BOWLS: By Alan Jackson

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News from the county scene

County President Mike Brayne will look back on this week with fondness when his presidential year is over. Back to back highest winning rinks, soured slightly by a loss by one shot overall in one game, and the match all Presidents look forward to, the game against their club. This match is a way for the President to say thank you for the support during his progression to County President. The margin of victory might give Mike mixed feelings but he will be happy with his second clean sweep of six rink wins, the first being the game against the Warwickshire Women’s Bowling Association, in a 149-85 victory.

Colin Baldwin (Avenue Leamington), Derek Wattison (Executive), Arthur Stretton (Tamworth) and David Cooke (Executive) did the most damage for the Bears. Lillington pulled back from trailing 6-1 after five ends to trail 9-6 at the halfway stage. Cooke and co held their hosts to just four shots in the remaining eleven ends while increasing their own score by nineteen shots to win 28-10. Entaco’s Neil Brereton together with David Harrison (Bilton), County Treasurer Michael Jackson and Stewart Barton (Avenue Leamington) got off to an excellent start, reaching 13-2 after ten ends. With six ends to play Lillington trailed 18-6 and couldn’t contain the Bears as Brereton and co won 23-8.

Tony Fuge (LMRCA), Brian Lindley (Bilton), David Blackmore (Stratford) and Immediate Past President Gareth Willcock got off to an excellent start, reaching five ends 11-1 up. Ten ends later they had increased their lead to 21-8, Lillington had slightly the better of the remaining ends but Willcock’s rink sealed a 25-17 victory. Senior Vice President Graham O’Donohue, Jack Langman (Three Spires), Brain Mace Humphries (Grange) and Three Spires’ Keith Hornsby held a slender two shot advantage, 11-9, at the midway point. Five ends later the Bears had opened up a 20-11 lead and finished the stronger to win 27-16.

Phil Wadland (Avenue Leamington), County Secretary Arnold Goad, Mike Blackmore (Stratford) and Geoff Moran (Norgren) were level on four all after five and ahead 9-7 at ten ends. Five ends later the Bears had stormed to a 21-8 lead only to have Lillington hit six unanswered shots to trail 14-21 with three ends left. An even finish saw Moran and co end up 24-18 winners. Finally County President Mike Brayne along with Andy Prickett (Norgren), Peter Parker MBE (Bidford) and Team Manage Jim Freeman sealed the sixth rink win but had to come from behind to do so. Halfway through Freeman and co held a 9-8 lead, five ends later Lillington jumped ahead to lead 12-11. With three ends left both sides had 14 shots but it was Brayne and co that finished strong to win 22-16.

* Warwickshire latest friendly County matches saw them slip to a one shot loss away against Huntingdonshire, 126-127, but win comfortably at Solihull Municipal BC against Worcestershire 122-106.

Huntingdonshire rink scores (in playing order): Ron Davies (Rugby), County President Mike Brayne, Alan Install (Tame Anker) & John Kilsby (Thornfield) 35-15; Ray Kelly (Jaguar), Frank Atkins (Tame Anker), County Secretary Arnold Goad & Roy Swift (Ambleside) 13-27; Dave Commons (Rugby), Richard Parnell (Tamworth), Dave Harrison (Bilton) & County Treasurer Michael Jackson 20-20; Senior Vice President Graham O’Donohue, Tony Parsons (St Barbara’s), Dennis Lee (Lillington) and John Williams (Executive) 25-22; Dave Goodman (Lillington), Bob Allcock (Tame Anker), Ron Podesta (Wolvey) & Brian Lindley (Bilton) 23-19; David Manning (Tame Anker), Colin Rigg (Rugby), Robert Cook (Whitnash) & John Hibbert (Wolvey) 10-24.

Worcestershire rink scores (in playing order): Mick Onions (Bidford), Peter Warilow (Wolvey), County President Mike Brayne & Keith Hornsby (Three Spires) 29-10; Roy Cook (Shipston), Malcolm Bromwich (Thornfield), County Teasurer Michael Jackson and Bob Smith (Executive) 25-16; Nigel Walker (Rugby Police), Peter Wilford (Stoke), Mike Deakins (Bidford) & Team Manager Jim Freeman 22-20; Dick Taylor (Stoke), County Secretary Arnold Goad, George Fox (Bilton) & Alan Haliwell (Bidford) 19-17; Alan West (Stoke), Jim Phillips (Bournville), Senior Vice President Graham O’Donohue and Darren Ward (Thornfield) 11-21; Morris Acton, Paul Hughes (both Sherwood Park), Rob Morris (Executive) & Past President Stan Orton 16-22.