Hertfordshire County Short Mat Bowling Association News pages




15 Feb 2018 : Barnet League Week 19

Letchworth 1 once more came back from a losing position to snatch victory 12-11 against St Margaret's 1.  Never ahead in the game, Letchworth 1 scored a 4 and a 1 on the last two ends.  This win closes the gap to league leaders Greenwood A to only 2 points.  In the other game between Harpenden A and Greenwood B the scores were tied at 8-8 with six ends to play.  Harpenden A went ahead before Greenwood B scored on the last four ends to pull off a 13-11 win.

In Division 2 Harpenden C have suddenly discovered some form winning their last two games.  This time it was a 17-10 win over St Margaret's 2 which lifts the Harpenden team off bottom position.

Next week Harpenden B take on Greenwood B in Division 1.  St Margaret's 2 could go top of Division 2 if they beat Northiam West.  In the remaining game, Northiam South face Letchworth 2.


13 Feb 2018 : St Margaret's Club Pages Are Go!!

St Margaret's now have their own set of web pages on this site.  The purpose of the pages is to keep St Margaret's members up to date with calendar events, fixtures and news.  It is also a source of information for potential new members looking for a local club.

A big thank you goes to John Usher of St Margaret's who has worked hard to put these pages together.


12 Feb 2018 : Barnet League Revised Fixture

On Friday Harpenden A played Letchworth 1 at Greenwood Park in a fixture previously postponed.

A very close match was tied at 3, 8 and 10 ends.  Letchworth 1 were never ahead until the last end when a 3 shot count snatched a 12-11 win and lifted Letchworth 1 to second place in the league.


11 Feb 2018 : Somerset 34 Herts 6

Hertfordshire's Inter County Championship season ended at the quarter final stage of the Main Knockout Competition.  A strong Somerset team inflicted a heavy 34-6 defeat on Hertfordshire.

The three Herts combination to score points were Audrey and Brian Fowler in the Pairs, Jeff Branch, Mike Thrush, John Taylor and Sam Salmon in the Fours and Adrianne West, Mary Chadd and Brian McGivern in the Triples.

With the match already lost after three sessions of play, Hertfordshire offered Somerset the opportunity of and early trip home but they declined.

Despite this result, all players who have represented Hertfordshire this season should feel rightly proud that they qualified from the group stage to the senior competition and progressed through the preliminary round.


09 Feb 2018 : Barnet League Week 18

Greenwood A have taken a commanding lead in their drive to retain their Barnet League championship with  24-8 win over Harpenden A.  Greenwood A dominated throughout, leading 18-0 before Harpenden A got going. Harpenden A finished with a flourish, scoring 5 shots on the last end.

Northiam East went top of Division 2 with their 17-11 win.  Shillington scored on 9 of the 15 ends but were restricted to singles and 2s.  Two 4s and two 3s were decisive in Northiam East's favour.

Harpenden C registered their first win of the season in thriller against Northiam West.  Harpenden C leapt out to a 6-0 lead but Northiam West bounced back and the scores were tied at 10-10 going into the last end.

Next week (Valentine's Night) Letchworth 1 will be hoping for a little love from St Margaret's 1 as they strive to make use of one of their games in hand to close the gap to Greenwood A.  Harpenden A and Greenwood B face each other.  In the Division 2 match, St Margaret's 2 will hope to go back to top slot when the take on Harpenden C.


06 Feb 2018 : Herts v Hampshire Photo Gallery

Check out the latest photo gallery from the ICC Preliminary Round match against Hampshire at Daventry.  You can find it under Photo Galleries or just click this link.

Herts v Hampshire Photo Gallery

TAGS : ICC

04 Feb 2018 : Herts 23 Hampshire 17

The Preliminary Round match of the Inter County Division A Knockout Phase saw Hertfordshire beat Hampshire by 23-17 points.  In a tightly contested match, Hertfordshire's 7 bonus points from the four disciplines proved to de the decisive factor.

The singles players for Herts scored 5 game points with Michael West contributing a win and a draw.  Bill Gearing had his first outing in the singles and despite losing his second game, his 2 shots on the last end was enough to share the singles bonus points.

In the pairs Audrey and Brian Fowler notched up the only win but, with Pauline Taylor and Alan Hare keeping their games tight, the bonus points for this discipline were won.

The triples, skipped by Alan Spicer and Brian McGivern notched 2 wins and a draw plus 2 bonus points.  The fours were skipped by Sam Salmon and Ken Murray and they won two of their four games and outscored their opponents by 2 shots to secure the final 2 bonus points.

Specisl mention should go to Mike Thrush who was making his debut in the green shirt (large) of Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire's reward is a quarter final tie against Somerset on Sunday 11 February.

TAGS : ICC , Letchworth

03 Feb 2018 : Barnet League Week 16

In Week 16 Harpenden A beat their clubmates Harpenden B 14-11, a result that leaves Greenwood A with a clear 3 point advantage in the race for the Barnet League title.

Only one Division 2 match was played with Northiam East beating Harpenden C 24-4.  The other match (Northiam South v St Margaret's 2) was postponed.  There are four teams battling for promotion with just one point separating them.  The top two, St Margaret's 2 and Nothiam East, hold the advantage as they have a game in hand over their rivals.


01 Feb 2018 : Barnet League Week 17

The Division 1 clash between Harpenden B and Letchworth 1 was a low scoring affair with the Letchworth team winning 12-9.

In a good night for Letchworth, Letchworth 2 beat Northiam West 21-8.  And in a bad night for Northiam, Northiam South lost to Shillington 29-8.

Next week league leaders Greenwood A take on Harpenden A.  Northiams West and East are in action against Harpenden C and Shillington respectively.


27 Jan 2018 : Herts at the ICC Rinks Finals

Hertfordshire competed in the ESMBA ICC Rinks Finals for the first time.  Eight counties participated and were drawn into two groups of four.  Herts were up against it from the start with a really tough draw including two of the top A Division counties; Devon and West Midlands.

Probably Herts best chance of a win was in the first match against Kent with Herts having beaten them in the qualifying round of this competition.  But we were unable to repeat our earlier result and went down 31-51.  In the other two matches, the greater experience at this level of Devon and West Midlands told and Herts were unable to trouble them.

Devon topped our group and went on to contest the final against Surrey.

TAGS : ICC Rinks