...Match Reports...

Website Report for week ending 21st April 2024.

We started our outdoor season with our regular season opener of our President versus Captain match. 48 members turned out on a somewhat chilly, but dry and sunny(ish) Saturday afternoon. As expected, the green was a little bit “pushy”, as most greens are this time of year, following a period of more than expected rainfall over the winter months. But following the hard work of our Greenkeeper, Peter Hills, who is also our President, and his band of willing helpers, the game went ahead and was enjoyed by those playing, judging by the banter that emanated from the rinks. In the end the Captain’s team prevailed by 108 shots to 85. They only lost one rink, that of Maureen Blunt, Lucy Williams, Terry Metcalf and Skip Steve Chamberlain. They went down 16-19 to the team of Linda Tyler and Jim Whittle (who each shared half the game) Gill Parsley, Julian Hales and Skip Ian Williams. The Captain’s highest winning rink was that of Sue Hemmings, Jack Harper, Dave Castle and Skip Keith Smith. They beat Sue Ellis, Ian Tyler, Dickie Jackson and Skip Phil Berry by 23 shots to 13. The other rink scores, President’s team first, were: -
Jenny Holzbauer, John Gordon, Chris Hills and Skip Derek Henley lost to Pauline Whybrow, Celia Gordon, Howard Carrick and Skip Jim Smith 10-13; Sue Kiernan and Ruby Williams (who each shared half the game), Richard Brewster and Skip Les Parsley lost to Jan Smith, George Campbell and Skip Graham Akers 15-21; Anna Pattle, Ann Edwards, Roger Tomlinson and Skip Peter Hills lost to Rachel Jones, Andy Pattle, Daniel Williams and Skip Steve Arnold 16-20; Nicki Berry, John Ellis, Phil Holzbauer and Skip Richard Harper lost to Alfie Williams, Mike Usher, Janet Akers and Skip Rob Hazeu 12-15.

Website Report for week ending 28th April 2024.

Datchworth 112 Welwyn and District 71
Our first Mixed Friendly of their season was on Friday afternoon when Welwyn and District were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green and it ended in a 112 shot to 71 win to us, after winning all but one of the five Triples played. Our highest winning Triple was that of Jan Smith, Richard Harper and Skip Rob Hazeu, who led from the start to win by 26-10. Andy Pattle, Janet Akers and Skip Jim Smith were 4-8 down after six ends, but fought back to win by 24 shots to 12. Mike Usher, Chris Hills and Skip Les Parsley trailed from the second end and eventually lost by 11 shots to 23. Anna Pattle, Andy Short and Skip Graham Akers were 5-9 down after five ends, but they too fought back to win by 28 shots to 16. Jan Smith, Richard Harper and Skip Rob Hazeu led from the start and won by 26 shots to 10. Jack Harper, Dave Castle and Skip Derek Henley also led from the start as they ran out winners by 23 shots to 10.
A.Pattle, J.Akers & J.Smith beat A.Cropp, C.Blakes & V.Challacombe 24-12; M.Usher, C.Hills & L.Parsley lost to A.Challacombe, B.Hill & L.Page 11-23; A.Pattle, A.Short & G.Akers beat B.Philpott, B.Bennett & M.Reeve 28-16; J.Smith, R.Harper & R.Hazeu beat G.Mitchell, I.Cogger & J.Oliver 26-10; J.Harper, D.Castle & D.Henley beat S.Grimmant, D.Hill & C.Read 23-10.

Datchworth 86 Hoddesdon Rosehill 71
Our second Mixed Friendly was played on a chilly Saturday afternoon when we visited Hoddesdon Rosehill, and came away with an 86 shot to 71 win, after winning all but one of the five Triples played. The Triple of Jenny Holzbauer, Maurice Gordon and Skip Steve Arnold were our highest winning Triple, winning by 20 shots to 10. Ian Bartlett, Janet Akers and Skip Derek Henley led 10-3 after seven ends. But then lost the next five ends, to trail by 10 shots to 13. They then won all but two of the remaining ends to win by 17 shots to 15. Jan Smith, Graham Akers and Skip Rob Hazeu had a tight game, sharing the ends 9 apiece and by picking up four shots on the final end they edged their game by 21 shots to 18. Phil Holzbauer, Ann Edwards and Skip Terry Metcalf were 8-6 up after twelve ends and 12-9 after fifteen ends. But they lost the closing three ends, including dropping one shot on the final end, to lose 12-13. Another close finish saw the Triple of Rachel Jones, George Campbell and Skip Keith Smith came from 7-13 down, with six ends to play, to draw level, at 15 all, with one end to play and by picking up one shot on the final end edge their game by 16 shots to 15.
I.Bartlett, J.Akers & D.Henley beat S.Bolt, D.Watson & K.Antoniou 17-15; J.Smith, G.Akers, R.Hazeu beat J.Bolt, J.Kennedy & R.Morris 21-18; J.Holzbauer, M.Gordon & S.Arnold beat L.Roberts, J.Robinson & M.Smith 20-10; P.Holzbauer, A.Edwards & T.Metcalf lost to J.Antoniou, A.Kennedy & R.Brown 12-13; R.Jones, G.Campbell & K.Smith beat A.Clinch, G.Bowtell & B.Fitzgerald 16-15.

Website Report for week ending 5th May 2024.

Datchworth 39 Howard Garden 62
Our only match this week was our first Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the season and it was played on Sunday afternoon away to Howard Garden in Letchworth, and it ended in a 39 shot to 62 defeat. Jan Smith, Ian Green, Terry Metcalf and Skip Graham Akers dropped a 5 on the first end and never recovered. They continued to drop multiple shots and were routed by 38 shots to 8. Janet Akers, Dave Castle, Keith Smith and Skip Derek Henley won five of the first six ends and led by 6 shots to 2. They were 11-8 ahead after twelve ends before winning just two of the remaining six ends to lose by one shot, 13-14. Our only winning Rink was that of Maureen Blunt, Chris Hills, George Campbell and Skip Steve Arnold. They won nine of the first twelve ends, to lead 13-3. They too only won two of the remaining six ends, but held on to win by 18 shots to 10.

J.Smith, I.Green, T.Metcalf & G.Akers lost to D.Brothers, M.Abery, C.Gee & S.Abery 8-38; J.Akers, D.Castle, K.Smith & D.Henley lost to J.Brothers, D.Weemys, S.Jordon & T.Wood 13-14; M.Blunt, C.Hills, G.Campbell & S.Arnold beat K.Graham, P.Donalson G.Liddle & P.Billson 18-10.

Website Report for week ending 12th May 2024.

Datchworth 42 Stevenage Town 45
The first of six matches for our bowlers was on Wednesday afternoon when we travelled to Stevenage to play a Mixed Friendly, which ended in a 42 shot to 45 defeat. Nicki Berry, Ian Green and Skip Maurice Gordon won twice as many ends than they lost in their 21 shots to 8 win. It was the reverse for Linda Tyler, Phil Holzbauer and Skip Phil Berry, as they lost by 8 shots to 20. It was a much tighter game for Jack Harper, Jenny Holzbauer and Skip Andy Short as they shared the ends equally in their 13 shots to 17 defeat.
N.Berry, I.Green & M.Gordon beat P.Kent, V.Williams & R.Miller 21-8; L.Tyler, P.Holzbauer & P.Berry lost to I.Thompson, J.Sweet & S.Warner 8-20; J.Harper, J.Holzbauer & A.Short lost to J.Holmes, P.Sparrow & D.Nagel 13-17.

Datchworth Blue 42 Sele Farm 24
Our second match was on Wednesday night when our Men in our Blue team took on their counterparts from Sele Farm in a Div 1 East Herts Bowls League match at our Turkey Farm green, and beat them by 42 shots to 24. Dickie Jackson, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley won the first two ends and never lost the lead, winning by 21 shots to 9. After sharing the first twelve ends equally Graham Akers, Derek Henley and Skip Peter Hills were 11-9 ahead, they then dropped four shots on the next end, to trail 11-13. They then picked up six shots on the fourteenth end, to lead 17-13. It was a lead they held onto till they ran out winners by 21 shots to 15.
D.Jackson, J.Smith & L.Parsley beat J.Lake, M.Jones & H.Wright 21-9; G.Akers, D.Henley & P.Hills beat P.Dougherty, P.Ottley & J.Parsley 21-15.

