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OBA Singles Semi-Finals Report

The last semi-final was last night played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowling Club between Headington’s Ian Henwood and West Witney’s David Leighfield. A very close match ensued with the score at 5 apiece after 7 ends. The next 6 ends went much better for Leighfield, picking up 11 shots to Henwood’s single, leaving the scoreboard at 16-6 after 13 ends. Henwood then had 2 good ends back to back, picking up 4 shots before Leighfield then picked up his second 4 of the evening, after Henwood played a running bowl that unfortunately took his bowl out of the head. Leighfield then went on to pick up the 1 shot he needed to book his third place in a county final and another place at Leamington.

Huge credit must be given to both Ian Henwood and David Leighfield for the huge achievements that they both have battled for and thoroughly deserved this season. Well done to both of you.

A big thank you to Banbury Central’s Will Campion, who provided excellent marking services throughout the game.

Once more, thank you to all the spectators who came to Chestnuts to support the two players.

Finally, a huge thank you to Banbury Chestnuts for providing yet another excellent evening.

The OBA finals will be played at West Witney Bowls Club on Sunday 22nd July.

Men’s county finals

The men’s county finals will be played at West Witney on Sunday 22nd July. Finals schedule: Men’s finals

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)

OBA Semi-finals Report (Most of it!)

Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club was this year’s choice venue for the OBA semi-finals. Due to David Leighfield and Ian Henwood reaching all 4 semis the games were played over Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. This report covers the Sunday and Monday events.

The first game played was the singles semi-final, this was between Carterton’s Stuart Richens and Headington’s Ray Gaskins. Richens got off to a commanding start, going 9-2 up after just 9 ends. Gaskins looked like getting back into the game by picking up a 3 count on the 10th end. Richens then played 4 very good ends to pick up 8 shots, including a 4 on the 12th end. After 14 ends the scoreboard was 17-5 in Richens’ favour. Gaskins then picked up a 2 on the 15th end to try keep his hopes alive of retaining the singles title, however this was not the case as Richens then picked up the 4 shots he needed over the following 2 ends to progress to Leamington 21-7 victor. Congratulations Stuart.

The next games to be played were the fours. The first game was competed between West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder and they were up against Headington’s John Nicolls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. The Witney boys got off to a good start scoring 9 shots without reply in the first 7 ends. The next 3 ends see Headington get 4 to 1 shot to see the score reach 10-4 in Witney’s favour. The 10th end see a 5 shot pickup from the Witney rink to take them to a 15-4 lead. The following 4 ends see the shots scored 4-2 in Headington’s favour before the Witney boys picked up 3 shots on the 15th end to take the board to 20-8. Headington responded well in the following 3 ends picking up 8 shots to Witney’s 1 and the fightback was on, 22-16. The Witney rink then scored 5 shots on the final 2 ends to seal their fate winning 27-16 and booking their place at Leamington next month. Congratulations chaps.

The other rink battle was between Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee Young, Keith McNeil and Will Campion against Carterton’s Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, Dave Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. A very even start from both sides saw the board at 6 shots apiece at 8 ends. Over the next 6 ends the scoring was very tight and see the Central rink gain a small 3 shot lead, 12-9. The following 3 ends see Central slightly increase their lead, picking up 3 shots to Toon’s 1 taking them to 15-10 up at 17 ends. Heads were intensely battled over the last 4 ends to try and pick up shots. The Toon rink then picked up a 2-shot count on the 20th to take the score to 16-13 in Central’s favour and Carterton requiring 3 shots to force an extra end. The end was of high quality but Central were victorious in the end, picking up 1 shot to see them qualify as 17-13 winners. Well done.

After a short lunch break the triples games commenced in the baking sunshine in the afternoon. The first game was three from Headington, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett and they were up against a triple from Carterton consisting of Orren Bennett, Tim Warner and Gordon Walker. Headington got off to a strong start, being 10-2 up after 6 ends. The next 6 ends saw Headington really pushing on taking the score to 21-4 after 12 ends. Toon then went on to pick up 6 shots, including a 5 on the 15th end to take the score to 22-10 after 15. Headington then picked up a single shot on the 16th end which see them progressing to Leamington as 23-10 victors. Congratulations gents.

The final game of the day was between another Headington triple, this time Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts and they were up against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. A good start from both sides saw the score at 7-3 after 7 ends in Headington’s favour. The following 6 ends see the Witney triple close the gap to just 1 shot at 10-9 after 13. The following 3 ends see 2-1 to Headington before they picked up a big 4 shots pick up on the 17th end. The Witney boys needed a 6 to force an extra end. They were holding 5 with Alder to play his last bowl, which landed for a measure for 6th bowl. The measure took place and it was only 5 shots to them, which see Watts’ triple progress to Leamington 16-15 victors. A great game to watch and well done the three from Headington.

