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Website Report for week ending 23 April 2017

President 116 Captain 80
We started our 2017 Outdoor season on Saturday afternoon with our traditional opening match of President versus Captain and it was our President’s team that came out on top by 116 shots to 80. His team won all but one of the five rinks played and their top winning rink was that of Maurice Gordon, Ann Poulton, Neil Mean and Skip Derek Henley. They led from the off and eventually won by 32 shots to 15. The Captain’s only winning rink was the Triple of Edie Alden, Tony Morris and Skip John Alden. They lost the first end then won the next six and were never caught; winning by 21 shots to 10.
M.Gordon, A.Poulton, N.Mean & D.Henley beat D.Kingsland, R.Hutchinson, A.Prowle & K.Hammond 32-15; T.Brewster, R.Harper & C.Townley lost to E.Alden, T.Morris & J.Alden 10-21; C.Hills, J.Morgan, J.Hales & P.Hills beat M.Ward, S.Hunter, R.Jackson & L.Parsley 27-14; I.Tyler, B.Tapper/S.Kiernan, J.Waller & B.Gilbert beat A.Hutchinson, I.Williams, C.Hammond & K.Ryder 18-14; L.Tyler, S.Wray, R.Brewster & S.Chamberlain beat S.Hay, B.Williams, D.Elms & J.James 29-16.

Datchworth 69 Baldock Town 83
On Sunday afternoon Baldock Town were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and over the four rinks played the visitors came out on top by 83 shots to 69. Their highest winning rink was that of T.Snowball, J.Russell, M.Reid and Skip D.Davies. They led from the start and eventually beat R.Jones, I.Tyler, R.Brewster and Skip K.Hammond 27 shots to 14. Our only winning rink was that of S.Campbell, N.Mean, A.Prowle and Skip S.Chamberlain. They too led from the start and were never caught, beating W.Goodyear, B.Griffiths, J.Turner and G.Albone 20 shots to 12.
S.Campbell, N.Mean, A.Prowle & S.Chamberlain beat W.Goodyear, B.Griffiths, J.Turner & G.Albone 20-12; G.Campbell, L.Tyler, R.Jackson & R.Harper lost to M.Gibbons, K.Starkey, M.Wintrip & D.Turner 19-22; C.Hills, S.Kiernan, B.Gilbert & D.Henley lost to D.Nicholls, L.Albone, S.Budge & R.Dempster 16-22; R.Jones, I.Tyler, R.Brewster & K.Hammond lost to T.Snowball, J.Russell, M.Reid & D.Davies 14-27.

Website Report for week ending 30 April 2017

Datchworth 92 Rosehill 58
On Saturday afternoon we travelled down the A10 for a Mixed Friendly against Rosehill and came away with a 92 shot to 58 win. Our highest winning rink was that of Linda Tyler, Brian Gilbert and Skip Peter Hills, who won by 24 shots to 6. It has to be said that any luck that was going did not go for the home side. If their Skip, David Ayres, needed to move the Jack, he did, but, it nearly always went towards our woods not his team’s woods. Annette Hutchinson, John Morgan, Chas Townley and Skip Ken Hammond won all but two of the first eleven ends and equally shared the remaining ten to win by 30 shots to 14. Chris Hills, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Brad Prowle were 10-12 down with five ends to go, but they won all of those to win by 21 shots to 12. Losing four straight ends, from the seventh to the tenth, dropping 9 shots in the process did not help Ian Tyler, Richard Hutchinson, Derek Henley and Skip Joan James, as they were 6 shots to 15 down afterwards. But they fought back to 13-16 down four ends later but could not continue the comeback as they lost by 17 shots to 26.
L.Tyler, B.Gilbert & P.Hills beat L.Stripp, D.Smith & D.Ayres 24-6; A.Hutchinson, J.Morgan, C.Townley & K.Hammond beat J.Clark, R.Collard, W.Eaton & R.Parker 30-14; C.Hills, S.Chamberlain & B.Prowle beat D.Giles, K.Mizen & J.Ash 21-12; I.Tyler, R.Hutchinson, D.Henley & J.James lost to F.Clark, B.Bullen, J.Maslin & J.Albon 17-26.

Datchworth 109 Buntingford 104
On Sunday afternoon Buntingford were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly. As they were short-handed we loaned them several players and we played the match as 6 Triples. It was a tight match all round with the 6 Triples shared equally and we edged the match by 109 shots to 104. Lewis Gilbert, June Russell and Skip Derek Henley only lost two more ends than they won, but they picked up mainly single shots while dropping multiple shots and as a consequence they ended up losing by 10 shots to 26. Annette Hutchinson, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Rob Hazeu did well to recover from 2 shots to 9 down after seven ends to 9 shots apiece after eleven. They were all square at 14 apiece with one end to play. They picked up four shots on that end to win by 18 shots to 14. Edie Alden, Nigel Noel and Skip Neil Mean only lost four ends as they ran out 24 shots to 6 winners. Sandie Campbell, Derrick Elms and Skip Peter Hills found themselves 5 shots to 17 down after ten ends. They then won all but three of the closing ten ends but only managed to cut their losing margin down to 15 shots to 22. Dickie Jackson, Jane Waller and Skip Steve Chamberlain had a close game for sixteen ends at which point they trailed by 14 shots to 17. That soon changed on the next and penultimate end as they picked a full house of nine shots, to lead 23 shots to 17 going into the final end where they picked up another shot to win by 24 shots to 17. Susan Wray, Julian Hales and Skip Ken Hammond led for eleven ends and went into the final end leading 18-15, but they dropped a four on that end and lost by 18 shots to 19.
L.Gilbert, J.Russell & D.Henley lost to J.Jaycock, T.Keeling & J.Collins 10-26; A.Hutchinson, S.Barsby & R.Hazeu beat R.Watkins, C.Hammond & C.Oates 18-14; E.Alden, N.Noel & N.Mean beat D.Collyer, S.Hay & R.Webber 24-6; S.Campbell, D.Elms & P.Hills lost to J.Watkins, G.Gilbert & R.Murphy 15-22; R.Jackson, J.Waller & S.Chamberlain beat D.Collyer, G.Gibbs & B.Gilbert 24-17; S.Wray, J.Hales & K.Hammond lost to J.Weaver, C.Hills & J.Alden 18-19.

Website Report for week ending 7 May 2017

Datchworth Green 36 Datchworth Yellow 36
On Tuesday night both of our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League teams started their 2017 season with a match against each other and it could not have finished any closer as both Triples played ended in draws. For the Green team Carol Hammond, Robin Gray and Skip Jim Smith, up against Chris Hills, Rob Hazeu and Ian Williams for the Yellow team, won all but one of the first seven ends, to lead 12 shots to 2 before winning just two of the remaining eleven ends and were caught at 15 apiece after losing the final two ends. Bernie Drummond, Richard Brewster and Skip Ken Ryder, for the Green team, up against Dawn Kingsland, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain, had a closer affair with neither team winning more than two ends in a row. But they too lost the last two ends and drew 21 shots apiece.
C.Hammond, R.Gray & J.Smith drew with C.Hills, R.Hazeu & I.Williams 15 all; B.Drummond, R.Brewster & K.Ryder drew with D.Kingsland, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain 21 all.

On Wednesday night both of our East Herts Bowls League teams were also in action, our Division 1 Blue team were at home to Sawbridgeworth Red, while our Division 2 Gold team travelled the short distance to Sire Park.

Datchworth Blue 33 Sawbridgeworth Red 33
At the Turkey Farm it was deja vu as our Blue team also started with a drawn match, 33 shots apiece. Richard Brewster, Ken Hammond and Skip Brad Prowle won all but two of the first eight ends and led 12 shots to 3. They then shared the remaining ten ends equally and held on to win by 20 shots to 13. Brian Gilbert, Richard Andrews and Skip Peter Hills started off in similar fashion as they won all but one of the first eight ends and led 11 shots to 2. But after the visitors won the ninth end and changed the Jack length they lost their way and only managed to win two more ends and were eventually beaten by 20 shots to 13.
R.Brewster, K.Hammond & B.Prowle beat J.Godden, R.Chalcraft & D.Fox 20-13; B.Gilbert, R.Andrews & P.Hills lost to J.Birch, J.Walker & R.Williams 13-20.

Datchworth Gold 35 Shire Park 34
At Shire Park it was almost a hat trick of drawn matches as our Gold team edged their match by one shot, 35 to 34. George Campbell, Rob Hazeu and Skip Derek Henley dropped 5 shots on the fifth end to trail 5 shots to 9, but they won the next four ends to lead 13 shots to 9. They were 19-11 ahead with three ends to play, which they lost, but they held on to win by 19 shots to 15. Julian Hales, Aaron Prowle and Skip Steve Chamberlain fell behind on the third end and remained there until they picked up five shots on the fifteenth end to draw level at 15 apiece. They then lost the next two ends but won the final end to lose by 16 shots to 19; but it was enough to win the match by the one shot.
G.Campbell, R.Hazeu & D.Henley beat T.Canton, R.Bramson & J.Hastings 19-15; J.Hales, A.Prowle & S.Chamberlain lost to P.Ashwell, G.Daniels & G.Edwards 16-19.

Datchworth 60 Shephalbury 57
On Saturday afternoon we travelled the short distance down Broadhall Way to play Shephalbury in a Mixed Friendly and came away with a 60 shot to 57 win. Brian Gilbert, John Morgan, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Steve Arnold lost the first three ends and despite drawing level on three occasions they still lost by the odd shot 13-14. Edie Alden, Dawn Kingsland, Rob Hazeu and Skip Chas Townley had a disastrous start losing the first seven ends and try as they may they remained behind to the end, losing 12-15. Derrick Elms, Richard Hutchinson, June Russell and Skip Derek Henley were 9-14 down with three ends to play. They won all of those ends, picking up ten shots, to win 19-14. Georgina Gilbert, Nigel Noel, John Alden and Skip Steve Chamberlain won as many ends as they lost but did enough to edge their game 16 shots to 14.
B.Gilbert, J.Morgan, A.Hutchinson & S.Arnold lost to T.Sheffield, M.Shelley & M.Coy 13-14; E.Alden, D.Kingsland, R.Hazeu & C.Townley lost to J.Johnson, I.Blagden & C.Holoman 12-15; D.Elms, R.Hutchinson, J.Russell & D.Henley beat A.Lewis, M.Chapman & P.Moore 19-14; G.Gilbert, N.Noel, J.Alden & S.Chamberlain beat J.Doggett, M.Stokes-Geddes & J.Delivett 16-14.

Datchworth 88 Howard Garden 79
On Sunday afternoon we travelled to Letchworth to play Howard Garden in our first Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the season and came away with an 88 shot to 79 win after sharing the four rinks played two apiece. Dawn Kingsland, Merle Thompson, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills led 7-1 after four ends but by the thirteenth end they were all square at 14 shots apiece. From then on the home rink won five of the remaining eight ends to win 26-18. June Russell, Chris Hills, Ken Ryder and Skip Ken Hammond found themselves 3 shots to 9 down after seven ends and despite winning eight of the remaining fourteen ends their shot deficit only increased as they lost by 14 shots to 25. Rachel Jones, Rob Hazeu, Brian Gilbert and Skip Les Parsley got off to an awful start losing the first three ends and dropping nine shots. They were still behind, 12-17 after fifteen ends but they won the closing six ends, picking up thirteen shots, to come from behind and win by 25 shots to 17. Carol Hammond, Julian Hales, Steve Arnold and Skip Richard Andrews won the first six ends to lead 14-0. The remaining fifteen ends were shared 8-7 in their favour as they increased their shot advantage to win by 31-11.
D.Kingsland, M.Thompson, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills lost to R.Dowsett, D.Weemys, D.Brothers & D.Greatorex 18-26; J.Russell, C.Hills, K.Ryder & K.Hammond lost to B.Wood, B.Bradbury, B.Lindsay & R.Bloomfield 14-25; R.Jones, R.Hazeu, B.Gilbert & L.Parsley beat B.Barker, S.Jordon, B.Rainbow & A.Wood 25-17; C.Hammond, J.Hales, S.Arnold & R.Andrews beat J.Brothers, P.Wallis, S.Garrett & P.Griffiths 31-11.

Website Report for week ending 14 May 2017

Datchworth Yellow 35 Knebworth Yellow 24
Our first match of the week was a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Division 1 match for our Yellow team, at home on Tuesday night, to near neighbours Knebworth’s Yellow team and it was our Yellow team that came out on top by 35 shots to 24. Dawn Kingsland, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley lost just five ends as they ran out 25 shots to 9 winners. Sandy Campbell, Ian Williams and Skip Steve Chamberlain did not do as well as they led 6-3 after seven ends but then lost the next four ends, to trail 6 shots to 10. They then lost four of the remaining seven ends to lose 10 shots to 15.
D.Kingsland, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat T.Playle, G.Stevens & J.Matthews 25-9; S.Campbell, I.Williams & S.Chamberlain lost to R.Mahoney, D.Percival & R.Hughes 10-15.

Datchworth 61 Stevenage Veterans 51
On Wednesday afternoon we travelled to Stevenage’s K.G.V green to play their Veterans in a Mixed Friendly and came away with a 61 shot to 52 win. Graham Morris, loaned to us for the afternoon by the home club, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Rob Hazeu were tied at 7 shots apiece on the eleventh end, after losing three ends in a row. But four winning ends later they were 13 shots to 7 ahead. They then lost two of the remaining three ends but held on to win 14-12. Nicki Berry, Chris Hills and Skip Steve Chamberlain won all but four of the first fifteen ends, to lead 14 shots to 7, but they lost the closing three ends, dropping six shots, but managed to hold onto the lead, winning by 14 shots to 13. Despite losing the end-count 8 to 10 Georgina Gilbert, Colin Findlay and Skip Peter Hills only dropped nine single shots and a two while picking up multiple shots on all but three of their winning ends and as a result they ended up winning by 16 shots to 11. Sue Kiernan, Phil Berry and Ship Brian Gilbert shared the ends equally and were 14 shots to 7 up with five ends to play. But they lost the first four of them to go 14 shots to 16 down, before picking up three shots on the final end to edge the game by one shot, 17-16.
G.Morris, S.Barsby & R.Hazeu beat P.Day, M.McRae & I.Thompson 14-12; N.Berry, C.Hills & S.Chamberlain beat J.Holmes, J.Coombes & A.Shackell 14-13; G.Gilbert, C.Findlay & P.Hills beat D.Brundritt, D.Sutton & B.Clarke 16-11; S.Kiernan, P.Berry & B.Gilbert beat R.McRae, A.Longthorn & L.Keen 17-16.

Datchworth 92 Norton 50
On Saturday afternoon Norton were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and were at a disadvantage before the start as they could only field four Mixed Triples and not four Mixed Rinks; so had to suffer the shot deductions as laid down by the League, for each of their Triples. Carol Hammond, Derrick Elms, Richard Brewster and Skip Brian Gilbert were 9 shots to 11 down after eleven ends before winning all but three of the remaining ten ends to win by 22 shots to 12 after the shots deduction. Chris Hills, Dickie Jackson, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Ken Hammond only won three more ends than they lost but as they picked up more multiple shots than they dropped they ran out 27 shots to 9 winners after the shots deduction. Edie Alden, John Morgan, Ken Ryder and Skip Peter Hills lost four more ends than they won and were 17-20 down at the end, but after the shots deduction was taken into account they won by 17 shots to 16. Annette Hutchinson, John Alden, Derek Henley and Skip Les Parsley edged to end-count by one end but their game by 26 shots to 13 after the shots deduction was taken into account.
C.Hammond, D.Elms, R.Brewster & B.Gilbert beat P.Cross, K.Leader & B.Downing 22-12; C.Hills, R.Jackson, S.Chamberlain & K.Hammond beat I.Hunstuett, C.Dutson & M.Barker 27-9; E.Alden, J.Morgan, K.Ryder & P.Hills beat J.Dulley, K.Williams & L.Leader 17-16; A.Hutchinson, J.Alden, D.Henley & L.Parsley beat J.Nisbett, R.Lake 7 B.Hart 26-13.

Datchworth 50 Willian 75
For our second Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the weekend and with probably our weakest League team we have put out for some time (and that was not down to those that played, it was those that were not available for various reasons, that weakened the team) we travelled to Letchworth’s Norton Common to take on Willian and got a right mauling, losing by 50 shots to 75, in a match where both clubs played it with Triples. Edie Alden, Derrick Elms and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first three ends but then only lost another four as they won comfortably 22 shots to 9. It was not than comfortable for the other three Triples. Carol Hammond, Andrew Phillips and Skip Rob Hazeu only won four ends as they crashed to a 4 shots to 21 loss. Bernie Drummond, June Russell and Skip John Alden were 12 shots to 17 down with five ends to play. They lost all of those, increasing their deficit to 12 shots to 25. Sandy Campbell, Julian Hales and Skip Les Parsley lost twice as many ends as they won and lost by conceding almost twice as many, 12-20.
E.Alden, D.Elms & S.Chamberlain beat G.Davis, J.Avis & D.Pollard 22-9; C.Hammond, A.Phillips & R.Hazeu lost to A.Byran, A.Kitchener & J.Atkinson 4-21; B.Drummond, J.Russell & J.Alden lost to D.Davidson, K.Savill & R.Murden 12-25; S.Campbell, J.Hales & L.Parsley lost to J.Packham, M.Lusty & J.Skingsley 12-20.

Website Report for week ending 21 May 2017

On Monday night both of our Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Division 1 teams were in action at the Turkey Farm; our Green team up against B.S.P. and our Yellow team up against W.G.C. Knights.

