Warwickshire welcomed Norfolk after their long journey east to Rugby BC looking to return to winning ways. The Bears did exactly that with a 116-94 victory.
Past President Graham O’Donohue, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Dick Stevenson (Oakfield) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) took a six and four in the opening five ends to lead by nineteen after ten ends. With five ends left to go that had increased to twenty-three shots and Truman and co cruised over the line to win 30-7. Darren Wheeler (Grange), Boris Boulstridge (Executive), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Allan Hockin (Rugby Railway) trailed by eight at the midway stage but cut that to six after fifteen ends. Three ends later Hockin’s rink led by one but went into the final end two shots down. The Bears finished strong, taking a four to take an 18-16 victory.
Junior Vice President Peter Vale Humphreys, Malcolm Bromwich (Thornfield), Tony Stacy (Three Spires) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries were two up after eleven ends but took that up to eight shots after fifteen ends. Norfolk cut the deficit to one two ends to play, both sides took a single, Mace Humphries winning 18-17. Lee Ingleston (Bilton), Dave Mobbs (Rugby Railway), David Vowles (Avon) and Rod Thorneycroft (Caldecott Park) failed to score in the first seven ends, dropping ten shots. Seven ends later they had cut that down to two, the remaining seven ends saw the sides exchanging shots, final score 14-13 to the visitors.
Fred Bannister (Royal Leamington Spa), Chris Dickens (Norgren), Immediate Past President Don Darby and County President Geoff Moran dropped a ninth end five to trail by twelve but took a series of singles to reduce the deficit to eight with six ends left. A five with three ends to play and four on the penultimate end put the President ahead for the first time in the game. Norfolk took a last end double to win 23-22. Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, Tony Addis (Stoke), Ian Kendall (Rugby Railway) and Mark Whitmore (Corley) were level with Norfolk at the halfway stage and also after eighteen ends. The sides exchanged singles before the visitors took the last end with a double to win 17-15.