The final indoor match of the season was another good win this time against the St Albans & District Ladies Association (SADLBA) on Saturday 25th March.   Here is the match report: Result Sheet SADBA v SADLBA 25TH MARCH 2023

The SADBA Indoor Match is against Herts Indoor Bowling Club played 18th March at Herts IBC resulted in a good win for the the District.   The match report can be found here: Result Sheet SADBA v Herts 18th March 2023

The SADBA Match against London Scottish was played on 4th March at Woodside IBC, Horseshoe Lane, Watford WD25 7HH.  Download the Match Report here:  Result Report SADBA v LONDON SCOTTISH 4TH MARCH 2023

Two matches planned for 26th February and 26th March have had to be re-scheduled for 18th and 19th March (although we have subsequently cancelled the 19th match because of difficulties in filling two teams on consecutive days).   Details of the matches can be found here:  The match still planned is against Herts IBC.  Other matches are unchanged

If any bowlers have put their names down for either or both of these matches and cannot play on the new date then please advise our Match Secretary, Terry Atkinson (contact details under the CONTACTS tab).  Likewise contact Terry is your name was not down and you now wish to play on either or both of those dates.

The 4th SADBA Indoor Match this winter was 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).

The report and photgraphs for this match are now available in the following post below.

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



The President’s Invitation Shield Match was held 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).  Each team played against a SADBA team with the team with the overall shot difference being the winner.

It was a great afternoon with Welwyn and District taking the honours and Hemel Hempstead in second place.  The winning team was Martin Reeve, Peter Bowyer, Len Tye and Paddy Jones.


For the District,  the President’s side, the top rink was: Ivan Coleman, Nigel Dickenson, Peter Stokes and Alan Harman.

Michael Woodhams, League Secretary, coordinated the match and has provided a Match Report here: Presidents Invitation Match Report 22 January2023.

Ian Hulley, our Match Secretary, has produced Result sheet and scoring and this is to be found here:  Result Sheet SADBA v PRESIDENTS INVITATION 22 January 2023



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.