Warwickshire welcomed Middlesex to Grange BC as they played their last inter county friendly before heading off on tour to the Isle of Wight. The Bears had a good afternoon, winning four out of six rinks in a 119-96 victory.
Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, Chris Howarth (Norgren), Mick Foster (Matrix) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries started with a five to reach the tenth end 12-8 up. They then boosted their tally with a seven before exchanging threes with Middlesex, the visitors took another treble trail by eight. Mace Humphries and co finished the game with six singles and a treble to complete a 31-14 victory. Barry Sheasby (Oakfield), Bryn Poore (Nuneaton), Martin Holland (Avon) and Past President Aubrey Brookhouse were locked in a tight encounter with the visitors, after twelve ends the sides tied on seven all. With five ends left the Bears held a one shot lead, a double and brace of trebles opened the lead to eight. The sides exchanged doubles to give Brookhouse’s rink a 21-13 win.
Martin Clark (Rowheath), Ron Davies (Grange), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Mick Reardon (Rugby Police) led by two after five ends and doubled that to four with five ends left. Reardon and co added another six shots over the next three ends, Middlesex replied with a double, leaving them with needing an eight to tie. They could only manage a treble, final score 19-14 to the Bears. Junior Vice President Peter Vale Humphreys, Life Member Arnold Goad, Ian Gibbs (Rugby) and Nigel Moreton (Matrix) trailed by four at the midway point, that extended to nine after fourteen ends. Moreton and co fought their way back to parity with three ends to go. Middlesex took the next end with a single, the Bears countered with a treble and Middlesex took the last end with another single, Moreton’s rink just holding out for an 18-17 win.
Past President Graham O’Donohue, Peter Litchfield (Oakfield), Malcolm Holland (Little Compton) and County President Geoff Moran reached twelve ends seven all. With five ends to play the score was now eleven all, the sides exchanged singles, two ends to play and the everything still level. A double and single for the visitors saw Moran and co fall to a 12-15 defeat. Rick Hayes (Avenue Leamington), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Paul Vaughan (Erdington Court) and Russell Box (Little Compton) trailed by three after nine ends, seven shots in four ends took Box and co into the lead but Middlesex replied with a five to move back in front. With three ends left the visitors led by four, Box’s rink cut the deficit to one with one end to play, Middlesex finished strong, scoring four and winning 23-18.