Bidford Bowls Club invited a the combined team from the gents and ladies county’s to help them celebrate the clubs centenary. A good but wet afternoon saw the county side win 135-102.
WCBA Immediate Past President Peter Vale Humphreys, Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield), Adrian Boldy (Avon) and WWBA President Debbie Bloxham recovered from an early deficit to reach thirteen ends all square. Bloxham and co then shutout the hosts for the remaining ends to run up a 31-14 victory. Karen Rice (Entaco), Liz Crispin (Wolvey), WCBA Secretary Michael Jackson and WCBA Past President Geoff Moran scored a five on the tenth end to take the lead. With five ends to go the lead had opened up to seven and Moran’s rink then took a six, four and three in the remaining ends to also win 31-14.
Margaret Boldy (Avon), Trevor Mabbott (Welford), Bill O’Gara (Wolvey) and Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) made an excellent start, dropping just three shots on their way to a halfway ten shot lead. The sides exchanged shots to reach eighteen ends with the Bears still ten up, Edwards and co finished with a brace of twos and a single to complete a 23-8 victory. Barry North (Whitnash), WCBA Aubrey Brookhouse, Jean Williams (Stratford) and Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield) saw their early lead turn into a six shot deficit after ten ends. A five helped Bromfield and co clear the deficit and open a five shot lead of their own. Bidford edged the remaining ends but couldn’t deny the Bears a 21-18 win.
Michael Sharpe (Rugby Rail), Jayne Henfrey (Lillington), WWBA Immediate Past President Mary Wheildon and WCBA President Nigel Hewitson trailed by seven after ten ends but wiped out the deficit and led by one four ends later. A strong finish by the hosts, including three trebles, saw them beat Hewitson and co 22-14. Margaret Stephens (Stratford), Wilf Pinfold (Nuneaton), Margaret Colvin (Snitterfield) and WCBA Senior Vice President David Wigman saw their halfway lead wiped out, the scores level with five ends to go. Bidford stopped Wigman and co from scoring again to run out 26-15 winners.