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Oxon beat Berks in the double rink

Oxfordshire entertained Berkshire in the first round of this year’s Balcomb Trophy on Sunday 9th June at Headington BC.

Representing the county were the highest scoring rink from the Middleton Cup victory at Worthing the previous weekend and a Four skipped by Paul Sharman containing three graduates of the Under 25 squad.

After a slow start end 9 proved the turning point as both rinks picked up 5s to gain a 3 shot lead. With Paul’s rink progressing steadily Oxfordshire established an 8 shot lead by the completion of end 18. With the Banbury Borough rink limiting their deficit to five shots and Paul and co  hanging on to a 3 shot lead for Oxfordshire playing the last end Paul Sharman drew second shot with his first wood and The Berkshire Skip unable to change thing Oxfordshire won by 2 shots.

Rink 1

Sam Watts Shane Cooper Chris Gilkes Paul Sharman 28, Scott Winskill Kyle Mallandain Patrick Hulbert Andrew Knapper 22

Rink 2

Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty 15, Craig Shaw B J Byles Darren Holder Robert Newman 19

Oxfordshire 43, Berkshire 41

Oxfordshire qualify for the regional finals to be played at Old Coulsdon BC, Surrey on Sunday 23rd June. Also qualifying for the day are Kent Buckinghamshire and Kent.

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in Johns trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played against Kent on a neutral green at Woking Park Bowls Club on Saturday 8th June 2019 in the Johns trophy.  

Unsettled weather with rather windy conditions to contend with we started with a five shot deficit after the first five ends. After ten ends the deficit was 27 shots, but we clawed back to 18 shots down after 15 ends and 16 shots down after 18 ends. Unfortunately, the last three ends proved too much and we lost the match by 25 shots.  

BOL 100 (4 points), Kent 125 (18 points)  

Margaret Morris, Erica Brown, Pat Ray, Brenda Havard 21, Kent 24
Jackie Stafford, Gill Muir, Carole Thornhill, Wendy Cross 14, Kent 25
Jody Flitter, Pat Taylor, Helen Kingsley, Carol Penson 11, Kent 23
Margaret Bullock, Elaine Robinson, Pam Faulkner, Carol Gaskins 21, Kent 19
Jenny Lynch, Maggie Alderson, Liz Kemish, Donna Knight 14, Jane Cogle 19 Sue Mayo, Jenny Banton, Caroline Bloomfield, Jeanette Berry 19, Kent 15

Jackie Stafford received her Johns Flash for her 6th match play.  

Oxon ladies lose to Hants in Johns

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played the first round of the Johns on Saturday 1st June at Oxford City and County BC, on a glorious June afternoon.  

Unfortunately, Hampshire were too strong and the result was 4 rinks win to 2 rinks for BOL. 

Shots BOL 99 – Hants 131.  4 pts to 18 pts.  

Jeanette Berry 11, J Williamson 22
Carol Gaskins 24, L Hayward 13
Carol Penson 10, J Ballard 24
Brenda Havard 17, M Holden 27
Donna Knight 17, H Marke 26
Wendy Cross 20, S Pullin 19  

Many thanks to the host club, their hospitality and for the lovely meal after the match.

Oxon beat Sussex in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire travelled to the south coast on Saturday to play Sussex in their first Middleton Cup game of the 2019 season. With an earlier start than usual at 12 noon Oxfordshire enjoyed a relaxed trip to Worthing Pavilion with 4 players new to the Middleton Scene. All settled to the task early and after 5 ends had established a 5 shot lead. The Banbury Borough quartet skipped by A J Docherty led the wat with a convincing all round performance.  With the rinks of Ray Gaskins Paul Sharman and David Leighfield finishing strongly and the four of Chris Gilkes struggling to get the better of their opponents interested focused on the outcome of Baden Sparkes rink for the final overall score. With a 2 shot lead going into the last end a loss of shots ensured the rink was shared.

With Hampshire defeating Isle of Wight by 20 points to 2, Oxfordshire were in a strong position in second place for the match against them on 15th June.

Oxfordshire 19 points, Sussex 3.
Oxfordshire 130 shots, Sussex 102.

Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes lost 16-23  
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins won 22-17
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty won 29-10
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes drew 17-17
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 26-17
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman won 20-18

Hawes and Galletly qualify in 2 wood

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) and Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) will represent Oxfordshire in the Nationals at Leamington by reaching the final of the 2 Wood Singles.  

Sixteen players from across the County played at Kidlington BC on Sunday 26th May in changeable conditions.  

Quarter finals:
Jeanette Berry (City and County) 16, Pam Faulkner (West Oxford) 8 Katherine Hawes (City and County) 17, Carol Penson (City and County) 12 Sylvia Blackmore (Shiplake) 19, Josie Gilbert (City and County) 3  

Semi finals:
Katherine Hawes 16, Jeanette Berry 4
Carole Galletly 18, Sylvia Blackmore 7  

Many thanks to the hosts Kidlington BC for their hospitality and supply of refreshments.

Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe qualify in 2 wood singles

Hawker cup winners 2018Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe secure the first places in the national finals of the Two Wood Singles.

City and County BC was the host for the quarter finals and semi finals of the two wood singles.

The 8 players who reached the quarter finals from the previous weeks rounds were Henry Beall, West Witney, Sam Watts, Headington, Trevor Prew, West Witney, Jim Bland Shiplake, Paul Skidmore, West Witney, Stuart Marsden, Banbury Borough, Darren Sharpe, Adderbury and Simon Hastings, Headington.

