A hot Welford welcomed Worcestershire for the latest inter-county friendly and it was the visitors that left the Bears sweating as they won 123-102.

Brian Lythall (Welford), Match Secretary Mike Hall, County Secretary Michael Jackson and Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) scored a four and six but dropped a five on their way to a ninth end three shot advantage. A good spell where they nearly doubled their tally while restricting their opponents to just a shot saw them thirteen clear with five ends to go. Worcestershire edged the remaining ends but couldn’t deny Truman and co a 26-14 win. Phil Brook (Stratford), Danny McAree (Matrix), Mick Allsopp (Executive) and Dave Harding (Royal Leamington Spa) were all square at the midway point but slipped to five shots down after sixteen ends. Harding and co cut the deficit to one with two ends left, Worcestershire then took a single before a double secured the Bears a share of the spoils, final score 18-18.

Keith Austin (Three Spires), Wilf Pinfold, Allan Kinge (both Nuneaton) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries were four shots clear after ten ends but a four and five helped the visitors move three ahead with five ends left. Worcestershire increased their lead in the remaining end, Mace Humphries’ rink falling 17-22. Immediate Past President Peter Vale Humphreys, Mick Crutchley (Wellesbourne), John Allen (Welford) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock dropped a six but scored a five on their way trailing by two after fourteen ends. Worcestershire went on a spree, taking their lead to eleven before Allcock and co finished with a brace of singles, the Bears losing 17-26.

Mike Davies (Lillington), Sam Bridges (Bilton), Nigel Morton (Matrix) and Past President Geoff Moran opened with three singles but trailed by six after ten ends. Four ends later and the deficit had doubled, Moran and co cut it back to five but the visitors finished with a pair of double to win 22-13. Bill Claridge (Royal Leamington Spa), Chris Wright (Solihull Municipal), Ian Box (Rugby Police) and County President Nigel Hewitson were restricted to three shots in the opening nine ends, trailing by eight. A good spell cut the deficit to two shots but Worcestershire finished strong to leave Hewitson’s rink on the wrong end of a 21-11 scoreline.

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