WHILST Warwickshire was drowned in thunderstorms, the county’s women bowlers enjoyed a sunny afternoon in Derby, but that was as good as it got as the visitors were beaten 132-109.
Highest winning Warwickshire rink went to Jenny Corn with Chris Ward (both Lillington), Di Wilkinson and Chris Roberts (both Stoke) who were fairly evenly matched to start, but five shots on the seventh end gave them the encouragement they needed and they went on to win 22-17.
Sue Hornsby with Pippa Mace (both Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) set of at a pace and were 9-3 up at six ends before their opponents decided enough was enough and almost drew level by the tenth end.
The visitors then pulled away and, although they finished with the same score as the highest winning rink, they lost highest winning rink prize on the number of ends won.
Close behind was Maureen Edwards with Pat Lowe and Yvonne Bromfield (all Rugby Thornfield) and Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) who were trailing to start but steadily pulled back but not enough and finished 22-16 down.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Jayne Henfrey (Lillington), Di Medhurst and Helen Harris (both Stoke) also struggled at the start but managed to overtake the home team to hold 21-19 on the 20th end, but just could not quite retain their lead and lost 22-21.
Rosemarie Geden (Southam) with Hazel Goodman (Lillington), Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) and Liz Westell (Welford) were 5-5 at six ends but that is where they stayed until the 15th end when they picked up three shots and the 17th where a six-shot win certainly helped their chances.
However, it was not to be and their opponents finished strongly and the score ended 27-15 in the hosts’ favour.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Pat Harvey (Lillington), Dawn Horne and Donna Kerr (both RLS) were up against the former international skip Jean Baker and, although they kept pace for most of the first half of the game, the second half was a different story and they had to concede 27-13.
After an excellent buffet provided by Derby West End BC, president Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) was delighted to present a blazer badge to Pippa Mace (Lillington).