Northamptonshire hopped the border to take on Warwickshire in the inter-county friendly at Wolvey BC. A warm sunny day got even hotter as the teams battled out a four triples 55 all draw.
Stuart Miles (Rugby Railway), Match Secretary Mike Hall and County Secretary Michael Jackson dropped singles on the first three ends but then scored 11 unanswered shots over the next four ends. Northants fought back to cut the deficit down to two, a treble and pair of singles with two singles in reply took the Bears five clear with two ends left, Jackson and co scored a double and single to complete a 19-11 victory. County President Peter Vale Humphreys, Jerry Horne (Royal Leamington Spa) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock raced to an early 6-2 lead but slipped to a shot down after eleven ends. Allcock’s trio regained the lead, up by one with four ends left. The Bears took the next two ends and then exchanged singles with Northants to win 14-10.
Paul Wakem (Lillington), Les Anscombe (Avon) and Bernard Kendry (Bidford) recovered from a sluggish start to lead by one after ten ends. Northants then hit a singles, double, treble and seven over the next four ends to more twelve shots clear. Kendry and co won the remaining four ends but could only cut the deficit by half, the visitors winning 19-13. Dave Scobie, Roger Smith (both Rugby) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries were level two all after three ends but saw the visitors score twelve shots over the next nine ends. Mace Humphries’ trio attempted a comeback, limiting Northants to just one more shot in the remaining six ends but could only reduce the deficit to six, final score 15-9 to Northants.