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County’s men are too slick
Oxfordshire’s men gained the bragging rights over Oxfordshire Ladies with a 141-114 victory in their annual friendly at Oxford City & County.

Carterton cruise to maiden cup glory

Carterton captured the Oxford & District League Cup for the first time with an emphatic 103-47 win over West Witney in the final under the Kidlington floodlights.

Bracewell’s joy in Oxford finals
Malcolm Bracewell was crowned men’s singles champion at Oxford BC’s finals weekend.

Headington secure trophy triumph
Headington B finished with a flourish to triumph on Summertown Trophy finals day at Banbury Chestnuts.

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Evergreen Franklin’s set to chalk up 50 years for Oxon
Watlington veteran Henry Franklin will make what is believed to be Oxfordshire history by becoming the first bowler to play over a 50-year period for the county when he lines up against Buckinghamshire at Thame on Tuesday, writes RUSSELL SMITH.

South Oxford foiled in final
A South Oxford team finished runners-up to Aylesbury in the final of the Thame Triples Trophy.

Oxon ladies beaten by Somerset
Oxfordshire Ladies were defeated 129-100 by Somerset in a friendly at Witney Town.

Docherty and Carpenter fall in last 16
Banbury Borough’s AJ Docherty and Calvin Carpenter reached the last 16 of the National Pairs Championship at Worthing before bowing out 26-19 to Chris Daniels and Michael Hutley (Boscombe Cliff, Hampshire).

Knight’s full house of Oxfordshire titles
Oxford City & County’s Donna Knight completed a full set of Oxfordshire ladies’ titles with a 21-9 win over Banbury Central’s Caroline Campion in the singles final.

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Borough four bundled out in Worthing drama
A Banbury Borough team went down 20-19 to a Suffolk side in the National Fours Championship second round at Worthing.

Oxfordshire post clean sweep
Oxfordshire won on all six rinks to cruise to a 146-79 success over City & County of Bristol in a friendly at Ardagh BC, Bristol.

Banbury Central trio finish national runners-up
Banbury Central’s Carole Galletly, Stella Amos and Caroline Campion shone to claim runners-up spot in the National Triples Championship at Royal Leamington Spa.

Oxon Ladies pipped at final hurdle in Walker Cup agony
Oxfordshire Ladies suffered an agonising 40-37 defeat by Durham in the Walker Cup national double rink final at Royal Leamington Spa.

Triples at Thame
Twelve teams will battle it out in the Thame Triples finals on Sunday.


Super Central are crowned champs

Banbury Central A clinched their first Division 1 title in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, for four years with a 5-1 home win over Witney Mills.

Super Chipping Norton are on the up
Chipping Norton clinched promotion to Division 2 with a 5-1 win at Bloxham in the final match of the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

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Title glory for Adderbury
ADDERBURY are Division 4 champions in their first season.

Brilliant Benfield lifts Longford Cup
JOHN Benfield produced a sensational finish to win Oxfordshire’s Longford Cup on finals day at Shiplake BC.

Women’s pairs in double disappointment
OXFORDSHIRE’S two pairs suffered late agony in the Women’s National Championships which are being held at Leamington Spa.

O’Shea leads from the front
OXFORDSHIRE eased to a 131-94 victory over Hertfordshire in their friendly match at Henley-on-Thames BC.

Charlbury are in pole
Charlbury took over at the top of Division 2, with one game to go, after beating Witney Town 5-1 in a rain-curtailed match in the Oxford and District Lea-gue, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries on Tuesday.

Benfield storms to thrilling cup win
John Benfield produced a sensational finish to win the Oxfordshire BA’s Longford Cup.

Oxon prove too strong for Middlesex
Oxfordshire recorded only their second Home Counties League success of the season, with a convincing 132-99 win against second-placed Middlesex at Kidlington BC.

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McGeough chalks up ton in Oxfordshire defeat
Banbury Central’s John Mc-Geough received his 100-game badge as Oxfordshire went down 132-120 to the Isle of Wight in their friendly at Three Mile Cross, Reading.

Central’s fours fall with an early exit
Banbury Central’s two sides bowed out in the National Fours Championship first round at Royal Leamington Spa.

City Clubs rule over Country to claim back Bradshaw Cup
The City Clubs captured the Oxfordshire Bowling Association’s Bradshaw Cup with a 120-104 win over the Country Clubs at Witney Town.

Wakeman hopes are ended by Schwab
Carterton bowler Dan Wakeman’s hopes of going one better than last year in the Oxfordshire under 25 singles final were dashed as he went down 21-14 to Banbury Central’s George Schwab in the final at South Oxford.

Bicester’s bid is dented
Bicester’s Division 2 promotion hopes suffered a blow as they went down to a 4-2 home defeat against strugglers Witney Town in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nur-series.

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Gilkes at helm for England triumph
Oxford City & County’s Gail Gilkes was the team manager as England claimed victory in the British Isles Women’s Junior International Series for the fourth consecutive year.

City & County thrash Witney Mills to take over at the top
Oxford City & County A won 5.5-0.5 at Witney Mills to go top of Division 1 in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, for the first time this season.

