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Mixed results for final two Men’s friendlies.

The final two friendlies of the 2019 season saw the OBA on the road for games against Berkshire and Worcestershire.

For the game on Wednesday 4th September. The direction for the first match was south-east to Purley-on-Thames and Trenthams BC to play Berkshire. With wins on 3 rinks all by narrow margins and with one lost by a single shot on the last end the game was decided by the loses on rinks 3 and 5 despite wins on the 21st end. A 50 game badge was awarded to Hanborough’s Colin Haley. 

Oxfordshire 116 Berkshire 126

Rink scores:

R Slater A Fleming R Barnett A Ley won 20-17
B Jarvie C Haley J McGeough B Bloomfield won 24-22
C Lewis J Timms I Whelpton M Morris lost 15-24
P Demczak J Stephens J Lucas M Andrew won 23-21
A Hunt G Thompson K Williams B Clarke lost 17-24
P Christmas J Hurren D Wedge P Robbins lost 17-18

One week later the direction was north-west and the venue for the match against Worcestershire at Hewell BC. Once again the rinks were shared at 3 each but convincing wins by Alan Ley and Brian Clarke and particularly Ian Whelpton saw Oxfordshire home by 18 shots.

Oxfordshire 132  Worcestershire 114

Rink scores 

B Jarvie J Timms J Lucas A Ley won 33-18
P Demczak T Gripe J Lafford B Clarke won 20-10
A Hunt C Haley K Buckle M Morris lost 19-24
S Tolhurst R Oliver J McGeough I Whelpton won 32-11
B Willoughby A Smith G Thomson  K Williams lost 13-31
R Slater J Hurren R Barnett M Andrew lost 15-20

Oxon men lose to Bucks and Glous in friendly games

After the convincing win at Bristol Oxfordshire came down to earth with 2 defeats in their latest friendly games. Buckinghamshire were the visitors to Banbury Borough BC on Tuesday 13th August and with only 2 rinks winning Oxfordshire lost the match by 7 shots. 

Oxfordshire 121 Buckinghmshire 128

Rink scores

A Hunt C Haley D Wedge I Whelpton lost 23-25.
C Lewis G Thompson r Barnett M Andrew won 25-18
P Demczak J McGeough K Williams A Wase  lost 14-26
M Jones J Hurren M Oliver M Morris lost 19-24
B Willoughby J Stephens B Ray B Bloomfield lost 17-20
T Gripe J Timms K Buckle A Ley won 23-15

On Wednesday 28th August the venue for the match against Gloucestershire was changed to Falcon BC in Painswick and the change certainly proved to be to Gloucestershire’s advantage. After only 5 ends Oxfordshire trailed by 21 shots and although the situation improved on most rinks the President’s rink trailed in by 25 shots and the match was lost by 28 shots.

Oxfordshire 107  Gloucestershire 135

Rink scores 

C Lewis C Haley K Buckle B Clarke lost 21-23
T Gripe J McGeough   A Fleming M Andrew lost 15-23
S Tolhurst G Thompson K Williams B Bloomfield   won 26-19
P Demczak A Smith M Morris P Robbins lost 6-31
R Radband J Lafford I Whelpton   A Ley won 20-16
B Jarvie J Hurren R Barnett A Wase lost 19-23

Oxon men finish 3rd in HCL

With Buckinghamshire conceding the final game of the season and therefore the 22 poits to Oxfordshire the final league table sees Oxfordshire in third place with 74 points – 10 behind the champions Middlesex.

With Hampshire joining the senior league in 2020 the league has been drawn in 2 halves with Oxfordshire drawn to play Sussex Berkshire and Surrey for the next 2 years.

Final Table for 2019

Middlesex 84 points
Sussex 79
Oxfordshire 74
Berkshire 71
Kent 62
Buckinghamshire 50
Surrey 42

West Witney Claim the Hawker Cup for the first time

Hawker Cup winners 2019Teams from Carterton, West Witney, Adderbury and City & County competed for the Hawker Cup at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. 

The first game in the semi-finals see Carterton against West Witney. Peter Latter, Jamie Macdonogh, David Clanfield and Baden Sparkes were up against Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, Joe Woodward and Kevin Alder with the other rinks comprising of Joe Justin, Phil Monahan, Robbie Clanfield and Paul Sharman against Nigel Siford, Henry Beal, Paul Skidmore and Shane Cooper. 

A very close start for the rink between Baden and Kevin, with Baden especially playing some crucial bowls early on to keep the score level after 10 ends at 7 apiece. After 15 ends the score was level again 10 shots apiece before West then scored 13 shots across the last 6 ends to see them win 23-12. The adjacent rink se another tense battle between Shane and Paul. At 12 ends it was only 1 shot in it at 11-10 in Shane’s favour. Some big bowls in the second half of the game prevented Shane’s men to score shots and helped Paul’s rink gain a lead of 4 shots after 17 ends, 16-12. The last 4 ends see 5 shots to West and 4 shots to Carterton. With the maths applied West Witney progressed to the final 40-32 victors.

