BOWLS: County ladies beat Gloucestershire again

Jacqui Cook and Sue Hornsby against Gloucester
Jacqui Cook and Sue Hornsby against Gloucester

Middle England League victory

Warwickshire v Gloucestershire

Moira Parsons, Liz Chedgzoy and Liz Wooding

Moira Parsons, Liz Chedgzoy and Liz Wooding

Following a successful win against Gloucestershire in the Johns Trophy they were to meet again just four days later in the Middle England League when Warwickshire proved that it wasn’t a fluke by winning 122-103 thus claiming 15 points to their opponent’s 2.

Highest winning rink went yet again to Pat Moore with Brenda Carlton (both Three Spires), Margaret Colvin (Snitterfield) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) who were level with their opponents 3 all at 6 ends but then started to pull away eventually finishing 24-15.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Sharon Keale (Snitterfield) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) started strongly and were 9-1 up at 6 ends when the opposition started to fight back but apart from 4 shots on the 14th end the Warwickshire team’s win was never really in doubt and they finished 19-12.

Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Ann Webb (Welford), Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) were evenly matched for the first ten ends, but six shots on the next two ends were too much for their opponents and they retained their lead to win 19-14.

Highest winning rink for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire Pat Moore, Margaret Colvin, Brenda Carlton and Sigrid Thomas

Highest winning rink for Warwickshire against Gloucestershire Pat Moore, Margaret Colvin, Brenda Carlton and Sigrid Thomas

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Liz Wooding (Coventry Avenue), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) were trailing 3-11 at 7 ends but a spurt in the second half of the game gave them encouragement and they finally pulled ahead to win 22-18.

Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Linda Linney (Stratford), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) started well and 6 shots on the 6th end certainly helped their cause but thei opponents weren’t going to lie down and it was 2 shots on the last end that gave Warwickshire the winning score 22-21.

Sue Hornsby with Jacqui Cook (both Lillington), Carole Cox (Snitterfield) and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) weren’t so fortunate as they battled against a strong team, eventually losing 16-23.

Warwickshire v Cornwall

Hopes were high as Warwickshire set off to Portishead Bowling Club, Bristol, to challenge Cornwall in their third match of the Johns Trophy round robin, and although the sun came out and Warwickshire proved the stronger team, it wasn’t enough to outshine Somerset’s win against Gloucestershire with just four points preventing them from reaching the Regional Finals. Their final score against Cornwall was 121-11 with four winning rinks, but as it turned out they needed six winning rinks to win overall.

Highest winning rink went to Maureen Tims with Helen Slimm (both Whitnash), Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) who took 5 shots on the 3rd end to put them one ahead and they never looked back finishing with a resounding 25-11.

Moira Parsons with Wendy Holloway (Welford), Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) started slowly but gradually pulled back and a strong finish led them to a 21-16 win.

Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Heather Mills (Grange Ladies), Liz Westell (Welford) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) were fairly evenly matched to start and then began to pull away but a strong response by the opposition in the second half of the game held them to just a four shot lead 23-19 at the finish.

Pat Moore with Brenda Carlton (Three Spires), Gill Maund (Sherwood Park) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) were slow starters on this occasion trailing 2-10 at 9 ends, but 4 shots on the 8th followed by a steady trail of 8 winning ends put them in the lead and they finished 22-19.

Maureen Edwards with Yvonne Bromfield (both Rugby Thornfield), Pat Bax (Grange Ladies) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) also struggled in the first half of the game but managed to pull back to just lose 16-22.

Sue Hornsby, Margaret Grosvenor, Jacqui Cook (all Lillington) with Helen Harris (Stoke) weren’t so fortunate as their efforts for the first half of the game were to no avail and it was only a determined effort that kept them going to eventually finish 14-24.

Reports by Jenny Corn