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Oxon pipped by Herts in friendly

Oxfordshire hosted Hertfordshire at Oxford City and County on 30th July and for the second week running the game was curtailed to 18 ends by the weather, this time by rain. Starting slowly Oxfordshire trailed by 6 shots after 10 ends and were 9 behind after 15.  By close of play the deficit was down to 3 shots and Oxfordshire had gained the upper hand only for the rain to halt proceedings.

The highlight of the after-game meal was the celebration of Alan Ley’s 900th game for Oxfordshire (see separate tribute) as well as the 100th game for City and Count’s Vice President Chris Lewis and a colts badge for South Oxford’s David Tidball

Oxfordshire 97 Hertfordshire 100.

 B Jarvie A Smith K Buckle B Clarke won 16-14.
P Hickman T Gripe M Oliver I Whelpton lost 11-18.
C Lewis n Satchell D Bullock B Bloomfield won 20-17.
S Tolhurst K Williams D Tidball M Morris lost 17-19.
P Demczak J Hurren G Thompson A Wase lost 16-20.
R Green b Ealey D Wedge A Ley won 17-12.

League Week 13

With a final week of matches still to come, the top two divisions are already over, as far as promotion and relegation are concerned.

Champions elect, Headington, won a very tight match with their only real rivals, Carterton and cannot now be caught, so my first congratulation goes to them for retaining their title.

Behind them, in Division 1, the other issue was who joined Witney Town in division 2 next year. Witney Mills needed to beat Town and hope that Banbury Central slipped up against West Witney. In the event neither happened. Surprisingly, Mills lost at home, Town outperformed them on three rinks, the final scores looking closer as Mills made a late flurry of shots but to no avail.

Banbury Central had a convincing win at home to a weakened West Witney side. Will Campion’s rink bounced back from a heavy defeat last week to inflict one of their own and any hope that West had of getting two points was lost when Shane Cooper’s attempted drive for five shots move the jack off the rink and Lee Young’s rink won the replayed end.

Division 2 is also now settled. Adderbury’s win at Kidlington and, already champions, City and County’s defeat of South Oxford mean that Adderbury will play in the top division for the first time next season.

Relegation was also settled as already relegated Charlbury registered a rare victory and with it ensured that the opposition, Chipping Norton, are relegated as well. 

The best rink of this week’s games came from Dave Tidball, of South Oxford, whose rink had trailed for much of the game before taking six shots in the last two ends to grab the point.

Little has changed in Division 3; Bicester were crowned champions last week, but the second place appears wide open. I say appears as in real terms Bloxham, currently second, have completed their matches, Central, currently third, host champions Bicester, whilst Thame, currently fourth, travel to Chadlington, who will be desperate to avoid relegation! Shiplake are in an even odder position! Currently fifth, they host relegated Hanborough. Were they to take all six available points and the clubs above them lose, they would finish second. However, if they dropped all six and Chadlington won, they would be relegated! 

In this week’s fixtures, mention should be made of Ed Creed’s rink for Central which took twelve unanswered shots between ends eleven and seventeen to go from six behind to six ahead in the fixture against Hanborough. 

Division 4 results mean that West Oxford are promoted. Second place, City and County have completed their fixtures and Burford are unable to overtake them whatever their result. The other promotion place is still up for grabs, with the money going on Woodstock as their last fixture is at Oxford University Press and they need four points from it to guarantee second place. Burford can only win big at Blackbird Leys and hope that Woodstock trip up. 

In this week’s matches, the highlight was John Hurren’s win for Burford as they came from nine behind after twelve ends to win by taking the last six ends of the match.

Men’s Finals Day

Banbury Borough Bowls Club was the host for this year’s men’s county finals day, hosted by this year’s OBA President, Mick Morris.

Three games started the day off, junior singles, 4 wood singles and triples.

Men's singles Champion 2019On his home green, Keith Holloway faced Headington’s Nick Rae-Welsh in the final of the men’s singles. Nick got off to a strong start finding himself 8-2 up after 7 ends. The next 6 ends see Keith win 5 of them to take the score level at 11 shots apiece. Nick then progressed to score 4 more shots in 3 ends to take the lead 15-11. Keith then rallied back and continued on to progress to become the victor, scoring 10 unanswered shots over the last 6 ends. The final was of extreme quality with heads consistently changing, so commendations to both players for that. Keith has now completed the “Quad” by winning all four of the men’s main events, congratulations.

