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Margaret Morris wins county champion of champions

Margaret Morris of Banbury Borough BC has won the county champion of champions after beating Katherine Hawes, Oxford City and County BC in the final.

14 Club Singles Winners were in the draw for the Champion of Champions which was played in fairly good conditions until the Final when the heavens opened. The day provided excellent bowling up to and including the final which was a very closely fought game.

Margaret got off to a very good start but by the 6th end Katherine had evened the score. Until the 17th end the scores were level at 13-13. With conditions getting extremely wet and the light fading Margaret picked up 4 shots on the next two ends but Katherine came back again with a 2 to make the score 15-17. By the 23rd end the score was 17-19 in Margaret’s favour then Katherine picked up a 1 to make it 18-19. The last end saw Katherine holding shot until Margaret played her last wood into the head and ran the jack to pick up the winning 2 shots.

Quarter Finals:
Lisa Williams (Hanborough) 10, Shirley Crick (Witney Town) 21
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 10, Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) 21
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 15, Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) 21
Terry Batt Rawden (Watlington) 21, Caroline Campion 18

Semi-Finals:
Shirley Crick 17, Katherine Hawes 21
Margaret Morris 21, Terry Batt Rawden 20

Final:
Margaret Morris 21, Katherine Hawes 18

Thanks to everyone who attended, including all the markers and to all the supporters, especially those who stayed to the end but watched from inside to avoid getting wet!

Oxon ladies lose to Cambs in MEL

Another disappointing league result and the last match of the season with only two winning rinks against Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire 124.3, BOL 96
13 pts, 4 pts.

Carol Penson 18, C Hollingsworth 25
Carol Nall 11, S Pinder 25
Wendy Cross 8, B Clutterbuck 23
Pam Shepherd 14, S Alexander 22
Jeanette Berry 19, V Hughes 8.3 (only 3 players)
Marion Darton 26, S Ritchie 21

More Leamington achievements

In addition to the men’s achievements at Leamington this year, there are two more groups that should be added to the 2017 success story for Oxfordshire bowlers.

Firstly, congratulations go to Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion from the Banbury Central club who reached the semi-finals in the National Women’s Senior Fours Championship and secondly, the kaleidoscopic rink of Carole Galletly (Banbury Central), Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington) who were finalists in the National Mixed Fours Competition.

Oxfordshire’s achievement’s at the 2017 ‘Nationals’ is going to take some beating in the future.

Banbury Central crowned ladies county top club champions

Banbury Central won the ladies county top club final against Shiplake played at Thame Bowls Club on Sunday 27th August.

Banbury Central 3, Shiplake 1.

Singles: Mo Cox 21, Helen Robinson 7.
Pairs: Mary Tee and Pam Shepherd 32, Jackie Stafford and Sylvia Blackmore 16.
Triples: Eloise Jones, Gill Sharpe and Myra Lewis 23, Elaine Robinson, Jean Webb and Daphne Jacob 13.
Fours: Melody Sykes, Bev McNeal, June Bone and Anne Norton 12, Sue Read, Sheila Cranston, Ruth Copp and Wendy Cross 23.

Oxfordshire under 25 day

Watlington will host the 10th Annual Oxfordshire Under 25s Day on Sunday 27th August 2017 at 10.00am.

All junior (Men’s Under 25s and Ladies Under 31s) players in Oxfordshire are invited to come and take part in this popular competition which is now in its tenth year. If you are young enough and play bowls (or would like to start) you are eligible to play. All you need is flat shoes and enthusiasm. Bowls provided if needed.

There is no cost to any player and a free lunch and drink are provided.

Spectators are equally welcome so please come along. It’s always a good day! There will be a barbecue, bar, raffle and refreshments.

For further details please contact Steve Gilkes on 07868 435052 or at srgilkes64@gmail.com.

Watlington Bowls Club (carparking), Shirburn Street, Watlington, Oxon OX49 5BU

Oxon ladies lose to Warks in MEL

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Warkwickshire a Middle England game played at Stratford upon Avon on Tuesday 25th July.

BOL 84 (Nil pts), Warwickshire 144 (17 pts)

Margaret Bullock, Maggie Alderson, Daphne Jacob, Pat Ostler 11, S Hornsby 24
Margaret Stacey, Sue Gokgor, Shirley Crick, Brenda Havard 15, M Tims 26
Karen Galloway, Carole Thornhill, Pam Faulkner, Carol Gaskins 13, J Cook 19
Jacky Gray, Sandra Wase, Pam Shepherd, Marion Darton 19, M Edwards 20
Chris Purnell, Jody Flitter, Hazel Oliver, Jeanette Berry 19, M Parsons 25
Margaret Morris, Ruth Copp, Pat Taylor, Carol Penson 7, J Corn 30

Ladies final county selection against Hants and Cambs

The final ladies county games against Hampshire and Cambridgeshire have now been selected: Match Sheet (Hants, Cambs)

Ladies county finals

The ladies county finals day was was hosted at Oxford City & County Bowls Club.

