An annual trophy will belong to North Mymms Bowls Club for another year after seeing off two old rivals.

The Nethercott Trophy is competed for by North Mymms, Potters Bar and Harperbury and it was the latter who had the honour of hosting the event this year.

Each club supplies four squads and it was Mymms who took the top prize, repeating last year's success.

They won three of the four rinks they played whereas Harperbury only managed two successes and Potters Bar one. 

A spokeswoman for the winning club said: "It is always an enjoyable afternoon with much camaraderie amongst the players and it is a fixture that everyone is keen to play."

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Charles Nethercott (right) presents the Nethercott Trophy to Ian Hulley, club captain at North Mymms Bowls Club. Picture: NMBCCharles Nethercott (right) presents the Nethercott Trophy to Ian Hulley, club captain at North Mymms Bowls Club. Picture: NMBC (Image: North Mymms Bowls Club)

The fixture has been sponsored by Nethercott Funeral Services since 2012, the firm with offices in Potters Bar and Radlett.

Charles Nethercott, who has retired from the business, came along with daughters Charlotte and Victoria to watch the game and present the trophy to the winners.

There followed a meal provided by Harperbury and funded by the sponsors, who also provided a generous donation to each of the clubs.

Welwyn Hatfield Times: Datchworth and West Sussex Bowls Touring Club get together. Picture: DATCHWORTH BCDatchworth and West Sussex Bowls Touring Club get together. Picture: DATCHWORTH BC (Image: Datchworth Bowls Club)

Datchworth kicked the week off with a hugely enjoyable contest, hosting West Sussex Bowls Touring Club.

Based themselves in Bedford for the tour, West Sussex were playing a number of clubs in Herts and Beds with Datch the first of them.

And both teams shared the seven rinks, taking three wins and a draw, although the overall shot count handed the tourists a 122-112 win.

Datchworth’s highest winning Rink was that of Pauline Whybrow, Terry Metcalf, Rob Hazeu and Les Parsley, who restricted their opposition to five winning ends as they ran out 22-10 winners.

The tourist’s highest winning rink for West Sussex belonged to Derek Brockhurst, Paul Chivers, Micheal Keane and Jon Clear.

Both of Datchworth’s East Herts Bowls League teams were in action.

The Blues travelled to Whit Hern Reds in Division One match and came away with a 30-30 draw.

Ian Bartlett, Derek Henley and Peter Hills had edged clear in the closing stages to lead 17-14 with two ends to play but dropped a four and then a one to lose 19-17.

In contrast, Rob Hazeu, George Campbell and Jim Smith had led from the off and were 13-7 ahead going into the final four ends.

They did lose all four but hung on to clinch a 13-11 success and save the match.

The Golds meanwhile were at home to Hertingfordbury in Division Two but lost 40-29 and on both rinks.

A superb fightback from Ian Green, Richard Harper and Terry Metcalf just ran out of ends, recovering from 16-3 down after six ends to lose 21-19.

Dave Castle, Keith Smith and Steve Chamberlain lost the first five ends to trail 9-0 and never got back in the hunt, eventually losing 19-10.

A mixed friendly at home to Luton West End ended in a 52-50 win, the top rink honours going to the only winning one from the three played, a 26-13 success for Barbara Williams, Terry Metcalf and Peter Hills.

The Yellow team at Shire Park Bowls Club (Tewin) took four points from Bengeo in a Welwyn Hatfield match thanks to a 34-29 win.

They could only manage two though against BSP, losing 33-31.

The Jubilee Cup saw an all-Shire Park affair, the Yellows beating the Greens 38-36 to progress to the next round.

In the St Albans & District Stockman Windsor mixed pairs competition, there was an 18-15 win  against Harperbury, while in the County Triples, Ian Kirsch, Gus Edwards and Mike Howe were beaten 16-15 by Batchwood, dropping the winning shot on the final end.

And there was a similar tale in an East Herts match against Potters Bar as both rinks went into the final end level, only to drop shots and come away with nothing.

In friendly matches, Shire Park won 65-54 at home to Three Horseshoes, with Chris Goode, Bernie Kleiser and Dave Warner claiming top rink, but lost 84-77 at home to Ware, the best performers this time going to Klieser, Byron Sinfield and Ian Kirsch.

The club, celebrating their 75th anniversary year, are holding two open days this weekend.

The first is on Saturday while the second is on Monday, both running from 10am to 4pm.