Warwickshire’s final friendly of the season was the long trip to Old Coulsdon BC to face Surrey. On a very warm day it was the hosts that made hay, winning 116-93.
Wilf Pinfold (Nuneaton), Nigel Malka (Oakfield), Alan Kinge (Nuneaton) and Past President Phil Green trailed by six shots after six ends but went on an eight end scoring spree to gain a seven shot advantage. A brief rally cut the lead to four but a strong finish saw Green and co win 23-15. Stuart Miles (Rugby Rail), Stan Pitt (Avenue Coventry), Denis Ward (Southam) and Roger Percival (Ambleside) took a tenth end five to lead by four shots midway through. Surrey fought back to parity with three ends to play, Percival’s rink moved three clear with one end left and clung on to complete a 16-15 victory.
Mike Tansey (Three Spires), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Lee Ingleston (Bilton) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Rail) saw their halfway five shot advantage wiped out with six ends to go. Surrey moved six shots in front but a strong finish by Truman and co cut that to two, final score 17-19. Phil Brook (Stratford), Paul Wakem (Lillington), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Mike Harrison (Home Guard) recovered from only scoring one shot in the first five ends to lead by two after eleven ends. With four ends to play Surrey held a two shot advantage and took the remaining ends with singles to win 18-12.
Peter Vale Humphreys (Wellesbourne), Mike Davies (Lillington), Barry Connolly (Avenue Leamington) and Senior Vice President Nigel Hewitson started well, 9-1 up after six ends but had to settle for parity after twelve ends. A strong performance by the home side saw the Bears slump to a 25-14 defeat. Barry Sheasby, Pete Litchfield (both Oakfield), Junior Vice President David Wigman and David Vowles (Avon) were all square after ten ends but were limited to just four more shots and their opponents piled on seventeen to win 24-11.