The 4th SADBA Indoor Match this winter is the President’s Invitation Match on Sunday 22nd January at Hatfield BC.  The invited teams are the winners of the Bob Vise Trophy (Welwyn & District), Jones Cup (Welwyn Garden City), Triples League (Hemel Hempstead) & Club Rink League (Harpenden).   Bowlers from all other SADBA Clubs wishing to play in the SADBA team are invited to inform our Match Secretary, Ian Hulley.

I am sorry to say that the 3rd match in the Indoor series due on 10th December at Glebelands has been cancelled because of difficuties in fielding a full team.

The 2nd match in our Indoor series was held at Harpenden IBC on Saturday 12th November, resulting in a win by Harpenden.  The Match Report can be found here:   Result Sheet SADBA v HARPENDEN IBC 12-11-2022 .

The first of our indoor matches against Watford IBC was held at the Woodside IBC venue on Thursday 13th October.  Sadly SADBA did not get start the Indoor season with a win.    Here is the match result:  Result Sheet SADBA v WATFORD W IBC 13-10-2022



We had a special match on Wednesday 21st September in Memory of Noel Roberts from Harpenden who sadly passed away before he could take up the role of President of Herts Bowls this year.  The match was against Hert Bowls Vice Presidents at Harpenden Bowls Club.

District Officers playing were Ian Hulley, Michael Scandrett & David Salmon. The host for the day was Michael Woodhams, the District Secretary & Past President.  For Herts the Officers playing were Tommy Phipps, Senior Vice-President, and Tony Redford.

Colts badges were presented to Geoff Johns & Dennis Paddison and a Life Membership medal was presented to Jim Terry for Service to the Association.

Although the County team won convincingly (SADBA 94 Hertfordshire Bowls 124) we did have a top rink consisting Martin Barson, Kevin O’Brien, Roy Polley and Mike Scandrett.

The Association donated £100 from its Benevolent Fund and, with profits from the raffle and the spider, a sum of £376.70 will be sent to the Devon Air Ambulance Service in Memory of Noel Roberts RIP.     On the Day the County also paid from part of their match fees £96 plus other monies that they had collected.

It was a great afternoon enjoyed by all and the sun shone.  The Green played very well and there was plenty of good natured banter across the Green, some good bowling – and a few lucky wicks!  It was rounded off by an excellent meal provided by the Ladies of Harpenden BC who including Lyn Roberts and her daughter.

Thank You to everyone.   Everyone was a winner:  The District, The County, Harpenden BC and the Charity chosen by Noels’ Family in his memory.

M J Woodhams, Secretary



CHARITY GALA – 6th September 2022

Once again some 24 mixed triples teams from the District Clubs met to play in the Annual Charity Gala for the coverted Strofton Trophy, this year held at North Mymms.

The day started off well in dry weather but later  was punctuated with a few heavy showers, but this not dampen spirits.  Great sportsmanship and bowling on the day gave a close result with the honours going to John Bell, Jackie Bell and Barry Woodham team (from Batchwood) (pictured below) with 52 points, with two Hatfield teams close behind led by Richard Lush (50) and Peter Crouch (48).  A full list of the results is here: SADBA GALA 2022 Final Positions.

Well done to all and a special thank you to the generosity of the bowlers and visitors.  From the spider, cakes sales, doantions and the raflfle some £750 was raised for the President’s Charity Dementia UK. A great result.

The short video below taken at the start of the Spider was taken by Tracy Woods of North Mymms.  Other pictures will be added as they become available.



SADBA Finals this year were held in the week commencing 29 August to 3rd September.  There were three Finals Sessions:  The Bob Vise Trophy (29th August), the Jones Cup (2nd September) and all other Competitions and Triples League (on 3rd September).

Photographs from each session are below.  You may if you wish download and save individual pictures.  Clicking on an image will also open the selected group into a gallery.  Each picture then has a caption and with tabs to enable left and right scrolling.


Pictures are courtesy of Clyde Martindill of Townsend.



Most pictures from Finals Day were provided by Kevin O’Brien of North Mymms.

FINAL WEEK 2022 – FINALS DAY 3rd September


Details of Finals Day winners can be found here.

Saturday 3rd September saw our main Finals day for the 2022 season.  We began in very warm and bright sunshine which lasted all day till we had a very heavy shower in the early afternoon but after half an hour play resumed sunshine right to the end.  The rain could not dampen the spirits of the players or supporters.  Once again we were treated to some fantastic bowling and very even closely contested Finals all day. Many not being decided till the last end and indeed two only with their last wood bowled up the Green.

A great day bowling all played in a very friendly and sporting spirit enjoyed by the many supporters who came and went all day in support of their own club members and the fine bowling shown by their opponents too.  Thank you to all at North Mymms for all their hard work and efforts to make the day such a success.

Thanks also go to the Umpires Brian Burfoot and John Bartlett,  and the markers Peter Stokes and Mick Brennan in marking the two fantastic singles Finals.

Those present helped to raise £65 for the Presidents Charity Dementia UK.  We have already sent them £1200.00 and this will help towards the second amount we will send to them in January next year.

The quality of the bowling was fantastic-the sportsmanship by all was great and the enthusiasm and support of the spectators was great.  Thanks to everyone on behalf of Michael Scandrett and myself Michael Woodhams. It makes all the many hours spent running all the competitions
throughout the summer well worth it. 2022 is nearly over and we begin to plan and prepare for 2023.

M J Woodhams, Secretary, 3rd September 2022