Another road trip ended up being another afternoon to forget as the Bears crashed to a 100-142 loss against Berkshire, winning only one rink.
Peter Litchfield (Oakfield), Bill O’Gara (Wolvey), Ian Kendall (Rugby Railway) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries led by one after six ends but had to settle for parity after nine ends. A good four end spell put the hosts seven shots in front but Mace Humphries’ rink swung the game to lead by three with three ends left. The sides swapped doubles and Berks took a last end single but couldn’t stop the Bears winning 20-18. Chris Wright (Solihull Municipal), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Paul Jones (Solihull Municipal) and Tim Messinger (Wolvey) trailed by eight after ten ends but cut that slightly to trail by six with five ends left. Messinger and co scored six in the remaining ends but conceded a double, losing 16-18.
Steve Martin (Bilton), Aubrey Brown (Southam), Bob Sands (Wolvey) and Peter Dymond (Grange) started well to lead by six after twelve ends but Berks took a couple of trebles to be level after fourteen. The scores were still level with three ends to go, a single and treble was enough for Berkshire to win 20-18. Ken Tredgold, David Cooke, Denis Ward (all Southam) and County President Geoff Moran trailed by six after fourteen ends but scored nine unanswered shots, leading by three with three to play. Berkshire scored two trebles and a single to sink the President 23-19.
Ian Box (Rugby Police), John Slater (Thornfield), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Nick Breen (Newbold) trailed by one after five ends that increased to three at the midway point. A bad second half saw Breen’s rink lose 30-13. Mike Davies (Lillington), Brian Lindley (Bilton), Doug Bott (Solihull Municipal) and Past President Aubrey Brookhouse were locked in a tight tussle with their opponents, one up after eleven ends. Berkshire limited Brookhouse to two more shots while adding twenty-two themselves, final score 33-14 to Berkshire.