Carpenter nails it for full set
Banbury Borough’s Calvin Carpenter completed a full set of Oxfordshire Bowling Association titles by capturing the pairs crown with AJ Docherty at South Oxford.

Oxfordshire’s cup dreams shattered
Oxfordshire’s Middleton Cup dreams were shattered with a 131-94 defeat by Berkshire in the quarter-final at Chesham.

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Mark Charlett, seen studying this end during last weekend’s Home Counties League match against Kent, leads one of Oxfordshire rinks against Berkshire From Oxford MailGilkes banking on Oxon’s team spirit
Manager Steve Gilkes believes Oxfordshire’s team spirit can help them claim victory against Berkshire in their Middleton Cup quarter-final at Chesham on Saturday.

Claridge chasing a hat-trick of crowns
Headington’s Shaun Claridge will be going for glory on three fronts in the Oxfordshire Bowling Association’s finals day at South Oxford on Sunday.


Oxfordshire power through to Walker Cup finals

Oxfordshire ladies have qualified for the Walker Cup national double rink finals at Leamington Spa on Sunday, August 11.

Gaskins and Knight off to Leamington
Oxford City & County’s Carol Gaskins and Donna Knight will fly the flag for Oxfordshire in the national two-wood singles at Leamington Spa next month.

Oxfordshire go top with big victory
Oxfordshire ladies went top of the Middle England League with a 141-105 victory over Berkshire at Banbury Borough.

Charity triples
Oxford City & County hold a charity triples competition on Saturday (10am) with all proceeds going to Sobell House. Visitors are welcome.

Central see off West Witney to go top
Banbury Central A are the new Division 1 leaders of the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Oxfordshire’s title reign over

Oxfordshire’s reign as Home Counties League champions effectively came to an end as they went down 132-120 to Kent at Thame.

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Oxfordshire’s Barry Lambourne by Oxford Mail

Super Oxon claim last-eight spot
Oxfordshire crushed much-fancied Kent 131-97 at Oxford City & County to storm into the Middleton Cup quarter-finals for the second successive season.

Carterton keep up the pressure
Carterton rattled off a century as they kept up the pressure at the top of Division 1 with a 108-68 win against strugglers Witney Mills in the Oxford and District Bowls league, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Swanson and Wilkinson in pairs joy
Banbury Central’s Jamie Wilkinson and Bicester’s Dan Swanson captured the Oxfordshire Under 25s pairs title in thrilling fashion at Kidlington.

Central’s fours are off to nationals
Two Banbury Central teams have qualified for the National Fours Championships at Royal Leamington Spa next month.

Oxfordshire are in the groove
Oxfordshire’s men ran out 123-95 winners over Warwickshire in a friendly at Bidford-on-Avon.

Champs Borough stay on course
A Banbury Borough side are on track to retain their Oxfordshire fours title.

Headington’s title bid dented by Central
Headington A suffered a setback in their bid to retain the Division 1 title in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, when they were held to a 3-3 draw at Banbury Central A.

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Carterton crank up pressure at the top

Carterton re-ignited the race for the Division 1 title with an 87-74 win against West Witney in the Oxford & District Bowls League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Bicester go top
Bicester leap frogged South Oxford A at the top of Division 2 in a tight clash, the hosts coming out 4-2 winners with just six shots splitting the two teams.

Pat on song as county’s women win

Oxfordshire Ladies enjoyed an emphatic win over Buckinghamshire in their friendly match at Oxford City & County.

City & County see off leaders as top-flight title race hots up

Oxford City & County A beat league leaders Headington A 4-2 to reignite the race for top spot in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Barnett’s glory at Witney Mills

Witney Mills skipper Richard Barnett triumphed in the club’s annual president v captain match.

Oxfordshire set for Kent crunch

Underdogs Oxfordshire are hopeful they can spring a surprise in their crunch Middleton Cup clash against Kent on Saturday.

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Banbury Borough side triumphed in Oxford City & County’s annual open mixed fours competition.

Borough’s fab four
A Banbury Borough side triumphed in Oxford City & County’s annual open mixed fours competition.

Banbury triples book Leamington spots
Teams skipped by Banbury Central’s Caroline Campion and Banbury Borough’s Maureen Osbourne have qualified for the National Triples Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in August.

Battling Oxon in cup triumph
Oxfordshire’s Middleton Cup fate is back in their own hands after a hard-fought 123-114 victory against group leaders Hampshire at Atherley BC, Southampton.

Headington conquer Carterton in top clash
Headington A ran out emphatic 5-1 winners at Carterton in their Division 1 top-of-the-table battle in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Oxon Under 25s fall again
Oxfordshire Under 25s went down 83-70 to Surrey, their White Rose Trophy conquerors, in the Junior Home Counties League at Weybridge BC.

Oxfordshire sunk in trophy drama
Oxfordshire suffered the heartbreak of a last-bowl defeat in the Balcomb Trophy regional semi-final as they went down 41-39 to Kent at Halls BC, Dartford.