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OBA Singles Semi-Finals Report

The last semi-final was last night played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowling Club between Headington’s Ian Henwood and West Witney’s David Leighfield. A very close match ensued with the score at 5 apiece after 7 ends. The next 6 ends went much better for Leighfield, picking up 11 shots to Henwood’s single, leaving the scoreboard at 16-6 after 13 ends. Henwood then had 2 good ends back to back, picking up 4 shots before Leighfield then picked up his second 4 of the evening, after Henwood played a running bowl that unfortunately took his bowl out of the head. Leighfield then went on to pick up the 1 shot he needed to book his third place in a county final and another place at Leamington.

Huge credit must be given to both Ian Henwood and David Leighfield for the huge achievements that they both have battled for and thoroughly deserved this season. Well done to both of you.

A big thank you to Banbury Central’s Will Campion, who provided excellent marking services throughout the game.

Once more, thank you to all the spectators who came to Chestnuts to support the two players.

Finally, a huge thank you to Banbury Chestnuts for providing yet another excellent evening.

The OBA finals will be played at West Witney Bowls Club on Sunday 22nd July.

Men’s county finals

The men’s county finals will be played at West Witney on Sunday 22nd July. Finals schedule: Men’s finals

Ladies pairs qtr and semi finals on Saturday

Oxon ladies pairs quarter and semi finals will be played at Thame BC on Saturday 21st July starting at 10am (players report by 9:30am in whites/club shirts and club stickers). Refreshments will be available.

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) v Sue Waring (Banbury Central)
Daphne Jacob (Shiplake) v Renee Lloyd (Bicester)
Pam Shepherd (Banbury Central) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central)
Emma Gilkes (Watlington) v Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town)

OBA Semi-finals Report (Most of it!)

Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club was this year’s choice venue for the OBA semi-finals. Due to David Leighfield and Ian Henwood reaching all 4 semis the games were played over Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. This report covers the Sunday and Monday events.

The first game played was the singles semi-final, this was between Carterton’s Stuart Richens and Headington’s Ray Gaskins. Richens got off to a commanding start, going 9-2 up after just 9 ends. Gaskins looked like getting back into the game by picking up a 3 count on the 10th end. Richens then played 4 very good ends to pick up 8 shots, including a 4 on the 12th end. After 14 ends the scoreboard was 17-5 in Richens’ favour. Gaskins then picked up a 2 on the 15th end to try keep his hopes alive of retaining the singles title, however this was not the case as Richens then picked up the 4 shots he needed over the following 2 ends to progress to Leamington 21-7 victor. Congratulations Stuart.

The next games to be played were the fours. The first game was competed between West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder and they were up against Headington’s John Nicolls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. The Witney boys got off to a good start scoring 9 shots without reply in the first 7 ends. The next 3 ends see Headington get 4 to 1 shot to see the score reach 10-4 in Witney’s favour. The 10th end see a 5 shot pickup from the Witney rink to take them to a 15-4 lead. The following 4 ends see the shots scored 4-2 in Headington’s favour before the Witney boys picked up 3 shots on the 15th end to take the board to 20-8. Headington responded well in the following 3 ends picking up 8 shots to Witney’s 1 and the fightback was on, 22-16. The Witney rink then scored 5 shots on the final 2 ends to seal their fate winning 27-16 and booking their place at Leamington next month. Congratulations chaps.

The other rink battle was between Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee Young, Keith McNeil and Will Campion against Carterton’s Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, Dave Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. A very even start from both sides saw the board at 6 shots apiece at 8 ends. Over the next 6 ends the scoring was very tight and see the Central rink gain a small 3 shot lead, 12-9. The following 3 ends see Central slightly increase their lead, picking up 3 shots to Toon’s 1 taking them to 15-10 up at 17 ends. Heads were intensely battled over the last 4 ends to try and pick up shots. The Toon rink then picked up a 2-shot count on the 20th to take the score to 16-13 in Central’s favour and Carterton requiring 3 shots to force an extra end. The end was of high quality but Central were victorious in the end, picking up 1 shot to see them qualify as 17-13 winners. Well done.