Men's pairs winners 2019The last game of the morning was a West Witney duel between Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore against Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield. After 8 ends Andy and David found themselves in a comfortable position, being 12-5 up. The game was then battled well with consistent head being built by both leads which enabled no more than doubles to be scored for the remaining of the game. The game finished with Andy and David retaining the pairs title, 21-10 victors.

After a splendid lunch two games were contested in the early afternoon session, the 2 wood singles and the triples. 

Men's 2 wood singles champion 2019Shiplake’s Jim Bland was up against Adderbury’s Darren Sharpe. A game of 21 ends see them level after 7 ends, 4-4. A couple of 2’s over the next 6, see Darren able to extend his lead to 10-7 after 13 ends. Jim then fought back to come within 1 shot at 16 ends before Darren scored 4 shots over the final 4 ends to make it mathematically impossible for Jim to win, Darren was crowned the newest 2 wood singles champion. Congratulations Darren. 

Men's triples winners 2019The other game was the triples between Headington’s Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. A strong start for the Witney trio see them 7-2 up after 6 ends. Good bowling from the Headington triple see them bring the score back to within 1 shot after 11 ends, 10-9. 5 shots in Witney’s favour to Headington’s single see the board at 15-10 at 15 ends. 1 shot apiece in the next 2 ends see the Headington trip requiring 5 to force an extra end however they were unable to do so, picking up 2 shots. Congratulations to Andy, David and Kevin. 

Men's fours winners 2019After a short break, and yet another timely fly past from the RAF Red Arrows, the last game of the day got underway, the men’s fours. This was contested by Headington’s Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett against a Borough rink on their own turf, comprising of Keith Holloway, Alan Prew, Mark Sykes and A.J Docherty. Another class quality game see tight heads and the score at a close 5-3 in Headington’s favour after 7. The borough rink then battled back strong to bring them level again, this time after 15 ends. Headington then won the next 3 out of 4 ends to stretch their lead once more to 5 shots with 2 to play. A.J’s rink then picked up 2 on the penultimate end to see the score at 19-16. Headington then claimed the last end and won 20-16 victors. Congratulations to Mark, Jason, Ian and Sam. 

All I can say is thank you to Banbury Brough for hosting such an excellent days’ worth of bowling with good weather, good surface and good facilities. Thank you to Mick Morris and Paul Demczak for marking the singles games during the day and my thanks extends to Mick Morris for his support throughout the competitions this season. 

The men’s National Finals at Leamington Spa take place from Tuesday 6th August – Thursday 8th August and Saturday 17th August – Friday 30th August. Please take the opportunity, if you can, to go up and support all of this year’s qualifiers and I hope Oxfordshire can continue on its impressive form of late.

Oxon men friendlies

Oxfordshire hosted Essex at Thame BC on 16th July and only managed to win on 1 rinks, albeit by 26 shots thanks to the efforts of Paul Demczak John McGeough Martin Oliver and Brian Clarke.  The 5 lost rinks meant that Oxfordshire lost the match by 5 shots.

Oxfordshire 109 Essex 114.

R Slater C Haley B Ray K Williams lost 11-19.
S Tolhurst T Gripe G Hooker M Andrew lost 13-25.
R Radband B Ealey L Days M Morris lost 17-18.
P Demczak J McGeough M Oliver and B Clarke won 35-9.
M Jones G Thompson P Warner P Robbins lost 15-16.
B Willoughby R Oliver D Wedge A Ley lost 18-27.

A week later the scene move to the north west of the county for the visit of Wiltshire for the visit of Wiltshire to West Witney BC.  Wins on 4 rinks were insufficient to counteract the two defeats on rinks 5 and 6 and Oxfordshire lost by 2 shots.

Oxfordshire 105 Wiltshire 107.

P Hickman J Stephens M Oliver L Days won 21-16.
M Jones T Gripe J Lucas P Robbins won 21-14.
S Tolhurst N Satchell B Ray A Ley won 24-19.
D Wright B Ealey I Whelpton B Clarke won 15-11.
J Timms J Hurren M Morris B Bloomfield lost 8-25.
P Demczak G Thompson P Warner M Andrew lost 16-22.

The following the annual match against the Isle of Wight at neutral green Three Mile Cross BC in Berkshire resulted in another close match. With three wins to each side the result was a draw, thanks to wins for Oxfordshire on the last end of 5 of the rinks. A colts badge was awarded to Shiplake’s John Gutteridge.

