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2020 season

From Bowls Oxfordshire Men:

With the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and after consultation with other Associations and following Bowls England information, the 2020 bowling programme for the OBA is cancelled.

This covers Bowls England Championship and Competition qualifiers, Domestic competitions, friendly County games and Presidents Celebratory games.

Also cancelled are the Senior and Junior Home Counties BA Leagues, Annual fixtures and Celebratory games.

The Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixture programmes have also been cancelled.

Bowls England Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Bowls England Championships when received from Bowls England will be reimbursed.

Likewise, OBA Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Domestic Competitions will be reimbursed.

Payment will be made to clubs, who will then reimburse members.

Following the decision taken it has been agreed that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.

The County Officers wish the best of health for the future to all bowlers and please keep yourselves safe.

For those of you who can, we recommend that you visit the Bowls England website to keep yourself abreast of what is happening within our sport, even though there may not be any bowling taking place.

Ian Whelpton

From Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies:

All Ladies competitions, executive meetings, county leagues (MEL) and friendly matches, and one day events, have been cancelled for 2020.  This decision was made by your Executive Committee and in line with Bowls England statement issued this week.

Ladies President v Immediate Past President Day on 27th April is also cancelled.

Please note cancellation of all matches for 2020 include:

County Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, 2 Wood Singles, Junior Singles and Junior Pairs, Senior Fours and County Top Club. 

Also one day events:  Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.

All National Competitions are cancelled as follows:

John’s, Walker Cup, Amy Rose, National Senior Singles and Pairs, Top Club Women, Family Pairs, Champion of Champion (Women), National Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, Tony Allcock (over 60 Double Rink).

Affiliation fees will be refunded as appropriate, along with competition entry fees.

We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Jeanette Berry.

City and county and Banbury teams qualify for the ladies pairs

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) have qualified for the national ladies pairs held at Leamington Spa in August.

Knight and Hawes faced their clubmates Jacky Gray and Carol Penson in the quarter final by 2 shots before going onto defeat Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town) by 10 in the semi final to qualify.

Galletly and Campion beat fellow clubmates Eloise Jones and Mo Cox on an extra end the quarter final before booking their place in the finals by beating Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes (Watlington) by 6 in the semi final.


Qtr Final:
K Hawes 18, C Penson 16
C Bloomfield 19, B Havard (Banbury Central) 15
C Campion 21, M Cox 20
E Gilkes 23, V Bindon (Oxford City & County) 14

Semi Final:
K Hawes 23, C Bloomfield 13
C Campion 26, E Gilkes 20

Soden and Alder qualify for U25 pairs

Claire Soden (Watlington) and Jazz Alder (West Witney) have qualified for Leamington in the U25 pairs held at Leamington Spa in August.

The pair defeated Emma Dixon and Zoe Pratley by 3 shots in the final which was held at Thame Bowls club on Saturday.

Oxon lose to Kent in the Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire played Kent in the southern regional final of the Middleton Cup, looking for a place in the semi-finals at Leamington. After discussions with Kent a neutral green of Egham BC was agreed and a start time of 11 am.

With the same 24 players as in all 3 qualifying matches and a convincing win against Kent in the Home Counties league seven days earlier Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but they were aware of the strength of their opponents.

After 5 ends Oxfordshire trailed by 27 shots with 2 of the rinks unable to make any showing on the score card. Kent maintained their led and after 15 ends their lead was still 28 shots. With ends running out Oxfordshire conceded defeat with 5 ends unplayed. David Leighfield led his rink to the only win of the day. The rinks of Ray Gaskins and Chris Gilkes both finished without completing the 21st end and both shared the spoils.

A 50 game badge was awarded to Shiplake’s Jim Bland.

Oxfordshire 98, Kent 128

Rink scores

Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins drew 15-15.
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes lost 10-25
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 12-24                       
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 25-18 
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman lost 15-21
Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 21-21.

Oxon ladies qualify for Walker Cup finals

Oxon ladies have qualified for the national Walker Cup (2×4’s) final stages played at Leamington Spa on Sunday 18th August.

In the first game, Oxon ladies faced Kent. Carole Galletly, Caroline Bloomfield, Helen Young and Caroline Campion faced a rink skipped by Amy Banes. The game was close fought with Campion’s rink just edging it to win by 2. Karen Galloway, Carol Gaskins, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes faced Mo Hayes’ rink. Hawes’ rink was always in control winning by 16 shots.

The final qualifying game was against Sussex who had beaten Berkshire in the previous game. Oxon showed real team spirit and all played together excellently to dominate on both rinks.

Oxon 46, Kent 28
C Campion 22, A Banes 20
K Hawes 24, M Hayes8

Oxon 50, Sussex 14
Caroline Campion 24, Lorraine Kuhler 7
K Hawes 26, R Mackriel 7

Headington Claim senior fours title

Senior fours winners 2019

Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts were crowned senior fours champions at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club on Sunday.

They began their day in the semi-final against Bicester’s Martin Workman, Alan Wagner, Paul Hooley and Kevin Taylor. The game started fairly evenly with Bicester developing a slight lead after 10 ends at 10-6. Headington then battled well to win the next 4 ends to take the lead, 13-10. 2 shots apiece over the next 2 ends see the score at 15-12 to Headington after 16 ends. Bicester were requiring 3 shots over the last 2 ends to force an extra end; however, this was not achieved, only securing 2 singles shots. Headington Progressed to the final as winners, 15-14. 

