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Website Report for week 22 April 2018

President 79 Captain 80
We started our 2018 Outdoor season on Saturday afternoon with our traditional opening match of our President’s team versus our Captain’s team. It was played on probably the best opening day, weather-wise, it has been played in for a few years and the Captain’s team edged it by a single shot 80-79. Of the five Rinks played the Captain’ team won two of them, the President’s also won two and one was drawn, that coincidently being the Rink where the President and Captain were the opposing Skips. The Rink of Sylvia Barsby, Richard Brewster, Ian Williams and Skipped by Ken Hammond was the highest scoring for the Captain’s team, winning by 24 shots to 10, while the Rink of Devon Cooper, Jim Whittle, Aaron Prowle and Skipped by Ken Ryder was the President’s team highest winning Rink, winning by 25 shots to 8.
Rink scores, President’s team first:
D.Cooper, J.Whittle, A.Prowle & K.Ryder beat R.Hutchinson, B.Thorne, A.Hutchinson & S.Chamberlain 25-8; J.Akers, P.Holzbauer, J.James & D.Henley lost to D.Kingsland, G.Akers, D.Jackson & R.Harper 10-21; E.Alden, M.Ward, C.Hills & P.Hills drew with S.Wray, R.Jones, J.Nash & S.Arnold 16 all; S.Campbell, D.Elms & J.Alden beat L.Tyler, I.Tyler & R.Hazeu 18-11; J.Holzbauer, S.Kiernan, G.Campbell & C.Townley lost to S.Barsby, R.Brewster, I.Williams & K.Hammond 10-24.

Datchworth 69 Baldock Town 134
On Sunday afternoon we travelled to Baldock Town for a Mixed Friendly and came away after a something of a hammering after losing every Rink in a 69 shot to 134 defeat. Two of the five Rinks played only lost by three shots while the other three lost by between 15 and 28 shots.
D.Kingsland, G.Akers, A.Hutchinson & S.Chamberlain lost to M.Haskings, M.Wintrip, D.Davies & S.Page 9-24; D.Jackson, S.Kiernan, I.Tyler & S.Arnold lost to I.MacKinnon, A.Cross, J.Turner & P.Andrews 17-20; S.Campbell, L.Tyler, R.Brewster & R.Harper lost to M.Haskings, P.Page, B.Todd & M.Parsons 14-42, J.Akers, B.Thorne, I.Williams & J.Smith lost to J.Haskins, J.Russell, S.Budge & P.Haskins 12-28; S.Barsby, R.Hutchinson, M.Gordon & D.Henley lost to S.Andrews, J.Crosby, D.Turner & R.Dempster 17-20.

Website Report for 29 April 2018

Datchworth 36 Rosehill 25
On a somewhat miserable Saturday afternoon, not suited to bowls, we hosted Rosehill for a Mixed Friendly and won by 36 shots to 25. Because of the inclement weather tea was taken after ten ends and that is where the match was stopped. Jan Mahoney, Maurice Gordon and Skip Steve Arnold lost just three of the ends they played and ran out winners by 14 shots to 3. Edie Alden, Rob Hazeu and Skip Mick Mahoney shared the ends equally but came out on top by 9 shots to 5. Sylvia Barsby, John Alden and Skip Steve Chamberlain also shared the ends equally but they lost by 6 shots to 9. Another Triple to share the ends equally was that of Rachel Jones, Derek Elms and Skip Julian Hales, but they lost by 7 shots to 10.
J.Mahoney, M.Gordon & S.Arnold beat A.Edwards, P.Watson & P.Tilley 14-3; E.Alden, R.Hazeu & M.Mahoney beat D.Howe, L.Knight & J.Ash 9-5; S.Barsby, J.Alden & S.Chamberlain lost to L.Clark, B.Edwards & D.Ayres 6-9; R.Jones, D.Elms & J.Hales lost to D.Smith, M.Johns & F.Clark 7-10.

Datchworth 134 Buntingford 72
On Sunday afternoon Buntingford were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly. The weather was not that much better than the day before but at least the match went the full distance and we came out winners by 134 shots to 72. Dickie Jackson, Phil Holzbauer and Skip Neil Mean won just four more ends than they lost but picked up over three times the shots than they dropped in their 27 shots to 8 win. Edie Alden, John Alden and Skip Ken Hammond lost two more ends than they won but still managed to come out on top by 16 shots to 13. George Campbell, Sue Kiernan, Joan James and Skip Steve Arnold also won just four more ends than they lost but picked up nearly twice as many shots than they dropped in their 22 shots to 12 win. Graham Akers, Julian Hales and Skip Peter hills went from4-7 down after six ends to 16-7 up after twelve ends. But they came close to losing after dropping six shots over the closing two ends, but they held on to win by 18 shots to 16. Chris Hills, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain only lost five ends as they ran out winners by 32 shots to 11. Another team to win just four more ends than they lost was that of Carol Hammond, Jenny Holzbauer, Ken Ryder and Derek Henley as they won by 19 shots to 13.
D.Jackson, P.Holzbauer & N.Mean beat J.Watkins, J.Wilson & E.Amos by 27-8; E.Alden, J.Alden & K.Hammond beat D.Bantik, J.Newington & D.Murphy 16-13; G.Campbell, S.Kiernan, J.James & S.Arnold beat R.Webber, R.Bantik & G.Amos 22-12; G.Akers, J.Hales & P.Hills beat A.Wilson, R.Bedborough & G.Warrender 18-16; C.Hills, I.Williams & S.Chamberlain beat J.Weaver, J.Thomas & R.Watkins 32 11; C.Hammond, J.Holzbauer, K.Ryder & D.Henley beat S.Baker, J.Akers, M.Cheeseman & J.Collins 19-13.

Website Report for 6 May 2018

Both of our East Herts Bowls League teams started their season on Wednesday night; our Div. 1 Blue team travelled to Sawbridgeworth to take on their Red team and our Div. 2 Gold team hosted Shire Park at our Turkey Farm green.

Datchworth Blue 32 Sawbridgeworth Red 30
Our Blue team started with a 4 point, 32 shots to 30 win. Mike Mahoney, Les Parsley and Skip Peter Hills lost the first five ends, to trail 0-10, and they had reduced the deficit to 7-12 by the twelfth end, but ended up losing by 8 shots to 19. Richard Brewster, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond built up a healthy 15 shots to 2 lead by the ninth end, but that was cut down to 17-11 with two ends to go. They then picked up 2 shots on the penultimate end and 5 shots on the last end to win by 24 shots to 11 and turn an overall shot deficit into an overall shot advantage to win the match by 32 shots to 30.
M.Mahoney, L.Parsley & P.Hills lost to R.Chalcraft, M.Harris & D.Fox 8-19; R.Brewster, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat I.Casey, J.Godden & G.Lepley 24-11.

Datchworth Gold 34 Shire Park 28
Our Gold team started with a maximum 6 point 34 shots to 28 win. Although George Campbell, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steve Arnold lost the end-count 8-10 they picked up more multiple shots than they dropped and after taking the lead on the second end they were never caught, eventually winning by 18 shots to 15. It was a similar story for Dickie Jackson, Steven Hunter and Skip Steve Chamberlain as they too lost the end-count 8-10. It was another case of picking up 5 shots making all the difference. This time they did it twice, on the fourteenth and fifteenth ends, to turn a 4 shot to 12 deficit into a 14 shot to 12 advantage. They then held on to win by 16 shots to 13.
G.Campbell, R.Hazeu & S.Arnold beat K.Brazier, T.Canton & F.Goodege 18-15; D.Jackson, S.Hunter & S.Chamberlain beat G.Daniels, M.Reeve & A.Wells 16-13.

Both of our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League teams also started their season this week; on Thursday night our Div. 2 Yellow team travelled to Welwyn and District to take on their Wanderers team and on Friday night our Div. 1 Green team hosted Welwyn and District’s Woods at our Turkey Farm green.

