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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

Final
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

Final
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

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED………

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.

Banbury Central ladies win county top club

The County Top Club Final was played between Banbury Central and Witney Town at Shiplake BC on Sunday 2nd September on another glorious sunny day with Banbury winning 3 – 1.

The singles was a very close game with Jean Smith of Witney taking the lead at 10 ends 13 shots to 4. At 18 ends Mo Cox of Banbury had pulled back and was just 5 shots adrift.
Jean was needing just 1 shot at 22 ends with Mo needing 6. And 6 shots over the next two ends gave Banbury the singles.

The pairs proved to be a very close game skipped by Helen Young, Banbury and Caroline Bloomfield of Witney Town. All square at 9 ends, 12 ends, and 14 ends until Witney managed to gain control of the game and finally won 20 – 16.

The triples skipped by Carole Galletly, Banbury and Shirley Crick, Witney proved to be a more one sided game with Banbury gaining control and winning by 18 shots, 24 – 6.

The fours was another hard fought game, level at 9 and 13 ends, until Banbury managed to pull away leading 19-11 at 18 ends. But Witney never gave up and claimed 7 shots over the last three ends to just lose by 1 shot, 18 – 19.

Many thanks to the hosts Shiplake, for providing tea/coffee and plates of biscuits on arrival and various rolls and salad after the match.

Oxon ladies lose to Cambs in MEL

Last match of the season and the sun still shining.

A close fought Middle England League match at Kingsthorpe BC, up by 6 shots at 10 ends, then down by 5 at 18 ends, pulling back to lose by just 2 shots.

A win for Cambridgeshire with 107, and 11 pts; BOL 105, 6 pts

Jeanette Berry 21, P Mead 16
Pat Ostler 10, S Pinder 24
Sylvia Blackmore 11, P Ayres 19
Angela Ives 28, V Hughes 14
Carol Penson 14, J George 21
Wendy Cross 21, B Clutterbuck 13

Oxon ladies beat Hants in friendly.

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies beat Hampshire in a friendly played at Witney Town BC on Wednesday 22nd August, penultimate game of the season, a win on all rinks.

BOL 130, Hampshire 82.

Carol Penson 21, B Sparling 14
Wendy Cross 17, C Hamilton 14
Caroline Bloomfield 25, J Gould 10
Jeanette Berry 21, M Leppard 17
Daphne Jacob 21, J McAusland 15
Carol Gaskins 25, L Athersuch 12

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.

Ladies singles, 2 wood and pairs finals

The rearranged 2nd day of the ladies county finals was able to go ahead on Saturday at Oxford City and County. A complete change of pace due to the weather going from rain and green heavy to glorious sunshine and quick swinging green.

Ladies singles winner 2018Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) took the much coveted ladies singles title after defeating Karen Galloway (Oxford City & County). The pace seem to catch Campion out to begin with as Galloway settled quicker on her home green. Galloway started strong going 8 – 2 up. Campion, who has been in fantastic form all summer, fought back to level the score at 10 – 10. After that Galloway couldn’t do much to halt Campion who forged ahead to take the title 21 – 13.

Ladies 2 wood singles winner 2018Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) won the 2 wood singles title after beating Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County). Galletly found the pace quickly racing to an 8 – 2 lead over Hawes.
The following ends saw an exchange of winning ends with the score standing at 11 – 7 to Galletly. Galletly looked certain to take the title after winning a string of ends to take her score to 15 – 8 ahead but Hawes never gives up and fought back winning all of the remaining 4 ends but didn’t manage to score the 2 she needed to take the game to a draw. Galletly was victorious with a score of 15 – 14.

Ladies pairs winners 2018The pairs final saw Galletly and Campion team up to face Hawes and pairs partner Donna Knight. The game was very close throughout with the scoring kept to one or two shots per end. Knight and Hawes managed to push themselves further out in front on the 11th end to bring the score to 10 – 6. Knight and Hawes keptthe lead to around 4 shots ahead until the 17th end where Galletly and Campion picked up a 2 to reduce the City & County pair’s lead to just 2 shots. The teams traded ends until the 20th where Knight and Hawes picked up a 2 to push 4 shots ahead again. On the final end, Campion killed the end not being able to make up the shots they needed but the replayed end saw them just pick up 1 shot for the score to finish 16 – 13 to Hawes and Knight.

Ladies county finals – day 1

The ladies county finals were played on Saturday 28th July at City & County, in a sudden turn of the weather with conditions having gone from hot sun in previous weeks to wind and showers.

