Longman Cup

This is a nationwide handicap inter-club tournament for teams of four with handicaps between 3.5 and 20. One doubles and two singles are played in the morning and four singles in the afternoon.

18th July   Match v Ealing  St Albans 4  Ealing 3                              Report by Stephen Mills                                                                                          As only 6 teams are entered in the Longman Cup his year this match was a quarter final and the next match is a semi final against East Dorset.

The team of Heather, Stephen, Roger and Stuart travelled to Ealing for the match. The lawns were very fast but the hoops were slightly more forgiving than the St Albans hoops. There were two singles and a doubles in the morning with St Albans winning the doubles and the singles being split. In the afternoon Stephen won his match relatively quickly, with the other three matches being much closer with multiple changes of lead. All three went to time and with the clock running out Roger put together a break to pull two hoops ahead, a helpful peel by his opponent put him three hoops ahead and clinched the winning point as time ran out.

Heather Bennett (3.5) & Stuart Stafford (16) beat Simon Tuke (6) & David Graham (14) +6 (T)

Stephen Mills (8) beat Colin McKenzie (6) +23

Roger Bowman (12) lost to Tony Elliot (6) -3 (T)

Heather Bennett lost to Tony Elliot -8 (T)

Stephen Mills beat Simon Tuke +22

Roger Bowman beat Colin McKenzie +3 (T)

Stuart Stafford lost to David Graham -5(T)

Secretary's Shield

This is a tournament for the winners of the previous year's regional federations' tournaments. St Albans gained entry by winning the the 2019 East Anglian play-off. For teams of four with one double and two singles in the morning and four singles in the afternoon.

July 25th  St Albans beat Watford 4 - 1                 Report by Stephen Mills

As only 5 teams entered the tournament this year this match was a quarter final an the next will be a semi final against Nottingham.

In the exceptional circumstances the teams were reduced from 4 players to 3.

The team of Heather, Stephen and Roger travelled to Watford for the match. It was a lovely, sunny day with the lawns much slower and hoops slightly narrower than our match against Ealing the previous week. The morning matches were a single (Heather) and a doubles (Stephen and Roger). The matches were very close with the winning margin being a single hoop in both, In the doubles Stephen and Roger built up a considerable lead but Watford pegged out Roger's ball and proceeded to 2 ball the remaining hoops to overturn the lead as time ran out. In Heather's match all the balls were on peg and Watford playing as time ran out, Watford succeeded in pegging out one of their balls and separating the remaining balls well around the lawn. In her extra turn after time was called Heather succeeded in a long roquet across the lawn and proceeded to peg out both her balls to win by one. The 1 - 1 score line at lunch suggested a close match in the afternoon but Heather and Stephen won their matches quickly and Roger won the final point by going through two hoops in his turn after time was called. 


Heather Bennett (3.5) beat Geoff Johnson (2.5) +1

Stephen Mills (8) & Roger Bowman (12)lost to Gary Bennett (-0.5) & Andre Machell (7) -1(T)

Heather Bennett beat Gary Bennett +10

Stephen Mills beat Geoff Johnson +23

Roger Bowman beat Andre Machell +2 (T)



Herts-Beds League

This is a team tournament for the seven clubs within the Herts-Beds area, St Albans, Watford, Letchworth, Wrest Park, Enfield, Meldreth and Northampton. Matches are played on handicap, a combination of singles and doubles, between teams of three or four players depending on whether the match is being played at a club with one or more lawns.