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Middleton Cup

Oxon beat Berks in Middleton Cup final group game

Oxfordshire played their final Middleton Cup group match At Suttons BC Reading on Saturday 8th July.

The mid-morning start time did not seen to suit Oxfordshire and they trailed by 13 shots after 5 ends and 27 after 10 ends. With Mark Charlett’s rink finding form, the gap was reduces to 7 by the 15th end. In front by the 18th. Three rinks were in front at the end and Oxfordshire won by 8 shots.

20 game badges were awarded to the Watlington pair of Sam Watts and Shane Cooper. Middleton Cup flashes were awarded to Ade Kemish and Alan Carter.

Oxfordshire 131 shots 16 points Berkshire 123 shots 6 points

Adrian Kemish Paul Comley David Leighfield Ian Snowdon won 20-18
Alan Carter Paul Mabbutt Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes Lost 21-22
Mick Nash Paul Robbins Ian Henwood Nick Rae-Welsh won 27-16
Bradley Squires Steve Aldren Nathan Lewis Paul Sharman lost 18-27
Steve Witcombe Will Campion Shane Cooper Jason King won 25-16
Sam Watts Chris Weller Paul Skidmore Mark Charlett lost 20-24

The final table for this year saw Kent pip Berkshire for the top spot Oxfordshire finished in third place.

Kent 64 points
Berkshire 63
Oxfordshire 48
Surrey 37
Sussex 8

Oxon draw with Surrey in Middleton cup

All Square at the end.

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.

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