Datchworth 45 Parkside Woods 27
Our third match was on Thursday night when our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team travelled to W.G.C’s. KGV Playing Fields to take on Parkside Woods in a Div. 2 match and came away following a 45 shot to 27 win. Nicki Berry, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first end and trailed 5-11 after seven ends. They then picked up thirteen shots over the next three ends, to lead 18-11. They then lost the following four ends to trail 18-19. They finished by winning three of the closing four ends, to win by 24 shots to 21. It was an easier ride for Janet Akers, Chris Hills and Skip Phil Berry as they lost just five ends in their 21 shots to 6 win.
N.Berry, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain beat S.Brzeski, T.Wilkinson & L.Clark 24-21; J.Akers, C.Hills & P.Berry beat E.Burke, V.Hockley & I.Curry 21-6.

Datchworth Gold 34 Ware Cavers 32
Our fourth match was on Friday night when our Gold team travelled to Ware to take on their Cavers team in their first East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match, and they came away with a closely fought 34 shots to 32 win. Andy Short, Dave Castle and Skip Terry Metcalf shared the ends equally and by picking up four shots on the seventh end they took the lead 8-7. They gradually increased their lead to 16-8 after fourteen ends. But they lost the closing four ends, but held on to win by 16 shots to 13. Ian Green, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain also shared the ends equally. They trailed 3-13 after eight ends before winning all but one of the next nine ends, including picking up a six on the thirteenth end, to go into the final end 18-17 ahead. But they dropped a two on the final end, to lose by 18 shots to 19.
A.Short, D.Castle & T.Metcalf beat B.Morgan, M.Hall & J.Metcalfe 16-13; I.Green, K.Smith & S.Chamberlain lost to A.Thomas, D.Mascley & P.Green 18-19.

Datchworth 66 Shephalbury 59
Our fifth match was on Saturday afternoon, when we made the short trip down Broadhall Way, to play Shephalbury in a Mixed Friendly, with a much change team after three of the original team had to pull out and had to be replaced, and they came away with a narrow 66 shots to 59 win. Alfie Williams, Maureen Blunt and Skip Clyde Martindill had a close game. They won the first two ends, picking up one shot each time, and kept their noses in front all the way to the end, winning narrowly by 17 shots to 15. Pauline Whybrow, Andy Pattle and Skip Derek Henley were all square for the second time at 7 apiece, after eleven ends, then they won all but the closing two ends to win by 14 shots to 10. Another game, where both teams won nine ends each, involved Anna Pattle, Rachel Jones and Skip Neil Mean. After nine ends they were 7-8 down, two ends later they were 7-13 down. They were 11-20 down with three ends to play and despite winning those three ends they only picked up five more shots, so, they lost by 16 shots to 20. Lucy Williams, Daniel Williams and Skip George Campbell were level for the second time, at 11 shots each, after thirteen ends. They then went on to win all but the closing two ends to win by 19 shots to 14.
A.Williams, M.Blunt & C.Martindill beat T.Vidler, T.Roullier & A.Brown 17-15; P.Whybrow, A.Pattle & D.Henley beat P.Moore, S.Parsloe & B.Blackmore 14-10; A.Pattle, R.Jones & N.Mean lost to M.Stokes, T.Sheffield & J.Daily 16-20; L.Williams, D.Williams & G.Campbell beat K.Assender, M.Coy & M.Shelley 19-14.

Datchworth 52 Baldock Town 60
Our sixth and last match of the week was on Sunday afternoon when Baldock Town were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match, which ended in a 60 shot to 52 win for the visitors. Jan and Keith Smith, Graham Akers and Skip Steve Arnold had a close game endwise, as they shared the eighteen ends equally. They led 8-1 after four ends, but lost the next four ends, to trail 8-15. They never recovered after that and dropping a six on the eleventh end only added to their problems. They did manage to win four of the closing five ends to cut their losing deficit to 20-25. Janet Akers, Ian Williams, Richard Harper and Skip Rob Haze lost the first five ends, to trail 0-12, and despite winning five of the remaining twelve ends their losing deficit was increased to 5-28. Our only winning Rink was that of Barbara Williams, Ian Green, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Derek Henley. They restricted their opposition to just four winning ends as they raced to a 27 shot to 7 win. We also played a Friendly Rink where Jack Harper, Pauline Whybrow, Maureen Blunt and Skip Phil Holzbauer built up a lead of 14-9 after thirteen ends. But the wheels fell off of their wagon over the closing five ends as they dropped two shots on four of them. The fourth was on the last end, and it resulted in them losing 15-17.
J.Smith, K.Smith, G.Akers & S.Arnold lost to M.Undrell, J.Mutter, B.Todd & M.Parsons 20-25; J.Akers, I.Williams, R.Harper & R.Hazeu lost to J.Undrell, W.Mar, S.Andrews & P.Haskins 5-28; B.Williams, I.Green, S.Chamberlain & D.Henley beat M.Haskings, H.Chambers, C.Trussell & T.Godden 27-7. J.Harper, P.Whybrow, M.Blunt & P.Holzbauer lost to P.Parker, D.Harrington, S.Harrington & M.Haskings 15-17 on the Friendly Rink.

Website Report for week ending 19th May 2024.

Datchworth 112 West Sussex Bowls Touring Club 122
Our first match of the week was on Monday afternoon when we were the first club to host the West Sussex Bowls Touring Club for their tour of clubs in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, from their base in Bedford. The match was over seven Rinks and they were shared equally, 3 wins, 3 defeats and 1 drawn, by both clubs. But the overall shot count ended in a 122 shot to 112 win for the Tourists. Mike Usher, Maureen Blunt, Keith Smith and Skip Clyde Martindill led 10-9 after eleven ends before they lost all but one of the remaining seven ends, to lose by 14 shots to 22. Howard Carrick, Neil Mean, Maurice Gordon and Skip Chris Hills took the lead from the start and were 16-15 ahead after fourteen ends. They then trailed 16-19 after sixteen ends before picking up four shots on the penultimate end, to lead 20-19, only to drop six shots on the final end, to lose by 20-25. Jack Harper, Dave Castle, Ian Williams and Skip Jim Smith were level for the fifth time at 12 shots apiece after sixteen ends. They lost the penultimate end then picked up three shots on the final end to win by 15 shots to 13. Sue Hemmings, Phil Holzbauer, Phil Berry and Skip Steve Chamberlain won all but one of the closing seven ends, to come from 6-11 down to win by 16 shots to 12. Pauline Whybrow, Terry Metcalf, Rob Hazeu and Skip Les Parsley restricted their opposition to five winning ends as they ran out winners by 22 shots to 10. Our all-Ladies Rink of Rachel Jones, Bernadette Martindill, Jan Smith and Skip Barbara Williams dropped seven shots on the eleventh end, to go 5 shots to 15 down. They never recovered from that and eventually lost by 9 shots to 24. Ian Bartlett, Richard Brewster, Ian Green and Skip Graham Akers had the closest game of the seven and came from 13-16 down, with two ends to play, to draw level at 16 shots apiece.
M.Usher, M.Blunt, K.Smith & C.Martindill lost to G.Ray, J.Gauntlett, T.Tupper & C.Rolph 14-22; H.Carrick, N.Mean, M.Gordon & C.Hills lost to G.Dunham, D.Ford, B.Tottman & S.Tooley 20-25; J.Harper, D.Castle, I.Williams & J.Smith beat K.Mitchell, B.Brown, S.Rosebridge & D.Luxford 15-13; S.Hemmings, P.Holzbauer, P.Berry & S.Chamberlain beat S.Enticknapp, F.Sacco, G.Morgan & K.Clark 16-12; P.Whybrow, T.Metcalf, R.Hazeu & L.Parsley beat J.Bussell, B.Stanton, R.Ayling & A.Clarke 22-10; R.Jones, B.Martindill, J.Smith & B.Williams lost to D.Brockhurst, P.Chivers, M.Keane & J.Clear 9-24; I.Bartlett, R.Brewster, I.Green & G.Akers drew with B.Fitch, R.Parsons, T.Gaskin & R.Hobbs 16 all.

