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Oxon ladies lose to Herts in friendly

Played at Shiplake on Tuesday 29th May. Stormy weather and only 18 ends played.

BOL 63, Herts 128.

Sylvia Blackmore 7, B Bard-Bodek 31
Maureen Osborne 9, C Whybrow 26
Carole Thornhill 15, J Cormack 23
Wendy Cross 8, H Chandler 15
Pat Ostler 9, S Maynard 16
Daphne Jacob 15, R Havord 17

Oxon men beat Somerset in friendly

Oxfordshire travelled to Bath BC on Tuesday 29th May to play Somerset. With rain threatening the game throughout and reports from Oxford of heavy rain there Oxfordshire concentrated on finishing the game as quickly as possible. Once again restricting their opponents to less than 100 shots Oxfordshire Had a comfortable win by 34 shots.

Oxfordshire 128 Somerset 94.

Vic Webb Colin Haley Philip Warner Mick Morris won 28-14
.Steve Tolhurst Bill Jarvie John McGeough Ken Williams drew 19-19.
Mike jones Eddie Dorling Martin Oliver Jim Lucas lost 14-23.
Andrew French Terry Gripe John Hurren Brian Bloomfield won 24-14.
Chris Lewis Alex Fleming David Wedge Ian Whelpton won 25-9.
Allan Hunt Brian Ealey John Benfield Alan Ley won 18-15

Under 25 Pairs Report

Under 25 pairsSouth Oxford was the venue for this years under 25 pairs competition with 9 pairs competing for the title.

The sun shined all day and was blissful for all involved. The first round games and results were as follows:

O Bennett & S Watts 18 B King & D Swanson 19 after extra end
O John & B Dickson 11 vs R Parkes & W Soden 20
L King & T Tisbury 20 vs S. Kibblewhite & L Gilbert 18
J Justin & J Wilkinson 24 vs B Squires & H Alder 12

A cracking lunch that was provided by Beryl and her helpers was enjoyed by players and spectators alike before the afternoon hotted up for the semi finals and final.

An all Watlington affair in the first semi final between Brandon King and Dan Swanson, Rob Parkes and Will Soden. A strong performance from the younger partnership of King and Swanson see them hold the lead all the way through to progress them to the final, 18 shots to 9 victors.

The second semi final was between Bicester’s Lucas King and Thame’s Tom Tisbury, with their opponents lining up as Carterton’s Joe Justin and Banbury Borough’s Jamie Wilkinson. The Toon & Borough pair played an extremely strong game throughout with a convincing 30 shot to 7 win to see them into the final.

The final between Joe and Jamie against Brandon and Dan can only be described as a spectacle. A close start with only a couple of shots being picked up to either side and after 7 ends it was 5-4 to Joe and Jamie, before a 5 shot pickup to them on the 8th. The following end saw a 5 picked straight back up after a quality bowl from Dan. At 12 ends Joe and Jamie had pegged up to a 15-9 lead before the Watlington duo fought back well to take it to 15-15 at 15 ends. A 2 shot count from Brandon and Dan on the 17th end see them nudge in front for the first time in the game. A single shot in favour of Joe and Jamie on the last end to us to an extra end which was phenomenal. After the leads had bowled Joe was holding but Brandon had good positional woods just behind the jack. Dan played a cracking bowl with his third wood of the end to drag the jack to where his partner’s woods were happy collectors. But not for long. With Jamie’s last bowl and the pressure on him being game down, he delivers a weighted bowl, to pick the jack up from Brandon’s bowls and carry the jack straight into the ditch. Dan had a couple of feet of available space close to the edge of the rink to draw the shot but fell short on his final delivery of the day. Elation for Joe and Jamie as they picked up the David Allin cup and booked their places at Leamington.

A big thank you to the members of South Oxford Bowling Club for again hosting such a successful event with excellent weather and support provided all day.

The next under 25 competition is on Sunday 10th June at Kidlington Bowls Club commencing at 10am. It would be fantastic to see as many of you there to support the juniors in the professionalism and class that they bring to the sport.

JCHL v Berkshire

The Junior Home Counties League game v Berkshire on Sunday 3rd June 10:30am at Thatcham Bowls Club has been selected. JCHL v Berks.

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in Walker Cup

Oxfordshire ladies lost to Kent in the Walker Cup by 34 shots in a game conceded after 18 ends.

Oxon 14, Kent 48

J Berry 6, S Honour 34
K Hawes 8, J Cogle 14

Oxon beat berks in HCL

Oxfordshire played Berkshire at South Oxford in the first match of the 2018 Home Counties League campaign. With a convincing start on rink 2 Oxfordshire built a lead of 23 shots after 5 ends. Over the next 5 ends the lead had built to 36 and by the completion of 18 ends Oxfordshire still had a lead of 29.

