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Oxon men suffer narrow defeat by Beds in friendly

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second friendly of the season at Thame BC on Tuesday 23rd May to play Bedfordshire.

Oxfordshire got off to a slow start and were 6 shots down after 5 ends with rink 5 failing to win a single shot and conceding 15. Five ends later things had improved and Oxfordshire took the lead by 2 shots with rink 5 picking up their first shot and rink 6 storming into a 14 shot lead. The next 8 ends did not go the homeside’s way with Bedfordshire coming to term with the Thame green to establish a 14 shot lead. The last 3 ends saw a strong Oxfordshire comeback and at the end the score boards showed the match all square on the boards. Unfortunately for the home side the scorecards showed a different story and a 1 shot win for Bedfordshire.

Colts badges were awarded to Woodstock’s Brian Clarke and Banbury Chestnuts Keith Buckle. A 300 game badge was belatedly awarded to Oxfordshire Secretary Ian Whelpton.

Oxfordshire 115, Bedfordshire 116

Scores:-
Ron Slater Martin Oliver Brian Clarke Ken Williams won 22-14
Steve Tolhurst Eddie Dorling Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 15-22
Colin Haley Mike Jones Brian Ray Paul Robbins lost 17-24
Vic Webb John Hurren David Bullock Alan Ley won 17-16
Roy Radband Larry Eltringham Keith Buckle Ian Whelpton lost 15-26
Bradley Squires John Timms Mick Morris Gordon Hooker won 29-14

John Radley

I regret to inform you of the death of John Radley, long time bowling member (38 years) and past Captain for two spells at Adderbury Bowls Club. John was well known and respected by bowlers throughout Oxfordshire and beyond.

He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. His warmth and generosity of spirit have been an inspiration to us all. We will miss his ever present smile and his laughter.

Typical of John he has left his body to Science so there will be no funeral as such but a memorial service will be arranged by the family in due course.

Such a wonderful warm man and friend. Our thoughts are with Johns family at this time.

Kind regards,
Roger Hack
Past President of Adderbury Bowls Club.

Oxon men best Glous in Middleton cup trial game

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second Middleton Cup trial with a visit to Cheltenham BC to play Gloucestershire on Saturday 19th May. The Oxfordshire team completed the second trial with a narrow 5 shot win, 116 shots to 101.

With the rinks shared 3 each, the overall result was largely determined by Shane Cooper’s rink who recovered from 8 shots after 13 ends to take the last shots to win by 8.Paul Sharman and Mark Charlett skipped the other 2 winning rinks.

Oxfordshire 116, Gloucestershire 111.

Scores:-
Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Gary May Mark Charlett won 19-16.
Alan Carter Chris Weller Nathan Lewis Baden Sparkes lost 14-19.
Ade Kernish Paul Robbins David Leighfield A J Docherty lost 15-19.
Lee Young Will Campion Kevin Alder Shane Cooper won 24-16
Bradley Squires Paul Comley Andy McIntyre Nick Rae-Welsh lost 25 -26
Steve Witcombe Harvey Alder Steve Aldren Paul Sharman won 19-15

Oxon men beat Northants in friendly

The first friendly of the season for Oxfordshire Bowling Association was the match against Northamptonshire at Brackley BC.

The match was dominated by the rink 1 side skipped by Richard Barnett, who picked up 6 shots on end 6 and went on to dominate the rink with victory by 23 shots. Rink 6 started evenly but a streak of seven ends starting at end 13 saw them comfortably home by 11 shots. With two further rinks winning, Oxfordshire won the match by 22 shots.

Norman Hambridge (Bloxham BC) played his first game for Oxfordshire and was awarded a Colts badge.

Oxfordshire 136, Northants 104.

Scores:-
Paul Demczak Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Richard Barnett won 35-12
Vic Webb Norman Hambridge Ken Williams Ian Whelpton lost 18-25
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Mick Morris Melvin Brain won 22-16
Henry Franklin Eddie Dorling David Wedge Alan Ley won 22-20
Allan Hunt Andrew French Alan Wase Brian Bloomfield lost 17-20
Chris Lewis John Hurren Les Days Paul Robbins won 22-11

League Week 2

Week 2 and all teams have played at least one match, other than those in Division 3 which does not start until next week. Some indication of form, or otherwise, in most divisions but Division 4 looks as though it may be a real mixing pot!

In Division 1, Headington continued their domination, this week against another strong rival, West Witney. Whilst captain Mark Charlett and Jason King’s rinks dominated the second half of their games, the other Headington rinks found themselves struggling at fourteen ends and trailing by seven and nine shots. However, David Leighfield’s rink did not score again against Howard’s King’s men, losing to a four on the final end, whilst Andy McIntyre’s rink held on to win by two shots saving the game on the final end and winning Witney their single point in the process.

Watlington hosted Witney Mills, who struggled on three rinks with only Les Day’s men able to win for them with a good second half performance, only allowing their opponents to score two shots in the last seven ends. Shane Cooper’s rink dominated their opponents, as they have done in all three league/league cup matches so far this season.

