The day after the narrow defeat at the hands of Cornwall in the Middleton Cup Warwickshire again faced Cornwall, this time in the Balcomb Trophy. The sides again produced an encounter that went down to the wire.
A six on the fifth end put Adam Smith (Avenue Leamington), Dan Box (Little Compton), Dave Fallon (Nuneaton) and Andy Smith (Avenue Leamington) on the back foot but kept pace to trail by three with ten ends played. Mark Smith (Avenue Leamington), Martin Timms (Welford), Colin Jacox (Avenue Coventry) and Calvin Wells (Nuneaton) started with a five but the scores were level after nine ends.
Cornwall took control on both rinks, Smith now eight down with five ends to play and Wells nine down also with five to play. Smith and co fought back, reducing the deficit to five with two ends left, a double in the penultimate end was followed by a treble to leave Smith’s rink all square on 22 all. The result of the game would be decided by the other rink. A four, double and pair of singles by Wells and co left the Bears one shot down with one end left. It was Cornwall that took the last end, final score 21-19 to Cornwall, overall score 43-41.