Warwickshire’s inter county friendly campaign reached the midway point with a trip to Banbury Chestnuts BC. The winless streak continued as their won just one out of six rinks, losing 107-126.

David Farmer, Graham Farrell, Colin Hall (all Rugby Thornfield) and Past President Nigel Hewitson scored an early three and four but were one down after nine ends. A couple of fours, a treble and single took the Bears in front, the hosts responded with a one, two and three to reduce the deficit to five. Nine shots in the next three ends ensured that Hewitson’s rink picked up the only win with a 29-18 score. Past President Peter Vale Humphreys, Mark Sylvester (Snitterfield), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Past President Geoff Moran were level after seven ends but led by one halfway through. With two ends to play Moran and co had increased their advantage to two but the hosts finished with a single and three to snatch a late 20-18 win.

Warren Ridgeway, Pat Keogh (both Wellesbourne), Past President Don Darby and Tom Duggins (Executive) made a good start, reaching twelve ends ten shots up. Oxfordshire mounted a comeback, with three ends to play the Bears lead had dropped to one. Heading into the final end the scores were all square, sadly Duggins and co dropped a treble to lose 21-18. Past President Graham O’Donohue, Match Secretary Mike Hall, Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) and Howard Wilkins (Oakfield) took a ninth end four to move three ahead. A five and six by Oxfordshire helped to clear the deficit and build a ten shot lead with seven ends left. Wilkins’ rink had the better of the remaining ends but could only reduce the deficit, final score 16-23.

County President Aubrey Brookhouse, Mick Allsopp (Executive), Steve Poole (Lillington) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock were locked in a tight battle, reaching midway one up. A good spell by Oxfordshire saw them reach the sixteenth end eleven shots up, Allcock and co dug in but could only reduce the deficit, final score 13-20. Bill O’Gara (Wolvey), Steve Bird (Avenue Coventry), Sam Bridges (Bilton) and Keith Hornsby (Three Spires) were four up after five ends but went nine ends without scoring, trailing by sixteen. A good spell saw Hornsby’s rink knock the deficit to single digits but Oxfordshire took a brace of singles to win 24-13.

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