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2020 season

From Bowls Oxfordshire Men:

With the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and after consultation with other Associations and following Bowls England information, the 2020 bowling programme for the OBA is cancelled.

This covers Bowls England Championship and Competition qualifiers, Domestic competitions, friendly County games and Presidents Celebratory games.

Also cancelled are the Senior and Junior Home Counties BA Leagues, Annual fixtures and Celebratory games.

The Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixture programmes have also been cancelled.

Bowls England Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Bowls England Championships when received from Bowls England will be reimbursed.

Likewise, OBA Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Domestic Competitions will be reimbursed.

Payment will be made to clubs, who will then reimburse members.

Following the decision taken it has been agreed that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.

The County Officers wish the best of health for the future to all bowlers and please keep yourselves safe.

For those of you who can, we recommend that you visit the Bowls England website to keep yourself abreast of what is happening within our sport, even though there may not be any bowling taking place.

Ian Whelpton

From Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies:

All Ladies competitions, executive meetings, county leagues (MEL) and friendly matches, and one day events, have been cancelled for 2020.  This decision was made by your Executive Committee and in line with Bowls England statement issued this week.

Ladies President v Immediate Past President Day on 27th April is also cancelled.

Please note cancellation of all matches for 2020 include:

County Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, 2 Wood Singles, Junior Singles and Junior Pairs, Senior Fours and County Top Club. 

Also one day events:  Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.

All National Competitions are cancelled as follows:

John’s, Walker Cup, Amy Rose, National Senior Singles and Pairs, Top Club Women, Family Pairs, Champion of Champion (Women), National Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, Tony Allcock (over 60 Double Rink).

Affiliation fees will be refunded as appropriate, along with competition entry fees.

We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Jeanette Berry.

Jim Lucas

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you of the very sad passing of Jim Lucas at the JR Hospital, due to Chronic Pneumonia brought on by Covid-19.

The family have requested NOT to contact his wife Lynne at this very sad time, but to direct any enquiries to his son Gary on (07837 043403)

Jim was a member and supporter of both the Bloxham and Banbury Borough clubs and enjoyed County success with his son Gary and Calvin Carpenter in the 1997 Triples having won the Fours title the previous year with the addition of Martin Cato to their trio.

He was a regular player in the midweek county fixtures and also did his stint for the county for a number of years as a member of the GPC.

He will be sadly missed by many.

Our heartfelt sympathies go to his family.

Richard ‘Dick’ Claridge

The sad news has reached us of the death of Richard ‘Dick’ Claridge.

Having bowled for many years at West Oxford BC, in more recent times he was a member of the South Oxford club.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife Pauline and son Shaun.

County Competitions

The men’s and ladies competitions are now available on the website (apart from men’s 25 pairs).

Henry Franklin & Colin Pearce

We are very sorry to have to announce the passing of of Henry Franklin on Saturday evening the 4th and Colin Pearce in the early hours of Monday morning the 6th of January.

Henry was an absolute legend at the Watlington club and undoubtable did more than anyone else to make the club what it is today. It is truly a very sad day for the Watlington BC.

In addition to his being one of the known bowlers in Oxfordshire, Henry was well known throughout the bowling world, both on the outdoor and indoor scene.

He was President of Oxfordshire in 1982 and Chairman of the Home Counties BA in 1988. In 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the game he loved, he was awarded the Certificate of Merit from Bowls England.
Others, more knowledgeable than myself will be able to give a more thorough insight into his contribution to the indoor game.
Our thoughts are with his wife Joyce at these difficult times.

Funeral arrangements:
Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington  OX3 9RZ on Thursday 23rd January at 12 noon. Afterwards at Oxford & District Indoor Bowls Club, Sandy Lane West, OX4 6NA.

No flowers please but donations to Henry’s favourite charities will be welcome on the day.

Colin was a former member of Wychwood Bowls Club and Chipping Norton Indoor bowls club and a regular participant with the midweek county teams until eyesight problems brought an end to his bowling.
He was also a very good supporter of the Chipping Norton indoor bowls club.

Along with his wife Barbara, a regular with the ladies county side, they made a formidable couple to bowls against.

It was good to see them both supporting the Wychwood clubs 90th anniversary celebratory game against the OBA & BOL President’s team at the beginning of last August.

Our thoughts go to Barbara at this difficult time.

Watlington A win Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy 2019

On Saturday, 10 teams from around the County returned to a sunny Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy Finals day, sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All qualifying teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format to compete for over £1,000 in prize money.

Defending champions Headington A got off to a great start, beating their B team on the last end, before an emphatic win over Witney Town saw them take an early lead. By lunchtime they were level with last year’s runners-up Watlington A on +28 shots, who had also started the first 4 games with good wins.

After 7 games Watlington A had edged ahead of Headington A by 3 shots, with Carterton and West Witney B starting to close the gap in 3rd and 4th place.

With just 2 games to go, the competition reached a critical point, as Watlington and Headington came up against each other. Although the game started evenly, Watlington picked up some big scores in the latter stages to win their encounter 13-3 and give themselves an unassailable lead on +39 shots.

Going into the final game Carterton were hoping to hold onto second slot, but ended up losing by just 2 shots against a determined Headington B.  With West Witney’s B side manging a comfortable win over a fading Headington A, Kev Alder’s Witney team clinched second place and the Astall Ley trophy.

Watlington A picked up a draw in their final game, against Burford, to be crowned the new champions for the first time. After finishing runners-up of the Summertown Trophy for the previous 2 years, it was fitting that this year’s winners were the youthful Watlington side of Rob Parkes, Will Soden, Sam Watts, and Chris Gilkes.

