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Oxon ladies lose to Wilts in friendly

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played Wiltshire at Highworth BC on Tuesday 21st May 2019. A challenging green which went in Wiltshire’s favour.

BOL 101, Wiltshire 123  

Carol Gaskins 19, S Bird 17
Wendy Cross 17, M Annetts 25
Carole Galletly 28, C Coombs 5
Jeanette Berry 9, B Lilley 25
Carol Penson 18, B Land 18
Brenda Havard 10, J Rowe 35

Ladies unbadged pairs played down to final

The Eileen Hopkins Unbadged Pairs was played at Chipping Norton on Sunday 19th May 2019 with an entry of 9 pairs from various clubs. We were lucky with the weather, not too hot and the rain held off.   Many thanks for the hospitality at Chipping Norton, the refreshments were non stop and the green bowled well.  

Finalists playing at County Finals in July:  Joy Williams/Veta Bennett (Kidlington) and Marge Ferguson/Wendy Sandy (Carterton)  

Quarter finals: Sheila Oldham/Sheila Lovett (West Witney) lost to Sue Markham/Lucy Watts (Watlington) 14-15 Adrienne Brown/Linda Coles (Banbury Borough) lost to Joy Williams/Veta Bennett (Kidlington) 15-19 Carole Regan/Lyn Dunsby (Witney Mills) lost to Marge Ferguson/Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 11-13 Zoe Pratley/Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County) lost to Hilary Thomas/Anne Kearvell (Bloxham) 11-19  

Semi finals: Sue/Lucy lost to Joy/Veta 12-19 Hilary/Anne lost to Marge/Wendy 6-13

Oxon ladies top MEL table

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies won their second Middle England League (MEL) game against Glouscestershire on Tuesday 14th May at Barnwood BC. There were wins on 4 rinks and draws on two. The victory means that Oxforshire tops the MEL table being the only team to have won both games.

BOL 127, 15 points.  Gloucestershire 100, 2 points. 

Jeanette Berry 25, J Sheward 19
Carol Penson 25, J Howes 15
Carol Gaskins 25, P MacGregor 17
Caroline Campion 19, R Hughes 19
Brenda Havard 19, L Challener 16
Wendy Cross 14, K Gent 14

Mixed results for county ladies

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies kicked of the season with their first two county games against Leicestershire and Worcestershire.

The first game was against Leicestershire on a bitterly cold day at Kingscroft BC on Friday 3rd May in the Middle England League (MEL). Unfortunately only 2 rinks skipped by Jeanette Berry and Caroline Campion managed a result but it wasn’t enough to win the game.

BOL 93, 4 pts; Leicestershire 137, 13 points.

Wendy Cross 16, S Sharpe 26
Jeanette Berry 25, K Rothero 16
Brenda Havard 14, P Sutton 25
Caroline Campion 16, L Green 12
Sylvia Blackmore 8, C Dixon 31
Carol Penson 14, D Huest 27

In the second game Bowls Oxforshire Ladies managed a narrow victory over Worcestershire. The game was played at Pershore in the picturesque grounds of the Abbey, with the bells ringing out loud and clear for simply ages, making sign language a priority, on 9th May.

BOL 88 shots, Worcs 85.
Jeanette Berry 7, S Davies 26
Wendy Cross 13, A Cartwright 19
Caroline Bloomfield 18, J Parfaitt 5
Carol Gaskins 13, D Jackson 9
Carol Penson 7, J Drewer 19
Caroline Campion 30, V Hall 7

Competition draws

The men’s draws for singles, pairs, triples, fours, senior fours and Longford Cup along with the venue for the 2 wood singles are now online: Men’s competitions 2019

The draw can be seen on YouTube.

All ladies competitions are now online: Ladies competitions 2019.

Caroline Campion nominated for bowler of the year


Bowls England has today opened the voting to determine the 2018 Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Bowls and Bowls International respectively.

In an exciting new format, a shortlist for each award has been compiled, with a public vote then taking place to crown the respective winners.

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE said “Bowls England is delighted to announce that the Bowlers of the Year will be determined by a public vote for the first time.

“We are pleased that Taylor Bowls and Bowls International continue to sponsor these highly respected and prestigious awards and we thank them for their support.”

Sian Honnor, editor of Bowls International, said: “We thought it would be fitting moving forward for bowlers themselves to vote for who they believe to be the players of the year. It is important to recognise excellent achievement and the shortlisted players are those that stood out in a strong field.

“Congratulations to all those featured and I look forward to announcing the winners at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes which is always a highlight of the bowling calendar and a chance to celebrate the season in style.”

