GLOUCESTERSHIRE women gained revenge for their defeat by Somerset last year, by winning 128-113 in their first county match at Ardagh BC near Bristol.

Gloucestershire Bowls Association

Gloucestershire Women 128

Somerset Women 113

The rink of Rita Gerry (Moreton), Val Osmond (Ardagh), Julia Stannard (Nailsworth) and Lindsay Collin (Page Ladies) beat J Staunton 23-15

The rink involving Maddie Hale (Fairford) along with Christine Prosser and Gill Fry (Gloucester Spa) as well as Margaret McColl (Cheltenham Spa) went from 7-3 up against H Willerton to 18-11 down and despite a magnificent last three ends – scoring seven shots without reply – they lost by three shots (21-18).

City & County of Bristol 115

Gloucestershire 109

GLOUCESTERSHIRE failed by just six shots in their bid to retain the Punchard Cup when losing to the City & County of Bristol at Bristol BC.

Middleton Cup Trial

GLOUCESTERSHIRE open up their Middleton Cup campaign with a trial against Oxfordshire on Saturday, May 17 at Barnwood Bowls Club (2pm).

Tetbury BC have two representatives, newcomer Pete Stinchcombe and Roger Bird.