Final Result

1st Watlington A +39
2nd West Witney B +27
3rd Carterton +22

West Witney win men’s league cup

League Cup winners 2019

This year’s League Cup final saw League champions Headington A face West Witney under the floodlights at Kidlington.  Headington were looking to win the League Cup for the 9th year out of 10, whilst opponents West Witney were hoping to lift the cup for the first time.  With five members of West Witney returning from a Club tour to help strengthen their side, and a good crowd gathered around the green, the stage was all set for a classic final.

After 5 ends Headington were already into their stride and in no mood to let the chance of another League and Cup double slip away – leading by 9 shots and ahead on 3 of the 4 rinks.  However, after 10 ends the West Witney had started to fight back and edged narrowly in front. The turning point came with just 6 ends to go, as Shane Cooper and Kev Alder’s rinks both picked up 5 shots each on crucial ends, to open up a good lead for the Witney boys.

Despite Headington ending the game with 2 winning rinks, West Witney’s stronger finish brought them a comfortable victory on the other 2 rinks, to see them home by 17 shots overall and claim their first League Cup win.

Winning captain Andy McIntyre commented, ‘It’s been a great year for the Club, winning the Hawker Cup and League Cup for the first time.  I’m particularly grateful for the 5 players who travelled all the way back from Bournemouth for the Final. I know they’d have enjoyed celebrating their journey back to the coast!’

West Witney 64; Headington A 47:  K Alder 21, J King 11; D Leighfield 9, H Watts 13; P Skidmore 10, M Charlett 13; S Cooper 24, I Snowdon 10.

Mixed results for final two Men’s friendlies.

The final two friendlies of the 2019 season saw the OBA on the road for games against Berkshire and Worcestershire.

For the game on Wednesday 4th September. The direction for the first match was south-east to Purley-on-Thames and Trenthams BC to play Berkshire. With wins on 3 rinks all by narrow margins and with one lost by a single shot on the last end the game was decided by the loses on rinks 3 and 5 despite wins on the 21st end. A 50 game badge was awarded to Hanborough’s Colin Haley. 

Oxfordshire 116 Berkshire 126

Rink scores:

R Slater A Fleming R Barnett A Ley won 20-17
B Jarvie C Haley J McGeough B Bloomfield won 24-22
C Lewis J Timms I Whelpton M Morris lost 15-24
P Demczak J Stephens J Lucas M Andrew won 23-21
A Hunt G Thompson K Williams B Clarke lost 17-24
P Christmas J Hurren D Wedge P Robbins lost 17-18

One week later the direction was north-west and the venue for the match against Worcestershire at Hewell BC. Once again the rinks were shared at 3 each but convincing wins by Alan Ley and Brian Clarke and particularly Ian Whelpton saw Oxfordshire home by 18 shots.

Oxfordshire 132  Worcestershire 114

Rink scores 

B Jarvie J Timms J Lucas A Ley won 33-18
P Demczak T Gripe J Lafford B Clarke won 20-10
A Hunt C Haley K Buckle M Morris lost 19-24
S Tolhurst R Oliver J McGeough I Whelpton won 32-11
B Willoughby A Smith G Thomson  K Williams lost 13-31
R Slater J Hurren R Barnett M Andrew lost 15-20

Oxon men lose to Bucks and Glous in friendly games

After the convincing win at Bristol Oxfordshire came down to earth with 2 defeats in their latest friendly games. Buckinghamshire were the visitors to Banbury Borough BC on Tuesday 13th August and with only 2 rinks winning Oxfordshire lost the match by 7 shots. 

Oxfordshire 121 Buckinghmshire 128

Rink scores

A Hunt C Haley D Wedge I Whelpton lost 23-25.
C Lewis G Thompson r Barnett M Andrew won 25-18
P Demczak J McGeough K Williams A Wase  lost 14-26
M Jones J Hurren M Oliver M Morris lost 19-24
B Willoughby J Stephens B Ray B Bloomfield lost 17-20
T Gripe J Timms K Buckle A Ley won 23-15

On Wednesday 28th August the venue for the match against Gloucestershire was changed to Falcon BC in Painswick and the change certainly proved to be to Gloucestershire’s advantage. After only 5 ends Oxfordshire trailed by 21 shots and although the situation improved on most rinks the President’s rink trailed in by 25 shots and the match was lost by 28 shots.

Oxfordshire 107  Gloucestershire 135

Rink scores 

C Lewis C Haley K Buckle B Clarke lost 21-23
T Gripe J McGeough   A Fleming M Andrew lost 15-23
S Tolhurst G Thompson K Williams B Bloomfield   won 26-19
P Demczak A Smith M Morris P Robbins lost 6-31
R Radband J Lafford I Whelpton   A Ley won 20-16
B Jarvie J Hurren R Barnett A Wase lost 19-23

Oxon men finish 3rd in HCL

With Buckinghamshire conceding the final game of the season and therefore the 22 poits to Oxfordshire the final league table sees Oxfordshire in third place with 74 points – 10 behind the champions Middlesex.

With Hampshire joining the senior league in 2020 the league has been drawn in 2 halves with Oxfordshire drawn to play Sussex Berkshire and Surrey for the next 2 years.

Final Table for 2019

Middlesex 84 points
Sussex 79
Oxfordshire 74
Berkshire 71
Kent 62
Buckinghamshire 50
Surrey 42