Ladies fours winners 2018The day kicked off with the ladies fours and under 25 singles. The ladies fours final was between Oxford City and County’s Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray, Carol Penson and Jeanette Berry and Banbury Central’s Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion. The City and county quartet got off to a strong start picking up 5 on the first end and saw them race to a 15 – 4 lead. The weather hampered this tussle somewhat with the fours coming off for a break due to a mini monsoon! Central started their come back picking up a 4 on the 9th end to bring the score to 16 – 8 to City & County. Central battled on and pulled the score within touching distance 18 – 17 but City & County hung in there picking up a 2 and a 4 on the 18th and 20th end leaving Central 6 shots a drift. Central managed to pick up a further 2 shots but it wasn’t enough to prevent City & County becoming county fours champions.

Ladies U25 winner 2018The U25 singles final was between Emma Gilkes of Watlington and Zoe Pratley of Oxford City & County. The girls battled through the weather to finish the game. Gilkes opened the scoring with two singles and a three before Pratley answered by picking up nine shots over the next four ends. The girls traded ends and saw Pratley go 12 – 9 up. Gilkes then surged forward winning the title 21 – 13.

Ladies Triples winners 2018The triples final saw Galletly, Young and Campion play their second game of the day against club mates Mary Tee, Sue Waring and Mo Cox. The game was a one sided affair with Campion’s triple starting strong this time and continuing to apply the pressure. At 7 ends they were 12 – 1 up. Cox’s triple managed to score to increase their score to 4 but Campion’s trio picked up a 5 to increase the gap in score. Cox’s triple managed to to score 8 shots in the end but were no match for Campion’s team who finished with 21 shots.

Unbadged pairs winners 2018The unbadged pairs final saw Jenny Lynch and Ros Burden from South Oxford play Pratley and Josie Gilbert from Oxford City and County. The game started out fairly close with Pratley and Gilbert edging ahead at 7 ends 6 – 3. The South Oxford pair then started to get into their stride picking up two 5’s and a 2 to push right ahead to 15 – 6. A four on the 14th end saw the City & County pair giving themselves a chance at the title taking the score to 12 – 17, with South Oxford scoring 1 more shot and City & County picking up another 2. The South Oxford pair managed to get over the line by scoring 2 more shots with the score finishing 20 – 14.

Day 2 of the county finals was due to feature the singles, 2 wood singles and pairs but unfortunately the green was flooded and deemed unplayable by both the greenkeeper and the players. The finals have now been rearranged for Saturday 4th August starting at 9am for both singles followed by the pairs.

Oxon ladies at Leamington

The schedule for the Oxfordsire ladies at Leamington is listed below.

Please note: Times and Greens as at time of print. Subject to changes on the day.

Bowls England have switched Singles, 2Wood Singles and Pairs, Oxon A to B to avoid clashes in competitions.

Week 1

Under 25 singles
Oxon A Emma Gilkes Sunday 5th August 9.30am on Green B.
Oxon B Zoe Pratley Sunday 5th August 11.30am on Green C.

Senior pairs
Jan Gore/Caroline Bloomfield Sunday 5th August 2pm on Green D.

Fours
Oxon A J Berry Mon 6th Aug 2pm on Green B.
Oxon B C Campion Tues 7th Aug 9.30am on Green B.

Champion of champions
Katherine Hawes Wed 8th Aug 10.30am on Green C.

Singles
Oxon A K Galloway Thurs 9th Aug 2pm on Green B.
Oxon B C Campion Fri 10th Aug 9.30am on Green A.

Senior singles
Carol Gaskins Sat 11th Aug 9.30am on Green B.

Week 2

Triples
Oxon A S Waring Mon 13th Aug 9.30am on Green E.
Oxon B C Campion Sun 12th Aug 2pm on Green C.

2 Wood singles
Oxon A K Hawes Tues 14th Aug 2pm on Green D.
Oxon B C Galletly Tues 14th Aug 3.30pm on Green E.

Pairs
Oxon A C Campion Thurs 16th Aug 9.30am on Green D.
Oxon B K Hawes Wed 15th Aug 2pm on Green B.

Under 25 pairs
Claire Soden/Jazzmin Alder Sat 18th Aug 1pm on Green E.

Week 3

Senior fours
Margaret Morris/Janet Fountain/Erica Brown/Angela Ives Wed 22nd Aug 9.30am on Green D.

Amy Rose (Under 31s double rink)
Leicestershire v Oxfordshire Sat 1st Sept 11.30am on Green D.