Wolvey BC was the venue for the last County Final of the season. Welford upon Avon BC faced Three Spires BC for the title of Warwickshire’s top club.
In the two wood singles Wallace Stein (Three Spires) raced away to a 9-0 lead after eight ends against Welford’s Dave Hobbis. Hobbis took the next three ends with singles but Stein replied with a double and single. A Hobbis double was countered by two singles, five ends remained and Hobbis trailed by nine. Stein took the next end with a double to secure a 16-5 win and take the first point for Three Spires.
With the two woods over the four wood singles took to the field, Martin Hammond representing Three Spires and Simon Davies playing for Welford. Hammond took an early lead but Davies went on strong run, taking the score to 18-4. Hammond took his score to six but Davies scored the three he needed to win 21-6 and level the overall score one all.
A good start for the Welford rink of Tony Finch, Bradley Jerram, Mick Hawkins and Martin Timms reach the eighth end seven up against Mike Tansey, Tony Stacey, Bob Wyer and Keith Hornsby (Three Spires). Timms and co continued to add shots, completing a 24-8 victory, advantage now Welford.
After five ends in the Pairs Welford (Mario Rosso and Andrew Francis) held a one shot lead over Three Spires (Paul Daniels and Colin Sheldon), while in the Triples Andy Prickett, Ken Chedgzoy and Alan Apsey (Welford) led the Three Spires trio of Simon Rogers, Lewis Hammond and Ray Beasley by two. With ten ends gone Welford were in command of both games, the pairs now ten up and the triples six up. In the triples Three Spires pulled the scores level after thirteen ends and cut the deficit in the pairs to six after twelve ends. A five with three ends to go in the triples for Apsey and co swung the game back into Welford’s favour, the pairs still six ahead with five ends to go.
Despite a final end four for Three Spires in the triples Welford secured both remaining points, taking the triples 18-16 while a strong finish in the pairs took them to a comfortable 26-11 victory. For the third time in four years Welford were crowned Wardrop Cup winners, this time 4-1.