Warwickshire’s latest inter county friendly saw Oxfordshire travel to Lillington BC, unfortunately the Bears losing streak continued as the visitors won 120-114.
Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, David Burrows (Wellesbourne), Peter Storer (Grange) and Past President Phil Green made a good start but were a shot down after ten ends. A good spell took Green and co eleven clear with five ends to play, a balanced finished gave the Bears a 26-16 victory. Steve Martin (Bilton), David Lattimore (Norgren), Denis Ward (Southam) and County President Geoff Moran raced to a 9-0 start after five ends and with five ends to play they still held a nine shot advantage. Oxfordshire fought back but the president held on to win 18-14.
Alan Reaney (Three Spires), Martin Preedy (Lillington), Dan Hampson (Bidford) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries were level after six ends but trailed by two six ends later. A good spell for the visitors took them nine shots clear but Mace Humphries and co fought back to cut the deficit down to three, final score 19-22. Past President Graham O’Donohue, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Keith Francis (Lillington) and John Hibbert (Wolvey) led by one after twelve ends and took a double and treble on the next two ends to open that to six. Oxfordshire levelled with four ends to play and had the better of the remaining ends to win 24-21.
Martin Clarke (Rowheath), John Slater (Thornfield), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Gary Wilkinson (Grange) were all square after eight ends but went on a scoring spree to lead 15-6 after sixteen ends. The visitors took back to back fives to lead by one, the Bears pulled level next end but Oxfordshire finished with a pair of twos, final score 20-16 to the visitors. Paul Wakern (Lillington), Boris Boulstridge (Executive), Immediate Past President Don Darby and Chris Gitsham (Matrix) dropped four trebles in the opening half but trailed by seven after twelve ends. A five on the sixteenth end took Oxfordshire further ahead, with two ends left the deficit was fourteen, Gitsham and co took four off the last two ends, losing 14-24.