Harpenden crowned county champions

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Harpenden have reached the area final Harpenden have reached the area final

Harpenden were crowned county champions as they reached the area final of the National two fours after back-to-back wins.

The team began with a comfortable away win over Rosedale in the last eight. Both Harpenden teams started well and led by a margin of six shots after 11 ends. The side featuring Woodie Donoghue, Kevin Brazier, Tony Redford and Nick Muir then piled on the pressure and stormed away to lead 20-6 after 17 ends.

The team of Rob Newby, Noel Roberts, John Osborn and Tom Muir had a closer match but led 16-11 after 18 ends. At that point Harpenden were well ahead by 36-17 and Rosedale conceded. In the semi-final, Harpenden met tough opposition in home game against Baldock.

The team of Newby, Roberts, Osborn and Tom Muir had a flying start, scoring five shots on the first end and increased their lead to win 27-14. The team of Donoghue, Brazier, Redford and Nick Muir got off to a slower start and had a much closer match. After 15 ends Harpenden were one shot down on the aggregate score. Although Nick Muir’s team lost 21-19, Harpenden won 46-35 to reach the final.

There was more success for Harpenden in the national mixed pairs as Linda and David Brooks reached the area final after a 25-11 win over David and Mavis Hendry.

In the second county league match the ladies played Hatfield away. Harpenden were up against a very strong team which included Barbara Albrecht and Mary Banks, Pat Pike. Harpenden finished strongly with two fours and a two to win by 22-16 shots. The side was Dena Roberts, Beryl Driscoll, Linda Newby and Lesley Tutt.

In the first round of the double rink ladies competition, the opponents were Townsend. The home team obtained a 17-17 draw but the away team won 23-13 to send Harpenden through.

The teams were Dena Roberts, Val Thomson, Janet Hubball, and Linda Brooks, and Beryl Driscoll, Beryl Birch, Jennie Redford and Debbie Turner.

Having won against Trish Gascoine and Pauline Gardiner of St Albans in the ladies pairs, two Harpenden teams met in the fourth round of the County pairs.

Linda Brooks and Newby took an early lead which Redford and Turner fought to reduce.

They were three behind on the last end and held two but Brooks came in and the pair edged to a 20-16 win.

Brooks also won the first round of the of the district singles against Pam Rodger of Potters Bar 21-17.

In the men’s county pairs, Nick Muir and Roberts took an early lead despite the best efforts of Tom Muir and Brazier and completed a 19-9 win.

In the county team ten competition, Harpenden reached the semi-final with a convincing 90-60 victory over Cheshunt.

Harpenden won the pairs, triples and fours and narrowly lost the singles. In the semi-final Harpenden will play Welwyn & District.

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