THE WARWICKSHIRE Bowls Association county ladies’ pairs final was always likely to prove an exciting affair and so it proved as Welford, represented by Wendy Holloway and Moira Parsons, took on Rugby Thornfield, represented by Jamie-Lea Winch and Maureen Edwards, writes Jenny Corn.
Level pegging at 5-5 after six ends, it was Maureen’s team which then took the lead, only to be pulled back to 10-10 on the 11th end, but four shots on the 12th followed by two on the 13th made them look invincible at 16-10.
However, Wendy and Moira were having none of it and nine shots over the next three ends put them in front at 19-16 on the 16th end.
Jamie-Lea and Maureen then dug their heels in and pulled ahead again, ensuring an exciting finish as they eventually won 24-20.
SITUATED on the River Thames, between the bridges of Reading and Caversham, De Montfort Island is the unique home of Island Bohemian Bowls Club, which hosted Warwickshire’s friendly match against Berkshire.
As a bowler, the opportunities to visit some really interesting places in this country are vast and the county ladies’ trip by coach and ferry to this very special venue was such an event, even though it was the home team which won the day 132-92.
Highest winning rink went to Maureen Edwards with Christine Harding, Pat Lowe and Sigrid Thomas (all Rugby Thornfield), who were fairly evenly matched against their opponents and just ahead at 7-5 on the tenth end, before the Warwickshire bowlers showed their determination and pulled ahead to win 20-13.
Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Pat Harvey (Lillington), Liz Westell (Welford) and Jean Petty (Norgren) just kept going and eventually won 19-17.
The remaining teams were unable to keep their opponents at bay but everyone enjoyed the day, which finished with an excellent tea and lots of camaraderie between the two counties before the return ferry trip.