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White Rose U25 National 2x4s v Bucks

Oxfordshire BA Under 25s will play Buckinghamshire CBA Under 25s in the ‘White Rose’ National 2x4s on Sunday 29th May 2016 at 6pm at Waddesdon Bowls Club.

Team selected:

Orren Bennett (Carterton)
Jamie Wilkinson (Banbury Borough)
David Leighfield (Chipping Norton)
Shane Cooper (Watlington)

Dan Swanson (Watlington)
Bradley Squires (West Witney)
Sam Watts (Watlington)
Chris Gilkes (Watlington)

Reserves (alphabetically): Harvey Alder (West Witney), Johnathan Dadson (Thame)

Team Sheet

League Week 2

Week two and, for some clubs, the season is already looking good whist others need to improve if they are to stay in their current division.

With last year’s champions, Headington, having a bye, this week was time for other contenders to make their mark in Division 1. Whilst no team was able to make a big statement, South Oxford scraped past Shiplake in the closest match of the week. Indeed, while Jim Bland’s rink comprehensively beat Dave Tidball’s the latter, skipping for South Oxford, moved the jack with his, and the games, final wood to score two shots and give his club the valuable two match points.

The other movers were Carterton, whose first match of the season ended in a close victory away at Banbury Central. Gordon Walker’s rink winning on the final end to snatch rink and match points from the home side, despite Will Campion’s rink winning by thirteen shots.

The final match in the division was also close except that Richard Barnett’s rink’s twelve point winning margin proved enough for Witney Mills to claim victory over City and County.

In Division 2 Watlington’s youngster, five under twenty-five players in the team, proved good enough to beat Bicester. The telling score was that of one such under twenty-five, Chris Gilkes, who skipped his rink to a thirteen shot victory.

Charlbury continued where they had started, this time defeating Witney Town 5 – 1 to go level on points with Watlington at the top of the league. No individual rink doing anything spectacular, just sufficient done on three rinks to ensure victory.

West Witney won well away at Adderbury with comfortable victories for Harry Williams and Kevin Alder’s rinks.

Newly promoted Hanborough continue to do well in Division3, this week at City and County’s expense. In a match that could have gone either way, Martin Oliver’s men swung the match points to the away side with a fourteen shot win.

Kidlington’s second 5 – 1 victory keeps them level with Hanborough. This week it was Banbury Central who came and were conquered! In a match with big swings on three rinks, including Mike Peterson’s who came from 5 – 15 down after nine ends to achieve a winning margin against Tom McKenna, and one tied after twenty ends when Central had been trailing by 10 shots after six ends, with Malcolm Brain’s men score two on the last end for a home victory.

Headington B won away at Thame with Mike Kirby’s twenty-six shot margin more than cancelling out Graham Penn’s fifteen shots for the home side.

There were no century score at all this week, the nearest was Bloxham’s 99 shot total at home to Chadlington. The 6 – 0 win puts them at the top of Division 4.

Blackbird Leys first game of the season saw them win on shots scored at Woodstock with James Baldwin’s men starring with a twenty shot victory.

In the final match of the week, Phil Woodville’s eighteen shot win meant that South Oxford took home the match points with a win against West Oxford.

League tables
Rink results

OBA U25s White Rose

The OBA Under 25s White Rose game will not take place at Kiddlington on Sunday 29th May 2016. The game is due to be played in Bucks. Date, time and Venue TBC.

Middleton Cup trial

Oxfordshire lost their Middleton Cup trial against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham Bowling Club today, by the small margin of 5 shots, 106-111. The rinks were shared 3 each.

Rink Scores:
Paul Demczak, Nigel Galletly, Paul Comley, Nick Rae-Welsh 18 v Joe Hibbard, Jack Daniels, Chris Roach, Paul Bryant 16
Mick Nash, Keith Holloway, Nathan Lewis, Mark Charlett 16 v Dafydd Farr, Jim Luce, James Spellar, Steve Knight 19
Ian Kibbel-White, Paul Mabbutt, Joe Abercrombie, Mark Sykes 16 v Jack Williams, Alex White, Ben Coldrick, Nigel Cansdale 19
Sam Watts, Bradley Squires, Shane Cooper, Paul Sharman 19 v Larry Pearce, Martin Shepherd, Nick Holliday, Mark Perry 15
Henry Beall, Trevor Prew, Jason King, Ray Gaskins 20 v Adam Smith, Max Risby, Rob Stinchcomb, Nathan Kitchen 16
David Leighfield, Melvin Brain, Kevin Alder, Will Parker 17 v Shaun Morris, Vince Wilks, Matt Curtis, Dougie Louis 26

Oxon Men beat Northants in county friendly

On Tuesday 17th May Oxfordshire played Northants at Seagrave House BC in Corby.