After a short lunch break the triples games commenced in the baking sunshine in the afternoon. The first game was three from Headington, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett and they were up against a triple from Carterton consisting of Orren Bennett, Tim Warner and Gordon Walker. Headington got off to a strong start, being 10-2 up after 6 ends. The next 6 ends saw Headington really pushing on taking the score to 21-4 after 12 ends. Toon then went on to pick up 6 shots, including a 5 on the 15th end to take the score to 22-10 after 15. Headington then picked up a single shot on the 16th end which see them progressing to Leamington as 23-10 victors. Congratulations gents.

The final game of the day was between another Headington triple, this time Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts and they were up against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. A good start from both sides saw the score at 7-3 after 7 ends in Headington’s favour. The following 6 ends see the Witney triple close the gap to just 1 shot at 10-9 after 13. The following 3 ends see 2-1 to Headington before they picked up a big 4 shots pick up on the 17th end. The Witney boys needed a 6 to force an extra end. They were holding 5 with Alder to play his last bowl, which landed for a measure for 6th bowl. The measure took place and it was only 5 shots to them, which see Watts’ triple progress to Leamington 16-15 victors. A great game to watch and well done the three from Headington.

Monday Night see the pairs semi-finals played in a much cooler than expected evening. The first game was an all Headington affair between Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett against Jon Philpott and Howard Watts. Another close start between the teams see the board at 8-6 in Watts’ favour after 8 ends before Henwood and Charlett picked up 4 ends on the bounce which see them take the lead for the first time in the game, 14-8 after 12. A 4-shot pickup from Philpott and Watts on the 13th end see them tighten the gap to just 2 shots. The following 5 ends all went to Henwood and Charlett, scoring 9 shots to take them to 23-12 up with 3 ends left to play. Watts managed to pick up a single on the 19th end before Charlett stopped them in their tracks by picking up 1 on the 20th end. Final score 24-13 to Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett and see them both book their second places at Leamington. Well done chaps.

The other pairs match was between another Headington side, this time Colin Whitehead and Nathan Lewis up against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield. Another really close game see the score at 7-7 after 8 ends. The Witney pair then scored 10 shots to Headington’s 1, including a 6-shot pickup on the 13th end. With the score at 17-8 The Witney boys looked in a comfortable position but three good ends from the Headington boys see them pick up 7 shots to bring the score to back within 2 shots, at 17-15 after 16. The next 4 ends see the Witney pair pick up 3 shots to Headington’s 2 to force Headington needing 3 shots to force an extra end. Lewis bowled a great end to be holding the three he required for an extra end before Leighfield, with last bowl in hand, played a successful runner to take out the Headington third bowl. 2 shots dropped but progression to Leamington for Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield 20-19 winners. A great game of high quality bowls to watch from both sides that could have easily gone either way.

David Leighfield’s second discipline qualified for, along with Ian Henwood’s, will make Wednesday nights singles semi-final between the pair a very intense battle to see who will be able to qualify for three events. Make sure you come over to Chestnuts and watch and support these players, who have both played excellent all season.

A big thank you to Banbury Chestnuts Bowling Club for providing excellent facilities throughout the semi-finals and thank you to everyone at the club who has provided their services behind the bar or in the kitchen, it has been greatly appreciated. Thank you to Martyn Cooper for organising such a successful weekend of bowls.

Also thank you to Ian Whelpton for marking the singles semi-final between Richens and Gaskins and a big thank you to the umpires Ed Poole and Paul Comley for giving up their time to support the successful running of the semi-finals.

Thank you once again to all the spectators, who travelled from all over the county to descend on Chestnuts to support the players in the semi-finals.

The singles report and finals schedule will be released on Thursday, with the OBA county finals this year being hosted by county president Eddie Dorling’s own club, West Witney Bowls Club on Sunday 22nd July.”

