Warwickshire’s latest inter-county friendly saw Northamptonshire hop across the border to Bilton BC. A good afternoon of bowling saw both teams winning three rinks but the Bears winning 130-113.
Martin Dean (Warwick Boat Club), Jerry Horne (Royal Leamington Spa), Keith Francis (Lillington) and Senior Vice President Geoff Moran started slow but reached ten ends leading by one. A good five end spell saw Moran and co open up a six shot lead, they followed that up with an impressive run to the line to finish up 29-13 winners. Roy Henfrey (Tamworth), Les Anscombe (Warwick Boat Club), Secretary Michael Jackson and Pete Storer (Grange) dominated from the start, racing away to a halfway eleven shot lead. Northants cut the deficit to five but Storer and co took it back to eleven and a balanced end saw the Bears register a 26-15 victory.
Ken Tredgold (Southam), Match Secretary Mike Hall, President Don Darby and Alan Barker (Kineton) had to come from behind to reach parity at the midway point. They fell behind again but again fought back to trail by one with five ends left. With two ends left Barker and co still trailed by a shot but a treble and double took them ahead, final score 23-19. George Morrison (Kings Heath), John Bentien (Solihull Municipal), Past President Stan Orton and Paul Jones (Solihull Municipal) started well, a sixth end six taking them to a two shot halfway lead. A seven gave them a good advantage but Northants fought back to parity with three ends left. The sides exchanged trebles to leave the scores tied heading into the final end, Northants took that end to win 23-22.
Dave Harrison (Executive), Chris Vipond (Highway), Brian Lindley (Bilton) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries turned their midway one shot lead into a four shot lead with five ends to go. Northants pulled level with two ends left, Warwickshire took the next end with a single but Northants hit back with a double to snatch an 18-17 win. Steve Martin (Bilton), Boris Boulstridge (Executive), Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) and Chris Gitsham (Highway) trailed by two after eleven ends. Northants went on an eight end scoring spree to lead by sixteen, Gitsham and co knocked four off the deficit but could stop the visitors winning 25-13.