Datchworth Yellow 45 Welwyn Wanderers 28
On Thursday night our Yellow team started their season with an away match against Welwyn and District’s Wanderers team in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match and came away with a maximum 6 point win by 45 shots to 28. The Triple of George Campbell, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steven Hunter picked up two 5s in the first six ends to lead 13-2. They never lost that lead and capped off their win by picking up 7 shots on the last end to come home by 28 shots to 16. The Triple of Dickie Jackson, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain took the lead on the third end and never lost it, winning by 17 shots to 12
G.Campbell, R.Hazeu & S.Hunter beat C.Russell, R.Russell & P.Russell 28-16; D.Jackson, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain beat R.Venting, B.Bennett & P.Bowyer 17-12.

Datchworth Green 31 Welwyn Woods 33
On Friday night it was the turn of our Green team to play their first Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match of the season, at home to Welwyn and District’s other Woods team and unfortunately they could not make it four wins out of four as they lost by 2 shots, 31 to 33. Andrew Phillips, Neil Mean and Skip Jim Smith won seven ends in a row, from the fourth end to the tenth, to lead 10-5. After that they won just three more ends but held on to win by 17 shots to 14. Bernie Drummond, Jeff Nash and Skip Mike Mahoney lost the lead on the third end and never got it back. With two ends to play they were 9-19 down, but they managed to win them and by picking up five shots in the process they cut their losing deficit down to 14-19.
A.Phillips, N.Mean & J.Smith beat I.Kilford, M.Clements & M.Clements 17-14; B.Drummond, J.Nash & M.Mahoney lost to I.Whitcombe, V.Challacombe & A.Challacombe 14-19.

Datchworth 49 Shephalbury 70
On a surprisingly hot Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday afternoon we made the short trip down Broadhall Way to play Shephalbury in a Mixed Friendly and came away after losing by 49 shots to 70. Ian Tyler, Julian Hales and Skip Rob Hazue were 6-2 up after six ends then lost the next five to trail 6-8. With two ends to play they were 10-14 down. They then won the last two ends, including picking up 4 shots on the final end to sneak a 15-14 win. Phil Holzbauer, Rachel Jones and kip Neil Mean lost the end-count 6-12 but managed to draw their game 14 apiece after picking restricting their opponents to just two of those twelve ends where they picked up multiple shots, the other ten were just single shots. Linda Tyler, Maurice Gordon and Skip Steve Arnold had a close game for fifteen ends when the score was 10 apiece; but they lost it big time over the closing three ends as they dropped almost as many shots as they had over the previous 15 ends to lose 10-19. Jenny Holzbauer, Richard Brewster and Skip Chas Townley were only 3-5 down after seven ends before they lost the next three ends to trail 3-12. They never got back in the game after that and eventually lost by 10 shots to 23.
I.Tyler, J.Hales & R.Hazeu beat J.Desborough, T.May & M.Coy 15-14; P.Holzbauer, R.Jones & N.Mean drew with M.Chapman, I.Blagden & C.Howman 14 all; L.Tyler, M.Gordon & S.Arnold lost to C.Desborough, S.Coy & M.Shelly 10-19; J.Holzbauer, R.Brewster & C.Townley lost to C.Blackmore, M.Stokes-Geddis & A.Brown 10-13.

Datchworth 74 Howard Garden 74
On Sunday afternoon we travelled up the A1 to take on Howard Garden in their first Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the season and came away with a hard fought 74 shots apiece draw. Sylvia Barsby, Derek Henley and Skip Les Parsley went in to tea just 11 shots to 12 down. After tea they won all but three of the ends played and came out on top by 25 shots to 16. Edie Alden, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain picked up a 5 on the first end and were never headed and despite losing the closing four ends they still won by 21 shots to 15. Dawn Kingsland, George Campbell and Skip Steve Arnold were 11-7 ahead after twelve ends but they lost the next four ends, conceding 13 shots in the process, before winning the last two ends to end up losing by 15 shots to 20. Bill Thorne, John Alden and Skip Neil Mean were 6-11 down after nine ends, then 15-11 up three winning ends later. They then only won two more ends to finally lose by 17 shots to 23. But, according to the League rules as they were an all-male Triple they had to lose a minimum of 4 shots, meaning the score was recorded as 13-23.
S.Barsby, D.Henley & L.Parsley beat P.Rowe, B.Lindsay & D.Greatrex 25-16; E.Alden, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain beat S.Jordan, B.Marshall & C.Cooper 21-15; D.Kingsland, G.Campbell & S.Arnold lost to B.Roberson, B.Wood & T.Wood 15-20; B.Thorne, J.Alden & N.Mean lost to J.Brothers, D.Weemys & D.Brothers 13-23.

Website Report for 13 May 2018

Datchworth 75 Aston 75
We played our first home Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match at our Turkey Farm green on Tuesday night when Aston were the visitors and for the second League match in a row we drew, 75 shots apiece. Jeff Nash, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Arnold picked up 10 shots over the first three ends and by the fourteenth end they were 25 shots to 7 up. But they lost their way over the closing four ends as they lost them all and ended up winning by 25 shots to 14. It got worse for them as they, according to the League rules had to lose 20% of their shot total because they were an all-male Triple, resulting in the score being adjusted to 20-14. Janet Akers, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain got off to a horrendous start losing the first nine ends to trail 0-16 as a consequence. But they fought back and won all but three of the remaining nine ends to eventually lose by 9 shots to 23. Jenny Holzbauer, Rob Hazeu and Skip Les Parsley were involved in a high scoring game where they trailed from the off and it was not until the twelfth end when they picked up a 5 that they held the lead; but lost it the next end when they dropped a 5. They won the next four ends, including picking up a second 5 on the penultimate end, to lead 25-21. They ended up dropping 4 shots on the last end, when the Aston Skip, Paddy Jones, ran the Jack into the ditch and they dropped four shots to draw 25 shots apiece. According to the League rules they played and extra end and lost it, so Aston got the point for “winning” the Triple. Dawn Kingsland, Bernie Drummond and Skip Derek Henley won alternate ends till they won three ends in a row to lead 15 shots to 5 after nine ends. They won five of the closing nine ends to run out winners by 21 shots to 13.
J.Nash, K.Ryder & S.Arnold beat G.Gleghorn, M.Allington & D.Jackson 20-14; J.Akers, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain lost to S.Stevens, P.Wilkinson & L.Grindley 9-23; J.Holzbauer, R.Hazeu & L.Parsley drew with M.Dunne, M.Gleghorn & P.Jones 25 all; D.Kingsland, B.Drummond & D.Henley beat D.Allen, G.Moore & T.Phipps 21-13.

Datchworth 50 Stevenage Veterans 56
On Wednesday afternoon Stevenage Veterans were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Mixed Friendly and returned home after beating us by 56 shots to 50 win. Carol Hammond, Phil Berry and Skip Steve Arnold won five ends in a row to lead 17-2 after nine ends. But after that they only won four more ends to win by 22 shots to 12. Dawn Kingsland, Chris Hills and Skip Chas Townley picked up three 3s between the sixth and tenth end, to lead 11 shots to 8. It was a lead they held onto, eventually winning by 19 shots to 14. Nicki Berry, Bill Thorne and Skip Julian Hales were out-bowled as they only won 6 of the 18 ends played and as a result they crashed to a 9 shot to 30 defeat.
C.Hammond, P.Berry & S.Arnold beat D.Brundritt, A.Langthorn & E.Dyer 22-12; D.Kingsland, C.Hills & C.Townley beat J.Moor, I.Thompson & B.Fletcher 19-14; N.Berry, B.Thorne & J.Hales lost to D.Emery, M.Emery & P.Jaques 9-30.

Datchworth Blue 29 Sele Farm 39
On Wednesday night our Blue team travelled to Hertford’s Hartham to play Sele Farm in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and came away empty handed after a 29-39 defeat. Robin Gray, Mike Mahoney and Skip Ken Hammond led from the off and were 15 shots to 9 up with four ends to play, but the wheels fell of their waggon with a bang as they lost them all dropping eleven shots in the process to lose by 15 shots to 20. Aaron Prowle, Les Parsley and Skip Peter Hills drew level for the second time on the sixth end but fell behind again on the seventh end and never recovered, eventually losing by 14 shots to 19.
R.Gray, M.Mahoney & K.Hammond lost to M.Sell, J.Jones & J.Parsley 15-20; A.Prowle, L.Parsley & P.Hills lost to R.Clift, T.Clift & H.Wright 14-19.

