disappointing result for Berkhamsted in the Dacorum Shield against Hemel on Sunday .   At one stage Berkhamsted were up 12 shots, but in the end managed to lose the shot count 55-67. The team results were;- Ladies: Won 28-19. Men: Lost 12-34; the Mixed team: Drew 14-14 Points: The total points score ended up Hemel 3.5  Berkhamsted 1.5. A friendly game was also played, which Berkhamsted won 24-14.


The victorious Berkhamsted Griffin Cup Team

Jul 292019

Unfortunately Berkhamstead had two matches cancelled by the opposing teams due to the exceedingly hot weather this week. However, two stalwart teams from Berkhamsted and Potten End braved the hottest day on Thursday to play their Dacorum Charity Shield fixture.

After an energy draining match Berkhamsted won 2 matches but lost the Men’s Match by 13 shots to 15; the team was  Jack Bunting, Tony Smart, Ken Maynard and Tony Howard. The Women’s team of Carole Dunn, Janice Murgatroyd, Anne Cutting and Jackie Cormack won 33 shots to 17. The Mixed team of Sarah Marshall, Kay Lingwood, David Sear and David Brown won 22 shots to 17. This meant Berkhamsted won overall by 4 Points to 1.

Later in the week Berkhamsted ladies won through to the semi final of the District Jubilee Cup. They defeated Herts ladies by over 10 shots. The Berkhamsted team was Carole Dunn. Anne Furlong Jackie Cormack. Sarah Marshall. Lesley Brown. Kay Lingwood and Liz Temple”

Jul 292019

Last week Janice Murgatroyd & Liz Temple won their Watford & District 4th round match  31-10 against a duo from Bushey Met Police.

In a friendly at Cheddington Berkhamsted  had a warm welcome and a good game of Bowls coming out winners by three Rinks to one.  The teams were John Webb, Toby Bunting, Anne Cutting and Bill Howells who won 18 – 11; Marion Maynard, Carol Syms, Jack Bunting, and Jackie Cormack who won 20 -19; Jackie Healey, Ray Kessler, Phil Bunting, Peter Batchelor  who lost 9 -24 and the top rink of Frank Cutting, Sylvia Smith, David Sear and Ken Maynard who won 22 – 6.

On Friday evening Berkhamsted Men played Potters Bar in the Jones Cup. Berkhamsted won both the Home and the away leg by 41 shots to 30 and progress to the next round.

On Saturday Berkhamsted played against Little Gaddesden Bowls Club. It was a great day of sport with all players enjoying the match. The windy conditions tested both sides but Berkhamsted emerged as the winner on all rinks. Special congratulations must go to Myra Lenz , Brian Smith and Steve Burrell who were the top rink. The final score was Berkhamsted 85 and Little Gaddesden 46. 

The next day Berkhamsted played a four rink friendly against Wing. It was an enjoyable afternoon with Berkhamsted winning with 69 shots to 62. Top rink was Geoff Drew, Dagmar McKay and Maurice Primo.

Not to be outdone 3 ladies from Berkhamsted, namely Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack had an emphatic win against a trio from Tring by 25 shots to 6, they now go through to the Watford and District triples semi-finals.

Finally as reported in an earlier edition, this week, the two Bunting boys played their  County Final U25 pairs match at Welwyn BC . The result was Tom Muir and Jack Bunting beat Sam Andrews & Toby Bunting to make it through to Leamington.



The picture shows Jack Bunting, Tom Muir, Toby Bunting and Sam Andrews before the match.


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

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