Wycliffe BC played host as the Bears crossed the border to take on the Foxes in the latest inter-county friendly, with the sizzling weather continuing there was no let up in the action as the teams slugged out a 125-125 draw.
Immediate Past President Graham O’Donohue, Neil Webb (Bilton), Nigel Roach (Lillington) and Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) made a steady start, slowly building a lead, reaching midway nine up. With seventeen ends gone the advantage had grown to thirteen but the host staged a late rally to reduce that, final score 27-18 to Allibon and co. Malcolm Wickens (Royal Leamington Spa), Martin Preedy (Lillington), President Don Darby and Dave Payne (Stratford) scored a couple of threes and a four on their way to a halfway two shot lead. Payne and co took the next end with a six only for Leicestershire to take a five three ends later. The hosts could not get within four shots as the Bears took the game 29-23.
Barry Sheasby (Oakfield), Bryn Poore (Nuneaton), Secretary Michael Jackson and Allan Hockin (Rugby Railway) started well but were pegged back to ten all after eleven ends. Seven shots in seven ends with only one in reply took the Bears six clear with three ends to play. The hosts won the next two ends with singles and then pulled off the comeback with a final end four to draw the game 17-17. Fred Bannister (Royal Leamington Spa), Boris Boulstridge (Executive), Miles Wilcox (Rugby) and Keith Hornsby (Three Spires) had a slow start, trailing by five at the midway point. They cut it down to two before exchanging threes with their hosts, who the added three single to lead by five with one end to play. Hornsby and co dug deep but fell a shot short of a tie, final score 19-18 to Leicestershire.
Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Steve Willey (Three Spires) and Senior Vice President Geoff Moran were 10-3 down after four ends but recovered to twelve all after ten ends. With six ends to go Moran and co were two down and were still just two down heading into the last end but there was no comeback, the hosts taking a two to finish 23-19 up. Roy Phillips, Mike Nettleton (both Handsworth Wood), Past President Stan Orton and Colin Ward (Rugby Railway) enjoyed the better of the first half, leading by four. With four ends left that had been cut to just one, Leicestershire then finished with a five, pair of singles and a four to snatch a 25-15 win.