Datchworth Yellow 39 Parkside Woods 30
On Thursday night our Yellow team travelled to W.G.C’s KGV greens to play Parkside Woods in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match and came away with another maximum 6 point win by 39 shots to 30. Chris Hills, Rob Hazeu and Skip Julian Hales won eight ends in a row, from the sixth to the thirteenth end, to lead 19-8. They then lost the remaining five ends but held on to win by 19 shots to 16. Janet Akers, Graham Akers and Skip Ian Williams shared the ends equally but as they picked up more multiple shots than they dropped they came out on top by 20 shots to 14.
C.Hills, R.Hazeu & J.Hales beat L.Shepherd, J.McCrossan & N.Dickinson 19-16; J.Akers, G.Akers & I.Williams beat C.England, E.Burke & B.Clarke 20-14.

Datchworth Green v Knebworth Yellow
There was some confusion as to the venue for this Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div.1 match on Friday night as both teams turned up at their own greens to play it. This confusion has since been resolved and it will be re-arranged for later in the season at Datchworth.

Datchworth 20 Norton 15
On a somewhat miserable afternoon for bowling Datchworth travelled to Norton for a Mixed Friendly. It was miserable enough for the match to be stopped at the tea break. At that point Phil Holzbauer, Chris Hills and Skip John Alden were 3 shots to 7 down; Graham Akers, Chas Townley and Skip Julian Hales were 8 shots to 4 up against a Triple Skipped by Sylvia Barsby, who we loaned to them as they were a player short; Edie Alden, Ian Tyler and Skip Neil Mean were 9 shots to 4 up.
P.Holzbauer, C.Hills & J.Alden lost to J.Jackson, K.Williams & B.Hart 3-7; G.Akers, C.Townley & J.Hales beat W.Symonds, T.Billows & S.Barsby 8-4; E.Alden, I.Tyler & N.Mean beat G.Greaves, P.Cross & V.Meek 9-4.

Datchworth 57 Willian 59
On Sunday afternoon Willian were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and our poor start to the season continued with a 57 shot to 59 defeat. Carol Hammond, John Alden and Skip Neil Mean had a close game for eleven ends as the score stood at 7-6 in their favour. But they failed to win another end and lost 7-17. Dickie Jackson, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Ken Hammond lost five of the first six ends to trail 1-9. They then won the next four ends to lead 12-9. A lead they would hold on to despite winning only three of the remaining eight ends, eventually winning by 21 shots to 16. Chris Hills, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Arnold led 5-3 after four ends then trailed 5-8 three ends later. It was a deficit they could not overcome as they lost by 13 shots to 14. Edie Alden, Bernie Drummond and Skip Derek Henley only won four of the first twelve ends to trail 6-10. But they fought back to win all but two of the closing six ends to come from behind and win by 16 shots to 12.
C.Hammond, J.Alden & N.Mean lost to S.Salmon, B.Middleton & J.Skingsley 7-17; D.Jackson, A.Hutchinson & K.Hammond beat G.Dann, A.Kitchener & R.Murden 21-16; C.Hills, K.Ryder & S.Arnold lost to L.Jones, D.Pollard & J Atkinson 13-14; E.Alden, B.Drummond & D.Henley beat D.Mann, J.Avis & M.Thrush 16-12.

Website Report for 20 May 2018

It was a busy week of bowling for our members with nine matches played over the seven days.

On Monday night there was a double-header of East Herts Bowls League matches at our Turkey Farm green, our Div. 1 Blue team were up against B.S.P. and our Div. 2 Gold team were up against Northaw and Cuffley.

Datchworth Blue 16 B.S.P. 36
For our Blue team, who lost by 16 shots to 36, it was a combination of the visitors finding the green better than them and whatever they tried to do to win and end hardly ever came off. As a result Robin Gray, Bernie Drummond and Skip Les Parsley lost by 7 shots to 19 and Andrew Phillips, Mike Mahoney and Skip Ken Hammond went down by 9 shots to 17.
R.Gray, B.Drummond & L.Parsley lost to G.O’Leary, B.Reeves & G.Smith 7-19; A.Phillips, M.Mahoney & K.Hammond lost to P.Matthews, B.Clark & D.Miller 9-17.

Datchworth Gold 45 Northaw & Cuffley 24
It was a different outcome for our Gold team as they picked up their second maximum 6 points in their first two matches of the season, with a 45 shot to 24 win. Dickie Jackson, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain won the first four ends, to lead 7-0. It was a lead they increased substantially over the closing five ends to win by 27 shots to 15. The other Triple of Graham Akers, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steve Arnold lost the lead on the fourth end and trailed until they got it back by picking up three shots on the tenth end to lead 9-6. Once they got the lead back they never lost it; but increased it by winning the closing three ends to win by 18 shots to 9.
D.Jackson, I.Williams & S.Chamberlain beat R.Munt, D.Taylor & R.Brewer 27-15; G.Akers, R.Hazeu & S.Arnold beat D.Hollinrake, T.Gray & T.Pugh 18-9.

Datchworth 42 Bishop’s Stortford 26
It was more East Herts Bowls League action for our Men on Tuesday night when they played Bishop’s Stortford in the League’s Ranson Cup, with one Rink at home and one Rink away. At our Turkey Farm green Mike Mahoney, Bernie Drummond, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley won the first five ends and the last five ends and lost five ends in between as they ran out winners by 23 shots to 11. At Bishop’s Stortford Dickie Jackson, Steve Chamberlain, Steven Hunter and Skip Ken Hammond took the lead on the third end and were caught on the eighth; they regained the lead on the ninth end and held onto it until they were caught for the second time on the seventeenth end. They regained the lead for the third time on the eighteenth end and held onto it till the end, winning by 19 shots to 15 and overall win by 42 shots to 26.
M.Mahoney, B.Drummond, S.Arnold & L.Parsley beat T.McKenzie, B.Bennett, T.Moranda & K.Tyrell 23-11, D.Jackson, S.Chamberlain, S.Hunter & K.Hammond beat D.McKenzie, M.Farrow, D.Hunt & D.Chandler 19-15.

Datchworth 65 Luton West End 60
On a somewhat chilly Wednesday afternoon we made the trip to Luton to play Luton West End in a Mixed Friendly, just under the flight path to the airport, and came away with a 65 shot to 60 win. Dawn Kingsland, Ian Williams and Skip Julian Hales shared he 18 ends equally and after the shot adjustment that was made because they were playing against two players they edged their game 16-14. Linda Tyler, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Arnold twice lost four ends in a row which did not help their cause as they went down by 11 shots to 25. Richard Hutchinson, Ian Tyler and Skip Chas Townley lost the end-count 8-10 and lost their game by the odd shot, 12 to 13. Dickie Jackson, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Ken Ryder won twice as many ends as they lost and ran out comfortable winners by 26 shots to 8.
D.Kingsland, I.Williams & J.Hales beat J.Spendley & R.Stokes 16-14; L.Tyler, R.Harper & S.Arnold lost to R.Kingston, A.Lelliot & R.Dodd 11-25; R.Hutchinson, I.Tyler & C.Townley lost to T.Cooper, L.Berry & R.Spendley 12-13; D.Jackson, A.Hutchinson & K.Ryder beat G.Jones, S.Stokes & J.Jones 26-8.

Datchworth Yellow 24 Sele Farm 33
On Thursday night our Yellow team travelled to Hertford’s Hartham to play Sele Farm in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match and came away empty handed after a 24 shots to 33 defeat. Dawn Kingsland, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain were level for the third time, at 8 apiece after eleven ends. But they only won two more ends after that, going down by 10 shots to 16. Graham Akers, George Campbell and Skip Julian Hales lost the first end and trailed till they picked up 4 shots on the thirteenth end, to lead 12-11. They held that lead until they dropped two 2s on the last two ends to lose by 14 shots to 17.
D.Kingsland, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to M.Lake, J.Lake & H.Wright 10-16; G.Akers, G.Campbell & J.Hales lost to P.Wright, D.Lee & J.Jones 14-17.