The second semi-final see Marcus Bunning, Andrew Galloway, Gavin Gray and Chris Earl against Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Ted Eley and Darren Sharpe with the other rinks lining up as Andy Crawley, David Richens, Russell Edwards and Alan ley against Ian Dunn, Phil French, Chris Skidmore and Phil Gladden. Another close start see Chris and Darren level at 12 ends, 11 shots each. Chris’ rink then developed a lead by picking 11 shots to Adderbury’s 3, including a 5 shot pick up on the 18th end. Final score was 22-14. 

The other rink see Alan and his men start strong, winning 11-2 after just 7 ends against Phil Gladden’s side. The game closed to within 3 shots at 10 ends before Alan’s rink then developed a 10 shot lead after 16 ends, score board at 18-8. 7 shots were then scored by Phil’s rink to reduce the deficit once more to 18-15 before Alan ended the game by picking up a single on the last. City and County progressed to the final 41-29 winners.

After lunch Carterton faced Adderbury in the third place playoff with Baden’s rink against Ian’s and Joe’s rink against Mick’s. A good start for Baden’s side see them 15-8 up after 11 ends. Mick’s rink then cut the difference down to 2 shots at 16 ends, 16-14. 15 shots were scored over the last 5 ends seeing the score finish at 24-21 in Carterton’s favour. 

The other rink see Carterton once more get off to a strong start, with the board at 15-8 at 12 ends. Carterton then scored 8 shots without reply to see their lead increase to 23-8 at 16. Adderbury scored a single before Carterton finished strong scoring 7 shots in the final ends to see them 30-9 victors. Overall Carterton came third with a combined score of 54-30.

Shane Cooper found himself against Alan Ley and Kevin Alder up against Chris Earl in the final. A level start see Alan’s rink at 4-2 after 5 ends before Shane and his rink scored 18 shots to Alan’s 2 over the following 7 ends. Scoreboard 20-6 in West Witney’s favour after 12. After 17 ends it was 21-15 before Shane and his men continued with the intensity to finish their game off by scoring 12 shots to see them 33-15 victors. 

Chris and Kevin’s rinks had a tight tussle for the first half of the game with the score at 10-7 after 13 ends. Chris and his rink then continued to increase their lead to 14-8 after 16 ends. Kevin’s rink then fought back over the remaining 5 ends to reduce the deficit to 17-12. West Witney were crowned champions with a combined score of 45-32.

A big thank you to Oxford City and County Bowls club for hosting another fantastic day and thank you to the umpire for the day.

Oxford C&C ladies win county top club

Oxford City and County played South Oxford at Banbury Chestnuts on Sunday 1st September and in a hard fought match won the County Top Club Trophy by 16 shots.  

The Singles played by Carol Gaskins v Maggie Alderson was won 21 – 16 by Carol with a well fought game over 26 ends.

The Pairs (City and County Sandy Nash and Karen Galloway) against Maureen De Paauw and Jenny Lynch also hard fought with the lead changing every few ends with a final win for South Oxford by three shots.

In the Triples (City and County Jean Alexander, Sue Mayo and Jeanette Berry) against Lettie Batten, Di Rockett and Carol Mobley (South Oxford) the momentum changed half way through with a telling trailing shot by the skip and South Oxford taking the lead and winning by five shots.

The fours (City and County Jody Flitter, Lorraine Gaskins, Helen Kingsley and Katherine Hawes) took the lead after four ends against Liz Clack, Pauline Bonfield, Gwen Johnson and Virginia Hulbert (South Oxford) and kept up the pressure with a final score of 31 shots to 12.

Oxon ladies beat Cambs in final MEL

Last league and county match for 2019 and finished on a high, played on Thursday 29th August at Irchester BC, Northants on a pleasant, not too warm day.  

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies 131 (13 points), Cambridgeshire 114 (4 points)  

Katie Bland, Gill Muir, Pam Faulkner, Caroline Campion 22, L Papworth 19
Janet Fountain, Helen Kingsley, Pauline Williams, Wendy Cross 32, P Mead 13
Anne Hale, Pat Taylor, Sylvia Blackmore, Carol Gaskins 11, S Alexander 26 Sue Mayo, Jane Williams, Caroline Bloomfield, Jeanette Berry 22, J George 12
Margaret Morris, Jenny Williams, Liz Kemish, Carol Penson 18, V Hughes 21
Jackie Stafford, Carole Thornhill, Maureen Osborne, Angela Ives 26, J Russell 23

Oxon beat Bristol in friendly

Oxfordshire travelled to Bristol St George BC to play City and County of Bristol on Tuesday 6th August. After a rain-swept start the weather improved and the match was completed in the dry. With the lead set by rink 1 who established a 15 shot lead by the 10th end the other rinks followed their lead and with only rink 4 surrendering their lead on end 20 Oxfordshire ended the match with their biggest win of the season. In the absence of the President Paul Demczak, Deputy President, lead the Oxfordshire men with style.

