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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

West Witney Claim the Hawker Cup for the first time

Hawker Cup winners 2019Teams from Carterton, West Witney, Adderbury and City & County competed for the Hawker Cup at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. 

The first game in the semi-finals see Carterton against West Witney. Peter Latter, Jamie Macdonogh, David Clanfield and Baden Sparkes were up against Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, Joe Woodward and Kevin Alder with the other rinks comprising of Joe Justin, Phil Monahan, Robbie Clanfield and Paul Sharman against Nigel Siford, Henry Beal, Paul Skidmore and Shane Cooper. 

A very close start for the rink between Baden and Kevin, with Baden especially playing some crucial bowls early on to keep the score level after 10 ends at 7 apiece. After 15 ends the score was level again 10 shots apiece before West then scored 13 shots across the last 6 ends to see them win 23-12. The adjacent rink se another tense battle between Shane and Paul. At 12 ends it was only 1 shot in it at 11-10 in Shane’s favour. Some big bowls in the second half of the game prevented Shane’s men to score shots and helped Paul’s rink gain a lead of 4 shots after 17 ends, 16-12. The last 4 ends see 5 shots to West and 4 shots to Carterton. With the maths applied West Witney progressed to the final 40-32 victors.

The second semi-final see Marcus Bunning, Andrew Galloway, Gavin Gray and Chris Earl against Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Ted Eley and Darren Sharpe with the other rinks lining up as Andy Crawley, David Richens, Russell Edwards and Alan ley against Ian Dunn, Phil French, Chris Skidmore and Phil Gladden. Another close start see Chris and Darren level at 12 ends, 11 shots each. Chris’ rink then developed a lead by picking 11 shots to Adderbury’s 3, including a 5 shot pick up on the 18th end. Final score was 22-14. 

The other rink see Alan and his men start strong, winning 11-2 after just 7 ends against Phil Gladden’s side. The game closed to within 3 shots at 10 ends before Alan’s rink then developed a 10 shot lead after 16 ends, score board at 18-8. 7 shots were then scored by Phil’s rink to reduce the deficit once more to 18-15 before Alan ended the game by picking up a single on the last. City and County progressed to the final 41-29 winners.

After lunch Carterton faced Adderbury in the third place playoff with Baden’s rink against Ian’s and Joe’s rink against Mick’s. A good start for Baden’s side see them 15-8 up after 11 ends. Mick’s rink then cut the difference down to 2 shots at 16 ends, 16-14. 15 shots were scored over the last 5 ends seeing the score finish at 24-21 in Carterton’s favour. 

The other rink see Carterton once more get off to a strong start, with the board at 15-8 at 12 ends. Carterton then scored 8 shots without reply to see their lead increase to 23-8 at 16. Adderbury scored a single before Carterton finished strong scoring 7 shots in the final ends to see them 30-9 victors. Overall Carterton came third with a combined score of 54-30.

Shane Cooper found himself against Alan Ley and Kevin Alder up against Chris Earl in the final. A level start see Alan’s rink at 4-2 after 5 ends before Shane and his rink scored 18 shots to Alan’s 2 over the following 7 ends. Scoreboard 20-6 in West Witney’s favour after 12. After 17 ends it was 21-15 before Shane and his men continued with the intensity to finish their game off by scoring 12 shots to see them 33-15 victors. 

Chris and Kevin’s rinks had a tight tussle for the first half of the game with the score at 10-7 after 13 ends. Chris and his rink then continued to increase their lead to 14-8 after 16 ends. Kevin’s rink then fought back over the remaining 5 ends to reduce the deficit to 17-12. West Witney were crowned champions with a combined score of 45-32.

A big thank you to Oxford City and County Bowls club for hosting another fantastic day and thank you to the umpire for the day.

Oxfordshire league cup semi finals

This year’s League Cup semi-finals at South Oxford saw four teams from Division 1 battle it out for a place in the final.  

Furthest from the clubhouse it was an all west Oxfordshire affair, as Witney Mills came up against close rivals, and green sharers, West Witney.  Mills were quickest out of the block, racing to a 10 shot lead after 5 ends. However, after 10 ends it was West Witney in the ascendency, recovering to lead by 36-28.  Despite the game finishing close on 3 of the 4 rinks, Mills were unable to contain Shane Cooper’s rink, who ended up with an 18 shot victory, helping West book a place in the final for the first time since 2013

In the other semi-final, Division 1 Champions Headington A were up against Banbury Central A, opponents on the last day of the League season. Will Campion’s four gave Central an early boost, picking up 10 shots with no reply in the first 4 ends. However Jason King’s rink then got hold of the mat and won 12 ends on a row to lead 24-10.  Only Keith McNeil’s rink were able to pick up a consolation win for Central, as Headington came out on top by 71-53. 

The final of the League Cup between West Witney and Headington A takes place on Thursday, 5th September, under the floodlights at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Semi-final results: 

Witney Mills 45; West Witney 69:  P Robins 14, P Skidmore 16; L Days 7, S Cooper 25; A Wiggins 12, D Leighfield 14; C Weller 12, K Alder 16.

Banbury Central A 53; Headington A 71:  M Andrew 13, I Snowdon 20; W Campion 11, J King 25; K McNeil 17, N Rae-Welsh 10; N Galletly 12, H Watts 16.

Oxon beat Bristol in friendly

Oxfordshire travelled to Bristol St George BC to play City and County of Bristol on Tuesday 6th August. After a rain-swept start the weather improved and the match was completed in the dry. With the lead set by rink 1 who established a 15 shot lead by the 10th end the other rinks followed their lead and with only rink 4 surrendering their lead on end 20 Oxfordshire ended the match with their biggest win of the season. In the absence of the President Paul Demczak, Deputy President, lead the Oxfordshire men with style.

Oxfordshire 158 City and County of Bristol 90

C Lewis J Hurren J Lucas A Wase won 30-7.
S Tolhurst R Oliver G Thompson R Barnett won 24-20.
P Demczak J Stephens M Oliver I Whelpton won 29-15.
M Jones C Haley P Warner A Ley lost 21-22.
R Slater B Ealey A Fleming B Bloomfield won 27-16.
B Willoughby J McGeough D Wedge B Clarke won 27-10.