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Herbie Payne

News has come through of the passing of Herbie Payne on Sunday.

He will be remembered by many bowlers in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties due to his involvement in the game both outdoors and indoors.

He had suffered with health problems for some time and had decided that he was retiring as Section Secretary of the Pairs at the end of the season.

His support to the county was much appreciated, as was we are sure, his involvement with the Indoor County Association.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Jayne and his family.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium, 2.00p.m. On Thursday 25th October and afterwards at South Oxford Bowls Club.

Oxon men lose to Essex in final friendly

Oxfordshire played their final friendly of the 2018 season against Essex at Wanstead Cemtral BC on Tuesday 18th September. Wins on 2 rinks and a loss by 1 shot on a third were not enough for Oxfordshire to finish the season on a winning note.

Oxfordshire 96 shots, Essex 129 shots

Rink scores
Mike Jones John Stephens Alex Fleming Ian Whelpton lost 13-24.
Ron Slater Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Chris Lewis won 19-18.
Barry Willoughby Colin Haley Mick Morris Alan Ley won 16-15.
Paul Demczak Henry Franklin Ken Williams Mike Andrew lost 18-19.
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Jim Lucas Brian Bloomfield lost 15-31.
Roy Radband Douglas Wright John Hurren Brian Clarke lost 15-22.

Gaskins wins ladies county champion of champions

Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County) has won the 2018 ladies county champion of champions. There were 14 entrants for the competition which was held at Chipping Norton BC on Saturday 22nd September.

The good weather finally deserted us and the matches were played on a grey, drizzly day.

But what a Final. 28 ends lasting three hours, amazing bowling in miserable conditions after a long day, finishing almost in the dark.

Both players produced excellent bowling and both deserved to win.

Final
Carol Gaskins of Oxford City and County BC 21
Runner up, Pam Shepherd of Banbury Central BC 20

Quarter Finals
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 7, Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 21
Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) 21, Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 14
Dawn Hewitt (Banbury Chestnuts) 8, Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 21
Pam Shepherd (Banbury Central) 21, Lisa Williams 17

Semi Finals
Carol Gaskins 21, Jazzmin Alder 9
Wendy Cross 11 ,Pam Shepherd 21

Many thanks to all the bowlers who played and to Chipping Norton BC for hosting the event. The hot soup was most welcome and BOL are very grateful for their hospitality.

Headington A win Summertown trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2018

On Saturday, 10 teams from across Oxfordshire met at Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy finals day sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money. Amongst some of the regular qualifiers, there were 3 new clubs qualifying for the first time – Charlbury, Burford, and Summertown.

Last year winners, Headington B, started the defence of their trophy with a tough opener against their A side. Although they drew 7-7 in the first game, a run of 3 good wins then put the B team
comfortably ahead on +20 shots at lunch, with Headington A trailing in second.

Last year’s runners-up Watlington A didn’t get the start they were hoping for, losing heavily to first timers Charlbury in their opening game, but then remained unbeaten for the rest of the day.

Going into the last game it was a 3 horse race, with Headington B surprisingly losing form. Headington A led the field on +30; Watlington picked up 14 shots in their penultimate game to go
second; and West Witney had an outside chance still in third. With just 1 end to go all 3 teams were still in contention, as Headington A trailed West Witney and Watlington led Headington B. However, Nick Rae-Welsh’s four of Ian Snowdon, Simon Hastings and Ray Gaskins managed to win a crucial last end, and Headington A held on to claim first prize. Shane Cooper, in his last game for Watlington, picked up the Astall Ley trophy in second place, and West Witney finished the day in third.

Final Result
1 st Headington A +28
2 nd Watlington A +24
3 rd West Witney +18

Blay cup won by Wendy Sandy and Josie Gilbert

The Blay Benevolent Cup, played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club, was won by Wendy Sandy (Carterton) and Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County). The plate eas won by Carol Penson (Oxford City and County) and Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) were played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club.

It was an open pairs draw from 20 entries this year with first round winners going on to play for the Cup with first round losers playing for the Plate. And there were some very close games with extra ends being played.

Blay Cup Quarter Finalists
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) with Josie Gilbert (Oxford City & County) 8, Liz Bellamy (Banbuy Borough) with Erica Brown (Banbury Borough) 5
Hannah O’Leary, Jody Flitter (Oxford City and County) 5, Maureen Osborne (Banbury Borough) with Zoe Pratley (Oxford City and County) 6
Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) with Marge Ferguson (Carterton) 10, Carole Regan (Witney Mills) with Letty Batten (South Oxford) 13
Carol Rycraft (Banbury Borough) with Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 9, Jenny Lynch (South Oxford) with Linda Coles (Banbury Borough) 8

Semi Finals
Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 12, Maureen Osborne/Zoe Pratley 9
Carole Regan/Letty Batten 11, Carol Rycraft/Carol Gaskins 4

Final
Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 14, Carole Regan/Letty Batten 7

Blay Plate Semi Finalists
Carol Penson/Angela Ives 13, Lyn Dunsby (Witney MIlls)/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) 4
Hannah O’Leary/Jody Flitter 7, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 13

Final
Carol Penson/Angela Ives 10, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 3

A very enjoyable day with many thanks to Kidlington for hosting this event and for providing excellent food.
Also thanks to everyone who provided raffle prizes enabling us to raise funds for the Blay Benevolent Fund.

