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Men’s Domestic Cup Finals Day

The Men’s Domestic Finals day was hosted at Witney Town Bowling Club on Sunday with 3 competitions played, the Allison Cup, Longford Cup and the Officers Cup.

Allison cup 2017 - B Smith

The first semi-final of the day saw 2014 Allison Cup winner, Phil Gladden of Adderbury, back to try and regain the title, playing against Buford’s John Hurren. The game was very evenly matched throughout with no player able to gain more than a 4 shot advantage before Gladden picked up two back to back 3 shot pick-ups to take him 18-12 in front. Hurren fought back well to get it to 18-16 before Gladden ended the game picking up 3 singles. Gladden through the final 21-16 victor.

The second Allison Cup semi-final was between Banbury Central’s Ian Gilbert and Witney Town’s Brian Smith. The game started very evenly matched and after 10 ends it was 7-6 to Smith. However a big push from Smith enabled him to pick up 9 shots in 4 ends without reply taking him 16-6 in front. The next 7 ends only single shots were picked up by both competitors taking the score to 19-10 in Smith’s favour before a 4 shot pickup gave Gilbert a glimmer of hope, although this was short lived as Smith picked up the 2 shots required to book his place in the afternoon’s final, 21-14 victor.
The next game of the morning saw the Officers Cup semi-final between South Oxford’s Keith Mobley and Carterton’s Tim Jupp. With Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly already booking his place in the final by beating Witney Town’s Tim Ludlow 21 shots to 15 earlier on in the week, it was down to the other two to fight for the other final spot. A strong start from Mobley saw him take a 13 shot to 5 advantage before Jupp battled to bring the score to 13-11 down. The next couple of ends saw Mobley pick up 4 shots taking him 17-11 in front before Jupp regained the mat for the last time picking up 1 shot. The final two ends saw 2 doubles from Mobley taking him over the line 21-12 winner.

The first Longford Cup semi-final was the longest game of the morning taking the competitors 2 and a half hours and 28 ends played before a winner was decided. Witney Town’s Tim Ludlow was up against Headington’s Bernie May. May got off to a good start taking 6 shots without reply before Ludlow stepped into gear and picked up 8 shots back in succession. From then on there was never more than 3 shots separating the competitors with the lead changing several times during the tussle. The last 8 ends saw only single shot pick-ups but it was Ludlow who took 5 of them to take him to the final as 21-18 winner.

The final game of the morning was the second Longford Cup semi-final between Headington’s Dennis Crook and last year’s winner, Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield. A strong performance from the start saw Bloomfield take an early 14 shot to 1 lead after 7 ends before Crook fought back to pick up 6 shots in 7 ends taking the score to 18-7. Bloomfield then picked up the three he needed the following end to secure his space in the Longford final, 21-7 victor.

A Fish and Chip lunch was enjoyed by competitors, spectators and officials before the finals got underway in the afternoon sunshine.

Officers cup 2017 - N Galletly

The Officers Cup was played on the show rink between Keith Mobley and Nigel Galletly, with excellent bowling throughout from both competitors. The tight final saw neither competitor able to gain more than 2 shot gap throughout the whole duration. 8 shots apiece at 9 ends went up to 12-11 in Mobley’s favour. After 21 ends both players had scored 18 and it could have gone either way when 2 singles gave Galletly a 20-18 shot lead and he was holding game when Mobley managed to win the end taking it to a tense 20-19. A fantastic bowl from Galletly left him an unmovable shot and ran out 21-19 in what was a fantastic battle.

