With the Nationals coming to a close the Bears hit the road again in their latest friendly fixture, Silverthorn BC the destination to face London Parks BA, a bad afternoon on the greens saw Warwickshire fall to a 101-137 defeat.
Wilf Pinfold (Nuneaton), Junior Vice President David Wigman, Ted Coupe (Southam) and Tom Duggins (Executive) started well to lead by eight after five ends but that was cut in half by the midway point. For the next nine ends Duggins and co shut their opponents out, London Parks took the last two ends but Duggins’ rink took the 29-13 victory. Roger Smith (Rugby), Colin Daly (Lillington), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Roger Percival (Ambleside) had a steady start, leading by five after eleven ends. London Parks equalised on the next end and moved two in front with six ends to go, Percival’s rink levelled the scores and moved three clear with two ends left, the sides exchanged shots to give the Bears a 18-15 win.
County President Peter Vale Humphreys, Les Anscombe (Avon), Ian Kendall (Rugby) and Senior Vice President Nigel Hewitson picked up an early treble and four on their way to a midway five shot lead, with six ends left that had been reduced by one. A double and five singles by their opponents saw the lead vanish and Hewitson and co sink to a 20-17 loss. Vic Mortimer (Tamworth), John Slater (Executive), Bob Morris (Blossomfield) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock dropped three fours in the first ten ends to trail by thirteen. With two ends left the deficit had increased to twenty, a treble and single reduced that slightly, Allcock’s rink losing 30-14.
Mike Davies (Lillington), Dave Scobie (Rugby), Steve Martin (Grange) and Alan Bister (Stratford) looked to be sticking tight with their opponents but a sixth end seven and a tenth end six meant at the halfway stage they trailed by seventeen. A series of singles reduced that to eleven but London Parks finished strong to win 28-11. Past President Graham O’Donohue, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Brian Beere (Grange) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) started well but were pegged back to lead by a shot after ten ends. A strong second half that included three fives swung the game away from the Bears, the hosts winning 31-12.