Sylvia Mawle

It is with sadness that we have to report that Sylvia Mawle, a stalwart past member of the Banbury Chestnuts B.C., passed away suddenly in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements will be advised shortly.

Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly

The men’s County side had a convincing 34 shot win against Worcestershire in Tuesday’s game played at Kidlington.
Having driven through downpours of rain, the Worcestershire team arrived to find dry blustery conditions and a green which varied from very green on rink 1 to very brown on rink 6.

Once one the green, bowlers were greeted with a fast and even surface, which was very different to what was expected on it’s appearance.

After the game bowlers and their guests were treated to a Roast pork dinner and trifle and Kidlington’s usual hospitality.

Alan Ley’s four took the highest winning rink prize and after being behind for virtually all of the game, a notable six on the nineteenth end set up a win for Mike Andrew’s quartet.

Rinks scores:
Allan Hunt, Percy Strange, Les Days and Mike Andrew won 22-20
Paul Killackey, Douglas Wright, Keith Buckle and Brian Clarke lost 19-20
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Jim Lucas and Richard Barnett lost 14-25
Roy Radband, Brian Ealey, Brian Ray and Alan Ley won 38-13
Ron Slater, David Byers, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton won 23-17
Barry Willoughby, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Chris Cox won 23-10

Headington A win the league cup

League Cup Winners 2018

This year’s League Cup final saw League champions Headington A face Watlington under the floodlights at Kidlington. Headington were looking to collect their fifth League Cup title in a row, whilst their opponents Watlington had reached the final for the first time, after celebrating a solid year in Division 1. With the floodlights warming up and a packed house of support – the stage was all set.

Unfortunately for Watlington, Headington were quickly into their stride and in no mood to let their chance of another League and Cup double slip away. By 6 ends, Headington were already 24 shots up on the game, with Captain Mark Charlett once again leading the charge. Despite Shane Cooper and Steve Gilkes mounting a fight back for Watlington on both their rinks, Headington stretched their lead even further and the game finished with a few ends to spare.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘It’s been another great year for the Club, winning the League and League Cup, plus we’ve had some good performances in this year’s National competitions. However, I’d also like to congratulate Watlington for reaching their first ever League Cup final, and who have been get stronger every season!’
Headington A 77; Watlington 38: H Watts 15, S Gilkes 10; M Charlett 29, D Auger 10; N Rae-Welsh 15, S Cooper 10; J King 18, S Watts 8.

Adderbury win their first ever Hawker Cup

Hawker cup winners 2018Adderbury were crowned champions after beating Carterton in the final of the Hawker cup, played at City and County.

The rink of Ian Dunn, Nigel Eley, Chris Skidmore and Ted Eley faced a Carterton rink comprising of Peter Latter, Kevin Salway, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. The game began in Adderbury’s favour seeing them take an early 8-0 lead after 5 ends. Carterton did not take the lead on the rink until the 13th end, score at 13-12. With the score at 17-14 the tooners looked fairly safe, but big 2 shot pickups on the last 2 ends see the Adderbury rink pip the lead 18-17.

The other Adderbury rink of Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Phil Gladden and Darren Sharpe took on Carterton’s Paul Justin, Phil Monahan, Tim Jupp and Paul Sharman. This game saw the reverse with regards to scoring, with Carterton going 7-0 up after 4 ends. Adderbury then came back strongly, to take the lead 10-9 after 11 ends. The game was then tied at 15 shots apiece before 2 singles on the last 2 ends see Adderbury over the line 17-15 victors.

The overall score 35-32 to Adderbury. Congratulations to Adderbury and commiserations to Carterton for a valiant effort.

Semi-final scores were as follows:
Adderbury beat Headington 23 – 7
Carterton beat Watlington 44 – 36

A big thanks once again to everyone at Oxford City and County Bowls Club for hosting such an excellent competition.

The last competitive bowls of the season sees the Mens champion of champions returning to Oxford City and County BC on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September. “

Oxon men beat Glos in friendly

Oxfordshire returned to Witney, this time to West Witney BC, on Wednesday 29th August to play a friendly against local rivals Gloucestershire.

Local knowledge of rink 1 did not help Oxfordshire and with hindsight perhaps a team imported from the other end of the county might have not suffered from knowledge of the rink. Next door on rink 2 things were always healthier with only 4 ends lost.

In the middle 2 rinks a tight game was the order of the day with both Oxfordshire rinks winning by 2 shots. Rinks 5 and 6 progressed in much the same way as 1 and 2 except that Alan Ley
and co recovered well towards the end to reduce the deficit to 8 And Brian Bloomfield lost an end more than Alan Wase on rink 2 but claimed the glasses with victory by 30 shots.

Witney Town’s Richard Nolte was awarded a colts badge and will have to wait a while for a more convincing win.

Match result

Oxfordshire 142 shots, Gloucestershire 108 shots.

Rink scores
Bradley Squires John Stephens Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 12-26
Roy Radband Bill Jjarvie David Wedge Alan Wase won 29-7
Paul Demczak John Timms Ken Williams Ian Whelpton won 25-23
Brian Ealey John MGeough BrianTray Paul Robbins won 23-21
Steve Tolhurst Percy Strange Les Days Alan Ley lost 17-25
Alan Hunt Richard Nolte Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 36-6