The other semi-final see Kidlington’s Jim Feeley, Bob Foster, Chris Cox and Paul McGrath against a Watlington rink comprising of David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. The Watlington rink got off to a strong start, finding themselves 11-5 up at 10 ends. They then further increased their lead to 15-5 after 12 ends before Kidlington then fought back well, scoring 7 shots over the next 2 ends, including a 5 shot pick up on the 14th end. 3 shots to 1 in Watlington’s favour see Kidlington requiring 5 for an extra end on the last. They could not achieve this, by Kidlington only picking up a single shot, this see Watlington progress to the final 18-14 victors. 

After lunch, the final stage was set, Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts against Watlington’s David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. A strong start from the Headington rink see them take a 10-1 lead after 4 ends. Watlington then pegged them back over the next 5 ends, picking 8 shots up unanswered. After 12 ends the score was back level at 11 shots apiece. The next four ends see a nip and tuck game with the score level again at 16 ends, 13-13. The 17th end became a pivotal moment in the game, a wonderful just over weighted bowl by Howard Watts see him take out the Watlington’s closest to pick up 5 shots. The last end meant the Watlington needed to 5 to stay alive but this was unachievable, another beautiful bowl, this time a drawn side toucher from Watts was enough to secure them shot and be crowned champions, 19-13 winners. 

The Senior Fours is one of only two national championship disciplines where only one team from each County qualify for the national finals. This will be played at Leamington Spa from Tuesday 6th August to Thursday 8th August. 

Oxon qualify for Middleton Cup quarter finals

Oxfordshire played Isle of Wight in the final round of this year’s Middleton Cup campaign.  Needing to win the match overall to win the group Oxfordshire started well and lead on all 6 rinks after 5 ends  With Baden and co storming away on rink 6 the other 5 rinks remained close and Oxfordshire’s lead after 10 ends was 11 shots. First to finish was     A J Docherty’s rink losing by 6 shots at 4 pm. Next Barden Sparkes secured the first win of the afternoon by 14 shots and Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but so were the nerves. Next Chris Gilkes after a low scoring tussle with the Island’s skip preventing a big win for the home side, a tie at 17 all gave Oxfordshire their third point of the afternoon and all that remained was to win overall.. With the lead at 8 shots the rink of David Leighfield finished by hanging on by a single shot after losing the last 3 ends and nerves were still tight. Captain Paul Sharman finished well to win by 3 and half an hour after the first rink finished  ray Gaskins rink with successes on the last 4 ends after trailing by 5 shots at end 17 and a final end win of 6 shots giving them victory by 4 shots and the match to Oxfordshire by 16 shots.

Middleton Cup flashes were awarded to Orren Bennett James Gaskins and Joe Justin and the 24 players who competed in all 3 ties look forward to the regional final.

Oxfordshire win the group and qualify to play Kent at Suttons BC on 20th July.

Oxon v Kent

Oxfordshire 130 shots Isle of Wight 114
Oxfordshire 19 points Isle of Wight 3

Rink scores:

Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 17-17  
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 23-22
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman won 23-20
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 15-21.
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins won 23-19
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 29-15

Banbury & Oxford teams qualify in ladies fours

Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) and Karen Galloway, Carol Gaskins, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) have qualified for the national fours finals held at Leamington spa in August.

The quarter and semi finals were held at Chipping Norton yesterday. Campion’s route route the the finals was comfortable beating club mates skipped by Sue Waring and Emma Gilkes’ four from Watlington well.

The other half saw Hawes’ four looking dead and buried in the quarter final trailing 9 – 17 with 4 ends to go. The four managed to pick up all 8 shots including a 5 on the 20th end. The game went level going into the last end with Hawes’ four managing to get the shot they needed to win by 1 and the only time they were ahead in the game. Hawes’ team started better in the semi final against Karen Alder’s team from West Witney. Alder put up a strong fight but couldn’t quite make all the shots back seeing Hawes’ team qualify.

Quarter finals:
Cross (Shiplake) 13, Kemish 17
Waring 3, Campion 25
Alder 30, Willoughby (Kidlington) 12
Ives 17, Hawes 18

Semi Finals:
Gilkes 13, Campion 27
Alder 12, Hawes 19

Banbury & Oxford teams qualify in ladies triples

Carol Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) and Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County) have qualified for the national triples finals held at Leamington Spa in August)

The quarter finals and semi finals were held at Shiplake BC on Saturday. The top half of the draw saw Campion’s triple beat Cynthia Bryant (Charlbury) very comfortably in the quarter final. The semi final against Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) looked to be going the same way but a late comeback for Hawes’ wasn’t enough and Campion’s team made it through to the finals.

The bottom half saw Berry see off Daphne Jacob from the host club without any trouble. Berry raced ahead in the semi final only to see Sandra Wase’s triple (Banbury Borough) pick up an 8 to bring them right back into the game. Berry’s team held their nerve and managed to stay in front and win the game.

Quarter finals:
Campion 27, Bryant 9
Hawes 30, Cooper (Witney Town) 1
Berry 21, Jacob 8
Glenn (Watlington) 8, Wase 16

Semi finals:
Campion 22, Hawes 18
Berry 22, Wase 17

Ladies senior fours final

The ladies senior fours final will be played on Thursday 4th July at 2pm at South Oxford Bowls Club.

Jacky Gray, Sue Mayo, Carol Gaskins and Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County) v Margaret Haley, Anne Hale, Val Wakefield and Pauline Williams (Long Hanborough)