WILTSHIRE ladies hopes of reaching Leamington again and regaining the Johns Trophy are over for another year.

They won the inter-county championship title in 1995 but tumbled out this year at the quarter-final stage.

In the previous round they had thrashed Herefordshire by 61 shots but in the group final (last eight) against Hampshire played at Three Mile Cross (Berkshire) it was a totally different story.

Wiltshire only managed to win on two of the six rinks as they slumped to a 146-98 loss.

The only successful quartets were those skipped by Wendy Anderson (Rodbourne Cheney) and Janet Willis (Stratton Churchways).

Results: Rink 1: Jean Bird and Brenda Cars (Purton), Marguerite Alexander (Devizes) and Wendy Anderson (Rod C) beat S Plummer 29-25. Rink 2: Chris Mitchell (Cricklade), Pat Stephenson (Purton), Marcia Cottle (Spencer Melksham) and Sue Frost (Alderbury) lost to J Cole 16-20. Rink 3: Cecilia Painter (Warminster), Isobel Dawson (Corsham), Val Mortimer (Westlecot), Ann Richards (Amesbury) lost to J Hennessy 12-32. Rink 4: Lyn Greenland (Cooper-Avon), Ann Hindley (Wilton), Alex Jacobs (Box), Janet Hardie (Westinghouse) lost to M Holden 12-28. Rink 5: Margaret Griffin (Wilton), Olive Henery and Anne Hayward (Westlecot), Janet Willis (Stratton C'ways) beat W Line 20-16. Rink 6: Jackie Akhavan (Highworth), Sue Burgess (Pewsey), Josie Lloyd (Purton), Doris Woodley (Rod C) lost to G Mitchell (9-25).