18th Sep, 2019

Warwickshire still in the hunt for the Walker Cup after narrow victory against Devon

Ben Tyler 25th Jun, 2019

WARWICKSHIRE capped off a three-game week by earning themselves a place in the next round of the Double Rink Walker Cup on Sunday.

The women won by nine shots against Devon at Portishead Bowls Club with a 44-35 scoreline, which followed a storming 133-98 win against Nottinghamshire in a friendly and a defeat in the Johns Trophy to Wiltshire.

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Liz Wooding (Avenue Coventry), and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) alongside Sue Hornsby (Lillington) went 14-3 up after seven ends, and despite a mini-revival from the hosts, managed to win 25-15.

The partnerships of Kirsty Richards with Helen Slimm (both Whitnash), and Di Medhurst (Stoke) with Gill Maund (Sherwood Park), trailed 2-9 before coming back to lead 11-9, but fell at the last 19-20 as the only losing Warwickshire rink.

In the Johns Trophy on Saturday, Warwickshire lost out by four rinks, which harms their chances of reaching the regional finals.

A win against Gloucestershire can boost their chances a week on Saturday, where the club hope to be in better form, with the only winning rink coming from Richards with Slimm, and Medhurst with Maund – who won 26-13.

Meanwhile, Jenny Corn with Jacqui Cook (both Lillington), and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) with Elaine Taylor (Stoke) put in a valiant effort to recover from a 3-16 deficit to secure a 20-20 draw.

Tuesday’s friendly at Solihull Municipal Bowls Club required a comeback despite the emphatic final scoreline, with Debbie Bloxham and Lilian Hope (both Stratford), and Thelma Orberson (Avenue Coventry) with Di Wilkinson (Stoke) eventually winning 33-19 – the biggest winning scoreline – after initially trailing.

The club are next in action on Wednesday night in a Middle England League tie at Leicestershire, before facing Gloucestershire next Wednesday, also in the MEL.

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