County ladies’ mixed fortunes

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Warwickshire ladies won their latest Midland Counties league match with a 30 shots margin of 128-98 victory over their Leicestershire counterparts at Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club and then lost their national Atherley Trophy quarter-final tie with a 38 shots defeat against Lincolnshire.

It was the all Thornfield rink of Julia Scott, Pat Dahlgren, Elaine Taylor and Maureen Edwards who returned the Bears highest winning card with a 28-12 success against W. Saunders and partners.

Second highest rink win was achieved by Di Wilkinson, Ruth Carey, Lisa Smith and Thornfield’s Janet Arkell who finished 24-13 ahead of the rink skipped by A. Neale.

Ronnie Murphy, June Terry (Thornfield), June Hands and Thornfield’s Pat Bax made a cracking start with a 13-1 lead at seven ends before finally winning 22-12 against R. North’s rink.

Bridie Ward, Di Thurlbeck, Chris Woolhead and Maureen Tims were sitting pretty with a 17-9 lead at 16 ends but four ends later the scores were level at 17 across. Maureen’s team then picked up a last end single to nick an 18-17 verdict against M. Toseland’s four.

After leading 17-12 at 17 ends Marilyn Finney, Helen Slimm, Beth Richardson and Jacqui Cook but finished 19-18 adrift against P. Stevenson and colleagues.

Mary Entwistle, Yvonne Bromfield (both Thornfield), Janet Scott and Di Green were trailing 17-6 at 13 ends and although they added 12 shots suffered a 25-18 defeat against opposition skipped by S. Sharpe.

n The Atherley match was played at Lincolnshire club Sleaford where the home side won on five of the six rinks to win by 126-88.

And it was Gill Rees, Angela Farrar, Gill Cliff and Chris Grigg who saved Warwickshire from a humiliating whitewash with their 17-14 victory over M. Packham and partners.

Di Wilkinson, June Hands, Lisa Smith and Jacqui Cook lost the first three ends of their game against G. Haney’s team trail 9-0 and went down 20-11.

Bridie Ward, Di Thurlbeck, Chris Woolhead and Maureen Tims lost 23-14 to the rink skipped by C. Smith.

With a 16-14 lead at 17 ends Marilyn Finney, Helen Slimm, Viv Hall and Joan Parfitt were in with a shout of gaining a result against J. Bannister’s rink. It did not work out that way, however, and they lost 26-17.

Margaret Andrew, Christine Thompson, Janet Scott and Di Green were only a couple of shots adrift at 18 ends at 18-16 but Lincolnshire went on to a 21-19 win.

Beverley Bale, Yvonne Bromfield, Elaine Taylor and Maureen Edwards went down 22-10.

n Thornfield’s Wayne Kilsby, Matt Lever (substituting for Dave Murley), John Kilsby and Mick Woodward won through to the area final of the national fours championship with a 22-10 victory over their clubmates Chris Chapman, Paul Dale, Tom Millership and Steve Smith.

When the Woodward rink scored a 12th end four it put them 14-4 ahead and they then kept in front by more or less the same margin.

In the area final, which will be played on a neutral green, the Thornfield team will line up against the winners of the other semi-final tie between Coventry’s Ernie Over and Bromsgrove’s Neil Brereton and their respective partners.

Avon Valley’s Bill Ward qualified for the area final of the national over-60 singles with a convincing 21-5 home victory over top Coventry bowler Greg Sampson.

n At Rugby Bowls Club’s annual general meeting various officers reviewed the club’s successful centenary year.

Tributes were paid to the top club squad who were runners-up in the national top club championship having reached the final at Worthing for the third successive year.

Club members also won Warwickshire’s under-25s singles, pairs and Ivens Cup. Officers elected for the 2012 season as follows:

President Martyn Murley, vice-president Mark Courtney, secretary Spencr Pritchard, assistant secretary Chris Holman, treasurer Mark Courtney, assistant treasurer Paul Oliver, captain Bill Medland, vice-captain Ian Kendall, match secretary John Tomes, publicity officer Bill Yates. Committee, Joe Brayson, John Codling. Peter Lewis, Barry Lines, Paul Oliver, Bruce Truman, Calvin Wells.

n Thornfield’s latest Wessex league match ended in an 87-82 defeat against Church Gresley. Home players Bob Henderson, Colin Hall, John Kilsby and Mick Woodward won 36-11 while on an adjoining rink Roy Scott, Paul Dale, Graham Howes and Matt Lever lost 26-13.

The away rinks of Liam Pearcey, Nigel Carter, Chris Chapman and Steve Smith lost 22-17 and Trevor Wells, John White, Brian Lever and Dave Sands went down 28-16.

n Big events at Thornfield over the Christmas period were the fancy dress gala and the gala.

The Chrismas gala was won by Julie Smith, Kim Tubb, Jean Dean and Steve Smith and the gala, in which 80 people tried out the game of bowls, was won by the Bombay Bowlers of Alex Tailor, Krishan Tailor, Jay Mistry and Rickesh Mistry.