Enter Stotfold's open triples

Stotfold are holding their open triples competition a week on Sunday (July 6). A couple more triples are needed to enter and teams from any club in the area are welcome. The closing date is this Sunday (June 29) and you will be playing for the Stotfold C

Stotfold are holding their open triples competition a week on Sunday (July 6).

A couple more triples are needed to enter and teams from any club in the area are welcome.

The closing date is this Sunday (June 29) and you will be playing for the 'Stotfold Challenge Cup' plus a cash prize.

In the Bedfordshire county unbadged singles, Elaine Drury lost narrowly 20-21 to an opponent from Kempston Hammers.


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In the East Beds League, the C team continues to make progress in division one with a win against Sandy Con C 35-20, but the B team went down to Sandy Town B by the reverse score of 20-35.

In division four, the A team drew 31-31 against Ampthill B in a close game, and in division six the D team had a good win at Sandy Town, beating their D team 38-36.

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In friendly matches, Stotfold had a win against Hitchin Town 84-53 but lost to Kempston Hammers 90-98.

Stotfold's ladies played against Royston Ladies on Saturday and lost 48-54.

Shefford hosted the ladies' county triples quarter and semi-finals on Sunday.

The club's triple of Jessica Ford, Margaret Foulkes and Janet Northern went out in the quarter finals. The day ended with teams from Barton-le-Clay and Wilstead making it through to the finals.

In the afternoon, the club played a mixed game at Leighton Buzzard and lost 76-65. They had a winning rink of Alison Hammond, Eric Copping, Dennis Stevens and Barry Robinson.

Saturday saw the men lose at home to Dunstable Town 87-61 although they did have a winning rink of Peter Brown, Colin Crouch, Malcolm Clarke and John Batcheldor.

The men's final triple went out of the county competition on Friday when they lost to a team from Luton Town on the extra end.

Thursday saw the men's A progress in the Knockout Cup winning at Holwell against their A team on an extra end. The ladies' B team won their first game when they beat Biggleswade away in a rearranged East Beds League game.

The men's A team lost a rearranged league game against Sandy Town last Wednesday which prevented them going top of division two.

Last Monday saw the men play in the East Beds League. The A team won at Henlow and the B and C teams lost to Sandy Con and Maulden respectively. The B team ladies lost at home to Langford the following day.

Hitchin Town stepped up their game last Thursday to get their first league win of the season from a visit to Letchworth Conservative Club (58-25).

Both rinks were always in control and fully deserved to take all six league points. The top rink was Geoff Munge, Norman Parke, Alan Cook and Ian Thorne.

Rink one: G Munge, N Parke, A Cook, I Thorne won 33-16. Rink two: G Williams, M Squires, M Wadsworth, S Dawson won 25-9.

Hitchin then had stiffer competition on Saturday from Royston, eventually losing by one shot (71-72).

The match was finely balanced throughout ending in two rinks apiece and Royston just took the honours by the slimmest of margins. The top rink was Geoff Munge, Laurie Hill, Alan Cook and Bill Harrison.

Rink one: L Lane, N Webb, R Cole, I Thorne won 19-14. Rink two: J Hill, N MacLeod, M Squires, A Hill lost 17-21. Rink three: R Allen, D Conder, M Williams, S Dawson lost 16-25. Rink four: G Munge, L Hill, A Cook, W Harrison won 19-12.

Hitchin had another home fixture on Sunday against Biggleswade, losing on two of the three rinks (48-60).

While one rink went comfortably to each side, the third rink swung Biggleswade's way in the final stages, earning the visitors victory.

The top Hitchin rink was Barbara Clark, Bill Jones, Mick Squires and Ivan Page.

Rink one: J Hill, J Squires, A Nightingale, A Hill lost 9-25. Rink two: B Clark, W Jones, M Squires, I Page won 25-17. Rink three: R Allen, E Waliker, R Parker, G Leuty lost 14-18.

Hitchin's weekday bowlers played away at Howard Garden last Tuesday. The Hitchin bowlers won on only one of the four rinks but won overall 76-68 over the Letchworth club thanks to a high score on rink two.

Rink one: S Wheatley, N Parke, K Porter lost 16-25 to B Wood, D Jack, J Apps. Rink two: R Allen, J Squires, M Wadsworth won 31-12 against R Saldrena, B Spurden, D Fern. Rink three: J Warren, D Conder, D Porter lost 11-12 to R Knight, G Glosso, A Thame. Rink four: B Clark, M Wells, M Williams lost 18-19 to P Jack, C Powell, B Thomson.

Hitchin played at home last Thursday against Stotfold and lost 84-53 and were beaten on all four rinks.

Letchworth Conservative Club's ladies played at Riverain in a league fixture on a damp Wednesday evening and lost by a considerable margin.

The highlight of the game however was the rink played by M Mountney, P Young and S Bradbury who needed two shots to win going into the last end and were holding five shots when the opposing skip delivered her last bowl and scored one shot and took the game!

There was a relatively slow week for Datchworth with only five matches played.

Scores: Datchworth 21 Aston 53; Datchworth Gold 45 Beehive 50; Datchworth Blue 37 Welwyn Garden City 36; Datchworth 61 Holwell 84; Datchworth 86 Letchworth Garden City 64.

* Senior vice-president Terry Stout took charge of Letchworth and District Bowling Association's third game of the season.

This was against East Herts BA at Buntingford Bowls Club and the district recorded their second win of the week (141-119). Letchworth and District won three and drew one of the six rinks. The top winning rink consisted of Peter Willson (Whitethorn), Alan Bratherton (Stevenage Town), Brian Kitchener (Norton) and skip Dennis Eddington (Three Horseshoes) who beat the rink skipped by East Herts secretary John Simmons 34-21.

The rink skipped by Les Lane came back from 17-6 down against J Hicks to draw 21 each.

Other results (skips only): T Ware 17 E Plume 23; D Webb 12 D Pyne 20; D Wright 31 D Lee 19; G Lewis 26 J Thompson 15.

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