WARWICKSHIRE women lent a depleted Derbyshire outfit three players and the visitors took full advantage to secure a 105-99 victory.
The hosts’ generosity enabled the match to go ahead on six rinks and the three players who switched sides may well have proved the difference.
Highest winning Warwickshire rink went to Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Margaret Stephens (Lillington), Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) and Chris Roberts (Stoke) who soared ahead at the start and never looked in danger, finished 22-10 up.
Liz Wooding with Ros Taylor (both Avenue Coventry), Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside), and Helen Harris (Stoke) also started strongly and were 12-4 ahead at nine ends when their opponents started to retaliate, but not enough to stop the home team winning 19-13.
Pat Gagg with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Liz Crispin (Wolvey) and Joan Hall (Nuneaton) started slowly but soon pulled back to be level pegging at the seventh, ninth and 11th ends and, although their opponents tried their best, the home team managed to hold them to a 15-15 draw.
Elaine Taylor with Di Wilkinson (both Stoke), Chris Richards (Lillington) and Ann Harwood (Wolvey) set off strongly and were 10-1 ahead at five ends when their opponents decided enough was enough and fought back, with the home team unable to retaliate as they finished 22-16 down.
Sue Hornsby with Jayne Henfrey (both Lillington), Brenda Carlton (Three Spires) and Chris Harrison (Ambleside) started well and were 7-1 up at five ends, but then their opponents started to find the weight and the green better and drew level at 10-10 at 13 ends.
They were fairly evenly matched after that and the Derbyshire team just edged to a 20-18 victory.
Chris Cooke with Velisa Brown (both Southam), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Chris Ward (Lillington) were under the cosh from the start and trailed 11-2 at seven ends and, although they put up a fight, they were always on the back foot and eventually lost 25-9.
Highway Bowling Club hosted the game which was followed by a very nice meal at which county president Chris Ward had the pleasant duty of presenting Colt badges to Velisa Brown (Southam) and Ros Taylor (Coventry Avenue).
Wiltshire win Walker Cup
IT WAS always going to be an exciting contest – but to lose by just one shot is always disappointing – and this was the case when Warwickshire met Wiltshire for the second time in two weeks and this time Wiltshire took the honours, winning 42-41.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) and Sue Hornsby (Lillington) started confidently but were soon overtaken by their opponents and trailed 19-11 at 14 ends and, although they put up a spirited defence, they were always under the cosh and finished 25-16 down.
Maureen Tims (Whitnash) with Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath), Liz Wooding (Avenue Coventry) and Moira Parsons (Welford) started strongly and were 20-8 up at 14 ends but their opponents then started to pull back and, despite four shots to the home team on the 20th end, Wiltshire managed to get two shots on the last to give them overall victory.