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Brandon King reaches final of Sutton Winson Plate

Congratulations to Bicester BC and Watlington BC bowler Brandon King on reaching the final of the Sutton Winson Plate at Leamington on Sunday, when he joined forces with Liam Harris of Suffolk, last years winner of the Sutton Winson Trophy.

The Plate competition is a drawn pairs competition of the best of three sets, for first round losers in the Trophy competition. Steady progress by the OBA Under 25 team member and his partner of two 2-0 and a 2-1 win saw them into the final against a pairing from Gloucestershire and Kent. After sharing the first two of the three sets, the pairings could still not be separated, with the scores level at the end of the third set. Unfortunately for Brandon and Liam the extra end proved to be an end too far.

The Trophy competition, which is for Under 18 year olds, saw first round wins for Banbury Central’s Luke Gilbert and Carterton’s Joseph Justin. In a memorable week for him, Joseph played his first senior county game earlier in the week in Bristol.

Thame bowler Jonathan Dadson had two good wins to reach the third round.

Oxon ladies lose to Surrey by 6 in Walker cup regional finals

Bowls Oxfordshire lost to Surrey by 6 shots in the Walker cup regional finals held at Old Coulsdon today.

Jeanette Berry’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor and Brenda Havard had a close fought game all the way through. They managed to extend their lead to 3 shots at 12 ends and again at 19 but Surrey didn’t let them get away at either point. They ended up dropping a 4 on the 20th end to go 2 shots a drift but followed up with a 2 of their own to draw the score on their rink level.

Donna Knight’s rink of Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris and Carol Nall struggled to score, dropping a string of single shots to see them 6 shots adrift at 16 ends. A 4 on the 17th end brought them back within 2 shots of Pat Bourne’s rink but Knight’s four didn’t score again until the final end leaving them to lose the rink and the game by 6 shots.

Oxfordshire 31, Surrey 37.

Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor, Brenda Havard, Jeanette Berry 19, Debbie Souter 19.
Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris, Carol Nall, Donna Knight 12, Pat Bourne 18.

Carterton through to Leamington in men’s senior fours

Senior Fours WinnersThe inaugural senior fours semi-finals and final were played in yet another splendid summer’s day at Burford Bowling Club on Sunday. This competition is a new competition brought in by Bowls England which is suitable for any four gentlemen, of the same club, who are aged 55 and over. There weren’t a great deal of entrants this year but I am personally hoping word will spread and we will have more and more entrants in the next couple of years growing it to be one of the most sought after competitions.

Having said that, there were four very strong sides fielded from Carterton, South Oxford, Headington and Banbury Central and two excellent semi-finals developed through the morning.
The first semi-final saw a Carterton rink of Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and skipped by Paul Sharman up against a South Oxford rink of Chris Billingham, Vick DePaauw, Richard Green and skipped by Keith Mobley. After a seriously strong start from the Toon rink put them 18 shots to nil up after just 6 ends, the fightback would always be required from the south oxford rink, and they did just that. The next 7 ends went 10-2 in South’s favour to take the score to 20-10 at 13 ends. South continued their dominance in the game, although behind, they won the next 7 ends to take it to a nail-biting climax with the score at 20-18 playing the last. A great last end from the Toon lads saw them pickup 2 shots to win the game 22-20, but it has to be noted of the valiant effort given from the South Oxford rink.

The second semi-final saw a Headington line up of Mick Nash, Russell Edwards, Colin Whitehead and skipped by Ray Gaskins playing against a Banbury Central rink comprised of Alan Carter, Mike Andrew, Keith McNeil and skipped by Ian Whelpton. This was a lot tighter affair than the other semi-final which saw only 7 shots scored in the first 6 ends, going 6-1 Headington’s way. The Banbury rink fought well middle game to take the lead going 13-11 up at 15 ends before a double from Headington took it all square at 15 shots each. 3 good ends by Central saw them 17-13 up with only 2 ends left. A single shot on the penultimate saw Headington requiring 3 shots for an extra end or 4 shots for a win. Great front end bowling from the Headington boys in the last end allowed a good head to be built strongly in their favour and after the last bowl was delivered Headington picked up a game winning 4 shots to take their in place in the final 18-17 victors.
A spot of lunch was enjoyed by players, officials and spectators before the final commenced in the afternoon.

Played on rink 1, both the Carterton Rink and the Headington rink started well with Toon going 9 shots to 6 in front in the first half of the game. The next six ends saw six single shot pick-ups taking the score to 13-8 in Toon’s favour. A big 3 shot count on the 18th end saw the Toon boys up 16-8 with three ends to play. Of the required 8 shots Headington needed they could only gain 4 shots which gave Carterton the victory 16 shots to 12 and a place at Leamington to represent Oxfordshire in the national finals.
The winners, Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Paul Sharman, were presented the trophy by Ian Whelpton, which looked excellent after some work was put in over the winter months to convert the Bradshaw Cup to now be used as the Senior Fours Trophy.

A massive thank you to the members at Burford Bowls Club for the excellent welcome and facilities that were provided throughout the day and the lunch was excellent.

My closing note would be to encourage all competitors over the age of 55 to build a rink, together with your club mates and enter the competition for next year as this is definitely going to develop into an excellent competition, with the chance to qualify for the national finals at Leamington Spa.

Oxon fall at final Johns hurdle

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies lost to Berkshire in the final Johns trophy group game on Saturday at Banbury Chestnuts.

