Ladies leave it late to grab dramatic win.
Rink scores were Jeanette Douglas, Pat Moore, Di Green and Jenny Corn (23-11), Ann Simmons, Kath Winbush, Helen Harris and Elaine Taylor (20-16), Janet Pooler, Chris Ward, Ann Harwood and Janet Scott (17-16), Chris Richards, June Hands Maureen Edwards and Jacqui Cook (19-20), Joan Rist, Carol Norton, Jean Simmons and Liz Westell (15-18), Brenda Carlton. Barbara Harsant, Aileen Shuttleworth and Sue Hornsby (12-22).
Jaguar's Ann Kelly is the first female president of Coventry & District Bowls Association and to mark the occasion a six rinks mixed match against the county president's team was played at Jaguar Bowls Club.
In a rain-interrupted game restricted to 18 ends, the county president's side were far too strong for their opposite numbers and with five winning rinks and a draw beat them by a 57-shot margin of 130-73. Scores (county president's names first): Tim Messinger, Martyn Warren, John Stewart and Elaine Taylor 29, Ann Simmons, Dave Phillips, Jean Jackson and Derek Tandy ten.
With an 8-5 lead at five ends, the Taylor quartet then adapted better to the wet conditions to such an extent that over the following five ends they added 15 shots against one single to increase their advantage to 23-6. The remaining eight ends were fairly even with Warwickshire counting six shots against four to finish with 19 shots in hand.
Doug Haywood, Ann Doherty, Mal Raper and Maureen Edwards 27, Ron Petch, Karen Dunbar, Barry Mace and Ray Kelly 13.
With ten ends completed, the game was nicely balanced with Maureen and her colleagues only four shots up at 12-8 and five ends later they had only increased their lead to six shots at 19-13. The Bears then had their best spell when over the last three ends they weighed in with nine unanswered shots.
County ladies president Barbara Harsannt, Alex McBain, Liz Westell and Brian Mace-Hunphries 20, Luke Gardner, Chris Ward, Ann Kelly and Dave Flanaghan 8. Mace-Humphrey's team also adapted the better to the adverse weather as they got away to a good start with a 15-3 advantage at the midway stage. Honours were shared over the remaining exchanges with both sides adding another five shots.
Barbara Boscott, Jeff Hall, Hilary Smith and Brian Thom 22, Roy Winford-Smith, Jacqui Bailey, Brian Tilley and Gordon Gregor 11. The Thom combination maintained a steady scoring rate throughout the 18 ends match with their scores ranging from 6-1 at five ends, 10-4 at ten before they finally checked out with 11 shots to the good.
Malcolm Bromwich, Carol Norton, Michael Jackson and Jenny Corn 14, Pete Garner, Ben Freeman, Brian Wolfe and June Ward 13.
In a game delicately poised from start to finish, Warwickshire trailed 9-6 at ten ends and although two shots adrift with three ends to play they finished the stronger to clinch their one-shot win.
Margaret Boldy, Len Falconbridge, Pat Bax and John Williams 18, Carol Mace-HumphriesSylvia Petch, Ron Weaver and Keith Hornsby 18.
It was anyone's game right up to the closing stages and after trailing by a brace of shots at 15 ends the Hornsby four went on to share the spoils.