Nuneaton again hosted the annual fixture between the Warwickshire President and The Imps. A very hot afternoon ended in an 137-120 victory for the President.
Lee Ingleston (Bilton), Trevor Briggs (Royal Leamington Spa), Clive Burbage (Solihull Municipal) and Nick Cooper (Nuneaton) scored a couple of sixes and a five on their way to a ninth end fifteen lead. The Imps cut that down to nine but a good finish saw Cooper and co add another five to finish 28-14 winners. Dave Harrison (Executive), Ian Box (Rugby Police), Bruce Truman and Dave Mobbs (both Rugby Railway) reached the sixth end 12-0 up, a seven helped them reach the midway point thirteen shots ahead. A four and three helped the Imps reduce the deficit but they couldn’t deny Mobbs’ rink a 27-17 victory.
Mick Allsopp (Nuneaton), Sam Bridges (Bilton), Ian Bassnett (Stoke) and George Palmer (Bilton) trailed by three after ten ends but with four ends to play they had turned that into a six shot lead. A six in the final four ends helped ease them over the line, despite dropping a four on the last end. Final score 27-17 to Palmer and co. Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Bernard Merrick (Executive), John Hibbert and Roger Percival (both Ambleside) scored and dropped a couple of fours on their way to an eight shot lead halfway through. The Imps fought back to reach parity with four ends left but Percival’s rink finished with an unbeaten seven shots to win 26-19.
David Payne (Stratford), Paul Simpson (Nuneaton), President Don Darby and Past President Tony Dawson couldn’t be separated from their opponents, reaching ten ends all square. The President’s rink edged ahead but the Imps shut them out for the last eight ends to win 26-16. Phil Whitmore (Nuneaton), Ron Wilson (Tamworth), Mark Glover (Nuneaton) and Paul Brown (Sherwood Park) found themselves down by thirteen shots after ten ends. The Imps dominated the next seven ends, opening the lead to nineteen. Brown and co rallied but it was damage limitation, final score 27-13 to the Imps.