Both of our East Herts Bowls League teams were in action on Tuesday night. Our Blue team were away to Whit Hern Reds in a Div. 1 match and our Gold team were at home to Hertingfordbury in a Div. 2 match:
Datchworth Blue 30 Whit Hern Red 30
At Whit Hern our Blue team drew their match with Whit Hern Reds 30 shots all. Ian Bartlett, Derek Henley and Skip Peter Hills were all square for the third time after picking up four shots on the twelfth end, to make it 12 all. They won four of the next five ends, to go into the final two ends 17-14 ahead. But they lost those two ends, dropping a four and a one on the final end, to lose by 17 shots to 19. Rob Hazeu, George Campbell and Skip Jim Smith led from the off and were 13-7 ahead going into the final four ends. But they lost all four, dropping one shot each time, to have their winning margin cut to 13-11.
I.Bartlett, D.Henley & P.Hills lost to A.Pryke, I.Wood & A.Georgiou 17-19; R.Hazeu, G.Campbell & J.Smith beat A.Eggeston, M.West & M.Cullum 13-11.


Datchworth Gold 29 Hertingfordbury 40
At our Turkey Farm green our Gold team lost 29-40. Ian Green, Richard Harper and Skip Terry Metcalf dropped thirteen shots between the third and sixth end, to trail 3-16. They fought back and won seven of the remaining twelve ends and managed to reduce their shot deficit to 19-21. Dave Castle, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first five ends, to trail 0-9 and never got back in the hunt, eventually losing by 10 shots to 19.
I.Green, R.Harper & T.Metcalf lost to D.Rogers, T.Hartfield & N.Lonergan 19-21; D.Castle, K.Smith & S.Chamberlain lost to D.Solter, R.Hankin & C.Straker 10-19.

Datchworth 52 Luton West End 50
On Wednesday afternoon Luton West End were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 52 shots to 50. Barbara Williams, Terry Metcalf and Skip Peter Hills had a relatively close game for the first twelve ends and led by just 14 shots to 11. After which they went on to win all but two of the remaining six ends to win by 26 shots to 13. Jack Harper, Chris Hills and Skip Ian Williams shared the ends equally and went into the final end 14-15 down. They dropped three shots on the final end to lose by 14 shots to 18. Mike Usher, Ian Green and Richard Harper lost the lead on the fourth end and remained behind till the end, losing by 12 shots to 19.
B.Williams, T.Metcalf & P.Hills beat P.Branford, B.Fisher & M.Marley 26-13; J.Harper, C.Hills & I.Williams lost to M.Ainsworth, J.Spendley & R.Spendley 14-18; M.Usher, I.Green & R.Harper lost to M.Brittain, P.Clemment & A.Lelliot 12-19.

From Thursday onwards our teams selected for matches were seriously affected by several of our players suffering from what can only politely be referred to as stomach upset problems. This resulted in us having to concede our match against Hemel Hempstead in the County’s Men’s Team Ten competition on Thursday night because we could not replace the four players that had to withdraw from the match.

Datchworth 49 Royston 50
It also resulted in us having to call off the Friendly Triple we had arranged to play at Royston on Saturday afternoon, in addition to our Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match, as those players were needed to replace those that had to pull out of the League team. The League match ended in a defeat by the narrowest of margins, one shot, 49-50. Keith Smith, Ann Edwards, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Les Parsley picked up three shots on the ninth end to take the lead 8-6. It was a lead they never lost, as they increased their winning margin to 22-8. Jan Smith, Terry Metcalf, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steve Arnold dropped five shots over the first two ends and despite sharing the remaining sixteen ends equally they never managed to get back those five shots and as a result they lost 12-17. It was a similar story for Maureen Blunt, Neil Mean, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley as they too lost the end count 8-10. But after leading 13-11 after ten ends, they only won two more ends and lost by 15 shots to 25.
K.Smith, A.Edwards, S.Chamberlain & L.Parsley beat L.Powell, S.White, S.Game & C.Moore 22-8; J.Smith, T.Metcalf, R.Hazeu S.Arnold lost to D.Brown, P.Brazier, A.Tilney & R.Power-Burley 12-17; M.Blunt, N.Mean, G.Campbell & D.Henley lost to S.Brazier, S.Warner, N.Woor & G.Power-Burley 15-25.


Datchworth 47 Letchworth Garden City 51
Another narrow defeat in the Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League for us followed on Sunday afternoon as we lost 47-51 to Letchworth Garden City at their Norton Common green. Rachel Jones, Maureen Blunt, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Chamberlain trailed from the start and found themselves 9-13 down with five ends to play. They won the first three ends of those five to lead 15-13, with two ends to play. They dropped a four on the penultimate end, to go 15-17 down with one end to play. They picked up five shots on that end to win by 20 shots to 17. Howard Carrick, Linda Tyler, Ian Williams and Skip Derek Henley were level for the fourth time, at 16 shots apiece on the penultimate end. But they dropped a shot on the final end to lose by 16 shots to17. Barbara Williams, Dave Castle, Richard Harper and Skip Peter Hills were level for the fifth time, at 8 shots apiece, after thirteen ends. They then went 10-11 down with two ends to play. They unexpectedly dropped a six on the penultimate end, after only one or two shots had been picked up on all the previous ends, before picking up a shot on the final end to lose by 11 shots to 17.
R.Jones, M.Blunt, N.Mean & S.Chamberlain beat S.Sinclair, A.Sparkes, C.Ottaway & K.Castle 20-17; H.Carrick, L.Tyler, I.Williams & D.Henley lost to J.Rogan, J.Sparkes, P.Bailey & T.Sinclair 16-17; B.Williams, D.Castle, R.Harper & P.Hills lost to B.Rogan, L.Bailey, C.Ottaway & H.Castle 11-17.

Website Report for week ending 26 th May 2024.


Datchworth 51 Co-Op Luton 63
Our first, and what turned out to be our only mid-week match of the week, was on a somewhat damp a rainy Tuesday afternoon at Co-Op Luton’s green, which ended in a 51 shot to 63 defeat for us, after the match was reduced to fifteen ends because of the persistent rain. As we were one player short, one of the Triples was played as a Pairs game, with two of Co-Op’s players sharing the match at Lead. Annette Hutchinson, Howard Carrick and Skip Steve Arnold lost just five ends in their 21 shot to 8 win. Jack Harper and Skip Terry Metcalf, playing the Pairs game, trailed for most of their game until they won four of the closing five ends to win by 16 shots to 12. Celia Gordon, Phil Holzbauer and Skip Chris Hill were 7 shots apiece after nine ends, but won just two of the closing six ends, to lose by 11 shots to 15. John Gordon, Richard Hutchinson and Skip Steve Chamberlain struggled throughout their game and it was not until the tenth end that they got on the scoreboard. They eventually lost by 3 shots to 28.
A.Hutchinson, H.Carrick & S.Arnold beat A.Grace, K.Brooks & M.Vardy 21-8; J.Harper & T.Metcalf beat B.Morris/T.Phillips & T.Brooks 16-12; C.Gordon, P.Holzbauer & C.Hills lost to A.Clifford, R.Hough & S.Clarke 11-15; J.Gordon, R.Hutchinson & S.Chamberlain lost to B.Wood, J.Muskett & M.Hubbooks 3-28.

Our Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match at Aston and our Blue Team’s East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match at Hertford on Wednesday night were postponed because of the weather playing havoc with the club’s greens. Our Men had a Bye in the 1 st Round of the County’s Men’s Team Championship competition on Thursday night.

On Friday night our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team were given their match against Parkside Greens, in the League’s Jubilee Cup competition, as they could not field a full team.

Datchworth 73 Potters Bar 81
On Saturday afternoon we travelled to Potters Bar for a Mixed Friendly, and due to a combination of members being on holiday and recovering from various operations, we had to borrow four home players to make up our numbers. Despite that home green knowledge, we lost three of the five Rinks played, and the game by 73 shots to 81. Sue Ellis, Terry Barker, Terry Metcalf and Skip Steve Chamberlain were 6-10 down after ten ends then they picked up eight shots over the next two ends, to lead 14-10. It was a lead they never lost as they won by 18 shots to 14. John Ellis, Les Chasson, Ann Edwards and Skip Dave Castle were 1-7 down after five ends and despite winning eight of the closing thirteen ends they lost by 12 shots to 16. Linda Tyler, Pam Barker, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold were just 9- 11 down with four ends to play, but they dropped eleven shots on the first three of these ends and picked up just two shots on the final end to lose by 11 shots to 22. Mike Usher, Rupert Maxim, Maureen Blunt and Skip Rob Hazeu lost only five ends as they cruised to a 27 shot to 5 win. Ian Tyler, Rachel Jones, Richard Brewster and Skip Derek Henley did the reverse as they won only five ends and crashed to a 5 shot to 24 loss.
S.Ellis, T.Barker, T.Metcalf & S.Chamberlain beat J.Cardow, B.Cocksedge, J.O’Hagan & J.Southwell 18-14; J.Ellis, L.Chesson, A.Edwards & D.Castle lost to A.Harrison, E.To, B.Finch & M.Eccleshall 12-16; L.Tyler, P.Barker, N.Mean & S.Arnold lost to P.Archer, J.Shine, M.Brennan & C.Budden 11-22; M.Usher, R.Maxim, M.Blunt & R.Hazeu beat R.Hamshere, M.Archer, L.Oldham & D.Sparrow, 27-5; I.Tyler, R.Jones, R.Brewster & D.Henley lost to B.Benson, W.Clark, M.Sharon & B.Woodman 5-24.