Datchworth Green 37 B.S.P. 42
For the Green team Bernie Drummond, Richard Brewster and Skip Les Parsley picked up six shots on the fifth end to lead 12-3, but dropped a five on the eighth end and had their lead cut to 14-9. They then won all but three of the closing ten ends to win 24 shots to 15. Robin Gray, Jean Cooper and Skip Ken Ryder were only 8-10 adrift after eight ends, but they dropped a six on the tenth end and never recovered, losing the next six ends and eventually losing 13 shots to 27. That meant the overall score was 42 shots to 37 in favour of the visitors, B.S.P.
R.Gray, J.Cooper & K.Ryder lost to G.O’Leary, B.Clark & D.Miller 13-27, B.Drummond, R.Brewster & L.Parsley beat P.James, B.Reeves & G.Smith 24-15.

Datchworth Yellow 35 W.G.C. Knights 29
It was a better evening for our Yellow team as they won both Triples and the match 35 shots to 29. Rachel Jones, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Chamberlain were 8-12 down after fourteen ends then 10-14 down with two ends to play. They picked up five shots on the penultimate end and another on the final end to win 16-14. There was a similar late-end success for Dickie Jackson, Jane Waller and Skip Julian Hales as they picked up six shots on the sixteenth end to go from 11-13 down to 17-13 up. They shared the last two ends and won 19-15.
R.Jones, S.Hay & S.Chamberlain beat P.Roach, T.Stickland & R.Edwards 16-14; R.Jackson, J.Waller & J.Hales beat L.Kilmister, J.Kilmister & A.Cox.

Datchworth 41 Allenburys 33
On Tuesday night our Men played in the Preliminary Round of the East Herts Bowls League’s Ranson Cup, home and away to Allenburys and came out on top by 41 shots to 33. At the Turkey Farm Bernie Drummond, Steve Chamberlain, Richard Andrew and Skip Brad Prowle lost the first four ends to trail 0-7 and were still 10-15 behind after fourteen ends. They won the next five ends to go into the final two ends 18-15 ahead. But they lost those ends and their game by 18 shots to 19. At Allenburys green Brian Gilbert, Richard Brewster, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond won the first six ends to lead 9-0. Although the remaining fifteen ends were shared 8-7 in the home club’s favour the visitors had already done the damage as they held on to win by 23 shots to 14 and they were through to the next round.
B.Drummond, S.Chamberlain, R.Andrews & B.Prowle lost to D.Bowie, T.Fish, C.Bowie & D.Pyne 19-19; B.Gilbert, R.Brewster, L.Parsley & K.Hammond beat M.Judd, A.Rowley, J.Brinklow & F.McGinlay 23-14.

Datchworth 34 Rosedale 33
On Wednesday afternoon we called off our home Friendly match against Luton West End because of the rain; but in the evening our Men played a home tie in the Preliminary Round of Bowls England Men’s Club 2 Fours despite the rain against 2 Fours from Rosedale. The green was playable so the game went ahead and the players got wet, very wet. But those are the rules if the match cannot be re-arranged before the round deadline. The scorecards became unusable after six ends, so all that can be reported is that we won one Rink and lost the other, resulting in a draw, 33 shots apiece; which meant an extra end had to be played by one of the Rinks and we won it. All players were able to drain the water from themselves and get dry as best they could before going home to finish the drying-out process.

Datchworth Yellow 17 Parkside Greens 41
On a damp and dreary Thursday night our Yellow team travelled the W.G.C’s KGV greens to play Parkside Greens in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Division 1 match and returned home somewhat damp after losing 17 shots to 41, after the home team coped with the difficult conditions better. Andrew Phillips, Rob Hazeu and Skip Derek Henley lost the first six ends, to go 0-13 down. They fought back but could not catch the home Triple up, eventually losing by 12 shots to 19. Julian Hales, Jane Waller and Skip Steve Chamberlain won just four of the first nine ends, to fall 5 shots to 10 behind, and by the time the other Triple had finished they were 5 shots to 22 down with three ends to play and called a halt to their game as the match was lost and the overall conditions were not improving.
A.Phillips, R.Hazeu & D.Henley lost to P.Jones, M.Lewis & C.Jones 12-19; J.Hales, J.Waller & S.Chamberlain lost to B.Fuller, J.McCrossan & K.Hosier 5-22.

Datchworth Men 62 Hoddesdon & Rye Park Men 42
On Friday night our Men were in action again, this time in the Preliminary Round of the County’s Men’s Club Championship, away to Hoddesdon & Rye Park and they were successful again, this time by 62 shots to 42. Mike Mahoney, Bernie Drummond, Derek Henley and Skip Les Parsley lost the first six ends, to trail 0-10, but got their act together with stunning effect as they won all but two of the remaining fifteen ends to win by 21 shots to 12. Richard Brewster, Brian Gilbert, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills built up a healthy 17 shots to 9 lead with six ends to go. But the lost all of those ends and their game 17 shots to 21. Aaron Prowle, Ken Hammond, Steven Hunter and Skip Brad Prowle won the first eight ends, to lead 13 shots to 0 and won another seven ends, to win 24 shots to 9.
M.Mahoney, B.Drummond, D.Henley & L.Parsley beat B.Metzner, T.Mascot, D.Fussell & B.Hayter 21-12; R.Brewster, B.Gilbert, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills lost to T.Eldridge, D.Stevenson, T.Maynard & C.Milner 17-21; A.Prowle, K.Hammond, S.Hunter & B.Prowle beat A.Blackwell, T.Lacey, R.Rodgers & B.Osman 24-9.

Datchworth Women 1 point Potters Bar Women 3 points
On Saturday morning it was the turn of our Women to play in the Preliminary Round of Bowls England’s Women’s Top Club competition. They were at home to their counterparts from Potters Bar and it was the visitors who ran out victorious, winning the round by 3 disciplines to 1. For twelve ends Carol Hammond had a close game in the Singles with the score at 10 shots apiece. It all went wrong after that and she never won another end; losing 10 shots to 21. Bev Tapper and June Russell shared the first fourteen ends equally but found themselves 8 shots to 11 down. They then dropped seven shots over the next two ends to go 8-17 down and by the time the Triples and Fours were finished they called a halt to their game, as the round was lost, and they finished 12-19 down. In the Triples Sue Kiernan, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Chris Hills dropped too many multiple shots to recover from as they lost 8 shots to 33. Our only winning discipline was our Four of Sandy Campbell, Jane Waller, Jean Cooper and Skip Joan James. Picking up five shots on the thirteenth end did wonders for them as it put them 15 shots to 9 ahead; they never looked back after that and ran out winners by 22 shots to 13.
C.Hammond lost to D.Jewell 10-21; B.Tapper & J.Russell lost to A.Bowman & B.Burridge 12-19; S.Kiernan, A.Hutchinson & C.Hills lost to R.Hanshere, P.Feeney & P.Rodgers 8-33; S.Campbell, J.Waller, J.Cooper & J.James beat S.Powers, J.Scott, J.Gower & A.Wood 22-13.

Website Report for week ending 28 May 2017

Datchworth 72 Aston 45
On Wednesday night Aston were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and were beaten by 72 shots to 45. Carol Hammond, George Campbell, Dickie Jackson and Skip Brian Gilbert won two more ends than they lost and won by two shots, 15-13. Phil Berry, Andrew Phillips, Joan James and Skip Neil Mean lost four of the first five ends, to trail 2 shots to 4, and remained behind for the rest of their game, losing 12 shots to 14. It was a different story for Nicki Berry, Ken Ryder, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills. Despite sharing the first four ends equally they trailed 2-4, but they then went on winning streak, winning the next eleven ends and ended up winning by 26 shots to 5. Lewis Gilbert, Jane Waller, Derek Henley & Skip Ken Hammond picked up three shots on the third end, to lead 3-2, and never lost their lead, eventually winning by 19 shots to 13.
C.Hammond, G.Campbell, D.Jackson & B.Gilbert beat M.Grindley, D.Smith, S.Hill & M.Dunne 15-13; P.Berry, A.Phillips, J.James & N.Mean lost to N.Wray, J.Kelly, M.Allington & D.Smith 12-14; N.Berry, K.Ryder, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills beat J.May, S.Stevens, M.Gleghorn & T.Phipps 26-5; L.Gilbert, J.Waller, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat G.Moore, G.Gleghorn, D.Jackson & L.Grindley 19-13.

Datchworth Men 5 Points Kings Langley Men 0 Points
On Thursday night our Men played their counterparts from King’s Langley at the Turkey Farm in the Preliminary Round of Bowls England’s Top Club competition and came out on top 5 points to 0. The first discipline to finish was the 2 Wood Singles in which Derek Henley lost the first five ends, to go 0-6 down. He was 2-8 down two ends later before he found his line and length and lost just two more ends as he came from behind to win 15 shots to 12 after 21 ends. Next to finish was the 4 Wood Singles in which Mike Mahoney won the first three ends, to lead 5-0, a lead he never relinquished as he went on to win 21-9. The Pairs finished next in which Jim Smith and Skip Brad Prowle had built up a very healthy 21 shots to 2 lead after just seven ends. The game was stopped after eighteen ends with them 33 shots to 9 ahead and the game effectively won. At that point the Triples of Aaron Prowle, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond were playing their penultimate end and leading 17 shots to 10. They completed the end, picked up a further three shots, called a halt to the came with an unassailable lead of 20 shots to 10. The Fours of Bernie Drummond, Neil Mean, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills were playing their nineteenth end and leading 20 shots to 13. They too completed the end, picked up a further five shots, called a halt to the came, winning by 25 shots to 13, giving Datchworth a 5 discipline to 0 overall win.
2 Wood Singles: D.Henley beat T.Baker 15-12; 4 Wood Singles: M.Mahoney beat C.Sloan 21-9; Pairs: J.Smith & B.Prowle beat N.Marsham & A.Moseley 33-9; Triples: A.Prowle, L.Parsley & K.Hammond beat P.Harris, H.Tyler & A.Beard 20-10; Rink: B.Drummond, N.Mean, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills beat A.Miles, J.Coleman, R.Swithenbank & R.Biggs 25-13.

Datchworth Men 6 Points St Ippolytts Men 2 Points
On Friday night it was another Team match for our Men at the Turkey Farm, this time in the 2nd Round of the County’s Men’s Team Ten against their counterparts from St Ippolytts and it ended with another win for our Men, 3 disciplines to 1. In the Singles Mike Mahoney built up an 11 shots to 2 lead before being caught and overtaken 12 shots to 13. He then went on to win five ends in a row to win 21 shots to 13. In the Pairs Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond won the first two ends and kept their noses in front till the eighteenth end, when they led 16-15. They then lost the remaining three ends and their game 16 shots to 19. In the Triples Brian Gilbert, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills lost the first three ends, to trail 0-5, and by the ninth end they were 6 shots to 12 down. But they found some form to win the next eight ends to go into the final end 18-12 up. They dropped a shot on that end to win by 18 shots to 13. In the Rink Bernie Drummond, Richard Brewster, Neil Mean and Skip Les Parsley were 6 shots apiece after seven ends before they too found some form and lost just three more ends and after nineteen ends they were 26 shots to 10 up and their game was halted as the Rink was effectively won, as was the match. So our Men now go on to face either Stevenage or Sele Farm in the 3rd Round.
Singles: M.Mahoney beat R.Knight 21-13; Pairs: D.Henley & K.Hammond lost to J.Dudley & C.Davidson 16-19; Triples: B.Gilbert, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills beat D.Knight, T.Saunders & M.Hayzleden 18-13; Rink: B.Drummond, R.Brewster, N.Mean & L.Parsley beat P.Belton, S.Little, J.Clark & C.Childs 26-10.

Datchworth 126 Potters Bar 81
On Saturday afternoon Potters Bar were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 126 shots to 81. Edie Alden, Jim Russell, Julian Hales and Skip Ken Hammond won four ends in a row to go from 5 apiece to 10-5 ahead and once they got their nose in front they kept it there, as they went on to win by 17 shots to 13. Carol Hammond, Rachel Jones, Bernie Drummond and Skip John Alden picked up six shots on the third end and then won every end from the twelfth end to emphatically win by 39 shots to 8. Lewis Gilbert, Sylvia Barsby, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first three ends but then went on to win all but two of the next eleven ends to lead 24 shots to 11. They then won three of the closing seven ends to win by 28 shots to 21. Dawn Kingsland, Sue Kiernan, Neil Mean and Skip Peter Hills picked up five shots on the eighth end to draw level at 9 shots apiece, then proceeded to lose all but one of the following eight ends, to go 10-18 down. They won all but two of the closing five ends to cut their losing deficit to 15 shots to 20. Chris Hills, Maurice Gordon, Ian Williams and Skip Derek Henley won all but one of the first eight ends, to lead 16 shots to 1 before winning just four more ends to have their winning margin reduced to 27 shots to 19.
E.Alden, J.Russell, J.Hales & K.Hammond beat C.Riley, R.Smale, D.Jewell & P.Gower 17-13; C.Hammond, R.Jones, B.Drummond & J.Alden beat M.Baldwin, J.Scott, C.Malone & M.Eccleshall 39-8; L.Gilbert, S.Barsby, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain beat W.Clark, L.Chesson, S.Jewell & S.Smale 28-21; D.Kingsland, S.Kiernan, N.Mean & P.Hills lost to M.Steed, B.Hamshere, S.Frost & C.Budden 15-20; C.Hills, M.Gordon, I.Williams & D.Henley beat J.Golden, C.Munn, L.Steed & T.White 27-19.

Datchworth 79 Harperbury 64
On Sunday afternoon we travelled to play Harperbury in a Mixed Friendly and came away with a 79 shot to 64 win, after sharing the match two rinks apiece and borrowing a couple of their bowlers as we were short-handed. Sandy Campbell, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper won just two of the first six ends, to trail 2-7, and were still 7 shots to 13 adrift six ends later. They then won all but two of the closing six ends to edge the win by one shot, 16-15. Sylvia Barsby, Maureen Pugh, Ian Williams and Skip Julian Hales lost five of the first eight ends, to trail 2-13, but then shared the remaining ten ends equally and lost by 14 shots to 22. Dawn Kingsland, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley picked up five shots on both the first and third ends and never looked in danger of being caught, eventually running out winners by 36 shots to 10. Despite winning only two groups of three ends Barbara Williams, Sue Kiernan, Keith Williams and Skip Richard Brewster managed to keep their losing deficit down to 13 shots to 17.
S.Campbell, D.Jackson & R.Harper beat S.Swain, D.Agras & M.Langley 16-15; S.Barsby, M.Pugh, I.Williams & J.Hales lost to I.Taylor, R.Langley, B.Young & J.West 14-22; D.Kingsland, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat R.Pugh, A.Nicklin & S.Burrow 36-10; B.Williams, S.Kiernan, K.Williams & R.Brewster lost to E.Williams, A.Trollope, M.Barnard & S.Allen 13-17.

Website Report for 4 June 2017

Datchworth Gold 32 Cheshunt 44
On Tuesday night our Gold team were at home to Cheshunt in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and it was the visitors who prevailed by 44 shots to 32. Tony Morris, Andrew Phillips and Skip Steve Chamberlain only won three of the first eight ends, but they picked up six shots on their third winning end to draw level at 10 apiece. Things did not go that well after that though as they only won two more ends to crash to a 14 shot to 25 defeat. Dickie Jackson, Julian Hales and Skip Derek Henley fared a little better as they shared the ends equally and drew level on three occasions, the third was at 18 apiece on the penultimate end. But they dropped a shot on the last end to lose 18 shots to 19.
T.Morris, A.Phillips & S.Chamberlain lost to G.O’Loughlin, J.Minards & D.Phillips 14-25; D.Jackson, J.Hales & D.Henley lost to O.Bannon, S.Molloy & M.Smith 18-19.

Datchworth Blue 32 Sele Farm 31
On Wednesday night it was the turn of our other East Herts Bowls League team, our Div. 1 Blue team, to play at the Turkey Farm against Sele Farm and they sneaked home by one shot, 32 shots to 31.This match saw the welcome return to the green of Club Captain Steve Arnold after having a cyst removed from his left kidney at the beginning of the month. He, along with Richard Brewster and Skip Les Parsley won three of the first four ends, to lead 4-1, and then they kept their noses in front for all but one end as they held on to win by 18 shots to 15. By contrast Bernie Drummond, Brian Gilbert and Skip Ken Hammond only won one of the first five ends, to trail 1 shot to 8. But they worked hard and eventually, after picking up seven shots over three consecutive ends, led 14 shots to 13 with two ends to go. They dropped two shots on the penultimate end and were lying one shot down with only Ken Hammond’s last wood to play. He did not bowl that wood, accepted the one shot down, to lose 14 shots to 16, which gave the match to the Blue team by one shot.
R.Brewster, S.Arnold & L.Parsley beat J.Lake, D.Lee & H.Wright 18-15; B.Drummond, B.Gilbert & K.Hammond lost to M.Sell, M.Jones & J.Parsley 14-16.

Datchworth 60 Buntingford 45
Our Men were in action again on Friday night when they took on the always tough nuts to crack, their counterparts from Buntingford at the Turkey Farm in the 2nd Round of the County’s Inter-Club Team Championship, but they cracked them by 60 shots to 45. The first Rink to finish was that of Mike Mahoney, Richard Brewster, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond. They dropped a five on the third end, to trail 3-5 and remained behind until they picked up a five of their own on the fifteenth end to draw level at 13 shots apiece. This was the catalyst for not only them, but for our other Rinks, as they went on to win all but one of the remaining six ends to win 19 shots to 14. At the same time they picked up their five shots Brian Gilbert, Steve Chamberlain, Steven Hunter and Skip Peter Hills also picked up five shots, taking them to 13 shots to 12 ahead. They lost the next two ends but won the following five ends before their game conceded at the end of the penultimate end with them leading 20 shots to 14. Shortly after both these fives were picked up the Rink of Bernie Drummond, Neil Mean, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley picked up four shots, to stretch their lead to 17-12. They then won all but two of the following five ends before their game was also conceded with them leading 21 shots to 17 at the completion of the penultimate end. So it is now onto a 3rd Round home draw against Bishop’s Stortford for our Men.
M.Mahoney, R.Brewster, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat P.Warren, V.Greenberg, T.Keeling & S.Wake 19-14; B.Gilbert, S.Chamberlain, S.Hunter & P.Hills beat R.Evans, J.Andrews, J.Powell & M.Plume 20-14; B.Drummond, N.Mean, J.Smith & L.Parsley beat R.Murphy, B.Davies, C.Frostick & G.Warrender 21-17.

