County finals day saw a proud moment for Baldock Town Bowls Club.

There was an all-Baldock affair in the junior singles and although both will represent Hertfordshire at the National Championships this month, Sam Andrews took the county honours with a 21-4 win over Hayden Chambers.

The Hertfordshire quarter-final of the Club Championship saw Baldock play Royston in a very close match over three rinks.

Two shots on the final end sent Royston through.

They beat Hitchin 43-21 in the County League and a 55-42 win over Harpenden was followed by a 79-56 loss to Shephalbury in the two mid-week friendlies.

And they are still top of the Stevenage Mixed League despite a 61-51 loss away to Datchworth.

The home side won two of the three rinks with the 23-7 success for Barbara Williams, Dave Castle, Steve Chamberlain and Derek Henley the crucial one.

Their Blues team lost 34-28 away to Rosehill Badgers in East Herts League Division One but the Golds enjoyed a 34-32 success at Hoddesdon & Rye Park Rockets in Division Three with the winning rink that of Castle, Keith Smith and Chamberlain.

Both the men and women of the club were in County League action as well and both against Bishop's Stortford, albeit with differing results.

The men won 42-40 at their Turkey Farm home with one rink win and one draw.

George Campbell, Keith Smith, Steve Arnold and Les Parsley picked up five shots on the penultimate end and then one more on the final end to win 21-19.

On the other rink, Dickie Jackson, Graham Akers, Mike Mahoney and Derek Henley turned round a shot deficit into a one-shot win on their final end to draw the rink 21-21.

The quartet of Jan Smith, Janet Akers, Ann Edwards and Chris Hills had a difficult start at Stortford's green, winning just one of the first 12 ends.

They did recover but lost overall 25-11.

A mixed friendly at home to Kimpton ended in an 81-50 win. Three of the four rinks were won, the best of them a 25-10 success for Jim Whittle, Ann Edwards and Phil Berry.

The Stevenage Mixed League is well over halfway through its season with 69 games declared.

Baldock's lead over second-placed Howard Garden is six points, although the chasing side have played one game more.

They had two SML matches this week, the first away to Letchworth Garden City which resulted in a narrow 47-44 win.

The second was a far more comprehensive success at home to Riverain, as they coped better with the wet conditions to win on all rinks 46-17 overall.

Third place in the league is now held by St Ippolyts who are eight points behind Baldock having played the same number of games.

Knebworth won two of the three rinks in each of their two fixtures during the week but lost by five shots overall at home to Aston.

They did win 48-33 away to Three Horseshoes with the seven match points from the two games leaving Knebworth sixth.

North Herts' winning run of seven matches finally came to an end.

Stevenage were the party-poopers with a 54-42, even though the NHBC team of Robin Edmett, Derek Guilder and Malcolm Summerville won their rink.

They then suffered back-to-back losses when Willian got the better of a derby game on Norton Common, winning 45-25 thanks to a strong second-half showing.

The best rink for North Herts was the 12-11 loss for Len Staples, Edmett and Jeff Tebbutt.