Datchworth v Harperbury
This match was the fourth casualty of the week as Harperbury struggled to get a full team out and were forced to cancel the match.

Website Report for week ending 2 nd June 2024.

Datchworth 60 North Herts 53
We travelled to Letchworth Garden City on Wednesday afternoon to play North Herts in a Mixed Friendly on their Norton Common green and came away with a 60 shot to 53 win. Jack Harper, Lucy Williams and Skip Barbara Williams had a close game as far as ends won were concerned, as they only won two more ends than they lost; but they picked up more multiple shots than they dropped and won by 18 shots to 10 as a result. It was an even closer game, endwise, and result wise, for Linda Tyler, Sue Ellis and Skip Keith Smith. They shared the ends equally and lost narrowly 14-16. It was yet another close game for John Ellis, Jan Smith and Skip Terry Metcalf as they also shared the end equally and edged a win by 17 shots to 15. Not to be left out Alfie Williams, Ian Tyler and Skip Ian Williams also shared the ends equally, but they lost by the odd shot 11-12.
J.Harper, L.Williams & B.Williams beat S.Fields, C.Tony & D.Gilder 18-10; L.Tyler, S.Ellis & K.Smith lost to R.Glenn, S.Douglas & J.Atkinson 14-16; J.Ellis, J.Smith & T.Metcalf beat L.Staples, A.O’Mahoney & B.Hutchings 17-15; A.Williams, I.Tyler & I.Williams lost to M.Summerville, T.Glenn & G.Tebbutt 11-12.

Datchworth Blue 28 Buntingford Bears 30
On Friday night our Blue team were at home to a strong Buntingford Bears team in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and were beaten by 30 shots to 28. Dickie Jackson, Rob Hazeu and Skip Les Parsley won twice as many ends as they lost as they won by 14 shots to 7. Ian Bartlett, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills shared the ends equally but could not find a consistent line and length, and dropping nine shots over three ends midway through their game did not help matters, and was the difference between the sides, as they lost by 14 shots to 23.
D.Jackson, R.Hazeu & L.Parsley beat M.Murphy, B.Bushell & R.Murphy 14-7; I.Bartlett, S.Arnold & P.Hills lost to G.May, D.Murphy & T.Keeling 14-23.

Datchworth v Welwyn Woods
This home Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League match was postponed on Friday night at the request of the visitors.

Datchworth 47 Whitethorn 58
On Saturday afternoon we played our first of two home Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League matches of the weekend against Whitethorn and it ended in a 47 shot to 53 defeat. The tea-break did nothing to help Maureen Blunt, Keith Smith, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold. They won the first end after the break, to go 10-9 ahead, but by the time they won their next end they were 10-18 down. They did win two of the closing three ends but still lost by 13 shots to 22. Rachel Jones, Julian Hales, George Campbell and Skip Les Parsley shared the ends equally and were 17-15 ahead with two ends to play. They lost both of those ends to lose by 17 shots to 19. The tea-break did not do Jan Smith, Ann Edwards, Ian Green and Skip Derek Henley any favours either. They picked up three shots on the first end after the break, to lead 13-9, but were pulled back to all square three times after that. The third time was when they dropped a shot on the final end, to draw 17 shots apiece. According to the
League rules they had to play an extra end, which they lost, and the point for winning the Rink went to the visitors.
M.Blunt, K.Smith, N.Mean & S.Arnold lost to R.Devine, L.Morley, A.Fabris & G.Blackbourn 13-22; R.Jones, J.Hales, G.Campbell & L.Parsley lost to D.Ward, S.Worsley, D.Marr & T.Pinchin 17-19; J.Smith, A.Edwards, I.Green & D.Henley drew with C.Conlon, D.Nicholls. C.Morley & B.Chaudhery 17 all.

Datchworth 38 Howard Garden 74
On Sunday afternoon we played, and lost, our second home Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the weekend, when we lost 38-74 to Howard Garden. Sue Ellis, Jack Harper, Barbara Williams and Skip Ian Williams had a tight game for the first eight ends, when the score was all square at 8 shots apiece. After that they only won three more ends to lose by 15 shots to 23. It was a similar story for Chris Hills, Howard Carrick, Maureen Blunt and Skip Steve Arnold. After eight ends they were just 6-9 down. After that they only won two more ends as they crashed to a 10 shot to 29 defeat. This story was repeated again for Jan Smith, John Ellis, Keith Smith and Skip Derek Henley. Despite winning five of the first eight ends, they were 6-9 down. After that they won four more ends, to share the ends equally, but lost by 13 shots to 22.
S.Ellis, J.Harper, B.Williams & I.Williams lost to J.Brothers, D.Weemys, S.Jordon & P.Billson 15-23; C.Hills, H.Carrick, M.Blunt & S.Arnold lost to M.Carrod, D.Brothers, I.Marvell & T.Wood 10-29; J.Smith, J.Ellis, K.Smith & D.Henley lost to A.Bell, P.Donalson, M.Abery & S.Abery 13-22.

Website Report for week ending 9th June 2024.

Datchworth 77 Shire Park 66
On Tuesday afternoon we made the short trip to Tewin to play Shire Park in a Mixed Friendly and returned home after a 77 shot to 66 win. Ann Edwards, Keith Smith and Skip Ian Williams won just three of the first ten ends and trailed 5-12 as a result. Then, although they won five of the closing eight ends they lost by 13 shots to 19. Barbara Williams, Ian Green and Skip George Campbell won just six of the eighteen ends and lost by six shots 17-23, thanks mainly to dropping six shots with two ends to play. Jan Smith, Neil Mean and Skip Clyde Martindill lost just five ends as they ran away with a 27 shot to 5 win. Howard Carrick, Bernadette Martindill and Skip Terry Metcalf lost the first four ends, to trail 0-7. They then went 3-14 down after eight ends. They then went on to win all but four of the remaining ten ends and with the help of picking up two fives they edged their game by the odd shot 20-19.
A.Edwards, K.Smith & I.Williams lost to A.Hamid, L.Draycott & B.Wright 13-19; B.Williams, I.Green & G.Campbell lost to A.Childs, C.Wright & G.Edwards 17-23; J.Smith, N.Mean & C.Martindill beat C.Griggs, T.Crane & B.Draycott 27-5; H.Carrick, B.Martindill & T.Metcalf beat C.Goode, R.Griggs & B.Kleiser 20-19.

Datchworth 75 Riverain 86
On Wednesday night we took on Riverain in Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League’s Knock Out competition, with two Mixed Triples at home and two away, and it ended in a 75 shot to 86 defeat. At our Turkey Farm green Barbara Williams, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley had just a one shot lead, 8-7, after eight ends. After that they won six of the remaining ten ends, picking up multiple shots on all but one of those ends, to win by 31 shots to 12. It was a completely different story for Maureen Blunt, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Arnold as they were completely out-bowled, winning just four ends, as they were crushed by 31 shots to 5. At Riverain Jan and Keith Smith and Skip Terry Metcalf won seven ends, picking a single shot on all but one of those ends, while dropping multiple shots on all but one of the eleven ends they lost, to lose by 8 shots to 25. Lucy and Daniel Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain were the third Triple to score 31 shots over their eighteen ends on the night, as they won by 31 shots to 18 after multiple shots were picked up on all but four ends of their game.
B.Williams, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat J.Jarrett, S.Bradbury & D.Jefferies 31-12; M.Blunt, I.Williams & S.Arnold lost to D.Truscott, A.Weaver & R.Else 5-31; J.Smith, K.Smith & T.Metcalf lost to A.Tresise, T.Boon & G.Brown 8-25; L.Williams, D.Williams & S.Chamberlain beat R.Cocks, D.Stephenson & M.Gray 31-18.

