A SUNNY day was promised when Warwickshire women went to Burnham-on-Sea to play Somerset and so it proved as the visitors happily returned home with a tense 86-85 win to their name.
Highest winning rink went to skip Elaine Taylor with Di Wilkinson (both Stoke), Antoinette Lambert (Ambleside) and Sigrid Thomas (Rugby Thornfield) who started strongly and were 8-1 up at six ends before eventually prevailing 19-10.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Hazel Goodman (Lillington), Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) and Heather Tredgold (Southam) also soared ahead to start and were 7-0 up at six ends before their opponents took over, leaving them 8-8 at ten ends. However, a strong finish helped the visitors’ cause and enabled them to win 17-11.
Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) with Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Vivienne Belt (Handsworth Wood) and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) were fairly evenly matched to start before they pulled away to finish with a 16-10 success.
Jenny Corn with Margaret Stephens (both Lillington), Liz Westell (Welford) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) were 6-6 at seven ends when their opponents started to pull away to leave the visitors trailing 16-8 at 14 ends, but a flurry of shots over the next few ends enabled them to pull back to lose just 17-15.
Janice White with Dawn Horne (both RLS), Pat Lowe (Rugby Thornfield) and Chris Roberts (Stoke) were 6-6 at ten ends when their opponents stepped up the pace, leaving the visitors trailing 17-11 at the end.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Lilian Hope (Stratford), Denise Judge (Bilton) and Donna Kerr (RLS) were 4-4 at five ends but were unable to prevent the home team from racing ahead and they eventually lost 20-8.
County president Chris Cooke was delighted to finish the day by presenting a blazer badge to Denise Judge.
HEREFORDSHIRE had a special treat as they were invited to play their annual friendly match at Royal Leamington Spa Bowling Club and even the weather played ball as it stayed sunny and dry.
However, the visitors did not taste victory as Warwickshire took the honours with a 120-78 win.
Highest winning rink went to skip Sue Hornsby with Jenny Corn (both Lillington), Lynne Innes (Stratford) and Aleen Shuttleworth (Stoke) who started strongly and eventually won 24-6.
Jacqui Cook (Lillington) with Joy Cook (Blossomfield), Wendy Holloway (Welford) and Donna Kerr (RLS) were in determined mood and soared to a 22-7 win.
Elaine Taylor with Helen Harris (both Stoke), Brenda Beere and Heather Mills (both Grange Ladies) were 3-3 at the sixth end when they started to take control of the game and eventually finished 23-12 up.
Maureen Edwards (Rugby Thornfield) with Pippa Mace, Jayne Henfrey and Di Thurlbeck (all Lillington) started slowly but soon pulled back and were 7-7 at nine ends before finishing 19-15 ahead.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Janet Miller (Grange Ladies), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford) and Pat Gagg (Lillington) also struggled initially but a flurry of shots in the second half of the game helped their cause and they only trailed by three shots with a final 17-14 verdict.
Janice White with Dawn Horne (both RLS), Sharon Keal (Snitterfield) and Joan Hall (Nuneaton) were fairly well balanced throughout the game but unable to just get the few extra shots required and lost 21-18.
After a very tasty meal county president Chris Cooke presented colt badges to Brenda Beere and Janet Miller (both Grange Ladies).