Monday Night see the pairs semi-finals played in a much cooler than expected evening. The first game was an all Headington affair between Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett against Jon Philpott and Howard Watts. Another close start between the teams see the board at 8-6 in Watts’ favour after 8 ends before Henwood and Charlett picked up 4 ends on the bounce which see them take the lead for the first time in the game, 14-8 after 12. A 4-shot pickup from Philpott and Watts on the 13th end see them tighten the gap to just 2 shots. The following 5 ends all went to Henwood and Charlett, scoring 9 shots to take them to 23-12 up with 3 ends left to play. Watts managed to pick up a single on the 19th end before Charlett stopped them in their tracks by picking up 1 on the 20th end. Final score 24-13 to Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett and see them both book their second places at Leamington. Well done chaps.

The other pairs match was between another Headington side, this time Colin Whitehead and Nathan Lewis up against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield. Another really close game see the score at 7-7 after 8 ends. The Witney pair then scored 10 shots to Headington’s 1, including a 6-shot pickup on the 13th end. With the score at 17-8 The Witney boys looked in a comfortable position but three good ends from the Headington boys see them pick up 7 shots to bring the score to back within 2 shots, at 17-15 after 16. The next 4 ends see the Witney pair pick up 3 shots to Headington’s 2 to force Headington needing 3 shots to force an extra end. Lewis bowled a great end to be holding the three he required for an extra end before Leighfield, with last bowl in hand, played a successful runner to take out the Headington third bowl. 2 shots dropped but progression to Leamington for Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield 20-19 winners. A great game of high quality bowls to watch from both sides that could have easily gone either way.

David Leighfield’s second discipline qualified for, along with Ian Henwood’s, will make Wednesday nights singles semi-final between the pair a very intense battle to see who will be able to qualify for three events. Make sure you come over to Chestnuts and watch and support these players, who have both played excellent all season.

A big thank you to Banbury Chestnuts Bowling Club for providing excellent facilities throughout the semi-finals and thank you to everyone at the club who has provided their services behind the bar or in the kitchen, it has been greatly appreciated. Thank you to Martyn Cooper for organising such a successful weekend of bowls.

Also thank you to Ian Whelpton for marking the singles semi-final between Richens and Gaskins and a big thank you to the umpires Ed Poole and Paul Comley for giving up their time to support the successful running of the semi-finals.

Thank you once again to all the spectators, who travelled from all over the county to descend on Chestnuts to support the players in the semi-finals.

The singles report and finals schedule will be released on Thursday, with the OBA county finals this year being hosted by county president Eddie Dorling’s own club, West Witney Bowls Club on Sunday 22nd July.”

Men’s semi finals

The men’s semi finals will be held between Sunday 15th July to Wednesday 18th July at Banbury Chestnuts. Semi finals schedule can be found here: Semi finals

OBA Senior Fours Finals Report

Senior fours winners 2018

Burford Town Bowling Club was again this year’s venue for the semi-finals and final of the Senior Fours competition. Teams from Headington, Carterton and Banbury Borough were in attendance to try and claim the title.

The first semi-final was between Last year’s winners, from Carterton, Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Paul Sharman up against last year’s runners up, from Headington, Mick Nash, Russell Edwards, Colin Whitehead and Ray Gaskins. The Toon rink got off to a great start going 12 shots to 1 up after 9 ends. The next 5 ends saw 5 shots go to both sides, to take the scoreboard to 17-6. No-one could score more than 3 shots on an end the whole way through the game which showed how close the heads were. With 4 ends to play Headington required 9 shots, and the 18th end see them pick up a 3. This comeback fight was quickly stopped, however, by the Toon rink, picking up 4 shots in the next 2 ends. Carterton progressed to the final 22-12 victors.

The second semi-final was between Headington’s Bernie May, Dennis Crook, Paul Comley and Howard Watts against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway, George Moon, John Brooks and Calvin Carpenter. The game was very close for the first half of the game with the board at 12-11 to Headington at 11 ends. A 4-shot pickup then went to the Headington boys on the 12th end before the Borough rink replied straight with the same pickup. 5 shots to Headington to Borough’s 2 over the next 4 ends see a scoreboard at 21-17 in Headington’s favour. Headington then went on to pick up 6 shots over the next to ends to book their place in the final, 27-17 victors.

After an excellent ploughman’s lunch was enjoyed by all, the final begun, in divine sunshine.

Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Paul Sharman lined up against Bernie May, Dennis Crook, Paul Comley and Howard Watts. The first 6 ends were incredibly tight with the board at 7-3 in Toon’s favour. Watts then had a great end to pick up 6 shots on the 7th to take the lead 9-7. The next 4 ends were nip and tuck before it was Sharman’s turn to pick up a count, a 6 was scored on the 12th. The 13th end saw an off-centre jack which caused the umpire to utilize the string measure to check if a bowl was still in play for 4 shots, it was and these went Headington’s way for them to regain the lead, 16-15. 1 shot scores were only taken throughout the rest of the game. 5 to 2 went in Carterton’s favour to see them 19-18 up after 19 ends. The 20th end see the Headington rink pick up 1 to force a one end shootout with no extra end. The shot was held by Headington’s Paul Comley before Steve Aldren bettered it. Watts then was fractionally over the line required to bring him back to the jack on two good efforts. Aldren’s bowl held for the end and see the Toon rink retain the Bradshaw Cup, winning the final of the senior fours, 20-19.

A big thank you to Burford Town Bowling Club for providing an excellent day, the ploughman’s was amazing and the setting was beautiful, especially the wonderful flowers around the grounds! Thank you to Jack Lafford, John Hurren, Ann Fleming and everybody else at Burford who helped put on such a good day.

Thank you also to the spectators who came and watched a very high standard of bowling all day in the heat.

My closing comment for the competition for this year is please get a rink together in your clubs and enter the competition next year, it is a fantastic competition and I really am hoping to see the entry numbers continue to grow!

OBA Singles Quarter Finals Report

The final quarter final of the week was the singles at Kidlington Bowls Club.

The first game was Headington’s Ray Gaskins against Witney Mills’ Paul Robbins. Gaskins got off to a commanding start with a 14 shot to nil start after just 7 ends. Robbins got on the board with a 2-shot count before Gaskins got up to 17-2 in the following 2 ends. Robbins fought back over the next 6 ends to take the board to 19-9. Gaskins scored the 2 shots he needed over the next three ends to win 21-10 and the first semi-finalist. Gaskins is the only holder left of the competition that he won last year.

The next game was between Headington’s Ian Henwood and Kelvin Woodward. Henwood got off to a good start, with the score board at 11-5 at 11 ends. The next 6 ends saw the board at 16-10 in Henwood’s favour. The game was very nip and tuck from then on and shot changed end on end. After 22 ends Henwood was 19-13 up before 3 good ends from Woodward saw the beginning of a fightback to which Henwood squashed, picking up the next 2 ends to see him over the line 21-16. Ian Henwood was the first to successfully qualify in all 4 of the big competitions. Well done Ian.

The next game saw another Headington player, this time Nick Rae-Welsh who was up against West Witney’s David Leighfield. Leighfield held a slim lead for 15 ends with the score board at 12-11. 3 shots for Rae-Welsh across the following 2 ends see him take the lead for the first time, 14-12. 3 good ends from Leighfield saw him regain the lead, 16-14. The 23rd end saw the game at a draw again at 17 shots apiece. Back to back 2-shot pickups from Leighfield see him progress to next week’s semi-final and joins Ian Henwood to progress in all four competitions. Well Done David.

The final quarter final of the week was Carterton’s Stuart Richens against Banbury Borough’s A J Docherty. Richens started well scoring 13 shots to Docherty’s 3 at 12 ends. 7 shots to Docherty against Richens’ 2 over the following 4 ends to see the scoreboard at 15-10. Richens scored a single shot on the 17th end before a great comeback over the following 4 ends see AJ take the lead for the first time at 19-16 at 21 ends. The following 2 ends saw a shot go to both players to take AJ 20-17 up. Richens then played solid bowls to pick up 3 shots over the 3 ends to take the score to 20 shots apiece and a one end shootout. The shot bowl changed with almost every bowl but it was Richens who held onto to shot and was the last player to book his place in the semi-finals next week.

Thanks must be given to Kidlington Bowls Club for providing excellent green and services all night long. Big thanks to Pam Willoughby, Veta Bennett and Maureen Cox for providing excellent catering all night and to Jim and Sue Feeley and Chris Cox for keeping the competitors and spectators watered from the bar.

A big thank you to the markers for the evening for providing their services, they were Banbury Central’s Ian Whelpton, West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, Witney Mills’ Chris Weller and Banbury Borough’s Mick Morris.

The Quarter final fun bus has finished its duties and is now on stand down, ready for next Sundays Semi Finals which will be hosted at Banbury Chestnuts. Details of times of games will be published on Monday Evening.

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.

Men’s senior fours semi finals and final

The senior fours semi-finals and final will be played this Sunday at Burford Bowls Club.