Wins on rinks 1 to 5 left Berkshire with a single rink win. The appointment of Kevin Alder a manager for the Hpme Counties League prove initially successful – despite his rink’s defeat The result is an exact reversal of last season result and the shot scores also very nearly a mirror image.

Colts badges were awarded to West Witney’s Alistair Hayes and Shiplake’s Matt Shepherd.

Oxfordshire 132, Berkshire 98.
20 points, 2 points.

Bernie May Joe Justin Chris Cox Jason King won 23-18.
Sam Watts Adie Twin Ian Henwood Mark Charlett won 32-8
Steve Witcombe Matt Shepherd Steve Aldren Paul Sharman won 22-14
Ade Kemish Brian Bloomfield Paul Skidmore Shane Cooper won 25-17
Bradey Squires Alan Ley Lee young David Leighfield won 18-14
Orren Bennett Alistair Hayes Reny Clanfield Kevin Alder lost 12-27

Oxon ladies lose to Wilts in friendly

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Wiltshire in a friendly by 8 shots on Tuesday 22nd May at Witney Town BC.

BOL 109, Wiltshire 117

Carol Penson 24, B Land 12
Jeanette Berry 20, T Jarrett 17
Wendy Cross 16, J Willis 21
S Blackmore 13, B Salter 22
Daphne Jacob 20, M Annetts 21
Caroline Bloomfield 16, F Mace 24

Oxon men suffer narrow defeat by Beds in friendly

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second friendly of the season at Thame BC on Tuesday 23rd May to play Bedfordshire.

Oxfordshire got off to a slow start and were 6 shots down after 5 ends with rink 5 failing to win a single shot and conceding 15. Five ends later things had improved and Oxfordshire took the lead by 2 shots with rink 5 picking up their first shot and rink 6 storming into a 14 shot lead. The next 8 ends did not go the homeside’s way with Bedfordshire coming to term with the Thame green to establish a 14 shot lead. The last 3 ends saw a strong Oxfordshire comeback and at the end the score boards showed the match all square on the boards. Unfortunately for the home side the scorecards showed a different story and a 1 shot win for Bedfordshire.

Colts badges were awarded to Woodstock’s Brian Clarke and Banbury Chestnuts Keith Buckle. A 300 game badge was belatedly awarded to Oxfordshire Secretary Ian Whelpton.

Oxfordshire 115, Bedfordshire 116

Ron Slater Martin Oliver Brian Clarke Ken Williams won 22-14
Steve Tolhurst Eddie Dorling Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 15-22
Colin Haley Mike Jones Brian Ray Paul Robbins lost 17-24
Vic Webb John Hurren David Bullock Alan Ley won 17-16
Roy Radband Larry Eltringham Keith Buckle Ian Whelpton lost 15-26
Bradley Squires John Timms Mick Morris Gordon Hooker won 29-14

Oxon men best Glous in Middleton cup trial game

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second Middleton Cup trial with a visit to Cheltenham BC to play Gloucestershire on Saturday 19th May. The Oxfordshire team completed the second trial with a narrow 5 shot win, 116 shots to 101.

With the rinks shared 3 each, the overall result was largely determined by Shane Cooper’s rink who recovered from 8 shots after 13 ends to take the last shots to win by 8.Paul Sharman and Mark Charlett skipped the other 2 winning rinks.

Oxfordshire 116, Gloucestershire 111.

Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Gary May Mark Charlett won 19-16.
Alan Carter Chris Weller Nathan Lewis Baden Sparkes lost 14-19.
Ade Kernish Paul Robbins David Leighfield A J Docherty lost 15-19.
Lee Young Will Campion Kevin Alder Shane Cooper won 24-16
Bradley Squires Paul Comley Andy McIntyre Nick Rae-Welsh lost 25 -26
Steve Witcombe Harvey Alder Steve Aldren Paul Sharman won 19-15

Oxon men beat Northants in friendly

The first friendly of the season for Oxfordshire Bowling Association was the match against Northamptonshire at Brackley BC.

The match was dominated by the rink 1 side skipped by Richard Barnett, who picked up 6 shots on end 6 and went on to dominate the rink with victory by 23 shots. Rink 6 started evenly but a streak of seven ends starting at end 13 saw them comfortably home by 11 shots. With two further rinks winning, Oxfordshire won the match by 22 shots.

Norman Hambridge (Bloxham BC) played his first game for Oxfordshire and was awarded a Colts badge.

Oxfordshire 136, Northants 104.

Paul Demczak Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Richard Barnett won 35-12
Vic Webb Norman Hambridge Ken Williams Ian Whelpton lost 18-25
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Mick Morris Melvin Brain won 22-16
Henry Franklin Eddie Dorling David Wedge Alan Ley won 22-20
Allan Hunt Andrew French Alan Wase Brian Bloomfield lost 17-20
Chris Lewis John Hurren Les Days Paul Robbins won 22-11