The week started well with Berkhamsted’s Men beating Rosedale 3 matches to 2 in the National Top Club Competition. D Sear won 18-9 in the Two Wood game and K Clarke won 21-8 in the singles. Unfortunately P Mackness & B Ralphs lost in the pairs and S Burrell, P Batchelor & D Brown lost in the Triples. However to clinch a 3-2 win overall E Browitt, M Primo, D Root & K Maynard won the Fours by 19 shots – 12.
Success continued for Berkhamsted with the Ladies team of Linda Ralphs, Liz Temple & Lesley Brown beating a team from Bushey 25-3 in the Ladies County Triples, with the opposition conceding after 12 ends. In the Men’s County League a very close match was played against Abbots Langley with Berkhamsted finally winning 37-36 and gaining 4 points to Abbots Langley’s 2. There was a top team of B Smith, M Primo, B Ralphs & D Brown. The success for the Men did not last and they lost narrowly to Hemel Hempstead 58 – 62 in the 2nd round of the Herts inter Club Team Championship.
However, the Ladies continued successfully, in the Ladies County Fours, with the team of Sarah Marshall, Linda Ralphs, Liz Temple and Lesley Brown winning their first out of zone match against a team from Harperbury by 24 -12. They now progress on to the County Quarter Finals. In the Ladies County Triples a team of Linda Ralphs, Liz Temple and Lesley Brown beat a team from Stevenage 16-13 which means they now progress to the Quarter finals of this Competition. Unfortunately the Ladies winning ways came to a halt in the Top Club Competition despite winning on two rinks. They lost to a team from Welwyn in a close fought match by 65 shots to 67. The winning teams from Berkhamsted were, in the Pairs: Anne Furlong & Jackie Cormack by 24-16 and in the fours: Marion Maynard, Mary Clarke, Liz Temple & Lesley Brown by 22-14.
The week finished with a match against North Watford which Berkhamsted won 120 – 55. It was a bit one sided as North Watford only have 22 playing members and one of them playing had never played Bowls before. Berkhamsted’s top rink was J Griffin, M Primo and J Cormack.
Finally, David Brown, a member of the Hertfordshire West Division Bowls Executive, and convenor of the fixture between West Division and the Hertfordshire Bowls Men’s Presidents Team, which Berkhamsted hosted on Sunday, reads out the names of the West division team for this event, played at Berkhamsted Bowls Club. On the far left is Alan Sayers, Hertfordshire Bowls Men’s President, and on the far right, Jan Holland, Hertfordshire Bowls Ladies President.