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Silverware for the Morris’s

OBA Deputy President Mike Morris and his wife, BOL Treasurer Margaret won the Friends of English Bowling members, two-wood pairs competition, during the National Championships on Tuesday.

Their success was achieved after playing five 15 end rounds of 2-wood pairs and culminating in a win against last years losing finalists, from Huntingdonshire. A busy day.

Hawker cup semi finals and final

This Sunday’s Hawker Cup semi finals and final will be hosted at Oxford City and County bowls club.

Semi finals will commence at 09:30.

The semi finals are:

Headington A vs Adderbury
Watlington A vs Carterton A

The final and third place play off will be played in the afternoon.

Oxon men beat Bucks in a friendly

Oxfordshire were on the road last week for the short journey to neighbouring Buckinghamshire to play at Marlow on Tuesday 14th August.

Although Oxfordshire won only half the rinks the other 3 were in resounding form, all 3 with wins in double figures, to give the travellers the match by 31 shots.

Deputy President Mick Morris again led the team in the absence of President Dorling.

Oxfordshire 130 shots, Buckinghamshire 99.

Rink scores
Ron Slater Alex Fleming David Wedge Alan Wase lost 16-20.
Chris Lewis Colin Haley Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 32-9
Barry Willoughby Roy Radband John McGeough Mick Morris lost 17-18
Paul Demczak Andrew French John Hurren Ken Williams won 24-11
Mike Jones John Timms Philip Warner Alan Ley lost 14-26
Steve Tolhurst Tony Backer-Holst Martin Oliver Mike Andrew won 27-15

League final week

Is it really fourteen weeks since the season started? It still does not feel as though it is all over until 2019!

My apologies to those players and clubs that might feel hard done by in that I have not included their achievements as well as they thought I should have but I can only detail so much each week. This week, I must concentrate on the games that were important to the promotion and relegation battles, to the exclusion of some others.

We know that Headington are Division 1 champions and that Kidlington are relegated but the second and third places were up for grabs as, more importantly, was the final relegation spot. Headington still had two matches to play, both potentially changing league positions. Their first, postponed due to a clash with a national competition, was against West Witney, who needed to win to challenge Banbury Central for second place. As it transpired the match was a little one sided and West’s challenge was over. The second was against Watlington, who were in danger of relegation! A much closer affair but a similar outcome saw Watlington come away with a single point, won by Sam Watts’ rink that pulled away winning the last six ends. This left the club five points clear of both Witney Mills and City and County and, probably, safe for the season.

Chris Weller’s rink won easily for Witney as did Chris Lewis for City and County, so Witney were still a half point ahead but with both clubs looking to take the match points after the initial big wins.

Alan Wiggin’s men were held at thirteen ends but won six of the last seven to take their game comfortably for Witney whist Omar Shariff’ rink outplayed Central’s Nigel Galletly to take a fourteen shot lead at nine ends. Hard as the opposition tried they were unable to close the gap and City won another point.

Chris Cox took a six shot lead for Kidlington in his match, but Richard Barrett’s men knew how important the match was and fought back only but, ultimately lost by a single shot; For City Colin Pollard’s men led early but dropped a six to Central and were unable to regain the lead, so the season was on the final rinks of the matches!

John Mott’s men led by five for Witney after twelve ends but only won one more end as John Healey’s rink fought back but it was just too big a lead to bridge and Witney Mills ensured their survival as City could not overtake them. Alan Ley and Mick Andrew’s rinks were unaware of this, so their battle still mattered and battle it was! Alan led throughout but was unable to draw away despite going nine shots up after five ends. The Central rink slowly closed the gap and the game was level at seventeen ends, the final end win for Mick finally relegated City and County. Division 2 beware!

As for that division, Carterton were already confirmed as champions and Hanborough to relegation, so the battles were for the final promotion and relegation places. Chipping Norton needed a big win to stay up at Shiplake’s expense. As they were away at relegated Hanborough they had a good chance and they grabbed it with both hands. Percy Hickman’s rink provided the killer blow coming from fifteen eight down with three ends to play and still three shots down starting the final end they won the final end by six shots to take their game and keep Chippy in Division 2 for another season.

