BOWLS: County ladies take on Gloucestershire and Notts

Warwickshire's highest winning rink against Gloucestershire
Warwickshire's highest winning rink against Gloucestershire

Defeat in John’s Trophy and Middle England League

Gloucestershire win the day

Jenny Corn, Ann Webb and Lynn Houghton against Nottinghamshire

Jenny Corn, Ann Webb and Lynn Houghton against Nottinghamshire

Warwickshire set out ready for battle and determined to improve on their performance against Somerset in the previous round, but Gloucestershire obviously had similar ideas and although the home team put up a solid performance they were only able to win on three rinks and eventually lost the match 98-113 resulting in 6 points to their opponents 16.

Highest winning rink went to Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) who were fairly evenly matched to start and just 4 shots ahead on the 10th end but a surge in the second half of the game and 6 shots on the 17th ensured a winning score of 24-11.

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Margaret Grosvenor, Jacqui Cook and Sue Hornsby (all Lillington) stormed ahead and were 16-3 up at 10 ends but their opponents weren’t going to lie down and pulled back to hold the home team to a 5 shot win at 21-16.

Maureen Tims with Helen Slimm and Vicky Room (all Whitnash) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) also started well and managed to hold their lead throughout to finish 18-16.

Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Di Medhurst, Di Wilkinson and Elaine Taylor (all Stoke) started slowly but kept their cool, drawing level at 8 ends and were 15 all on the 18th end but just couldn’t retain it and eventually lost 16-18.

Jamie-Lea Winch (Rugby Thornfield) with Kirsty Richards (Bournville), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Pat Moore (Three Spires) struggled from the start and were 3-20 down at 15 ends, but a strong finish enabled them to pull back to 12-22, leaving them just 10 shots adrift.

Janet Scott with Di Green (Sherwood Park), Brenda Carlton (Three Spires) and Wendy Holloway (Welford) weren’t as fortunate as they were battered and bruised into a 7-30 defeat.

The only good news was that Welford put on a very nice meal to finish the day!

Pipped at the post

The County’s annual Middle England League contest against Nottinghamshire at Stoke Bowling Club was always going to be tough and the teams were level, 81 all at 18 ends, but it was the away team which was to come out on top leaving the Bears trailing 94-100, with 7 points to 10.

Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Ann Webb (Welford), Lynn Houghton (Avenue Leamington) and Hilary Smith (Wellesbourne) who set off at a pace and were 10-3 up at 10 ends and continued in this vein until the last two ends when their opponents retaliated leaving the home team with a 21-11 win.

Janet Scott with Di Green (both Sherwood Park), Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) and Wendy Holloway (Welford) were fairly evenly matched throughout the game but just managed to hold on and win 17-15.

Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Ann Harwood (Wolvey) and Margaret Waterhouse (Wellesbourne) were also well matched with their opponents and were just trailing 11-14 on 19 ends, but three shots on the 20th brought them level and they just pipped the Nottinghamshire team to the post on the last end to finish 15-14.

Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Karen Rice (Entaco), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) held their opposition to a draw at 16 all.

Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (both Rugby Thornfield), Janet Greenwell (Wolvey) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) weren’t so fortunate and although they started slowly pulled back on the 8th end to level 7 all, their opponents got away and the home team eventually lost 14-22.

Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) with Di Wilkinson, Janet Pooler and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) seemed to start well but couldn’t keep up the momentum to finish 11-22.

The highlight of the day for President Chris Richards (Lillington), apart from the excellent meal served by Stoke BC, was being able to present a blazer badge to Lynn Houghton (Avenue Leamington).