Oxfordshire 107 Isle of Wight 107.

Paul Demczak John Gutteridge J Lucas K Williams lost 10-25.
R Slater J McGeough T Gripe B Bloomfield won 21-12.
C Lewis C Hale A Fleming M Morris won 25-14.
B Jarvie J Timms G Thompson A Ley won 22-16.
P Christmas R Oliver D Bullock C Cox lost 11-18.
D Byers J Hurren D Wedge I Whelpton lost 18-22.

Oxon men lose to Sussex in HCL

Oxfordshire played Sussex on Saturday 27th July at Eastbourne BC. After 5 ends the scores were level despite a disappointing end 2 for Ray Gaskins rink dropping a 7.  For the next few ends the overall scores were close thanks mainly to the rink of Will Campion. Then things started to go Sussex’s way and by the 15th end the deficit had grown to 24 shots. With Kevin Alder’s rink winning by 4 shots it was left to the 2 outside rinks to win their 21st end to win their rink and share the rinks points and keep the final total shot difference to 31.

Oxfordshire remain in 5th place in the Home Counties League 18 points behind league leaders Middlesex who play at South Oxford on Saturday. 

Oxfordshire 100 and 6 points Sussex 131 and 16 points.

Rink scores
Percy Hickman Brian Clarke Gordon Hooker Paul Skidmore won 18-17.
Chris Lewis Alan Ley Jim Bland Ray Gaskins lost 13-24.
Henry Beall Phil Gladden Les Days Chris Weller lost 12-28.
Joe Justin James MacDonough Stuart Timms Kevin Alder won 19-15.
Trevor Prew Steve Aldren Orren Bennett David Leighfield lost 16-26.
Richard Green Ted Eley Brian Bloomfield Will Campion won 22-21.

League Week 12

Still two weeks left this season, but some promotion and relegation issues are already settled.

Headington need four more points to retain their Division 1 title after their comfortable win at Witney Town. Only Philip Warner’s rink provided stiff opposition for them, indeed they clocked up a third of their club’s total shots in their defeat of Mark Charlett’s rink.

Headington’s quest for the title was aided by West Witney, whose defeat of Carterton also removed any lingering possibility of their relegation from the division, indeed, they could now finish second. A blistering start in the match by David Leighfield’s rink, that went nine shots clear after four ends and then crushed the comeback attempt by Gordon Walker with a five shot win on the eleventh end provided one talking point but the highlight of the match came in Badon Spark’s game where Witney scored ten shots in two ends to lead ten – two after four ends but were slowly pegged back by the Carterton rink to relinquish the lead on end thirteen and never regain it.

The final relegation place now lies between Witney Mills and the erstwhile second placed side, Banbury Central. Watlington used their home advantage to great effect, especially Andy Kemish’s rink which crushed Will Campion’s by twenty-five shots. Central need to get five points from their final two games to ensure their safety.

City and County’s promotion back to division 1 was finally settled this week as they defeated Chipping Norton, a result that almost certainly relegates the losers. Mathematically, Adderbury could still pip them to the title but they would need to win both their remaining games and hope that City and County come away from their fixture at South Oxford this week with fewer than three points. Three easy winning rinks for City and County this week, only Percy Hickman’s rink was able to put up a fight for Chippy, winning their game on the final end.

Eric Pitts’ rink mounted a spirited comeback for Charlbury at Adderbury, coming from seven shots down after ten ends to restrict the Ted Eley’s men to two more shots in the final eight ends, only to lose by a single shot. The other three rinks proved more comfortable to the home team who are now favourites to gain promotion.

However, South Oxford remain in the race with their five points from a very close game at Headington. Indeed, both David Tidball and Mick Keen’s rinks only took the lead on the final end for South Oxford and Martin Kershaw’s game was tied at sixteen ends!

Bicester have claimed the title in Division 3 with their demolition of Thame, but elsewhere little is settled in the division, indeed current second place Bloxham could still be relegated! 

Bloxham’s win at home to Shiplake came as both Dave Morse and Alan Miles’ rinks registered big wins. The former recording both six and seven shot winning ends whilst the latter’s margin would have been greater had they not dropped a four on the final end!

Banbury Central’s win might have been for fewer points but Eric Trinder’s rink snatched victory on the last end. Central could still be relegated but that extra point increased the gap to the visitors, Chadlington, who now need to win their two remaining matches and hope Central do not!

