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OBA Past Presidents

The Past Presidents recorded a 89-78 in their first game of the season, against Huntingdonshire Past Presidents played at Thame BC.

The warm sunny day was ideal for the rheumatic members of the team and the circling Red Kites gave added impetus to last the 21 ends.

Before the game began, there was a moment of thought for Past President Harold Winstone who had recently passed away.
Top rink of the day was Henry Franklin, John Timms, Allan Hall and Bob Gilkes with a 31-17 scoreline, closely followed by Les Upham, Bill Jarvie. John McGeough and Peter Latter who’s winning difference was only two shots less at 25-13.

Steve Tolhurst, Larry Eltringham, Mike Andrew and Ian Whelpton took the last three ends to win their see-saw game 21-17. The losing rink of Allan Hunt, Tony Backer-Holst, Gordon Hooker and Gordon Roper won nine of the 21 ends but dropped 5 heavy counts, losing 12-31.

Unfortunately the day ended on a sad note with this year’s Chairman Peter Cross announcing the news that the 2000 President Mike Pargeter had also just recently passed away.

Ladies selection for Berks, Surrey, Warwicks

The ladies selection for Berkshire, Surrey and Warwickshire is now available: Berks,Surrey,Warwicks

Ladies triples quarter and semi finals

Ladies triples quarter and semi finals will be held at Oxford City & County on Saturday 2nd July 10am (players report 9:30am in whites/club shirts and club stickers).

Pam Willoughby Kidlington BC v Sheila Lovett West Witney BC
Angela Ives Banbury Borough BC v Karen Alder West Witney BC
Ruth Copp Shiplake BC v Yvonne Hodkinson Witney Town BC
Jacky Gray Oxford City & County v Caroline Campion Banbury Central BC

Refreshments will be available.

Mike Pargeter

We are sorry to announce the passing of yet another Past President of the County, Mike Pargeter.
He was a member of the East Oxford Bowls Club and County President in 2000.
His funeral will be held at 11.15 am on Wednesday July 20th, at the Temple Cowley Reform Church, Oxford Road, Cowley, OX4 2ES

League Week 7

This week marks the halfway point in this year’s bowls league, with each team having played the rest of their league once, giving teams and players a chance to see how they have done so far for the first time.

In Division 1, Headington have reopened their lead over closest rivals Carterton and City and County thanks, in part, to their excellent win away at Witney Mills but also to City and County’s win at Carterton.

None of the Witney Mills rinks were able to match Headington, and only Chris Weller’s men were able to keep the score close.

Omar Shariff’s rink’s, with a fifteen point winning margin, formed the basis for City and County’s win in what was otherwise a well-balanced encounter.

The last match in the division saw Banbury Central maintain their recent good form, defeating South Oxford. A good win for Les Campion’s rink ensured the home sides victory, only Keith Mobley’s rink managing victory for the away side – though this against previously undefeated Will Campion’s men.

Watlington re-asserted their authority in Division 2 after last week’s slip up. However, they have the ‘old men’s’ rink, skipped by Bob Gilkes, to thank rather than their young guns for this one with a twenty-five shot margin ensuring the match points went to the home side in an otherwise divided match.

However, despite their current eight point margin, they may well be looking at Banbury Chestnuts as their most dangerous rivals. A second win in succession, this week against close neighbours Adderbury, has moved them from potential relegation candidates to promotion contenders. Once again it was the Wilkinson brothers who skipped their rinks to winning positions.

West Witney defeated Bicester comfortably with the latter looking almost certain to suffer successive relegations as they are now fifteen points from safety.

On the other hand, Kidlington appear to have the Division 3 title in their grasp, despite not playing this week.

Erstwhile second place team Banbury Central were held, three all, by bottom club Thame who have to thank Graham Penn for their points. His rink’s eighteen point win proved more than enough to top Central’s total, despite Tom McKenna’s men recovering from a ten point deficit to win by seven for them.

Chipping Norton maintained contact with the promotion race, winning easily at City and County with David Leighfield’s rink providing the outstanding results winning by twenty-seven shots.

Hanborough were unable to improve on their recent disappointing form going down to Headington. In what must have been interesting bowls to watch, if frustrating to play, the teams scored 167 shots between them with Headington topping the century thanks to solid winning margins on all rinks.

Blackbird Leys and Chadlington fought out the battle for the top of Division 4 with Chadlington winning on three rinks to go back to the top. However, the biggest win went to James Baldwin of Leys with a seventeen shot winning margin. Big as this was, Ron Arthur’s rink almost cancelled it out with their eleven shot margin and wins on the other two rinks gave Chadlington the spoils.

Third place now belongs to Bloxham, for whom Dave Morse’s rink were the biggest winner with a twenty-seven shot margin. Wins for Paul Tweddle and Tim Cox gained Oxford University Press two valuable points and lifted them off the bottom of the league.

The final match this week saw South Oxford beat Woodstock in a close match with Keith Clark’s seventeen shot margin being the difference between the teams.

Printable Report
Match results
League tables

Bradshaw cup cancelled

Unfortunately, due to the lack of support from the bowlers of Oxfordshire, the proposed Bradshaw cup which was to have been played at Witney Town BC on Sunday July 31st has had to be cancelled.

Thanks go to those bowlers who were prepared to support the event.

HCL v Surrey selection

The revised Home Counties League selection v Surrey on Saturday 25th June is now available: HCL v Surrey

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in the Walker Cup

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies lost to Kent in the Walker cup played at Egham bowls club on Sunday 26th June.

Oxfordshire 27, Kent 38

Rink Scores:

Jeanette Berry 10, Sian Honnor 20
Donna Knight 17, Wendy King 18 (played 20 ends)

Oxon lose to Berks in Balcomb regional finals

Oxfordshire again travelled to Croydon BC to play in the Balcomb Regional Finals against Berkshire. Things did not go Oxfordshire’s way and the match was conceded early.

Rink Scores:

J Abercrombie, P Sharman, R Gaskins, M Sykes 12, BJ Byles N Jones S Jones R Newman 20
S Watts, I Snowdon, M Charlett, H Watts 6, D W-Emberson L Brown L Sabatini A Knapper 23

Johns Trophy: Oxon Ladies lose to Sussex

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies travelled to Horsham bowls club on Saturday 25th June to face Sussex in the John’s Trophy. Unfortunately Oxon could not replicate their previous win against the Isle of Wight and won on only 2 rinks skipped by Carol Penson and Brenda Havard.

Oxfordshire 90, Sussex 148

Rink Scores:
Carol Penson 22, Carol Watson 17
Brenda Havard 19, Wendy Davies 16
Donna Knight 17, Kate Sayers 23
Wendy Cross 14, Brenda Davis 30
Angela Ives 11, Lorraine Kuhler 34
Jeanette Berry 8, Denise Hodd 28