Datchworth Gold v Aston
This East Herts Bowls League Div 2 match on Wednesday night was postponed at the request of Aston.

Datchworth 37 Welwyn Wanderers 29
On Thursday night our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team travelled to Welwyn and District’s Ottway Walk green to take on their Wanderers team in a Div. 2 match and came away with a 37 shot to 29 win. Anna Pattle, Dave Castle and Skip Clyde Martindill picked up a six on the seventh to lead 9-7. After than they won all but four of the remaining nine ends to extend their winning margin to 23 shots to 13. Andy Pattle, Jan Smith and Skip Chris hills and a somewhat topsy-turvy game. They trailed 0-8 after five ends, then got their act together to lead 14-11 after fifteen ends. They then lost the remaining three ends to lose by 14 shots to 16.
A.Pattle, D.Castle & C.Martindill beat S.Bassett, J.Roper & L.Page 23-13; A.Pattle J.Smith & C.Hills lost to C.Moore, S.Grimmant & T.Parmes 14-16.

Datchworth 35 Townsend 45
On Friday afternoon we travelled to St Albans to play Townsend in a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 45 shots to 35. In the game involving Pauline Whybrow, Chris Hills and Skip Ian Williams the lead changed hands for the sixth time after they picked up one shot on the twelfth end, to lead 9-8. They then held on to that lead to win by 13 shots to 11. Barbara Williams, Andy Short and Skip Julian Hales were 10 shots to 8 up after eleven ends but then won just one of the remaining seven ends to lose by 11 shots to 21. Jack Harper, Maureen Blunt and Skip Derek Henley lost the end-count 8-10 and their game 11-13 after dropping two single shots over the final two ends.
P.Whybrow, C.Hills & I.Williams beat A.Alcock, B.Padget & C.Martindill 13-11; B.Williams, A.Short & J.Hales lost to B.Martindill, J.Oakey & T.Marriott 11-21; J.Harper, M.Blunt & D.Henley lost to J.Marriott, G.Clapworthy & A.Scarborough 11-13.

Datchworth Blue v Hertford
This East Herts Bowls League Div 1 match on Friday night was postponed at the request of Hertford.

Datchworth 125 Buntingford 51
We were on our travels again on Saturday afternoon for another Mixed Friendly, when we travelled to Buntingford and came away following a comfortable 125 shot to 51 win. Phil Holzbauer, Jan Smith and Skip Terry Metcalf picked up five shots on the fourth end, to lead 9-1. It was a lead they never lost as they won by 17 shots to 12. John Ellis, Ann Edwards and Skip Derek Henley won just four more ends than they lost, but they picked up nearly twice as many shots than they dropped, in their 27 shots to 14 win. Pauline Whybrow, Neil Mean and Skip Les Parsley won twice as many ends than they lost, but they won by over twice as many shots than they dropped, in their 29 shots to 11 win. It was an even bigger end-count win and game win for Sue Ellis, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain as they won by 31 shots to 5. Maureen Blunt, Richard Brewster and Skip Julian Hales were just 9-6 ahead after eleven ends before they went on to win all but one of the closing seven ends, to win by 21 shots to 9.
P.Holzbauer, J.Smith & T.Metcalf beat J.Jones, T.Cooper & R.Penton 17-12; J.Ellis, A.Edwards & D.Henley beat P.Jackson, R.Bantick & J.Collins 27-14; P.Whybrow, N.Mean & L.Parsley beat L.Clear, I.Burt & D.Clifton 29-11; S.Ellis, K.Smith & S.Chamberlain beat S.Greaves, A.Zolnierwicz & C.Greaves 31-5; M.Blunt, R.Brewster & J.Hales beat S.Batchelor, M.Higgs & D.Bantick 21-9.

Sunday was or Open Fours competition, with two Quarter Finals played in the morning session and the Semi Final played in the afternoon. In the morning session, Alfie Williams, Maureen Blunt, Peter Hills and Skip Steve Arnold taking on Lucy Williams, Ruby Williams, George Campbell and Skip Terry Metcalf. Their game was all square for the fifth time after thirteen ends, with the score at 9 shots apiece. After that the Williams, Campbell and Metcalf four won all but two of the remaining seven ends, to win by 21 shots to 13, following the Williams, Blunt, Hills and Arnold four conceding the game, needing to pick up 8 shots to force an extra end. It was a similar story for the game between Stuart Hay, Ann Edwards, Neil Mean and Skip Les Parsley, as they conceded their game against Linda Tyler, Dave Castle, Dickie Jackson and Skip Derek Henley. They won just two ends out of the closing twelve ends after the scores were 7 shots apiece after eight ends, to lose by 9 shots to 25. In the afternoon Semi Finals, the Williams, Campbell and Metcalf four took on the four of Barbara Williams, Chris Hills, Ian Williams and Skip Daniel Williams. After picking up eleven shots over the eight to tenth ends, the Williams and Hills four stretched their lead to 7-19. After that they continued to outscore their opponents to win by 29 shots to 13, after the Williams, Campbell and Metcalf four conceded the game. The only game of the day not to be concede was the Semi Final between the Tyler, Castle, Jackson and Henley four took on Jan Smith, Julian Hales, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain. The Smith, Hales and Chamberlain four took the lead on the eight end and held onto it until they dropped three shots on the nineteenth end, to trail 16-14. They then won the closing two ends to draw level at 16 shot apiece, forcing an extra end to be played. Linda Tyler put her first wood within 4 inched of the Jack and try as they may the Smith, Hales and Chamberlain could not move it, so the Tyler, Castle, Jackson and Henley four took the game by that shot, 17-16. The two winning Fours now go on to meet each other in our Finals Weekend over the 24th and 25th August.

Website Report for week ending 16th June 2024.

Datchworth 53 Hertford 45
On Monday night our Men took on their counterparts from Hertford in the County’s Men’s Club Championship on our own Turkey Farm green and beat them by 53 shots to 45. Daniel Williams, Phil Holzbauer, Terry Metcalf and Skip Steve Arnold were involved in a tight game and led all but two of the ends played. They were 16-13 ahead with two ends to play before dropping a shot on each of those ends, to win by 16 shots to 15. Alfie Williams, Maurice Gordon, Keith Smith and Skip Derek Henley led from the start and picking up five shots on the fourteenth end stretched their lead to 16-10. The final four ends were shared equally as they won by 19 shots to 12. Dickie Jackson, Phil Berry, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills were involved in a game of four “halves.” They won the first of those by 10 shots to 1. At the end of the second they found themselves 10 shots to 11 down. They re-took the lead 18-11 at the end of the third. They then lost the final three ends to draw their game 18 all at the end of the fourth “half.”
D.Williams, P.Holzbauer, T.Metcalf & S.Arnold beat T.Gardner, A.Costin, M.Toynton & C.Sage 16-15; A.Williams, M.Gordon, K.Smith & D.Henley beat J.Sapsed, C.Millard, A.Warren & D.MacKenzie 19-12; D.Jackson, P.Berry, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills drew with J.Moore, B.Emsley, M.Rowe & V.Greenberg 18 all.

On Tuesday we played two matches, the first was a Mixed Friendly at home to Hitchin Town in the afternoon and the second was another home match, this time for our Blue team against Ware Maltsters.

Datchworth 57 Hitchin Town 74
We lost our match against Hitchin by 57 shots to 74. Linda Tyler, Jan Smith and Skip Phil Berry won just six ends in their 9 shot to 24 loss. Jack Harper, Nicki Berry and Skip Keith Smith won the first five ends, to lead 9-0. It was a lead they never lost as they ran out winners by 21 shots to 10. Jim Whittle, Ian Tyler and Skip Ian Williams shared the ends equally and were just 12-14 down with four ends to play, but dropping nine shots, while picking up just three over the closing four ends saw them lose by 15 shots to 23. Mike Usher, Barbara Williams and Skip Julian Hales won three of the first ten ends and trailed 3-13 as a consequence. They then picked up five shots on the final end to lose by 12 shots to 17.
L.Tyler, J.Smith & P.Berry lost to M.Collins, A.Newbury & P.McKenzie 9-24; J.Harper, N.Berry & K.Smith beat P.Newbury, C.Balaam & K.Loosemore 21-10; J.Whittle, I.Tyler & I.Williams lost to G.Munge, M.Balaam & K.Loosemore 15-23; M.Usher, B.Williams & J.Hales lost to R.Thorpe, T.Loosemore & B.Cook 12-17.