Ladies singles champion 2017The ladies county singles championship was contested by current England singles champion, Donna Knight and England international, Katherine Hawes (both Oxford City & County). Hawes got off to a strong start taking an early 12 – 4 shot lead over Knight but Knight fought back scoring 6 ends without reply to take the lead. With the score standing at 20 – 13 to Knight, Hawes took it up to gear to bring the score to 20 – 17. In the final end, the head turned over with every bowl with Knight just managing to draw the shot to secure the title.

Ladies 2 Wood singles champion 2017

The 2 wood was immediately played after the singles. Hawes took revenge by beating the newly crowned singles champion. Hawes was right on her game nailing the jack on most ends. Hawes took an early 11 – 3 shot lead after 9 ends but there was no time to recover for Knight who pulled it back to 13 – 8 after 16 ends but Hawes finished strongly and winning 15 – 10 at 19 ends.

Ladies fours champion 2017

The fours final was a closely fought battle between Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) and Maggie Miller, Sue Wilson, Jazz Alder and Karen Alder (West Witney). Campion’s four remained slightly ahead until the 15 end when Alder’s team went into the lead by 1 shot. Campion then scored for the next 3 ends giving them a 5 shot lead. Alder scored another single on the 20th end but Campion finished the game by picking up 1, winning 20 – 15.

Ladies unbadged pairs champions 2017

The unbadged pairs final was won by Barbara Singh and Sandra Grindrod (Witney Town). They beat Linda Coles and Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) comfortably. Singh and Grindrod raced to a 14 – 5 lead with Coles and Brown scoring a 2 and a 3 to take it to 14 – 8 but Singh and Grindrod replied with a 2 and a 1 of their own to push the game to 17 – 8. Coles and Brown picked up another single but conceed at 18 ends with the score at 17 – 9.

Ladies U25s champion 2017The first game of the afternoon was the under 25 singles final between Jazz Alder (West Witney) and Katie Glenn (Watlington). Alder took a 6 – 2 lead but Glenn replied with a 2 and a single to keep the game close 6 – 5 to Alder. The two traded ends with Alder looking like she was going to push ahead by scoring a 3 to take the score to 11 – 8 but the game remained closely fought all the way through with Glenn managing to recover the 3 shots. Alder scored a string of ends to take the score to 20 – 12. Glenn picked up a single but Alder scored the final shot she needed to take the title 21 – 13.

Ladies triples champions 2017

In the triples final, Knight and Hawes teamed up with Gail Gilkes to face Brigitta King, Sheila Oldham and Sheila Lovett (West Witney). The final was close all the way through until the 15th end with the score standing at 12 – 10. Hawes’ triple scored 3 ends in a row to win the title 19 – 10.

Ladies pairs champions 2017

The final game of the afternoon was the pairs between Karen Galloway and Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County) and Myra Lewis and Helen Young (Banbury Central). At 8 ends the score stood at 9 – 7 to Lewis and Young. Galloway and Gaskins picked up a 2, a 4 and 2 singles to take a 15 – 9 lead at 12 ends. At 15 ends the score was 18 – 11 to Galloway and Gaskins. Lewis and Young made a come back to 1 shot behind at 18 ends. Galloway and Gaskins scored a 3 and a 2 to extend their lead to 23 – 17. Lewis and Young only managed to score a 2 on the final end with Galloway and Gaskins becoming the champions 23 – 19.

Ladies county finals schedule

The Bowls Oxforshire Ladies county finals will be held at Oxford City & County on Saturday 29th July. Refreshments available.

Report 9.30AM
Start: 10.00AM

Championship singles
Donna Knight(Oxford City & County BC) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC)

2 wood singles (to follow on from singles)
Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC) v Donna Knight (Oxford City & County BC)

Fours
Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC) v Karen Alder (West Witney BC)

Unbadged pairs
Linda Coles/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough BC) v Barbara Singh/Sandra Grindrod (Witney Town BC)

2pm (Approx)

Under 25 singles
Katie Glenn (Watlington BC) v Jazzmin Alder (West Witney BC)

Triples

Sheila Lovett (West Witney BC) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC)

Pairs
Helen Young (Banbury Central BC) v Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County BC)

Claire Soden and Katie Glenn win ladies U25 pairs

Congratulations to Claire Soden and Katie Glenn who beat Katie Bland and Jazzmin Alder in the U25 pairs final by 1 shot (17 – 16)