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14th Aug, 2022

Warwickshire take first blood

Liam Moakes 8th May, 2017

WOLVERTON Park Bowls Club in Milton Keynes was the venue for Warwickshire women’s first match of the season where the visitors enjoyed a fine 122-95 victory over Buckinghamshire.

Highest winning rink went to skip Debbie Bloxham (Stratford) with Sharon Keal (Snitterfield), Gloria Higgins (RLS) and Liz Westell (Welford) who started strongly and continued to up the pace, keeping their opposition at bay with just one shot until the tenth end when they started to pull back but not enough to deter the Warwickshire girls who dug their heels in and went on to win 26-11.

Chris Cooke (Southam) with Heather Mills (Grange Ladies), Pat Harvey and Pat Gagg (both Lillington) followed a similar format until their opposition pulled back to 8-8 at the tenth end, but four shots on the 11th end for the visitors gave them the encouragement they needed and they eventually won 23-12.

Elaine Taylor with Helen Harris (both Stoke), Jean Veart and Joan Hall (both Nuneaton) were fairly evenly matched for the first half but then started to put their opponents under pressure to win 22-16.

Yvonne Bromfield (Rugby Thornfield) with Rosemarie Geden (Southam), Margaret Grosvenor and Chris Ward (both Lillington) were evenly matched to begin with, trailing 9-7 at ten ends, and although they were 18-9 down at 16 ends a spirited attack took them ahead briefly on the 20th end at 20-18 and they eventually finished with an honourable 20-20 draw.

Maureen Edwards with Christine Harding (both Rugby Thornfield), Linda Linney (Stratford) and Pat Bax (Rugby Ladies) started slowly but levelled at 6-6 at nine ends and again at the 14th but, despite two fours on the 14th and 16th ends, they were unable to hold their lead and finished 19-17 down.

Jenny Corn with Jayne Henfrey (both Lillington), Joy Cooke and Mo Yeomans (both Blossomfield) struggled to start and were trailing 7-2 on the sixth end when a sudden spurt brought them back into the game and they seemed very evenly matched from there on, but were just unable to hold their opponents back and lost 17-14.

County president Chris Ward (Lillington) thanked Wolverton Park Bowling Club for the way they looked after everyone and the excellent meal.

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