VICTORY may only have been by one shot, but it was an important one nonetheless for the Warwickshire Bowls Association women as they saw off Cornwall 116-115 at Taunton Deane Bowling Club in the Johns Trophy to secure 17 points to their victims’ five.
Highest winning rink went to the youngest team skipped by Jamie-Lea Winch (Rugby Thornfield) with Kirsty Richards (Bournville), Helen Slimm and Vicky Room (both Whitnash), who started slowly and were 11-8 down at ten ends, but a strong finish took them to a 24-16 win.
Elaine Taylor with Di Medhurst (both Stoke), Liz Westell (Welford) and Pat Moore (Three Spires) started steadily but six shots on the ninth end gave them a boost and, although their opponents fought back over the next few ends, six shots over the last five ends and a winning shot on the last end by Taylor helped them to win 20-13.
Janet Scott with Di Green (both Sherwood Park), Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) and Wendy Holloway (Welford) were level pegging at 10-10 at ten ends and 14-14 at 15 ends and, although their opponents finished strongly, three shots on the last end gave them the win they needed and they finished 19-18 up.
Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor, Jacqui Cook (all Lillington) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) set off strongly and were 7-2 up at five ends but their opponents dug their heels in and the score was 8-8 at the tenth end.
Seven shots on the 15th and 16th ends helped to give Warwickshire a buffer which was just as well as they eventually finished with a 17-17 draw.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield), Lynn Houghton (RLS), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) were fairly evenly matched for the first half of the game but then their opponents grabbed an opportunity and pulled ahead to eventually win 23-17.
Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford), Di Wilkinson (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) held their own to start and were just one shot adrift at ten ends, but a strong finish by their opponents left them floundering, 28-19 down by the end.