Datchworth 78 Whitethorn 91
On Saturday afternoon Whitethorn were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and went back home after winning by 91 shots to 78. Linda Tyler, Derrick Elms and Skip Richard Brewster led 10-2 after seven ends but trailed 10-12 four ends later. They got their noses in front 17-16 with one end to play but dropped two shots on it to lose 17-18. Annette Hutchinson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain won the first four ends, to lead 7-0, and were never headed, running out winners by 20 shots to 15. Sylvia Barsby, Richard Hutchinson, Jim Russell and Skip Neil Mean led 10-3 after nine ends before losing the next five ends, to trail 10-13. They picked up three shots on the next end, to draw level at 13 shots apiece, but then lost the remaining three ends to lose 13-17. Georgina Gilbert, Jane Waller and Skip Chas Townley dropped six shots on the first end and never recovered, eventually losing by 11 shots to 27. Carol Hammond, Ken Ryder and Skip Brian Gilbert picked up 5 shots on the eleventh end to draw level at 11 shots apiece and then went and won five of the remaining seven ends to win by 17 shots to 14.
L.Tyler, D.Elms & R.Brewster lost to N.Clarke, H.Jackson & A.Hills 17-18; A.Hutchinson, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain beat T.Worsley, C.Morley & M.Gowlett 20-15; S.Barsby, R.Hutchinson, J.Russell & N.Mean lost to S.Gowlett, I.Tyler, A.Hills & T.Graham 13-17; G.Gilbert, J.Waller & C.Townley lost to G.Andrews, P.Newstead & A.Gulliver 11-27; C.Hammond, K.Ryder & B.Gilbert beat A.Searle, V.James 7 S.Worsley 17-14.

Datchworth 40 St Ippolytts 39
On Sunday morning the Men of St Ippolytts were the visitors to the Turkey Farm, not for the first time in a Knock Out competition, this time it was for a 1st Round match in Bowls England’s Men’s Club 2 Fours and were beaten by the odd shot, 40-39. The first Rink to finish was that of Mike Mahoney, Derek Henley, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond. They led 7 shots to 4 after seven ends, then after losing the next four ends they trailed 7-10. They won the next three ends, to lead 12-10 before losing the next two ends to trail 12-16. They then won all but one of the closing five ends to come from behind to win by 19 shots to 17. At which point our other Rink of Brian Gilbert, Richard Andrews, Steven Hunter and Skip Peter Hills were trailing 19 shots to 22 playing their final end. With his last wood to play and the last wood of the end, Peter Hills was holding one shot, but that would not have enough as that would have meant the match would have been tied, so he bowled it. He managed to get it through a congested head and rest out St Ippolytts’ second wood to give him second wood so his Rink lost by just one shot, 21-22, and give our Men the win by one shot, 40-39. It is now on to a 2nd Round tie away to the Men of Berkhamsted.
M.Mahoney, D.Henley, L.Parsley & K.Hammond beat D.Knight, T.Saunders, M.Hayzleden & R.Knight 19-17; B.Gilbert, R.Andrews, S.Hunter & P.Hills lost to J.Dudley, J.Clark, C.Childs & C.Davidson 21-22.

Datchworth 76 Howard Garden 82
Howard Garden were the afternoon visitors to the Turkey Farm for the second match to be played on Sunday. This was a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and it was the visitors who went home with the points after an 82 shots to 76 win. June Russell, Derrick Elms, Richard Harper and Skip Peter Hills led 11 shots to 7 after eleven ends before losing the next four ends, to trail 11-13. They then won four of the closing six ends to win 21 shots to 19 despite dropping five shots on the nineteenth end. Carol Hammond, Sue Kiernan, Andrew Phillips and Skip Neil Mean won the first three ends, to lead 9-0, and were never caught. They too dropped five shots on the nineteenth end but still won by 29 shots to 19. It was not so easy sailing for Rachel Jones, Ian Tyler, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain as they lost all but one of the first six ends, to trail by 3 shots to 10. They never got back in the hunt and losing the closing five ends only increased their losing deficit to 13-28. For thirteen out of nineteen ends there was never more than two shots separating the Rink of Chris Hills, Dickie Jackson, Joan James and Skip Les Parsley from their opposition and after nineteen ends they were tied at 13 shots apiece. But they lost the closing two ends to lose by 13 shots to 16.
J.Russell, D.Elms, R.Harper & P.Hills beat B.Roberson, D.Weemys, D.Brothers & P.Griffiths 21-19; C.Hammond, S.Kiernan, A.Phillips & N.Mean beat R.Dowsett, B.Lindsay, B.Rainbow & R.Bloomfield 29-19; R.Jones, I.Tyler, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain lost to P.Rowe, J.Roberson, N.Ballard & D.Greatrex 13-28; C.Hills, D.Jackson, J.James & L.Parsley lost to B.Barker, S.Jordon, J.Brothers & S.Garrett 13-16.

Website Report for week ending 11 June 2017

On a rather damp and miserable Monday night both our Men and Ladies were in action; our Men in the form of our East Herts Div. 2 Gold team, who travelled to Rosehill’s green to take on their Badgers team and our Ladies travelled to the Peg’s Lane green to take on the Ladies of Hertford in the Ladies County League.

Datchworth Gold 30 Rosehill Badgers 45
For the Gold team Aaron Prowle, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain won five ends on the trot to come from 5-16 down after nine ends to 11-16 down after fourteen ends. But their recovery ended there as they lost the remaining four ends to lose by 11 shots to 22. Jim Russell, Steven Hunter and Skip Derek Henley suffered a similar fate as they won four ends on the trot to come from 8-11 down after ten ends to 17-11 up after fourteen ends. Their recovery crashed on the next end as the managed to drop 8 shots, to trail 11-19. They did draw level on the following end but lost the final two ends to lose 19 shots to 23.
A.Prowle, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to T.Day, R.Pateman & B.Martin 11-22; J.Russell, S.Hunter & D.Henley lost to C.Bartlett, L.Knight & M.Songer 19-23.

Datchworth Ladies 5 Hertford Ladies 29
At Peg’s Lane Dawn Kingsland, Beverley Tapper, Jean Cooper and Skip June Russell had a disastrous start, losing the first five ends, to trail 0-13, and despite winning four of the next six ends they were still 5 shots to 17 down. Four ends later, with the score 29-5 in favour of the home side, the match was halted as the rain was getting worse.
D.Kingsland, B.Tapper, J.Cooper & J.Russell lost to M.Toynton, E.Smith, K.Cartwright & P.Worsley 5-29.

Datchworth Blue 37 Ware Maltsters 22
On Tuesday night it was the turn of our East Herts Div. 1 Blue team to take to the green as they played Ware Maltsters at the Turkey Farm. Brian Gilbert, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills had a tight game as they shared the ends equally. But where as they dropped one and two shots they picked up the odd three shots; this enabled them to win by 17 shots to 13. As for Mike Mahoney, Richard Andrews and Skip Les Parsley they won five ends in a row, including picking up a six on the eleventh end, to go from 7-5 up, after nine ends, to 17-5 up, after fourteen ends. Despite losing three of the closing four ends they held on to win by 20 shots to 9.
B.Gilbert, S.Arnold & P.Hills beat M.Gray, D.Edden & N.Wareham 17-13; M.Mahoney, R.Andrews & L.Parsley beat P.Sullivan, J.Daniels & S.Stow 20-9.

Datchworth Yellow 27 Welwyn Woods 35
On Wednesday night our Yellow team plated Welwyn Woods in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match at the Turkey Farm and came off second best after a 27 shots to 35 defeat. Rachel Jones, Steven Hunter and Skip Steve Chamberlain were level three times by the time they were 8 apiece after eight ends, but five losing ends later they were 8 shots to 18 down. They did win three of the remaining five ends and reduced their losing deficit to 15-20. Barbara Williams, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper won the first two ends and remained in front until they were caught at 12 shots apiece with one end to go. They dropped three shots on that end to lose by 12 shots to 15.
R.Jones, S.Hunter & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Webb, T.Webb & M.Clements 15-20; B.Williams, D.Jackson & R.Harper lost to M.Holdcroft, C.Blakes & T.Holdcroft 12-15.

Datchworth Men 4 Points (72 shots) Sele Farm Men 4 Points (80 shots)
On Friday night our Men were in action at the Turkey Farm against their long standing foe from Sele Farm in the 3rd Round of the County’s Men’s Team Ten competition and it was the turn of the Sele Farm’s Men to come out on top with a 80 shots to 72 win after the four disciplines were shared two apiece. In the Singles Brad Prowle led Harry Wright 19 shots to 10 before being nearly caught. But he managed to stop Harry Wright’s recovery and went on to win by 21 shots to 18. In the Pairs Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills led 7-3 after seven ends, but four losing ends later they were all square at 7 shots apiece. They were 10 shots to 11 down with five ends to play; they only won one of those and lost by 12 shots to 17. In the Triples Aaron Prowle, Steven Hunter and Skip Ken Hammond won the first two ends but lost the next eight, to trail by 4 shots to 16. They did fight back to 12-16 down with four ends to go, but they lost all of them to lose 12-22. In the Fours Brian Gilbert, Steve Chamberlain, Jim Smith and Skip Les Parsley led 8-6 after seven ends; they then went 8-18 down five losing ends later. They fought back and won all but two of the remaining nine ends to come from behind and win by 27 shots to 23 after picking up four shots on the final end.
Singles: B.Prowle beat H.Wright 21-18; Pairs: S.Arnold & P.Hills lost to S.Kelley & J.Parsley 12-17; Triples; A.Prowle, S.Hunter & K.Hammond lost to M.Sell, N.Lonergan & J.Dunne 12-22; Fours; B.Gilbert, S.Chamberlain, J.Smith & L.Parsley beat K.Hegley, R.Pratt, J.Ottley & D.Lee 27-23.

Datchworth Men 2 Points Hemel Hempstead Men 3 Points
On Saturday morning our Men were in action again, this time in the 1st Round of Bowls England’s Men’s Top Team competition, away to their counterparts of Hemel Hempstead. It ended with a second defeat in as many days as they lost 2-3. In the 2 Wood Singles Derek Henley only won two of the first fourteen ends and trailed 2-16 as a consequence. He fought back to 10-16 with two ends to play; but it was not enough as he lost 11-17. In the 4 Wood Singles Steve Arnold trailed 6-13 after eleven ends, three ends later he was 14-13 ahead. Four ends later he trailed the Jack with his and the last wood of the end, picking up two shots, and saving a game winning lie against him. He was holding three shots for the game three ends after that before his opponent, Mark Woodcock, drew shot with his and the last wood of the end. Two ends later he was holding three shots again for the game and again Mark Woodcock drew shot with his and the last wood of the end, to win by one shot 21-20. In the Pairs Jim Smith and Skip Peter Hills had built up a huge 23 shots to 6 lead with six ends to play. They lost the next four ends, but won the closing two ends to win by 26 shots to 16. In the Triples Aaron Prowle, Steven Hunter and Skip Les Parsley won the first four ends to lead 8-0, a lead they never lost as they ran out winners by 19 shots to 15. In the Fours Brian Gilbert, Richard Harper, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Chamberlain fought back from 3-10 down after seven ends to lead 17-12 with four ends to play. But they could not hold on to their form and lost all but the final end to lose by 18 shots to 20.
2 Wood Singles: D.Henley lost to J.Norman 11-17; 4 Wood Singles: S.Arnold lost to M.Woodcock 20-21; Pairs: J.Smith & P.Hills beat A.Mumford & B.Smith 26-16; Triples: A.Prowle, S.Hunter & L.Parsley beat D.Connors, R.Payne & G.Williams 19-15; Fours: B.Gilbert, R.Harper, N.Mean & S.Chamberlain lost to D.Kinzelmann, C.Dodd, S.Harburn & G.Eagles 18-20.

Datchworth 72 Buntingford 69
On Saturday afternoon five of the Men that were involved with the morning match made the trip from Hemel Hempstead to Buntingford for our Mixed Friendly match and they combined with those that did not play in the morning to edge a win by 72 shots to 69. Because we were short of players they loaned us one player and they fielded another rink of two teams that played each other, but I do not have the scorecard for that game, so cannot report on it. Stuart Hay, Merle Thompson, Richard Harper and Skip Les Parsley were 11-14 down before they won all but one of the closing five ends to win by 22 shots to 15. Dawn Kingsland, Sue Kiernan, Brian Bushell and Skip Richard Andrews were 4-6 down before they won all but four of the remaining twelve ends to win by 22 shots to 13. Carol Hammond, John Morgan, Rob Hazeu and Skip Derek Henley won only two of the first eight ends, to trail 3-12. They remained behind till the end, eventually losing 14-19. Dickie Jackson, Ann Poulton, Chas Townley and Skip Steve Chamberlain led 10-6 after ten ends but then only won two more ends as they lost 14 shots to 22.
S.Hay, M.Thompson, R.Harper & L.Parsley beat D.Marks, S.Anstey, G.Beale & L.Purdy 22-15; D.Kingsland, S.Kiernan, B.Bushell & R.Andrews beat P.Geere, P.Besser, V.Moules & M.Grimsdale 22-13; C.Hammond, J.Morgan, R.Hazeu & D.Henley lost to C.Cain, J.Bushell, J.Collins & S.Keen 14-19; D.Jackson, A.Poulton, C.Townley & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Weaver, D.Menzies, M.Marks & D.Geere 14-22.

Cavendish
To the disappointment of those who were due to travel we missed out on our day trip to Cavendish in Suffolk this year as they did not have enough available players to play us.

Website Report for 18 June 2017

Datchworth Blue 48 Welwyn Bucks 19
On Monday night our Blue team were away to Welwyn Bucks in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and they prevailed by 48 shots to 19. Steve Arnold, Richard Andrews and Skip Les Parsley were 1-7 down after four ends before they found their feet from there as they won all but two of the remaining fourteen ends to win by 31 shots to 11. It has to be said that any “good luck” went the way of Les Parsley and all the “bad luck” went the way of the home Skip Stan Kenworthy. Robin Gray, Brian Gilbert and Skip Peter Hills won just two more ends than they lost, but as they only dropped single shots on each of those ends while picking up multiple shots on six of their winning ends they won 17-8 as a result.
S.Arnold, R.Andrews & L.Parsley beat M.Baldwin, J.Summerfield & S.Kenworthy 31-11; R.Gray, B.Gilbert & P.Hills beat D.Humphries, N.Muller & M.Poole 17-8.

Datchworth 37 Hitchin Town 51
On Tuesday afternoon Hitchin Town were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and they returned home after a comfortable 51 shot to 37 win. They loaned us two players for the afternoon as we were short. One of them, Bob Parker, along with Ann Poulton, Sandie Campbell and Skip Rob Hazeu never got going as they only won two of the first nine ends and three of the remaining nine and they crashed to an 8 shot to 20 loss as a result. Susan Wray, George Campbell and Skip Julian Hales only lost two more ends than they won in their 14 shot to 18 loss. It was the reverse for the other loanee, Brian Marsden, along with Dawn Kingsland and Skip Ken Ryder as they won two more ends than they lost and won by two shots, 15-13.
R.Parker, A.Poulton, S.Campbell & R.Hazeu lost to G.Billingham, R.Thorpe, R.Cole & D.Munro 8-20; S.Wray, G.Campbell & J.Hales lost to L.Palmer, K.Milan & G.Munge 14-18; B.Marsden, D.Kingsland & K.Ryder beat G.Staton, G.Palmer & A.Jennison 15-13.

Datchworth Gold 37 Northaw & Cuffley 32
On Tuesday night our Gold team travelled to Northaw and Cuffley for an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and returned home after a 37 shot to 32 win. Andrew Phillips, Ian Williams and Skip Steven Hunter dropped 6 shots on the fourth end and they never got within striking distance after that as they lost by 13 shots to 21. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Derek Henley dropped single shots on each of the first four ends but then went on to lose just four more ends as they came back well to win by 24 shots to 11.
A.Phillips, I.Williams & S.Hunter lost to M.Manzi, D.King & J.Diggins 13-21; D.Jackson, R.Harper & D.Henley beat D.Pett, J.Baker & D.Fryett 24-11.

Datchworth Men 54 Berkhampsted Men 36
On Wednesday night our Men travelled to Berkhampsted to take on their Men in the 2nd Round of Bowls England’s Men’s Club 2 Fours competition and came away with, what looked like on the surface, a comfortable 54 shot to 36 win; but it was not. Aaron Prowle, Steve Chamberlain, Les Parsley and Skip Brad Prowle led 11-5 after nine ends before they lost four ends on the trot, to go 11-12 down. They recovered their earlier form and won all but three of the remaining eight ends to win by 27 shots to 18. Mike Mahoney, Steve Arnold, Derek Henley and Skip Peter Hills won just one of the first five ends, to trail 1-8. They then drew level at 11 shots apiece after eleven ends before dropping five shots on the twelfth end, to trail 11-16. They then found some decent form to win all but two of the closing ends to match the winning score of the other Rink 27-18. Now it is a 3rd Round trip to the area winners from last year, Garston.
A.Prowle, S.Chamberlain, L.Parsley & B.Prowle beat S.Burrell, B.Ralphs, D.Steedman & K.Clarke 27-18; M.Mahoney, S.Arnold, D.Henley & P.Hills beat P.Mackness, D.Sear, K.Maynard & D.Brown 27-18.

Datchworth Ladies 11 Buntingford 1 Ladies 22
Also on Wednesday night our Ladies were at home to Buntingford 1 Ladies in a Ladies County League match and Dawn Kingsland, Sue Kiernan, Chris Hills and Skip June Russell lost twice as many ends as they won and lost by twice as many shots 11-22.
D.Kingsland, S.Kiernan, C.Hills & J.Russell lost to D.Marks, C.Hatley, V.Moules & D.Geere 11-22.