The shortlists are as follows (in alphabetical order by surname):

Junior Woman Bowler of the Year
Emma Cooper (Sussex)
Emily Ferguson (Kent)
Courtney Harvey (Buckinghamshire)
Katherine Rednall (Suffolk)
Vicky Room (Buckinghamshire)
Rachel Tremlett (Hertfordshire)
Izzie White (Worcestershire)

Woman Bowler of the Year
Caroline Campion (Oxfordshire)
Amy Gowshall (Lincolnshire)
Margaret Holden (Hampshire)
Sian Honnor (Kent)
Debbie Seward (Surrey)
Margaret Smith (Surrey)
Sophie Tolchard (Devon)
Terrie Wombell (Nottinghamshire)

Online voting for the Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Awards runs until midnight on Sunday 11th November, with the winners announced at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Saturday 24th November.

To view a synopsis of each player’s achievements in 2018 and to vote for this year’s Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year, please visit:

Gaskins wins ladies county champion of champions

Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County) has won the 2018 ladies county champion of champions. There were 14 entrants for the competition which was held at Chipping Norton BC on Saturday 22nd September.

The good weather finally deserted us and the matches were played on a grey, drizzly day.

But what a Final. 28 ends lasting three hours, amazing bowling in miserable conditions after a long day, finishing almost in the dark.

Both players produced excellent bowling and both deserved to win.

Carol Gaskins of Oxford City and County BC 21
Runner up, Pam Shepherd of Banbury Central BC 20

Quarter Finals
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 7, Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 21
Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) 21, Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 14
Dawn Hewitt (Banbury Chestnuts) 8, Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 21
Pam Shepherd (Banbury Central) 21, Lisa Williams 17

Semi Finals
Carol Gaskins 21, Jazzmin Alder 9
Wendy Cross 11 ,Pam Shepherd 21

Many thanks to all the bowlers who played and to Chipping Norton BC for hosting the event. The hot soup was most welcome and BOL are very grateful for their hospitality.

Blay cup won by Wendy Sandy and Josie Gilbert

The Blay Benevolent Cup, played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club, was won by Wendy Sandy (Carterton) and Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County). The plate eas won by Carol Penson (Oxford City and County) and Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) were played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club.

It was an open pairs draw from 20 entries this year with first round winners going on to play for the Cup with first round losers playing for the Plate. And there were some very close games with extra ends being played.

Blay Cup Quarter Finalists
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) with Josie Gilbert (Oxford City & County) 8, Liz Bellamy (Banbuy Borough) with Erica Brown (Banbury Borough) 5
Hannah O’Leary, Jody Flitter (Oxford City and County) 5, Maureen Osborne (Banbury Borough) with Zoe Pratley (Oxford City and County) 6
Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) with Marge Ferguson (Carterton) 10, Carole Regan (Witney Mills) with Letty Batten (South Oxford) 13
Carol Rycraft (Banbury Borough) with Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 9, Jenny Lynch (South Oxford) with Linda Coles (Banbury Borough) 8

Semi Finals
Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 12, Maureen Osborne/Zoe Pratley 9
Carole Regan/Letty Batten 11, Carol Rycraft/Carol Gaskins 4

Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 14, Carole Regan/Letty Batten 7

Blay Plate Semi Finalists
Carol Penson/Angela Ives 13, Lyn Dunsby (Witney MIlls)/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) 4
Hannah O’Leary/Jody Flitter 7, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 13

Carol Penson/Angela Ives 10, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 3

A very enjoyable day with many thanks to Kidlington for hosting this event and for providing excellent food.
Also thanks to everyone who provided raffle prizes enabling us to raise funds for the Blay Benevolent Fund.

Sylvia Mawle

It is with sadness that we have to report that Sylvia Mawle, a stalwart past member of the Banbury Chestnuts B.C., passed away suddenly in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements will be advised shortly.

Banbury Central win over 60’s double rink

National Tony Allcock winners 2019


Congratulation’s to Banbury Central on winning the Tony Allcock Over 60’s Mixed Double rink Trophy.

Since reaching the quarter-finals played at Worthing in it’s inaugural year 2011, the Central club have been stalwart supporters of the competition each year and for the last few years, the only club to enter the competition from Oxfordshire.

Being part of the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire group, Central overcame teams from Iver HeathBC, Marlow BC, Stony Stratford BC and in the last 16, Stroud BC.

In Saturday afternoon’s quarter-final against Huntingdonshire’s Hemingford BC they won an exciting game 33-32 and looked forward to an early start from Banbury on Sunday morning.
Their Semi-final opponents were Cove BC from Hampshire who proved admirable opponents, Central recording a four shot 38-34 win. It was good to see Oxfordshire bowlers other than Central members giving their support.

In the afternoon’s final they came up against 2016 winners Lindfield BC from Sussex who went off on a flyer only for the Oxfordshire rinks to not only pull back, but move into a good lead.

Not to be outdone, Lindfield came back into their own, eating into their opponents lead to make the last quarter of the game look exciting. Central took up the challenge and steadily moved away to win on both rinks and take the title with a 47 – 35 victory.

Rinks scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16, Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.

The reward for try, try again.