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Eileen Hopkins ladies unbadged pairs

Eileen Hopkins ladies unbadged pairs was held at Oxford City and County on Saturday 16th June and unfortunately only supported by six pairs.

The quarter finals were played in the morning with the winners going through to the semi finals which were played after lunch with the finalists going through to play on the County Finals weekend.

Quarter Finals:
Carole Regan/Lyn Dunsby (Witney Mills) 21, Gill Hart/Jane Williams (Banbury Central) 7
Ros Burden/Jennie Lynch (South Oxford )16 , Moira Forbes and Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 9

Semi Finals:
Carol Regan/Lyn Dunsby 16, Jenny Lynch/Ros Burden 13
Linda Coles/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) 7, Zoe Pratley/Josie Gilbert (Oxford City & County) 14

Carol Regan and Lyn Dunsby (Witney Mills)
Zoe Pratley/Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County)

League week 6

I must start with the unexpected this week. City and County have looked the bookies favourite for relegation from their first match in Division 1. This week, they proved the gamblers wrong by beating Watlington comfortably and now face a trip to Banbury Central for a match that could prove pivotal for both teams. Pride of place for City and County were Chris Lewis’ men who knocked the fight out of their opponents with a six on the seventh end and went on to win by enough to ensure the match points as well. Steve Gilkes’s rink fought back well from sixteen – eight down to Alan Ley’s squad with two to play, but to no avail (what might have happened over twenty-one ends?). However, Omar Sharif’s rink did come back from five shots behind at fifteen ends to score seven on the last three ends for a dramatic win. Watlington’s only win came from Shane Cooper who needed to win the last two ends as they trailed at sixteen.

Central stay ahead of City and County with a draw at West Witney in a rollercoaster of a game which could have finish five-one to either side. Kevin Alder’s rink dominated from the start and eventually won by a large enough score to ensure the match points as well. However, a great, if ultimately fruitless, fightback by David Leighfield at least close a large gap on Mick Andrew and kept the total shot count in West’s favour, while Nigel Galletly’s men fought back from fifteen-five down to secure their win for Central.

With Watlington’s defeat, Headington look to be on course to retain their title. Their whitewash of Witney Mills, whilst predictable, did provide them with their first century plus total of the year. The internal competition was between Mark Charlett and Nick Rae-Welsh to see who could lose the fewest ends! Nick won only dropping three to Mark’s four!

In Division 2 Carterton showed why they were Division 1 champions only two seasons ago, defeating close promotion rivals Witney Town six-nil with three rinks being as one-sided as the scores suggest. Town were only able to offer serious resistance on Paul Scholan’s rink who were ahead of Gordon Walker’s squad until the sixteenth end but only scored a single shot on the last end when they needed two to tie.

South Oxford travelled to Shiplake knowing that a good win would keep them in the title race. However, they came only came away with three points as the home side’s rink skipped by David Webb were in fine form going fourteen shots up at nine ends and winning by eleven, a total that proved enough for the match points as the other three rinks were all very tight. Closest match of the week was that between Graham Kennedy and Keith Mobley with the Shiplake rink winning ten ends and sharing an eleventh but still losing twelve-ten! David Tidball was given a scare by Jim Bland when they dropped a six on the sixteenth end to allow Jim’s rink to take the lead for the first, and only, time in the match. Graham recovered well with a three on the seventeenth end and hung on for victory.

The third match was that between Charlbury and Chipping Norton with the latter needing to win to keep their faint hopes of survival in the division intact. In the event, Malcom East and Eric Pitts skipped rinks for the home side that proved far superior to the opposition, winning by a total of thirty-six shots, which proved insurmountable for the two winning Chippy rinks.

Adderbury are now clear at the top of Division 3 having recorded their second good win in eight days. This week’s opposition, City and County, were only able to be competitive on a single rink where Martin Gleeson’s men ran out comfortable winners having led from the second end. Adderbury’s other three rinks all won their first three ends and the opponents never looked like catching up.
Banbury Central recovered well from their devastating defeat last week to go to Thame and come away with the win. Pride of place goes to Tom McKenna and his rink who bounced back from a disaster a week ago to win by fourteen shots. This proved enough for Central to return home with the overall win as well as the match points as Mal Leather’s rink came from sixteen-eleven down at fourteen ends to snatch the win.

Blackbird Leys continued this week’s record of drawn matches in the league against Headington for whom Colin Whitehead’s fourteen shots winning rink was enough for the match points as well. Stars of the game were the rink of David Morris for Leys who took a full-house ‘hotshot’ of all eight shots on the eleventh end and still lost the game!

Division 4 remains as congested as ever at the top. This week it is South Oxford who top the table having almost whitewashed Oxford University Press. Their only blip came from John Guest’s men who dropped three shots on the penultimate end of a very close game to trailed by three shots going into the final end against Geoff Jordon, only to snatch a three shot win and draw the game.
Bicester continue their resurgence defeating Bloxham comfortably in a match that produced four very one-sided rinks, three going to the home side. Pride of place goes to Kevin Taylor’s rink who won two ends by six shots in their match.