Banbury Central match against Kidlington was also one sided on two rinks. The other two were tight at eleven ends, with the home club leading by a single shot on both. While Will Campion’s men dominated the final ends of their match, Chris Cox’s rink held their nerve and outlasted their opponents, thanks, in good part to a fine display of lead bowling, to earn Kidlington their single point.

Division 2, with Carterton having a bye, still looks a three-horse race for promotion, even at this early stage of the season. Witney Town’s whitewash of Chipping Norton was as one sided as it looks on three rinks with the visitors trailing from the off but the rink between Phil Warner and Tim Sealey was a very close affair. Seven shots in total scored on ends fourteen and fifteen gave Tim’s men a five shot lead and, with three ends to play, the thoughts of a point for Chippy. However, Phil’s men had different ideas, winning the final three ends to snatch victory at the death!
South Oxford also maintained their good start and they too dominated on three rinks. On the fourth, Ken William’s Hanborough rink was leading by six shots at fourteen ends only to see Keith Mobley’s men edge back winning the final four ends but falling to score the enough as Hanborough hung on for the point.

Shiplake may have expected a weakened, tired team to arrive from Charlbury – surely the worst journey of the season, though Woodstock and Oxford in the rush hour! – but none of it. Charlbury were off to excellent starts on three rinks and, while the home side pegged them back on two at the mid-point, they eventually ran out easy winners on all three. Jim Bland’s men salvaged something for the home side, winning their rink comfortably, but Shiplake look as though they may struggle this season.

The mixing pot of Division 4 saw Chadlington maintain their form and Bloxham field a full team!

Chadlington’s match, at home to Oxford University Press, was not quite as one sided as the score suggests as the visitors only had fourteen men thus two rinks had to sacrifice 25% of their scores. Whilst this did not affect the result for Phil Radbone’s men, Goff Giles’s triple tied their match only to see the shots and points lost on countback. The rink of the night, across all leagues it would seem, was in the game between Carl Smart and David Barlow’s teams. Trailing throughout and dropping a six on end thirteen, David’s men were apparently out of the game. Having none of it, they won the next three ends to catch their opponents after sixteen ends and then won the final two ends for the point.

A six scored on end eight saw Ray Hopkin’s rink take the lead for Bloxham at Woodstock in the closest match of the week. While they hung on for their win, and Dave Morse’s rink came back from a nine shot deficit at thirteen ends to give Bloxham two points, the Woodstock rinks skipped by Brian Clark and Paul Shipton both won and, in a very close match, the two sides tied on shots scored to share the points.

Biggest win of the night was for Simon Cole’s rink in Bicester’s match at South Oxford. Leading from the start, they lost only four ends for a twenty-three shot win. Whilst the other three rinks were close, and all followed the pattern of the night with one side well up at eleven ends only for the opposition to claw their way back into the game, though in this case the early leaders all held on for the Bicester win.

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Oxon ladies Walker cup and Johns trophy selection

The Walker Cup against Kent will be played at Oxford City & County on Sunday 27th May. The team has been selected: Walker Cup v Kent

The first Johns trophy will be on Saturday 2nd June at Chipping Norton BC. The team has been selected: Johns trophy v Bucks

The next rounds of the Johns are Saturday 23rd June v Kent at Thame BC and Saturday 7th July v Berkshire at Bracknell BC.

League week 1

The new season started last Thursday on a fine, if latterly, cold evening with this season’s modified match structure. Playing only eighteen ends allowed the matches to finish before it became too dark to see the jack, as it has done in the past. It also allowed for a delayed start where teams had to travel the length and breadth of the county, including crossing Oxford in the rush hour.

Reigning Division 1 champions, Headington, fielding a team that was, if anything, even stronger than last August’s, continued their previous seasons assault on the opposition. Visitors Banbury Central, themselves stronger than in 2017, played well but were still beaten. However, only Nick Rae-Welsh’s rink, with Ray Gaskins leading, were able to pull away for a comfortable win for the home side. Whilst the other three rinks were close, only Keith McNeil’s men provided Central with a point, and that thanks to an excellent debut for Andy Winter who, stepping in as a last-minute substitute and having only taken up the sport last year, played a pressurised final few ends like an old professional.

The match between last season’s runners up Watlington and newly promoted Kidlington almost went to plan for the home side. Two rinks won comfortably, Sam Watts’ men thirteen shots ahead at the halfway point on the third and only Chris Cox in front for the visitors, a five-one results looked on the cards. Odd game bowls! Sam Watt’ rink contrived to take only one further shot as Paul McGrath’s men found their form, snatching victory with eight shots in the last three ends, and whilst Steve Gilkes rallied his side to within three shots with one end to play they lost on the final bowl. Kidlington skip Chris Cox stepped up with the rinks final wood in his hand, trailing by six shots on the end. To save the day he had to reduce the deficit to two shots. He did to give the visitors the narrowest of victories and another point.

