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Oxon lose to Northants in Middleton Cup trial

Oxfordshire Bowling Association started their 2019 Middleton Cup campaign with a well fought loss to Northamptonshire at Kingsthorpe Bowling Club. In the first of 2 trial games

The Oxfordshire team lost by won by 116 shots to 130.

With both sides winning 3 rinks unfortunately the losses for Oxfordshire outweighed the pluses. With significant changes from the 2018 side Oxfordshire are hoping to look forward to a bright future. 

The second trial is at Kidlington.

Oxfordshire 116, Northants 130   

Mick Jeffs Keith Holloway Will Campion Mark Sykes won 25-17.
Steve Witcombe James Gaskins Kevin Alder Ray Gaskins won 20-19.
Ade Kernish Andy McIntyre Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes lost 22-24.
Alan Carter Lee Young Paul Comley A J Docherty won 23-20.
Mick Nash Orren Bennett Shane Cooper David lLeighfield lost 8-27.
Bradley Squires Steve Aldren Paul Skidmore Paul Sharman lost 18-23

Oxon men beat Northants in friendly

Oxfordshire President Michael Morris hosted the first friendly of the season against Northamptonshire at his own club of Banbury Borough on Tuesday 14th May.

The green was much to the liking of the Oxfordshire bowlers who established an early lead which they never looked like losing  On rink 6 Brian Clarke led his quartet into a substantial lead aof 14 shots after 10 ends which effectively settled the battle for the highest winning rink. Wins on five rinks gave Oxfordshire a win by 59 shots.

Oxfordshire 146, Northants 87

B Willoughby J Timms B ray P Robbins won 26-12.
M Oliver J Hurren K Williams B Bloomfield won 25-11
C Lewis J Stephens K Buckle C Cox won 30-17
P Demczak J McGeough J Benfield M Morris lost 14-19.
P Hickman N Hambridge J Lucas A Ley won 21-17
R Radband P Warner R Barnett B Clarke won 30-11

Mixed results for county ladies

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies kicked of the season with their first two county games against Leicestershire and Worcestershire.

The first game was against Leicestershire on a bitterly cold day at Kingscroft BC on Friday 3rd May in the Middle England League (MEL). Unfortunately only 2 rinks skipped by Jeanette Berry and Caroline Campion managed a result but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

BOL 93, 4 pts; Leicestershire 137, 13 points.

Wendy Cross 16, S Sharpe 26
Jeanette Berry 25, K Rothero 16
Brenda Havard 14, P Sutton 25
Caroline Campion 16, L Green 12
Sylvia Blackmore 8, C Dixon 31
Carol Penson 14, D Huest 27

In the second game Bowls Oxforshire Ladies managed a narrow victory over Worcestershire. The game was played at Pershore in the picturesque grounds of the Abbey, with the bells ringing out loud and clear for simply ages, making sign language a priority, on 9th May.

BOL 88 shots, Worcs 85.
Jeanette Berry 7, S Davies 26
Wendy Cross 13, A Cartwright 19
Caroline Bloomfield 18, J Parfaitt 5
Carol Gaskins 13, D Jackson 9
Carol Penson 7, J Drewer 19
Caroline Campion 30, V Hall 7

Competition draws

The men’s draws for singles, pairs, triples, fours, senior fours and Longford Cup along with the venue for the 2 wood singles are now online: Men’s competitions 2019

The draw can be seen on YouTube.

All ladies competitions are now online: Ladies competitions 2019.

Barry ‘Pecker’ Osborne

The sad new has reached us that Barry Osborne passed away on Saturday in Sobell House.

Affectionately known in the bowling world as ‘Pecker’, he was committed to the game and the various clubs that he played at, both outdoor and indoor.

Barry was always involved and ‘did his bit’. He was one of the games character’s and will be missed.
Our sympathies go to his family.

Barry’s funeral will take place on Friday February 1st, 10.00am at Oxford Crematorium.
Afterwards at Oxford & District Indoor BC.

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.

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.

Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly

The men’s County side had a convincing 34 shot win against Worcestershire in Tuesday’s game played at Kidlington.
Having driven through downpours of rain, the Worcestershire team arrived to find dry blustery conditions and a green which varied from very green on rink 1 to very brown on rink 6.

Once one the green, bowlers were greeted with a fast and even surface, which was very different to what was expected on it’s appearance.

After the game bowlers and their guests were treated to a Roast pork dinner and trifle and Kidlington’s usual hospitality.

Alan Ley’s four took the highest winning rink prize and after being behind for virtually all of the game, a notable six on the nineteenth end set up a win for Mike Andrew’s quartet.

Rinks scores:
Allan Hunt, Percy Strange, Les Days and Mike Andrew won 22-20
Paul Killackey, Douglas Wright, Keith Buckle and Brian Clarke lost 19-20
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Jim Lucas and Richard Barnett lost 14-25
Roy Radband, Brian Ealey, Brian Ray and Alan Ley won 38-13
Ron Slater, David Byers, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton won 23-17
Barry Willoughby, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Chris Cox won 23-10

Oxon men beat Glos in friendly

Oxfordshire returned to Witney, this time to West Witney BC, on Wednesday 29th August to play a friendly against local rivals Gloucestershire.

Local knowledge of rink 1 did not help Oxfordshire and with hindsight perhaps a team imported from the other end of the county might have not suffered from knowledge of the rink. Next door on rink 2 things were always healthier with only 4 ends lost.

In the middle 2 rinks a tight game was the order of the day with both Oxfordshire rinks winning by 2 shots. Rinks 5 and 6 progressed in much the same way as 1 and 2 except that Alan Ley
and co recovered well towards the end to reduce the deficit to 8 And Brian Bloomfield lost an end more than Alan Wase on rink 2 but claimed the glasses with victory by 30 shots.

Witney Town’s Richard Nolte was awarded a colts badge and will have to wait a while for a more convincing win.

Match result

Oxfordshire 142 shots, Gloucestershire 108 shots.

Rink scores
Bradley Squires John Stephens Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 12-26
Roy Radband Bill Jjarvie David Wedge Alan Wase won 29-7
Paul Demczak John Timms Ken Williams Ian Whelpton won 25-23
Brian Ealey John MGeough BrianTray Paul Robbins won 23-21
Steve Tolhurst Percy Strange Les Days Alan Ley lost 17-25
Alan Hunt Richard Nolte Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 36-6

Oxon lose to final HCL game against Bucks

The final match in the Home Counties League was played at Banbury Chestnuts against Buckinghamshire on Saturday 1st September.

After a steady start very little went right for Oxfordshire and at the mid-point they led by 2 shots. Five ends later they trailed by 13 and at the end by 26.

Finishing the season with three wins and three defeats Oxfordshire finished in fourth place with 67 points and a positive shot difference of 34.

Oxfordshire 104 shots (4 points) Buckinghamshire 130 shots (12 points).

Bradley Squires George Moon Orren Bennett David Leighfield won 24-18
Adue Twinn John Hurren Chris Lewis Kevin Alder lost 17-22
Adi Kemish Nigel Satchell Alan Ley Shane Cooper lost 8-21
Steve Tolhurst Brian Ray David Wedge Jason King lost 14-29
Paul Demczak Ron Slater Les Days Chris Weller lost 25-28
Henry Beall Steve Gibson Gordon Hooker Will Campion won 16-12