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League Week 3

Warm weather bowling brings out the best in some teams and this week’s fixtures were notable for a number of whitewashes

Headington proved that they will be the side to beat in Division 1 again this year. The demolition of Witney Mills could not have been more complete, Mills winning only 25 ends over the four rinks and only six of those by more than a single shot.

Carterton eased to victory at home to Banbury Central, thanks in no small part to Tim Jupp’s rink scoring fourteen shots without reply in the first half of their game. Nigel Galletly, for Central, and Paul Sharman for Carterton both dominated the second halves of their games to emerge victorious, whilst Mike Andrew’s rink held on for a single shot win having been three shots ahead at sixteen ends.

West Witney just squeezed the match points from their encounter with Watlington, a result that would have been a tie had Chris Gilkes had a full rink. As it was, the shots he had to forfeit cost his team a point that may prove important at the end of the season!

City and County continue to dominate Division 2 though Headington pushed them close, leading over the whole fixture after sixteen ends only to drop a four to Alan Ley and a five to Omar Sharif’s men on the seventeenth end!

Kidlington bounced back from a disappointing start to the season with a good win at Charlbury. Paul McGrath and Chris Cox’s rinks provided the impetus going twenty and fifteen shots up before their opponents replied.

The eleven shots that Keith Mobley’s rink scored over the final five ends swung the game, between South Oxford and Chipping Norton, South’s way.  Narrow wins on two other rinks just made the final points gap bigger a tight game suggested.

Bicester were always ahead of previously undefeated Bloxham in Division 3 and it took big shot gains over the last three ends for the home side to win their two rinks. Bicester’s Kevin Taylor dropped two fours, including one on the first end, but still overwhelmed his opponents, whilst Pete Sansom’s rink won the last six ends of their match.

The second whitewash of the week was at Shiplake, a club able to field a much stronger team at home than away. Thame were unable to provide any threat on three rinks only Bill Giles’ men coming close before losing the last three ends and the game. Barry Lambourne and Dave Webb each restricted the opponents to five winning ends.

Chadlington were not to be outdone and they too whitewashed the opposition. Though they started well, indeed they led three rinks after six ends, Hanborough found their opponents too hot to handle especially Carl Smart’s rink, who were able to let their opponents win the last five ends and still finish victorious by ten shots.

Division 4 was almost a complete whitewash night. Burford showed, once again, that they are more than capable in their first year in the league. This week they visited South Oxford and demolished their hosts. Davis Bye’s rink came closest for the home side, leading after sixteen ends only to drop five shots in the last two. Jim Hurley’s rink starred for Burford winning thirteen ends, but the final two matches were closer, winning fairly equal numbers of ends but all the big shot scores went to Burford.

Surprise of the night was not that Woodstock won, nor that they scored 97 shots doing so, it was that even they cannot remember when, if ever, they won a league match 6-0!  South Oxford were restricted to 21 winning ends, of the 72 played, and they were behind on all rinks throughout the match. Can Woodstock repeat the performance this week, at home to Blackbird Leys?

Could either Blackbird Leys or West Oxford make it three 6-0’s in the division? Well almost! Leys did get a point, by drawing on two rinks, on both of which they were trailing at fifteen ends! John Parker’s rink must have been wondering if it was not going to be their night after all. Ahead 15 – 7 after thirteen ends they allowed Leys’ Dave Buckwell back into the game by losing the remaining five ends, luckily, for them, eachby only a single shots!

Dadson and Glenn secure the Under 25 Pairs Title

U25 pairs winners 2019Watlington’s Jonathon Dadson and Kidlington’s Joe Glenn have won the Under 25 Pairs, completing a trio of wins at Kidlington BC.

Their first game was against Carterton’s Joe Justin and Banbury Borough’s Jamie Wilkinson. After 9 ends the score was at 15-7 in Dadson and Glenn’s favour before Justin and Wilkinson picked up 3 shots to make it 15-10 at 10 ends. Dadson and Glenn then went on to win all of the remaining ends except 1 to see them progress to the semi-final, 27-12 victors.

The semi-final see Jonathon and Joe against Watlington’s Ben Dickson and West Witney’s Bradley Squires. A close first half see the score at 11-8 in favour of Dickson and Squires, this was then followed by 9 shots in 3 ends to them, seeing the score rise to 20-11. The last 5 ends were all won by Dadson and Glenn, scoring 12 shots and progressing them to the final as 23-20 winners.

The other semi-final was between Carterton’s Orren Bennett and Headington’s Sam Watts and they were against Headington’s Brandon King and Watlington’s Dan Swanson. At the half way stage, Bennett and Watts were up by 3 shots, 9-6. 2 shots to both pairs followed in the next two ends before Bennett and Watts won the remaining 6 ends, scoring 12 shots to take their place in the final, 23-8 victors.