Datchworth Green 52 Welwyn Wanderers 23
On Thursday night our Green team started the defence of Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s John Brown Trophy with a home and away tie against Welwyn Wanderers. At the Turkey Farm Robin Gray, Richard Brewster and Skip Ken Ryder won five ends in a row to go from 3-8 down after seven ends to 18-8 up after twelve ends. It was a lead they did not lose as they ran out winners by 21 shots to 14. At Welwyn and Districts green Janet and Mike Mahoney and Skip Steve Arnold only won four more ends than they lost but they amassed 22 more shots as they cruised to a 31 shot to 9 win.
R.Gray, R.Brewster & K.Ryder beat D.O’Shea, A.Benton & B.Bennett 21-14; J.Mahoney, M.Mahoney & S.Arnold beat T.Hendley, E.Goodall & L.Page 31-9.

Datchworth Yellow 38 De Havilland 27
On Friday night our Yellow team played a home and away tie in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’ John Brown Trophy, the Trophy they were Runner’s-Up in last season. At the Turkey Farm Sandy and George Campbell and Skip Aaron Prowle won all but two of the first nine ends, to lead 12-3. They then picked up a 6 and a 5 to ease their way to a 26-14 win. At De Havilland’s green Barbara Williams, Richard Harper and Skip Derek Henley had a tight game with no more than a couple of shots separating the sides for all but one of the eighteen ends played and so it was at the end after they dropped 2 shots on the eighteenth end to lose by 12 shots to 13.
S & G. Campbell & A.Prowle beat D.Venables, I.Currie & D.Parsonage 26-14; B.Williams, R.Harper & D.Henley lost to

Datchworth 82 Welwyn & District 55
On a baking hot Saturday afternoon Welwyn and District were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for what was scheduled to be a Mixed Friendly. But we had to field all Men as the two Ladies who were originally due to play had to withdraw. Richard Harper, Julian Hales and Skip Brian Gilbert picked up four shots on the first end and remained in front until they were caught at 12 apiece after twelve ends. They then won all but one of the remaining six ends to win by 24 shots to 13. Derrick Elms, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain won all but two of the first eight ends, to lead 10-5 and then kept their noses in front until the end, winning 19-14. John Morgan, John Alden and Skip Chas Townley only won two of the first seven ends, to trail 2-10. They were 4-12 down four ends later before they got their act together to win all but one of the remaining seven ends for a come from behind 18 shots to 15 win. Rob Hazeu, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold dropped 5 shots on the seventh end, to trail 6-8. They then shared the remaining eleven ends 6-5 in their favour, picking up three 4s while dropping five 1s and as a result they ended up winning by 21 shots to 13.
R.Harper, J.Hales & B.Gilbert beat R.Russell, D.Charwood & A.Scholes 24-13; D.Elms, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain beat R.Currell, J.Hart & J.Webb 19-14; J.Morgan, J.Alden & C.Townley beat R.Venting, M.Baldwin & T.Holdcroft 18-15; R.Hazeu, N.Mean & S.Arnold beat C.Russell, P.Ellis & T.Webb 21-13.

Datchworth 86 Three Horseshoes 64
We travelled the sort distance down Broadhall Way to play Three Horseshoes in a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match on a baking hot Sunday afternoon and came away with an 86 shot to 64 win. Sue Kiernan, Andrew Phillips, Richard Harper and Skip Neil Mean picked up 5 shots on the second end and then gradually built up a healthy 21-7 lead with seven ends to play. Whether the heat had got to them by then or not but they started to wilt and lost all but one of those ends but they still managed to hold on to win by 22 shots to 19. Ann Poulton, John Alden, Richard Brewster and Skip Brian Gilbert won twice as many ends as they lost and won by twice as many shots, 26-13. Chris Hills, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills were playing as a three against a four and would have to be deducted 4 shots or 20% of their shots after 21 ends, according to League rules. They lost the first three ends before picking up 5 shots on the eighth end, to lead 11-6. They kept their noses in front and ended up winning by 20 shots to 16. Which meant that after the shot deduction they drew 16 apiece and an extra end had to be played; which they lost. Dickie Jackson, June Russell, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Derek Henley were level for the third time at 13 apiece after sixteen ends. They picked up 5 shots on the nineteenth end to lead 18-14 and led till the end, eventually winning by 22 shots to 16.
S.Kiernan, A.Phillips, R.Harper & N.Mean beat E.Iontton, J.Nash, K.Wilkinson & B.Maynard 22-19; A.Poulton, J.Alden, R.Brewster & B.Gilbert beat M.Cooper, D.Durrell, P.Stacey & C.Beaver 26-13; C.Hills, S.Arnold & P.Hills drew with M.Joyce, G.Streeter, S.Cole & C.Cole 16 all; R.Jackson, J.Russell, S.Chamberlain & D.Henley beat A.Lane, J.Grogan, P.Dale & D.Wilkinson 22-16.

Website Report for 25 June 2017

Datchworth Blue 48 Castles 24
On Monday night our Blue team were in East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 action at the Turkey Farm against Hertford Castle’s Castles team and beat them 48 -24. Mike Mahoney, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond dropped 6 shots on the fifth end, to trail 4-8. That galvanized them as they then won the next seven ends, to lead 14-8. A lead they never lost as they held on to win by 19 shots to 11. By the ninth end Brian Gilbert, Peter Hills and Skip Brad Prowle were 8-9 down before they won the next five ends, to lead 18-9. They picked up 6 shots on the sixteenth end and 5 on the seventeenth to stretch their led to 29 shots to 10 before dropping 3 shots on the final end to win 29-13.
M.Mahoney, L.Parsley & K.Hammond beat A.Gibbs, M.Howett & M.Milne 19-11; B.Gilbert, P.Hills & B.Prowle beat G.Butt, B.Sullivan & A.Branford 29-13.

Datchworth Ladies v Much Hadham Ladies
This match was mutually postponed on Tuesday afternoon due to the extremely hot weather.

Datchworth Gold 33 Stevenage Red 26
On Tuesday night our Gold team played Stevenage Red at the Turkey Farm in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and beat them by 33 shots to 26. It was a see-saw game for Dickie Jackson, Rob Hazeu and Skip Richard Harper. They went 0-5 down after three ends, 6 all after seven ends, 6-10 down after nine ends, 12 all after fifteen ends and ended up losing 12-14 after tying the seventeen end. Julian Hales, Aaron Prowle and Skip Steve Chamberlain also lost the first three ends. But they fought back and won all but five of the remaining fifteen ends to win by 21 shots to 12.
D.Jackson, R.Hazeu & R.Harper lost to P.Smith, P.Edward & S.Wilson 12-14; J.Hales, A.Prowle & S.Chamberlain beat J.Gardner, S.Howson & T.Stout 21-12.

Datchworth 58 Standon & Puckeridge 44
On Wednesday evening Standon and Puckeridge were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and despite winning two of the three Triples played they lost by 58 shots to 44. Susan Wray, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Maurice Gordon won just one of the first four ends, to trail 1-4, and despite getting as close as 7-9 down after ten ends they lost 12-17 after winning just three more ends. Dawn Kingsland, Phil Berry and Skip Ian Tyler could do no wrong as they only lost four ends in their emphatic 31 shots to 5 win. Nicki Berry, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper won the first four ends before winning just one of the next nine and trailed 8-18 as a result. Despite winning four of the remaining six ends they only managed to cut their losing deficit down to 15-22.
S.Wray, S.Barsby & M.Gordon lost to B.Johnson, P.Gantz & R.Granville 12-17; D.Kingsland, P.Berry & I.Tyler beat J.Harding, J.Martingale & R.Blake 31-5; N.Berry, D.Jackson & R.Harper lost to R.Walton, J.Woor & F.Beard 15-22.

Datchworth Green v Welwyn Woods
Also on Wednesday night our Green team played Welwyn and District’s Woods team in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup, with one Rink at home and one away. Part way through the home leg one of the Woods players had to leave due to an emergency at home. This resulted in the tie having to be conceded and the Green team going through to the next round.

Datchworth 34 Bishop’s Stortford 46
On Thursday night our Men took on Bishop’s Stortford in the East Herts Bowls League Ranson Cup; with one Rink at home and one away they lost by 34 shots to 46. At our Turkey Farm Green Mike Mahoney, Bernie Drummond, Richard Andrews and Skip Brad Prowle picked up six shots on the sixth end to lead 9-5 and they stretched their lead to 12-7 three ends later before they lost four ends on the trot and trailed 12-19. They then went 14-22 down with four ends to play. They won those four ends but did not manage to get their noses in front as they lost by one shot, 21-22. At Bishop’s Stortford Brian Gilbert, Derek Henley, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond won just two of the first nine ends, to trail 2-14, and, thanks mainly to the Stortford Skip, they could not hold on to sufficient shots to get back into the game; eventually losing by 13 shots to 24.
M.Mahoney, B.Drummond, R.Andrews & B.Prowle lost to C.Beers, B.Bennett, C.Ball & A.Hutchinson 21-22; B.Gilbert, D.Henley, L.Parsley & K.Hammond lost to A.Yarborough, D.Chandler, K.Tyrell & G.Thompson 13-24.

Datchworth Gold 29 Sawbridgeworth Blue 28
On Friday night our Gold team were in action at the Turkey Farm against Sawbridgeworth Blue in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and they got home by one shot 29-28. Julian Hales, Steven Hunter and Skip Steve Chamberlain dropped five shots on the second end, to trail 0-6, and were still 4-10 adrift after eight ends. They then fought back to 11 apiece after fourteen ends before winning only one of the closing four ends to lose by 12 shots to 14. Maurice Gordon, Andrew Phillips and Skip Derek Henley dropped three shots on the first end but by the eleventh they had built up a 15 shot to 8 lead. They were still 17-10 up with three ends to play but they lost the first two of those to lead by 17 shots to 13. With Derek Henley’s last wood to bowl, which was the last wood of the end, they were lying one shot down; but as the other Triple had just finished he did not bowl it, accepted the one shot down to win by 17 shots to 14 and edge the match by one shot.
J.Hales, S.Hunter & S.Chamberlain lost to T.Birrel, H.Browne & M.Clark 12-14; M.Gordon, A.Phillips & D.Henley beat J.Lever, B.Ball & G.Firmstone 17-14.

Datchworth Green v Welwyn Woods
Also on Friday night our Green team should have played Welwyn Woods again, this time in a Div. 1 match in the Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League, but they conceded this match to our Green team on Wednesday night as they knew then that they could not raise a team for it.

Datchworth 78 Letchworth Garden City 80
On Sunday afternoon Letchworth Garden City were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and they returned home after edging an 80 shot to 78 win after playing on a green running at its quickest since the season started. Dawn Kingsland, Sylvia Barsby, Ken Ryder and Skip Peter Hills lost the first two ends, to trail 0-7, but got back to 7-8 down after seven ends. Their recovery stalled as they lost seven of the next eight ends to trail 8-20. Despite winning all but two of the closing six ends they still lost 14 shots to 22. Dickie Jackson, Chris Hills, John Alden and Skip Neil Mean were 5-12 down after seven ends before they won the next five ends to draw level at 12 apiece. They then won five of the remaining nine ends to win by 22 shots to 20. Annette Hutchinson, Stuart Hay, Joan James and Skip Steve Chamberlain lost the first two ends, to trail 0-6, and did well to draw level at 9 apiece after twelve ends. After that their recovery also stalled as they only won two more ends and lost 15-27 as a result. Rachel Jones, Ian Tyler, Andrew Phillips and Skip Richard Harper fell 7-10 down after ten ends but then went on a winning streak, winning all but one of the remaining eleven ends as they came from behind for a comprehensive 27 shots to 11 win.
D.Kingsland, S.Barsby, K.Ryder & P.Hills lost to P.Clayton, S.Sinclaire, B.Rogan & K.Castle 14-22; D.Jackson, C.Hills, J.Alden & N.Mean beat R.Bryant, R.Williams, F.Bryant & B.Bargery 22-20; A.Hutchinson, S.Hay, J.James & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Rogan, P.Bailey, H.Castle & P.Billson 15-27; R.Jones, I.Tyler, A.Phillips & R.Harper beat J.Ferguson, L.Bailey, T.Sinclaire & G.Cataldo 27-11.

Website Report for 2 July 2017

On an awfully wet Tuesday night, not suitable for bowls in any way shape or form, both of our East Herts Bowls League teams were in “action”. Our Blue team were away to Bishop’s Stortford’s Swifts team in Div. 1 and our Gold team were away to Sawbridgeworth’s Green team in Div. 2. But both teams had contrasting nights.

Datchworth Blue v Bishop’s Stortford Swifts
By mutual consent this match was abandoned after the first end due to the amount of rain coming out of the sky.

Datchworth Gold 35 Sawbridgeworth Green 35
By contrast our Gold team, playing not 5 miles away, somehow managed to play right the way through the downpour and conjured up a draw of 35 shots apiece. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain dropped ten shots over the third to the fifth ends, which did not help their cause. But they fought back to 11-13 down after twelve ends only to lose all but one of the remaining six ends and lose by 13 shots to 23. On the other rink Rob Hazeu, Steve Hunter and Skip Derek Henley picked up ten shots over the eighth to the eleventh end, to lead 14-7; a lead that was increased to 22-12 at the end and. enough to draw the match.
D.Jackson, R Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to D.Brampton, R.Nicholls & R.Marshall 13-23; R.Hazeu, S.Hunter & D.Henley beat L.Corsham, J.Watkins & B.Wright 22-12.

Datchworth 74 Norton 54
On Wednesday night we travelled to Norton for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and beat them 74 shots to 54. But once again as Norton were short-handed they suffered the 4 shot deduction per rink, as laid down in the League rules. Lewis Gilbert, June Russell, Richard Harper and Skip Peter Hills only won one more end than they lost but after the shot deduction was taken into account they won 23-8. Dawn Kingsland, Maurice Gordon, Joan James and Skip Les Parsley were 1-5 down after five ends but fought back to 10-8 in front after eleven ends. Five winning ends later they led by 18 shots to 8. They ended up winning by 20 shots to 12 after the shot deduction was taken into account. Chris Hills, Richard Hutchinson, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Brian Gilbert picked up 5 shots on the fifth end to lead 7-3. But after that they only managed to win another four ends as they found it difficult to find the right line to the Jack and lost 11-20 with the shot deduction taken into account. Annette Hutchinson, Robin Gray, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold won just two of the first eight ends and found themselves 2-13 down as a consequence. But they held in there and won all but three of the remaining thirteen ends, including the closing five ends, to come from behind and win 20-14, with the shot deduction taken into account.
L.Gilbert, J.Russell, R.Harper & P.Hills beat S.Larke, J.Nisbett & L.Parker 23-8; D.Kingsland, M.Gordon, J.James & L.Parsley beat A.Larke, K.Williams & B.Hart 20-12; C.Hills, R.Hutchinson, S.Chamberlain & B.Gilbert lost to J.Dulley, R.Larke & G.Liddle 11-20; A.Hutchinson, R.Gray, N.Mean & S.Arnold beat I.Hunstuet, P.Cross & V.Meeks 20-14.

On Thursday night we had two teams in action; our Blue team travelled to W.G.C’s Digswell Park green to take on their Lions team in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 and our Yellow team played Parkside Greens in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup.

Datchworth Blue 20 W.G.C. Lions 43
At W.G.C’s Digswell Park green our Blue team suffered their first defeat of the season, 20-43. Mike Mahoney, Les Parsley and Skip Brad Prowle only won six ends in their 7 shots to 28 defeat. This was mainly down to the Lions’ Skip, Gordon Avery, having one of those games where he would either cut the shots against his team down or turning shots against his team into shots for his team. Brian Gilbert, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills led for all but two of the first twelve ends. But by dropping 3 shots on the next ends made the scores level at 10 shots apiece. After that they only won two more ends and lost 13-15.
M.Mahoney, L.Parsley & B.Prowle lost to C.Avery, G.Frost & G.Avery 7-28; B.Gilbert, S.Arnold & P.Hills lost to S.Roach, A.Cox & K.Avenell 13-15.

Datchworth Yellow 41 Parkside Greens 33
Against Parkside Greens our Yellow team had one rink at home and one away and won by 41 shots to 33. At our Turkey Farm green Rachel Jones, Dawn Kingsland, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Chamberlain led from the off and were still leading comfortably 17-8 with seven ends to play. But things went astray from then on as they lost the next five ends to trail 17-18. They then saved themselves by winning the closing two ends, picking up a shot each time to sneak home by 19 shots to 18. At W.G.C’s K.G.V greens Chris Hills, Maurice Gordon, Aaron Prowle and Skip Steve Hunter won the first three ends and other than being pegged back to all square three times they were never in real trouble and ran out winners by 22 shots to 15.
R.Jones, D.Kingsland, S.Hay & S.Chamberlain beat P.Jones, M.Cragg, C.Jones & E.Anderson 19-18; C.Hills, M.Gordon, A.Prowle & S.Hunter beat D.Walker, S.Sullivan, B.Fuller & M.Lewis 22-15.

It was another night of double-header action on Friday night, this time it was for our Men. 8 of them travelled to Watford to take on their counterparts from Garston in the 2nd Round of Bowls England’s Men’s Club 2 Fours and 12 of them took on their counterparts from North Herts in the 1st Round of the Letchworth and District Bowling Association’s Cairns Cup.

Datchworth’s Men 29 Garston’s Men 48
At Garston our Men lost 29-48. Aaron Prowle, Steve Chamberlain, Ken Hammond and Skip Les Parsley won just one of the first eight ends, to trail 1-15. They fought back and by the sixteenth end they had reduced the deficit to six shots, 12-18. But by dropping six shots on the next end put paid to their recovery and they went on to lose by 14 shots to 29. After losing three of the first four ends Mike Mahoney, Steve Arnold, Derek Henley and Skip Peter Hills won seven of the next nine ends to lead 12-9. But they only managed to win another two ends and lost by 15 shots to 19.
A.Prowle, S.Chamberlain, K.Hammond & L.Parsley lost to D.Martin, S.Horwood, J.Rumball & B.Coles 14-29; M.Mahoney, S.Arnold, D.Henley & P.Hills lost to J.Hall, J.Hay, P.Element & M.Coles 15-19.