Datchworth 1 Point Potters Bar 3 Points
On Friday night our Men were in action again, this time they were away to their counterparts from Potters Bar in the County’s Team Ten competition where they lost by 1 discipline to 3, on a green that was bowling fast for this time of the season. The first to finish was Mike Mahoney in the Singles. He never really got into his stride; he fell behind on the third end and although he got within a shot of Potters Bar’s Ron Golden twice, on the eighth end at 4-5 and the sixteenth end at 13-14, he never led and eventually lost by 14-21. The next to finish was the Triples of Steve Arnold, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley. They too took time to adjust to the speed of the green and were 7-17 down by the fourteenth end. But picking up 7 shots on the fifteenth changed things dramatically. They then won the next two ends to go into the final end just 16-17 down. With the Potters Bar Skip, Brian Tomlinson, having the last wood of the end and the result of the game in his hand, he was looking at three or four shots down and a game losing lie. But he managed to get through a narrow gap, pick the Jack up, keep it on the Rink by inches and they picked up one shot to win by 18 shots to 16. The next to finish were the Four of Aaron Prowle, Bernie Drummond, Steven Hunter and Skip Peter Hills. They had a tight game for fourteen ends, when they were 10-11 down. Things changed significantly after that as they won the next five ends to lead by 23 shots to 11 and despite losing the final two ends they held on to win by 23 shots to 13. At that time it meant that we had to win the Pairs to have a chance of winning the match; but Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond were trailing 13-21 with three ends to play. They dropped 3 shots on the next end, to trail 13-24 with two ends to play. After picking up just 1 shot on the penultimate end they decide to call a halt to their game as a win was unobtainable; which resulted in an overall 3-1 win for Potters Bar.
M.Mahoney lost to R.Golden 14-21, D.Henley & K.Hammond lost to D.Salmon & R.Pearce 14-24; S.Arnold, J.Smith & L.Parsley lost to B.Maule, C.Burden & B.Tomlinson 16-18; A.Prowle, B.Drummond, S.Hunter & P.Hills beat C.Malone, B.Vince, B.Bowman & T.Barker 23-13.


Datchworth 77 Royston 65
On Saturday afternoon Royston were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Mixed Friendly match and were beaten by 77 shots to 65. Jim Whittle, Richard Harper and Skip Neil Mean shared the ends equally but dropped more 2s and 3s than they picked up and as a result they lost 14-24. Carol Hammond, John Alden and Skip Steve Chamberlain not only shared the ends equally they also shared the shots equally as they drew 19 shots apiece. Sylvia Barsby, Steve Arnold and Skip Ken Hammond were 9-10 down after twelve ends then they picked up a 6 on the next end and a 4 two ends later, to lead 19-12. It was a lead they held onto till winning by 21 shots to 16. Edie Alden, Chas Townley (who replaced Derrick Elms after he had to pull out after four ends) and Skip Julian Hales lost only five ends as they ran out winners by 23 shots to 6.
J.Whittle, R.Harper & N.Mean lost to N.Glazier, M.Skinner & E.Hyde 14-24; C.Hammond, J.Alden & S.Chamberlain drew with A.Lewis, A.Warner & S.Whitehouse 19 all; S.Barsby, S.Arnold & K.Hammond beat D.Goodwin, Y.Whitehouse & C.Moore 21-16; E.Alden, C.Townley (D.Elms) & J.Hales beat T.Williams, G.Lewis & S.Pawson 23-6.

Datchworth 47 Holwell 38
On Sunday morning our Men were in action again; this time they travelled to Holwell to take them on in Bowls England’s Men’s Club 2 Fours competition and beat them by 47 shots to 38. Steve Arnold, Steven Hunter, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond were 3 shots to 7 down after six ends. They then won six ends on the trot to lead 17-7. They lost just three more ends after that to run out winners by 26 shots to 15. Mike Mahoney, Steve Chamberlain, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley were 8 shots to 3 up after five ends before they lost six out of the next seven ends, to trail 9-13. They then won five of the next seven ends to lead 21-19 with two ends to play. They lost the last two ends and their game by 21 shots to 23; but it was an overall win by 47 shots to 38.
S.Arnold, S.Hunter, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat E.Pearson, P.Gilbert, A.Pearson & C.Males 26-15; M.Mahoney, S.Chamberlain, J.Smith & L.Parsley lost to S.Bailey, D.Hooper, J.O’Dell & M.Reidy 21-23.

Datchworth 76 Letchworth Garden City 72
On Sunday afternoon we were at home to Letchworth Garden City in a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and narrowly scraped home by 76 shots to 72, after winning just one of the four Rinks played. Edie Alden, Dickie Jackson, George Campbell and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first three ends and never caught up. Despite winning five of the last six ends they lost by 22 shots to 24. Bernie Drummond, Chris Hills, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Arnold only dropped six singles shots as they ran out comfortable winners by 28 shots to 6. Carol Hammond, Andrew Phillips, John Alden and Skip Julian Hales went 3 shots to 14 down after seven ends and were chasing their opposition from then on. Picking up five shots over the last two ends reduced their deficit down to 17 shots to 22. Sandy Campbell, Sylvia Barsby, Jeff Nash and Skip Rob Hazeu only lost the end-count 9-12, but as a result of only picking up a shot on each of the ends they won they finished up losing by 9 shots to 20.
E.Alden, D.Jackson, G.Campbell & S.Chamberlain lost to P.Bailey, J.Ashworth, H.Castle & G.Cataldo 22-24; B.Drummond, C.Hills, R.Harper & S.Arnold beat S.Sinclair, J.Burdick, R.Williams & T.Sinclair 28-6; C.Hammond, A.Phillips, J.Alden & J.Hales lost to M.Garlick, J.Ferguson, J.Rogan & D.Haggar 17-22; S.Campbell, S.Barsby, J.Nash & R.Hazeu lost to L.Bailey, P.Haggar, B.Rogan & B.Bargery 9-20.

Website Report for 27 May 2018

Datchworth Yellow 40 Shire Park 27
On Monday night Shire Park were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match and were beaten by 40 shots to 27. Janet Akers, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain were level for the fifth time at 12 shots apiece on the fifteenth end. They won the next two ends and lost the last, but still won, by 16 shots to 13. Graham Akers, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper won six of the first eight ends, to lead 14-3. It was a lead they never lost and picking up 7 shots on the penultimate end helped them to a 24 shot to 14 win.
J.Akers, I.Williams & S.Chamberlain beat B.Jakes, D.Hedge & T.Canton 16-13; G.Akers, D.Jackson & R.Harper beat R.Shrubsole, J.Pinnell & B.Sinfield 24-14.

Datchworth 90 Co-op Luton 57
On Tuesday afternoon Co-op Luton were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Mixed Friendly match and were beaten by 90 shots to 57. Dawn Kingsland, Bernie Drummond and Skip Rob Hazeu won all but two of the first ten ends to lead comfortably by 25 shots to 3. This turned out to be good for them as they then only won two more ends to win by 28 shots to 11. Carol Hammond, George Campbell and Skip Chas Townley won seven of the first eleven ends, to lead by 16 shots to 7. Then they only won one of the remaining seven ends to narrowly lose by 17 shots to 18. Jim Whittle, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Brewster had a see-saw of a game. They trailed 0-8 after three ends. They led 11-9 after ten ends; they trailed again at 11-15 after fourteen ends, led 16-11 one end later, but eventually lost 16-19 after the eighteenth end. Sylvia Barsby, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Arnold only lost four ends, dropping a 7 on one of those, as they ran out winners by 29 shots to 9.
D.Kingsland, B.Drummond & R.Hazeu beat B.Sharp, R.Hough & A.Mattey 28-11; C.Hammond, G.Campbell & C.Townley lost to B.Briggs, S.Sharp & M.Brooks 17-18; J.Whittle, D.Jackson & R.Brewster lost to B.Hough, P.Daniels & J.Croft 16-19; S.Barsby, I.Williams & S.Arnold beat K.Brooks, T.Brooks & R.Clifford 29-9.

