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15th July 2024

The men played a Bob Vise Trophy match away at Potters Bar last Saturday, winning by the tightest of margins. St Albans lost the singles and triples, but the pairs team of Andy Kay and Steve Wilson won by 9 shots to almost completely wipe out the deficit. The rinks team came good winning their last end by the two shots that were needed for the overall win that takes St Albans through to the next round.

One player who missed the Potters Bar fixture was Kevin Yiu who had been selected to play a County match for Hertfordshire against Bedfordshire at Royston.

The tightest of margins was an apt description of the outcome of the St Albans' Ladies fixture on Thursday against North Mymms. The Ladies triples team of Sally Griffiths, Linda Burfield and skip Brenda Pitkin lost by a single shot, 16-15, in the preliminary round of the District competition.

8th July 2024

The club has played in  District Rinks League fixtures this week. Last Wednesday  the men had a very tight match away at Potters Bar. Of the three rinks, St Albans won one, lost one and the other was drawn. However, St Albans won by 3 shots on overall shots scored, which translated to a winning League score of 50-30 in favour of the visitors.

The men and ladies teams played  separate matches on Sunday away at Welwyn Garden City. The men played three rinks, St Albans' winning one and losing two. The overall shot score was 55-39 in favour of Welwyn Garden City, earning them 60 League points, with 20 for St Albans. Top rink for St Albans' men was Chris Palmer, Ambrose Tam, Mike Pitkin and skip Peter Kay with a score of 16-10.

St Albans ladies drew one rink 22-22 and lost the other heavily. The League points earned were 25 for Welwyn Garden City and 5 for St Albans.

1st July 2024

On Sunday we played an internal competition for the Jack Mead Memorial Trophy, so that the only weekend inter club competitive fixture was on Saturday away against local rivals Batchwood. The scores were close at the halfway point, but the hosts pulled away to win eventually by 67 shots to 48. The top rink for St Albans, winning 16-11, was Catherine Moore, Irene Humphrey and skip Chris Palmer.

24th June 2024

The weather for the Club's weekend fixtures outshone the club's fortunes, with two defeats following on from the previous weekend's victories. The opportunity had been taken to play some of the newer bowlers, all of whom bowled creditably and will have benefited from the experience, but this will have had some bearing on the outcome..  Sunday's home fixture against Berkhamsted was lost on all four rinks. On Saturday against Tring, we did at least win one of the four rinks, but the overall match score was 69-48 to the visitors. The winning rink for the home side, scoring 19-10, was  Sally Griffiths, Annie Cheuk and skip Chris Palmer.

17th June 2024

The  Ladies played the area semi final of the National Top Club competition last Friday, at home to Croxley Guild. At the halfway point it was close with each club winning in two of the four disciplines. However, the away team pulled ahead in the second half to win three rinks, with Annie Cheuk and Linda Burfield winning the pairs for St Albans and thereby losing 1:3.

We won both of the mixed triples weekend fixtures. Playing Hitchin at home on Saturday, the weather was dry but the Green affected by heavy morning rain. The top rink for St Albans included Ian Woodcock and Brenda Pitkin, and their rink score of 29-9 was crucial in securing an overall win by 79 shots to 72.
Sunday’s win at Harpenden was more comfortable in terms of the scoreline, St Albans winning 75-48. Of the four rinks played, St Albans won two, lost one and the other was drawn. The two rinks won were by convincing scores, which accounted for the margin of overall victory.

10th June 2024

St Albans Bowling Club's Saturday fixture was rearranged for later in the season. On Sunday the club played a 5 rink mixed triples friendly away to Northaw & Cuffley. The winning score of 93 shots to 69 suggested an emphatic win for St Albans, although winning only three of the five rinks was an indicator of a closer match. Top rink for St Albans was Ian Simons, Carole Ewer and skip Alan Turner.

3rd June 2024

St Albans five mixed triples match away at Radlett last Thursday ended early after 16 ends due to torrential downpours of rain. The score ended in St Albans' favour by 87 shots to 46, and winning 4 rinks to 1. Top rink was Catherine Moore, Peter Browne and skip John Harvey by 23-4.  The home match on Saturday against Hertford Castle was a close fought affair but the home side lost 89-81. On one rink St Albans fought back from 15-0 down to lose by only one shot, although top rink for St Albans, winning 21-15, was skippered by Mike Pitkin.  Sunday's home match against Luton & Ashcroft was less close, a defeat by 82-53. St Albans' one winning rink of the four played scoring 18-15, was Linda Burfield, John Harvey and skip Andy Kay.

27th May 2024

St Albans Bowling Club's latest Open Days were held last Saturday and Sunday, and a busy weekend was concluded with the annual President's Day on Bank Holiday Monday involving mainly mixed teams from within the club.

Fixtures against other clubs included two ladies' matches. The first on the previous Saturday was a quarter final tie against Potters Bar in the Hertfordshire section of the Women's National Top Club competition. St Albans won the singles and pairs convincingly. Whilst losing the triples and fours, these were closer affairs giving St Albans a very creditable overall  win by 70 shots to 61.  Last Thursday's match away to Shire Park was an enjoyable two triples friendly. St Albans' ladies won one rink 24-6. Although losing the other 9-20, the overall score was 33-26 in favour of St Albans.

20th May 2024

Suffering from the unavailability of some of the club's more experienced bowlers, the largely inexperienced teams that played last weekend's mixed friendlies away to Harperbury and at home to Hemel Hempstead were no match for their opponents.

The club's ladies were similarly unsuccessful in their District League fixture at home to Batchwood. Competing well in the early stages, St Albans did less well once Batchwood sent down longer jacks and eventually lost 42-27.

13th May 2024

The  ladies played twice during the week. Tuesday's district rinks league match at home to Kings Langley was a closely fought draw, one rink scoring 18-18 and the other 14-14.  On Thursday, the ladies played an enjoyable triples match away to Hemel Hempstead, but finished on the wrong side of a 58-40 scoreline. The top rink for St Albans, winning 20-14, included Deidre Moynihan and Brenda Pitkin.

6th May 2024

On the Green, an exciting home County rinks match was played against Townsend last Friday, the teams drawing 27-27. For St Albans the best performers, winning 17-9, were Andy Kay, John Harvey, Steve Wilson and skip Mike Pitkin. 

St Albans' mixed triples friendly at home to Potton End was lost 51-77, although the top rink winning 19-10 was Tony Dolphin, Sarah Hughes and skip John Harvey. There was better fortune in Sunday's mixed triples friendly at home to Luton West End, with St Albans winning 68-52. Of the three rinks won, the best performers were Sarah Hughes, Peter Kay and skip Chris Palmer.

28th April 2024

Between a heavy defeat at home to Batchwood in midweek for the men and a cancelled match against Shire Park on the Sunday, following rainfall of 33mm the previous night, the Club had a very close and enjoyable 5 rink mixed triples friendly at home to North Mymms on Saturday as the rain held off. We  finished on the wrong side of a 93-88 scoreline, but with a top rink by 26-11 of Chris Debenham, Sally Griffiths and skip Alan Turner.

21st April 2024

The first match of the new season was an away fixture at Luton & Ashcroft for a mixed triples friendly. The hosts, who were able to include an England Disabilities international, proved too strong, winning on three of the four rinks. St Albans won on the other rink by a score of 21-11, through the efforts of Ian Woodcock, Linda Burfield and skip Kevin Yiu.