Datchworth 73 North Herts 62
At our Turkey Farm green Andrew Phillips, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steven Hunter won the first three ends, to lead 7-0 and were pegged back to 8-7 five ends later. But picking up five shots on the next end stooped the rot and they went on to win by 21 shots to 14. Bernie Drummond, Ken Ryder and Skip Neil Mean were 2-6 down after four ends but six winning ends later they were 16-6 up and went on to win by 19 shots to 14. At North Herts Norton Common green Richard Brewster, Richard Andrews and Skip Brian Gilbert went 1-7 down after six ends but fought back to 10-11 with five ends to go. They only won one of those ends and ended up losing by 11 shots to 20. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Brad Prowle led 8-1 after five ends but were caught and overtaken at 13-14 after fifteen ends. But they picked up three shots on each of the closing tree ends to win by 22 shots to 14.
A.Phillips, R.Hazeu & S.Hunter beat B.Hutchings, M.Jeffreys & J.Mustoe 21-14; B.Drummond, K.Ryder & N.Mean beat R.Edmett, R.Douglas & P.Riseborough 19-14; R.Brewster, R.Andrews & B.Gilbert lost to T.Stone, J.Bush & B.Simpkins 11-20; D.Jackson, R.Harper & B.Prowle beat S.Tory, B.Rawlings & B.Davey 22-14.

Datchworth v Kimpton
Unfortunately this match was cancelled on Saturday afternoon as Kimpton could not put out a full team.

Datchworth 66 St. Ippolytts 55
On Sunday morning we took on St Ippolytts in the Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League’s Knock Out competition, with two Mixed Triples at home and two away they won by 66 shots to 55. At the Turkey Farm Ann Poulton, Richard Harper and Skip Neil Mean had a close first eleven ends and led by just the odd shot, 10-9. After that they nearly doubled their shot tally while conceding just 2 more shots as they won by 19 shots to 11. Sue Kiernan, Derek Henley and Skip Steve Chamberlain struggled for the first thirteen ends and trailed 5-12 as a result. They then went on to win three of the closing five ends to lose by 12 shots to 15. At St. Ippolytts Barbara Williams, Rob Hazue and Skip Peter Hills picked up 8 shots on the fifth end to lead 10-4. But they only won another five ends after that and lost by 16 shots to 18. June Russell, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley either picked up a shot or dropped a shot over the first ten ends and were level at 5 apiece. They then lost just three more ends to run out winners by 19 shots to 11.
A.Poulton, R.Harper & N.Mean beat M.Saunders, T.Saunders & C.Childs 19-11; S.Kiernan, D.Henley & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Clark, J.Godfrey & C.Davidson 12-15; B.Williams, R.Hazeu & P.Hills lost to D.Knight, C.Richardson & R.Knight 16-18; J.Russell, S.Arnold & L.Parsley beat J.Dudley, B.King & M.Hayzleden 19-11.

Datchworth v Harpenden
Unfortunately we had to call this match off on Sunday afternoon as we could not field a full team following the morning match against St. Ippolytts.

Website Report for 23 July 2017

Datchworth Green 41 B.S.P. 31
On Monday night our Green team travelled to W.G.C’s K.G.V greens to play B.S.P. in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match and came away with a 41 shot to 31 win. Robin Gray, Neil Mean and Skip Jim Smith lost the first five ends, to trail 0-11 and never got back in the hunt. But they did win their last three ends to cut their losing deficit to 17-23. Mike Mahoney, Richard Brewster and Skip Steve Arnold won twice as many ends than they lost but picked up three times as many shots than they lost in their 24 shots to 8 win.
R.Gray, N.Mean & J.Smith lost to P.James, B.Clark & G.Smith 17-23; M.Mahoney, R.Brewster & S.Arnold beat H.McLellan, B.Reeves & P.Worsley 24-8.

Datchworth Blue 51 Whit Hern Blue 20
On Tuesday night our Blue team travelled down the A10 to take on Whit Hern Blue in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and came away with an impressive 51 shot to 20 win and maximum points. Bernie Drummond, Peter Hills and Skip Brad Prowls had a tight game for ten ends and were only 7-5 ahead. They picked up a five on the next end, followed by a one and a two; to lead 15-5. They dropped a five and a three on the following two ends then they picked up another five of their own to lead 20-13 with two ends to play. They ended up winning by 21 shots to 15. The other Triple of Brian Gilbert, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley hardly put a foot wrong as they cruised to an emphatic 30 shots to 5 win.
B.Drummond, P.Hills & B.Prowle beat A.Georgiou, R.Barnard & A.Napier 21-15; B.Gilbert, S.Arnold & L.Parsley beat 30-5.

Datchworth Yellow 40 Parkside Woods 27
Our Yellow team were also in action on Tuesday night with one Rink at home and one away against Parkside Woods in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup Quarter Final they prevailed by 40 shots to 27. At our Turkey Farm green Sandy Campbell, Stuart Hay, Rob Hazeu and Skip Steve Chamberlain led 5 shots to 3 after five ends before losing the next four ends to trail 5-8. They then won all but three of the next eleven ends to go into the final end 20 shots to 11 to the good. They dropped three shots on that final end to win by 20 shots to 14. At Welwyn Garden City’s K.G.V. greens Dickie Jackson, George Campbell, Steve Hunter and Skip Derek Henley won just one more end than they lost but thanks to picking up 6 shots on the eighth end, to lead 9-6; a lead they would not lose as they ran out winners by 20 shots to 13.
S.Campbell, S.Hay, R.Hazeu & S.Chamberlain beat I.Warner, T.Catchpole, R.Gibbins & B.Clarke 20-13; D.Jackson, G.Campbell, S.Hunter & D.Henley beat J.Crowshaw, L.Shepherd, S.Caladyne & L.Clarke 20-13.

Datchworth 57 Harperbury 66
On Wednesday afternoon Harperbury were the visitors to our Turkey Farm green for a Mixed Friendly and agreeing to reduce the number of ends to be played to 18 because of the pending weather, they went home after beating us by 66 shots to 57. As we were short of two players they loaned us one so we could play a match with one Triple and three Rinks. After ten ends Dawn Kingsland, Nicki Berry, Maurice Gordon and Skip Julian Hales led by just one shot, 7-6, then five ends later they picked up 5 shots to increase their lead to 16-7. Their led was cut to 16-14 after losing the next two ends, but they won the last end to win by 17 shots to 14. Carol Hammond, Phil Berry and Skip Steve Arnold dropped too many multiple shots as they lost by 9 shots to 22. Rachel Jones, Bill Thorne, Chris Hills and Skip Richard Brewster had built up a healthy 12 shots to 1 lead after eight ends. That lead was cut to 12-11 after four consecutive losing ends. They then only lost two more ends to increase their advantage and win by 21 shots to 13. Annette Hutchinson, Danny Agras (loaned to us by Harperbury), Ian Tyler and Skip John Alden shared the ends equally but as they only picked up one shot on eight of those ends while dropping multiple shots on five of their losing ends, they lost by 10 shots to 17.
D.Kingsland, N.Berry, M.Gordon & J.Hales beat E.Williams, S.I’Anson, G.Tutt & N.Roake 17-14; C.Hammond, P.Berry & S.Arnold lost to T.Anstey, K.Kauder & L.Roberts 9-22; R.Jones, B.Thorne, C.Hills & R.Brewster beat S.Swain, K.Williams, D.Leggatt & M.Langley 21-13; A.Hutchinson, D.Agras, I.Tyler & J.Alden lost to L.Haskins, B.Ansty, R.Ransted & S.Roberts 10-17.

Datchworth Gold 24 Rosedale 39
On Wednesday night our Gold team travelled down the A10 to take on top of the table Rosedale in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match and were beaten by 39 shots to 24. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain dropped a six on the ninth end to go 4-12 down. They recovered somewhat by winning five of the remaining ends to cut their losing deficit to 11 shots to 16. Rob Hazeu, Aaron Prowle and Skip Derek Henley only won two of the first nine ends to trail by 4 shots to 13. They too won five of the remaining ends but still lost by 13 shots to 23.
D.Jackson, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Surridge, B.Barnett & D.Murphy 11-16; R.Hazeu, A.Prowle & D.Henley lost to A.Richards, J.Bishop & R.Powell 13-23.

Datchworth Yellow 18 Datchworth Green 55
On Friday night it was an all Datchworth clash in Div.1 of the Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League as our Yellow team took on our Green team in the return fixture from the start of the season and unlike their first meeting, which ended in a draw all round, this match ended in an emphatic 55 shots to 18 win for our Green team. Bernie Drummond, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold won twice as many ends than they lost and picked up three 5s, while dropping one, on their way to a commanding 32 shot to 11 win. Richard Brewster, Mike Mahoney and Skip Les Parsley also only lost six ends on their way to a 23 shot to 7 win.
B.Drummond, N.Mean & S.Arnold beat R.Jackson, R.Harper & D.Henley 32-11; R.Brewster, M.Mahoney & L.Parsley beat S.Hay, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain 23-7.

Datchworth Ladies 13 Sawbridgeworth Ladies 24
Also on Friday night our Ladies travelled to Sawbridgeworth for a Ladies County League match and Dawn Kingsland, Sue Kiernan, Rachel Jones and Skip Chris Hills did well to come from 6-13 down after fourteen ends to 13-16 down with two ends to play. But they dropped eight shots over those two ends to by 13 shots to 24.
D.Kingsland, S.Kiernan, R.Jones & C.Hills lost to D.Clark, S.Edwards, B.Levey & H.Carson by 13-24.

On Saturday we played two matches; the first was against Stevenage Town in the Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League Knock-out competition in the morning and the second was in the afternoon at home to Hitchin Town in a Mixed Friendly.

Datchworth 53 Stevenage Town 92
At our Turkey Farm green Dawn Kingsland, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Brian Gilbert won the first four ends to lead 11-0. It was a lead they never lost as they ran out winners by 23 shots to 15. Dickie Jackson, Joan James and |Skip Les Parsley won just one of the first six ends and trailed 1-12 as a consequence. They never got back in the hunt and dropping a seven on the twelfth end did not help their cause and they eventually lost by 10 shots to 29. It was worse for our teams over at Stevenage’s K.G.V greens as neither came to terms with it and as a result Carol Hammond, Derek Henley and Skip Peter Hills went down 11-26 and Sue Kiernan, Richard Harper and Skip Ken Hammond went down 9-22.
D.Kingsland, S.Chamberlain & B.Gilbert beat D.Whitlock, S.Howson & T.Stout 23-15; D.Jackson, J.James & L.Parsley lost to S.Winters, L.King & S.Wilson 10-29; C.Hammond, D.Henley & P.Hills lost to P.Megan, W.Taylor & A.Bratherton 11-26; S.Kiernan, R.Harper & K.Hammond lost to J.Gardner, M.Gisby & P.Wilkinson 9-22.

Datchworth 69 Hitchin Town 74
Once again, because we were short of players we had to borrow one from Hitchin to balance the teams out and it was Hitchin who went home happy after a 74 shot to 69 win. Annette Hutchinson, Julian Hales and Skip Chas Townley only won six ends as they lost by 9 shots to 22. Richard Hutchinson, Dickie Jackson, Jane Waller and Skip Steve Chamberlain trailed 1-6 after the fourth end and never got closer than one shot adrift before they lost 13-18. John Morgan, Richard Harper, Jean Cooper and Skip Derek Henley had built up a healthy 24 shot to 7 lead by the fourteenth end before they lost five of the remaining seven ends to have their winning margin cut to 26-14. Brian Cooper, Dave Munro (borrowed from Hitchin), Rob Hazeu and Skip John Alden had a close game, winning just one more end than they lost and winning by the odd shot to boot, 21-20.
A.Hutchinson, J.Hales & C.Townley lost to R.Thorpe, G.Munge & B.Joshua 9-22; R.Hutchinson, D.Jackson, J.Waller & S.Chamberlain lost to G.Palmer, M.Wells, M.Williams & A.Hill 13-18; J.Morgan, R.Harper, J.Cooper & D.Henley beat E.Palmer, G.Billingham, A.Jennison & A.Cook 26-14; B.Cooper, D.Munro, R.Hazeu & J.Alden beat L.Stokes, R.Palmer, R.Cole & K.Gray 21-20.

Datchworth 99 Sele Farm 111
On Sunday afternoon we travelled to Hertford’s Hartham Common to play Sele Farm in a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 99 shots to 111. By the ninth end Linda Tyler, Ken Ryder and Skip Ken Hammond had built up a 13 shot to 1 lead, by the fourteenth end that had grown to 24-5; but after winning just one more end in was down to 25-12. Richard Hutchinson, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Derek Henley were level for the third time at 20 apiece with one end to go. They dropped four on that end to lose by 20 shots to 24. Dawn Kingsland, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper won just six ends in their 9 shots to 16 defeat. Georgina Gilbert, Ian Tyler and Skip Brian Gilbert lost the last seven ends to go from 16-12 ahead to 16-23 down. For the first seven ends Susan Wray, Richard Brewster and Skip Steve Chamberlain either dropped a shot or picked up a shot as they trailed 2-5. After that only three more single shots were scored as they ran out winners by 18 shots to 14. Bill Thorne, Annette Hutchinson and Skip Jim Smith went 1-9 down after five ends and never caught up, eventually losing by 11 shots to 22.
R.Hutchinson, S.Barsby & D.Henley lost to P.Wright, E.Lundy & J.Parsley 20-24; D.Kingsland, D.Jackson & R.Harper lost to J.Martine, M.Sell & H.Ottley 9-16; G.Gilbert, I.Tyler & B.Gilbert lost to J.Sell, M.Bennion & D.Lee 16-23; S.Wray, R.Brewster & S.Chamberlain beat A.Gooch, E.Dunne & J.Dunne 18-14; B.Thorne, A.Hutchinson & J.Smith lost to J.Squires, J.Ottley & H.Wright 11-22.

Website Report for 6 August 2017

Datchworth Green 37 B.S.P. 33
On Monday night our Green team took on B.S.P. in the Quarter Finals of Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup, with one Rink at home and one away. At our Turkey Farm green Jan Mahoney, Neil Mean, Mike Mahoney & Skip Les Parsley won five ends on the trot to go from 1-6 down after three ends to 7-6 up after eight. From there they lost just four more ends to win by 22 shots to 14. At W.G.C’s KGV greens Richard Brewster, Ken Hammond, Jim Smith and Skip Steve Arnold were 8-12 down after thirteen ends they then won five ends in a row to lead 15-12, but they lost the last three ends to lose 15-19. So it is a Semi Final spot for our Green team.
J.Mahoney, N.Mean, M.Mahoney & L.Parsley beat J.James, D.Miller, B.Clark & G.Smith 22-14; R.Brewster, K.Hammond, J.Smith & S.Arnold lost to G.O’Leary, M.Nottage, P.Worsley & B.Reeves 15-19.

Datchworth 64 Hitchin Town 56
On Tuesday afternoon we travelled to Hitchin for a Mixed Friendly match and came away with a 64 shots to 56 win. We thought we were going to be short of two players so they were prepared to loan us two, but we had two more players turn up than were expected so we played three Triples and one Rink, only borrowing one of their players. Linda Tyler, George Campbell and Skip Ken Ryder picked up seven shots on the ninth end to lead 11-7. From then on they only lost two more ends and ran out winners by 21 shots to 9. Bob Parker (loaned by Hitchin), Ian Tyler and Skip Richard Harper lost the first three ends then won the next five ends, to lead 8-3, but then never won an end till the last end, by which time it was too late, as they lost by 10 shots to 19. Sandie Campbell, Bernie Drummond and Skip Steve Arnold had a fairly close game for fifteen ends, when the score stood at 13-11 in their favour, but they picked up eight shots on the next end and eventually ran out winners by 22 shots to 12. Dawn Kingsland, Bill Thorne, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Richard Brewster won the first four ends then lost the next five ends and trailed 5-8. From then on they remained behind till the end, losing by 11 shots to 16.
L.Tyler, G.Campbell & K.Ryder beat B.Smith, G.Parker & G.Munge 21-9; B.Parker, I.Tyler & R.Harper lost to B.Marsden, K.Gray & A.Jennison 10-19; S.Campbell, B.Drummond & S.Arnold beat R.Cole, B.Richards & C.Holt 22-12; D.Kingsland, B.Thorne, S.Barsby & R.Brewster lost to G.Palmer, D.Munro, G.Stenton & K.Spendelow 11-16.

Datchworth Gold 27 Rye Park 37
On Tuesday night our Gold team travelled Hoddesdon and Rye Park for an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match against the team currently sitting in second place in the division, while the Gold team sit tenth out of sixteen teams, and lost by 27 shots to 34. Andrew Phillips, Steven Hunter and Skip Steve Chamberlain won just one of the first seven ends, to trail by 4 shots to 9. They then won just three of the next eight ends, to trail by 11 shots to 17. They then found some form to win the closing three ends, picking up two shots on each of those ends to draw their game at 17 shots apiece. Julian Hales, Aaron Prowle and Skip Derek Henley won three of the first eleven ends, to trail by 4 shots to 13. Despite finding their form and winning five of the remaining seven ends they only managed to reduce their deficit to seven shots as they lost by 10 shots to 17.
A.Phillips, S.Hunter & S.Chamberlain drew with B.Metzner, T.Eldridge & R.Rogers 17 apiece; J.Hales, A.Prowle & D.Henley lost to T.Lacey, G.Medlar & T.Maynard 10-17.

Datchworth v Stevenage Town
We had to concede this Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match to Stevenage Town due to lack on available players.

