BOWLS: County ladies beat Buckinghamshire

Highest winning rink against Buckinghamshire was won by Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Di Medhurst (Stoke), Pat Dahlgren and Joan Hollis (both Bilton)
Highest winning rink against Buckinghamshire was won by Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Di Medhurst (Stoke), Pat Dahlgren and Joan Hollis (both Bilton)

By Jenny Corn

Although only two rinks were to win when they met Buckinghamshire at Wolverton Park Bowling Club, Warwickshire still managed to win overall 117-111.

Highest winning rink was won by Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Di Medhurst (Stoke), Pat Dahlgren and Joan Hollis (both Bilton) who started strongly and were leading 14-6 at the 7th end and although their opponents tooks 4 shots from them on the next end, they kept their nerve and continued to pull away, eventually sealing their fate with 7 on the 14th end followed by and further 9 shots to finish 35-12.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) skipped the only other winning rink with Dawn Horne (RLS), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Di Green (Sherwood Park) who started slowly but pulled together and were 6-8 at 10 ends after which they started to pull away finally winning 19-13.

Elaine Taylor with Di Wilkinson (both Stoke), Barbara Harsant (Solihull Municipal) and Joan Hall (Nuneaton) started slowly but kept their heads up and were 9 all at the 10th end when a spurt from their opponents left them trailing 12-19 at the 17th end and it was only a concerted effort that meant they only lost by one shot – 19-20.

Janet Scott (Sherwood Park) with Pat Moore (Three Spires), Pat Harvey and Jayne Henfrey (both Lillington) were fairly evenly matched with their opponents and were level pegging until 5 shots for the opposition on the 18th spoiled their day and they eventually finished 16-18.

The Lillington team skipped by Jenny Corn with Margaret Grosvenor, Ann Doherty and Di Thurlbeck had a tough game on their hands and only scored 3 shots in the first 15 ends, but ever determined they fought back, picking up 6 shots on the 17th end and eventually finishing just 8 shots adrift at 15-23.

Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Wendy Baxter (LMRCA), Jean Veart (Nuneaton) and Liz Westell (Welford) were also under the cosh most of the time although 4 shots on the 4th end pulled them in front for a while but the opposition was determined and kept the pressure on eventually winning 13-25.

County President, Chris Richards congratulated the Club on an excellent meal and was delighted to present Colt Badges to Dawn Horne (Royal Leamington Spa) and her own Club member, Jayne Henfrey (Lillington).

Success at Norfolk

Connaught Bowling Club was the venue for our biennial match against Norfolk and although it was a long coach journey, the weather was kind (probably the best day of the year so far!) and Warwickshire won 115-110 which made the trip well worthwhile!

Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn with Margaret Stephens (both Lillington), Margaret Boldy (Wellesbourne) and Rosemary Geden (Southam) who slowly built up a convincing lead and were 15-6 at 10 ends and kept the pressure on to win 26-11.

Close behind was Hilary Smith (Wellesbourne) with Trudie Windsor (Bilton), Marie Bromwich (Southam) and Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield) who started well for the first four ends but lost the next four leaving themselves 12-7 down on the 10th end. However, they were not deterred and finished strongly to win 28-15.

Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Bernadette McDonnell (Lillington), Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) and Liz Westell (Welford) was the only other winning rink starting strongly to lead 10-2 at 9 ends and in spite of a determined effort by their opponents they held their own and finished 19-13.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Dorothy Manson (Wellesbourne), Janet Kitchener (Stoke) and Pat Gagg (Lillington) struggled to start and were 2-7 down at 7 ends, but 3 on the 8th end gave them a lifeline and their determination stood them in good stead as they fought to gain ground and eventually just lost by one shot – 18-19.

Chris Cooke (Southam) with Chris Harding (Rugby Thornfield), Chris Roberts (Stoke) and Chris Ward (Lillington) were held at bay by their opponents for most of the match and were 8-22 down on the 18th end, but five shots over the next two ends helped and they finished 13-23.

Helen Harris with Carol Norton (both Stoke), Ann Doherty (Lillington) and Gloria Higgins (RLS) weren’t so fortunate as they fought a strong opposition eventually managing double figures and finishing 11-29.

After an excellent meal, President, Chris Richards (Lillington) was delighted to be able to award Colt Badges to Janet Kitchener (Stoke) and two of her own Club members – Margaret Stephens and Bernadette McDonnell.