Harpenden reach quarter-finals of Top Ten competition

Harpenden reached the quarter-finals

Harpenden reached the quarter-finals

First published in Sport

Harpenden’s successful season continued as they reached the quarter-finals of the bowling County Top Ten competition with victory over Welwyn Garden City.

Despite losing the singles and the fours, wins in the pairs and triples gave the home side an overall 81-71 victory.

Harpenden will travel to Cheshunt in the next round for a place in the semi-finals.

More progress was made in the National Top Team competition after wins against Potters Bar and Welwyn & District.

The team ran out 4-1 winners at Potters Bar with success in the two wood and four wood singles, pairs, and triples.

Welwyn & District provided a much sterner test but Harpenden’s triumphs in the four wood singles, pairs and triples were enough for a 3-2 win.

There were mixed results for Harpenden teams in the men’s National Two Fours.

Woodie Donoghue, Ken Murray, Tony Redford and Nick Muir lost their match 14-20 against Buntingford A, but a 20-12 victory for the team of Rob Newby, Noel Roberts, John Osborn and Tom Muir provided Harpenden A with an overall 34-32 win.

The men’s B side lost 47-20 away to Garston in the same event with defeats on both rinks.

Harpenden teams faced each other in the National Mixed Fours and Mixed Pairs last week.

Dena Roberts, Jennie Redford, Tony Redford and Nick Muir progressed to the third round of the Mixed Fours with a 23-12 victory over fellow Harpenden rink of Mary Fisher, Linda Newby, Rob Newby and Woodie Donoghue.

Linda and David Brooks beat Jennie Redford and Nick Muir 23-11 in the Mixed Pairs, whilst Lesley Tutt and Tony Redford lost to Pam and David Hilson.

In the County Singles, David Brooks beat two Hatfield opponents to progress in the competition.

He beat Kevin Hull 21-17 and Ian Powell 21-10, whilst Beryl Birch defeated Gloria Fligman of Oakhill in the unbadged singles by 21 shots to 18.

Harpenden ladies won two rinks out of three last Tuesday to beat Batchwood with an overall shot score of 65-31.

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