Longford cup 2017 - T Ludlow

The Longford Cup was an all Witney Town affair between Tim Ludlow and Brian Bloomfield. A very strong start from Ludlow saw him go 10-3 in front after 6 ends and then battled to keep his lead which gave him 15 shots to 6 at 10. Bloomfield managed to win three ends on the bounce before Ludlow quickly replied picking up 5 shots in 2 ends. Bloomfield picked up a double on the 16th end to take the score to 20-11 down. Ludlow had a fantastic last end which saw him take the trophy from last year’s winner, 21-11 victor.
The last final played was the Allison Cup between Phil Gladden and Brian Smith. Once again another close and tense game to begin with which saw the score at 7-5 in Smith’s favour at 10 ends. Gladden then scored on 5 ends without reply taking him into the lead, 11-7 before another 6 shots scored over the next 5 ends taking Gladden to a comfortable 17-9 lead. 5 excellent ends by Smith followed which brought him right back into contention taking him into the lead 18-17. Gladden managed to score another 2 shots before Smith ran out the winner 21-19 after some fantastic bowls by both.

Presentation of the trophies for the afternoon’s winners were presented by Bill Jarvie and saw the day come to a close.

A huge thanks to Witney Town Bowling Club for hosting the domestic cup finals day and providing superb facilities and catering throughout the day.

Another big thank you goes to the markers for the day, Allan Hall, Steve Tolhurst, Mike Jones, Paul Demczak and Alan Scholan; also thanks are due to the umpire for the multiple calls he tended to all day.

Oxon men beat City and County of Bristol in friendly

Oxfordshire travelled to Bristol St Andrews on Tuesday 8th August to play City and county of Bristol.

With a level start on the first 15 ends Oxfordshire reversed their habit of the last few games and finished strongly on the last six ends to win by 18 shots. The award ceremony was an unusual mixture of not so young and the very young with a 200 game badge awarded to OBA Secretary Steve Tolhurst, a 50 game badge to OBA Assistant Match Secretary Alex Fleming and a first game badge to teenager Joe Justin, relieving the anxiety of waiting his GCSE results. All 3 completed a successful day with raffle prizes.

Oxfordshire 128 City and Council of Bristol 110

Chris Lewis Joe Justin Alan Wase Ian Whelpton won 19-15
Mike Jones Eddie Dorling David Wedge John Benfield won 23-13
Paul Demczak Bill Jarvie Alex Fleming Alan Ley won 23-20
Mel Cameron John Stephens Phil Warner Mike Andrew drew 18-18
Roy Radband Kevin Washington Terry Gripe Mick Morris lost 19-27
Steve Tolhurst Ron Slater Allan Hall John McGeough won 26-17

Men’s county selection 6. Sep 2nd – 19th Sep

The men’s county games between 2nd – 19th September have now been selected: Selection No 6

Oxon lose to Middlesex in HCL by 2

Oxfordshire entertained Middlesex at Kidlington on 5th August looking for their first win in this season’s Home Counties League campaign.

Starting well Oxfordshire built a slender lead of 7 shots by end 5. The lead evaporated in the next 5 ends and by end 10 they trailed by 7 shots Middlesex retained the lead for the next 5 ends, and then Oxfordshire reduced the deficit to 4 after 18 ends A further gain of 2 shots left Oxfordshire behind by 2 shots. Wins on rinks 1 to 4 were cancelled out by losses on rinks 5 and 6.

A 50 game badge was awarded to Richard Barnett of Witney Mills BC and a 6 game badge to David Latter of Carterton BC.

Oxfordshire 103 8 points, Middlesex 105 14 points.

The rink scores were:-
P Demczak B Ray C Earl D Leighfield won 23-20
B Squires R Green P Robbins S Cooper won 18-13
S Gibson N Satchell P Skidmore R Gaskins won 20-16
B May D Latter I Whelpton B Sparkes won 17-14
H Beall B Bloomfield A Ley K Alder lost 12-20
S Witcombe A Carter R Barnett C Weller lost 13-22

Oxon ladies lose to Warks in MEL

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Warkwickshire a Middle England game played at Stratford upon Avon on Tuesday 25th July.