Semi-final games will commence at 09:30.

The four teams fighting for the Bradshaw cup are:

Paul Sharman (Carterton)
Ray Gaskins (Headington)
Howard Watts (Headington)
Calvin Carpenter (Banbury Borough)

Support is most welcome so please come and watch what I’m sure will be a spectacle in the beautiful sunshine.

OBA Fours Quarter Finals Report

The third quarter final of the week was the fours at South Oxford Bowls Club.

The first game of the evening was a Headington rink comprising of Alan Manger, Dennis Crook, Norman Rae and Russell Edwards against a Carterton rink of Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, Dave Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. The first half of the game saw a close affair with the score at 11-8 in Toon’s favour at 10 ends. The next 7 ends saw the Toon rink ramp up the tempo to pick up 10 shots to Headington’s 1, leaving the score at 22-9 at 17 ends. Edwards’ men picked up a 2-shot count on the 18th end but this wasn’t enough to begin their comeback as Carterton picked the 19th end up, to win the game 24-11 and be the first four to book their spot at next week’s semi-finals at Banbury Chestnuts.

The second game of the evening saw another Headington rink, this time Simon Hastings, Steve Hainge, Paul Comley and Ian Snowdon against Banbury Central’s rink of Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion. Again, the first half two thirds were very close, with the scored tied at 13 shots apiece at 14 ends. The 15th end saw what can only be described as a world class weighted bowl from Will Campion which gave them a 6-shot count. From all accounts Les Campion was the man to call the shot for his son to play and he did exactly as requested to. The next 4 ends went 3 shots to both teams leaving the score at 22-16 in Central’s favour. Snowdon’s rink played the last 2 ends well but were only able to pick up 5 shots rather than the 6 that would have forced an extra end. Central’s men progressed through to next week with Alan Carter reaching his first county semi-final, well done.

The third game of the evening saw another Headington rink of Bernie May, Mark Kirby, Shaun Claridge and Paul Mabbutt against West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. A good start from the Headington rink saw them take an early 8-1 lead at 5 ends. The Witney team then fought back well, including picking up a 5 shot count on the 10th to take the lead 11-10 at 10 ends. Mabbutt’s rink bounced back quickly with a 4-shot pickup on the 11th before 4 good ends from the Witney boys that saw them take a 21-14 lead. Mabbutt’s rink then picked up 8 shots to Witney’s 2 in the penultimate ends to take the score 24-23 in Headington’s favour playing the last end. A good head was built by Witney before good bowls from Shaun Claridge and Paul Mabbutt to cut it down to 1 and a measure for the Witney boys. The measure went in favour of Witney and seeing them through to the semi-final next week. It was also the first time for Bradley Squires and Harvey Alder to reach a county semi-final in the “big four” competitions. David Leighfield STILL remains in all four competitions.

The last game of the night was another Carterton rink, this was consisting of last year’s winners of the fours, Tim Jupp, Steve Aldren, Stuart Richens and Paul Sharman. They were up against the forth Headington side fielded of the evening, John Nicolls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. The first half was very nip and tuck with the scoreboard at 9 shots each at 12 ends. The next 5 ends saw Headington pick up 6 shots to 1 for Toon to take the score to 15-10 in Charlett’s favour. Carterton fought back hard in the following three ends to take them level at 15 apiece playing the last. Now this last end changed hands almost every single delivery and was full of emotion. Ian Henwood drew a front toucher, Stuart Richens then played a great bowl with his second delivery to get the shot by playing a controlled pace shot into the target. Jason King then played a good weighted bowl which punched his teammates bowl onto Richens bowl which promptly popped it out to give Headington the shot. Sharman’s first bowl was a first class draw just short of a front toucher, described by his teammates as a “Bobby Dazzler”. Charlett, with his first played weight into the head aiming for Sharman’s shot bowl and hit it out of the head sweetly, leaving him the shot and holding game with one bowl to each skip left. Sharman attempted to repeat his last delivery but narrowly missed out on his line. This see the Headington rink over the line 16-15 victors. Ian Henwood is also STILL in all four competitions.

A huge thanks to all those at South Oxford who provided a quality evening and a very good quality green to bowl on. The rolls afterwards were lush and went down very well by all.

Again, my thanks go to all the spectators who came out and enjoyed yet another evening of decent bowling in decent weather.

My last big thank you goes to West Witney’s Andy McIntyre for acting as official and umpire for the evening as the competition secretary was attempting to bowl.

The Quarter final fun bus is down for maintenance tonight but will be back in action again tomorrow at Kidlington Bowls Club for the singles Quarter finals. All support will be most welcome from the competitors.