The final see a very tense start, with the score at 7-6 in Bennett and Watts’ favour after 8 ends. The 9th end see Dadson and Glenn fight back well picking up a 6 to take the lead. Back to back 3 shot pickups for Bennett and Watts see them reduce the deficit to just one shot after 13 ends. 4 shots to Dadson and Glenn in the next 4 ends to Bennett and Watts’ single left them requiring at least 4 shots going into the final end. A close head was built by both teams with the high standard of bowling seen throughout the day still continuing. 2 shots were all that could be found for Bennett and Watts, meaning Jonathon Dadson and Joe Glenn won the county under 25 Pairs Final 18-16. They walk away with the David Allin Cup and a place at Leamington in the National Finals in August.

A big thank you to Kidlington BC for hosting us all day and providing wonderful food throughout.

Also a big thank you to all of the spectators for supporting the games all day and Paul Demczak for assisting in the running of the day.

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. 


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

Men’s fours quarter finals

City and County BC was the host for the quarter finals of the men’s fours.

The first game was between Watlington’s Adi Kemish, Adie Twinn, Will Soden and Chris Gilkes and Headington’s Jon Philpott, Ray Gaskins, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts. Headington took an early lead of 5 shots after 7 ends. Watlington battled back to be drawing at 10 ends, 9-9. Back to back 2’s for the Headington rink see them increase their lead to 18-12 after 17 ends and this aided them in their victory, seeing the Watlington rink only able to pick up 3 shots on the remaining 4 ends, with Headington picking 1 up. Final score 19-15.

The second game was an all Headington affair between Mick Nash, Paul Mabbutt, Ian Snowdon and Nick Rae-Welsh against Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. Charlett’s rink took a commanding lead after 10 ends, being 16 shots to 2 up. Their lead then continued through the game, with another 10 shots picked up to Rae-Welsh’s 1. Final score 26-3 and sees them play clubmates of Howard Watts in the first semi-final.

The third quarter final see last year’s winners, West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against Carterton’s Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. A game of single shot pick-ups, with one 2, see the game at 8-4 to the Witney rink after 11 ends. Carterton then picked up a 5 on the 12th end to take the lead for the first time, briefly. Witney then picked up shots on 8 ends of the last 9 to secure their place in the second semi-final, 20-11 victors

The last quarter final see Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway, Mark Sykes, Alan Prew and A J Docherty against Burford’s John Hurren, Roger Parker, Tim Stacey and Jack Lafford. The first third of the game see the score level at 7-7. The next six ends see Borough score 8 shots to Burford’s 2. A 3 for Burford gave them a chance before Borough scored 7 shots off the back of this to enhance their lead. Burford scored 3 in the last 2 ends, but this was not enough and see Borough secure the win, 22-16. They will play West Witney in the second semi-final.

The county semi-finals day will be at Carterton BC on Sunday 14th July.

Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe qualify in 2 wood singles

Hawker cup winners 2018Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe secure the first places in the national finals of the Two Wood Singles.

City and County BC was the host for the quarter finals and semi finals of the two wood singles.

The 8 players who reached the quarter finals from the previous weeks rounds were Henry Beall, West Witney, Sam Watts, Headington, Trevor Prew, West Witney, Jim Bland Shiplake, Paul Skidmore, West Witney, Stuart Marsden, Banbury Borough, Darren Sharpe, Adderbury and Simon Hastings, Headington.

The first quarter final see Henry Beall beat Sam watts, a previous national title winner of the competition, 15 shots to 6.

The second quarter final see Jim Bland beat Trevor Prew, with the same score line as the first quarter final, 15 shots to 6.

The third quarter final see Paul Skidmore beat Stuart Marsden in the tightest game of the round, winning 15-12.

The last quarter final see Darren Sharpe beat Simon Hastings 17 shots to 9.

The semi finalists lined up as Henry Beall against Jim Bland. Bland started well, winning by 5 shots at 14 ends. Beall could only score 2 more shots before Bland scored 4 more singles to see him secure the first place in the final, winning 16-9.

The other semi final see Paul Skidmore against Darren Sharpe. Sharpe started well taking a 7-shot lead after 14 ends. Skidmore battled back well scoring 4 shots over the next as many ends, but Sharpe secured the win by picking up 2 shots in the last two ends, to see him take the second place in the final, 14-9 victor.

The county finals will take place at Banbury Borough BC on Sunday 21st July.

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 men beat Northants in friendly

Oxfordshire President Michael Morris hosted the first friendly of the season against Northamptonshire at his own club of Banbury Borough on Tuesday 14th May.