The Division 4 title race looks to be going to the last round of matches with fewer than five points separating the top four clubs and two of those only having one more match to play!

Leaders Woodstock lost an epic at South Oxford this week.  In a match where the two clubs were never more than six shots apart over all four rinks combined, David Child’s rink came from behind on the last end to win, not only their game but the whole match for South Oxford as the three shots they scored tipped the total score South’s way by a single shot.

Not to be outdone, Burford and City and County also had an epic. Jack Lafford and Doug Mustoe’s rinks both came from behind to snatch victories on the last end leaving Bob Heaven’s to save the day for City as his rink’s nineteen shot win was enough to win the match shot count and thus the match points for most shots.

The last game was at West Oxford where the home side dominated visitors Oxford University Press on two rinks and added the other two with very close victories, indeed Alan Blackburn’s men secured theirs by winning the final end by three shots. The win moves West into prime promotion position as they still have two matches to play, unlike Woodstock and City and County.

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U25’s report

Five of the Oxfordshire U25 side lined up for their final competitive game in the Junior Home Counties league against a strong Kent side on 7th July at Kidlington. Sam Watts, Harvey Alder, Jamie Wilkinson, Bradley Squires and Joe Glenn have all given a lot of time and effort to the juniors over the years and were looking to go out with a bang. The game that followed was befitting of their determination to the side. 

Captain Sam Watts’ rink of Jonathan Dadson, Lucas King and Joe Glenn dropped a 5 on the first end against Adam Lawrence, but had recovered by 5 ends to trail 6-7. By 10 ends, this had turned into a slender lead of 11-10. 

Jamie Wilkinson and his team of Luke Gilbert, Bradley Squires and Harvey Alder conversely led 7-6 at 5 ends, but after a couple of dropped counts were 9-18 down at 10 ends to Jason Avery’s rink. 

Orren Bennett’s rink of Joe Justin, Andrew Docherty and Brandon King were playing against the triple of Luke Ereira after one of the Kent players failed to show. Despite an early dropped 4, Orren’s side was level 5-5 at 5 ends, and led 11-7 at 10 ends (11-5.25 after 25% lost). So overall at 10 ends Oxon trailed 31 shots to 33.25.

Sam’s rink shaded the next 5 ends to lead 17-14, Orren’s rink conceded another 4 but still led 13-9.75 while Jamie’s rink slipped a little further behind at 12-23. Kent led by 4.75 shots overall. 

By 18 ends, Jamie’s rink had fallen further behind at 13-27, Orren’s rink had collected a 4 of their own to lead 18-10.5 and Sam’s rink had found their highest gear and had extended their lead to 21-15. The difference was now only half a shot in Kent’s favour. 

The final few ends from all the rinks were filled with drama in the context of the game. The 3 graduating members of Jamie’s rink clearly did not want to go out with a whimper, and a couple of huge bowls from Harvey and Jamie helped them recover 5 shots in the final 2 ends to get back to a 18-29 defeat. But it gave their teammates a chance overall. 

Orren was due a win after consecutive last end, one shot defeats in the previous two games. Despite dropping a pair of 3’s on the 19th and 20th ends, Orren played a bowl out and stayed for 2 shots with his final bowl, meaning while the scoreboard showed a draw, the rink was won 20-15. This levelled the score overall with 3 ends to play on the last rink.

A one on the 19th end put Oxfordshire in the lead for the first time in the game, and this was backed up by an excellent 3 on the 20th end with Jonathan and Lucas surrounding the jack. 4 shots ahead on the match playing the last end, Sam’s side built a good head but Kent successfully killed the end to try again for the shots they needed. This time the head was not as well covered and Kent had a chance to trail the jack a yard for 4 shots. The first attempt was narrowly missed and left Sam with his final bowl to take the opportunity away from Kent. With teammates and supporters along the side of the green and with the confidence which brought him the National Two Wood title in 2017, Sam opted to play for the jack, where a close miss would mean removing some of the opposing back bowls. But the jack was taken clean into the ditch, with Sam’s bowl sat just inches away next to it. Adam Lawrence was quick to commend this bowl and chose not to play his last, with no way to make a shot or kill the end, giving Sam’s rink a 26-15 victory, and a 5 shot win overall 64-59, and an 8-2 win on point. This was an excellent game of bowls from all involved, and a result which lifts us to 3rd in the table, where we will hopefully remain after the other teams complete their final fixtures.

