County President Geoff Moran welcomed Chris Cooke, President of Warwickshire Womens BA to his club of Norgren BC for the annual clash of the genders. The gents side hit a slight snag as they were a player short so had to borrow one of the ladies reserves. Heavy rain reduced the game to eighteen ends but the gents came out on top, winning 138-63.
Junior Vice President Peter Vale Humphries, Chris Howarth (Norgren), Immediate Past President Don Darby and Malcolm George (Snitterfield) trailed by a shot after five ends but scored a five, four and brace of singles to move ahead. Another four and five took them nineteen clear with five ends to play. George and co took yet another five and four to seal a 39-5 victory. Dave Green, Henry Gardner, Andy Prickett and Will Brundle (all Norgren) trailed by six after seven ends but reeled off twenty-six shots in ten ends including a seven. The Ladies took the last end with a single, Brundle’s rink winning 30-11.
Past President Graham O’Donohue, Malcolm Wickens (Royal Leamington Spa), Dave Lattimore (Norgren) and County President Geoff Moran were 8-5 up after eleven ends and nearly doubled their tally in the next three ends. The sides cancelled each other out in the last four ends, Moran and co 20-7 winners. Peter Hooper (Avenue Leamington), Bill Crutchley (Avon), Past President Stan Orton and Alan Barker (Kineton) led by two after nine ends. With two ends left the lead was still two but Barker’s rink took the remaining ends with a pair of doubles, final score 19-13 to the gents.
Senior Vice President Clive Faulkner, Barry Connelly (Avenue Leamington), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Dick Allibon (Royal Leamington Spa) scored a five on the third end but only led by one after ten ends. With four ends to play Allibon and co had extended their lead to seven, the Ladies rallied, cutting the deficit to three, gents winning 15-12. Dave Mobbs (Rugby Railway), Carol Norton (borrowed from the WWBA), Ian Kendall and Bruce Truman (both Rugby Railway) trailed by three after six ends but turned that around to a three shot lead after thirteen ends. Truman and co took a four on the next end to extend the lead to seven. A single and three doubles saw the Ladies pull level, sharing the spoils with a 15 all tie.