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Jim Warland’s funeral

Tuesday 20th November – 2pm at Headington Crematorium (Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RZ) and then afterwards at the Masons Arms (2 Quarry School Place, Headington, Oxford OX3 8LH).

Mick Miles

News has reached us of the passing of Mick Miles, a long time supporter of both the outdoor and indoor clubs in the Banbury area and currently a member of the Central club.
He will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with Tina and the rest of the family.

Caroline Campion nominated for bowler of the year

VOTING OPEN TO DETERMINE 2018 WOMEN BOWLERS OF THE YEAR

Bowls England has today opened the voting to determine the 2018 Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Bowls and Bowls International respectively.

In an exciting new format, a shortlist for each award has been compiled, with a public vote then taking place to crown the respective winners.

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE said “Bowls England is delighted to announce that the Bowlers of the Year will be determined by a public vote for the first time.

“We are pleased that Taylor Bowls and Bowls International continue to sponsor these highly respected and prestigious awards and we thank them for their support.”

Sian Honnor, editor of Bowls International, said: “We thought it would be fitting moving forward for bowlers themselves to vote for who they believe to be the players of the year. It is important to recognise excellent achievement and the shortlisted players are those that stood out in a strong field.

“Congratulations to all those featured and I look forward to announcing the winners at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes which is always a highlight of the bowling calendar and a chance to celebrate the season in style.”

The shortlists are as follows (in alphabetical order by surname):

Junior Woman Bowler of the Year
Emma Cooper (Sussex)
Emily Ferguson (Kent)
Courtney Harvey (Buckinghamshire)
Katherine Rednall (Suffolk)
Vicky Room (Buckinghamshire)
Rachel Tremlett (Hertfordshire)
Izzie White (Worcestershire)

Woman Bowler of the Year
Caroline Campion (Oxfordshire)
Amy Gowshall (Lincolnshire)
Margaret Holden (Hampshire)
Sian Honnor (Kent)
Debbie Seward (Surrey)
Margaret Smith (Surrey)
Sophie Tolchard (Devon)
Terrie Wombell (Nottinghamshire)

Online voting for the Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Awards runs until midnight on Sunday 11th November, with the winners announced at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Saturday 24th November.

To view a synopsis of each player’s achievements in 2018 and to vote for this year’s Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/X7K7MY9

Jim Warland

The sad news has reached us today that Jim Warland, for many years a stalwart of Pressed Steel, Rover and The Oxford Bowls Club and for the last two years a member of Watlington Bowls Club, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning in hospital.

In addition to all the work he did at club level, he was also a long time Executive member of the English Indoor Bowling Association.

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.