Datchworth 56 Aston 72
On Thursday night we made the short trip to Aston for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and it did not go our way on their tricking green as we lost by 56 shots to 72. After picking up five shots on the ninth end it looked like Annette Hutchinson, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Arnold had built up a decent lead of 13 shots to 3. But it did not prove that way as they only won two more ends and lost the closing five ends, as the home triple found some form and despite holding shots to win the last end the home Skip, Paddy Jones managed to find a way in to take the shot and they lost by the odd shot 17-18. Dropping five shots on the ninth end, to go 4-12 down, seemed to spur Sandie Campbell, Richard Harper and Skip Les Parsley into action as they then went on to win all but three of the remaining nine ends but just missed out on a win, as they too lost by the odd shot, 14-15. Rachel Jones, Julian Hales and Skip Neil Mean were 7-5 ahead after nine ends but then their wheels fell off their waggon as they lost the next eight ends to trail by 7 shots to 27. They did win the final end however but still went down by 8 shots to 27. Chris Hills, George Campbell and Skip Peter Hills were 2 shots to 7 down after eight ends before finding their line and length to win all but three of the remaining tends ends to come from behind to win by 17 shots to 12.
A.Hutchinson, S.Hay & S.Arnold lost to G.Gleghorn, D.Jackson & P.Jones 17-18; S.Campbell, R.Harper & L.Parsley lost to S.Stevens, J.May & D.Smith 14-15; R.Jones, J.Hales & N.Mean lost to M.Gleghorn, M.Allington & M.Dunne 8-27; C.Hills, G.Campbell & P.Hills beat N.Wray, G.Moore & T.Phipps 17-12.

On Friday night there were two matches at our Turkey Farm green; our Ladies played Bishop’s Stortford Ladies in a Ladies County League match and our Blue team played Hertingfordbury in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match.

Datchworth Ladies 15 Bishop’s Stortford Ladies 24
In the Ladies County League match Dawn Kingsland, Jane Waller, Chris Hills and Skip Joan James won the first end then lost the next five to trail by 2 shots to 11. It was hard for them to recover from that but they did win all but two of the closing six ends and reduce their losing deficit to 15-24.
D.Kingsland, J.Waller, C.Hills & J.James lost to R.Felstead, C.McKenzie, A.Ball & B.Houghton 15-24.

Datchworth Blue 53 Hertingfordbury 16
Our Blue team were up against Hertingfordbury, a team that, in previous seasons, they have struggled against; but not this time. Mike Mahoney, Steve Arnold and Skip Peter Hills lost only five ends as they won by 24 shots to 8. It was a similar story for Richard Brewster, Les Parsley and Brad Prowle; they lost six ends and won by 29 shots to 8. In both cases the score-line does not reflect the number of times, whether by design or luck, that the shot-count was turned in the Blue team’s favour, or the number of times that Hertingfordbury’s shot count was reduced.
M.Mahoney, S.Arnold & P.Hills beat R.Hankin, T.Hartfield & J.Smith 24-8; R.Brewster, L.Parsley & B.Prowle beat P.Ingram, N.Lonergan & K.Hartfield 29-8.
This win now puts the Blue team on 49 points the same as W.G.C. Lions in first place and Allenburys in third place; putting them in second place, separated by shot difference alone. They have a game in hand over Allenburys, who they still have to play, and they have a points advantage over Welwyn Stags, in fourth place, who they also have still to play.

Datchworth 61 Three Horseshoes 106
On Saturday afternoon Three Horseshoes were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for our second Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the week and it ended in our second league defeat of the week, this time by 61 shots to 106. Chris Hills, John Morgan, Richard Harper and Skip Neil Mean struggled all the game to find the right line and length, winning just seven ends as they crashed to a 12 shot to 32 defeat. It was worse for Annette Hutchinson, Derrick Elms, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills who despite winning nine of the first fifteen ends were 13 -20 adrift and it got worse for them after that as they never won another end and conceded nineteen more shots as they crashed to a 13 shot to 39 defeat. Sylvia Barsby, Richard Hutchinson, Steve Arnold and Skip Brian Gilbert went into the tea-break 8-12 down. After the tea-break they lost just six more shots but picked up eleven to nick the win 19-18. It was a similar story for Bernie Drummond, Jane Waller, John Alden and Skip Les Parsley as they went into the tea-break 7-11 adrift and dropped just six shots while picking up ten to draw level at 17 apiece. They then won the extra end.
C.Hills, J.Morgan, R.Harper & N.Mean lost to J.Wilson, P.Stacey, B.Pearson & D.Gilbert 12-32; A.Hutchinson, D.Elms, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills lost to S.Cole, D.Dunnell, C.Beaver & C.Cole 13-39; S.Barsby, R.Hutchinson, S.Arnold & B.Gilbert beat G.Thurgood, A.Lane, M.Martin & K.Wilkinson 19-18; B.Drummond, J.Waller, J.Alden & L.Parsley drew with M.Cooper, E.Iontton, B.Maynard & P.Dale 17 all.

Datchworth 80 Hoddesdon and Rye Park 106
On Sunday afternoon Hoddesdon and Rye Park was again the destination for our bowlers, this time for a Mixed Friendly; but for the second time in a week it ended in defeat, this time by 80 shots to 106. Barbara Williams, Linda Tyler, Julian Hales and Skip Ken Hammond were just 6-9 down after eight ends before losing the next seven ends on the trot to go 6-17 down. They then won all but the final two ends but still lost by 12 shots to 20. Richard Jackson, Sue Kiernan, Ian Williams and Skip Joan James dropped five shots on the first end and never got back in the hunt; eventually losing by 12 shots to 25. Dawn Kingsland, Jim Russell, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley had built up a 15 shot to 4 lead after nine ends, but five losing ends later they were just 15-14 ahead. They were caught at 19 shots apiece with two ends to go. They won those two ends to win the game by 22 shots to 19. Sandy Campbell, Bill Thorne, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Arnold won just one of the first seven ends, to trail by ten shots, 1-11. They were still 10-16 adrift with four ends to play. But somehow they managed to win those four ends to sneak home by 17 shots to 16. Carol Hammond, Susan Wray, Ian Tyler and Skip Steve Chamberlain found themselves 4 shots to 19 down after ten ends. Despite winning just one more end than they lost over the remaining eleven ends they managed to outscore their opponents by 13 shots to 7 and cut their losing deficit to 17-26.
B.Williams, L.Tyler, J.Hales & K.Hammond lost to T.Wilson, G.Dunford, T.Eldridge & A.Mountford 12-20; R.Jackson, S.Kiernan, I.Williams & J.James lost to L.Dunford, D.Lofthouse, B.Metzner & R.Rogers 12-25; D.Kingsland, J.Russell, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat B.Barton, L.Austin, T.Lacey & D.Fussell 22-19; S.Campbell, B.Thorne, R.Harper & S.Arnold beat S.Metzner, L.Hickford, T.Lacey & D.Stevenson 17-16; C.Hammond, S.Wray, I.Tyler & S.Chamberlain lost to T.Andrews, M.Wilkins, M.Mountfield & J.Matthews 17-26.

Website Report for 13 August 2017

On a wet and miserable night for bowls two of our mid-week teams were in action at our Turkey Farm green on Monday night; our Gold team were up against Stevenage Blue in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match while our Green team were up against W.G.C. Knights in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match.

Datchworth Gold 31 Stevenage Blue 27
For our Gold team George Campbell, Aaron Prowle and Skip Steven Hunter lost the first five ends, to trail 0-5. They fought back to 6 apiece after nine ends, and then fell 6-13 adrift after twelve ends. They were still 11-15 adrift with one end to play. They conjured up six shots on that final end to win by 17 shots to 15. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain were 4-7 adrift after nine ends before winning the next five ends to lead 10-7. They dropped five shots on the next end, to trail 10-12, before winning the remaining three ends to win by 14 shots to 12. So a match with three ends to go looked like they were going to lose ends with a maximum 6 points 31 shot to 27 win for the Gold team.
G.Campbell, A.Prowle & S.Hunter beat M.Racher, G.Morris & A.Shackell 17-15; D.Jackson, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain beat T.Hemmings, P.Bosley & J.Winters 14-12.

Datchworth Green 29 W.G.C. Knights 36
For our Green team Carol Hammond, Steve Arnold and Skip Ken Hammond won all but two of the first nine ends to lead 18-4. It was a lead that was rarely challenged as they ran out winners by 27 shots to 10. It was a much more difficult ride for Bernie Drummond, Neil Mean and Skip Les Parsley as whenever they held shots their opposition found the right shots to remove them one way or another, it was as if their woods were made for that rink, hence they only won two ends as they were trounced by 26 shots to 2. As a result W.G.C. Knights went home with a 36 shot to 29 win.
C.Hammond, S.Arnold & K.Hammond beat J.Gibbs, J.Kilmister & A.Cox 27-10; B.Drummond, N.Mean & L.Parsley lost to D.Bedford, R.Edwards & D.Hegarty 2-26.

On Tuesday night it was the turn of our other two mid-week teams to play; our Blue team were away to Bishop’s Stortford Swifts in a re-arranged East Herts Bowls League match and our Yellow team were at home to Parkside Green in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match.

Datchworth Blue 49 Bishop’s Stortford Swifts 18
At Bishop’s Stortford Brian Gilbert, Les Parsley and Skip Peter Hills built up a healthy 15 shot to 5 lead after twelve ends then the home triple fought back and won the next five ends which meant they went into the final end 15-12 ahead. They were sitting 3 shots down, after the Jack was hit and moved to within a metre of the ditch by the home Skip, and heading for a draw when with his penultimate wood Peter Hills promoted one of his team’s woods for shot. After the home Skip, David Hunt, did not change the shot-count with his final wood Peter Hills bowled his final wood, and the final wood of the end, and drew shot; resulting in a 17 shot to 12 win. It was a little easier than that for Steve Arnold, Ken Hammond and Skip Brad Prowle after they won the first five ends to lead 12-0 and then picked up a 6 on the eighth end to increase their lead to 19-1. It has to be said that any luck went their way and they rode it as they ended up winning by 32 shots to 6. So it finished with a maximum points win of 49 shots to 18 for the Blue team. This helps them to keep the pressure on W.G.C. Lions who are currently leading the division from the Blue team on shot difference alone, and who are the only team to have beaten the Blue team so far this season. They were also playing Bishop’s Stortford’s Ospreys team on two adjoining rinks at the same time and who also took maximum points from their game. So the title will be decided over the last four matches both teams have to play. Both teams have to play Allenburys who had the same number of points as the Lions and Blue team had prior to this match.
B.Gilbert, L.Parsley & P.Hills beat J.Cogswell, P.Devall & D.Hunt 17-12; S.Arnold, K.Hammond & B.Prowle beat M.Grainger, M.Meller & C.Ball 32-6.

Datchworth Yellow 21 Parkside Green 46
At the Turkey Farm it did not go well for our Yellow team as they lost 21-46 to Parkside Green. Dickie Jackson, Julian Hales and Skip Richard Harper only lost two more ends that they won but dropped too many multiple shots and as a result they lost by 12 shots to 22. It was worse for Dawn Kingsland, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Chamberlain as they dropped a five on the fourth end and a four on the eighth end to trail 4-13. They never got back in the hunt after that and eventually lost by 9 shots to 24.
D.Jackson, J.Hales & R.Harper lost to D.Robertson, A.Randall & E.Anderson 12-22; D.Kingsland, S.Hay & S.Chamberlain lost to A.Crowshaw, M.Cragg & C.Jones 9-24.

Datchworth Yellow 48 Knebworth Yellow 39
Our Yellow team were in action again on Thursday night when they played Knebworth Yellow in the Semi Final of Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup, with one Rink at home and one away they won their way to the Final with an aggregate 48 shot to 39 win. At our Turkey Farm green Stuart Hay, Jane Waller, Steven Hunter and Skip Derek Henley were tied at 5 apiece after seven ends. They then trailed until drawing level at 20 all after eighteen ends. They won only one of the last three ends to lose by 21 shots to 24. At Knebworth’s Recreation Ground green Chris Hills, Maurice Gordon, Julian Hales and Skip Steve Chamberlain won all but one of the first eight ends to lead 16-1 and never looked back, eventually winning by 27 shots to 15.
S.Hay, J.Waller, S.Hunter & D.Henley lost to R.Mahoney, C.McCleod, R.Hughes & J.Matthews 21-24; C.Hills, M.Gordon, J.Hales & S.Chamberlain beat W.Osborne, D.Percival, G.Stevens & S.Hughes 27-15.

Datchworth 66 North Herts 68
On Friday afternoon North Herts were the visitors to our Turkey Farm for a Mixed Triples Friendly and they returned home after a close 68 shot to 66 win. Dawn Kingsland, Ian Tyler and Skip Richard Harper dropped three shots on the first end and were always just behind from then on, eventually losing by 15 shots to 17. Linda Tyler, Bill Thorne and Skip Steve Chamberlain were either just in front or just behind until they won all but one of the closing six ends to win by 20 shots to 17. Charles Eggington, Rachel Jones and Skip Steve Arnold won the first four ends, to lead 8-0. They were still 12-7 ahead with seven ends to play, but they won only two of those and lost by 15 shots to 21. Dickie Jackson, Jim Russell and Skip Julian Hales were behind for 11 of the first fourteen ends then they won the next three ends to go into the final end 16-14 ahead. They dropped three shots on that end to lose by the odd shot 16 - 17.
D.Kingsland, I.Tyler & R.Harper lost to T.Denniss, T.Jefferys & R.Douglas 15-17;L.Tyler, B.Thorne & S.Chamberlain beat M.Jefferys, R.Mitchell & J.Mustoe 20-17; C.Eggington, R.Jones & S.Arnold lost to S.Gee, T.Stone & P.Riseborough 15-21; D.Jackson, J.Russell & J.Hales lost to A.Denniss, L.Brown & B.Rawlings 16-17.

Datchworth 51 St. Ippolytts 110
Not a good day at the office for us on Saturday afternoon as we played at St. Ippolytts in a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and were beaten by 51 shots to 110. Dawn Kingsland, Ian Tyler, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain were level for the fourth time at 16 apiece on the twenty-first end, which meant they had to play an extra end for the league point. They lost that end and the point. Dickie Jackson, Susan Wray, Richard Harper and Skip Les Parsley had a disastrous start as they dropped a 6 on the second end and lost the first eight ends to go 0-16 down. They never recovered from that and eventually lost by 5 shots to 37. It was a much tighter game for Richard Brewster, Linda Tyler, Derek Henley and Skip Steve Arnold as they were just 7-8 adrift after ten ends before they won five ends on the trot to lead 13-8. They then went 16-12 ahead with three ends to play before losing those three ends. But they held on to win by the odd shot 16-15. The team of Sue Kiernan, Bill Thorne, Julian Hales and Skip Neil Mean struggled all afternoon to find the right line or length on their rink and dropped multiple shots at regular intervals as they crashed to a 14 shot to 42 defeat.
D.Kingsland, I.Tyler, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain drew with K.Stollery, T.Upchurch, C.Richardson & B.King 16 all; D.Jackson, S.Wray, R.Harper & L.Parsley lost to J.Dudley, K.Bounsall, J.Godfrey & C.Davidson 5-37; R.Brewster, L.Tyler, D.Henley & S.Arnold beat C.Gardner, B.Impey, M.Saunders & C.Childs 16-15; S.Kiernan, B.Thorne, J.Hales & N.Mean lost to J.Davies, P.Belton, T.Saunders & J.Clark 14-42.

Datchworth 84 Holwell 60
It was a better afternoon for us on Sunday afternoon at our Turkey Farm green as we beat Holwell by 84 shots to 60 in our second Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the weekend. Sylvia Barsby, George Campbell, Joan James and Skip Brian Gilbert trailed 2-6 after seven ends then won the next three ends to lead 11-6. They were pegged back to all square at 12 apiece after fifteen ends before picking up two fours on the next two to lead 20-12, and despite losing all but one of the closing four ends they still won by 21 shots to 16. After winning just two of the first seven ends Rachel Jones, Andrew Phillips, Richard Harper and Skip Neil Mean found themselves 3 shots to 8 down. They remained behind till losing 13-20. Carol Hammond, Sandy Campbell, John Alden and Skip Steve Arnold went into the tea-break 13-9 up and after it they won every end till the final end when they dropped one shot to the last wood of the end, to win by 27 shots to 10. Dickie Jackson, Annette Hutchinson, Derek Henley and Skip Ken Hammond shared the first six ends equally and the score was equal too at 4 shots apiece. They picked up 4 shots on the eighth end to lead 8-4 and never lost it; eventually winning by 23 shots to 14.
S.Barsby, G.Campbell, J.James & B.Gilbert beat M.Wilson, D.McKeand, S.Bailey & P.Gilbert 21-16; R.Jones, A.Phillips, R.Harper & N.Mean lost to K.Harris, R.Waldock, D.Griffiths & A.Waldock 13-20; C.Hammond, S.Campbell, J.Alden & S.Arnold beat M.Mannion, R.Brannan, D.Sherriffs & S.Trower 27-10; D.Jackson, A.Hutchinson, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat M.Griffiths, A.Mannion, P.Turner & M.Reidy 23-14.

Website Report for 20 August 2017

On Monday night both of our East Herts Bowls League teams were in action; our Blue team were away to Allenburys in a Div. 1 match and our Gold team were at home to Castle Knights in a Div. 2 match.

Datchworth Blue 35 Allenburys 35
At Allenburys our Blue team knew they were up against it as Allenburys are two places below them in the league; and so it proved as they drew the match 35 shots apiece. Mike Mahoney, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley won the first four ends to lead 7-0. They were still 11-5 ahead after twelve ends but lost four of the closing six ends and despite picking up six shots on the sixteenth end and one on the final end they lost by 18 shots to 19. Most of the damage over those six ends was done by the home Skip Stuart Pyne; he either came in and took the Blues’ nearest wood out, or drew another wood in to increase their shot count. It was a similar story for Richard Brewster, Brian Gilbert and Skip Ken Hammond as they had built up a lead of 14-4 after twelve ends but they dropped an 8 on the thirteenth end and struggled thereafter. They too picked up one shot on the final end; but that was enough to win by the odd shot, 17-16, not to lose by the odd shot.
M.Mahoney, S.Arnold & L.Parsley lost to M.Judd, F.McGinlay & S.Pyne 18-19; R.Brewster, B.Gilbert & K.Hammond beat D.Bowie, C.Bowie & D.Pyne 17-16.

