THE Royal Household ladies lost their first game of the season in the Royal Shield but remain eight points clear at the top of the league.

The Household

were beaten at home to Windsor Great Park, winning on one rink and drawing on another, to collect four points from a possible 10. Top rink honours went to Sarah Woolley, Betty Crisp and Suzanne Duguid.

Marc Leyton-Smith progressed into the last-16 in the county Unbadged Singles after a narrow one-shot (21-20) victory against Charlie Andrews from Windsor & Eton.

In the Kennet League,

the Household

managed just one winning rink in their away fixture at Wokingham to secure two of the 14 points on offer. The rink included Andy Clemance, Leyton-Smith, Mark Stanley and skip Ivor Matthews.

In their KLV League clash away at Wraysbury, the club managed a win on one rink and a draw on another, only to lose by one shot overall 55-54 (7-3 on points). Graham Crisp skipped Leyton-Smith and John Neville to take top rink honours.

There were mixed fortunes in the two weekend friendlies. Royal Household managed a convincing 136-101 home win against Braintree, who were celebrating their centenary, on Saturday. The Household won on four of the six rinks and top honours went to John Whitehead, Robin Trevett, Linda Eumour and Julia Conway (33-10).

The club were not as fortunate on Sunday as visitors Townsend, from St Albans and also celebrating their centenary, enjoyed a 30-point (121-91) win. The only Royals winning rink was that of captain Alan Speller, with Peter Wood, Pauline Overman and Sandra Godsmark (21-13).