24th Jun, 2019

Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association open Middle England League campaign with victory

Ben Tyler 30th May, 2019

WARWICKSHIRE disposed of Northamptonshire in devastating fashion to win 164-86 in their opening Middle England League fixture.

Played at Stoke Bowling Club, Warwickshire did not allow their opponents much room for error, with Chris Cooke and Rosemarie Geden (both Southam), and Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Liz Westell (Welford) going 12-0 up after eight ends.

Northamptonshire eventually notched their names on the scoreboard, but the hosts continued to enact their dominance on proceedings and finished 30-7.

Moira Parsons with Wendy Holloway (both Welford), and Zoe Barnard-Rowland (Avenue Leamington) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) also impressed, by surging to a 34-15 win against their opponents.

Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) along with Donna Kerr (RLS) and Margaret Grosvenor and Di Thurlbeck (both Lillington) were involved in a tight game to begin with, with the scores locked at five each after six ends.

But their class eventually showed, and they raced away with the lead to win 30-15.

Elsewhere, Sue Hornsby with Pippa Mace (both Lillington), and Lynne Innes and Debbie Bloxham (both Stratford) took a 7-1 lead after seven ends played.

Northampton on that occasion came back into the contest, but they were unable to stop Warwickshire winning another game 22-11.

Pat Moore (Three Spires) and Dawn Horne (RLS), and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) and Carole Simmons (Welford) stormed into a 14-1 lead after nine ends played, eventually running out 24-14 winners.

The Lillington duo of Jenny Corn and Jacqui Cook, and Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) went 9-3 up after six ends, before Northampton overturned the scores to go in front.

But with four shots on the 14th end working in Warwickshire’s favour, they managed to draw 24-24 despite going into the final end three shots down.

The victory hands Warwickshire 16 points from a possible 17 on offer – giving them a near-perfect start to the season.

Warwickshire are involved in a triple header this week, having played Derbyshire on Tuesday, Gloucestershire on Thursday at Cotswold Bowls Club in a county mixed match, before facing Dorset in the Johns Trophy on Saturday at Chippenham Bowls Club.

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