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.