19th Nov, 2019

Warwickshire Women wait to learn Middle England title fate

Ben Tyler 2nd Aug, 2019

WARWICKSHIRE Women will have to wait it out to see if they have secured the Middle England League title, after winning their final fixture against Oxfordshire 103-93.

Battling it out on the hottest day of the year, Warwickshire came out on top, despite both sides winning three winning rinks each.

The duo of Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) with Denise Judge (Bilton), and Helen Harris (Stoke) with Trish Jarvis (Wolvey), won their rink by a clear margin, storming to a victory 22-9.

Moira Parsons (Welford) with Velisa Brown (Southam), and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) with Sue Hornsby (Lillington), recovered from an early deficit to win 26-21, while Pat Moore (Three Spires) with Lynne Innes (Stratford), and Wendy Holloway with Carole Simmons (both Welford) never looked likely to surrender their lead – winning 15-10.

Meanwhile, Jenny Corn with Jayne Henfrey (both Lillington), and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) with Elaine Taylor (Stoke), went down 14-15 despite matching their Oxfordshire opponents for the majority of the match.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Pat Dahlgren (Bilton), and Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) alongside Rosemarie Geden (Southam) also lost out in an even contest 16-12, though the rink of Chris Cooke with Heather Tredgold (both Southam), and Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside) with Gill Maund (Sherwood Park) lost in more convincing fashion 23-14.

The victory means that Warwickshire have finished their MEL campaign with four wins and a loss, and will be set to win the competition should other results go their way.

A 95-91 victory in the annual friendly with Berkswell followed for the women, who managed to keep their cool despite the sweltering conditions.

Corn with Innes, and Liz Westell (Welford) with Donna Kerr (RLS) thrashed their opponents 22-7 to win their rink, while Maund with Lilian Hope (Stratford), and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) with Ros Taylor (Avenue Coventry) ran out 20-14 in the other winning rink.

Jean Williams (Stratford) with Sharon Keal (Snitterfield), and Liz Crispin (Wolvey) with Vanessa Brazier (Rugby Rail) were locked in a 15-15 draw, while Warwickshire lost the remaining three rinks.

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