Pat in commanding form for county title

Pat Bax
Pat Bax

Rugby Bowls Club’s Pat Bax became Warwickshire Ladies new singles supremo when on finals day at Solihull Municipal BC she was in commanding form to beat Lillington’s Margaret Grosvenore 21-12.

With only 12 ends played Pat was in sight of the winning post with an 18-4 advantage and although Margaret made her final tally more respectable when over the remaining exchanges she scored eight shots against three it was all too little too late for her.

n Whitnash’s Maureen Tims and Sherwood Park’s Gill Maund contested the two woods singles and it was Maureen who eventually won 16-9 after leading 7-0 and 11-7 at five and 13 ends respectively.

The unbadged singles between Royal Leamington’s Cynthia Briggs and Lillington’s Bernadette McDonnell appeared set for a win for Cynthia when with 17 ends played she was 18-13 ahead.

It did not turn out that way, however, for Bernadette then weighed in with a treble and two doubles to lead 20-18 and with the next two ends resulting in a single to each player it all left Bernadette with a 21-19 win.

n In the champion of champions singles Avenue Leamington’s Margaret Woof beat Sherwood Park’s Janet Scott 21-13 and in a cracking under-25 singles final Bournville’s Kirsty Richards returned a 21-20 winning card against Thornfield’s Jamie-Lea Winch. After 25 ends of nip and tuck bowls it was anyone’s game with a stalemate scoreline of 19-19 and after Jamie-Lea had counted a 26th end single Kirsty settled the issue with a double at the next.

n Jamie-Lea gained some consolation for her under-25s defeat when she and Maureen Edwards won the pairs with a one shot victory over Welford’s daughter and mum Lisa Smith and Yvonne Pick.

After 18 ends Thornfield were hanging in with a 15-13 lead before finally winning 17-16.

n There was no such joy for Jamie-Lea and Maureen when, with Sigrid Thomas at lead, they lost 18-17 to Bournville’s Pat Humpage, Ruth Phillips and Sandra Smith.

All square at 16 across after 16 ends Thornfield went in front with a single but missed out when their opposite numbers nicked the verdict with a last end double.

n Sherwood Park’s Joan Rist, Gill Maund, Di Green and Janet Scott won the fours in dramatic fashion when after trailing 18-10 at 17 ends they scored one five, one two and one seven to lead 24-18 and were then content to concede no more than a last end single to win 24-19 against Bournville’s Kirsty Richards, Pat Humpage, Ruth Phillips and Sandra Smith.

n The Benevolent triples was won by Whitnash’s Lyn Houghton, Di Thurlbeck and Maureen Tims with a 17-15 victory against Lillington’s Bernadette McDonnell, Margaret Grosvenor and Jacqui Cook. Lillington’s Georgina Cooper and Thornfield’s Jamie-Lea Winch won the under-25s pairs against Norgrens Debbie Riches and Kay Sabin and in the mixed pairs Southam’s Patsy and Kevin Tandy were 25-20 winners against Stratford’s Lynne Innes and Peter Parker.

n Warwickshire ended their Midland Counties campaign on a losing note when in their sixth and final match they lost to Derbyshire by 127-93 and with only two winning rinks by 18 points to 4.

It all means that although Warwickshire still top the table with 76 points Derbyshire with 62 points, Worcestershire with 61 and Leicestershire with 58, all with one game to play, it is any one of four counties who will be in with a shout of lifting the title.

Warwickshire rink results against Derbyshire, at Long Eaton Bowls Club, were as follows:

Martin Hammond, Pete Harwood, Simon Davies and Mick Hawkins were mostly in front on their way to beating D. Allsopp’s four 21-16 and the other rink success was achieved by Phil Green, Steve Taylor, Alan Apsey and Colin Jacox who returned a 21-17 winning card against opposition skipped by A. Poynton. Liam Pearcey, Luke Horne,

Dan Ward and Andy Strain were level pegging at 19 across at 20 ends before dropping a last end single to go down 20-19 against top international Simon Skelton and colleagues.

n Trevor Manning, Steve Merrett, Pete Hobbs and Stuart Thomas lost 21-16 against D. Brennan’s rink while Adam Smith, Dave Green, Craig Carter and Andy Manning lost 21-12 to M. Allsopp’s team.

The Bears’ biggest defeat was suffered by Rob Maries, Kevin Tandy, Chris Barton and Andy Smith who went down 33-4 against P. Broughton and partners.

The Smith quartet’s only scores were two singles and a last end double.

n Warwickshire County Bowls Association stage their championship finals at Three Spires BC on Sunday, starting at 10.30am with the first of the Ivens Cup’s round robin games between Norgren, Rugby, Three Spires and Sherwood Park.

Also at 10.30am the pairs between Rugby’s Martyn Murley and Graham Ashby and Avenue Coventry’s GregSampson and Colin Jacox, the fours between Avenue Leamington’s Peter Hooper, John Strain, Andy Strain and Andy Smith and Sherwood Park’s Lew Whitehouse, Paul Finch, Chris Barton and Jim Freeman and the unbadged singles between Royal Leamington’s Barry Connolly and Whitnash’s Dan Ward.

n The three matches at 2.30pm will be the second round of the Ivens Cup, the triples between Avenue Leamington’s John Strain, Andy Strain and Andy Smith and Rugby’s Martyn Murley, Adrian Johnston and Craig Carter.

At 2.45pm it will be the under-25s singles between Whitnash’s Dan Ward and Bournville’s Luke Moore and the two woods singles between Royal Leamington’s Ray White and Whitnash’s Adam Shuttleworth, followed at 3pm by the championship singles between Solihull Municipal’s Matt Green and Avenue Coventry’s Colin Jacox.