Datchworth Blue 33 Ware Maltsters 19
Our Blue team won both Triples in their match against Ware Maltsters, to win by 33 shots to 19. Dickie Jackson, Les Parsley and Skip Derek Henley won the first four ends, to lead 7-0. It was a lead they never lost as they won by 19 shots to 8. George Campbell, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills had a close game end-wise, as they were shared equally. As they picked up more multiple shots than they dropped, that led them to winning by 14 shots to 11.
D.Jackson, L.Parsley & D.Henley beat G.Conn, M.Dudley & M.Gray 19-8; G.Campbell, S.Arnold & P.Hills beat B.Hammond, S.Emmett & M.Judd 14-11.

Datchworth 46 W.G.C. Crusaders 30
Our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team were at home to Welwyn Garden City’s Crusaders team on Wednesday night and beat them by 46 shots to 30. Jack Harper, Barbara Williams and Skip Clyde Martindill took the lead 7-4 on the fifth end, after picking up three shots. They continued to add to their lead to the end, winning by 22 shots to 12. Roger Tomlinson, Bernadette Martindill and Skip Ian Williams won five ends on the trot, to go from 5-8 down to 17-8 up, from the seventh to the eleventh end. Despite losing four of the remaining seven ends, they held onto their lead to win by 24 shots to 18.
J.Harper, B.Williams & C.Martindill beat D. , B.Hughes & K. 22-12; R.Tomlinson, B.Martindill & I.Williams beat T.Hughes, T.Stuart & S.Livingstone 24-18.

Datchworth Gold 30 Cheshunt 38
On what was forecast to be a wet Thursday night, which did not materialise, until the end of the match, our Gold team took on Cheshunt in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match on our Turkey Farm green and were beaten by 30 shots to 38. Andy Short, Dave Castle and Skip Clyde Martindill went from 4-7 down, after seven ends, to 11-7 up, after winning five ends on the trot, after twelve ends. The closing six ends were shared equally as they held on to win by 18 shots to 14. Phil Berry, Julian Hales and Skip Ian Williams lost four more ends than they won, but dropped twice as many shots than they won, in their 12 shots to 24 loss.
A.Short, D.Castle & C.Martindill beat P.Keable, T.Whitebread & D.Crudgington 18-14; P.Berry, J.Hales & I.Williams lost to G.Mackinson, P.Wilkinson & R.Hills 12-24.

Datchworth Ladies v Riverain Ladies
This match was postponed at the request of Riverain as they could not field a full team. It has been rearranged for later in July.

Datchworth 54 Standon and Puckeridge 41
On a rain free night Friday night Standon and Puckeridge were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly which we won by 54 shots to 41. Nicki Berry, Keith Smith and Skip Richard Brewster came from 7-10 down after ten ends to win by 20 shots to 14 after eighteen ends. Jack Harper, Phil Berry and Skip Chris Hills’ game was level for the fourth time at 13 shots apiece with three ends to play. They won the first two of those ends, to lead 15-13, but then dropped a three on the final end, to lose by 15 shots to 16. Howard Carrick, Jan Smith and Skip Maurice Gordon built up an 8-1 lead after five ends and held onto that lead until they ran out 19 shots to 11 winners.
N.Berry, K.Smith & R.Brewster beat J.Hatherly, G.Gomez & R.Blakes 20-14; J.Harper, P.Berry & C.Hills lost to J.Gomez, P.Mumford & A.Mansfield 15-16; H.Carrick, J.Smith & M.Gordon beat S.Paterson, T.Pointer & F.Beard 19-11.

Datchworth 34 St Ippolytts 71
Our losing streak in the Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League continued over the weekend, with two matches played and two matches lost. Our first was on Saturday afternoon when St Ippolytts were the visitors to the Turkey Farm and returned home after a 71 shot to 34 win. Phil Holzbauer, Linda Tyler, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Derek Henley were still in the hunt after twelve ends, with the score standing at 14-8 in favour of the visitors. But they lost the remaining six ends to be beaten by 8 shots 25. Jan Smith, Ian Tyler, Rob Hazeu and Skip Les Parsley were 14 apiece with three ends to go but they lost all of those to lose by 14 shots to 22. It did not get any better for Howard Carrick, Ann Edwards, Julian Hales and Skip Peter Hills. They led 9-5 after eight ends, then they went on and won just two more ends and lost by 12 shots to 24.
P.Holzbauer, L.Tyler, S.Chamberlain & D.Henley lost to B.Impey, L.Johnstone, J.Godfrey & C.Davidson 8-25; J.Smith, I.Tyler, R.Hazeu & L.Parsley lost to D.Southall, H.Southall, P.Moodey & C.Childs 14-22; H.Carrick, A.Edwards, J.Hales & P.Hills lost to C.Farmer, R.Orchard, I.Hanks & J.Dudley 12-24.

Datchworth 41 Three Horseshoes 55
Our second defeat of the weekend came on Sunday afternoon as we travelled down Broadhall Way to play Three Horseshoes, and came away following a 41 shot to 55 defeat. Lucy Williams, Sue Ellis, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Arnold had a close game and trailed for all but three of the eighteen ends played. After drawing level at 14 apiece with two ends to play, they dropped two on the first of those ends and picked up one shot on the final end to lose by 15 shots to 16. Alfie Williams, Jan Smith, Graham Akers and Skip Steve Chamberlain dropped a six on the second end, to trail 0-8. They then went on to share the remaining sixteen ends equally, but never caught up; losing by 10 shots to 21. Chris Hills, Jack Harper, Daniel Williams and Skip Derek Henley lost the first three ends, to trail 0-6, and despite winning ten of the remaining fifteen ends, including picking up five shots on the final end, they could not stop themselves losing by 16 shots to 18.
L.Williams, S.Ellis, K.Smith & S.Arnold lost to M.Cooper, S.Parsloe, K.Lovelock & S.Roles 15-16; A.Williams, J.Smith, G.Akers & S.Chamberlain lost to S.Cole, K.Fincham, D.Wilkinson & C.Cole 10-21; C.Hills, J.Harper, D.Williams & D.Henley lost to K.Wilkinson, T.Vidler, B.Edwards & P.Dale 16-18.

Website Report for week ending 23rd June 2024.

On Monday night our East Herts Bowls League team had a Bye in the League’s Ranson Cup’s Preliminary Round.

Datchworth 31 Welwyn Woods 38
Therefore, our first match of the week was the re-arranged Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 home match against Welwyn Woods on Monday night and it ended in a 31 shot to 38 defeat. Barbara Williams, Jan Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first four ends, to trail 0-6. They fought back and took the lead 10-9 after eleven ends. They held on to that lead until they dropped a three on the sixteenth end, to trail 14-16. They then lost the final two ends to lose by 14 shots to 21. Howard Carrick, Keith Smith and Skip Julian Hales trailed from the start, but took the lead, 10-6, after picking up four shots on the seventh end. They held onto that lead until they dropped five shots on the penultimate end, to trail 16-17. They then picked up one shot on the final end to draw their game 17 shots apiece.
B.Williams, J.Smith & S.Chamberlain lost to I.Cogger, D.Hill & J.Oliver 14-21; H.Carrick, K.Smith & J.Hales drew with C.Blakes, D.Blakes & C.Read 17 all.

Datchworth Blue 42 W.G.C. Lions 23
On Wednesday night our Blue team travelled to Welwyn Garden City’s Digswell Park green to take on their Lions team in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match, and came away with a 42 shot to 23 win. Ian Bartlett, Dickie Jackson and Skip Peter Hills led 4-1 after three ends, but six losing ends later they trailed 4-10. Despite winning four of the closing nine ends their losing deficit was increased to 10-20. Things did not start well for the Graham Akers, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley Triple, as Les Parsley had to withdraw before the trial ends had been completed, as he pulled a muscle in his calf. That meant that the team’s Reserve, Rob Hazeu was brought in and Steve Arnold took over as Skip. That was as bad as it got for the Triple, as they found their line and length much better than the home Triple, winning all but three ends in their 32 shot to 3 win.
I.Bartlett, D.Jackson & P.Hills lost to C.Parkhouse, I.Stone & J.Avery 10-20; G.Akers, R.Hazeu & S.Arnold beat J.Molson, G.Frost & K.Avenell 32-3.

