Warwickshire travelled to the neutral venue of Bristol BC to kick off their Balcomb Trophy campaign against a strong Devon team.

Representing the Bears were Andy Prickett (Welford), Keith Avery (Nuneaton), Craig Carter (Rugby) and Andy Walters (Welford) with the other rink consisting of Mark Smith, Luke Horne (both Avenue Leamington), Mark Ireland (Avenue Coventry) and Adam Smith (Avenue Leamington). The opening five ends provided mixed results for the Bears, Walters two shots up and Smith three shots down. With eleven ends gone the Smith rink had moved two in front while Walters and co were three up after ten ends.

With five ends left to play Smith and co were all square and Walters’ rink had extended their lead to five. Devon staged a comeback against Walters, bring the scores level with just one end to play, the Bears stood firm and took a single to win 21-20. Smith and co went one down with three ends to play, they levelled on the next ends and moved a shot up with one to go. Smith’s rink saw off any hopes of a Devon win by taking the last end with a double, winning 20-17 making the overall score 41-37 to Warwickshire, taking the Bears through to the Regional Semi Final were they’ll play Worcestershire.

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