Oxon ladies played Berks and Surrey in county games

Oxon ladies travelled to Wantage BC to play Berkshire on Friday 13th July with a disappointing loss by two shots.

BOL 103, Berkshire 105

Jeanette Berry 27, H Simpson 15
Carole Thornhill 27, S Goodchild 17
Daphne Jacob 17, A Wheeler 18
Angela Ives 19, S Harrison 33
Maureen Osborne 13, A Ward 22

On Tuesday 17th July Oxon ladies took a coach trip to Chertsey BC and had a very good result against Surrey with a win by 43 shots.

BOl 126, Surrey 83

Wendy Cross 17, P Bourne 13
Sylvia Blackmore 17, D Double 14
CaroleThornhill 18, S Maylin 15
Jeanette Berry 23, J Barnett 13
Carol Penson 20, C McGrail 14
Pat Ostler 31, V Hobart 14

Oxon lose to Kent in HCL

With numerous last minute changes to the team and travel difficulties In Dartford things did not auger well for Oxfordshire in their Home Counties League match with Kent on Saturday. With the deficit after 10 ends at 9 shots, Kent then found better form and at the end they won by 31 shots.

Colts badges were awarded to the Banbury Central father and son pair of Ian and Luke Gilbert and a 50 game badge to the Oxfordshire President Eddie Dorling.

Oxfordshire 85 shots (1 point) Kent 116 shots (21 points).

Alan Carter Luke Gilbert Chris Cox Paul Robbins lost 14-17
Paul Demczak Terry Gripe Brian Clarke Chris Weller lost 14-18
Bradley Squires Eddie Dorling Orren Bennett Kevin Alder drew 19-19
Ian Gilbert Henry Beall Adrian Kemish Richard Barnett lost 10-22
Joe Woodward Alex Fleming Iian Whelpton Paul Skidmore lost 15-21
Steve Tolhurst Steve Jones Trevor Prew Chris Lewis lost 13-18

League week 10

By the time you read this the World Cup final will be over, Harry Kane should have the golden boot and we can all relax again until December 2022!

On a more parochial note – Headington lost in Division 1!!. OK they had a weaker than usual squad but they would still have expected to beat lowly City and County. In Tour de France commentator parlance, ‘chapeau’ to Chris Lewis and his rink who inflicted Headington’s biggest single rink loss for at least two season, and probably much longer if anyone would like to check! Chris lost the first two ends, to trail by five shots then won the next seven to lead sixteen – five at the halfway point, a lead Gary May’s rink were unable to narrow. Mention to for Omar Sharif’s rink who also won, though by a much narrower margin, to ensure City’s four points. As an afterthought, it was very nearly five-one to City and County as Colin Pollard led Mark Charlett by ten shots at the halfway point only to drop fifteen shots in the second half of the game.

The other two matches in the division followed a more expected route. West Witney defeated, a now almost certainly relegated, Kidlington, winning three rinks vey comfortably. Chris Cox’s men salvaged a point for Kidlington who now need a miracle to stay in the division next season!

West might have thought that they would lie second in the league, as Watlington had a bye and Banbury Central took on a Witney Mills teams who had defeated them earlier in the season. However, Central had other ideas winning comfortably on three rinks, although the fourth was a different and far more interesting affair. When Will Campion’s final bowl on end twelve converted the end to a hot-shot eight for Central, and a lead of thirteen shots, it all looked up for Andy Wiggin’s men. Not so, they scrapped away and reduced the deficit to a mere six shots going in to the eighteenth end! Surely a Central rink with three very experienced bowlers could not drop a six on the final end but, in a dramatic finish, that is exactly what happened and Mills came away with a tied game. Fascinating to watch, exciting to play in, more so if you were a member of Andy’s team! Central are now in second spot on shot count.
Carterton extended their lead at the top of Division 2 with a comfortable defeat of Charlbury. Easy wins on two rinks but the other two were cases of ‘what might have been’. Paul Sharman’s rink started with a flurry and were eleven shots ahead after seven ends. Mark East’s men were not going to give up and they dragged themselves into the match with a six on the eighth end and were level at twelve ends. Nip and tuck ensued with Paul’s men holding a six shot advantage at sixteen ends only for Mark to score six over the final two ends for a tied game. Davie Cooper must have thought it was going to be his night when he led his rink to a ten – zero lead after four ends. Remy Clanfield had different ideas and, with the aid of a six on end six and subsequent fives and sixes, drew level and then powered away for a comfortable win.