Datchworth 29 Bengeo 29
On Thursday night our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team were in action again, this time they were playing Bengeo in the League’s Jubilee Cup K.O. competition. With one Triple at home and one away they won a very tight match by winning the extra end, played at Bengeo, after they won the home leg and lost the away leg by 10 shots. The home Triple of Jan Smith, Ann Edwards and Skip Steve Chamberlain won five of the first six ends, to lead 6-1. It was a lead they never lost as they went on to win by 20 shots to 10. The away Triple of Rachel Jones, Chris Hills and Skip Terry Metcalf were just 8-10 down with five ends to play, but they lost all but the final end, when they picked up one shot, to lose by 9 shots to 19. They then played an extra end, as the competition rules dictate that an extra end is played at the “home” club’s green, just in case the overall scores are level. They won the extra end, and the match, as the overall scores were 29 shots apiece.
J.Smith, A.Edwards & S.Chamberlain beat K.White, A.Moyle & E.Mahon 20-10; R.Jones, C.Hills & T.Metcalf lost to T.Barber, C.Storey & M.Saggers 9-19.

Datchworth Gold 15 Aston 42
On Friday night our Gold team travelled to Aston for an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and were comfortably beaten by 42 shots to 15. Andy Short, Dave Castle and Skip Julian Hales picked up five shots on the third end, to lead 5-4, but that was about as good as it got for them as they only won another four ends as they were beaten by 20 shots to 9. It was not much better for Ian Green, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Chamberlain as they won just four ends as they too were beaten heavily by 22 shots to 6.
A.Short, D.Castle & J.Hales lost to N.Jenkins, S.Mahoney & D.Noble 9-20; I.Green, K.Smith & S.Chamberlain lost to M.Allinson, E.O’Hanlon & D.Smith 6-22.

On Saturday we ran our Triples K.O. competition, where eight Triples played the Quarter Finals in the morning and the Semi Finals in the afternoon. The Quarter Final between Janet Akers, Daniel Williams and Skip Graham Akers up against Alfie Williams (one of our two Junior Members), Richard Harper and Skip Steve Arnold was a relatively tight low scoring affair with one shot picked up on fourteen of the eighteen ends played. The Akers’ Triple won the first two ends and the Arnold Triple chased their tails till the end and lost by 10 shots to 13. Howard Carrick, Ian Bartlett and Skip Steve Chamberlain led Linda Tyler, Julian Hales and Skip Derek Henley from the second end till they were caught at 15 shots apiece after fifteen ends. They then dropped two shots on the next end before picking up two threes on the final two ends, to win by 21 shots 17. Despite losing the end-count 8-10, Lucy Williams, Dickie Jackson and Skip Rob Hazeu dropped too many shots to Phil Holzbauer, Neil Mean and Skip Ian Green and as a result they lost by 15 shots to 25. Jan Smith, Terry Metcalf and Skip Les Parsley drew level with Ruby Williams (a morning substitute and the second of our Junior Members), Rachel Jones and Skip Dave Castle at 9 shots apiece on the thirteenth end. After that they went on to win four of the closing five ends to win by 18 shots to 11. The first Semi Final to finish was that between Les Parsley’s Triple and Ian Green’s Triple. After picking up just one shot on each of the five ends they won the Ian Green Triple had to concede the game to Les Parsley’s after they dropped a shot on the sixteenth end to lose by 26 shots to 5. It was a much different story for the second Semi Final where the Derek Henley Triple led the Steve Chamberlain Triple 13-0 after five ends. But the Steve Chamberlain Triple fought back, changed the Jack length and went on to win all but three of the remaining thirteen ends and take the Semi Final by 21 shots to 18, after picking up three shots over the final two ends. The two winning Semi Finalist now go onto play each other in our Club Finals at the end of August.
Quarter Finals:
J.Akers, D.Williams & G.Akers beat A.Williams, R.Harper & S.Arnold 13-10; H.Carrick, I.Bartlett & S.Chamberlain beat L.Tyler, J.Hales & D.Henley 21-17; P.Holzbauer, N.Mean & I.Green beat L.Williams, D.Jackson & R.Hazeu 25-15; J.Smith, T.Metcalf & L.Parsley beat R.Williams, R.Jones & D.Castle 18-11.
Semi Finals: J.Smith, T.Metcalf & L.Parsley beat P.Holzbauer, N.Mean & I.Green 26-5; H.Carrick, I.Bartlett & S.Chamberlain beat J.Akers, D.Williams & G.Akers 21-18.

Datchworth 51 Letchworth Garden City 39
After losing our first eight matches, on Sunday afternoon we got our first win in the Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League, when we managed to beat Letchworth Garden City by 51 shots to 39 on our own Turkey Farm green, after winning all three Rinks, two of them by the narrowest of margins. Jan Smith, Richard Harper, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley led from the off but were eventually caught at 16 shots apiece with two ends to play. They dropped a two on the penultimate end then picked up a two of their own on the final end, to draw level at 18 shots apiece. They then played an extra end, as the League rules dictate. They won the extra end to get the point for winning the Rink. Maureen Blunt, Graham Akers, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills also led from the off, they too got caught, but with just one end to play, at 14 shots apiece. They then picked up one shot on the final end, to win by 15 shots to 14. But, as they were playing against a Triple a 3 shot deduction, again, as the League rules dictate, had to be made to their opposition’s score, meaning they won by 15 shots to 11. Chris Hills, Maurice Gordon, Keith Smith and Skip Steve Arnold had a somewhat easier time of it by comparison, as they won twice as many ends than they lost as they ran out winners by 18 shots to 10.
J.Smith, R.Harper, G.Campbell & D.Henley drew with J.Rogan, P.Bailey, A.Sparkes & K.Castle 18 all; M.Blunt, G.Akers, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills beat B.Hart, J.Moynes & H.Castle 15-11; C.Hills, M.Gordon, K.Smith & S.Arnold beat L.Bailey, D.Collier, P.Simmons & B.Rogan 18-10.

Website Report for week ending 30th June 2024.

Datchworth v Parkside Woods
This Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League match, on Monday night, was postponed at the request of the Parkside team and will be played later in the season.

Datchworth Women 15 Hertford 2 Women 22
On Tuesday night our Women were playing their first Women’s County League match of the season at home to Hertford 2 Women. Rachel Jones, Nickie Berry, Janet Akers and Skip Jan Smith had a good first half as they led 11-7 after nine ends. After that they only won three more ends as the visitors fought back to win by 22 shots to 15.
R.Jones, N.Berry, J. Akers & J.Smith lost to T.Sage, L.Tattersall, A.Barrett & S.Winglove 15-22.

On Wednesday night both of our East Herts Bowls League teams had matches against Welwyn and District teams. Our Div. 1 Blue team played W & D’s Stags team at home, while our Div. 2 Gold team were away to W & D’s Bucks team.

Datchworth Blue 30 Welwyn Stags 31
At our Turkey Farm green our Blue lost a closely contested match by one shot, 30-31. Dickie Jackson, Derek Henley and Skip Les Parsley were 9-12 down with five ends to play. They won the first four of those ends, to lead 16-12. They dropped one shot on the final end to win by 16 shots to 13. At that point George Campbell, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills were 10-14 down, with two ends to play. With his last wood of the end, and his Triple shots down, Peter Hills moved the Jack backwards and they held four shots. That meant the scores were level at 14 shots apiece, with one end to play, and the Blue team were three shots ahead. On the final end with the Stags’ Skip Phil Russell having his, and the match’s, final wood to bowl, his triple were holding three shots, meaning that the match would have been drawn. But his wood came into the head, and with the help of another wood knocked one of their woods further into the head and they ended up holding four shots, enough for them to win 18-14 and the match by one shot 31-30.
D.Jackson, D.Henley & L.Parsley beat L.Tye, K.Knowles & C.Valle 16-13; G.Campbell, S.Arnold & P.Hills lost to P.Bowyer, J.Oliver & P.Russell 14-18.

Datchworth Gold 18 Welwyn Bucks 51
At W & D’s Ottway Walk green our Gold team were heavily beaten 53-18 by the Bucks team. Andy Short, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain had a tight game for twelve ends, when the score was 9-10 in the Bucks team’s favour. After that they won just one more end and lost by 10 shots to 19. Jack Harper, Keith Smith and Skip Terry Metcalf could not live with their opposition as they dropped multiple shots on most of the twelve ends that they lost, as they were crushed by 34 shots to 8.
A.Short, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain lost to K.Phillips, G.Washbourne & C.Read 10-19; J.Harper, K.Smith & T.Metcalf lost to D.Humphreys, J.Summerfield & I.Snook 8-34.

