The third inter county friendly of the season saw Rugby Railway BC host the clash between the Bears and Surrey. Due to numbers Warwickshire lent the visitors four players but one of their rinks had to play as a triple with score adjusted accordingly. A good game gave Sussex a 111-106 win, though the Bears won four of the six rinks.

Steve Martin (Grange), Steve Bird (Avenue Coventry), Tom Duggins (Executive) and Terry Fuller (Rugby Railway) took a four and treble to lead by six after eight ends. A five allowed the visitors to move ahead by two with fifteen ends gone but another treble and pair of fours helped Fuller and co to their 25-16 victory. Ken Tredgold (Southam), John Kerr (Rugby Railway), Ted Coupe (Executive) and Past President Brian Mace Humphries ended a five end scoring spell to reach nine ends up by eight. Surrey took a double but Mace Humphries’ rink took four singles in response and a four on the sixteenth end took them thirteen clear. Surrey hit back with three trebles in four ends but could only dent the deficit, Bears winning 19-14.

Rick Hayes (Avenue Leamington), Roger Smith (Rugby), Fred Bastock (Thornfield) and Past President Nigel Hewitson were level with their opponents with eight ends played but slipped to a midway four shot deficit. The next three ends saw the Bears clear the deficit and go ahead by two but the visitors replied by rebuilding their four shot advantage with four ends to go. Hewitson and co again cleared the deficit and took a two shot lead before the sides exchanged single to leave the final score 20-18 to the Bears. County President Aubrey Brookhouse, Malcolm Wickens (Royal Leamington Spa), Sam Bridges (Bilton) and David Blackmore (Stratford) recovered from a poor start to lead by three at the halfway stage. A four on the eighteenth end took Surrey a shot up but heading into the last end the scores were level. A single shot was all Blackmore and co needed to seal the 16-15 win.

Steve Bradshaw (Thornfield), Doug Pitcher (Rugby Railway), Les Anscombe (Warwick Boat Club) and Past President Geoff Moran took a double to move a shot up after eleven ends but a good spell by the visitors took them eight ahead with four ends to go. A nineteenth end six boosted the lead to thirteen which is where it stayed, Surrey winning 27-14 though as the Surrey side was playing as a triple the score was adjusted down to 20-14. Mick Sharpe (Rugby Railway), Match Secretary Mike Hall, County Secretary Michael Jackson and Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) were four up after five ends but could only pick up an extra shot in the next seven ends but dropped thirteen to trail by eight. With four ends to go the lead had grown to fourteen, final score 27-12 to the visitors.


19 Jun 18:15 - 20:15
Pairs R3
20 Jun 18:15 - 20:15
Mixed Pairs R4
21 Jun 18:15 - 20:15
Senior Fours R2
23 Jun
Ivens Cup R4