IN TRUE Warwickshire spirit, the county ladies proved their ability to hold their own on a tricky green when they defeated hosts Nottinghamshire 117-111 in the Middle England League.
Highest winning rink went to Chris Cooke with Heather Tredgold (both Southam), Di Medhurst (Stoke) and Jean Williams (Stratford) who started slowly but four shots on the fourth end boosted their confidence and there was no looking back as they strolled to a 21-11 win.
Jacqui Cook (Lillington) with Dawn Horne (RLS), Brenda Carlton (Three Spires) and Aleen Shuttleworth (Stoke) started strongly and were 13-1 up at six ends but their opponents were not to be deterred and started to pull back by winning the next six ends, but it was not enough and Warwickshire finished 23-14 winners.
Moira Parsons (Welford) with Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington), Helen Harris (Stoke) and Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) started with six shots on the first end and, although the opposition pulled back to within four shots, a win for the visitors was never in doubt and they finished 27-19.
Maureen Edwards with Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield), Margaret Boldy (Avon) and Liz Wooding (Avenue Coventry) were fairly evenly matched all the way through the game and, despite a concerted effort at the end, were just pipped to the post 18-15.
Jenny Corn with Pat Gagg (both Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) were 6-6 at seven ends but, apart from two shots on the ninth end, struggled to find their way and were 24-8 down at 15 ends before they pulled back to eventually finish 24-16 down.
Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Debbie Bloxham (Stratford), Liz Westell and Lynne Innes (both Stratford) started well but their opponents were ready for a fight and took the honours, leaving the away team defeated 25-15.
Johns Trophy win for Warwickshire
WARWICKSHIRE secured an impressive 125-106 victory over Gloucestershire at Lillington BC to maintain their hopes of beating Devon and getting through to the Regional Finals of the Johns Trophy.
Highest winning rink went to Kirsty Richards (Kings Heath) with Di Medhurst (Stoke), Di Thurlbeck (Lillington) and Helen Slimm (Whitnash) who started well and never looked back as they sailed to a 20-12 win.
Maureen Edwards with Sigrid Thomas (both Rugby Thornfield), Liz Wooding (Avenue Coventry), and Maureen Tims (Whitnash) were 10-10 at 15 ends but a confident surge over the last few ends secured a 20-13 victory.
Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with Gill Maund (Sherwood Park), Lynne Innes and Debbie Bloxham (both Stratford) had a close-fought game and were trailing 21-15 at the 18th end but four shots on the 19th end gave them the boost they needed to prevail 23-21.
Lisa Smith with Hannah Smith, Lynn Houghton and Abbie Ward (all Avenue Leamington) started strongly and were 11-4 up at eight ends before their opponents started to pull away and overtake them on the 16th end at 19-18, but the home team rallied to seal a 22-22 draw.
County president Joy Cooke thanked Lillington for the excellent meal and presented a Blazer Badge to Hannah Smith (Avenue Leamington).
Double Gloucester delight
AFTER a successful game against Gloucestershire in the Johns Trophy on Saturday, the sun continued to shine on Warwickshire as the teams met again to play the National Two Rink Walker Cup competition the following day.
With Warwickshire five shots down at 17 ends, it was all to play for and a dramatic turnaround of 14 shots over the next four ends made for an exciting finish in which the hosts won 45-38 to reach the Regional Finals at Weston-super-Mare on July 15.