The green was much to the liking of the Oxfordshire bowlers who established an early lead which they never looked like losing  On rink 6 Brian Clarke led his quartet into a substantial lead aof 14 shots after 10 ends which effectively settled the battle for the highest winning rink. Wins on five rinks gave Oxfordshire a win by 59 shots.

Oxfordshire 146, Northants 87

B Willoughby J Timms B ray P Robbins won 26-12.
M Oliver J Hurren K Williams B Bloomfield won 25-11
C Lewis J Stephens K Buckle C Cox won 30-17
P Demczak J McGeough J Benfield M Morris lost 14-19.
P Hickman N Hambridge J Lucas A Ley won 21-17
R Radband P Warner R Barnett B Clarke won 30-11

League Week 1

Another season is up and running and, despite the weather forecast, all the week’s matches were completed! Long may that continue.

We welcomed Burford Bowls Club to the league for the first time and they opened their account with a good win at home to Woodstock with a starring role for John Hurren’s rink.

The clubs promoted to Division 1 after last season’s final matches started with mixed fortunes. Carterton’s defeat of Watlington, in a match switched to Carterton at Watlington’s request, show that they will be back competing at the top of the division again. Chris Gilkes’ men tried to swing a tight game Watlington’s way scoring a five on the sixteenth end, but this was insufficient to cancel out Paul Sharman’s result for Carterton as his rink won sixteen of their eighteen ends for a one-sided victory and ensured match point to the home side.

Witney Town, the other promoted side, hosted a strong West Witney team in the first of many local derby’s in the Witney area in this season’s top division. Town went behind on all four rinks very early in the game and, ultimately, were unable to get back into the match on any rink, though Alan Scholan’s men tried hard taking eight shots in the final three ends to close the gap to two shots in their game.

The third match saw Witney Mills host last season’s runners up Banbury Central who started as they finished thanks to Nigel Galletly’s rink’s big win.

City and County’s A side, in Division 2 for the first time, showed that they aim to return to the top division as soon as possible by defeating a strong Adderbury side on their opponent’s turf. A big win for Collin Pollard’s rink ensured victory for them though David Sharpe’s men did all they could by overturning a six shot deficit at thirteen ends to runout winners by three shots for the home team.

Chipping Norton surprised newly promoted Headington B in a very close game. The visitor’s won three rinks, two of them on the final end, to go top of the division.

South Oxford, who were unlucky not to be promoted last season, opened their account at relegated Kidlington.  Both won on one rink by sixteen shots, meaning that the match was decided by the other two rinks. Whilst Mike Peterson managed to hang on for a tight win, he was well ahead at thirteen ends, Keith Mobley’s men dominated the second half of their match winning it by eleven shots to give South Oxford the win.

The big win of the week came in the Division 3 match at Bicester where the home side scored 100 shots whilst defeating Shiplake. With two rinks rampant from the start for the home side the visitor’s hopes rested with the other two. Ahead on both after sixteen ends it looked like two points for the visitors. Bicester had other ideas! Paul Hooley made the two he needed on the final end to grab a draw whilst Richard Herbert’s rink went one better, coming from five shots down with two ends to play to grab a seemingly unlikely victory.

Promoted Bloxham were dominant over the second half on three rinks, in a match that could have gone either way at the midpoint. Banbury Central’s only win came as the captains competed against each other, with Mal Leather’s men winning the first six ends to open a twelve shot lead that Tony Gardner’s rink was unable to close.

Thame dominated two rinks in the match at Hanborough and whilst the home side were ahead at seventeen ends on the other two, much more closely fought, rinks Chris Shannon’s men scored the two shots they needed on the last to tie their game.

Burford’s excellent start in the league has already been recorded. Elsewhere in Division 4, the B teams dominated with City and County and South Oxford both winning at home.

Oxford University Press were ahead on three rinks at the halfway point at City and County but failed to capitalise on their advantage whilst Blackbird Leys started poorly on three rinks and were unable to catch their opponents, only James Baldwin’s men getting close but the four they dropped on the fourteenth end finally killed off their hopes.

Roy Winchester

We have just been informed of the death on February 25th of Roy Winchester.

Roy was originally a member of the Morris Motors Bowls Club and after it’s closure, the Florence Park Bowls Club. Sadly, both clubs no longer exist.

In addition to his outdoor bowling, Roy was also a member and for many years the fixture secretary of the Oxford & District Indoor Bowls Club.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

John Hornblow

News has reached us that John Hornblow, a member of Florence Park and Blackbird Leys bowls clubs between the 1970’s and 90’s, died on February 14th.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium on Monday March 4th at 11.00a.m.