Hertfordshire County Short Mat Bowling Association News story

Herts 23 Bucks 17

25 Nov 2017

Today's match between Herts and Bucks (aka the Venison Derby) was a battle for top spot in the ICC qualifying group.  Herts fell just 2 points short of the requirement to qualify as group winners.  Second position in a tough group is still a good result and Herts will now play a Preliminary Round match in the Main Knockout Competition on the weekend of 3/4 February.

The singles representatives performed very well with Michael West winning both his games (14-9 and 20-7) while Jeanette Gayler took 3 points with a draw (11-11) and a win (14-11).  With the bonus points, the singles discipline contributed 9 points to the Herts total.

Pauline Taylor and Alan Hare lost a tight first game 11-13 before winning in the afternoon 18-9.  Audrey and Brian Fowler opened with an 11-8 win but were on the wrong end of a 4-19 score line in the later session.  The Pairs were unable to convert a 1 shot advantage from Session 1 into the 2 bonus points which could have made a big difference.

The Triples discipline was a big contributor for Herts with a maximum 10 points.  Adrianne West, Mary Chadd and Brian McGivern (17-7 and 20-9) and Jill Oakes, Alan Spicer and Tony Gayler (17-4 and 16-8) comfortably took their bonus points.

The Fours were not so fortunate as Bucks completed a clean sweep of the points in this discipline.  Jeff Branch, John Taylor, Peter Griffiths and Sam Salmon went down 10-15 and 7-12 while Sue Murray, Margaret Regan, Ted Nolan and Ken Murray lost 9-18 and 5-24.

The ICC team can now take a breather from this competition although many of them will be competing in the Inter County Rinks Competition at Guildford on 9 December.

Well done to everyone who played in the Inter County Championship qualifying phase.  We ran Bucks very close and should be rightly proud of our second spot in the group.