City and County are weaker than last year having lost some experienced team members and they were unable to hold visitors West Witney. Alan Ley’s men scored City’s only point whilst David Leighfield’s rink’s comfortable win ensured the match points went to the visitors.

The composition of Division 2 this season, with six teams all to the north and west of Oxford means that Shiplake will have some difficult travelling to away matches. Their first match, at Carterton, was a foretaste of things to come! Weary from the travel, only Jim Bland’s rink were able defeat their opponents whist Tim Jupp and Robbie Clanfield had easy victories for the home side, who are looking to return to the top division from where they were surprisingly relegated last year.

Newly promoted Hanborough held a strong Witney Town side well. At the halfway point only two shots separated the sides, but Alan Scholan and Tim Ludlow’s rinks pulled away for the visitors giving them the match points despite the best efforts of Geoff Thompson and Martin Oliver’s men for the Hanborough.

Charlbury found tough opposition in a South Oxford side which, like Shiplake, are determined to regain their division 1 status as soon as possible. Only Eric Pitts’ rink was able to win a point for the home side, that from what seems to have been a titanic struggle as they won thirteen ends and still only scored fifteen shots in total!

As Division 3 only consist of six teams, it was decided to start their season two weeks later than the other three divisions meaning that there were no matches in the division this week.

Division 4 should have had three fixtures but Bloxham were unable to field a team, giving the match to South Oxford.

Phil Radbone’s rink got off to flier for Chadlington, who were at Woodstock, racing to a thirteen shot lead at the halfway stage, eventually running out fourteen shot winners. Woodstock fared little better on two other rinks with Peter Madeley’s Chadlington rink winning by an impressive sixteen shots. However, Paul Shipton’s men lost their way over the final three ends turning what should have been a fourth win into defeat. Leading by five shots after fifteen ends, they dropped seven over the last three ends as Carl Smart’s rink snatched the point for the home side.
Bicester’s season in the division started badly losing on all three rinks. Richard Herbert provided their only point with his rink’s close win. Indeed, John Parker’s rink win by fifteen shots for West Oxford was one of the largest of the night anywhere in the league.

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Oxon men beat Northants in Middleton cup trial

Oxfordshire Bowling Association started their 2018 Middleton Cup campaign with a well fought win over Northamptonshire at Oxford City and County Bowling Club. In the first of 2 trial games the Oxfordshire team won by 118 shots to 102.

With only one rink lost and that by a single shot Oxfordshire came close to a convincing win on all rinks. The extent of the win was determined by Ray Gaskin’s rink who won by 10 shots thanks in part to a 6 on the 10th end. With the sides level after 10 end, Oxfordshire gradually applied the pressure to lead by 11 shots after 15 end, by 12 shots after 18 ends and 6 shots at the finish.

The second trial is next Saturday at Cheltenham. Support will be most welcome.

Oxfordshire 118, Northants 102

Scores:-
Keith Holloway, Will Campion, Kevin Alder, Mark Sykes drew 19-19
Ade Kernish, Bradley Squires, A J Docherty, Ian Snowdon won 19-15
Mick Nash, David Leighfield, Shane Cooper, Ray Gaskins won 24-14
Sam Watts, Paul Robbins, Jason King, Mark Charlett lost 20-21
Jim Bland, Paul Comley, Ian Henwood, Nick Rae-Welsh won 17 -16
Alan Carter, Melvin Brain, Andy McIntyre, Baden Sparkes won 19-17

Oxon ladies beat Glous in a MEL game

Oxon ladies beat Gloucestershire in a Middle England League game played on Tuesday 15th May. Burford BC hosted the match on a lovely sunny day.

A colts badge awarded to Wendy Sandy of Carterton and Blazer Badge to Sheila Cranstoun of Shiplake.

BOL 123 – 13 points, Gloucestershire 121 – 4 points.

Wendy Cross 23, A Jones 19
Carol Gaskins 18, R Hughes 22
Daphne Jacob 25, J Crook 24
Pat Ostler 17, L Challenger 16
Sylvia Blackmore 25, J Sheward 20
Jeanette Berry 15, J Stannard 20

Oxon ladies lose opening games

BOL v Leicestershire (Middle England League) played on Friday 4th May at Chipping Norton BC. The weather stayed mild and the rain stayed away.

BOL 105 with 2 pts, Leicestershire 150 with 15 pts.

Wendy Cross 22, S Sharpe 23
Sylvia Blackmore 7, C Locking 25
Caroline Campion 27, L Green 17
Pat Ostler 15, P Walker 29
Carol Penson 12, A Johnson 31
Jeanette Berry 22, D Hurt 25

BOL v Worcestershire played at South Oxford on Thursday 10th May. Good weather again, but a less severe loss by 14 shots.

BOL 110, Worcestershire 124

Sylvia Blackmore 11, J Drewer 20
Pat Ostler 23, V Hall 13
Carol Penson 15, J Parfitt 23
Jeanette Berry 20, G Allen 26
Wendy Cross 19, D Jackson 16
Carol Gaskins 22, A Cartwright 16