The promotion stakes were high, either Witney Town or South Oxford would be promoted. The latter were away at runaway leaders Carterton and did well to take two rinks but those two points meant that Witney only needed to match that result to go up. They were away as well, at Charlbury and, in a bizarre result only possible in bowls they tied one rink and won one but that, by Tim Ludlow’s men, was by a massive twenty-five shots. The two match points that win guaranteed were enough and they play in the top division next year.

Division 4 was an altogether clearer cut affair. West Oxford were heading the promotion race but needed to win and match rivals Chadlington’s result. However, they were hosting a Bloxham team that could still be promoted but only if they took at least five points and South Oxford and Chadlington tied their match. Bloxham arrived ready for battle and did all they could, winning comfortably on three rinks and drawing the last only because John Parker’s men scored six shots on the final end for the home side. The other teams involved played each other knowing that they needed a big win to ensure that they finished second ahead of the losers. John Cope’s men provided South with a chance winning by scoring a six and a five in the last five ends to open a big gap. However, Chadlington’s three other rinks had different ideas, winning comfortable to give their club the five points they needed to finish second and play in Division 3 next year.

Match results
Final league table
Printable report

Oxon men beat City and County of Bristol

Oxfordshire returned home to Witney Town BC to play City and County of Bristol on Tuesday 7th August.

With one rink unable to complete the match, the remaining rinks stuck to the task and won on four rinks. The losing rink was the notorious rink 3 , perhaps Bristol were not aware of its reputation.

A 50 game badge was awarded to John Stephens of Bloxham BC by Deputy President Mick Morris in the absence of President Dorling through ill health.

Oxfordshire 104 shots, City and County of Bristol 77.

Rink scores
Mike Jones John Stephens John Hurren Ian Whelpton won 27-10.
Bradley Squires Brian Ealey David Wedge Mike Andrew lost 13-22
Vic Webb Roy Radband John McGeough Paul Robbins won 26-18
Ron Slater Barry Willoughby Martin Oliver Mick Morris won 15-14.
Steve Tolhurst jJohn Timms Ken Williams Brian Bloomfield won 23-13.

OBA Domestic Finals Day Report

This year’s domestic finals were hosted at Chipping Norton Bowls Club with the Allison, Longford and Officers cups all up for grabs.

The first Allison semi-final was between Chippy’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Vic Depaauw. Vic got off to a great start, going 11-1 up after just 7 ends. Nigel then fought back well to take the score to 12-9 after 13. Nip and tuck scoring followed until the 21st end when the score board was level, 18 shots each. The next 3 ends went in Vic’s favour and the final score 21-19.

The other Allison semi-final was played between Witney Town’s Phil Warner and Carterton’s Joe Justin. A very nip and tuck start see the score level at 12 shots apiece after 11. Justin then went 17-12 in front before Warner came back level once more after 16. 1 shot pickups were all that were scored for the remainder of the game, although 4 went to Justin over Warner’s 2 so Joe Justin progressed to the Allison Final.

With one Longford cup game played early, which see Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly beat Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield 21-13, the other semi-final was played to see who would face him. Adderbury’s Phil Gladden faced Witney Town’s Brian Smith. Gladden got off to a commanding start, going 11-2 up after 9 ends. After 12 it was 16-3 to Gladden and bowling some cracking bowls. Smith then had three ends reply to which he scored 4 shots to see the score at 16-7 after 15. However, the comeback for Smith was short lived as Gladden picked up the 5 shots that he required over the next three ends to book his place in the Longford final.

Officers Cup winner 2018The Officers cup semi-finals were also played early which see West Witney’s David Leighfield beat Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield and Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly beat West Witney’s Paul Skidmore. Galletly started well, being 8-1 up after 7 ends. Leighfield then scored 8 shots to Galletly’s 2 which see the board level at 10-10 after 14 ends. Leighfield then went on to score 8 shots without reply, before Galletly scored 2 singles to see the board at 18-12. Leighfield then picked up the 3 shots required to be crowned Officers Cup Champion, winning 21-12. Congratulations David Leighfield on winning your third County Competition of the season.

An excellent cooked lunch was then put on for competitors, officers and spectators before the Longford and Allison Finals commenced in the splendid summer sunshine.

