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Oxon draw with Surrey in Middleton cup

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Oxfordshire played their third game of the 2018 Middleton Cup campaign with a home match against Surrey on Saturday 22rd June at Oxford City and County BC. The game swung one way and then the other with Oxfordshire again preferring the southern rinks, particularly the rink of Mark Charlett, who stormed to a 13 shot lead after 10 ends.

With comfortable wins on rinks 1 and 2 for Charlett and Gaskins, the battle on rink 3 was always the closest with Baden Sparkes finally losing by a single shot. Rinks 4 and 5 went Surrey’s way and the overall result depended on the last end on rink 6. With Oxfordshire trailing by one shot and Surrey holding it was left to Nick Rae-Welsh to Trail the jack for a one shot and to tie the match at 121 shots.

The final Saturday of the competition, July 7th, sees Oxfordshire travelling to Berkshire and Suttons BC for a 2pm start.

Oxfordshire 121 shots 93 points, Surrey 121 shots 13 points.

Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Jason King Mark Charlett won 33-14.
Steve Witcombe Will Campion Shane Cooper Ray Gaskins won 22-16.
Alan Carter Kevin Alder Gary May Baden Sparkes lost 21-23.
Ade Kemish David Leighfield A J Docherty Ian Snowdon lost 19-26.
Jim Bland Steve Aldren Nathan Lewis Paul Sharman lost 14-22.
Bradley Squires Paul Comley Ian Henwood Nick Rae-Welsh lost 11-20.

Johns Trophy v Kent

The next round of the Johns Trophy is on Saturday 23rd June v Kent at Thame BC. Team selected: Johns Trophy v Kent

Balcomb trophy regional finals

The Balcomb trophy regional finals will be played on Sunday 24th June 10am at Bromley BC v Sussex. The team has been selected: Balcomb regional finals

White Rose 2x4s Regional Semi Final

The White Rose 2x4s Regional Semi Final will be played on Sunday 17th June 10.00am at Sutton BC. The team has been selected: U25’s v Surrey

Hawes and Galletly qualify for ladies 2 wood singles

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) have qualified for the Bowls England ladies two wood singles held at Leamington Spa in August.

Quarter finals: T Batt Rawden 14, C Gaskins 10; C Galletly 17, C Bloomfield 10; D knight 15, J Berry 4; C Penson 11, K Hawes 16.
Semi Finals: T Batt Rawden 9, C Galletly 16; D Knight 8, K Hawes 17.

Oxon men qualify for regional finals in the Balcomb trophy

Oxfordshire completed a successful weekend with victory in the Balcomb Trophy against Isle of Wight at Headington on Sunday 10th June.

Mark Charlett and his rink made a slow start and trailled by 4 after 5 ends but then took control of the rink and lead by 16 after 18 ends. With the match almost secure defeat on the final 3 ends left them winning by 11.

The other rink was always tighter and Nick rae-Welsh took the final end played by 1 to give them victory and Oxfordshire overall victory by 12 shots.

Oxfordshire 41, Isle of Wight 29.
Ray Gaskins, Shane Cooper, Ian Henwood, Nick Rae-Welsh won 16-15
Paul Sharman, Nathan Lewis, A J Docherty, Mark Charlett won 25-14

Victory means qualification for the Regional Finals at Bromley Kent on Sunday 24th June.

Ladies fours quarter and semi finals

Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray, Carol Penson and Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) have qualified for the Bowls England national fours championships held at Leamington Spa in August.

The quarter finals saw Berry’s quartet nearly out to a Shiplake side skipped by Daphne Jacob but a wonder bowl from Berry saw them pick up the shots they needed to progress to the semi finals. Campion’s four had a close fought game against a rink skipped by Karen Alder but Campion’s team broke away to win by 7 shots.

The semi final saw Berry’s rink facing club mate Katherine Hawes’ county four. The game was one sided with Carol Penson playing exceptionally well and the team pulling big bowls out when required. Campion’s four also had a good win against Pat Taylor’s four from Banbury Chestnuts.

Quarter Finals: J Berry (Oxford City & County) 20, D Jacob (Shiplake) 17; C Bloomfield (Witney Town) 16, K Hawes (Oxford City & County) 25; C Campion (Banbury Central) 19, K Alder (West Witney) 12; R Burden (South Oxford) 14, P Taylor (Banbury Chestnuts) 29.
Semi Final: J Berry 21, K Hawes 5; C Campion 28, P Taylor 12.

Oxon ladies lose to Bucks in first Johns trophy game

Oxfordshire ladies lose their first Johns Trophy against Buckinghamshire in game played at Chipping Norton on Saturday 2nd June. There were only two winning rinks from rinks skipped by Carol Penson and Pat Ostler.

Oxon 94, Bucks 130
4pts, 18 pts

J Berry 22, M Price 30
C Gaskins 9, L Throup 28
P Ostler 15, S Skerry 11
C Penson 23, V Linton-Phere 16
W Cross 14, S Smith 23
D Knight 11, V Room 22

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

More Leamington achievements

In addition to the men’s achievements at Leamington this year, there are two more groups that should be added to the 2017 success story for Oxfordshire bowlers.

Firstly, congratulations go to Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion from the Banbury Central club who reached the semi-finals in the National Women’s Senior Fours Championship and secondly, the kaleidoscopic rink of Carole Galletly (Banbury Central), Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington) who were finalists in the National Mixed Fours Competition.

Oxfordshire’s achievement’s at the 2017 ‘Nationals’ is going to take some beating in the future.