Datchworth 55 Aston 51
On a somewhat chilly Wednesday night we travelled the short distance to Aston for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and came away with a narrow 55 shot to 51 win, despite winning only one of the four Triple played. That winning Triple was that of Richard Hutchinson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain. They got off to a good start by winning the first five ends to lead 14-0. After that they lost just five ends and increased their winning margin to 29 shots to 7. But as they were an all-male Triple they had to have 20% of their total shots deducted, which meant their adjusted final score was 23-7. Annette Hutchinson, Neil Mean and Skip Les Parsley lost their first four ends and never got back in the hunt, eventually going down by 7 shots to 17. Nicki Berry, Phil Berry and Skip Derek Henley’s game followed a similar pattern as they lost their first five ends but only went down by the odd shot 13-14. Sue Kiernan, George Campbell and Skip Steve Arnold led 9-4 after eight ends before losing the next five ends, to trail 9-11. They were 11-13 down and lying two shots down on the last end when their Skip, Steve Arnold, managed to trail the Jack in the ditch with his second wood, they were holding 1 shot. He failed to get a second shot for the draw, to force the game into an extra end, with his final wood; so they too lost by the odd shot, 12-13.
R.Hutchinson, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain beat G.Moore, P.Wilkinson & L.Gridley 23-7; A.Hutchinson, N.Mean & L.Parsley lost to N.Wray, J.May & P.Jones 7-17; N.Berry, P, Berry & D.Henley lost to G.Gleghorn, M.Gleghorn & D.Jackson 13-14; S.Kiernan, G.Campbell & S.Arnold lost to M.Gridley, M.Allington & T.Phipps 12-13.

Datchworth 23 Garston 46
After less than a week since they knocked Holwell out of the Preliminary Round of Bowls England’s Men’s Club 2 Fours our Men were travelling to Garston on Friday night to play their Men in the 1st Round of that competition. It did not go as well as they lost by 23 shots to 46. Both games followed a similar pattern. Steve Arnold, Steven Hunter, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond led 8-6 after seven ends; they then lost to next seven ends to trail 8-16. They never caught up after that and eventually lost by 15 shots to 21. For Mike Mahoney, Steve Chamberlain, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley it was the eleventh end that was the turning point. They led 7-5 after ten ends then they lost the next seven ends, to trail 7-23. They called a halt to their game at 8-25 down with two ends to play.
S.Arnold, S.Hunter, D.Henley & K.Hammond lost to J.Hay, D.Houghton, M.Chard & M.Coles 15-21; M.Mahoney, S.Chamberlain, J.Smith & L.Parsley lost to S.Horwood, G.Edwards, D.Martin & J.Rumball 8-25.

Datchworth 53 Potters Bar 66
On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Potters Bar for a Mixed Friendly and because we were short-handed the match was reduced to three Triples and a Rink and we lost 53-66. Sue Kiernan, Bernie Drummond and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the end-count 8-10. Because they picked up a single shot on six of those ends they lost by 11 shots to 16. Janet Akers, Richard Brewster and Skip Chas Townley won just three ends and lost heavily by 8 shots to 22. Dawn Kingsland, Graham Akers and Skip Steve Arnold lost the first six ends to trail 0-8. They got back to 8-9 five ends later before dropping 8 shots over the next three ends before winning three of the closing four ends and losing by 13 shots to 19. Dickie Jackson, Sylvia Barsby, Richard Harper and Skip Derek Henley lost just seven ends and picked up a maximum 8 shots on the thirteenth end on their way to winning by 21 shots to 9.
S.Kiernan, B.Drummond & .Chamberlain lost to M.Wood, R.Openshaw & B.Burfoot 11-16; J.Akers, R.Brewster & C.Townley lost to S.Powers, S.Thurlow & R.Golden 8-22; D.Kingsland, G.Akers & S.Arnold lost to J.Golden, R.Smale & M.Eccleshall 13-19; D.Jackson, S.Barsby, R.Harper & D.Henley beat B.Bell, D.Redington, M.Openshaw & C.Malone 21-19.

Datchworth 1½ points Harpenden 3½ points
On Sunday morning our Men were in action again, this time away to Harpenden in Bowls England’s Men’s Top Team and they lost by 1½ points to 3½ points. Aaron Prowle was first to finish in the 2 wood Singles. He trailed 1-10 after eight ends but got back to 9-11 by the sixteenth end. He won only one more end before losing the penultimate end to go 10-14. As he could not win from that position he conceded the game. A similar fate befell Mike Mahoney in the 4 wood Singles. He was 7-15 down after eleven ends but got back to 14-16 five ends later. He then lost the next two ends and the game 14-21. The next to finish were the Triples of Steve Arnold, Steve Hunter and Skip Les Parsley. They led 10-3 after seven ends before winning only one of the next seven ends, to trail 11-16. They got back to 16 all with one end to go but they dropped 2 shots and lost by 16 shots to 18. That meant that Harpenden had won three disciplines and could not be caught, so the remaining two disciplines finished the ends they were on and the match was stopped. At that point the Pairs of Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond were level at 12 apiece and the Four of Dickie Jackson, Bernie Drummond, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Jim Smith were 11-10 ahead.

A.Prowle lost to N.Muir 10-14; M.Mahoney lost to J.Osborn 14-21; D.Henley & K.Hammond drew with C.Driscoll & T.Muir 12 apiece; S.Arnold, S.Hunter & L.Parsley lost to K.Brazier, S.Maynard & T.Redford 16-18; R.Jackson, B.Drummond, S.Chamberlain & J.Smith beat W.Donoghue, J.Dobinson, S.Burgess & N.Roberts 11-10.

Datchworth 45 Harperbury 37
On Sunday afternoon three of the men who played in the morning match joined the rest of the team who travelled to play Harperbury in a Mixed Friendly and they had to be joined by two Harperbury bowlers because we were short-handed again. Unfortunately the match was curtailed after 12 ends by a violent thunderstorm, at which point we were ahead by 45 shots to 37. Graham Akers, Kevin Hull (loaned by Harperbury), Julian Hales and Skip Ken Ryder won the end-count 7-5 and the game by 13 shots to 7. John Oliver, June Russell, Andrew Phillips and Skip Steve Arnold also won the end-count 7-5 but only edge the game by one shot, 9-8. Janet Akers, Jim Russell, Neil Mean and Skip Richard Harper only lost four ends as they ran out winners by 13 shots to 8. Richard Jackson, Aaron Langley (loaned by Harperbury), George Campbell and Skip Steve Chamberlain shared the ends equally but lost the game by 10 shots to 14.
G.Akers, K.Hull, J.Hales & K.Ryder beat M.West, D.Agras, T.Plummer & M.Langley 13-7; J.Oliver, J.Russell, A.Phillips & S.Arnold beat K.Williams, R.Langley, P.Roberts & K.Kauder 9-8; J.Akers, J.Russell, N.Mean & R.Harper beat R.Dickinson, G.Carvin, G.Tutt & J.West 13-8; R.Jackson, A.Langley, G.Campbell & S.Chamberlain lost to E.Williams, G.Roberts, A.Wilsher & P.Carvin 10-14.


Website Report for 3 June 2018

On Tuesday night both matches due to be played, our Gold team away to Cheshunt in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and our Green team at home to B.S.P. in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match, were postponed because of the bad weather and will be re-arranged for later in the season.

Datchworth Yellow 41 De Havilland 16
On Wednesday night our Yellow team were at home to De Havilland in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match and picked up a maximum 6 points with a 41 shot to 16 win. Dawn Kingsland, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper did little wrong over the first eleven ends, as they won all but one of them as they built up a very healthy 23 shot to 1 lead. After that they lost three of the remaining seven ends and ended up winning by 28 shots to 7. It was a much tighter game for Janet and Graham Akers and Skip Julian Hales as on all but two of the eighteen ends played only one shot was scored by either team and as a result a total of 22 shots were scored and they edged the game by 13 shots to 9.
D.Kingsland, D.Jackson & R.Harper beat S.Venables, D.Venables & I.Currie 28-7; J.Akers, G.Akers & J.Hales beat D.Parsonage, A.Dew & M.Duke 13-9.

