BOWLS: Middle England defeat in the heat

Warwickshire's winning rink against Gloucester -  Jacqui Cook, Moira Parsons, Di Wilkinson, Pat Dahlgren
Warwickshire's winning rink against Gloucester - Jacqui Cook, Moira Parsons, Di Wilkinson, Pat Dahlgren

Success in Worcestershire friendly

The last Middle England League match, this time against Gloucestershire at Chipping Campden Bowling Club proved to be a challenge in more ways than one as the temperature soared and even the alarm system couldn’t cope with the heat and kept sounding off! The heat was such that only 15 ends were played with Warwickshire losing 75-81 in spite of winning on 3 rinks.

The winning rink against Worcester -  Pat Cooper, Jacqui Cook, Dorothy Manson, Pat Gagg

The winning rink against Worcester - Pat Cooper, Jacqui Cook, Dorothy Manson, Pat Gagg

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Di Wilkinson (Stoke), Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) and Jacqui Cook (Lillington) started slowly and were 4-6 down at 5 ends, but 4 shots on the 6th end gave them the encouragement they needed and they carried on to win 19-10.

Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Di Medhurst, Janet Pooler and Elaine Taylor (all Stoke) started very slowly and were 1-9 down at 9 ends, but 4 shots on the 10th spurred them on and they were 10 all at 14 ends, finally finishing 13-10.

Janet Scott with Di Green (both Sherwood Park), Karen Rice (Entaco) and Liz Westell (Welford) were fairly evenly matched with their opponents but just pipped them at the post to win 14-13.

Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Norma Willey (Three Spires) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) were level 6 all at 10 ends but in spite of gaining 6 shots over the 11th and 12th ends, they weren’t quite able to hold on to a lead and eventually finished 12-13.

Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (both Rugby Thornfield), Gloria Higgins (RLS) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) set off well, but then had a period in the doldrums whilst their opponents went away and although they pulled back over the last few ends it wasn’t sufficient and they finished 9-15.

Liz Chedgzoy with Linda Linney (both Stratford), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) struggled from the start eventually finishing 8-20.

It’s no wonder the British talk about the weather! – one Wednesday we are playing in a sweltering 36°C and the next Wednesday it’s about 20°C and we’re wearing jackets and fleeces! But no doubt that’s the challenge when it comes to playing outside and the friendly against Worcestershire was no exception when we were welcomed to Highway Bowling Club. This time it was Warwickshire’s turn to win 107-95 but the afternoon was enhanced by the camaraderie in which the game was played.

Highest winning rink went to Jacqui Cook with Pat Gagg (both Lillington), Dorothy Manson (Wellesbourne), and Pat Cooper (RLS) who were fairly evenly matched with their opponents and level 7-7 by the 10th end, but they managed to pull away in the second half, eventually finishing 21-12.

Jenny Corn with Hazel Goodman (both Lillington), Margaret Colvin (Wellesbourne) and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) started slowly but kept plugging away and were 8-5 up at 10 ends before taking hold of the game and winning 18-12.

Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) with June Austin (Three Spires), Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) and Chris Ward (Lillington) set off smartly and were 12-4 up at 10 ends, and although the opposition managed to claw back a few shots they were in determined mood and finished the game 20-13 up.

Elaine Taylor (Stoke) with Bernadette McDonnell (Lillington), Gloria Higgins (RLS) and Chris Cooke (Southam) looked by far the strongest team as they stormed ahead and were 12-3 up at 10 ends, but their opponents weren’t finished yet and pulled back in the second half to hold the home team to a 5 shot win at 20-15.

Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield), Margaret Boldy and Hilary Smith (both Wellesbourne) were level pegging at the 6th end and again at the 17th end but just couldn’t quite hold it together over the last few ends finishing 13-16.

Pat Moore with Norma Willey, Brenda Carlton (all Three Spires) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) were 10 all at 10 ends, but a determined effort by the opposition saw them drifting away in the second half of the game to love 15-29.

The President, Chris Richards (Lillington), showed her prowess from a previous life after the game as she was both barmaid and waitress to the top table – at least she knows she can always get a job if needs be! She also had the pleasant duty of presenting a Colts badge to Margaret Colvin and a full Blazer badge to June Austin.