The latest county friendly saw the Bears cross the border to take on Northamptonshire at Northampton West End. It was the hosts that had the better of the afternoon, winning 107-83 to inflict the fourth straight loss on the Bears.

Steve Martin (Grange), Peter Aughton (Caldecott Park), County Secretary Michael Jackson and Keith Hornsby (Three Spires) were all square after six ends but slipped to a seven shot deficit after ten ends. A good finish saw Hornsby and co clear the deficit and take the win 18-12. Clive Radford (Royal Leamington Spa), Phil Brook (Stratford), Rod Thorneycroft (Caldecott Park) and Past President Nigel Hewitson took a four and five in the first three ends to reach ten ends seven up. With four ends to go the lead had been reduced to six and Hewitson’s rink held on to seal an 18-15 win.

Mick Sharpe (Rugby Railway), Match Secretary Mike Hall, Jerry Horne (Royal Leamington Spa) and Bruce Truman (Rugby Railway) took a fourth end five to reach seven ends eight in front. After thirteen ends Northants had cleared the deficit and moved ahead by a shot, Truman and co levelled the scores with two ends to play. They won the penultimate end with a double but dropped a single on the last ends, final score 18-17. Ken Tredgold (Southam), Wilf Pinfold (Nuneaton), Ted Coupe (Executive) and Assistant Secretary Bob Allcock were limited to just two shots in the first half of the game, trailing by eight. A good spell saw the deficit cut to two after thirteen ends and then to one with the final end to play. It was the hosts that took that end to win 16-13.

Ken Watkins (Stoke), Mick Allsopp (Executive), Ian Oliver (Corley) and Past President Geoff Moran failed to score in the first six ends, losing 11-0. By the halfway stage the deficit had increased thirteen, a brief rally cut that down to ten but Northants finished strong to complete a 22-7 victory. County President Aubrey Brookhouse, Steve Bradshaw (Thornfield), David Vowels (Welford) and Immediate Past President David Wigman won the first end but were nine down after eight ends. A thirteenth end four cut the deficit down to six but that was the last time the Bears scored, final score 25-9 to Northamptonshire.

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