The Bears finished their Middleton Cup campaign with a trip to Cheltenham BC to face Gloucestershire. Despite winning four out of six rinks Warwickshire slipped to a three shot defeat, losing 115-118 gaining 8 out of 22 points.
Lee Rowland (Avenue Leamington), Steve Taylor (Avenue Coventry), Martin Heitzman (Avenue Leamington) and Martin Timms (Welford) started with a five and raced away to a halfway twelve shot lead. Gloucestershire cut the deficit to eight with four ends to play but Timms and co finished strong, taking the game 26-13. Martyn Murley (Nuneaton), Rob Robinson (Erdington Court), Matt Wells and Tom Millership (both Rugby) made a steady start, eight ahead after ten ends. Three ends later the lead had been slashed to two but Millership’s rink replied with a single and four to take their advantage back up to seven. Gloucestershire again fought back, this time reducing the deficit to one with two ends to play. A double and single took the Bears over the line, 24-20 winners.
Mark Smith (Avenue Leamington), Neil Hancock (Little Compton), Dave Fallon (Nuneaton) and Dan Box (Little Compton) trailed by a shot after eight ends but added nine shots over the next four ends to take the lead. With one end left Box and co led by seven but dropped a five, hanging on to win 21-19. Andy Prickett (Welford), Darren Ward (Rugby), Richard Brittan and Mark Ireland (both Erdington Court) were a shot down with five ends gone but reached the midway point seven shots in front. Ireland’s rink led by six with five ends to play and saw their opponents chip away the deficit, the lead reduced to one with the last end to play, the Bears took it to win 17-15.
Jordan Ward, Tom Wheeler (both Rugby), Adam Smith (Avenue Leamington) and Alan Apsey (Welford) struggled to get going, three shots down after nine became thirteen down with five left. Apsey and co knocked three of the deficit but couldn’t deny Gloucestershire a 23-13 win. Ewan Mason, Brian Boardman (both Rugby), Colin Jacox (Avenue Coventry) and Calvin Wells (Nuneaton) led by five after five but had to settle for a two shot lead after ten ends. An eight end nightmare spell saw Wells’ rink drop nineteen unanswered shots, a late rally cut the deficit but the Bears slumped to a 14-28 loss.