EAST LEAKE Bowling Club was the venue for the latest Middle England League challenge for Warwickshire’s women who edged out hosts Nottinghamshire 110-109 to give the visitors 13 points to the home team’s four.
Highest winning rink went to Pat Moore with Brenda Carlton (both Three Spires), Jayne Henfrey (Lillington) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) who set off smartly with seven shots on the first end and continued to pressurise their opponents until the tenth end when they lost two shots, making the score 21-2.
However, even that brief light at the end of the tunnel for the Nottinghamshire team was not enough to deter Warwickshire who eventually won 32-8.
Sue Hornsby with Margaret Grosvenor (both Lillington), Liz Westell (Welford) and Chris Cooke (Southam) managed to hold their own and finished 20-16 winners.
Jacqui Cook (Lillington) with Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Helen Harris (Stoke) set off strongly and were 6-1 up at five ends, but a spurt by the opposition made the score 10-10 at 12 ends and it was a determined Warwickshire that held on to win 18-17.
Moira Parsons (Welford) with Trish Jarvis (Wolvey), Di Medhurst and Di Wilkinson (both Stoke) were 4-4 at the fifth end, but four shots on the seventh helped their cause and, although they went through the doldrums for a few ends in the latter part of the game, they managed to retain their lead and won 17-16.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Hazel Goodman (Lillington), Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) and Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) were also fairly evenly matched at 6-6 at eight ends, but a strong run by their opponents over the next four ends left them 12-6 down and it was only their determination which kept them in the game, although they eventually lost 20-17.
Jenny Corn (Lillington) with Lynne Innes (Stratford), Wendy Holloway (Welford) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) had a different story to tell as all their effort came to nothing and they were unable to score for the first half of the game.
Although their fortunes improved slightly in the second half, they were still well adrift 32-6 at the end.