Datchworth v Jesters
This was the second Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League match of the week not to be played as the Jesters team conceded the match to Datchworth.

Datchworth Blue 26 Rye Park Rangers 33
On Friday night our Blue team were in action again as they travelled to Hoddesdon and Rye Park to take on their Rangers team in their second East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match of the week and were beaten by 33 shots to 26. On a somewhat tricky green it was difficult for both teams to find the right way to the Jack. Despite winning the end-count 10-8 Graham Akers, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills lost narrowly by 16 shots to 17, thanks mainly to dropping six shots on the third end, to trail 1-8. Dickie Jackson, Rob Hazeu and Skip Derek Henley shared the ends equally and were just 7-8 adrift with six ends to play. Despite sharing those six ends equally they dropped a three and a four, which contributed to them losing by 10 shots to 16.
G.Akers, S.Arnold & P.Hills lost to T.Maynard, R.Rogers & D.Large 16-17: D.Jackson, R.Hazeu & D.Henley lost to I.Pook, J.Stevenson & D.Fussell 10-16.

Datchworth Women v Three Horseshoes Women
This North Herts Women’s Bowling Association match on Friday night was yet another casualty of a postponement this week, again, at the request of the opposition, and will be played later in the season.

Datchworth 83 Kimpton 53
On Saturday afternoon Kimpton were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 83 shots to 53. The visitors, with a number of new bowlers in their team, taking more time to adjust to the speed of the green than the home bowlers was a contributor to the score being what it was. Rachel Jones, Ian Tyler and Skip Terry Metcalf picked up two 5s in their game. The first was on the first end, the second on their sixteenth; which took their score from 15-13 up, to 20-13 up. They went on to win by 22 shots to 15. Linda Tyler, Daniel Williams and Skip George Campbell won the first four ends, to lead 5-0, but by the fourteenth end things were all square at 9 shots apiece. They then lost the closing four ends to lose by 9 shots to 19. Maureen Blunt, Keith Smith and Skip Rob Hazeu only lost four ends as they ran out winners by 24 shots to 9. Alfie Williams, Jan Smith and Skip Richard Harper only won the end-count 10-8, but thanks to picking a 5, a 6 and a couple of 4 they won by 28 shots to 10.
R.Jones, I.Tyler & T.Metcalf beat C.Saunders, A.Banham & A.Fitzjohn 22-15; L.Tyler, D.Williams & G.Campbell lost to B.Kazwini, L.Donovan & D.Truscott 9-19; M.Blunt, K.Smith & R.Hazeu beat D.Desborough, M.Saunders & W.Phillips 24 9; A.Williams, J.Smith & R.Harper beat M.Palmer, R.Palmer & A.Brown 28-10.

On Sunday afternoon we ran our Memorial Day, when we raise money to donate to the charity of choice of one of our members who has passed away. This time it was for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, in memory of Jim Russell, one of the Club’s Founder Members, who passed away at the end of last year. We raised £280 after 28 members played four rounds of Pairs Round Robin competition. In the end Barbara Williams and Dave Castle, with 30 shots, edge out Jan Smith and George Campbell, with 29 shots and Ian Bartlett and Derek Henley, with 28 shots, to win this year’s Memorial Day.

Website Report for week ending 7th July 2024.

Datchworth 26 W.G.C. Crusaders 43
On Monday night our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League team travelled to Welwyn Garden City’s Digswell Park green to take on their Crusaders team in a Div. 2 match and were beaten by 43 shots to 26. Jack Harper, Ann Edwards and Skip Julian Hales trailed 2-14 after eight ends. They then fought back and eventually back to all square at 18 shots apiece with one end to play. They then dropped two shots on the final end to lose by 18 shots to 20. Rachel Jones, Jan Smith and Skip Richard Harper were all square at 7 shots apiece after eight ends. Then the wheels came of their wagon as they lost all but the final ten ends to lose by 8 shots to 23.
J.Harper, A.Edwards & J.Hales lost to I.Cocksedge, T.Stuart & K.Chamberlain 18-20; R.Jones, J.Smith & R.Harper lost to J.Wright, J.Earnshaw & C.Avery 8-23.

Datchworth Gold 35 Stevenage Red 39
On Tuesday night our Gold team travelled to Stevenage to play their Reds team in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and were beaten by 39 shots to 35. Ian Green, Keith Smith and Skip Terry Metcalf built up a 13 shots to 8 lead after eleven ends. They then went and lost all but the last of the remaining seven ends, and by picking up four shots on that final end, they lost by the odd shot, 17-18. Andy Short, Dave Castle and Skip Steve Chamberlain took the lead on the third end and held on to that lead until they dropped five shots on the penultimate end, to trail 18-20. They then lost the final end to lose by 18 shots to 21.
I.Green, K.Smith & T.Metcalf lost to S.Argent, R.Miller & P.Smith 17-18; A.Short, D.Castle & S.Chamberlain lost to B.Piggott, T.Kent & S.Wilson 18-21.

Datchworth 38 Stevenage Town 51
On Wednesday night our bowlers were back at Stevenage Town’s Shish Lane green, this time for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match, and they were beaten by 51 shots to 38. Our only winning Rink was that of Sue Ellis, Keith Smith, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Arnold. They built up a healthy lead of 16-3 after eleven ends. The home team then fought back to win the next five ends, to go into the penultimate end just 13-16 down. The final two ends were shared equally and our Rink held on to win by 17 shots to 15. Jan Smith, John Ellis, Terry Metcalf and Skip Steve Chamberlain could not stay with their opposition, winning just six ends, as they were beaten by 6 shots to 20. Barbara Williams, Ian Williams, George Campbell and Skip Rob Hazeu had a somewhat topsy turvey match as they led 9-2 after seven ends, then were all square at 11 shots apiece after twelve ends, 11-16 down after fifteen ends, before winning the closing three ends to lose by 15 shots to 16.
S.Ellis, K.Smith, J.Hales & S.Arnold beat P.Kent, B.Piggott, T.Smith & G.Smith 17-15; J.Smith, J.Ellis, T.Metcalf & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Holmes, B.North, P.Sparrow & S.Wilson 6-20; B.Williams, I.Williams, G.Campbell & R.Hazeu lost to P.Smith, A.North, D.Penfound & K.Smith 15-16.

Datchworth Women 37 Riverain Women 26
On Thursday morning our Women played their first ever North Herts Women’s Bowling Association match, after three postponements, when they travelled to take on their counterpart from Riverain, one of those early postponements, and came away following a 37 shot to 26 win. Rachel Jones, Janet Akers and Skip Chris Hills led 10-0 after five ends and held on to that lead and after sharing the remaining twelve ends equally they won by 19 shots to 13. Pauline Whybrow, Ann Edwards and Skip Jan Smith had a game of “two halves.” After twelve ends they were 6-13 down, but they then got their act together and won the remaining six ends to come from behind to win by 18 shots to 13.
R.Jones, J.Akers & C.Hills beat L.White, A.Tresise & S.Bradbury 19-13; P.Whybrow, A.Edwards & J.Smith beat R.Cocks, C.Nash & A.Weaver 18-13.

Datchworth v Shire Park Green
This Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 2 match at Shire Park, on Friday night, was postponed because of the persistent rain and will be re-arranged later in the season.

On Saturday our green was one of four the County used for their Men’s 2 Wood Singles competition and it was one of two that, despite the persistent rain, managed to run it to completion, with a reduced number of those scheduled to play here because of the bad weather. Neil Sharp, of Welwyn Garden City and Stuart Brown, of Royston, fought their way through the rain and three rounds of knock out competition, and in the end, the sunshine, to face each other in the Final and Stuart won through to the County Semi Finals by beating Neil 15-12.

Datchworth v Riverain
This Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match at Riverain on Saturday afternoon was yet another match that was postponed this week because of the forecast persistent rain and will be re-arranged later in the season.

Datchworth v The Royal Household Bowling Club
Unfortunately, our first ever Mixed Friendly match against The Royal Household Bowling Club to be played at home on Sunday afternoon had to be called off as enough members of the R.H.B.C. had external commitments that prevented them from being able to field a full team for this fixture. Hopefully we will be able to find a suitable date for both Clubs next season so that we can once again visit them in Windsor.