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Peter Radband

Sad news has reached us that Peter Radband passed away on January 12th at the Horton hospital after a short illness. Some may remember Peter from his days as an umpire. Most of his bowing was done at Caterton BC and he also used to bowl with the Vice Presidents.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

Melvin Brian

It is with much sadness that we have to report the passing of Melvin Brain at 11.45p.m. on Tuesday January 8th.

Known to bowlers throughout the county for his presence on the green, who could miss those large yellow woods, he came to the Middleton Cup team at a later age than most in 2016 and proved to be a regular and consistent member of the team until his health started to suffer and limit his bowling activity in 2017.

The county also benefitted from Melvin’s support in the midweek friendly games resulting in him playing a total of 128 representative games.

In addition to his support and commitment to the Kidlington club, he was also a stalwart of the Vice Presidents Association, having held the Chairmanship in 2004 and 2018. His illness prevented him playing for the VP’s during 2018, however, it is with some irony that he completed his year of office which ended at their AGM, the day before he passed away.
He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.

His funeral will take place on Thursday, January 31st, at 11.00 a.m. at Oxford Crematorium, followed by a wake at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Barry ‘Pecker’ Osborne

The sad new has reached us that Barry Osborne passed away on Saturday in Sobell House.

Affectionately known in the bowling world as ‘Pecker’, he was committed to the game and the various clubs that he played at, both outdoor and indoor.

Barry was always involved and ‘did his bit’. He was one of the games character’s and will be missed.
Our sympathies go to his family.

Jim Warland’s funeral

Tuesday 20th November – 2pm at Headington Crematorium (Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RZ) and then afterwards at the Masons Arms (2 Quarry School Place, Headington, Oxford OX3 8LH).

Mick Miles

News has reached us of the passing of Mick Miles, a long time supporter of both the outdoor and indoor clubs in the Banbury area and currently a member of the Central club.
He will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with Tina and the rest of the family.

Jim Warland

The sad news has reached us today that Jim Warland, for many years a stalwart of Pressed Steel, Rover and The Oxford Bowls Club and for the last two years a member of Watlington Bowls Club, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning in hospital.

In addition to all the work he did at club level, he was also a long time Executive member of the English Indoor Bowling Association.

Herbie Payne

News has come through of the passing of Herbie Payne on Sunday.

He will be remembered by many bowlers in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties due to his involvement in the game both outdoors and indoors.

He had suffered with health problems for some time and had decided that he was retiring as Section Secretary of the Pairs at the end of the season.

His support to the county was much appreciated, as was we are sure, his involvement with the Indoor County Association.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Jayne and his family.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium, 2.00p.m. On Thursday 25th October and afterwards at South Oxford Bowls Club.

Oxon men lose to Essex in final friendly

Oxfordshire played their final friendly of the 2018 season against Essex at Wanstead Cemtral BC on Tuesday 18th September. Wins on 2 rinks and a loss by 1 shot on a third were not enough for Oxfordshire to finish the season on a winning note.

Oxfordshire 96 shots, Essex 129 shots

Rink scores
Mike Jones John Stephens Alex Fleming Ian Whelpton lost 13-24.
Ron Slater Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Chris Lewis won 19-18.
Barry Willoughby Colin Haley Mick Morris Alan Ley won 16-15.
Paul Demczak Henry Franklin Ken Williams Mike Andrew lost 18-19.
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Jim Lucas Brian Bloomfield lost 15-31.
Roy Radband Douglas Wright John Hurren Brian Clarke lost 15-22.

Headington A win Summertown trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2018

On Saturday, 10 teams from across Oxfordshire met at Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy finals day sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money. Amongst some of the regular qualifiers, there were 3 new clubs qualifying for the first time – Charlbury, Burford, and Summertown.

Last year winners, Headington B, started the defence of their trophy with a tough opener against their A side. Although they drew 7-7 in the first game, a run of 3 good wins then put the B team
comfortably ahead on +20 shots at lunch, with Headington A trailing in second.

Last year’s runners-up Watlington A didn’t get the start they were hoping for, losing heavily to first timers Charlbury in their opening game, but then remained unbeaten for the rest of the day.

Going into the last game it was a 3 horse race, with Headington B surprisingly losing form. Headington A led the field on +30; Watlington picked up 14 shots in their penultimate game to go
second; and West Witney had an outside chance still in third. With just 1 end to go all 3 teams were still in contention, as Headington A trailed West Witney and Watlington led Headington B. However, Nick Rae-Welsh’s four of Ian Snowdon, Simon Hastings and Ray Gaskins managed to win a crucial last end, and Headington A held on to claim first prize. Shane Cooper, in his last game for Watlington, picked up the Astall Ley trophy in second place, and West Witney finished the day in third.

Final Result
1 st Headington A +28
2 nd Watlington A +24
3 rd West Witney +18

Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly

The men’s County side had a convincing 34 shot win against Worcestershire in Tuesday’s game played at Kidlington.
Having driven through downpours of rain, the Worcestershire team arrived to find dry blustery conditions and a green which varied from very green on rink 1 to very brown on rink 6.

Once one the green, bowlers were greeted with a fast and even surface, which was very different to what was expected on it’s appearance.

After the game bowlers and their guests were treated to a Roast pork dinner and trifle and Kidlington’s usual hospitality.

Alan Ley’s four took the highest winning rink prize and after being behind for virtually all of the game, a notable six on the nineteenth end set up a win for Mike Andrew’s quartet.

Rinks scores:
Allan Hunt, Percy Strange, Les Days and Mike Andrew won 22-20
Paul Killackey, Douglas Wright, Keith Buckle and Brian Clarke lost 19-20
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Jim Lucas and Richard Barnett lost 14-25
Roy Radband, Brian Ealey, Brian Ray and Alan Ley won 38-13
Ron Slater, David Byers, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton won 23-17
Barry Willoughby, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Chris Cox won 23-10