Warwickshire’s finals day at Three Spires Bowls Club had an unfortunate ending when after the pairs, fours and unbadged singles finals and the Ivens Cup semi-finals had been played off in the morning session the whole of the afternoon session was abandoned due to torrential rain and a flooded green.
Which all means that the singles between Avenue Coventry’s Colin Jacox and Solihull Municipal’s Matt Green, the triples between Rugby’s Martyn Murley, Adrian Johnston and Craig Carter and Avenue Leamington’s John Strain, Andy Strain and Andy Smith, the two woods singles between Whitnash’s Adam Shutttleworth and Royal Leamington’s Ray White, the under-25s singles between Whitnash’s Dan Ward and Bournville’s Luke Horne and the second of the Ivens Cup’s semi-final between Rugby, Sherwood Park, Norgen and Three Spires have all been put back to a later date.
n The finals that were played off in the morning were the pairs between Avenue Coventry’s Greg Sampson and Colin Jacox and Rugby’s Martyn Murley and Graham Ashby, the fours between Avenue Leamington’s Peter Hooper, John Strain, Andy Strain and Andy Smith, the unbadged singles between Whitnash’s Dan Ward and Royal Leamington’s Brian Connolly, and the Ivens Cup’s semi-finals berween Rugby and Norgren and Sherwood Park and Three Spires.
n In a fluctuating pairs final Sampson and Jacox were 4-3 up at five ends and then had the worse of the following five ends with Murley and Ashby weighing in with two trebles and a single – against two singles - to go in front at 10-6.
Their success was short lived, however, for the Avenue duo responded with two fours and one single – against two singles – to regain the lead at 15-12 at 15 ends.
The next three ends resulted in singles and with two of them going to Avenue it put them further ahead at 17-13 but they then saw their lead cut to the odd shot at 17-16 when Murley and Ashby picked up a 19th end three. That proved to be the end of Rugby’s gallant challenge, however, for they then lost the last two ends with singles to go down 19-16.
n The only time that the Avenue Leamington team were behind in the fours final was when they dropped a first end single but from then on they kept in front by various margins, 5-3, 11-4 and 12-10 at five, ten and 15 ends respectively.
Smith and his partners increased their advantage to 17-10 at 18 ends with two doubles and one single before the Freeman quartet won the last three ends with doubles but it was not quite enough as it left them one shot short of a result at 17-16 behind.
n In the unbadged singles Ward got away to a good start with a 12-3 lead at nine ends and he was rarely troubled afterwards to finally win 22-13.
The Whitnash youngster’s final tally was made up of one four, one treble, six doubles and three singles against Connolly’s one treble, three doubles and four singles.
n Rugby were represented in the Ivens Cup by Pete Lewis, Ron Davies, Nigel Townsend and Dave Mobbs but they were no match for Norgren BC who were good value for their 27-6 victory.
The story of the game was that Mobbs and his colleagues never got their act together against opposition that led 8-3 and 17-5 at five and ten ends respectively before conceding at 16 ends to leave the last two ends unplayed.
Norgren will now play Three Spires – who beat Sherwood Park 18-16 and Rugby will play Sherwood Park for the third and fourth places.
n Rugby also had no joy in the national Top Club championship when in their away regional final match against Cambridgeshire club Brampton they lost by three games to two.
Karl Finch lost in the two woods singles and Graham Ashby did likewise in the four woods singles.
Martyn Murley and Alan Apsey won the pairs while Adrian Johnston, Matt Wells and Calvin Wells were successful in the triples to make the scores all square at two games apiece to leave everything depending on how Craig Carter, Chris Chapman, Pete Hobbs and Stuart Thomas got on in the fours.
Unfortunately they lost and so Rugby will not now be going to the closing stages of the event at Worthing for a fourth successive year. They were semi-finalists in 2009, winners in 2010 and runners-up last year.
n The Bowls England Women’s championship finals is currently being played at Royal Leamington’s Victoria Park and the highlight of the first week as fas far as Warwickshire ladies were concerned the excellent performance of Bournville’s Kirsty Richards, Pat Humpage, Ruth Phillips and Sandra Smith in reaching the fours final in which they lost to Leicestershire club Birstall.
Sherwood Park’s Joan Rist, Gill Maund, Di Greenand Janet Scott also did well to reach the quarter-finals.
n Warwickshire have won the Midland Counties league championship after the odds of doing so were stacked against them.
After completing their programme with 76 points it looked likely that the Bears would be overtaken by either Derbyshire or Worcestershire who had respective points totals of 62 and 61 and who each had one game to play.
But things turned out right for Warwickshire when Northants beat Derbyshire by 20 points to two while Lincolnshire accounted for Worcestershire by 16 points to six.
Which meant that the Bears retained their top spot with 76 points, Leicestershire moved up the table to finish second with 75 points followed by Worcetershire with 66, Derbyshire (64), Nortahts (62), Notts (61 and Lincolnshire (50).
n Rugby Bowls Club ladies bowed out of the county’s Top Club championship with a 3-1 quarter-final defeat on their home green against their Entaco counterparts.
In the four woods singles Pat Bax lost 21-17 against B. Jessrey and in the pairs Elizabeth Hagues and Angie Page lost 20-11 against Chris Woolhead and Margaret Andrew.
Nita Lynch, Mary Entwistle and Jean Hagues came second best in the triples with a 16-12 defeat against M. Smith, K, Rice and H. Goodman and in the fours Mary Duckett, Ann Thomas, Terri Hitchcox and June Perry won 26-16 against J. Bell, E. Brereton, J. Warner and A. Jones.
n Warwickshire’s under-31s ladies team reached the semi-finals of the national Amy-Rose double rink last year but it was a different story this time around when at Royal Leamington BC they lost 41-39 against their Lincolnshire counterparts.
Georgia Prickett, Georgina Cooper, Ann Davies and Jamie-Lea Winch lost by ten shots and Kirsty Richards, Abbie Ward, Kay Sabin and Rebecca Taylor won by eight shots.