Road return to the top of bowls league

The latest sports news for the Hemel area
The latest sports news for the Hemel area

The Orchard Health Group Division One was thrown wide open this week when second-placed Carlton Road claimed all the points against leaders Eastenders to leapfrog them.

Enders began the week four points clear, but now the Road are two points in front as the Enders’ Keith Tointon, Colin Box and Adrian Field, 10-1 up with seven ends played, saw their lead gradually reduced as the Road’s Ian Clark, Sue Simpson-Shaw and Les Feary picked up a crucial count of four on end 12.

They then scored seven shots to one against and won 16-12.

On the other rink, Ollie Moore, Liam Reeson and Andy Reeson fell 18-17.

Elsewhere in the Boston Indoor Bowls League, relegated Patriarchs nicked a point from Punchbowlers.

Chris Bristow, Robert Goodale and Alan Bristow tied 17-17, but picking up the rest of the points for the Bowlers were Iris Reeson, Bunny Reeson and Andrew Limb (33-13).

Third-placed Holland Fen faced the Jolly Farmers.

For the latter, Stuart Mooore, Sue Hoyles and David Allen put in a good performance to defeat the Fenmen’s Keith French, Colin Palmer and Mick Tomlin 15-26.

Replying for the Fenmen, Bazza Wilson, Ron Flower and George Hardstaff produced a winning scorecard of 23-12, which tied the game overall.

As expected, Invaders proved too strong for IBC when they picked up the aggregate result thanks to a 26-5 from Rebecca Clare, John Spencer and Pete Hoyles.

The Royal Mail versus Swineshead game saw the rink points shared with the aggregate points going to the higher team Royal Mail, with an overall score of 37-32.

A40 defeated Norprint, but not without difficulties.

Norprint’s Barbara Kenny, Geoff Taylor and Dick Vinter, trailing 10-4 against Jean Cammack, were level on end 15 but Jean picked up six shots to one against over the last few ends played to win 17-12.

A40’s Jim Gott skipped his rink to a 20-13 success.

In the T&B Containers Division Two, Strollers will be going up as champions even though they failed to pick up a point from their penultimate game.

Matched against Amateurs, Mick Hippisley fell 18-15 and Derek Butwright was defeated 25-13, a comprehensive win for the lower team.

Feathers have pushed themselves into a promotion spot.

Matched against Parthians they managed to pick up four points which gives them a two-point advantage over Boston Park.

Winning well for the Parthians were Diane Bedford, Dale Sowter and Pete Bedford with a 21-11 result.

This was eclipsed by Brian Simpson, Keith Posey and Derek Hunn, who won 12-25.

Boston Park, who were level on points with Feathers, only managed to secure two points.

Matched against Golfers, Claire Britchford picked up a last end count of one to win 19-18, replying for the Golfers to win four points, Jerry Gill, Dave Gill and Graham Scarboro won 12-17.

The Crowns’ game against Central saw the latter picking up just one point.

Red 5 found the Burtons in good form. For Red 5, Bob Lody secured a win of 19-15 but the Burton’s Phil Markham established a lead right from the onset and won 11-20.

Breakaways versus Poachers saw the lower team Breakaways coming out on top.

Gordon Gallichan was ably assisted by Jo and Henry Dowse and won 18-15.

Carol Dowse, Ann Jackson and Mark Brown ran away to win 28-10.

In the Cammacks Division Three, Autos top of the Division with a four-point advantage over the second team Cosmos.

The top two both picked up maximum points this week with wins over Nomads and U3.

Autos skips Jeff Homewood and Bernard Skelton had wins of 22-12 and 17-11.

Doing equally as well for the Cosmos, Jean and Bob Thompson secured all the points with wins of 26-14 and 23-8.

Sibsey defeated the Fairways with wins of 24-10 and a close 13-10 for Charles Russell and Pete Sharman.

Vikings were short in numbers for their game against Traders and conceded a rink.

Vikings won two points with Traders taking the aggregate points.

Highflyers’ game against Shipmates went in favour of the Flyers.

Ian Atkin won 22-13 and Barrie Trigg came from 9-20 down to tie 20-20 with Ted Vere, a big recovery.