Warwickshire make the long trek east to Connaught BC to face Norfolk, a good afternoon of bowls and a good result made the journey home more enjoyable, the Bears winning 127-117.
Barry Sheasby (Oakfield), Neil Duxbury (Home Guard), Denis Ward (Southam) and Mike Harrison (Home Guard) scored a five on both the sixth and eleventh ends to lead by eleven at the midway point. Norfolk pulled back, cutting the deficit to three with three ends to play, it was Harrison and co who finished strong finishing with a 29-19 win. Competition Secretary Sam Bridges, David Knee (Grange), Pat Sweeney (Matrix) and Ray White (Royal Leamington Spa) looked to be cruising away until a ninth end five levelled the scores. The Bears again pulled away, leading by six after fifteen ends and extending that to ten by the end, final score 26-16 for White’s rink.
John Moore, Peter Litchfield (both Grange), Barry Connolly (Avenue Leamington) and Bernard Kendry (Bidford) went from a shot down after five ends to six down at the halfway mark. A good spell took Kendry and co level heading into the final six ends, which they dominated to win 22-15. Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Tom Duggins (Executive) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) led by three after four ends but failed to score in the next nine ends, trailing by twelve. An impressive finish saw Truman and co limit Norfolk to just two more shots as they pipped the hosts 19-18.
Steve Martin (Grange), David Burrows (Wellesbourne), Chris Gitsham (Matrix) and County President Peter Vale Humphreys scored a six on the eleventh end to trail by three shots. A good run took Norfolk seven shots ahead but the President’s rink cut that in half, losing 18-21. Fred Bannister (Lillington), Bill O’Gara (Wolvey), Junior Vice President David Wigman and Past President Brian Mace Humphries scored on the first end but went the next six ends not scoring, reaching midway ten down. With five ends left the deficit had been cut to three but the hosts shut out Mace Humphries and co to complete a 28-13 win.