Datchworth 88 Whitethorn 64
On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Letchworth to play Whitethorn in a Mixed Friendly and came out on top with an 88 shot to 64 win. Dickie Jackson, Jim Russell and Skip Chas Townley won five ends in a row, from the eleventh end to the fifteenth, and turned a 5-8 deficit into a 12-8 advantage. An advantage they held onto till the final end and a 15-12 win. Ian Tyler, Richard Brewster and Skip Derek Henley only lost three ends as they steamrolled to a 33 shot to 3 win. It was almost the reverse of that for John Oliver, June Russell and Skip Steve Arnold as they trailed 1-17 after eleven ends. But they then found their line and length to win all but two of the remaining seven ends to reduce their losing deficit to 10-20. Sylvia Barsby, Julian Hales and Skip Neil Mean had a tight game and were all square for the third time at 14 all with two ends to go. They won both of those ends to win by 19 shots to 14. Linda Tyler, Richard Harper and Skip Rob Hazeu trailed 5-13 after winning just three of the first thirteen ends. They then won three of the closing five ends to reduce their losing deficit to 11-15.
D.Jackson, J.Russell & C.Townley beat C.Platten, V.Eames & D.Marr 15-12; I.Tyler, R.Brewster & D.Henley beat J.Roebuck, N.Clayson & M.Farron 33-3; J.Oliver, J.Russell & S.Arnold lost to G.Andrews, R.Adams & B.Chaudhary 10-20; S.Barsby, J.Hales & N.Mean beat J.Shepherd, A.Gulliver & A.McLellan 19-14; L.Tyler, R.Harper & R.Hazeu lost to D.Haynes, B.Boughton & B.Platten 11-15.

Datchworth 72 Howard Garden 65
On Sunday afternoon Howard Garden were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and were beaten by 72 shots to 65. Edie Alden, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain were just 8-10 down after seven ends before losing the next two ends to go 8-17 down. They never got back in the hunt after that and ended up losing by 16 shots to 26. Sue Kiernan, John Alden and Skip Steve Arnold had built up a healthy lead of 18-3 after eight ends before losing the next six ends and have their lead cut to 18-10. The closing four ends were shared equally and they ended up winning by 20 shots to 12. Dickie Jackson, Neil Mean and Skip Peter Hills won the end-count10-8 and won by 21 shots to 17. But as they were an all-male Triple they had to, according to League Rules, suffer a shot deduction of 5 shots, so ended up losing by 16 shots to 17. We had to field an all-male Triple because two of the Ladies scheduled to play had accidents which prevented them from playing and as we only had one spare Lady to replace them, we had to field a male replacement. Susan Wray, Derek Henley and Skip Les Parsley shared the ends equally, but as they dropped mainly single shots on those ends, while picking up multiple shots on their nine ends, they won by 20 shots to 10.
E.Alden, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to B.Roberson, B.Barker & D.Brothers 16-26; S.Kiernan, J.Alden & S.Arnold beat B.Wood, T.O’Shaughnessy & A.Wood 20-12, D.Jackson. N.Mean & P.Hills lost to J.Roberson, B.Lindsay & G.Liddle 16-17; S.Wray, D.Henley & L.Parsley beat S.Jordon, J.Brothers & R.Bloomfield 20-10.

Website Report for 10 June 2018

On Monday night we played three matches. Our Gold team were away to Sawbridgeworth Blue in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match, our Green team were away to Parkside Greens in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match and our Ladies were at home to Hertford in a Ladies County League match.
Datchworth Gold 31 Sawbridgeworth Blue 44
At Sawbridgeworth our Gold team suffered their first whitewash of the season with a 31 shot to 44 defeat to Sawbridgeworth’s Blue team. Dickie Jackson, Jim Russell and Skip Steve Chamberlain drew level for the fourth time at 17 apiece on the penultimate end but could not hold onto the shots they held to win their match as they ended up dropping two shots on the final end to go down by 17 shots to 19. Graham Akers, Rob Hazeu and Skip Richard Harper lost twice as many ends as they won in their 14-25 defeat.
D.Jackson, J.Russell & S.Chamberlain lost to C.Catling, G.Taylor & R.Bailes 17-19; G.Akers, R.Hazeu & R.Harper lost to D.Brampton, M.Cannon & M.Pledger 14-25.

Datchworth Ladies 18 Hertford Ladies 20
Our Ladies, Dawn Kingsland, Sue Kiernan, Rachel Jones and Skip Chris Hills, had something of a see-saw match for their first Ladies County League match of the season at the Turkey Farm against the Ladies from Hertford. They started off by taking an 8 shots to 2 lead after six ends. Nine ends later they found themselves 9 shots to 16 down. They regrouped to win the next four ends to lead 18-16. But they lost the last two ends and the game by 16 shots to 20.
D.Kingsland, S.Kiernan, R.Jones & C.Hills lost to M.Toynton, G.Medcalf, A.Hudson & P.Worsley 18-20.

Datchworth Green 40 Parkside Greens 41
It was a third defeat of the night for our teams as our Green team suffered the narrowest of defeats at the hands of Parkside Greens at W.G.C’s KGV greens. Janet Mahoney, Andrew Phillips and Skip Mike Mahoney led 12-5 after seven ends and gradually increased their winning margin until they ran out winners by 27 shots to 12. It was the reverse of that for Robin Gray, Maurice Gordon and Skip Aaron Prowle. Despite losing just two more ends than they won they dropped too many multiple shots as they lost by 13 shots to 29.
J.Mahoney, A.Phillips & M.Mahoney beat P.Jones, B.Fuller & E.Anderson 27-12; R.Gray, M.Gordon & A.Prowle lost to D.Robertson, A.Crowshaw & C.Jones 13-29.

There were two matches played on Tuesday. In the afternoon Shire Park were the visitors to our Turkey Fare green for a Mixed Friendly and in the evening our Blue team travelled to ware to take on their Maltsters team in an East Herts Bowls League Div.1 match.

Datchworth 76 Shire Park 56
Shire Park made the short trip from Tewin to play us in a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 76 shots to 56. Dickie Jackson, Lynda Tyler, John Alden and Skip Chas Townley were playing against three players, as one of the visiting team did not turn up, and they went 6-11 down after ten ends. But they got their act together and drew level, at 16 apiece with three ends to go. They won two of those ends to win by 20 shots to 18. Edie Alden, June Russell, Richard Harper and Skip Peter Hills lost the first four ends, to trail 0-5, and were chasing the visitors tails after that; eventually losing by 13 shots to 19. Dawn Kingsland, Jim Russell, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Arnold won the first nine ends, to lead by 13 shots to 0 and were never caught as they ran out winners by 21 shots to 6. Sylvia Barsby, Ian Tyler, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain took the lead, 7-6 on the sixth end and gradually increased it to 14-8 seven ends later. Losing the next four ends reduced their lead to 14-12. But they won three of the closing four ends to win by 22 shots to 13.
D.Jackson, L.Tyler, J.Alden & C.Townley beat T.Crane, K.Brazier & R.Bramson 20-18; E.Alden, J.Russell, R.Harper & P.Hills lost to A.Hamid, B.Dann, I.Handley & L.Hastings 13-19; D.Kingsland, J.Russell, I.Williams & S.Arnold beat J.Bramson, J.Churchill, T.Canton & R.Kenway 21-6; S.Barsby, I.Tyler, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain beat M.Churchill, R.Shrubsole, B.Synfield & G.Daniels 22-13.