Drama of the week was at West Oxford where Carl Smart’s Chadlington rink looked to have done enough to snatch the match points despite their other rinks losing. However, they went into the final ends on all four rinks trailing by six shots overall thus needing to win well on all four last ends to grab the points. Win them all they did but only by a total of five shots meaning that West Oxford snatched the match points by a single shot.

League report
League Tables

Johns Trophy v Kent

The next round of the Johns Trophy is on Saturday 23rd June v Kent at Thame BC. Team selected: Johns Trophy v Kent

Oxon ladies beat Notts in MEL

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Nottinghamshire in the Middle England League played on 14th June at Stoke BC, Coventry. A tight match, played on a very tricky green which Oxon won by 11 shots.

BOL 124, 12 pts: Notts 113, 5 pts.

Carole Thornhill 23, I Wright 18
Jeanette Berry 11, M Gardner 28
Pat Ostler 20, T Wombell 28
Wendy Cross 36, G Smart 9
Carol Penson 18, R Lewis 14
Brenda Havard 16, A Duckworth 16

Balcomb trophy regional finals

The Balcomb trophy regional finals will be played on Sunday 24th June 10am at Bromley BC v Sussex. The team has been selected: Balcomb regional finals

Watts and Swanson qualify for the under 25 singles

Watlington’s Sam Watts and Dan Swanson have both qualified for the under 25 singles, which was held on Sunday at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Both Watlington boys had tough opponents all the way through their respective runs in the competition and a massive congratulations is ordered both, in particular to Dan for his first qualification to leamington in a national championship.

Watts beat Carterton’s Orren Bennett, Watlington’s Ben Dickson and then West Witney’s Harvey Alder in the semi final to gain his place at finals day.

Swanson’s route to the final included beating Banbury Borough’s Jamie Wilkinson, Carterton’s Joe Justin and then West Witney’s Bradley Squires in the other semi final of the day.

A fantastic day was had by all and a big thank you to Kidlington Bowls Club for providing excellent BBQ and bar facilities all day to spectators, competitors and markers alike. Many thanks to Jim and Sue Feeley, Chris Cox, Alan Rowe and everybody else who kindly gave help throughout the day.

The biggest thank you for the day is for the following gentlemen who gave up their day to come and act as markers / umpires throughout proceedings:

Kevin Alder (West Witney)
Andy McIntyre (West Witney)
David Leighfield (West Witney)
Chris Weller (Witney Mills)
Paul Demczak (Witney Town)
Steve Tolhurst (Carterton)
Mick Morris (Banbury Borough)

The full result card of the day is as follows:

Last 16:

D Swanson 21 – J Wilkinson 8
J Justin 21 – G Francis 1
R Parkes 21 – B King 9
B Squires Walkover win – W Soden
B Dickson 21 – T Tisbury 9
S Watts 21 – O Bennett 11
J Glenn 21 – J Dadson 15
H Alder 21 – S Kibblewhite 2

Quarter Finals:

D Swanson 21 – J Justin 12
B Squires 21 – R Parkes 9
S Watts 21 – B Dickson 7
H Alder 21 – J Glenn 13

Semi Finals:

D Swanson 21 – B Squires 19
S Watts 21 – H Alder 9

Middleton Cup v Surrey

The next Middleton Cup game will played against Surrey on Saturday 23rd June 12pm at Oxford City & County. The team has been selected: Surrey MC

White Rose 2x4s Regional Semi Final

The White Rose 2x4s Regional Semi Final will be played on Sunday 17th June 10.00am at Sutton BC. The team has been selected: U25’s v Surrey

Hawes and Galletly qualify for ladies 2 wood singles

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) have qualified for the Bowls England ladies two wood singles held at Leamington Spa in August.

Quarter finals: T Batt Rawden 14, C Gaskins 10; C Galletly 17, C Bloomfield 10; D knight 15, J Berry 4; C Penson 11, K Hawes 16.
Semi Finals: T Batt Rawden 9, C Galletly 16; D Knight 8, K Hawes 17.

Oxon men qualify for regional finals in the Balcomb trophy

Oxfordshire completed a successful weekend with victory in the Balcomb Trophy against Isle of Wight at Headington on Sunday 10th June.

Mark Charlett and his rink made a slow start and trailled by 4 after 5 ends but then took control of the rink and lead by 16 after 18 ends. With the match almost secure defeat on the final 3 ends left them winning by 11.

The other rink was always tighter and Nick rae-Welsh took the final end played by 1 to give them victory and Oxfordshire overall victory by 12 shots.

Oxfordshire 41, Isle of Wight 29.
Ray Gaskins, Shane Cooper, Ian Henwood, Nick Rae-Welsh won 16-15
Paul Sharman, Nathan Lewis, A J Docherty, Mark Charlett won 25-14

Victory means qualification for the Regional Finals at Bromley Kent on Sunday 24th June.