Headington’s Howard Watts regained the title he previously held in 2007 when he won yesterday’s Champion of Champions title 21-20, in a tight game against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter.
With only 17 clubs represented, it was agreed to play the whole tournament on the one day. The final was just squeezed in with the light virtually gone by the final end played.
The final was a close game throughout, with ends won shared evenly 12 each. After thirteen ends the score was level at 13-13, the Carter picked up the next three ends 2,1,3 to move into a six shots lead and needing only two more for the title. A full house and a single to Watts followed by a single to the Carter put the Central man within one shot of the title. However the fat lady was still singing and matters were not finished until a measured 3 on the 24th end in favour of the Headington bowler brought the day’s events to a close.
This brought the season’s competitions in Oxfordshire to an end with the County Luncheon on October 22nd at the Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston offering all the opportunity for all bowlers to give their support to the 2016 Competition finalists when they receive their awards.
Alan Ley (City & County) beat Paul Sage (Blackbird Leys) 21-16
George Schwab (Banbury Borough) beat Alan Ley 21-14
David Leighfield (Chipping Norton beat Stuart Marsden (Banbury Chestnuts) 21-12
Alan Carter (Banbury Central) beat Brian Bloomfield (Witney Town) 21-17
Chris Tomins (O.U.P.) beat Chris Cox (Kidlington) 21-14
Malcolm Bracewell (South Oxford) beat George Syme (Bicester) 21-11
Phil Gladden (Adderbury) beat Chris Weller (Witney Mills) 21-19
Howard Watts (Headington) beat Adie Twinn (Watlington) 21-6
Eric Pitts (Charlbury) beat Andy McIntyre (West Witney) 21-13
David Leighfield beat George Schwab 21-7
Alan Carter beat Chris Tomlins 21-7
Phil Gladden beat Malcom Bracewell 21-20Howard Watts beat Eric Pitts 21-4
Alan Carter beat David Leighfield 21-19
Howard Watts beat Phil Gladden 21-10
Howard Watts beat Alan Carter 21-20