BOWLS: Ladies’ county round-up

Highest winning rink against Northamptonshire - Janet Scott, Wendy Holloway, Linda Innes and Di Green
Highest winning rink against Northamptonshire - Janet Scott, Wendy Holloway, Linda Innes and Di Green

Victory in gale force winds on ‘Cardiac Hill’ in Carmarthen

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire

The Warwickshire Ladies on tour to Carmarthen

The Warwickshire Ladies on tour to Carmarthen

Warwickshire Ladies returned to their winning ways when they met Northamptonshire in their second game of the Middle England League by winning 142-120 at Wolvey Bowling Club.

Highest winning rink went to Janet Scott who skipped Di Green (both Sherwood Park), Lynne Innes (Stratford) and Wendy Holloway (Welford) to a resounding 32-14 which was never in doubt from the start.

Junior International, Vicky Room (Whitnash), who has recently moved from Buckinghamshire to Warwickshire, played three to club mate Maureen Tims who, with Ann Webb and Liz Westell (both Welford) were fairly evenly matched until the 11th end when the home team scored 6 shots and pulled away eventually winning 26-16.

Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (both Rugby Thornfield), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) started slowly but 6 shots on the 4th followed by 7 on the 7th put them well ahead and although the opposition pulled back in the second half the home team held on to win 29-21.

The highest winning rink against the county's men - Joan Hall, Jean Veart, Chris Richards (president), Maureen Edwards and Gloria Higgins

The highest winning rink against the county's men - Joan Hall, Jean Veart, Chris Richards (president), Maureen Edwards and Gloria Higgins

Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) with Di Wilkinson (Stoke), Chris Harrison (Ambleside) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) were evenly matched until the 8th end when they started to pull away winning 8 shots over the next four ends and in spite of a concerted effort by the opposition they held their own to win 19-17.

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Ann Harwood (Wolvey), Margaret Grosvenor and Sue Hornsby (both Lillington) were ahead at 10 ends 12-8, but the 2 shots they collected on the 11th end was where they stayed for the next 7 ends and although they started to pull back at the end it was too late and they lost 17-21.

Jenny Corn with Chris Richards (both Lillington), Di Medhurst and Elaine Taylor (both Stoke) weren’t so fortunate struggling from the start and even 5 shots on the 9th end to bring them virtually level wasn’t enough as their opponents took off again and the home team eventually finished 19-31.

President, Chris Richards (Lillington) was delighted to welcome Vicky Room to her first match for Warwickshire and to award her a County Badge. She went on to say: “Our young International players are very special and we hope that Vicky will enjoy being part of the Warwickshire team.”

Vicky Room collects her Blazer Badge from president Chris Richards

Vicky Room collects her Blazer Badge from president Chris Richards

Report by Jenny Corn (Lillington BC)

Photographs by Carol Norton (Stoke BC)

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WARWICKSHIRE WOMEN’S BOWLING ASSOCIATION

Patt Gagg receives her Blazer Badge from county president Chris Richards

Patt Gagg receives her Blazer Badge from county president Chris Richards

COUNTY TOUR TO CARMARTHEN 2015

Tour Operator, Elaine Taylor of Stoke Bowling Club, once again did a gallant job in keeping 43 Warwickshire bowling ladies in order for the start of their annual tour to Carmarthen. This is not an easy task, but her organisation skills are second to none!

Christine Richards (Lillington), Warwickshire Ladies County President for 2015, led her tour to Carmarthen.

They played at seven venues and had success at six of them. This was achieved despite strong winds every day, and one of the greens being at the top of “Cardiac Hill” followed by a gale force wind where the park benches had been tied down by the park attendants. This did not deter our hardy ladies of Warwickshire who gallantly played and won the match. The benefit of the bowling green being so high up was the views of the Welsh countryside – quite spectacular!

Winning rinks were skipped by Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield, Elaine Taylor, Pat Moore (Three Spires)(twice), Di Green (Sherwood Park), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Lois Greeves (Clevedon).

Our President’s charity is The Arden Cancer Trust situated at The University Hospital, Coventry. Di Medhurst and Di Wilkinson (both Stoke) got up at the crack of dawn to do a sponsored swim and raised £315. The raffle, held on the evening of the Gala Dinner, raised £205. All raffle prizes were donated by the Warwickshire ladies. The money raised will go to such a worthy cause and our President was absolutely delighted.

Report by Chris Ward – Lillington Bowling Club

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Rain Helps to Defeat the Ladies

It was a soggy, rain swept green that welcomed the players to the annual match between the County Ladies and Gentlemen, but despite the weather the intrepid bowlers donned their waterproofs and headed outside.

The Men were determined to win and win they did after just 15 ends. Highest winning rink for the Ladies went to Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Gloria Higgins (RLS), Jean Veart and Joan Hall (both Nuneaton) who won 15-9. Elaine Cresswell with Joan Hollis (both Bilton), Lynn Houghton (RLS) and Terri Hitchcox (Rugby Ladies) also achieved a victory with a 5 shot win. The only saving grace really was the excellent roast beef meal which the ladies of Grange Bowling Club put on for us – that certainly warmed us up and brightened a very damp afternoon.

County Ladies President, Chris Richards, was delighted end the afternoon by awarding a blazer badge to Pat Gagg (Lillington).

Report by Jenny Corn (Lillington Bowling Club)

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