Jun 072019

Press Report W/E 2nd June

 In the National Mixed Fours the team of Lesley Brown, Linda Ralphs, Brian Ralphs and David Brown had a good win against Baldock Bowls Club, beating them 20 – 8 shots. More success followed in the County Triples with Sarah Marshall, Kay Lingwood and Alice Biggs beating a team from Hertford 19 – 8. They are now through to the Quarter Finals at Welwyn Garden City.

Not to be outdone the Men beat Datchworth in the Inter Club Team Ten by 79 shots to 60 winning in the Pairs, Triples and Fours and just missing out in the Singles 19-21. A good win was achieved by Berkhamsted in the Dacorum Charity Shield competition beating Kitcheners 81 – 47, with the Ladies team winning 26-14; the Men’s winning 34-13 and the Mixed team just winning 21-20.  

In the Watford & District Ladies Pairs competition Lesley Brown’s progress with Janice Murgatroyd has been put on hold after she suffered a shoulder injury. However in the latest round Liz Temple substituted for her and the pair beat Julie Scott and Avril Harland from Croxley Green 21-15 to progress through to the 3rd round.

In the County Junior Pairs which was played at Harpenden BC , Jack Bunting paired with Tom Muir and beat  M McKinnon and D Knight, 18-4. They then got a bye through to the Final. To match his brother Toby Bunting also played with Sam Andrews. They played the first round against a pair from Baldock – H Chambers and M Haskings, they won this and went on to play the 2nd round against G Williams and J Avery. It was a really tight match, but they won this as well! So both the Brothers are through to the Final, but will be playing against one another. What a dilemma for Mum & Dad….which one do they support. The Final will be played on 15th July at Welwyn Garden City BC and the Finalist will play at Leamington on the 7th August. So a Berkhamsted (Bunting) Final to look forward to!

The week finished with a friendly match against Aston Clinton. The afternoon started bright  but soon turned to drizzle and went downhill for Berkhamsted who ended up losing 43-87. Their best rink of Maws Smart, Dave Drew and Peter Rowling was in fact a draw 15-15.

May 082017

For their first game of the  2017 season Berkhamsted Bowls Club had their usual local derby against Potten End Bowls Club. A good start to the season was achieved by Berkhamsted winning on all 6 Rinks with an overall score of 141 – 74. This was greatly helped by a top rink for Berkhamsted of Gary Fisher, Pam Fensome, Geoff Drew and Ken Maynard. Hopefully this example set by the teams continues throughout the season.

Berkhamsted also held their open days on the 29th & 30th  April resulting in a good response in recruiting new members, including some Juniors showing interest.

May 312016

The week started well – a team of Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong, Lesley Brown and Jackie Cormack won in the Watford & District Ladies League against  Met. Police by 19 shots to 14 and Carole Dunn beat Sue Sayers from Herts Club in the First round on the Champions of Champions.

We did not fare so well against Kitcheners in the Dacorum Shield match and lost by 2 points to 3. The Ladies and Mixed rinks won but the Men’s and Mixed rinks lost, however there was a top rink of Geoff Drew, Janet Jackson and Brian Smith. The woe continued when the Men lost in the Team Ten competition away at Harperbury.

There was more success for the Ladies when the team of Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack moved into the 4th Round of the County Triples by beating a team from Kings Langley by 5 shots.

In another Ladies County Fours match, the match had to be stopped after 9 ends due to torrential rain. A soaked Sarah Marshall, Linda Ralphs, Lesley Brown and Liz Temple resumed the game later and at the last end it was all tied at 21-21, needing an extra end to decide the score. A winning wood in that end by Liz Temple resulted in a win for our Ladies.

In a real family event, Lesley and David Brown both played their County Officers singles on the same evening, David at Welwyn Garden City and Lesley at Hatfield. David beat Doug King of Welwyn 21-15 but Lesley lost 15-21 to Jackie Bell from Hatfield.

Jun 262013


PRESS REPORT Monday 15th July 2013

“Formidable Mary and the Berkhamsted Ladies”

Mary Clarke along with several other female bowlers of the Berkhamsted Club have enjoyed their best week yet in the W & D Ladies competitions.  Starting off with her singles match against Tring’s Lynda Boniface Mary had a convincing win; then partnering Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack, Mary led the quartet to a successful conclusion playing in the Ladies League against Kings Langley Ladies.  Mary then paired up with Carole Dunn (again) this time in the W & D Pairs to compete against fellow Berkhamsted bowlers Lesley Brown and Janice Murgatroyd it was a close fought match ending in 1 shot victory for Mary and Carole.  Mary then turned her sights onto the W & D Triples competition, she teamed up with Anne Cutting and Mary Cave to play away at Cassiobury BC the result again went in the Berkhamsted teams favour quite comfortably. Then to cap it all off Mary teamed up with another two Berkhamsted members (Marion Maynard and Janet Jackson)to compete in the Potten End Ladies Triples Gala on Saturday unfortunately they were bested into second place.

