After a week of high temperatures the latest inter-county friendly against Buckinghamshire at Wellesbourne BC was played in the rain but the weather didn’t dampen the spirits at the Bears won 115-95.
Bob Page (Grange), Past President Aubrey Brookhouse, Junior Vice President David Wigman and Tom Duggins (Executive) saw their early lead wiped out but still reached ten ends eight shots up. Duggins and co limited the visitors to just four more shots as they romped to a 23-8 victory. David Burrows (Wellesbourne), Colin Daley, Nigel Roach (both Lillington) and Senior Vice President Nigel Hewitson got off to flyer, 12-1 up after five ends and 26-3 up at the midway point. Bucks conceded just one more shot while adding fourteen of their own, Hewitson’s rink winning 27-17.
County President Peter Vale Humphries, John Harman (Wolvey), Ian Kendall (Rugby) and Past President Geoff Moran trailed by six after ten ends. A trio of trebles helped the Bears take the lead and a strong finish saw Moran and co over the line to a 21-12 win. Steve Martin (Grange), Match Secretary Mike Hall, County Secretary Michael Jackson and Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) took a five and couple of fours on their way to a twelve shot advantage on the tenth end. A fightback by Buckinghamshire saw them cut the deficit down to five but Truman’s rink increased it to seven to win 23-16.
Chris Dickens (Norgren), Stewart Barton (Wellesbourne), Len Faulconbridge (Wolvey) and Denis Ward (Southam) were eight down after six ends and also twelve ends. A brief rally cut that in half but the visitors finished strong to take the game 20-11. Competition Secretary Sam Bridges, John Slater (Executive), Colin Hall (Rugby Thornfield) and Tony Stacey (Three Spires) were level after ten ends and gained a slender advantage to lead by three with eight ends to go. If was Buckinghamshire that claimed the remaining ends to win 22-10.