THE OPENING Middle England League game brought a thumping 164-86 victory for Warwickshire women against Northamptonshire at Stoke Bowling Club.
Highest winning rink went to Chris Cooke with Rosemarie Geden (both Southam), Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Liz Westell (Welford) who were 12-0 up at eight ends before the opposition were given a look-in, but even then it was only for three ends before the home team resumed their dominance to finish 30-7.
Hot on their heels was Moira Parsons with Wendy Holloway (both Welford), Zoe Barnard-Rowland (Avenue Leamington) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) who also started strongly and kept the momentum going as they soared to a 34-15 win.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Donna Kerr (RLS), Margaret Grosvenor and Di Thurlbeck (both Lillington) were fairly evenly matched at 5-5 on six ends before they started to prove their worth and pulled ahead strongly to finish 30-15.
Sue Hornsby with Pippa Mace (both Lillington), Lynne Innes and Debbie Bloxham (both Stratford) also started well and were 7-1 up at seven ends and, whilst their opposition started to pull back, it was not enough to deter the home team who finished 22-11.
Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Dawn Horne (RLS), Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) and Carole Simmons (Welford) were also in determined mode and were 14-1 up at nine ends and, despite a flurry of shots for the opposition in the middle part of the game, their final score was 24-14.
Jenny Corn with Jacqui Cook (both Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) were 9-3 at six ends but their opposition suddenly found their weight and length and started to pull ahead but four shots on the 14th end helped the home team’s cause and they went into the last end three shots down.
However, they managed to pull back those shots to finish with a 24-24 draw.
Therefore, the first league game gave Warwickshire a resounding 16 points from 17 – a confident start to the season.