Allison cup winner 2018The Allison final was between Carterton’s Joe Justin and South Oxford’s Vic Depaauw. Two 4 shot pickups in the first 4 ends for Justin see him take an early 9-3 lead before Depaauw scored well to take the score to 12-10 after 11 ends. Justin then got the mat back on the 13th and never lost it, picking up 9 shots in the following 4 ends, including another 4-shot pickup, to win the game 21-10. What a great game to watch and it was an exhibition of what bowls is all about, with only a slender 60-year age gap between competitors! Congratulations to Joe Justin on winning your second county competition this year, not a bad performance for only your second year of outdoor bowls!

Longford cup winner 2018The Longford final was played between Adderbury’s Phil Gladden and Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly. Galletly got off to a good start once more, scoring 11 shots to Gladden’s 2 in 11 ends. Gladden then fought back hard to bring the score level at 15 apiece, aided by back to back 3 shot pickups. Galletly then scored a single on the 16th before Gladden had 5 commanding ends, not losing the mat and picking up the 6 shots he required to be crowned Longford Cup Winner. Congratulations Phil on winning what a great tense battle. Commiserations must be given to Nigel, who got to two domestic finals and played so well but just missed out on silverware this year.

A huge thank you to Chippy’s Bill Jarvie, Martin Acock, Percy Hickman and Tony Backer-Holst, Burford’s John Hurren and Carterton’s Tim Jupp for giving up your time to mark the games, especially in the heat!

Also, a big thank you to Bill and Roberta Jarvie for organising such a smooth-running day, providing excellent catering and bar services all day and thanks to all your helpers.”

Oxon men beat middlesex in HCL

With the usual story of last minute changes Oxfordshire travelled to West Ealing to play Middlesex in a Home Counties League match.

A strong start saw Oxfordshire ahead by 15 shots after 5 ends was continued throughout the afternoon and after 18 ends the lead was 49 shots with 5 of the rinks in the lead. The final result was much the same with the lead 46 and 5 winning rinks.

A colts badge was presented to Oxford City and County’s Under 25 player Joe Glen who joined 3 under 25 colleague in the side.

The win lifts Oxfordshire into 4th Place with one game left, against bottom placed Buckinghamshire on September 1st.

Oxfordshire 139 shots (20 points), Middlesex 93 shots (2 points).

Henry Beall Ian Whelpton Chris Lewis Paul Sharman won 18-16
Bradley Squires John Timms Orren Bennett David Leighfield won 24-11
Bernie May Steve Gibson Andy McIntyre Paul Skidmore won 37-10
Joe Justin David Wedge Sam Watts Shane Cooper lost 16-22
Trevor Prew Joe Glenn Brian Bloomfield Chris Weller won 22-18
Alistair Heyes Paul Denczak Richard Green Kevin Alder won 22-16

League week 13

The 2018 season is rapidly approaching its denouement, and with one round of matches left we now know the champions of all four divisions.

Congratulations to:
Headington, Division 1 champions for another season
Carterton, back in the top division next season as champions of Division 2
Adderbury, likewise bouncing back up as champions of Division 3
Bicester are Champions of Division 4

However, the rest of the promotion and relegation scraps are still to be competed for in the final round of matches, other than Division 3 where all fixtures are now complete. Promoted for here is Headington, relegated are City and County along with Blackbird Leys, whose defeat to Adderbury sealed their demise.

This week’s results in Division 1 saw Headington take on Witney Mills and come away with their ninth win in ten matches. The results was never in doubt once Ian Snowden’s rink had roared into a twenty eight shot lead at the halfway point. (A lead that included a hot shot eight on the eighth end!). Only Chris Weller’s rink were able to stop the rot to give Mills a possible much needed point.

This because City and County continued their second half of the season fightback, this time away at Watlington. Winning at Watlington is never easy even if the home side were without some of the back end players. To do so when you need it to have any hope of survival is even more impressive. Three rinks were as comfortable as the scores suggest but the fourth featured an excellent comeback by Omar Sharif’s men who found themselves seven down with three ends to play and won the last three ends to tie the game. That extra half point opens up the possibilities for them next week, when they play Banbury Central, who were themselves easing past West Witney and back into second spot in the league. City can still survive, especially as Watlington, who are four and a half points ahead in the relegation battle, take on Headington in their final fixture. Witney Mills could also be relegated but they have a marginally easier, on paper, final match away at Kidlington.
Central’s victory came late on in the game as even at thirteen ends the overall scores were level with one rink apiece and two very close. However, Will Campion and Tom McKenna’s rinks both won their last five ends to come away with comfortable victories.