After 10 ends Oxfordshire had established a lead of 14 shots and 3 rinks to 2 with rink 4 tied.. The rinks of Ian Whelpton and Mike Andrew battled hard to reduce their deficits and both were only 1 behind after 18 ends, but neither finished in front. Bob Gilkes and his team on rink4 then went into overdrive with 11 shots on 2 of the next 3 ends and won comfortably by 19 shots. With the rinks of Alan Ley, Peter Latter and Allan Hall maintaining their leads Oxfordshire won by 26 shots.

Colts badges were awarded to Alan Carter (Banbury Borough BC) and Douglas Wright (Hanborough BC).

Oxfordshire 129 Northants 103.

Rink scores:
C Lewis J Jarvis M Jones I Whelpton lost 18-19.
A Carter C Haley J Lucas A Ley won 25-20
B Willoughby M Oliver L Lewis P Latter won 20-16
M Cameron T Backer-Holst M Morris B Gilkes won 31-12
P Demczak D Wright T Gripe M Andrew lost 16-22
S Tolhurst J Timms K Williams A Hall won 19 -14

Ladies Johns trophy and match selection

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies will face Isle of Wight in their first Johns trophy match at Flemming Park BC on Saturday 4th June 1pm. The team has been selected: Oxon v Isle of Wight

The match selection for the games against Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire have now been selected: Herts, Northants, Notts

The county game against Herfordshire has been cancelled due to lack of support.

Oxon Ladies lose to Glos in MEL

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Gloucestershire in the Middle England League game played at Witney Town BC on Tuesday 17th May.

BOL 107 V Gloucestershire (MEL) 120.
League points 4 – 13.

Jeanette Berry 13, J Ind 19
Kathy Hawes 15, J Sheward 21
Carole Galletly 13, J Stannard 24
Caroline Campion 29, V Major 13
Carol Penson 25, A Jones 17
Wendy Cross 12, D Wilson 26

League Week 1

Welcome to the new season, I hope that the weather remains as clement as it did last Thursday.

Week one of the season is a little early to make predictions but I will make two based on this week’s fixtures: Headington A will be as difficult to beat as they were last season and Watlington will not make the mistake they did late last season!

Division 1 could see some close matches as the three home sides all won comfortably with pride of place going to City and County A with a big win over a seemingly strong Banbury Central A side. Christopher Weller’s rink’s twenty-four point winning margin for Witney Mills being the best in the division.

However, Bob Gilkes’ men outdid this in Division 2, winning by thirty-three shots in a match dominated by Watlington, whose match shot total of 110 was the best anywhere in the league. Newly promoted Witney Town won the closest match of the week, by a single shot at home to Adderbury! The other promoted side, Banbury Chestnuts, found that life in this division may be tough, losing at home to Charlbury.

Promoted Hanborough started life in Division 3 with a comprehensive win at home to Thame, Kidlington defeated Chipping Norton and City and County B won on three rinks at Banbury Central but the teams shared the points thanks to Jim Pickering’s twenty shot margin for the home side.

All three home sides won in Division 4, none by wide margins so this division could be an interesting one this season. With the demise of Florence Park, it was welcome to see OUP back in the fold, albeit starting with a loss at West Oxford.

Men’s Two Wood Singles

Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway and Carterton’s Stuart “Sammy” Timms are in the Two Wood final after today’s Quarters and Semi’s played on the Oxford City & County green today, and are the first Oxfordshire bowlers to book a place in this season’s National Championships which will be played at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa in August.

Holloway reached the county final, with wins against Headington’s Colin Whitehead 15-10 in the quarter final and Nick Rae-Welsh 15-12 in the semi-final.
Timms moved in to the semi’s after winning eight ends on the trot in the second half of his quarter final game to beat Witney Town’s Will Parker 17-9, then continued with a semi-final win 18-11 against Watlington’s Shane Cooper.

The final will be played on County Finals day, July 24th, at the Carterton bowls club, home of this years President Peter Latter.

Middleton Cup trial v Glous

The Middleton Cup trial match against Gloucestershire On Saturday 21st May 2pm at Cheltenham Bowls Club has now been selected: Middleton Cup v Glous