The game was close fought with Oxon only losing overall by 12 shots with a few results going the right way would have seen victory by Oxon. Oxon only had two winning rinks with Carol Gaskin’s rink of Maggie Alderson, Pauline Williams and Daphne Jacob defeating Morgan Merryweather by 2 shots and Donna Knight’s rink of Helen Kinglsey, Sue Gokgor and Carole Galletly beating Helen Simpson by 1 shot.

A surprise result saw bottom of the table Bucks beat Kent, a clean sweep from either Berkshire or Oxfordshire would have seen them top the table and go through the regional finals. Kent live to fight another day and retained their place at the top of South A’s table.

Oxon 108, Berks 120
4pt, 18pts

Margaret Bullock, Jacky Gray, Brenda Havard, Jeanette Berry 19, N Holder 22
Jackie Stafford, Pat Ostler, Carol Nall, Marion Darton 18, J Porter 22
Maggie Alderson, Pauline Williams, Daphne Jacob, Carol Gaskins 21, M Merryweather 19
Margaret Stacey, Elaine Robinson, Carolien Bloomfield, Wendy Cross 16, L Holliday 18
Helen Kingsley, Sue Gokgor, Carole Galletly, Donna Knight 16, H Simpson 15
Margaret Morris, Maureen Osbourne, Sylvia Blackmore, Carol Penson 18, B Wall 24

Banbury Central qualify for ladies senior fours

Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) have qualified for the Bowls England national senior fours championships held at Leamington in August. Campion’s four had a 17 short win over Jackie Stafford, Sheila Cranstoun, Ruth Copp, Sylvia Blackmore from Shiplake.

Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion 29
Jackie Stafford, Sheila Cranstoun, Ruth Copp, Sylvia Blackmore 12

Oxon ladies to play Surrey in Walker Cup regional finals

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies will travel to Old Coulsdon on Sunday 16th July to play Surrey in the regional finals of the Walker Cup. Team has been selected: Walker Cup v Surrey

Johns Trophy v Berkshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies face Berkshire in their final Johns Trophy game on Saturday 8th July 1:30pm at Banbury Chestnuts. The team has been selected: Johns Trophy v Berkshire

Oxon ladies defeat Sussex in the walker cup

Oxfordshire ladies beat Sussex today in the Walker Cup at Great Hollands Bowls Club. Donna Knight’s rink of Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris and Carol Nall won by 4 shots which meant after 20 ends and 7 shots up, Jeanette Berry’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor and Brenda Havard didn’t need to play the last end. Oxon will now face Surrey or Hampshire at the regional finals on the 16th July.

Oxon 40, Sussex 29

J Berry 16, R George 9
D Knight 24, C Bowles 20

Oxon men lose to Surrey in Middleton Cup

The third Middleton Cup match against Surrey at Croydon on Saturday 24th June needed a major upheaval in results if Oxfordshire were to progress further in this year’s Middleton Cup competition. With 2 rinks setting off in great form it was left to the other 4 rinks to improve on their card.. After 10 ends the deficit was only 1 shot and 5 ends latter the difference was still only 5. Surrey then applied the greater pressure and at the end Oxfordshire had lost by 25 shots.

On rink 1 all four Oxfordshire players were in great form and won 13 of the first 15 ends to establish a 13 shot lead. Despite losing a 5 on end 16 they finished comfortably ahead by 10 shots.

A very similar situation developed on rink 3 and they also won by 10 shots. Between the two rinks things were not going our way with the Surrey skip turning many ends to his advantage and a win by 12 shots.

On rink 4 wins on 9 ends by narrow margins were not sufficient to hold the Surrey quartet and they lost by 17.
The Banbury Borough quartet stayed close and were only trailing by 2 shots at 18 ends. Losing the last 3 ends saw them trailing by 8 shots at the close.

After 10 ends things went against us and the final deficit was also 8 shots.

Oxfordshire 100 4 points, Surrey 126 18 points.

S Witcombe A McIntyre J King M Charlett won 20-10
J Bland M Brain C Weller R Buckett lost 11-23
M Nash I Whelpton S Cooper R Gaskins won 23-13
S Watts P Comley K Alder P Sharman lost 15-32
J Abercrombie K Holloway G Schwab M Sykes lost 15-23
A Carter S Aldren C Gilkes B Sparkes lost 16-24

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in the Johns Trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost by 38 shots to a strong Kent team in the Johns Trophy game played on Saturday 24th June at Bromley bowls club. There were only two winning rinks with Helen Kingsley, Hazel Oliver, Sue Gokgor and Donna Knight winning by 4 and Jackie Stafford, Pat Ostler, Carol Nall and Marion Darton managed to pick up a 4 on the last end to win by 3. Carole Penson’s rink came close but just lost out by 3 in the end.

Oxon 95, Kent 133
4pts – 18 pts

Anne Hale, Dawn Lynch, Daphne Jacob, Carol Gaskins 12, J Parker 26
Margaret Morris, Maureen Osbourne, Pauline Williams, Carole Penson 14, P Goodger 17
Jackie Stafford, Pat Ostler, Carol Nall, Marion Darton 21, A Harrison 19
Jan Gore, Gill Muir, Caroline Bloomfield, Wendy Cross 15, W King 24
Helen Kingsley, Hazel Oliver, Sue Gokgor, Donna Knight 22, J Coyle 18
Margaret Bullock, Shirley Crick, Brenda Havard Jeanette Berry 11, I Simpson 29