Warwickshire kicked off their 2019 season by welcoming Surrey to Royal Leamington Spa BC, with the weather being so changeable of late there was a combined sigh of relief as the sun shone and there wasn’t a wild wind. The Bears however fell to an 87-125 defeat, winning just one rink.

Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, John Slater (Thornfield), Ted Coupe (Southam) and Roger Percival (Ambleside) failed to register a shot in the first five ends, trailing 6-0. By the midway point the deficit had increased to seven and climbed one more with six ends to play. A five for Percival and co cut the deficit to three, the sides exchanged shots before a single and double took the scores level with one left to play. The Bears took it with a double, final score 18-16. Ian Box (Rugby Police), Malcolm Wickens (Royal Leamington Spa), Nick Breen (Newbold) and President Geoff Moran led by three after the first five ends and increased it to five at the halfway stage. With fifteen ends completed the lead was still five but Surrey took seven shots in four ends to lead by two with two ends left. The penultimate end was taken by Moran and co, the deficit now one but the visitors held firm to win the game 21-16.

Paul Wakem (Lillington), Rick Hayes (Avenue Leamington), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) started well to lead 8-4 after eight ends. Twelve unanswered shots in seven ends swung the game in Surrey’s favour, the last six ends were pretty even, the visitors winning 20-13. Junior Vice President Peter Vale-Humphreys, Chris Vipond (Matrix), Tom Duggins (Executive) and Nigel Hewitson (Rugby) had a slow start, the score 10-5 to Surrey after twelve ends. A brace of doubles cut the deficit to one and three ends later Hewitson’s rink took a one shot lead. Surrey replied with a couple of singles followed by a four and three to win 20-12.

Graham Parker (Avenue Leamington), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Allen Green (Nuneaton) and Past President Phil Green were five all after six ends and thirteen all after twelve ends. A three and four swung the game in the favour of Surrey, the sides exchanged singles before Surrey added another treble. Green and co chipped a bit of the deficit but lost 17-26. Owen Petherick (Stoke), Life Member Arnold Goad, Martin Preedy (Lillington) and Bernard Kendry (Bidford) were level nine all after thirteen ends before Surrey raced seven clear with four ends to play. Kendry and co took a shot but Surrey replied with a double and four, the Bears won the final end but couldn’t prevent an 11-22 loss.

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