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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.

Oxon ladies lost to Warks in MEL

Oxfordshire ladies lost to Warkwickshire in the Middle England League. The game was played at Banbury Borough on Tuesday 24th July on a blazing hot afternoon cooled slightly by a gentle breeze.

Disappointing result by 16 shots, BOL 100, 4 pts. Warwickshire 116, 13 pts.

Sylvia Blackmore 20, D Bloxham 16
Carole Thornhill 14, D Moore 26
Jeanette Berry 20, J Corn 15
Wendy Cross 16, M Edwards 22
Pat Taylor 17, M Parsons 23
Carol Penson 13, C Cooke 14

Ladies county finals

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies county finals will be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th of July at Oxford City & County.

Saturday 28th July
Report 9:30, Start 10am

Fours
Jeanette Berry (Oxford City and County BC) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC)

Under 25 singles
Emma Gilkes (Watlington BC) v Zoe Pratley (Oxford City & County)

Report 1:30, Start 2pm

Triples
Mo Cox (Banbury Central BC) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC)

Unbadged pairs
Jenny Lynch/Ros Burden (South Oxford BC) v Zoe Pratley/Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County BC)

Sunday 29th July
Report 9:30am, Start 10am

2 wood singles
Carole Galletly (Banbury Central BC) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County BC)

4 wood singles
Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC) v Karen Galloway (Oxford City & County)

Report 1:30pm, Start 2pm

Pairs
Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC)

Ladies pairs qtr and semi finals

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) are through to the national pairs championships held at Leamington Spa in August.

Hawes and Knight won comfortably in the quarter final, the semi final was a closer game against a pair from Shiplake with Hawes and Knight going 2 – 12 down but pulling it back to 6 – 12 before picking up a 7 to edge ahead. Campion and Galletly won both games convincingly which completed a bumper year for Campion and Galletly who qualified in 4 events but Campion couldn’t attempt make it all 5 because she didn’t enter the 2 wood singles! A special mention should go to the U25 pair of Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes who battled back in their quarter final from 1 – 15 down against Witney Town to take the game to an extra end and take them into the semi final. It is good to see the U25’s breaking through to the final stages of the county competitions.

Quarter finals:
K Hawes 27 (Oxford City & County), S waring (Banbury Central) 6, D Jacob (Shiplake) 23, R Lloyd (Bicester) 18, P Shepherd (Banbury Central) 9, C Campion 17, E Gilkes 26 (Watlington), C Bloomfield (Witney Town) 25.

Semi finals:
K Hawes 25, D jacob 17.
C Campion 27, E Gilkes 3.

Ladies U25 singles and pairs

The U25s Emma Gilkes and Jazzmin Alder played their re-arranged semi final at Oxford City and County BC on Friday 20th July.

Emma raced into the lead only for Jazzmin to settle down and pull back to level the scores at seven ends. Then it was a closely fought game with both girls trying to get a grip of the pace on the green until Emma pulled away leaving Jazzmin on 11 shots for five ends and only able to score one more shot with the result Emma 21, Jazzmin 12.

With the final being played at Oxford City and County the following weekend Emma will face Zoe Pratley who both represent Oxfordshire at Leamington on Sunday 5th August at 9.30am and 11.30am respectively.

The U25’s pairs final was played at Oxford City and County on Sunday morning 22nd July, Claire Soden (Watlington) and Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) are through to the nationals at Leamington in the U25 Pairs after playing a very convincing game against Zoe Pratley (Oxford City and County) and Emma Dickson (Watlington). Final score over 18 ends 29– 13.

Their match will be at 1pm on Saturday 18th August on E green (unless rescheduled).

Ladies pairs qtr and semi finals on Saturday

Oxon ladies pairs quarter and semi finals will be played at Thame BC on Saturday 21st July starting at 10am (players report by 9:30am in whites/club shirts and club stickers). Refreshments will be available.

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) v Sue Waring (Banbury Central)
Daphne Jacob (Shiplake) v Renee Lloyd (Bicester)
Pam Shepherd (Banbury Central) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central)
Emma Gilkes (Watlington) v Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town)

Oxon ladies played Berks and Surrey in county games

Oxon ladies travelled to Wantage BC to play Berkshire on Friday 13th July with a disappointing loss by two shots.

BOL 103, Berkshire 105

Jeanette Berry 27, H Simpson 15
Carole Thornhill 27, S Goodchild 17
Daphne Jacob 17, A Wheeler 18
Angela Ives 19, S Harrison 33
Maureen Osborne 13, A Ward 22

On Tuesday 17th July Oxon ladies took a coach trip to Chertsey BC and had a very good result against Surrey with a win by 43 shots.

BOl 126, Surrey 83

Wendy Cross 17, P Bourne 13
Sylvia Blackmore 17, D Double 14
CaroleThornhill 18, S Maylin 15
Jeanette Berry 23, J Barnett 13
Carol Penson 20, C McGrail 14
Pat Ostler 31, V Hobart 14

Ladies senior fours won by Banbury Borough team

The winners of the Senior Fours is the team from Banbury Borough: Margaret Morris, Janet Fountain, Erica Brown and Angela Ives. They will represent Oxfordshire at Leamington in the Nationals, beginning their challenge on Wednesday 22nd August.

Played at Banbury Chestnuts on a very hot afternoon Borough put on the pressure with a four on the first end and kept ahead leading by eight shots until the 18th end when they dropped a five with Central behind by 3 shots with three ends to play. But Borough rallied with a two and a four over the next two ends leaving Central conceding the match with 9 shots adrift and just one end to play.

A hard fought match in very hot conditions: Banbury Borough 25, Banbury Central 16.

Oxon ladies beat Bucks in friendly

A very hot Monday afternoon in a quiet, charming setting with lovely gardens at Woburn Sands BC opened just four years ago.

A win for BOL with 128 shots against Buckinghamshire’s 92.

Carol Penson 16, L Throup 21
Jeanette Berry 19, C Clark 16
Carole Thornhill 19, L Hewins 20
Wendy Cross 21, T Keen 13
Caroline Bloomfield 25, I Skerry 14
Daphne Jacob 28, B Brown 8