THE FINAL Middle England League match against Gloucestershire at Chipping Campden Bowling Club proved to be a challenge for the Warwickshire ladies in more ways than one as the temperature soared and even the alarm system could not cope with the heat and kept sounding off!
The heat was such that only 15 ends were played as Warwickshire lost 81-75 despite winning on three rinks.
Moira Parsons (Welford) with Di Wilkinson (Stoke), Pat Dahlgren (Bilton) and Jacqui Cook (Lillington) started slowly and were 6-4 down at five ends, but four shots on the sixth end gave them the encouragement they needed and they carried on to win 19-10.
Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Di Medhurst, Janet Pooler and Elaine Taylor (all Stoke) started very slowly and were 9-1 down at nine ends, but four shots on the tenth spurred them on and they were 10-10 at 14 ends, finally finishing 13-10 up.
Janet Scott with Di Green (both Sherwood Park), Karen Rice (Entaco) and Liz Westell (Welford) were fairly evenly matched with their opponents but just pipped them at the post to win 14-13.
Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Norma Willey (Three Spires) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) were level at 6-6 at ten ends but, despite gaining six shots over the 11th and 12th ends, they were not quite able to hold on to a lead and eventually finished 13-12 down.
Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (both Rugby Thornfield), Gloria Higgins (RLS) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) set off well, but then had a period in the doldrums whilst their opponents pulled away and, although they fought back over the last few ends, it was not sufficient and they finished 15-9 down.
Liz Chedgzoy with Linda Linney (both Stratford), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) struggled from the start and were beaten 20-8.
High fives at Highway
WARWICKSHIRE enjoyed a 107-95 victory in their friendly against Worcestershire at Highway BC.
Highest winning rink went to Jacqui Cook with Pat Gagg (both Lillington), Dorothy Manson (Wellesbourne), and Pat Cooper (RLS) who were fairly evenly matched with their opponents and level at 7-7 by the tenth end, but they managed to pull away in the second half and eventually finished 21-12 up.
Jenny Corn with Hazel Goodman (both Lillington), Margaret Colvin (Wellesbourne) and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) started slowly but kept plugging away and were 8-5 up at ten ends before taking hold of the game and winning 18-12.
Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) with June Austin (Three Spires), Barbara Jeffrey (Entaco) and Chris Ward (Lillington) set off smartly and were 12-4 up at ten ends and, although the opposition managed to claw back a few shots, they were in determined mood and finished the game 20-13 up.
Elaine Taylor (Stoke) with Bernadette McDonnell (Lillington), Gloria Higgins (RLS) and Chris Cooke (Southam) looked by far the strongest team as they stormed ahead and were 12-3 up at ten ends, but their opponents were not finished yet and pulled back in the second half to hold the home team to a five-shot win at 20-15.
Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield), Margaret Boldy and Hilary Smith (both Wellesbourne) were level pegging at the sixth end and again at the 17th end but just could not quite hold it together over the last few ends and finished 16-13 down.
Pat Moore with Norma Willey, Brenda Carlton (all Three Spires) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) were 10-10 at ten ends, but a determined effort by the opposition saw them drifting away in the second half of the game to lose 29-15.
President Chris Richards (Lillington) showed her prowess from a previous life after the game as she was both barmaid and waitress to the top table. At least she knows she can always get a job if needs be!
She also had the pleasant duty of presenting a Colts badge to Margaret Colvin and a full Blazer badge to June Austin.