BOL 84 (Nil pts), Warwickshire 144 (17 pts)

Margaret Bullock, Maggie Alderson, Daphne Jacob, Pat Ostler 11, S Hornsby 24
Margaret Stacey, Sue Gokgor, Shirley Crick, Brenda Havard 15, M Tims 26
Karen Galloway, Carole Thornhill, Pam Faulkner, Carol Gaskins 13, J Cook 19
Jacky Gray, Sandra Wase, Pam Shepherd, Marion Darton 19, M Edwards 20
Chris Purnell, Jody Flitter, Hazel Oliver, Jeanette Berry 19, M Parsons 25
Margaret Morris, Ruth Copp, Pat Taylor, Carol Penson 7, J Corn 30

Domestic cup finals day

The Domestic cup finals day will be hosted at Witney Town Bowls Club Sunday 6th August. Semi final games are commencing at 10:00am. Bacon rolls and registration from 09:15am. Lunch available to order upon arrival for spectators and competitors.

Ladies final county selection against Hants and Cambs

The final ladies county games against Hampshire and Cambridgeshire have now been selected: Match Sheet (Hants, Cambs)

Oxon men beat Herts in friendly

Oxfordshire hosted Hertfordshire at Kidlington on Tuesday 1st August.

Sharing the rinks at 3 each the overall result of the match was determined on rink 1 where Barry Willoughby Percy Strange Allan Hall and Brian Bloomfield recovered from a slow start in which they conceded 1 shot on all of the first three ends before finding form to take 17 of the last 18 ends to win by 24 shots. Paul Robbins rink’s win by 17 shots were eually effective and Alan Ley produced a single on the 21st end to win by 1.

Oxfordshire 135 Hertfordshire 106.

Scores:-

Barry Willoughby Percy Strange Allan Hall Brian Bloomfield won 28-4.
Bernie May Larry Eltringham Glynn MiddletonIan Whelpton lost 14-24
Steve Tolhurst Bill Jarvie John McGeough Melvin Brain lost 23-24
Chris Lewis John Timms Alan Wase Paul Robbins won 28-11
Paul Demczak Alex Fleming David Wedge Mick Morris lost 20-22
Brian Ealey Nigel Satchell Brian Ray Alan Ley won 22-21

Oxon men lose to Surrey in HCL

Returning to Eastbourne after a successful President’s Tour to play Sussex in the Home Counties League Oxfordshire experienced a trouhle-free coach trip round the M25. On Saturday 29th July they were looking for their first win in this year’s competition.

Playing in rain throughout the afternoon the weather finally brought the players off for the final time after 15 or so ends.

David Leighfield and Kevin Alder lead their rinks to narrow victories but the other 4 skips all failed to produce wins and Oxfordshire went down by 24 shots.

Oxfordshire 71 4 points, Sussex 95 18 points.

The rink scores were:-

S Tolhurst S Gibson I Whelpton M Brain lost 10-16
S Witcombe T Prew S Aldren W Campion lost 18-22
A Kernish A Hall R Barnett C Weller lost 8-22
B Squires A Fleming C Cox D Leighfield won 15-10
C Lewis S Jones B Bloomfield R Gaskins lost 6-14
P Demczak T Gripe P Robbins K Alder won 14-11

Oxon men lose to Wilts in county friendly

Oxfordshire hosted Wiltshire at Witney Town on Tuesday 25th July.

With only one rink winning (by two shots), one drawing, two losing by a single shot and two heavy defeats Oxfordshire lost the match by 17 shots.

Oxfordshire 109 Wiltshire 126.

Scores:-

Mick Saunders John Stephens Martin Oliver Richard Barnett lost 20-21.
Mel Cameron John Hurran Allan Hall Alan Ley lost 17-18
Chris Lewis Bill Jarvie John Benfield Ian Whelpton lost 16-23
Steve Tolhurst Colin Haley John McGeough Mick Morris drew 21-21.
Mike Jones John Hicks Paul Demczak Alan Wase won 19-17
Roy Radband Eddie Dorling Percy Strange Brian Bloomfield lost 16-26