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Middleton Cup

Oxon lose to Kent in the Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire played Kent in the southern regional final of the Middleton Cup, looking for a place in the semi-finals at Leamington. After discussions with Kent a neutral green of Egham BC was agreed and a start time of 11 am.

With the same 24 players as in all 3 qualifying matches and a convincing win against Kent in the Home Counties league seven days earlier Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but they were aware of the strength of their opponents.

After 5 ends Oxfordshire trailed by 27 shots with 2 of the rinks unable to make any showing on the score card. Kent maintained their led and after 15 ends their lead was still 28 shots. With ends running out Oxfordshire conceded defeat with 5 ends unplayed. David Leighfield led his rink to the only win of the day. The rinks of Ray Gaskins and Chris Gilkes both finished without completing the 21st end and both shared the spoils.

A 50 game badge was awarded to Shiplake’s Jim Bland.

Oxfordshire 98, Kent 128

Rink scores

Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins drew 15-15.
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes lost 10-25
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 12-24                       
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 25-18 
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman lost 15-21
Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 21-21.

Oxon beat Hants in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire played Hampshire in the second round of this year’s Middleton Cup campaign. With both sides coming to the game with convincing wins in the first round pressure was on for a good performance. The weather suited Oxfordshire for the first ten ends and they established a lead of 47 shots with only one rink trailing. With the rain disappearing the next 5 ends were more even but the lead was still 38 shots. With the lead disappearing quickly by the 18th end the lead was down to 16 and Hampshire were winning most of the ends. With the final end of the match being played by ray Gaskins rink the sides were difference was down to a single shot with Hampshire needing to win the end to take the tie. All members of Ray’s rink bowled with confidence and despite the jack frequently changing position Oxfordshire detained control to win the end by 4 shots and the match by 5 shots. With 3 rinks each Oxfordshire won by 16-6 points.

With the last match of the campaign against Isle of Wight on t6th July at Kidlington Oxfordshire need to gain 14 points to guarantee going forward to the regional final.

Oxfordshire 125 shots Hampshire 120.
Oxfordshire 16 points Hampshire 6.

Rink scores

Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty won 21-18.
Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes won 36-14.
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins lost 18-27.
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman lost 14-19.
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield lost 13-29.
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 23-13.

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

Oxon men beat Glous in Middleton Cup trial

The second Middleton Cup trial was played against Gloucestershire at Kidlington on 15th may. Starting slowly Oxfordshire trailed by 10 shots after 5 ends and failed to improve the situation by end 10.With 4 of the rinks of the two Carterton skip with Baden Powell establishing a healthy lead a and Paul Sharman struggling to stay in touch.  At close of play the rinks of David Leighfield and Ray Gaskins finished by winning the final two ends to finish level, Shane Cooper won the last end to finish 1 up and Chris Gilkes had won by 5. With Baden’s rink maintaining their lead and Paul’s quartet limiting the size of their loss, Oxfordshire won the match by 8 shots

Oxfordshire 121, Gloucestershire 113. 

Scores:- 

Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 26-14
Jim Bland Orren Bennett Andy McIntyre David Leighfield drew 18-18.
Joe Abercrombie Brian Bloomield Lee Young Paul Sharman lost 16-26
Sam watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkees won 25-20
Bernie May Chris Weller A J Docherty Ray Gaskins drew 18-18
Mick Jeffs Keith Holloway Will Campion Shane Cooper won 18-17


Oxon lose to Northants in Middleton Cup trial

Oxfordshire Bowling Association started their 2019 Middleton Cup campaign with a well fought loss to Northamptonshire at Kingsthorpe Bowling Club. In the first of 2 trial games

The Oxfordshire team lost by won by 116 shots to 130.

With both sides winning 3 rinks unfortunately the losses for Oxfordshire outweighed the pluses. With significant changes from the 2018 side Oxfordshire are hoping to look forward to a bright future. 

The second trial is at Kidlington.

Oxfordshire 116, Northants 130   

Mick Jeffs Keith Holloway Will Campion Mark Sykes won 25-17.
Steve Witcombe James Gaskins Kevin Alder Ray Gaskins won 20-19.
Ade Kernish Andy McIntyre Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes lost 22-24.
Alan Carter Lee Young Paul Comley A J Docherty won 23-20.
Mick Nash Orren Bennett Shane Cooper David lLeighfield lost 8-27.
Bradley Squires Steve Aldren Paul Skidmore Paul Sharman lost 18-23

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