Warwickshire added a new fixture to their list of friendly games when they crossed the border to Llandrindod Wells BC to face Mid Wales BA. The Bears were warmly welcomed by their Welsh hosts but on the field was another matter as they won five of the six rinks to inflict an 82-145 defeat on the Bears.
Junior Vice President Peter Vale Humphreys, Brian Lindley (Bilton), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) trailed by a shot after eight ends but went on a seven end scoring spree to move 18-6 ahead. Mid Wales cut the deficit seven, the Bears rallied to add three but the hosts wiped those three off in the final end. Final score 21-16 to Truman’s rink. Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Steve Martin (Bilton), Steve Willey (Three Spires) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries led 13-11 after thirteen ends, the hosts overturned the deficit and gained a four shot advantage of their own. The Bears cut that down to one with two ends to go but dropped a six on the next end, a consolation shot on the last end meant Mace Humphries and co lost 17-23.
Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, Ian Box (Rugby Railway), Immediate Past President Don Darby and John Hibbert (Wolvey) were a shot down at the midway point but that extended to four with five ends to play. Hibbert and co cut the deficit in half but dropped a six the following end, final score 24-14 to Mid Wales. Past President Graham O’Donohue, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Paul Jones (Solihull Municipal) and Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) were level after eight ends but dropped a five, three and single to trail by nine halfway through. The hosts were stronger over the second half of the game, Allibon’s rink losing 12-27.
Dave Mobbs (Rugby Railway), Chris Wright (Solihull Municipal), Ian Kendall (Rugby Railway) and County President Geoff Moran struggled to get started, nine shots down after ten ends. Moran and co rallied to cut the deficit to five with four ends to go but Mid Wales added nine shots to win 24-10. Mike Davies (Lillington), Past President Mike Brayne, Malcolm Holland and Russell Box (both Little Compton) dropped a five in the ninth end to trail by six shots halfway through. A strong second half including two fours and two trebles gave Mid Wales the win, final score 31-8.