Paul Sims

Sep 272017

Berkhamsted played their last friendly match of the season against Wendover and finished the season on a high by winning 129 shots to 85, winning on 5 out of the 6 rinks. The top rink was the team of Dagmar McKay, Alan Baker and David Brown. On Saturday the final of the Mary Pedlow cup was played, which is a game of Australian Pairs and it was won by Richard Gardener and Brian Smith. Our picture shows them being presented with the cup by President of Berkhamsted Kevin Clarke.

























On Sunday, President’s day, at Berkhamsted’s final event of the season was a sunny colourful occasion as twelve triples teams adopted a floral theme being named after popular flowers. All the teams played three games each with the Dahlias team of Brian Livesey, Dave Biggerstaff & Joan Luther coming out on top by one point from the Forget Me Nots. A slap up meal by the first lady, Jackie, helped by Linda was followed by a short quiz and a grand draw ensuring an uplifting end to another eventful season at the Club. Our picture shows all the competitors in the event dressed in a flowery theme.



Sep 052017

After winning her semi-final in the Watford & District Officers singles semi-final, Lesley Brown, went on to win the Final on Saturday after another exciting game against Jill Willis from Tring Bowls Club. The game was very hard fought over 25 ends and could have gone either way but Lesley eventually won 22 shots to 19.

In the morning Lesley’s husband, David, played in the Watford & District Men’s Pairs Finals with Kevin Clarke but did not fair so well by losing to David & Justin Horwood from Mill End. They lost by 1 shot on the last end, losing 17-18. But at least there was one winner in the Family.

In the friendly match against St Albans on the same day Berkhamsted had a comprehensive win against St. Albans, winning 86 – 53. Every rink won with a top rink of P Healy, Elizabeth Baker, Gill Howells and Mike Low. However it was not so good in the friendly against Aylesbury on Sunday when Berkhamsted lost 49 – 93, losing on every rink, mind you the weather did not help.

Aug 292017

In the St Albans & District Men’s Semi-finals John Webb and substitute David Brown lost on the Final end to a pair from Potters Bar. John & David were holding 4 shots on the final end until the opposing skip got a wick off a side wood to win the game.

In the only other game this week, the Saturday match being cancelled by the opposing team, Berkhamsted unfortunately lost. The match was a Dacorum Shield Charity match against Tring and only the Men’s team of Steve Burrell, Bill Howells, David Scoot and skip David Brown won by 21 shots to 12. Both the Ladies and Mixed Teams lost. The overall score was 48 – 52 to Tring who won by 4 points to 1.


Jul 242017

Berkhamsted visited Cheddington BC in a 4 rink friendly match which ended in a draw with each side achieving 66 shots; Berkhamsted claim the moral win with two winning rinks against Cheddington’s one and one drawn. Top rink for Berkhamsted were Sheila Fountain, Gill Howells, Derek Sandford and Paul Mackness.

Gill Howells was part of the winning team against Bushey in the second round of the W&D 2 wood triples competition, she was joined by Liz Baker and Noreen Codina in their 19/15 win, Again on the Ladies front and again in the W&D competitions – Janice Murgatroyd, Liz Temple and Lesley Brown managed a tight win over a Herts BC team by 18 to 15 shots.

The men didn’t fare as well in their encounter with Harperbury BC in the SADBA Jones Cup losing both home and away fixtures with a total shot tally of 26 to 41. Saturday and Sundays friendlies were a mixed affair, one win one loss – losing heavily against Little Gaddesden on their green but triumphing over Wing at home 73 – 63.

May 162017

Berkhamsted started the week with a win in the County fours comp, the team of Sarah Marshall, Linda Ralphs, Liz Temple and Lesley Brown defeated last years champions. 18 – 10. The following day Linda, Liz and Lesley teamed up again in the County triples to beat a trio from Garson 18-11. Unfortunately on Wednesday Berkhamsted’s winning run came to an end playing away to Townsend in a triples friendly they got beat on all 5 rinks 118-60.

Back with the County fours brought Berkhamsted back to winning ways the afore mentioned ladies Sarah, Linda, Liz and Lesley won again this time against Kings Langley ladies 21-4 was the result, this means the four’s next game will be out of zone. It’s not only the ladies of Berkhamsted winning Ken Maynard and Alan Jones beat a pairs from Potters Bar in the SADBA district pairs comp 23-14. In the National Club 2 fours comp Berkhamsted men beat Stevenage 44-36; rink one consisted of P Mackness, M Primo, B Ralphs and K Maynard and L Swan, D Drew, D Biggerstaff were led by D Brown in the other rink. Saturdays friendly saw Berkhamsted suffer another defeat this time from Croxley Guild 48-95 top rink was B Cropley, J Jackson and T Presland. Sunday’s friendly versus Oxhey Pavilion brought Berko back to winning ways with a 87-39 result top rink this day was E Lloyd, L Ralphs and Lesley Brown.

Berkhamsted continue to welcome members of the public wishing to learn the art of bowling through the month of May, meeting on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2 till 4 and Friday evenings 6 till 8 guidance and equipment will be available the only condition is that flat soled shoes be worn.