Datchworth Blue 35 Ware Maltsters 22
At Ware our Blue team were taking on their Maltsters’ team, sitting three places above them in Div.1 of the East Herts Bowls League, and they came away with their first maximum 6 points of the season following a 35 shots to 22 win. Mike Mahoney, Richard Brewster and Skip Les Parsley got off to a dream start winning all but two of the first twelve ends to lead 15-4. It was a lead they held onto, as despite losing four of the remaining six ends they won by 19 shots to 9. Robin Gray, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond picked up 4 shots on the first end and despite losing the end-count 8-10 and having their lead cut to just one shot twice they held onto the lead throughout to win by 16 shots to 13.
M.Mahoney, R.Brewster & L.Parsley beat E.Wright, C.Grose & N.Wareham 19-9; R.Gray, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat D.Edden, J.Edden & S.Stow 16-13.

Datchworth Yellow 33 Sele Farm 31
On Wednesday night it was the turn of our Yellow team to play a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match at home to Sele Farm and in a close match they edged a narrow win by 33 shots to 31. It was certainly a game of two halves for Chris Hills, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain. Out of the first ten ends they won six of them to lead 9 shots to 5. Over the remaining eight ends they did not win an end and as a result they crashed to a 9 shots to 19 defeat. Luckily for them Dickie Jackson, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Hunter’s game went better. They built up an 18 shots to 3 lead after ten ends and shared the remaining eight ends equally to come home winners by 24 shots to 12 and an overall win by 2 shots.
C.Hills, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to P.Wright, J.Lake & M.Jones 9-19; D.Jackson, I.Williams & S.Hunter beat J.Sell, M.Sell & E.Dunne 24-12.

Datchworth 60 St Albans Townsend 75
On Friday afternoon St Albans Townsend were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green and went home after a 75 shots to 60 win. Janet Akers, Ian Tyler and Skip Steve Arnold trailed for all but one of the first fifteen ends before they picked up a five followed by a three to go into the final end 20 shots to 16 up. They lost the final end but held on to win by 20 shots to 18. Susan Wray, John Oliver and Skip Richard Harper only won five ends as they lost by 10 shots to 20. It was a similar fate for Dawn Kingsland, Derek Elms and Skip Richard Brewster as they only won six ends in their 10 shots to 22 defeat. Datchworth’s only other winning Triple was that of Dickie Jackson, Graham Akers and Skip Derek Henley. They were all-square at 11 apiece after eleven ends before they won four of the closing seven ends to win by 20 shots to 15. There was a fifth Triple played that was not included in the match score and that involved Linda Tyler, Bill Thorne and Skip Ian Williams were up against what ended up as what one might call a “loaded” Triple after we loaned the visitors our Club President Peter Hills to make up a Triple, after he only turned up to do the bar. He, along with two of Townsend’s more experienced players were far too strong for our Triple and as a result they did not get much of a look in and went down by 5 shots to 40.
J.Akers, I.Tyler & S.Arnold beat D.Carter, A.Tucker & T.Marriott 20-18; S.Wray, J.Oliver & R.Harper lost to M.White, P.Waller & B.Padget 10-20; D.Kingsland, D.Elms & R.Brewster lost to B.Martindill, J.Metcalfe & L.Perkins 10-22; D.Jackson, G.Akers & D.Henley beat J.Marriott, C.Martindill & A.Scarborough 20-15; L.Tyler, B.Thorne & I.Williams lost to P.Hills, J.Dixon & R.Lawrie 5-40.

Datchworth 105 Buntingford 100
On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Buntingford for a Mixed Friendly and came away with a narrow 105 shots to 100 win. John Oliver, Jean Cooper and Skip Steve Arnold had a run of four winning ends which took them from 8-6 ahead after eleven ends to 14-6 ahead after fifteen ends and despite losing the final three ends they held on to win by 14 shots to 10. Sue Kiernan, Jim Russell and Skip Steve Chamberlain were leading 12-6 after fourteen ends but they lost the closing four ends to lose by 12 shots to 19. Dawn Kingsland, Ian Williams and Skip Derek Henley only won two more ends than they lost but they picked up twice as many shots than they dropped, including picking up a 7 on the eleventh end, which helped them to win by 24 shots to 12. Graham Akers, June Russell and Skip Peter Hills were just 9-11 adrift with five ends to play but they lost all of those, and conceded just over twice as many more shots than they had already lost, in their 9-24 defeat. Bernie Drummond, Neil Mean and Skip Chas Townley led for all but four ends in their 26-14 win. Brian Cooper, Bill Thorne, Richard Brewster and Skip Ken Hammond held the lead twice and lost it twice over the first seven ends. They were always trailing after that and despite winning the closing four ends they lost by one shot, 20-21.
J.Oliver, J.Cooper & S.Arnold beat D.Marks, D.Ward & T.Keeling 14-10; S.Kiernan, J.Russell & S.Chamberlain lost to R.Bantick, B.Bushell & D.Geere 12-19; D.Kingsland, I.Williams & D.Henley beat V.Moules J.Ward & M.Marks 24-12; G.Akers, J.Russell & P.Hills lost to J.Keeling, P.Besser & R.Clifton 9-24; B.Drummond, N.Mean & C.Townley beat J.Weaver, J.Wilson & M.Cheeseman 26-14; B.Cooper, B.Thorne, R.Brewster & K.Hammond lost to S.Keen, A.Wilson, L.Purdy & J.Collins 20-21.

On Sunday afternoon we held our Club’s 2 Wood Singles competition and with only eight players involved it started with the Quarter-Finals. Les Parsley beat Steve Arnold 15-9, Bernie Drummond beat Steve Chamberlain 17-11, Mike Mahoney beat Steven Hunter 16-7 and Derek Henley beat Aaron Prowle 15-11. In the Semi-Finals Les Parsley beat Bernie Drummond 18-4 and Mike Mahoney beat Derek Henley 14-9. Les Parsley and Mike Mahoney now play each other in the Final on Club Finals Weekend at the end of August.

Website Report for 17 June 2018

Datchworth Gold 48 Rye Park 22
On Monday night our Gold team were at home to Rye Park in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and gained another maximum 6 points with a 48 shots to 22 win. Dickie Jackson, Jim Russell and Skip Richard Harper led for the first four ends then trailed for the next four. They regained the lead on the ninth end and never lost it as they ran out winners by 21 shots to 11. Graham Akers, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain took the lead on the second end and never lost it. But picking up a maximum 9 shots on the penultimate end only helped to substantially increase their winning margin to 27 shots to 11.
D.Jackson, J.Russell & R.Harper beat L.Austin, T.Eldridge & C.Milner 21-11; G.Akers, I.Williams & S.Chamberlain beat F.Watson, J.Mason & M.Mountford 27-11.

Datchworth 66 Hitchin Town 58
On Tuesday afternoon we travelled to Hitchin’s Bancroft Park for a Mixed Friendly and came away with a 66 shot to 58 win. Rachel Jones, Bill Thorne and Skip Steve Arnold led from the start and in a relatively low scoring game came out on top by 17 shots to 8. Chris Hills, Richard Harper and Skip Peter Hills led 7-1 after five ends, but seven losing ends later they were 7-16 down. They then won all but one of the closing six ends but still went down by 17 shots to 19. Sylvia Barsby, Bernie Drummond and Skip Ian Williams led 10-2 after six ends, but six losing ends later they were 10-11 down. They then won four of the closing six ends to win by 19 shots to 14. Dawn Kingsland, Ian Tyler and Skip Ken Ryder won six ends in a row, from the fifth to the tenth, to lead b 11 shots to 8. They then only won another to ends as they lost by 13 shots to 17.
R.Jones, B.Thorne & S.Arnold beat J.Stindler, K.Loosemore & G.Munge 17-8; C.Hills, R.Harper & P.Hills lost to B.Marsden, R.Thorpe & K.Milan 17-19; S.Barsby, B.Drummond & I.Williams beat B.Smith, B.Rundle & R.Cole 19-14;D.Kingsland, I.Tyler & K.Ryder lost to G.Stanton, P.Loosemore & B.Joshua 13-17.

Both of our East Herts Bowls League teams were at our Turkey Farm green on Wednesday night. Our Div.1 Blue team were playing Bishop’s Stortford Ospreys, while our Div. 2 Gold team were up against W.G.C. Tigers.