Datchworth Gold 38 Castle Knights 25
At our Turkey Farm green our Gold team beat Hertford Castle Knights by 38 shots to 25. Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Steven Hunter won the first end then lost the next seven to trail 2-13. They were playing catch-up after that, but never did as they lost by 15 shots to 19. Maurice Gordon, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley shared the first eleven ends 5 to 6 but led by 9 shots to 6. They then won all of the remaining ends to win by 23 shots to 6.
D.Jackson, R.Harper & S.Hunter lost to E.Saint, A.Beeson & R.Adams 15-19; M.Gordon, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat G.Gifkins, M.Rhodes & T.Deane 23-6.

Datchworth Green 49 Parkside Greens 22
On Tuesday night our Green team took on Parkside Greens at our Turkey Farm green in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match and beat them by 49 shots to 22. Janet Mahoney, Bernie Drummond and Skip Steve Arnold won the first two ends then won and lost alternate ends until they won three ends on the trot from the fifteenth to the seventeenth, picking up ten shots in the process, to lead 24-11 going into the final end. They dropped a shot on that end and won by 24 shots to 12. Robin Gray, Mike Mahoney and Skip Ken Hammond lost the first end then won the next four to lead 10-2 after five ends. They lost the next four ends before winning all but three of the remaining ends to win by 25 shots to 10.
J.Mahoney, B.Drummond & S.Arnold beat A.Crowshaw, J.McCrossan & C.Jones 24-12; R.Gray, M.Mahoney & K.Hammond beat P.Jones, M.Cragg & E.Anderson 25-10.

It was the second double-header of the week on Wednesday night as our Green team were home and away to Welwyn Wanderers in the Semi Final of Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s Jubilee Cup and our Gold team were at home to near neighbours Aston in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 2 match.

Datchworth Green 56 Welwyn Wanderers 35
At our Turkey Farm green Carol Hammond, Richard Brewster, Les Parsley & Ken Hammond only lost six ends as they won comfortably by 27 shots to 7. It was a different story at Welwyn and District’s Ottway Walk green as Janet Mahoney, Bernie Drummond, Mike Mahoney and Skip Steve Arnold dropped a six on the first end then picked up a five and a three to lead 8-6 after just three ends. It was a similar pattern throughout their game as one shot was scored by each side on only three occasions, all the rest were multiple shots. It ended with them dropping five shots on the penultimate end but then picking up three shots on the last end for a one shot, 29-28 win. So it is now an all Datchworth Final between our Green and Yellow teams.
C.Hammond, R.Brewster, L.Parsley & K.Hammond beat R.Venting, B.Bennett, P.Bowyer & J.Brown by 27-7; J.Mahoney, B.Drummond, M.Mahoney & S.Arnold beat C.Russell, R.Russell, A.Fitts & P.Russell 29-28.

Datchworth Gold 34 Aston 36
Our Gold team were involved in two tight Triples against Aston and came out second best as they lost by 34 shots to 36. In the game involving Andrew Phillips, Aaron Prowle and Skip Derek Henley the lead had changed hands for the fourth time by the eighth end as they led by 8 shots to 7. But they lost the next three ends, to trail 8-13. It was a deficit they never managed to bridge and despite picking up four shots on the final end they still lost by the odd shot 18-19. It was a similar story for Dickie Jackson, Richard Harper and Skip Steve Chamberlain as the lead in their game changed hands four times by the twelfth end when they led by 13 shots to 10. But they lost four of the closing six ends and despite picking up two shots on the final end they too lost by the odd shot, 16-17.
A.Phillips, A.Prowle & D.Henley lost to R.Chambers, D.Noble & T.Phipps 18-19; D.Jackson, R.Harper & S.Chamberlain lost M.Allington, M.Dunne & P.Jones 16-17.

Datchworth Yellow 27 B.S.P. 43
On Thursday night our Yellow team were in action as they travelled to W.G.C. to take on B.S.P. at the K.G.V. greens in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match and lost by 27 shots to 43. Aaron Prowle, George Campbell and Skip Richard Harper lost the first four ends to trail 0-6. They fought back and had their noses in front, 13-11, with three ends to go. But they lost two of those and the game by 14 shots to 16. Sandy Campbell, Stuart Hay and Skip Derek Henley dropped a six on the fourth end to trail by 2 shots to 8. They too fought back and by the eleventh end they were all square at 12 shots apiece. But they won only one more end and eventually succumbing to a 13 shots to 27 loss.
A.Prowle, G.Campbell & R.Harper lost to P.James, B.Reeves & G.Smith 14-16; S.Campbell, S.Hay & D.Henley lost to J.James, D.Miller & P.Worsley 13-27.

Datchworth v Ware
Ware’s visit to us on Saturday afternoon had to be cancelled as they had a significant birthday function for one of their members at their club and could not field a team as a consequence.

Memorial Day
On Sunday afternoon 12 Pairs of club members played in our Memorial Day, where money is raised in memory of one of the Club’s past members; this year it was in memory of Doreen Hodson-Smith, a member for many years and a Past President of Hertfordshire County Womens Bowling Association. It was played on a Round Robin basis and the Winners were Aaron Prowle and Ken Ryder, one point ahead of both Sue Kiernan and Ken Hammond and Brad Prowle and Steve Chamberlain.

Website Report for 27 August 2017

On Monday night two of our mid-week teams were in action, our Blue team were away to Ware Wolves in an East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and our Yellow team away to near neighbours Knebworth Yellow in a Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match.

Datchworth Blue 36 Ware Wolves 23
At Ware our Blue team got maximum points from a 36 shots to 23 win to maintain their top spot in the division and their quest to win the Div. 1 title again, with two more matches to play. Mike Mahoney, Les Parsley and Skip Brad Prowle won four of the first six ends, to lead 6-2, before losing just four more ends, on their way to winning by 19 shots to 12. It was a similar story for Bernie Drummond, Steve Arnold and Skip Ken Hammond as they lost seven ends on their way to winning 17-11.
M.Mahoney, L.Parsley & B.Prowle beat N.Walker, H.Mason & S.Pyne 19-12; B.Drummond, S.Arnold & K.Hammond beat R.Carter, M.Bentley & A.Franklin 17-11.

Datchworth Yellow 28 Knebworth Yellow 40
At Knebworth our Yellow team were playing their last Div. 1 match of the season against Knebworth’s Yellow team and suffered a 28 shots to 40 defeat; a defeat that does not help them in their fight to avoid relegation to Div. 2. Rachel Jones, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Chamberlain were all square for the third time at 11 shots apiece after eleven ends, but they then lost all but two of the remaining seven ends and lost by 14 shots to 18. Chris Hills, George Campbell and Skip Steven Hunter dropped a seven on the fourth end, to trail 7-10, and were always chasing their opposition after that and despite winning the closing four ends they still lost by 14 shots to 22.
R.Jones, S.Hay & S.Chamberlain lost to J.Jeromson, S.Parker & G.Stevens 14-18; C.Hills, G.Campbell & S.Hunter lost to R.Mahoney, B.Butler & J.Matthews 14-22.

Datchworth 45 Whitethorn 79
On Tuesday afternoon we travelled to Letchworth to play Whitethorn in a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 79 shots to 45. Susan Wray, Ian Tyler and Skip Richard Harper only won four ends as they were steamrolled by 32 shots to 4. Dickie Jackson, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Julian Hales fared somewhat better as they won seven ends and only lost by 11 shots to 18. J Shepherd (loaned to us for the match), George Campbell and Skip Ken Ryder had a close game throughout, winning two more ends than they lost and winning by the odd shot 16-15. It was even tighter for Lynda Tyler, Barry B (loaned to us for the match), Stuart Hay and Skip Richard Brewster as they lost two more ends than they won but managed to draw 14 shots apiece after picking up 3 shots on the final end.
S.Wray, I.Tyler & R.Harper lost to G.Andrews, D.Haynes & J. 4-32; D.Jackson, S.Barsby & J.Hales lost to K.Hinton, B.M & T.Fuller 11-18; J.Shepherd, G.Campbell & K.Ryder beat N. , H. & T.Graham 16-15; L.Tyler, B.B, S.Hay & R.Brewster drew with J.M, A.Cook, C.Conlan & A. 14 all.

Datchworth Green 26 Welwyn Woods 40
On Wednesday night our Green team played their final Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Div. 1 match of the season away to Welwyn Woods and lost by 40 shots to 26. Richard Brewster, Neil Mean and Skip Steve Arnold lost the first five ends, to trail 0-7, and were still 4-15 adrift with five ends to play. They won all those five but still lost by 12 shots to 15. Bernie Drummond, Ken Ryder and Skip Les Parsley struggled for most of their game to find the right line and length and lost 14-25. This defeat puts paid to them having a chance to win the division.
R.Brewster, N.Mean & S.Arnold lost to C.Kilford, V.Challacombe & A.Challacombe 12-15; B.Drummond, K.Ryder & L.Parsley lost to I.Kilford, M.Clements & M.Clements 14-25.

Datchworth Yellow 22 Datchworth Green 40
On Thursday night it was an all Datchworth clash in the Semi Final of Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League’s John Brown Trophy as our Green team faced our Yellow team, a repeat of last year’s Final, and it was our Green team that came out on top again by 40 shots to 22. Carol Hammond, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley had a distorted 26 shot to 12 win. The result did not reflect how close the game was. The scores were level on three occasions over the first thirteen ends. They then led 15-12 with two ends to play. They picked up three shots on the penultimate end and a somewhat fortunate eight on the final end to complete their win. Janet Mahoney, Mike Mahoney and Skip Ken Hammond had an overall tighter game, winning by 14 shots to 10. They were level for the fourth time, at 6 apiece, on the ninth end before they won four of the next five ends to lead 13-7. A lead they held onto till they won 14-10.
C.Hammond, S.Arnold & L.Parsley beat S.Campbell, A.Prowle & S.Chamberlain 26-12; J.Mahoney, M.Mahoney & K.Hammond beat D.Jackson, R.Harper & D.Henley 14-10.

Datchworth 80 Stevenage Town 50
On Friday night we played Stevenage Town at the Turkey Farm in a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match and gained maximum points for the first time in many weeks following our 80 shot to 50 win. Chris Hills, Phil Berry, Neil Mean and Skip Brian Gilbert won seven of the first eight ends to lead by 13 shots to 1. They then won only four more ends as the visitors fought back but held on to win by 18 shots to 14. It was a game of three thirds for Dickie Jackson, Nicki Berry, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Arnold. They lost the first six ends, to trail 0-6, shared the next six and drew level at 10 shots apiece, then won the last six, picking up 15 shots along the way to win by 25 shots to 10. Bernie Drummond, Jane Waller, Steve Chamberlain and Skip Peter Hills only lost five ends in their 21 shot to 10 win. Sylvia Barsby, Julian Hales, Richard Harper and Skip Les Parsley dropped a five on the sixth end, to trail 2-8 and they were 10-16 down with four ends to play. They won those four ends to draw level at 16 shots apiece. They went on to win the extra end to complete a four rink win and maximum points for the home team.
C.Hills, P.Berry, N.Mean & B.Gilbert beat S.Winters, M.McRae, D.Whitlock & J.Winters 18-14; D.Jackson, N.Berry, S.Hay & S.Arnold beat R.McRae, J.Orme, S.Howson & T.Stout 25-10; B.Drummond, J.Waller, S.Chamberlain & P.Hills beat E.Marr, T.Hemmings, M.Emery & S.Wilson 21-10; S.Barsby, J.Hales, R.Harper & L.Parsley drew with D.Brundritt, L.Keen, J.Gardner & P.Bosley 16 all.

Finals’ Weekend
It was good weather for our Final’s weekend and there was some good bowling too with a some Finals being decided by the final wood of the final end, and there were some finalists who only started bowling three years ago in them as well, so that was good to see and good encouragement for their progress with the game. It got under way on Saturday morning with the Mixed Triples between Chris Hills, George Campbell & Skip Steven Hunter up against Annette Hutchinson, Dickie Jackson and Skip Richard Harper. It was the latter Triple that got off to a good start, leading 4-0 after three ends. They dropped a 6 on the next end but recovered to lead 8-6 two ends later. After that they only won three more ends and lost by 12 shots to 21. The Men’s Singles between Brad Prowle and Derek Henley was next. Brad got off to a good start picking up seven 2s over the first eleven ends to lead 14-6. Derek then fought back winning eight of the next ten ends to square the score at 17 apiece. Brad then picked up all four shots on the next end to win by 21 shots to 17. The Arnold Memorial Trophy between Andrew Phillips and Ken Ryder started the afternoon session of. Ken picked up four shots on the tenth end to draw level at 11 shots apiece but then only won one more end as Andrew went on to win by 22 shots to 12. The Ladies’ Singles between Chris Hills and Dawn Kingsland was next up and Chris kept her nose in front from the fourth end through to the seventeenth end, when she was 19-14 ahead. Dawn then picked up two 3s to lead 20-19. Chris then drew level the next end; meaning they were tied at 20 apiece. With her final wood to play Dawn was staring defeat in the face with Chris holding more than enough shots to win and her closest wood only inches away from the Jack. But somehow Dawn found the perfect wood to pick up the Jack and move it so she held the shot to win the match. In the Mixed Pairs Jan and Mike Mahoney won all but four of the first fifteen ends against Merle Thompson and Richard Andrews, to lead 24-6, and despite losing the next three ends the match was conceded after they won the next end with the score standing at 25-10 in their favour. In the Open Fours Carol Hammond, Jane Waller, Derek Henley and Skip Brad Prowle were 8 apiece against Dickie Jackson, Stuart Hay, Bernie Drummond and Skip Ken Hammond after eleven ends. They then won five of the next seven ends to lead 24-13, at which point the match was conceded. The first Final up on Sunday morning was the 2 Wood Singles and it was a repeat of the Men’s Singles Final between Brad Prowle and Derek Henley. After fifteen ends only two shots separated them; with Derek ahead 9-7, after Derek was the only one to pick up two shots on an end. He then picked up three more 2s over the next four ends to lead 15-8. It was not until the twenty sixth end that Brad picked up his first 2 of the match, by which time he was 13-19 down. He did win the next end, but lost the next 2 to lose the Final 14-21. In the Men’s Pairs Dickie Jackson and Ken Hammond were too good for Lewis Gilbert and Les Parsley as they won the first thirteen ends to lead 21-0. Despite dropping 5 shots on the next end it was all over by the eighteenth end with them leading 26-6. The Handicap Singles was next up and that involved the very busy Derek Henley, playing in his fourth Final of the weekend, up against Mike Mahoney, playing in his second of the weekend. Derek started on +3 and Mike on 0. It was nip and tuck from the start and the scores were level for the sixth time at 20 apiece after twenty five ends. With both players having one wood each to bowl Derek was holding shot. Mike failed to change that with his last wood so Derek did not have to bowl his last wood and won it 21-20. The penultimate Final to get under way was the Ladies’ Pairs between Sandie Campbell and Chris Hills up against Sylvia Barsby and Joan James. The former Pair built up a 14-3 lead after nine ends and the latter Pair worked hard to get that lead down to 18-1 with four ends to go. The closing four ends were shared two apiece and it was Sandie and Chris who prevailed 22 shots to 17. The Yardstick Final was the last to get started. It was between, by now the ever present Derek Henley up against Peter Hills and Steve Arnold; both playing in their one and only Final, but who had marked two Finals each previously. By the sixth end Peter had 13 shots, Derek 7 and Steve 10. By the twelfth Steve was ahead with 26, followed by Peter on 23 and Derek on 16. By the eighteenth Steve was still ahead with 38, Peter had 35 and Derek, who must have been nearly drained by then, had 25. They all picked up 3 shots on the next end and Peter and Steve picked up 2 shots each on the penultimate end; meaning Peter had to get all of his woods within the yard and Steve fail with his three to take it into an extra end. But Steve got the one shot he needed to win and Peter got two and the final score was Steve with 44 shots beat Peter with 42 and Derek with 29.
But our Finals would not be the same without the organization of the Competition Secretary, Julian Hales, who is in his first year in the job; Jane Waller, who on behalf of the Social Committee organized the Fish and Chip Supper on Saturday night; Beverley Tapper and Sue Kiernan, who are also in the first year of their jobs as well, for preparing the Buffet on Sunday night; Steve Chamberlain who acted as the Umpire for the whole weekend and Peter Hills, our Green Keeper, and his band of willing volunteers for preparing our green so well for not only the Finals but for all season long. So it is a big “Well done.” and “Thank you.” to them and let’s hope next year’s Finals go as well.

Website Report for 3 September 2017

Datchworth 66 W.G.C. 80
On Tuesday afternoon we travelled to Digswell Park to play Welwyn Garden City in a Mixed Friendly and came away after a 66 shot to 80 defeat. Phil Berry, Chris Hills and Skip Chas Townley were only 5-6down after eight ends, but seven losing ends later they were 5-17 down. They rallied somewhat of the closing three ends, winning two of them, but still lost by 11 shots to 18. Although Sandie Campbell, Maurice Gordon and Skip Ken Ryder shared the ends equally they dropped too many 3s and as a consequence they lost 16-24. Sue Kiernan, Stuart Hay and Skip Steve Chamberlain won the first end then lost the next four, to trail 2-7, but the fought back to lead 9-7 four ends later. They then won only two more ends to lose by 13 shots to 27. Charles Eggington, George Campbell and Skip Derek Henley won twice as many ends than they lost and picked up over twice as many shots than they dropped in their 26 shots to 11 win.
P.Berry, C.Hills & C.Townley lost to D.Bedford, P.Martin & D.Hegarty 11-18; S.Campbell, M.Gordon & K.Ryder lost to G.Royall, M.Fousler & J.Kilmister 16-24; S.Kiernan, S.Hay & S.Chamberlain lost to R.Wilsmore, G.Gladwell & H.Cox 13-27;C.Eggington, G.Campbell & D.Henley beat I.Cocksedge, L.Kilmister & A.Cox 26-11.