Despite all this the Berkhamsted men were not to be out done they also had two pairs in the quarter finals of the W & D Pairs – David Brown / Kevin Clarke and Steve Burrell / Brian Smith, again it was a close fought match with Brown and Clarke edging out Burrell and Smith.With all these competitive matches going on Berkhamsted still managed to fit in two Friendly games as well –  Wednesday evening against Wingrave BC the heroic efforts of husband and wife team Marion and Ken Maynard with Jane Low were unable to stop an 87 shot to 75 defeat for the Berkhamsted team, but then on the hottest day of the season so far  Brian Smith, Eric Browitt and Derek Sandford led the Berkhamsted team to a 78 – 62 victory against Borehamwood BC.



PRESS REPORT Monday 8th July 2013

Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong and Jackie Cormack had a good start to their defence of the W & D Ladies Triples title by beating a team from Herts Club 30 shots to 10,  Anne and Jackie continued this good form when they had a convincing win in the W & D Pairs Competition beating a duo from Potten End by 11 shots.  In their W & D League / Friendly match against Owls the Berkhamsted Ladies team of Carole Dunn, Anne Furlong, Anne Cutting, Judy Kenyon, Marion Maynard, Joan Luther, Beryl Parsons and Liz Temple won on bothrinks.

Berkhamsted’s Club Friendly fixtures against Chessvale BC mid-week and Amersham BC over the weekend brought mixed results; Chessvale’s green proved to taxing for the Berkhamsted side losing on 4 of the 5 rinks played, It was only the herculean efforts of Bill Sharpling, Jean Greenfield, Dave Sear and skipper Maurice Primo winning 25 – 18 on their rink that brought any pride to the visitors. Then on Sunday Berkhamsted won on 3 of the 4 rinks played against visitors Amersham; perhaps it was the heat that the players had to contend with that led to the Home side winning 72 – 59, top rink consisted of 5 players (one player had to retire half way through) Anne Furlong, Anne Cutting, and Janet Jackson  were ably supported by Frank Furlong and Steve Burrell.


On the personal side; in their latest round of the W & D Pairs competition Steve Burrell and Brian Smith won through 18 – 13 after a thrilling game against close rival Kitchener’s Bowls Club.  Moving on to the two Club reports there was mixed results mid-week there was a 4 rink friendly against Chesham which saw  the efforts of Carole Dunn, Brian Ralphs, Allan Dann and John Webb help Berkhamsted to an 84 – 61 shot win, then on Sunday Berkhamsted travelled to played against local opposition Hazells of Aylesbury in a friendly triples match, this was a new fixture between the two clubs and despite losing narrowly Berkhamsted thoroughly enjoyed the fine hospitality and President Kevin commented on the superb facilities and continued by saying Berkhamsted was looking forward to their next encounter where they will really need to try harder.  Top rink for Berkhamsted included David Biggerstaff, Liz Temple and Kevin Clarke and their 21 shots to 12 efforts went a long way towards the final score of 82 – 95 in favour of the opposition.



Jan 142013

We are delighted and very proud to say we have had the honour of becoming Runners Up in Bowls England’s Club of the Year competition for 2012. We were narrowly beaten to the top prize by Clarence Bowls Club from Somerset who themselves were runners up last year.

“Following a lengthy process we won through the East Region entrants and then came up against the other regional winners before being visited by Bowls England ” said Club Secretary Lesley Brown. “We impressed them greatly with our fantastic recruitment drive, our new equipment and the setting up of our U18 section of which we are hugely proud” she continued. “Over the past two yearBowls England top club runner up trophys we have worked hard and been more creative in trying to raise the profile of our club to attract a wider generation of players, it looks like it may be paying off” she finished.

Tony Alcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive acknowledged this in his letter to the Club thanking them for their support of the game and congratulating them on the exceptionally high standard they had achieved.

As well as the D’Arcy Drayton Cup the Club wins several other prizes including: two sets of Drakes Pride Bowls, £150 prize money and a match against a visiting Friends of England Bowling Team

We entered the competition back in June but didn’t hear anything until September when Bowls England representative Brenda Green came to visit us. She spent a good two hours in our company with a selected team of members who showed her around and told her of our achievements this season.

We kept our fingers crossed after putting on a good show and one month later we heard the good news. It would be fantastic to go one step further next year and win the title – WE CAN DO IT!

Congratulations to everyone who played a big or small part in making it happen

Please click on the link below if you would like to read the full letter from Bowls England:

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