BOWLS: Outdoor round-up

Warwickshire Ladies and Stoke
Warwickshire Ladies and Stoke

By Jenny Corn

As County President Carol took her ladies to play against her own Club, Stoke, the weather threatened, but did not succeed, to dampen the proceedings and the afternoon turned out to be a really enjoyable finish to the season.

Stoke Bowling Club, as always, put on a really good welcome for the County and although Warwickshire won, the chatter and laughter on the green proved that this event is one of the highlights of the year.

The highest winning rink for the County ladies was taken by Sue Hornsby with Ann Doherty (both Lillington), Terri Hitchcox (Grange Ladies) and Janet Scott (Sherwood Park) who were always in front and finished with a win of 23-9 against skip Helen Harris and her team of Aleen Shuttleworth, Norma Willey and S Thrower.

The other winning rinks were Joy Cooke with Jeanette Douglas (both Solihull Municipal), Margaret Boldy and Hilary Smith (both Wellesbourne) with a score of 19-6 against Ruth Reason’s team; Jenny Corn with Hazel Goodman, Chris Richards (all Lillington) and June Hands (Ilmington) who were level pegging most of the way and were 11-10 at 15 ends, but 6 shots on the next three resulted in a final score of 17-10 against Elaine Taylor’s team; and Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Di Green (Sherwood Park), Carol Norton (County President) and Mo Yeomans (Solihull Municipal) who were 2-7 down at 5 ends against Janet Pooler’s team R Allen, Brenda Carlton and Janet Kitchener. They managed to pull back and thanks to a last wood stunner, as Maureen took the jack into the ditch, eventually won 14-13.

The game was called to a halt at 18 ends as the weather took a turn for the worse and the day finished with an excellent tea.

The 68th Annual Ladies Leamington Open Bowls Tournament enjoyed a fantastic weeks bowling and, excellent weather, except for semi-finals day which saw the heavens open which gave the greens a good watering.

The prestigious Evening Telegraph Singles was this year won by first time entrant Diane Medhurst (Wolvey), who overcame both of last year’s finalists before defeating regular contender Brenda Bishop of Daventry Town in a closely fought encounter 21–17.

The Birmingham Mail Pairs Challenge Trophy went to the wire with the last bowl deciding the contest between Maureen Tims (Whitnash) and partner Jane Lynch (Soar Valley, Leic) and local girls Lisa Smith(Welford) and partner Bernadette McDonnell (Lillington). Tims and Lynch come back from the dead winning the last three ends and picking up 7 vital shots to secure a one shot victory 23–22.

Ladies Pairs partners Moira Parsons and Maureen Edwards took up positions against one another for the final of the Mixed Pairs Challenge Trophy in another closely contested game, which was also decided on the last end. Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) and partner Mick Woodward (Oakfield) were one shot up on the last end but facing four down on the head following Fred Coleman’s (Welford) lead, until Maureen drew the perfect wood sitting neatly just behind the jack giving Moira Parsons (Welford) no hope of removing it finishing with a 20–18 victory.

Maureen Edwards returned to the green to contest the Mixed Triples Good Companions Cup Final with Yvonne and Tony Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield) against Pat Bax, Dave Commons (Rugby) and Diane Medhurst (Wolvey). Although Maureen’s team started well, it was Pat Bax’s team who took control and rolled out the winners in emphatic style 15–7, sealing a second win of the day for Diane Medhurst.

Thanks from the organising Committee go to all competitors, umpires, advertisers and sponsors for a successful tournament. All new sponsorship and/or advertising would be gratefully accepted.

Entry forms are now available for 2014.

Contact Moira Parsons on 01789552494 or for details.