BOWLS: County 80th anniversary celebrations

Warwickshire and the Bowls England team
Warwickshire and the Bowls England team

Warwickshire play Bowls England team

Warwickshire Women’s Bowling Association was established 80 years ago, and to celebrate this milestone Bowls England brought a team to play the County at Stoke Bowling Club, writes Jenny Corn.

The Headquarters of Bowls England may be just around the corner from the Leamington greens, but President, Michael Jennings, had travelled from Cornwall and was supported by players from Counties the length and breadth of the country, and even the weather was kind and stayed dry for the afternoon.

The end result was a win for Warwickshire 130-108, although, as the Bowls England President said, it could be considered a draw as both teams won on three rinks.

Highest winning rink went to David Cooke (Southam) with Stan Pitt (Avenue Coventry), Di Medhurst (Ladies’ County President) and Elaine Taylor (both Stoke) who unashamedly beat the Bowls England President’s team 35-13.

Jenny Corn with Chris Richards (both Lillington), Clive Faulkner (WCBA President) and Boris Boulstridge (Nuneaton) set off at a pace and never looked back as they went on to win 31-12.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Ann Doherty (Lillington), Derek Wattison and David Williams (both Stratford) were closely matched but 5 shots on the 11th end helped their cause and they went on to win by just three shots 18-15.

Janet Scott (Sherwood Park) with Graham O’Donohue (Wolvey), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Dick Allibon (RLS) started well but were soon overtake and although they pulled back to be 13 all on the 14th end their opponents proved the stronger as they just pipped them to the post by 2 shots finishing 19-21.

Geoff Moran (Norgren) with Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Roger Hampson (RLS) and Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) also started well and were 9 all at 9 ends but their opponents then took the lead and the home team eventually finished 16-23.

Roger Powell (Bidford on Avon) with Janet Pooler (Stoke), Paul Brown and Di Green (both Sherwood Park) weren’t so fortunate as even the 3 shots on the first end weren’t going to deter the Bowls England representatives as they stormed ahead to leave the home team 11-24 down.

Stoke Bowling Club, as always put on an excellent meal and whether they won or lost the overall atmosphere and chat proved that the afternoon had been a roaring success – yet another milestone achieved by Warwickshire.

Picture by Carol Norton