BOWLS: Men’s and ladies news from the county scene

Aubrey Brookhouse sees his number three narrowly miss!
Aubrey Brookhouse sees his number three narrowly miss!

By Alan Jackson and Jenny Corn

Warwickshire made the coach trip down to a stifling Long Ashton BC to take on Somerset. It was the hosts that enjoyed a 126-112 victory in a good spirited encounter.

Senior Vice President Graham O’Donohue, Jack McPhun (Blossomfield), Peter Higgins (Royal Leamington Spa) and Fred Bastock (Thornfield) had a good afternoon. Early doors the Bears edged ahead 5-3 but then trebled their tally to reach midway 15-6 up. With six ends to play Bastock and co held a ten shot lead and finished stronger to complete a 29-16 victory. Past President Ian Wilkins skipped Bob Page (Grange), Pete Lewis (Rugby) and John Harris (Wellesbourne) to the Bears only other rink win but required a very late comeback. Halfway through and Somerset led 9-7, an advantage they still held with three ends to play. Restricting the hosts the hosts to a single shot the Bears fired off five of their own to snatch a 23-21 win.

Eric Tallis (FISSC), Mike Westell (Entaco), Len Faulconbridge (Executive) and Past President Aubrey Brookhouse found themselves 9-1 down after five ends but fought back to trail by just one shot adrift. After fifteen ends they had reached parity but a five in the final ends helped the hosts to a 21-19 finish. Doug Haywood (Corley), County Secretary Arnold Goad, Barry Thorpe (Wolvey) and Boyd Sabin (Norgren) had a first half to forget, 10-2 down after ten ends. With three ends to play the deficit was still the same but the Bears finished better but still lost 17-11.

Keith Austin (Three Spires), Rick Hayes (Rugby), County Treasurer Michael Jackson and Doug Thorpe (Wolvey) trailed 10-6 at the midway point. After eighteen ends Somerset led 23-12 but Thorpe and co hit five unanswered shots to reduce the deficit, final score 23-17 to Somerset. County President Mike Brayne together with Colin Baldwin (Avenue Leamington), Mike Soloman (Halford) and Phil Bale (Grange) trailed by six shots at the midway point. With six ends to play Somerset held a 15-5 lead, the Bears fought back but in a low scoring contest Brayne and co finished on the wrong side of a 17-11 scoreline.


Back on Track

Warwickshire Ladies went back to their winning ways when they met Herefordshire for their friendly match at Highway Bowling Club. It was the first time Highway had hosted a County Game and they certainly did themselves proud – both Counties were well looked after and given a very special welcome.

The final result was close 115-105 with Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) and her team Chris Harrison (Ambleside), Mags Morgans (Rowheath) and Marilyn Warren (Kings Heath) once again taking the top winning rink prize with a score of 24-11.

Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) with Margaret Boldy (Wellesbourne), Christine Harding (Rugby Thornfield) and Margaret Woof (Avenue Leamington) won with a score of 25-22, and skip Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) with Barbara Boscott (Kings Heath), Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) and Joy Cooke (Solihull Municipal) also held on to a 3 point win – 20-17.

Elaine Taylor (Wolvey) with Anne Thomas (Solihull Municipal), Marie Bromwich (Southam) and June Hands (Ilmington) were neck and neck most of the game and eventually finished with a draw 18-18.

Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Carol Norton (County President – Stoke) and Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) put up a good fight and were level pegging most of the way but just lost out by one shot at the end – 16-17.

Jenny Corn with Chris Richards (Lillington), Lynne Innes (Stratford) and Chris Cooke (Southam) were up against determined opposition and struggled from the start and it was only a concerted effort in the last six ends which prevented their loss from being greater than 12-20.

Warwickshire Mixed Fours Through to Worthing

Congratulations must go to the Warwickshire Mixed Fours Team of Keith Hornsby with Colin Sheldon and Pat Moore (all Three Spires) and Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington) who won through against a strong team from Peterborough just pipping them at the post thanks to a brilliant skip shot to win 15-14.

The four are now off to the Men’s Nationals in Worthing where they will play on Tuesday 20 August.

One Shot Difference for Double Rink

Out of area and playing a team from Norwich BC, it was to be a disappointing finish to a successful run for the Warwickshire Over 60s Double Rink from Norgren BC. Just one shot made the difference between a second trip to Worthing for the team who had won through last year. The result of this marathon at St Neots BC was

Skip Phil Green with Sue Hanson, Celia Barrett and Geoff Moran won 20-16; and Aubrey Brookhouse with Veronica Murphy, Jean Petty and Gary Hanson lost 16-21.