The first quarter final see Henry Beall beat Sam watts, a previous national title winner of the competition, 15 shots to 6.

The second quarter final see Jim Bland beat Trevor Prew, with the same score line as the first quarter final, 15 shots to 6.

The third quarter final see Paul Skidmore beat Stuart Marsden in the tightest game of the round, winning 15-12.

The last quarter final see Darren Sharpe beat Simon Hastings 17 shots to 9.

The semi finalists lined up as Henry Beall against Jim Bland. Bland started well, winning by 5 shots at 14 ends. Beall could only score 2 more shots before Bland scored 4 more singles to see him secure the first place in the final, winning 16-9.

The other semi final see Paul Skidmore against Darren Sharpe. Sharpe started well taking a 7-shot lead after 14 ends. Skidmore battled back well scoring 4 shots over the next as many ends, but Sharpe secured the win by picking up 2 shots in the last two ends, to see him take the second place in the final, 14-9 victor.

The county finals will take place at Banbury Borough BC on Sunday 21st July.

Caroline Campion nominated for bowler of the year


Bowls England has today opened the voting to determine the 2018 Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Bowls and Bowls International respectively.

In an exciting new format, a shortlist for each award has been compiled, with a public vote then taking place to crown the respective winners.

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE said “Bowls England is delighted to announce that the Bowlers of the Year will be determined by a public vote for the first time.

“We are pleased that Taylor Bowls and Bowls International continue to sponsor these highly respected and prestigious awards and we thank them for their support.”

Sian Honnor, editor of Bowls International, said: “We thought it would be fitting moving forward for bowlers themselves to vote for who they believe to be the players of the year. It is important to recognise excellent achievement and the shortlisted players are those that stood out in a strong field.

“Congratulations to all those featured and I look forward to announcing the winners at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes which is always a highlight of the bowling calendar and a chance to celebrate the season in style.”

The shortlists are as follows (in alphabetical order by surname):

Junior Woman Bowler of the Year
Emma Cooper (Sussex)
Emily Ferguson (Kent)
Courtney Harvey (Buckinghamshire)
Katherine Rednall (Suffolk)
Vicky Room (Buckinghamshire)
Rachel Tremlett (Hertfordshire)
Izzie White (Worcestershire)

Woman Bowler of the Year
Caroline Campion (Oxfordshire)
Amy Gowshall (Lincolnshire)
Margaret Holden (Hampshire)
Sian Honnor (Kent)
Debbie Seward (Surrey)
Margaret Smith (Surrey)
Sophie Tolchard (Devon)
Terrie Wombell (Nottinghamshire)

Online voting for the Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Awards runs until midnight on Sunday 11th November, with the winners announced at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Saturday 24th November.

To view a synopsis of each player’s achievements in 2018 and to vote for this year’s Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year, please visit:

Banbury Central win over 60’s double rink

National Tony Allcock winners 2019


Congratulation’s to Banbury Central on winning the Tony Allcock Over 60’s Mixed Double rink Trophy.

Since reaching the quarter-finals played at Worthing in it’s inaugural year 2011, the Central club have been stalwart supporters of the competition each year and for the last few years, the only club to enter the competition from Oxfordshire.

Being part of the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire group, Central overcame teams from Iver HeathBC, Marlow BC, Stony Stratford BC and in the last 16, Stroud BC.

In Saturday afternoon’s quarter-final against Huntingdonshire’s Hemingford BC they won an exciting game 33-32 and looked forward to an early start from Banbury on Sunday morning.
Their Semi-final opponents were Cove BC from Hampshire who proved admirable opponents, Central recording a four shot 38-34 win. It was good to see Oxfordshire bowlers other than Central members giving their support.

In the afternoon’s final they came up against 2016 winners Lindfield BC from Sussex who went off on a flyer only for the Oxfordshire rinks to not only pull back, but move into a good lead.

Not to be outdone, Lindfield came back into their own, eating into their opponents lead to make the last quarter of the game look exciting. Central took up the challenge and steadily moved away to win on both rinks and take the title with a 47 – 35 victory.

Rinks scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16, Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.

The reward for try, try again.

An End Too Far

Condolences and congratulations to Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett on reaching the Semi-finals of the Bowls England Men’s National Pairs Championship.

After earlier wins against Dorset 21-12 in round one and a 21-18 in round two against Devon, Gloucester provided a closer game in the last sixteen before losing to the Headington pair 15-16.

The quarter final against Cambridgeshire saw the Oxford lads back in their previous routine moving into the semi-finals on the back of a 23-13 victory.

Wednesday mornings semi-final saw them up against a Somerset pairing from the Watchet Bowling Club, which for those keeping up to date on the Bowls England live scoring was a close encounter with each pair creeping ahead before seeing their opponents pull back and then move ahead. After 21 ends, like the second semi-final, the teams could not be separated at 18 shots each. Unfortunately for the Oxfordshire lads the final was not to be as the Watchet bowlers took the extra end to move into the final, which they ultimately won against the West End BC pairing from Surrey.

Silverware for the Morris’s

OBA Deputy President Mike Morris and his wife, BOL Treasurer Margaret won the Friends of English Bowling members, two-wood pairs competition, during the National Championships on Tuesday.

Their success was achieved after playing five 15 end rounds of 2-wood pairs and culminating in a win against last years losing finalists, from Huntingdonshire. A busy day.