Ladies title goes back to Warwick and Worcester

Warwick and Worcester Ladies retained the Ladies County Championship with another hard fought win over Shropshire.

These two teams have played each other in each of the last four years and honours have been even. So it was in some anticipation that the teams, supporters and neutral spectators arrived at the Florence Tennis and Bowling Club in Stoke. 

Both green at this famous venue were to be used so each team consisted, like any other county match, of twenty-four players.

After the first four jacks on each green the game was still even with both sides claiming one hundred and forty-six points. Shropshire’s Sonya Lucas claimed the best win.

It was in the middle jacks that Warwick and Worcester took control of the game. Michelle Chatwin, Jodie Pritchard and Karen Weaver all claimed impressive wins as the reigning champions took a thirty-four point lead into the last block.

Any chance of a Shropshire fight back were forgotten as Shannon Kernick claimed the best win of the match and on the way to a fifty-six point win.

Warwick and Worcester – 2019 County Champions

Green 1 – (W&W names first)

1 Katy Lang 10 v 21 Sonya Lucas
2 Karen Flowers 21 v 15 Sally Clee
3 Tracey Baker 21 v 14 Alison Cotton
4 Sarah Hall 21 v 18 Helen Clee
5 Jodie Pritchard 21 v 10 Wendy Jones
6 Emma Goode 14 v 21 Jodie Rutter
7 Karen Weaver 21 v 10 Helen Martin
8 Sarah Combellack 16 v 21 Molly Sullivan
9 Shannon Kernick 21 v 6 Jackie Rutter
10 Sarah Homer 21 v 14 Cheryl Caswell
11 Emily Weaver 21 v 16 Hollie Bishton
12 Jan Pratley 17 v 21 Angela Gaut

Total 225 v 187

Green 2 (W&W names first)

1 Sarah Sterland 21 v 19 Sarah Weaver
2 Anne O Loughlin 17 v 21 Gill Chambers
3 Kate Fall 21 v 17 Natalia Connor
4 Emily Kernick 14 v 21 Pauline Wilson
5 Michelle Chatwin 21 v 8 Emma Massey-Jones
6 Faye Montgomery 20 v 21 Sian Skelton
7 Claire West 21 v 13 Marg Fray
8 Steph Witherspoon 21 v 17 Carleen Doody-Millington
9 Jayne Bates 21 v 13 Jade Jones
10 Maggie Pailing 20 v 21 Emily Cunningham
11 Kelly Martin 12 v 21 Jen Rogers
12 Kirsty Darling 21 v 20 Tracy Ryan

Total 230 v 212

Overall result – Warwick and Worcester 455 v Shropshire 399

Shropshire Ladies – 2019 County runners-up

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game as well as a keen player of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Media Officer for the BCGBA, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel which became the Bowls Observer channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report on and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine.