Number one spot for WGC as club enjoys county success

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 August 2017

Welwyn Garden City Bowls Club with the County Top 10 trophy.

Welwyn Garden City Bowls Club with the County Top 10 trophy.


Welwyn Garden City Bowls Club are top of the county’s hit parade after claiming the Hertfordshire Top Ten title.

The tournament sees squads of 10 from clubs across the county play rinks in singles, doubles, triples and fours.

WGC made the final with victory over Mill End at Buntingford, winning a tight encounter 66 shots to 64.

Things didn’t start off great with Bryn Evans losing the singles 21-18 and Chris and Gordon Avery losing out in the pairs 22-17.

But Tony Seeby, James Avery and Neil Sharp won the triples 13-10 and an 18-11 success in the fours by Ian Stone, Les Brown, Keith Ames and Stewart Parkhouse saw the Knightsfield-based club through to the final.

That meant a trip to Royston where they took on Ware.

And this was a much more convincing triumph as WGC won 86-41, winning in three of the four disciplines.

Evans set the tone with a huge 21-3 win in the singles and Seeby, Avery and Sharp also took a big winning margin, claiming the triples 30-6.

Stone, Brown, Ames and Parkhouse won the fours 18-12 and the Avery’s just missed out a clean sweep as they suffered a narrow 20-17 loss in the pairs.

There was more success for Evans in the U30s County Singles as he beat Mill End’s Jason Horwood 21-11 at Bishop’s Stortford but that was were it ended as he, Parkhouse and Keith Avenell lost 20-16 to a triple from Royston.

Becky Maynard completed the county success with victory over Rebecca Turner of Holwell in the women’s junior singles.

In the Ranson Cup Welwyn & District were beaten 50-18 while in the East Herts League Triples Parkhouse, Seeby and Allan Budge defeated Whit Hern 22-13.

In the East Herts League Fours Seeby, Bob West, Ames and Parkhouse won 20-14 at Datchworth.

The 75th Anniversary match against Hertfordshire Bowls saw WGC lose 144-95 with their top rink being that of Carl Parkhouse, Tony Royal, Seeby and Helen Cox who won 19-18.

In a friendly against Welwyn & District WGC won 95-50 with Jack Gibbs, Paula Martin and Alan Cox the best rink, winning 27-7.

However, there were two friendly defeats, 74-69 to North Mymms and 97-96 to Hertford Castle.

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