Oxfordshire 158 City and County of Bristol 90

C Lewis J Hurren J Lucas A Wase won 30-7.
S Tolhurst R Oliver G Thompson R Barnett won 24-20.
P Demczak J Stephens M Oliver I Whelpton won 29-15.
M Jones C Haley P Warner A Ley lost 21-22.
R Slater B Ealey A Fleming B Bloomfield won 27-16.
B Willoughby J McGeough D Wedge B Clarke won 27-10.

Oxon lose to Middlesex in HCL

Oxfordshire returned to South Oxford BC on Saturday 3rd August for the Home Counties League match against Middlesex.

Hopes remained high until the 18thend when 5 of the rinks conceded 16 ends with only Kevin Alder’s 4 picking up a 2. This 14 shot deficit decided the match and Middlesex won by 13.

With only the away game against Buckinghamshire to play Oxfordshire’s hopes for 2019 were brought to a sad end.

Oxfordshire 112 and 4 points, Middlesex 125 and 18 points.

Henry Beall Richard Green Steve Aldren Paul Robbins lost 14-23.
Bernie May Alan Ley Chris Weller Chris Charles lost 12-22.
Bradley Squires Chris Lewis Ade Kemish Paul Sharman lost 17-21.
Paul Demczak David Wedge Sam Watts Shane Cooper lost 16-23.
Brian Bloomfield Mick Morris Orren Bennett Kevin Alder won 29-17.
Trevor Prew Alan Wase Brian Clarke Paul Comley won 24-19.

Oxon pipped by Herts in friendly

Oxfordshire hosted Hertfordshire at Oxford City and County on 30th July and for the second week running the game was curtailed to 18 ends by the weather, this time by rain. Starting slowly Oxfordshire trailed by 6 shots after 10 ends and were 9 behind after 15.  By close of play the deficit was down to 3 shots and Oxfordshire had gained the upper hand only for the rain to halt proceedings.

The highlight of the after-game meal was the celebration of Alan Ley’s 900th game for Oxfordshire (see separate tribute) as well as the 100th game for City and Count’s Vice President Chris Lewis and a colts badge for South Oxford’s David Tidball

Oxfordshire 97 Hertfordshire 100.

 B Jarvie A Smith K Buckle B Clarke won 16-14.
P Hickman T Gripe M Oliver I Whelpton lost 11-18.
C Lewis n Satchell D Bullock B Bloomfield won 20-17.
S Tolhurst K Williams D Tidball M Morris lost 17-19.
P Demczak J Hurren G Thompson A Wase lost 16-20.
R Green b Ealey D Wedge A Ley won 17-12.

Oxon men friendlies

Oxfordshire hosted Essex at Thame BC on 16th July and only managed to win on 1 rinks, albeit by 26 shots thanks to the efforts of Paul Demczak John McGeough Martin Oliver and Brian Clarke.  The 5 lost rinks meant that Oxfordshire lost the match by 5 shots.

Oxfordshire 109 Essex 114.

R Slater C Haley B Ray K Williams lost 11-19.
S Tolhurst T Gripe G Hooker M Andrew lost 13-25.
R Radband B Ealey L Days M Morris lost 17-18.
P Demczak J McGeough M Oliver and B Clarke won 35-9.
M Jones G Thompson P Warner P Robbins lost 15-16.
B Willoughby R Oliver D Wedge A Ley lost 18-27.

A week later the scene move to the north west of the county for the visit of Wiltshire for the visit of Wiltshire to West Witney BC.  Wins on 4 rinks were insufficient to counteract the two defeats on rinks 5 and 6 and Oxfordshire lost by 2 shots.

Oxfordshire 105 Wiltshire 107.

P Hickman J Stephens M Oliver L Days won 21-16.
M Jones T Gripe J Lucas P Robbins won 21-14.
S Tolhurst N Satchell B Ray A Ley won 24-19.
D Wright B Ealey I Whelpton B Clarke won 15-11.
J Timms J Hurren M Morris B Bloomfield lost 8-25.
P Demczak G Thompson P Warner M Andrew lost 16-22.

The following the annual match against the Isle of Wight at neutral green Three Mile Cross BC in Berkshire resulted in another close match. With three wins to each side the result was a draw, thanks to wins for Oxfordshire on the last end of 5 of the rinks. A colts badge was awarded to Shiplake’s John Gutteridge.

Oxfordshire 107 Isle of Wight 107.

Paul Demczak John Gutteridge J Lucas K Williams lost 10-25.
R Slater J McGeough T Gripe B Bloomfield won 21-12.
C Lewis C Hale A Fleming M Morris won 25-14.
B Jarvie J Timms G Thompson A Ley won 22-16.
P Christmas R Oliver D Bullock C Cox lost 11-18.
D Byers J Hurren D Wedge I Whelpton lost 18-22.