Baldock go through despite the weather

BALDOCK Town overcame Roebuck in wet and miserable conditions in the Cairns Cup. Despite the atrocious conditions, the bowls was of a high level with no quarter given by either side. In the end, Baldock won by seven shots at home and by six shots away to

BALDOCK Town overcame Roebuck in wet and miserable conditions in the Cairns Cup.

Despite the atrocious conditions, the bowls was of a high level with no quarter given by either side.

In the end, Baldock won by seven shots at home and by six shots away to move into the semi-finals for the third consecutive year.

At Baldock: D Turner beat S Cook 18-13, M Wintrip beat S Kilford 17-15.

At Roebuck: J Carter beat K Lammacraft 22-12, B Todd lost to M Brackley 15-19.

Saturday proved a much better day with only one brief shower of rain. Baldock entertained Welwyn and District and were well in front at the tea break but the visitors ran out winners by two shots.

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Scores: D Turner lost 18-22, T Castle won 22-18, I Walker lost 16-27, M Wintrip won 25-16.

No rain at all on Sunday as Baldock travelled to Biggleswade Town to complete a double over them with a comfortable win by 22 shots.

Scores: D Turner won 21-20, B Todd won 23-14, J Carter won 26-14, M Wintrip drew 19-19.

The Howard Garden men had a convincing win 52-26 over St Ippolyts in the county league on Thursday evening winning both rinks.

Trevor Hyland, Carl Gee, Tom Macey and Brian Pike won 24-11 and Tony Wood, Doug Kingsmill, Doug Fenn and David Greatorex won 28-15.

The weekend SDML matches were disappointing, losing 62-81 to Holwell and 62-73 to Norton (both away). The midweek bowlers lost to ICI Life members last Tuesday by two shots away (85-87).

The Three Horseshoes game was abandoned due to the weather.

Hitchin Town's league run stalled on Thursday with a narrow defeat at Riverain (31-33).

Riverain took the lion's share of the points, but Hitchin's remaining fixtures are now all at home.

Rink one: M Wells, M Squires, M Wadsworth, S Dawson lost 14-19. Rink two: L Hill, G Munge, A Cook, I Thorne won 17-14.

Hitchin travelled to Kingsbury on Saturday with four triples, winning the match by six shots (69-63). Their top rink was Ken Churchill, Mike Wadsworth and Ian Thorne.

Rink one: M Wells, R Cole, A Hill lost 8-19. Rink two: M Williams, D Conder, A Cook lost 16-18. Rink three: K Churchill, M Wadsworth, I Thorne won 26-11. Rink four: R Allen, M Squires, L Lane won 19-15.

Shefford hosted the men's county pairs quarters and semi-finals on Sunday, with teams from Sandy Town and Sharnbrook reaching the final.

Saturday saw the men's game against Dixonians cancelled after the club from Stevenage folded in the season.

The men took advantage of the situation and played the semi-finals of the clubs triples. The ladies lost at home to Luton Co-Op.

Maureen Nicholson and John Batcheldor progressed to the last 16 of the county mixed pairs.

The men's A team progressed to the quarter-finals in the knockout cup by winning by 24 shots against Maulden C.

The ladies' A team lost at Sandy Con and the B won at Potton.

Ralph Archer and Geoff Henry suffered disappointment when they went out of the county pairs to a pair from Bedford Borough.

The men played in the East Beds League, the A team beating St Andrews by the narrowest of margins one shot and the B team losing at Holwell.

Stotfold's ladies had the honour of hosting the Beds county quarter and semi-finals of the unbadged singles event.

County ladies' president, Anne Dilley, who started her bowling career with Stotfold, was made welcome.

In the East Beds League, the B team had a win against the C team and their A team continued their good season with a win against Fairfield B to keep them in second place, with a seven-shot advantage over third placed Holwell B. The D team have fallen to bottom in Division Six.

In the league knockout, the B team went out to Henlow A, but their C team had a great win against Maulden B who are the current leaders in Division One.

In friendly games, Stotfold lost to Ampthill by 10 shots in spite of leading by 15 shots at the halfway stage (68-78).

The ladies lost to Wilstead in a friendly, and also to Maulden in the league.

Datchworth's week improved after an indifferent start.

Scores: Datchworth Gold 31 Whit Hern Red 51; Datchworth Gold 30 Shire Park Green 38; Datchworth 58 Welwyn Garden City 98; Datchworth 66 Whitethorn 61; Datchworth 66 Bengeo 86; Datchworth 87 Knebworth 67.

Whitethorn had four men playing in the recent Gerald Scott Gala at Hatfield. The team of Dave Marr, Tim Elderfield, Mick Gowlett and Mike Farron came second.

The team of Peter Willson, Bob Ralph, Terry Ware (sub for Ron Adams) and Barry Platten played a county fours competition on a neutral green at Borehamwood against Garston, only losing by one point.

Two league games played saw the men at Norton with one four winning and one four losing. This gave them four out of six points for the match.

The fours were Barry Platten, Terry Ware, Terry Saunders and Mike Farron; and Albie McLellan, Ron Adams, Terry Graham and Ted Fuller.

The ladies played their North Herts Ladies Triple League at Royston and won on both rinks giving them the maximum points available. The triples were Anne Gulliver, Trish Elderfield and Angela Fabris; and Gwen Andrews, Mary Dean and Jan Chatman.

The men then played the Letchworth and District's Cairns Cup competition against Datchworth where two triples from each club play at home and two triples play away. Whitethorn battled well but lost to Datchworth overall.

n The traditional match between the Letchworth and District president Ron Adams and his home club took place at Whitethorn on Sunday.

The game was played as triples and the District came back strongly to win 101-94 after 18 ends.

The highest winning rink for the District was Bernie Drummond (Holwell), debutant Colin Robinson (Howard Garden) and skip Bob Porter (Royston) who beat skip Ted Fuller 19-8.

The other scores (skips only): N Mean 18, B Platten 19; B Mills 12, D Marr 19; D Webb 15, T Graham 17 and, with the District triple being 17-8 up with four ends to play, T Ware 17, T Elderfield 17.

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