CONNAUGHT Bowling Club was the venue for Warwickshire ladies’ biennial match against Norfolk and, although it was a long coach journey, the weather was kind and the visitors won 115-110, which made the trip well worthwhile.
Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn with Margaret Stephens (both Lillington), Margaret Boldy (Wellesbourne) and Rosemary Geden (Southam) who slowly built up a convincing lead and were 15-6 at ten ends and kept the pressure on to win 26-11.
Close behind was Hilary Smith (Wellesbourne) with Trudie Windsor (Bilton), Marie Bromwich (Southam) and Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield) who started well for the first four ends but lost the next four, leaving themselves 12-7 down on the tenth end. However, they were undeterred and finished strongly to win 28-15.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Bernadette McDonnell (Lillington), Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) and Liz Westell (Welford) was the only other winning rink and they started strongly to lead 10-2 at nine ends and, despite a determined effort by their opponents, they held their own and finished 19-13 up.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Dorothy Manson (Wellesbourne), Janet Kitchener (Stoke) and Pat Gagg (Lillington) struggled to start and were 7-2 down at seven ends, but three on the eighth end gave them a lifeline and their determination stood them in good stead as they fought to gain ground and eventually just lost by one shot – 19-18.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Chris Harding (Rugby Thornfield), Chris Roberts (Stoke) and Chris Ward (Lillington) were held at bay by their opponents for most of the match and were 22-8 down on the 18th end, but five shots over the next two ends helped and they finished 23-13 down.
Helen Harris with Carol Norton (both Stoke), Ann Doherty (Lillington) and Gloria Higgins (RLS) were not so fortunate as they fought a strong opposition, eventually managing double figures and finishing 29-11.
After an excellent meal, president, Chris Richards (Lillington) was delighted to be able to award Colt badges to Janet Kitchener (Stoke) and two of her own club members Margaret Stephens and Bernadette McDonnell.