South Oxford would have expected to be in second place at present as Witney Town had no match. Bottom place Chipping Norton had other ideas. Two rinks apiece with Tim Sealey’s men scoring six unanswered shots over their last three ends to swing the match score to the visitors.

Shiplake eased their relegation threat with a good win over Hanborough. Jim Bland’s twenty-six shot win was always going to earn Shiplake the match points but he was ably assisted by Graham Kennedy’s men. Matt Shepherd and Ken Williams fought out a titanic draw with the result going to an umpire’s measure on the final end, which went in Shiplake’s favour.

Division 3 leaders, Adderbury, outclassed close neighbours Banbury Central to increase their advantage over the chasing pack and now need only to beat Blackbird Leys in their re-arranged match to move back into division 2. Central rearranged their team hoping to come away with one win but Phil Gladden’s rink spoiled even that plan, sharing the results on the night with Tom McKenna’s rink.

For the early part of the season it looked as though Headington would be champions of Division 3. More recently, Adderbury’s good form and a slump in theirs means that they are now heading for a mid-table finish. This week they travelled to Thame and, unfortunately, lost two rinks by quite large margins with Graham Penn’s men scoring a six and a five on their way to a comfortable win for Thame.

By their own admission, Blackbird Leys demolition of City and County was uneventful though it does leave the losers staring relegation in the face.

Division 4 continues its season of unforeseen results1 This week the game between leaders, Bicester, and sixth place Woodstock should have been a formality for the home side. Perhaps the presence of the American President in Woodstock spurred on the visitors who played above themselves for their six points. Steal of the night was by Brian Clarke’s men who started well, going eleven points clear, only to see their lead being nibbled into and finally relinquished on end seventeen. Trailing by one shot, Brian needed to take the last end for the win and did so by the two shots required.

The game between West Oxford and South Oxford was memorable only for the rink where Gary Richardson’s men took on David Bye’s. Gary took six of the first eight ends scoring ten shots in the process only to drop the same ten on the other two ends! Both teams swapped the lead and at seventeen ends Gary led by four but then had to hang on on the last as David scored a three to almost snatch a draw!

Bloxham’s defeat of Oxford University Press came from Tony Gardner’s rink, which won by twenty-two shots.

League report
League tables
Match results

U25’s lose to Kent in JHCL

The results still aren’t going the way of the Oxfordshire Under 25s this season as they suffered a third successive defeat in the Junior Home Counties League at Halls BC on the 8th July, this time at the hands of Kent at Halls BC. As always with this group of youngsters spirits were good going into the game but hot conditions and a challenging green made life difficult and in the end they came away empty handed on all rinks. It is fair to say that Kent deserved the overall win however it is equally fair to add that the score of 74-45 and ten points to nil flattered them a little.

On the bright side Lucas King of Bicester and Headington’s Sam Kibble-White made their debuts and both played excellent games. Well done boys!

This period is a steep learning curve with new players coming into the team and other players moving up from front end positions to skip and three. Senior players have work, family and other commitments which again places extra strain on the small squad that we now have. That said though, whilst the results being endured this year are at this moment disappointing, the experience gained will stand the lads in good stead for the future and there is no reason why this group cannot emulate the teams of recent years and progress to the finals of the White Rose again.

The final JHCL game of the season is against Bucks at Kidlington on Sunday 29th July. Start time 10.30am.