Datchworth Blue 33 Bishop’s Stortford Ospreys 27
For our Blue team the result against Bishop’s Stortford Ospreys was not determined until the last couple of ends. Mike Mahoney, Peter Hills and Skip Les Parsley went 0-5 down after five ends, then they pulled back to 5 apiece after nine ends, then they went 5-12 down after twelve ends and they were still 10-13 down with one end to play. Somehow they managed to conjure up 5 shots on the final end to win by 15 shots to 13. Bernie Drummond, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond led 10-5 after eight ends; they then trailed 10-11 after eleven ends. They won the next two ends to lead 15-11. A lead they held onto till the end as they won by 18 shots to 14. Which all led to an overall 33 shot to 27 win and a maximum 6 points.
M.Mahoney, P.Hills & L.Parsley beat B.Williams, C.Beers & M.Farrow 15-13; B.Drummond, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat J.Doe, T.McKenzie & B.Mitchell 18-14.

Datchworth Gold 42 W.G.C. Tigers 35
It was a similar story for our Gold team against W.G.C. Tigers. Dickie Jackson, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Arnold were level for the third time at 13 apiece after fifteen ends. They then led 16-13 with one end to play. They dropped two shots on that end to win by one shot, 16-15. Richard Harper, Steven Hunter and Skip Steve Chamberlain were behind from the get go, and despite picking up 6 shots on the twelfth end they were still 13-16 down. They picked up a 3 on the penultimate end, to go into the final end just 19-20 adrift. But they managed to conjure up a 7 on the final end, despite the efforts of opposing Skip, Stewart Parkhouse, to thwart it, to come home 26-20. Which all led to a 42 shot to 35 win and a maximum 6 points.
D.Jackson, I.Williams & S.Arnold beat G.Gladwell, R.Collins & A.Evans 16-15; R.Harper, S.Hunter & S.Chamberlain beat C.Parkhouse, G.Walton & S.Parkhouse 26-20.

Datchworth Ladies 21 Buntingford 1 Ladies 19
Our Ladies travelled to Buntingford on Thursday night for their second Ladies County League match of the season and came away with a hard fought win. Rachel Jones, Sue Kiernan, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Chris Hills went 0-8 down after three ends; fought back to 8 apiece three ends later, they then went 10-13 down after eleven ends. They were all-square for the third time at 15 apiece on the fifteenth end before they took the lead on the sixteenth end. They then held onto that lead till they ended up winning by 21 shots to 19.
R.Jones, S.Kiernan, A.Hutchinson & C.Hills beat D.Marks, C.Hatley, V.Moules & D.Geere 21-19.

Datchworth Green 43 Datchworth Yellow 19
Also on Thursday night there was an all Datchworth clash in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s John Brown Trophy in a repeat of last season’s Final as our Green team, last season’s Winners, took on our Yellow team, last season’s Runners Up, at our Turkey Farm green and it was the Green team that came out on top again following a 43 shot to 19 win. It was pretty much a one-sided affair for both of the Green team’s Triples. Janet Mahoney, Bernie Drummond and Skip Jim Smith came up with the right shots when needed to restrict their opposition of Dickie Jackson, Ian Williams and Skip Ken Ryder to seven winning ends as they ran out winners by 20 shots to 8. It was the same story for the Green team’s other Triple of Maurice Gordon, Aaron Prowle and Skip Derek Henley, as they too came up with the right shots when needed to restrict the Yellow’s Graham Akers, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain to just six winning ends as they ran out winners by 23 shots to 11.
J.Mahoney, B.Drummond & J.Smith beat D.Jackson, I.Williams & K.Ryder 20-8; M.Gordon, A.Prowle & D.Henley beat G.Akers, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain 23-11.

Datchworth’s Men 64 Northaw & Cuffley’s Men 64. N & C win through on extra ends won.
On Friday night our Men travelled to Northaw and Cuffley to take on their Men in the County’s Club Championship and lost after extra ends had to be played by all Rinks. Bernie Drummond, Richard Harper, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills had built up a healthy 20 shots to 7 lead after fourteen ends, then disaster struck for them as they dropped 9 shots over the next three ends and their lead was cut 20 shots to 16. They recovered to win all but one of the closing four ends to win by 28 shots to 20. It was a much tighter game for Dickie Jackson, Steve Chamberlain, Steven Hunter and Skip Les Parsley as they came from behind to draw level for the fourth time, at 15 apiece after sixteen ends. They then lost alternate ends to end up drawing their game at 21 shots apiece. Mike Mahoney, Ian Williams, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond trailed from the off and with two ends to go they were 13-23 down, at which point it looked like Datchworth were down and out. But they won both of the remaining ends to lose by 15-23. Which meant the overall score was tied and the three Rinks each had to play an extra end to decide the result of the tie. Northaw and Cuffley won each of the extra ends to win through to the next Round.
B.Drummond, R.Harper, S.Arnold & P.Hills beat D.Hurford, D.Pett, R.Blunden & R.Barwick 28-20; D.Jackson, S.Chamberlain, S.Hunter & L.Parsley drew with T.Pugh, J.Clarke, D.Fryett & J.Dowler 21 all; M.Mahoney, I.Williams, D.Henley & K.Hammond lost to L.Curtis, B.Holding, D.King & M.Ryan 15-23.

Datchworth 74 Welwyn and District 62
On Saturday afternoon we travelled the short distance to Welwyn and District’s Ottway Walk green for a Mixed Friendly and came away after an entertaining match with a 74 shots to 62 win. Richard and Annette Hutchinson and Skip Richard Harper picked up 6 shots on the second end and never looked back as they ran out winners by 25 shots to 11. It was a game of two halves for Dickie Jackson, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Steve Arnold. Up to the break for tea one shot was picked up by either Triple on all but one of the nine ends played and they led 6-4. After the break one shot was picked up by either Triple on only two of the nine ends played, multiple shots were picked up on the rest of the nine ends as they too won, 20 shots to 17. The break for tea did not work for Dawn Kingsland, Chas Townley and Skip Ken Ryder. They were 8-4 up before it but lost the first four ends played after it, to go 8-19 down. They recovered somewhat after that to reduce their losing deficit to 15-20. Bill Thorne, John Oliver and Skip Steve Chamberlain had a “true” Friendly game, as despite winning the end-count 11-7 they drew 14 shots apiece.
R & A.Hutchinson & R.Harper beat P.Thompson, R.Currell & D.Charlwood 25-11; D.Jackson, S.Barsby & S.Arnold beat M.McKeown, J.Jennings & T.Webb 20-17; D.Kingsland, C.Townley & K.Ryder lost to B.Singleton, M.Marvell & J.Webb 15-20; B.Thorne, J.Oliver & S.Chamberlain drew with B.Marvell, R.Venting & M.Baldwin 14 all.

Datchworth 55 Three Horseshoes 74
On Sunday afternoon we made another short trip, this time down Broadhall Way to play Three Horseshoes in a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and lost by 55 shots to 74. Rachel Jones, George Campbell and Skip Rob Hazeu went 2-7 down after just three ends and fought back to square their game at 13 apiece after thirteen ends. But they dropped a five on the very next end and eventually lost by 15 shots to 20. Linda Tyler, June Russell and Skip Steve Chamberlain took the lead from the off and never lost; winning by 18 shots to 13. Dickie Jackson, Chris Hills and Skip Neil Mean did not have the rub of the green during their 6 shots to 26 loss. Sandy Campbell, Ian Tyler and Skip Steve Arnold also took the lead from the off and never lost, winning by 16 shots to 13.
R.Jones, G.Campbell & R.Hazeu lost to S.Cole, P.Stacey & C.Cole 15-20; L.Tyler, J.Russell & S.Chamberlain beat J.Grogan, G.Streeter & K.Wilkinson 18-15; D.Jackson, C.Hills & N.Mean lost to M.Cooper, T.Fisher & C.Beaver 6-26; S.Campbell, I.Tyler & S.Arnold beat J.Nash, E.Iontton & D.Wilkinson 16-13




 







 



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