Carterton continue to show that they are in a different class to the rest of Division 2. This weeks ‘victims’ were promotion hopefuls Witney Town, Highlight of the match was, for the second time this season, an eight shot hot shot going to a losing rink. This week Paul Demczak won the eight only to lose almost all the remains ends to Paul Sharman’s rink.

Town’s defeat leave us with an intriguing final weeks fixture as they now play South Oxford with the winner being promoted! South were doing what they. Needed to stay in the promotion race defeating Shiplake comfortably. Town won easily on two rinks but were well defeated on a third. The rink of note was that between Keith Mobley and David Webb where Keith’s rink went seven shots ahead only to be hauled back by David’s men to be all square at sixteen ends with Keith winning the final row for the game. Shiplake now have to wait on the Chipping Norton v Hanborough fixture next week as they have finished their season. Chippy’s defeat of Charlbury removed any lingering hopes that the latter may have had of promotion, indeed at first glance they look to be in the relegation battle but their superior shot count means that they will finish above Shiplake unless they lose their final game by sixty-three shots.

Division 4 finally sorted its season out its champion with Bicester defeating Bloxham they now cannot be caught by the chasers even though they have finished their season. The visitors were never in two rinks once the Bicester rinks had taken the lead lead, whilst they did win the other two, they never looked like closing the shot difference. Defeat removes any realistic chance of Bloxham gaining promotion but they have an important role to play as their final match is against West Oxford, who remain in the hunt having only taken half a point away at Chadlington.
The other two clubs that could still be promoted, Chadlington and South Oxford, play each other knowing that, whatever their result, the must better that of West Oxford.

This weeks matches only memorable moments were Chadlington’s Phil Radbone’s four on the final end of his match to tie the scores and restrict West Oxford to a half point; and John Copes’ rink taking four shots on the final end of their match to give the match points to his club and keep them in the promotion race.

Printable report
Match results
League tables

Oxon men lose to Herts in friendly

Oxfordshire travelled to Watford for a friendly match against Hertfordshire on Tuesday 31st July.

Although the rinks were shared at 3 each Oxfordshire were always struggling on the 2 outside rinks and went down by 22 shots. With three consecutive defeats on the road hopes are higher for next week’s home game at Witney Town.

Oxfordshire 106 shots, Hertfordshire 128 shots.

Paul Demczak Percy Strange John Hurren Ian Whelpton lost 13-31
Chris Lewis Martin Oliver Jojn McGeough Brian Bloomfield won 26-19
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Philip Warner Alan Ley won 21-13
Ron Slater Roy Radband Jim Lucas Richard Barnett lost 11-25
Brian Ealey Bill Jarvie Alan Wase Ken Williams won 26-15
Barry Willoughby Colin Haley David Wedge Mick Morris lost 9-25

OBA domestic semi finals and finals program

OBA domestic semi finals and finals program, all games to be played at Chipping Norton in club shirt and whites.

Wednesday 1st August 14:30 – Longford Cup semi final:
Nigel Galletly (Banbury Central) VS Brian Bloomfield (Witney Town)


Friday 3rd August 18:15 – Officers cup semi finals:

Brian Bloomfield (Witney Town) VS David Leighfield (West Witney)
Nigel Galletly (Banbury Central) VS Paul Skidmore (West Witney)

Sunday 5th August 10:00 – Allison cup semi finals:
Nigel Siford (Chipping Norton) VS Vic Depaauw (South Oxford)
Phil Warner (Witney Town) VS Joe Justin (Carterton)

Sunday 5th August 10:00 – Longford cup semi final:
Phil Gladden (Adderbury) VS Brian Smith (Witney Town)

Sunday 5th August TBC – Officers Cup Final

Sunday 5th August 13:45 – Allison Cup Final

Sunday 5th August 13:45 – Longford Cup Final

Food will be available all day on Sunday for spectators and competitors, to be ordered upon arrival.