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Middleton Cup

Middleton Cup v Surrey

The next Middleton Cup game will played against Surrey on Saturday 23rd June 12pm at Oxford City & County. The team has been selected: Surrey MC

Oxon beat Sussex in Middleton Cup

In a complete turnaround in fortunes Oxfordshire played their second Middleton Cup match away to Sussex at Popes Mead BC on Saturday 9th June.

After 5 ends Oxfordshire had established a 32 shot lead thanks in no small part to the 16-0 lead attained by Ian Snowdon’s rink. The pattern continued throughout all 21 ends and with 5 rinks winning comfortably at the end Oxfordshire had won by 51.

A 100 game badge was presented to Ian Henwood (Headington BC).shots.

Oxfordshire return to Oxford City and County on the 23rd June to play Surrey hoping to continue their winning ways.

Oxfordshire 142 shots 20 points, Sussex 91 shots 2 points

Adrian Kernish David Leighfield A J Docherty Ian Snowdon won 37-10
Alan Carter Paul Robbins Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 23-14
Jim Bland Paul Mabbutt Nathan Lewis Paul Sharman lost 14-27
Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Gary May Mark Charlett won 22-13
Steve Witcombe Will Campion Shane Cooper Ray Gaskins won 22-9
Mick Nash Paul Comley Ian Henwood Nick Rae-Welsh won 24-18

Men’s selection

Men’s selection for Hertfordshire, Surrey and Warwickshire has been selected: Selection 3

The Middleton Cup against Sussex will be played on Saturday 9th June 2pm at Popes Mead BC. The team has been selected: Sussex MC

The Balcomb Trophy against Isle of Wight will be played on Sunday 10th June 12pm at Headington BC. The team has been selected: Balcomb

Oxon lose to Kent in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire began their 2018 Middleton Cup campaign with a home match against Kent on Saturday 2nd June at Oxford City and County BC. After 5 ends Oxfordshire were trailing on all 5 rinks with a deficit of 22 shots. 5 Ends later things had not improved and Oxfordshire were now 56 shots behind.

Hopes of a comeback were rising on rinks 1 and 2 after 15 ends but there was little improvement on the other 4 and Oxfordshire trailed by 53 shots. At the end Mark Charlett and his team took the last 3 ends to stage a draw. Next door Nic Rae-Welsh having taken the lead on end 17 then lost the next two ends before winning the last 2 to win by 1. There was no improvement on the other 4 winks and Kent won by 64 shots.

Next Saturday Oxfordshire travel to Popes Mead to play Sussex with a 2pm start hoping fo an improvement in their fortunes.

Oxfordshire 77 shots 3 points Kent 141 shots 19 points

Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Jason King Mark Charlett drew 17-17
Mick Nash Paul Comley Ian Henwood Nick Rae-Welsh won 23-22
Jim Bland Paul Mabbutt Nathan Lewis Paul Sharman lost 10-26
Lee Young Kevin Alder Ray Gaskins Baden Sparkes lost 12 -31
Ade Kemish David Leighfield A J Docherty Ian Snowdon lost 7-18
Keith Holloway Will Campion Shane Cooper Mark Sykes lost 8-27

Middleton Cup team v Kent selected

Oxon men will play Kent in the Middleton Cup on Saturday 2nd June 2pm at Oxford City & County. The team has been selected: Middleton Cup v Kent

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.

Scores:-
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

Mens and ladies fixtures

The men’s and ladies fixtures and latest team sheets are available.

Men’s fixtures

Ladies Fixtures

Middleton Cup v Surrey

Oxfordshire men will face Surrey on Saturday at Croydon Bowling Club 2pm. The team has now been selected: Middleton cup v Surrey

Middleton Cup: Oxon lose to Sussex

The second Middleton Cup match against Sussex at Oxford City and County on Saturday 10th June proved to be a game of two halves. The southern half of the green went Oxfordshire’s way with all three rinks scoring 23 shots to record wins. The northern half went Sussex’s way for them to win all three rinks.

Rink 1 was again the Banbury Borough rink skipped by Mark Sykes and a steady start was maintained throughout and they won by 5 shots. Rink 2 saw Baden Sparkes rink trailing by 4 after 10 ends but winning 9 of the final end saw them win by 10. Rink 3 was a similar story to rink 1 and Ray Gaskins brought his rink home by 8. Rink 4 was home to last week’s winning rink of Ryan Buckett with this week’s battle much closer throughout. Trailing by 8 shots after 19 ends hopes were raised with a four on end 20 but shots were limited to one on the 21 for them to lose by 3.

Mark Charlett won 10 of their ends but by significantly smaller margins than their opponents and lost by 14. A six on end 7 brought Paul Sharan level at 8 all but wins ony 2 of the remaining ends saw the heaviest defeat of the afternoon by 22 shots.

Playing his 100th game for Oxfordshire Jason King was awarded with a gold badge and David Leighfield was presented with a Middleton Cup flash.

Oxfordshire 109 6 points, Sussex 125 16 points.

J Abercrombie G Schwab A J Docherty M Sykes won 23-18
K Holloway K Alder C Gilkes B Sparkes won 23-13
M Nash D Leighfield S Cooper R Gaskins won 23-15
J Bland M Brain N Rae-Walsh R Buckett lost 16-19
S Witcombe A McIntyre J King M Charlett lost 12-26
S Watts P Mabbutt G May P Sharman lost 12-34.

Middleton Cup v Sussex

Oxofordshire men will face Sussex in the Middleton Cup on Saturday 10th June 2pm at Oxford City & County BC. The team has been selected: Middleton Cup v Sussex