The 2018 Under 25s Day at Watlington is on BH Monday 27th August commencing at 10.00am. This is the tenth anniversary of the event and all Under 25s players from 2008 to 2018 are invited to attend (whether still playing or not)

JHCL Rink Scores (Oxon first):
J Dadson, S Kibble-White, O Bennett, H Alder 15, J Powell, A Fullard, T Attaway, M Rich 21
R Parkes, T Tisbury, J Justin, D Swanson 10, J Levett, J Wimble-Roberts, J Sanford, L Ereira 25
L King, L Gilbert, J Glenn, J Wilkinson 20, J Rowe, H Wimble-Roberts, J Austin, I Jenner 28

Men’s semi finals

The men’s semi finals will be held between Sunday 15th July to Wednesday 18th July at Banbury Chestnuts. Semi finals schedule can be found here: Semi finals

OBA Senior Fours Finals Report

Senior fours winners 2018

Burford Town Bowling Club was again this year’s venue for the semi-finals and final of the Senior Fours competition. Teams from Headington, Carterton and Banbury Borough were in attendance to try and claim the title.

The first semi-final was between Last year’s winners, from Carterton, Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Paul Sharman up against last year’s runners up, from Headington, Mick Nash, Russell Edwards, Colin Whitehead and Ray Gaskins. The Toon rink got off to a great start going 12 shots to 1 up after 9 ends. The next 5 ends saw 5 shots go to both sides, to take the scoreboard to 17-6. No-one could score more than 3 shots on an end the whole way through the game which showed how close the heads were. With 4 ends to play Headington required 9 shots, and the 18th end see them pick up a 3. This comeback fight was quickly stopped, however, by the Toon rink, picking up 4 shots in the next 2 ends. Carterton progressed to the final 22-12 victors.

The second semi-final was between Headington’s Bernie May, Dennis Crook, Paul Comley and Howard Watts against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway, George Moon, John Brooks and Calvin Carpenter. The game was very close for the first half of the game with the board at 12-11 to Headington at 11 ends. A 4-shot pickup then went to the Headington boys on the 12th end before the Borough rink replied straight with the same pickup. 5 shots to Headington to Borough’s 2 over the next 4 ends see a scoreboard at 21-17 in Headington’s favour. Headington then went on to pick up 6 shots over the next to ends to book their place in the final, 27-17 victors.

After an excellent ploughman’s lunch was enjoyed by all, the final begun, in divine sunshine.

Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Paul Sharman lined up against Bernie May, Dennis Crook, Paul Comley and Howard Watts. The first 6 ends were incredibly tight with the board at 7-3 in Toon’s favour. Watts then had a great end to pick up 6 shots on the 7th to take the lead 9-7. The next 4 ends were nip and tuck before it was Sharman’s turn to pick up a count, a 6 was scored on the 12th. The 13th end saw an off-centre jack which caused the umpire to utilize the string measure to check if a bowl was still in play for 4 shots, it was and these went Headington’s way for them to regain the lead, 16-15. 1 shot scores were only taken throughout the rest of the game. 5 to 2 went in Carterton’s favour to see them 19-18 up after 19 ends. The 20th end see the Headington rink pick up 1 to force a one end shootout with no extra end. The shot was held by Headington’s Paul Comley before Steve Aldren bettered it. Watts then was fractionally over the line required to bring him back to the jack on two good efforts. Aldren’s bowl held for the end and see the Toon rink retain the Bradshaw Cup, winning the final of the senior fours, 20-19.

A big thank you to Burford Town Bowling Club for providing an excellent day, the ploughman’s was amazing and the setting was beautiful, especially the wonderful flowers around the grounds! Thank you to Jack Lafford, John Hurren, Ann Fleming and everybody else at Burford who helped put on such a good day.

Thank you also to the spectators who came and watched a very high standard of bowling all day in the heat.

My closing comment for the competition for this year is please get a rink together in your clubs and enter the competition next year, it is a fantastic competition and I really am hoping to see the entry numbers continue to grow!