Royston duo triumph

PUBLISHED: 13:08 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 11 May 2010

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After their triumph in winning the Hertfordshire County Over 55s Pairs Championship, Royston s Don Sheriff and Peter Adams headed for Worthing to take part in the National Finals which were held last week. Playing on top quality greens, and with the weat

After their triumph in winning the Hertfordshire County Over 55s Pairs Championship, Royston's Don Sheriff and Peter Adams headed for Worthing to take part in the National Finals which were held last week.

Playing on top quality greens, and with the weather sunny and hot, they hoped that they could perform to the high standard that they expected of themselves.

Their first encounter was with the pair from the Worcester BC, Richard Hall and Adrian Burbridge. They proceeded to have a very tight and very long game with Sheriff and Adams running out the winners at 21 shots to 18.

Next up was a pair from High Wycombe BC, representing Buckinghamshire. Chris Stonell and Barry Sharp had only just scraped through the previous round by a single shot.

It was a confident performance by the Royston pair as they cruised home to a comfortable win of 23 shots to 15.

In the semi-finals on the Wednesday, it was a Hertfordshire against Berkshire contest.

Two bowlers, Stewart Wright and Gordon Knapper, from Maidenhead Town BC and Desborough BC were their opponents.

This was a close scoring game early on, but the Royston pair's good all-round bowling skills gave them the edge, and they managed to cross the line first with 21 shots to 17 against.

Their opponents in the final were Roger Martin and Tony Scarr from Perkins BC representing Huntingdonshire.

Surprisingly, this appeared to have been the easiest game for the Royston pair. Sheriff and Adams ran out convincing winners 27-11 to become the National Over 55s Pairs Champions.

On Sunday, August 16, Royston were away to the Rosedale BC for a friendly. On the ladies rinks, Eileen Hyde led her team of Gillian Fisk, Mary Dabnor, and Margaret Ward, to a 24-13 success.

However, on the next rink, Shirley Pawson's three of Joan Knights, Maureen Gisby and Anne Martin, were unable to contain the opposition and went down to a 13-24 defeat.

The men also went down with a 63-56 defeat. Royston's men did win on two rinks but lost by 10 shots on the other. Final score: Royston 93 Rosedale 100.

Royston welcomed Meldreth on Tuesday to compete in the Meldreth & District League.

Royston managed to win on two of the four rinks, but lost on the other two. It was Meldreth who came out as winners with a total of 72 shots against Royston's 67. This gave Meldreth a nice five points, and Royston two.

Wednesday was another away day for Royston, as they travelled to Bishop's Stortford & Havers Park BC for a friendly.

This turned out to be a satisfying win for Royston as they won on five of the six rinks, and only lost by one shot on the other. Final score: Royston 139 Havers Park & Bishop's Stortford 83.

On Friday, two rinks of Royston Ladies were in action at Stevenage in the North Herts League. This turned out to be a close game, with Royston just managing a win by a mere eight shots. Final score: Royston 38 Stevenage 30.

Saturday saw six rinks of men leave Royston to travel to St Neots for a friendly game.

With Don Sheriff encouraging his team to a 27-9 win and George Lewis galvanising his three to produce a 31-7 success, it helped to give Royston a huge 35-shot advantage. Final score: Royston 130 St Neots 95.

Royston were at home last Sunday to welcome the Kingsbury BC for a friendly.

The ladies had a good result by winning 27 shots to 17. The men were also in a winning mood, 88-54. Final score: Royston 115 Kingsbury 71.

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