From a personal point of view, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first season as junior manager and the players are the main reason why. The team is often a big stepping stone to playing county bowls, and it’s clear that those 5 who are leaving will be an important part of the County Men’s side for years to come. Obviously, with losing this many players in one go, the rest of the side next will need to step up and fill those shoes, and the younger ones coming through have showed some excellent promise. A couple of people playing an afternoon friendly who arrived early today were enthralled by the final few ends and asked “Is it always as exciting as this?”.  I hope so!

The season is not yet over, starting with a get-together/practice match at Kidlington on the 28th July, followed by trips to Leamington for Jonathan Dadson and Joe Glenn in the Men’s Junior Pairs, Joe Justin and Orren Bennett in the Men’s Junior Singles and Jazzmin Alder and Katie Glenn in the Women’s Junior Singles and Claire Soden and Jazzmin Alder in the Women’s Junior Pairs. Then the Amy Rose competition starts at 2.30pm on Saturday 31st August vs Kent at Leamington. I’m sure all welcome your support!

I hope the clubs around the county will continue to support the two sides. I have appreciated the feedback I have had so far. But as ever, the juniors can always use new players. Doesn’t matter about the experience level, the camaraderie of the team give a welcoming atmosphere for any youngster to bowl in. 

If there are any who wish to be involved, please could players, parents or clubs get in contact with me on the details below. There are plenty of informal chances and friendlies for anyone to get involved so please get in touch.

David Leighfield
Junior Manager
07595509236
David.leighfield@outlook.com

Oxon lose to Kent in the Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire played Kent in the southern regional final of the Middleton Cup, looking for a place in the semi-finals at Leamington. After discussions with Kent a neutral green of Egham BC was agreed and a start time of 11 am.

With the same 24 players as in all 3 qualifying matches and a convincing win against Kent in the Home Counties league seven days earlier Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but they were aware of the strength of their opponents.

After 5 ends Oxfordshire trailed by 27 shots with 2 of the rinks unable to make any showing on the score card. Kent maintained their led and after 15 ends their lead was still 28 shots. With ends running out Oxfordshire conceded defeat with 5 ends unplayed. David Leighfield led his rink to the only win of the day. The rinks of Ray Gaskins and Chris Gilkes both finished without completing the 21st end and both shared the spoils.

A 50 game badge was awarded to Shiplake’s Jim Bland.

Oxfordshire 98, Kent 128

Rink scores

Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins drew 15-15.
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes lost 10-25
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 12-24                       
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 25-18 
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman lost 15-21
Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 21-21.

Men’s Semi-Finals Day


Carterton Bowls Club was the venue for this year’s men’s semi-finals.

The morning see three games played, the first of which was the first singles game of the day. This was between Banbury Central’s Lee Young and Headington’s Nick Rae-Welsh. A very good start from both the players see the score at a close 9-7 in Lee’s favour after 11 ends before Nick played the perfect 12th end, picking up 4. This then aided him in stretching his lead to 17-12 over the following 6 ends. The next 4 ends see only single shots being scored, with two apiece which left it at 19-14 after 22 ends. Nick then picked up the 2 shots he required on the 23rd end to book his place in the final and a place at Leamington next month, 21-14 victor.

The next game was an all Headington bout between Jon Philpott, Ray Gaskins, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts against Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. Mark’s rink got off to a solid start, being 14-1 up after only 6 ends. 5 shots over the following 2 ends see Howard’s men reduce the deficit to only 8 shots by 8 ends. The next three ends see 3 shots scored to both teams leaving the score at 17-9 after 11. Mark’s rink then won the next 5 ends which gave them the win, 24-9 winners and booking their place at Leamington.

The final game of the morning was between West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against a Banbury Borough rink consisting of Keith Holloway, Alan Prew, Mark Sykes and A.J. Docherty. A very strong start from the Borough rink see them 13-3 up after 8 ends. Kevin’s rink then won the next 2 ends to take the score to 13-6 before 5 shots picked up from AJ’s men see their lead increase once more. 6 shots to Borough to only 4 from Witney see the Borough rink take their place in next Sunday’s final and the last spot at Leamington up for grabs in the morning, final score 24-10.  

After an excellent lunch and a timely performance from the RAF’s Red Arrows, the afternoon session got underway. Again, three games were played in this session.