Datchworth Blue 41 B.S.P. 27
On Tuesday night our Blue team travelled to W.G.C’s KGV greens to play B.S.P. in a re-arranged East Herts Bowls League Div. 1 match and maintained their challenge for the divisional title with a maximum 6 points 41 shots to 27 win. After winning seven of the first eleven ends Brian Gilbert, Les Parsley and Skip Peter Hills lead 15-7. After that the home side came fighting back winning all but two of the closing seven ends; but it was not enough to stop them going down by the odd shot 18-17. It was an easier time of it for Mike Mahoney, Ken Hammond and Skip Brad Prowle as they only lost six ends on their way to winning by 23 shots to 10.
B.Gilbert, L.Parsley & P.Hills beat P.Matthews, B.Clark & D.Miller 18-17; M.Mahoney, K.Hammond & B.Prowle beat M.Nottage, B.Worsley & G.Smith 23-10.

Datchworth Blue 31 Welwyn Stags 35
On Wednesday night our Blue team were in East Herts Bows League action again, this time at home to Welwyn Stags, in a match that would decide which teams finish in the first three places of Div. 1. Our Blue team needed to win to become Div. 1 Champions. If they lost then W.G.C. Lions would be Champions, Welwyn Stags Runners-Up and the Blue team would be third. It finished with a maximum 6 points 35 shots to 31 win for the Stags and the Blue team fell at the final hurdle to become Div. 1 Champions for the second time. Mike Mahoney, Brad Prowle and Skip Peter Hills were leading 11-3 after nine ends then the visitors found some form and fought back winning all but two of the remaining nine ends to win by 17 shots to 15. Steve Arnold, Les Parsley and Skip Ken Hammond dropped a six on the fifth end, to go 4-9 down; they picked up a 5 on the tenth end, to go 12-11 up. They only won three more ends after that and lost 16-18.
M.Mahoney, B.Prowle & P.Hills lost to J.Festa, A.Challacombe & B.Smith 15-17; S.Arnold, L.Parsley & K.Hammond lost to J.Brown, P.Townsend & C.Sherriff 16-18.

Datchworth 30 Barnet Blind & P.S.B.C. 24
On Friday afternoon the Barnet Blind and Partially Sighted Bowls Club, with current Visually Impaired Bowls England B1 Pairs Champion Ameet Amin in their team, made their annual visit to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly match and despite them only being able to field 3 Mixed Triples we had 12 members wanting to play against them, so six of them shared half a game each. If you have not played against a blind team you do not know how well they can play and how competitive they can be. But the other reason to play the match is to split the proceeds from the match between the Barnet club itself and the Guide Dogs for the Blind. The match ended with a 30 shot to 24 win for us after one triple won, one drew and one lost. Steve Chamberlain, Phil Berry and Skip Chris Hills picked up two 3s mid-way through their game on their way to winning 13-5. Nicki Berry sharing with Linda Tyler, Maurice Gordon sharing with Ian Tyler and Skip Richard Brewster could not shake off their opposition and drew 11 apiece. Carol Hammond sharing with Richard Harper, Jane Waller and Skip Les Parsley shared the ends equally and it was only by dropping two 2s that meant they lost by 6 shots to 8.
S.Chamberlain, P.Berry & C.Hills beat A.Amin, L.Pugsley & P.Waller 13-5; N.Berry & L.Tyler, M.Gordon & I.Tyler drew with C.Cody, T.Arnold & M.Edge 11 all; C.Hammond & R.Harper, J.Waller & L.Parsley lost to R.Smith, A.Segenfeld & J.Evans 6-8.

Datchworth 73 Cheshunt 59
On Saturday afternoon Cheshunt were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and were beaten by 73 shots to 59. Charles Eggington, Chris Hills and Skip Derek Henley picked up four shots on the twelfth end to edge ahead 10-9, but then only won one more end to lose by 11 shots to 15. Graham Akers, Rachel Jones and Skip Steve Chamberlain were 14-10 up after thirteen ends, but 14-15 down with one end to play. They picked up two shots on that end to win by one shot, 16-15. Janet Akers, John Morgan and Skip Steve Arnold lead 20-4 going into the tea-break, but must have had the wrong tea as they only won two ends after it, nevertheless they managed to hold on to win by 23 shots to 15. Jane Waller, Bernie Drummond and Skip Peter Hills held the lead for the first eight ends before they lost the next five, to trail 9-13. They then fought back to win all but one of the closing five ends to win by 23 shots to 14.
C.Eggington, C.Hills & D.Henley lost to C.O’Brian, J.Goodley & T.Whitbread 11-15; G.Akers, R.Jones & S.Chamberlain beat O.Bannon, B.Alexander & C.Harrington 16-15; J.Akers, J.Morgan & S.Arnold beat B.Munro, D.Campbell & M.Smith 23-15; J.Waller, B.Drummond & P.Hills beat J.Smith, J.Jackson & R.Goodley 23-14.

Datchworth 64 St Albans Townsend 57
On Sunday morning we left on our annual tour, this year we were based in Eastbourne; but we also had a Mixed Friendly match in the afternoon away to St Albans Townsend and with a mixture of Triples and Rinks we managed a 64 shot to 57 win. Rachel Jones, George Campbell and Skip Chris Hills won just two more ends than they lost but picked more multiple shots than they dropped on their way to a 19 shot to 11 win. Barbara Williams, George Akers, Ian Williams and Skip Peter Hills dropped a five and a six just before the break and never really got back in the hunt as they went down by 14 shots to 21. Janet Akers, Charles Eggington, Sylvia Barsby and Skip Jim Smith shared the ends equally and edged their game by the odd shot, 13-12. Sandie Campbell, Stuart Hay and Skip Julian Hales picked up ten shots over three ends before the break to lead 14-4. It was a lead they would hold on to till the end, winning 18-13.
R.Jones, G.Campbell & C.Hills beat B.Martindill, M.Doherty & L.Perkins 19-11; B.Williams, G.Akers, I.Williams & P.Hills lost to J.Metcalfe, M.White, B.Lawrie & A.Scarborough 14-21; J.Akers, C.Eggington, S.Barsby & J.Smith beat A.Tucker, S.Peachey, N.Grimson & A.Charran 13-12; S.Campbell, S.Hay & J.Hales beat C.Martindill, J.Dixon & J.Oakey 18-13.

Website Report for 10 September 2017

We played four matches on our tour; we lost against Hampden Park 86-103, despite winning three rinks and losing two, we beat Bexhill 96-91, but lost three rinks and won two, we lost to Eastbourne 77-105 after winning only one rink and losing four and we lost to Wadhurst 66-90, after once again winning three rinks and losing two. The weather could have been better but all in all it was a good tour enjoyed by our members and those members from Biggleswade Town Bowls Club who went with us.

Datchworth 86 Hampden Park 103
D.Kingsland, T.Brewster, R.Crawley & K.Hammond lost to D.Buxton, T.French, P.Fears & K.Shaw 10-23; D.Jackson, L.Tyler, R.Brewster & J.James lost to S.Butler, J.Mortwill, K.Brooks & M.Crowhurst 12-23; S.Kiernan, B.Thorne, T.Miller & R.Andrews beat J.Lickley, R.Clifford, P.Hughes & T.Streeton 24-15; M.Thompson, N.Noel, R.Harper & S.Arnold beat S.Sanders, W.Hylands, J.Ledger & K.Fox 20-14; C.Hammond, R.Albone, K.Ryder &D.Henley beat P.Fears, D.French, P.Waller & M.Waite 20-18.

Datchworth 96 Bexhill 91
M.Thompson, B.Thorne, R.Brewster & K.Hammond beat C.Hall, M.Spillane, B.Barrowman & P.Bungay 27-12; L.Tyler, R.Albone, R.Crawley & D.Henley beat R.Jones, S.Gander, R.Carter & P.Spillane 25-13; D.Jackson, S.Kiernan, I.Tyler & S.Arnold lost to M.Knights, C.Shaw, S.Willis & M.Young 13-21; D.Kingsland, T.Miller, K.Ryder & R.Harper lost to J.Blatchly, M.Jones, A.Wellington & D.Stewart 1-21; C.Hammond, N.Noel, J.James & R.Andrews lost to G.Dilley, J.Bishop, S.Carter & A.Willis 14-24.

Datchworth 77 Eastbourne 105
S.Kiernan, R.Albone, I.Tyler & D.Henley lost to R.Corney, R.Baker, C.McNeil & A.Craig 13-22; D.Kingsland, R.Brewster, J.James & S.Arnold lost to D.Cornwall, I.Harper, M.Bray & B.Palmer 14-24; D.Jackson, L.Tyler, R.Harper & K.Hammond beat D.Craig, J.Curtis, R.Harris & M.Dooley 26-15; C.Hammond, B.Thorne, T.Miller & K.Ryder lost to R.Terblanche, A.Robson, H.McNeil & R.Taylor 16-18; M.Thompson, T.Brewster, R.Crawley & R.Andrews lost to D.Palmer, F.Cornwall, B.James & C.Robson 8-20.

Datchworth 66 Wadhurst 90
D.Jackson, S.Kiernan, K.Ryder & R.Andrews beat M.Oliver, N.Gethins, R.West & M.Dick 18-17; L.Tyler, R.Albone, T.Miller & S.Arnold beat P.Keys, G.Evans, A.McGee & B.Hooper 18-11; M.Thompson, I.Tyler, J.James & R.Harper lost to J.Cartwright, R.Delves, S.Jenner & G.Bridges 10-26; D.Kingsland, B.Thorne, R.Crawley & R.Brewster lost to L.Easton, J.Thompson, D.Easton & B.Guides 7-27; C.Hammond, N.Noel, D.Henley & K.Hammond beat M.Grierson, T.Gethins, J.Bush & L.Buckingham 13-9.

On Saturday we travelled to Holwell for a Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match. But it was called off before we stepped on the green due to the rain, so the points were shared.

We did not have a match on Sunday but Mike Mahoney played in the East Herts Bowls League Singles Final held at Shire Park’s green and lost to Phil Russell of Welwyn and District.

Website Report for 17 September 2017

Datchworth 68 Knebworth 63
On Monday afternoon we travelled the short distance to Knebworth for our final Stevenage and District Mixed Bowls League match of the season and came away with a 68 shot to 63 win. After twelve ends Dawn Kingsland, Rob Hazeu, Neil Mean and Skip Peter Hills led 14-6 then their wheels completely fell of their wagon as they only managed one more winning end before being pipped at the post by dropping a shot on the final end to lose by 15 shots to 16. Annette Hutchinson, Maurice Gordon, Derek Henley and Skip Steve Arnold trailed 1-6 after five ends before winning four of the next five ends to lead 11-8. They were then pegged back twice; 15 apiece after eighteen ends and then 16 apiece after twenty ends. But they picked up four shots on the final end to win by 20 shots to 16. Chris Hills, Richard Brewster, Ken Ryder and Skip Steve Chamberlain were up against it from the off, but were still in touch at 8-10 down after fourteen ends before losing all but one of the remaining ends to lose by 9 shots to 21. Dickie Jackson, Linda Tyler, Richard Harper and Skip Les Parsley were 16-10 up after sixteen ends before winning the remaining five ends to win by 24 shots to 10.
D.Kingsland, R.Hazeu, N.Mean & P.Hills lost to B.Osborne, D.Woolf, P.Veale & J.Matthews 15-16; A.Hutchinson, M.Gordon, D.Henley & S.Arnold beat M.Spriggs, S.Parker, J.Tempany & D.Harris 20-16; C.Hills, R.Brewster, K.Ryder & S.Chamberlain lost to R.Hand, G.Welham, B.Butler & S.Varney 9-21; D.Jackson, L.Tyler, R.Harper & L.Parsley beat B.Parker, J.Lyme, D.Percival & P.Beadle 24-10.

Datchworth 76 Co-Op Luton 72
On Tuesday afternoon Co-Op Luton were the visitors to the Turkey Farm for a Mixed Friendly and were narrowly beaten by 76 shots to 72. Dickie Jackson, Jane Waller and Skip Richard Brewster led 7-0 after three ends and held a lead until dropping six shots on the thirteenth end to go 11-13 down. They picked up four shots on the penultimate end, to lead 17-14, and dropping a shot on the final end meant they won by 17 shots to 15. Linda Tyler, Stuart Hay and Skip Richard Harper lost twice as many ends than they won in their 14 shots to 22 loss. Carol Hammond, Bernie Drummond and Skip Steve Arnold were just one shot in front, 13-12, with three ends to play. They won all three ends to win by 22 shots to 12. Susan Wray, Ian Tyler and Skip Peter Hills looked like they had their game in the bag with four ends to go, as they led by 23 shots to 8. But it was not to be as they managed to lose not only those four ends but their lead as well, as they ended up drawing 23 shots apiece.
D.Jackson, J.Waller & R.Brewster beat B.Sharp, R.Hough & T.Brooks 17-15; L.Tyler, S.Hay & R.Harper lost to B.Hough, B.Morris & R.Clifford 14-22; C.Hammond, B.Drummond & S.Arnold beat G.McCorkey, K.Brooks & J.Croft 22-12; S.Wray, I.Tyler & P.Hills drew with B.Briggs, R.Messer & M.Brooks 23 all.

Datchworth 77 Northaw and Cuffley 61
On Wednesday afternoon we travelled to play Northaw and Cuffley in a Mixed Friendly and after being loaned three of their bowlers to make our numbers up we won by 77 shots to 61. Dickie Jackson, Roger Heiden (loaned by N & C), Bill Thorne and Skip Chas Townley won four ends on the trot to lead 7-3 after seven ends, but they then only picked up four more single shots as they lost 11-21. Rachel Jones, Robin Gray and Skip Steve Arnold won the first seven ends, to lead 9-0 and were never caught as they won by 24 shots to 11. Dawn Kingsland, Dave Wellbrook (loaned by N & C), Rob Hazeu and Skip Richard Brewster were all-square at 8 apiece after ten ends but then they only lost another three ends as they ran out winners by 21 shots to 11. Caroline Cody (loaned by N & C), Maurice Gordon and Skip Richard Harper were 1-10 down after four ends, then 6-18 down after twelve ends. Then they got their act together to win all of the remaining six ends to come from behind and win by 21 shots to 18.
D.Jackson, R.Heiden, B.Thorne & C.Townley lost to M.Chandler, D.Pett, J.Hawkey & J.Chandler 11-21; R.Jones, R.Gray & S.Arnold beat J.Boulter, C.Heiden & R.Blunden 24-11; D.Kingsland, D.Wellbrook, R.Hazeu & R.Brewster beat D.Taylor, R.King, D.Wilkinson & M.Boulter 21-11; C.Cody, M.Gordon & R.Harper beat L.Nicchi, B.King & D.Fryett 21-18.

Datchworth versus Hertford
Unfortunately this match had to be cancelled as we had so many players involved in Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Finals we could not field a team to play at Hertford.
We had 19 players involved in three Welwyn Hatfield Bowls League Finals held at Welwyn Garden City’s Digswell Park Green. In the morning session there was an all Datchworth affair in the Jubilee Cup Final when Bernie Drummond, Mike Mahoney, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley, from our Green team, beat Maurice Gordon, Richard Harper, Steve Hunter and Skip Derek Henley, from our Yellow team, 22-8 and Richard Brewster, Neil Mean, Jim Smith and Skip Ken Hammond, from our Green team, drew with Dickie Jackson, Stuart Hay, Aaron Prowle and Skip Steve Chamberlain, from our Yellow team, 22 all, for an overall 44-30 win for our Green team. In the afternoon session our Green team successfully defended the John Brown Trophy by beating W.G.C. Knights 38-34. Janet Mahoney, Mike Mahoney and Skip Ken Hammond beat Linda Kilmister, John Kilmister and Skip David Hegarty 18-14; while Carol Hammond, Steve Arnold and Skip Les Parsley drew with Jack Gibbs, Tony Strickland and Skip Rob Edwards 20 all. Also in the afternoon session in the Fours Final Brian Clarke, Dave Miller, Brian Reeves and Skip Garry Smith from B.S.P. beat Dickie Jackson, Chris Hills, Derek Henley and Skip Steve Chamberlain from our Yellow team 24-12.

Datchworth 37 Allenburys 77
On Sunday afternoon we travelled to Ware to play Allenburys in a Mixed Friendly and came away second best after a 37-77 defeat. Dickie Jackson, Charles Eggington, Jane Waller and Skip Steve Arnold had a close game where no team was ahead for more than two ends in a row and the scores were level for sixth time at 13 apiece at the end. Dawn Kingsland, Graham Akers, Joan James and Skip Richard Brewster lost the first three ends and picked up seven single shots in their 7-19 loss. Linda Tyler, Bill Thorne and Skip Ken Hammond lost seven of the first ten ends, to trail 3-12, and despite winning all but three of the remaining ends they still lost 13-18. It was a bit of a disaster for Carol Hammond, Ian Tyler and Skip Rob Hazue as they were no match for their opposition as they only won four ends in their 4-27 loss.
D.Jackson, C.Eggington, J.Waller & S.Arnold drew with W.Head, B.Cooper, J.Brinklow & J.Varney 13 all; D.Kingsland, G.Akers, J.James & R.Harper lost to K.McGinlay, P.Fitzgibbon, M.Pope & F.McGinlay 7-19; L.Tyler, B.Thorne & K.Hammond lost to J.Fitzgibbon, T.Fish & M.Judd 13-18; C.Hammond, I.Tyler & R.Hazeu lost to S.Pyne, D.Bowie & D.Pyne 4-27.





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