Rugby Thornfield hosted the annual encounter between the County President and the Warwickshire VPs, a sweltering afternoon limited the game to 18 ends as the President’s men won 101-88.
Matt Swift, Tony Cowley, Tom Head and Richard Weare (all Royal Leamington Spa) had a slow start, trailing by three after seven ends. A six end scoring spree without reply took Weare and co ten shots ahead with five ends to play. A balanced finish meant the Bears won 20-10. David Farmer, Henry Neal, Paul Sharpe and Colin Hall (all Rugby Thornfield) also trailed by three but after six end, they then pulled ahead to lead by four after ten ends. The VPs levelled the scores with five ends to play, Hall and co dominated the final ends to win 18-9.
Past President Graham O’Donohue, John Douglas, Dan Hampson (both Bilton) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock made a strong start, dropping just a shot to reach the eighth end nine shots up. With two ends to play Allcock’s rink led by twelve but the VPs took a five to reduce the deficit, final score 20-12 to the Bears. Fred Bannister (Lillington), Past President Aubrey Brookhouse, Mark Sinclair (Kineton) and President Peter Vale Humphries took an early four and seven on their way to a sixth end ten shot lead. Four shots later the lead had been cut to two. A good run took the VPs two shots clear with one end left but the President’s rink snatched a win with a treble, final score 20-19.
Keith Austin, George Matthews, Colin Sheldon and Keith Hornsby (all Three Spires) went four up after six ends but they dropped twelve shots over the next nine ends. The best Hornsby and co could do is cut the deficit to five, final score 15-10 to the VPs. Chris Dickens (Norgren), Vic Mortimer (Tamworth), Phil Jones (Sherwood Park) and Raymond Patterson Morton (Royal Leamington Spa) turned six down after five to four up after ten ends. The VPs limited the Bears to just two shots in the last eight ends whilst trebling their own tally to win 23-13.