IT MAY seem a long way to go, but one thing is for certain, Warwickshire women are always made very welcome when they go to Bedfordshire and this year was no exception.
With Bedfordshire 11 shots ahead at 18 ends, it looked like an easy ride for the home team, but Warwickshire pulled out all the stops and were able turn the tables to come away with a 108-101 victory.
Highest winning rink went to Jenny Corn with Hazel Goodman, Pat Gagg (all Lillington) and Helen Harris (Stoke), who were fairly evenly matched until the second half of the game when they were able to pull away and finish 27-12 up.
Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) with Heather Tredgold (Southam), Dawn Horne and Donna Kerr (both RLS) were 10-10 at 12 ends but a sudden spurt over the next few ends gave them the impetus they needed to win 22-12.
Gill Maund (Sherwood Park), with Pat Harvey (Lillington), Liz Chedgzoy (Stratford)/Mo Yeomans (Blossomfield) and Ros Taylor (Avenue Coventry) were also 10-10 at 12 ends and just managed to keep one shot ahead at the finish to win 17-16.
Chris Cooke (Southam) with Sharon Keal (Snitterfield), Margaret Stephens (Lillington) and Jean Williams (Stratford) were 9-9 at 12 ends but eventually lost 19-18.
Sue Hornsby (Lillington) with county president, Joy Cooke (Blossomfield), Mary Wheildon (Warwick Boat Club) and Elaine Taylor (Stoke) struggled to start with and were trailing 14-5 at 12 ends and, although they managed to win seven of the remaining nine ends, it was insufficient to prevent a 17-13 defeat.
Maureen Edwards with Christine Harding (both Rugby Thornfield), Chris Ward (Lillington) and Rosemarie Geden (Southam) were under pressure from the start and eventually lost 25-11.
County president Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) was delighted to finish the day not only with a win but also presenting a colt badge to Mary Wheildon (Warwick Boat Club).