Bowls round-up: Trophy-laden end of season for Letchworth, Baldock and Willian

PUBLISHED: 09:32 20 September 2019

Having won the Manning Trophy for the Hertfordshire Northern Division, Letchworth Garden City Bowls Club's men finished as runners-up in the county final.

Having won the Manning Trophy for the Hertfordshire Northern Division, Letchworth Garden City Bowls Club's men finished as runners-up in the county final.

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A busy season may be winding down but there is still plenty of silverware up for grabs across the various bowls clubs.

Baldock Town Bowls Club's ladies battled all the way to the National Top Club final before losing to reigning champions Devon.Baldock Town Bowls Club's ladies battled all the way to the National Top Club final before losing to reigning champions Devon.

Following on from receiving the Manning Trophy for winning the Hertfordshire Northern Division, Letchworth Garden City's men headed to the county finals at Garston.

Roy Murden (left) lost to Mick Thrush in the Men's Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.Roy Murden (left) lost to Mick Thrush in the Men's Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.

The team consisting of Paul Billson, Dave Haggar, Brian Bargery, Giovanni Cataldo, Christopher Ottaway, Tony Sinclair, Andy Hodgson, Ian Snowdon and travelling reserve Bob Hart played Harpenden in the morning semi-final where they picked up a win.

Pippa Clayton (left) lost to Barbara Middleton in the Ladies Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.Pippa Clayton (left) lost to Barbara Middleton in the Ladies Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.

They couldn't keep the momentum going though and Buntingford took the title.

Brian Bugden and John Skingsley won the Willian Bowls Club Pairs competition with against Lesley Jones and John Atkinson.Brian Bugden and John Skingsley won the Willian Bowls Club Pairs competition with against Lesley Jones and John Atkinson.

But their first visit to the county finals was just the latest in what has been a great year.

Roy Murden (left) lost to John Skingsley in the Sets competition at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.Roy Murden (left) lost to John Skingsley in the Sets competition at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.

A spokesman said: "Overall it has a very successful season with the ladies reaching two NHWBA finals and the club team retaining the Stevenage & District Mixed League title with a game to go.

Irene Humphrey (left) lost to Ken Savill in the Novices Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.Irene Humphrey (left) lost to Ken Savill in the Novices Championship at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.

"Everyone has played their part so congratulations to all."

Ken Savill (left) beat Sam Salmon in the Two-Wood competition at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.Ken Savill (left) beat Sam Salmon in the Two-Wood competition at Willian Bowls Club's finals day.

n Having qualified for the National Top Club final through a regional tournament, Baldock Ladies beat teams from Sussex and Cumbria to advance to the final.

Willian Bowls Club's mascot Jasper the Fox guards the trophies ahead of finals day.Willian Bowls Club's mascot Jasper the Fox guards the trophies ahead of finals day.

Unfortunately the reigning champions from Devon proved too strong and Baldock lost 3-1 over the four disciplines.

Meanwhile in the Letchworth and District finals Baldock's men were just as dominant with victories for Darren Hickin and Paul Andrews in the Pairs and Roy Bacon, Martin Roberts and Max Mackinnon took the Triples title.

An all Baldock affair in the Singles saw Jamie Claydon beat Andrews 21-19.

n Willian Foxes held their own annual club finals with a typically high standard of bowls.

Barbara Middleton and Mick Thrush took the championship titles while Ken Savill won both the Two-wood and Novices crowns.

John Skingsley was also a double winner, winning in the Sets and the Pairs with Brian Bugden.

Willian also won the Hitchin Midweek Triples League final with the team of Middleton, Skingsley and Roy Murden beating Hitchin.

n Howard Garden beat North Herts 47-41 at home before playing their Greatorex Gala competition.

That was won by Ray Bloomfield while David Weemys took the runners-up spot.

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