The first game was the triples between Headington’s Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee young and Will Campion. The first end see Nick play a fantastic running bowl to make 7 shots. After 5 ends it was 12-4 in Headington’s favour. 5 shots over the next three ends for the Headington trio see their lead extend to 17-4. The next 5 ends see 6 shots to 3 shots in Headington’s favour, once again which see the board at 23-7. A double on their last end see the Headington triple book the first spot of the afternoon to next week’s final. 

The next game was a pairs battle between West Witney’s Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore against a Watlington pairing of Will Soden and Chris Gilkes. A good start from the Witney pair see their lead at 14-5 after 8 ends. The following 5 ends see the Watlington duo reduce the deficit and bring themselves right back into the game, only 2 shots off the pace at 15-13. 5 shots to each pair over the next 4 ends see the gap of 2 shots remain, 20-18 at 17. The next 3 ends see 3 singles scored leaving the Watlington pair to require 3 shots to force an extra end. Will set the head up well for Chris to roll the jack into a packet of his bowls but unfortunately for them he narrowly missed it with his last bowl, giving Nigel and Paul the game, 23-19. A big congratulations for Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore for qualifying for the first time in their bowling careers to the National Finals at Leamington. 

The third game of the afternoon was another West Witney pairing, this time Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield against Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett. A good start from both pairs see the score at 11-8 in Witney’s favour at 8 ends. The next 6 ends see Andy and David increase their lead to 17-11 before 3 good ends from Ian and Mark see them scoring 6 shots to make the board level at 17 ends, 17-17. 3 shots to 1 in Witney’s favour left Ian and Mark requiring 2 for an extra end, however they were unsuccessful and could only pick up a single shot, this see the Witney boys through 20-19 winners. Next Sunday will see a West Witney pairs final as they face Nigel and Paul.

After a short break the evening sessions began, this time two games were played.

The second singles game of the day see Banbury Central’s Will Campion up against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway. After 8 ends the score was level at 4 shots apiece. Will then won the next 4 ends scoring 8 shots to take the lead, 12-4. Keith then fought back over the next 5 ends, scoring 4 shots to Will’s 1. 8 shots then followed for Keith which see him take the lead 16-14 after 21 ends. Will then reclaimed the lead scoring 5 shots over the following 2 ends, score sitting at 19-16. The next 5 ends see Keith pick up 5 single shots which gave him the win, 21-19 victor in a fantastic battle right the way through. 

The last game of the day was the second triples match between West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against Burford Town’s Alan Tuckwell, Roger Hopkins and Bob Parker. Kevin’s trio started impressively, scoring 13 shots to Burford’s 2 after 6 ends. The next 4 ends see the Witney triple increase their lead by picking up singles to go 17-2 up. Burford then scored a single on the 11th end to take the score to 17-3. The Witney triple then scored 7 shots over the following 3 ends to secure their victory, 24-3 winners.

That concluded the day and a big thank you to all of the spectators, Carterton Bowls Club and the markers / umpires for the day, Mick Morris and Paul Demczak. The County Finals day is at Banbury borough Bowling Club on Sunday 21st July. 

U25’s lose to Surrey in JHCL

On Sunday 23rd June, Oxfordshire under 25s travelled to Malden Manor to play Surrey in the Junior Home Counties league. Despite a close battle throughout the game, Surrey were victorious by a score of 8-2, and by 11 shots. 

Jamie Wilkinson’s rink of Luke Gilbert, Sam Kibblewhite and Brandon King were always up against it playing Junior International skip Charlie Souter. The Oxon boys applied themselves well but Charlie continued to play big running bowls to great effect, and Jamie fell to a 12-26 defeat.

Captain Orren Bennett’s rink of Joe Justin, debutant Brandon Appleton, and Ben Dickson started well and led throughout the game. Unfortunately, Surrey skip Eoghan Harding’s rink never let Orren get away, and with a count of 4 on the final end, Surrey took the rink 18-19.

Harvey Alder came into the game confident after winning their rink well in the previous game and his rink of Jonathan Dadson, Jack Kendall and Joe Glenn continued in the same vein. They led from start to finish, and while they did drop a few shots late on while chasing the overall score, they still recorded a 22-18 win. 

A good performance from the boys despite the result. Big thanks to Brandon Appleton of Chadlington for stepping in at short notice for his debut and he gave an excellent account of himself. Lots of positives going forward to the final JHCL game vs Kent.