By Alan Jackson
Rugby BC played host as Derbyshire came for the Bears’ third Midland Counties League fixture. Despite registering three wins and two draws the Warwickshire needed to come from behind to claim a 121-117 victory, gaining 18 out of 22 points.
Martin Murley (Rugby), Neil Brereton (Welford), Rob Robinson (Erdington Court) and Alan Apsey (Rugby) led by four shots at the midway point. With three ends to play the Bears had doubled their advantage, both teams scored big in the remaining ends but Apsey and co secured a 29-20 win. Despite getting off to a slow start Andy Prickett (Norgren), Rob Maries (Avenue Leamington), Greg Sampson (Avenue Coventry) and Dan Box (Little Compton) were 11-9 up after ten ends. Derbyshire edged ahead but the scores were level on 15 all going into the final three ends. Box and co finished strong to take a victory with a 21-16 scoreline.
The all Rugby rink of Craig Carter, Brian Boardman, Matt and Calvin Wells raced to an early 10-1 start. Derbyshire reduced the deficit to six at the halfway point and led by five with six ends to play. Wells and co dug in and turned the game around to snatch a 23-22 win. Ten ends in Lee Maughan (Grange), Jordan Merrett, Steve Merrett and Colin Jacox (all Avenue Coventry) lad a 12-5 lead. Going into the last three ends their lead was 16-12, Derbyshire shut them out but Jacox’s rink held on to escape with a share of the spoils, drawing 16-16.
Adam Smith (Avenue Leamington), Luke Beech (Avenue Coventry), Matt Wordingham and Andy Smith (both Avenue Leamington) trailed by six at the midway point but turned that into a two shot lead with six ends to play.
Derbyshire again moved ahead but a late rally saw Smith and co rescue a point with a 19-19 draw. The Bears only loss of the day came as the result of a poor spell that saw Peter Winn (Oakfield), Graham Box (Little Compton), Steve Taylor (Avenue Coventry) and Neil Hancock (Little Compton) drop 13 shots to trail 6-16 after ten ends. The remainder of the game was even with Derbyshire taking a 24-13 win.