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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.

Final
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.

Headington A win Summertown trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2018

On Saturday, 10 teams from across Oxfordshire met at Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy finals day sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money. Amongst some of the regular qualifiers, there were 3 new clubs qualifying for the first time – Charlbury, Burford, and Summertown.

Last year winners, Headington B, started the defence of their trophy with a tough opener against their A side. Although they drew 7-7 in the first game, a run of 3 good wins then put the B team
comfortably ahead on +20 shots at lunch, with Headington A trailing in second.

Last year’s runners-up Watlington A didn’t get the start they were hoping for, losing heavily to first timers Charlbury in their opening game, but then remained unbeaten for the rest of the day.

Going into the last game it was a 3 horse race, with Headington B surprisingly losing form. Headington A led the field on +30; Watlington picked up 14 shots in their penultimate game to go
second; and West Witney had an outside chance still in third. With just 1 end to go all 3 teams were still in contention, as Headington A trailed West Witney and Watlington led Headington B. However, Nick Rae-Welsh’s four of Ian Snowdon, Simon Hastings and Ray Gaskins managed to win a crucial last end, and Headington A held on to claim first prize. Shane Cooper, in his last game for Watlington, picked up the Astall Ley trophy in second place, and West Witney finished the day in third.

Final Result
1 st Headington A +28
2 nd Watlington A +24
3 rd West Witney +18

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.

Adderbury win their first ever Hawker Cup

Hawker cup winners 2018Adderbury were crowned champions after beating Carterton in the final of the Hawker cup, played at City and County.

The rink of Ian Dunn, Nigel Eley, Chris Skidmore and Ted Eley faced a Carterton rink comprising of Peter Latter, Kevin Salway, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. The game began in Adderbury’s favour seeing them take an early 8-0 lead after 5 ends. Carterton did not take the lead on the rink until the 13th end, score at 13-12. With the score at 17-14 the tooners looked fairly safe, but big 2 shot pickups on the last 2 ends see the Adderbury rink pip the lead 18-17.

The other Adderbury rink of Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Phil Gladden and Darren Sharpe took on Carterton’s Paul Justin, Phil Monahan, Tim Jupp and Paul Sharman. This game saw the reverse with regards to scoring, with Carterton going 7-0 up after 4 ends. Adderbury then came back strongly, to take the lead 10-9 after 11 ends. The game was then tied at 15 shots apiece before 2 singles on the last 2 ends see Adderbury over the line 17-15 victors.

The overall score 35-32 to Adderbury. Congratulations to Adderbury and commiserations to Carterton for a valiant effort.

Semi-final scores were as follows:
Adderbury beat Headington 23 – 7
Carterton beat Watlington 44 – 36

A big thanks once again to everyone at Oxford City and County Bowls Club for hosting such an excellent competition.

The last competitive bowls of the season sees the Mens champion of champions returning to Oxford City and County BC on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September. “

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.

An End Too Far

Condolences and congratulations to Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett on reaching the Semi-finals of the Bowls England Men’s National Pairs Championship.

After earlier wins against Dorset 21-12 in round one and a 21-18 in round two against Devon, Gloucester provided a closer game in the last sixteen before losing to the Headington pair 15-16.

The quarter final against Cambridgeshire saw the Oxford lads back in their previous routine moving into the semi-finals on the back of a 23-13 victory.

Wednesday mornings semi-final saw them up against a Somerset pairing from the Watchet Bowling Club, which for those keeping up to date on the Bowls England live scoring was a close encounter with each pair creeping ahead before seeing their opponents pull back and then move ahead. After 21 ends, like the second semi-final, the teams could not be separated at 18 shots each. Unfortunately for the Oxfordshire lads the final was not to be as the Watchet bowlers took the extra end to move into the final, which they ultimately won against the West End BC pairing from Surrey.

Bowls England Senior Pairs Title comes to Oxfordshire

Hawker cup winners 2018Congratulations to Paul Comley & Colin Whitehead who won the Bowls England National Men’s Senior Pairs Competition, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

The Headington duo defeated Cornwall’s Ronnie Thomas and Kevin Williams 24-7 in Sunday’s final.

The victory ensured that Colin joins a distinguished group of people to have won both the Men’s Senior Singles and Senior Pairs, following his success in the Men’s Senior Singles in 2010, in a game which will be remembered by those of us who were present, for the horrific wet and windy conditions down at Worthing.

In the Sunday mornings semi-final, they secured a 24-10 victory over nearby Buckinghamshire rivals Neil Farnish and David Simpson from Gerrards Cross BC.

On their way to the title, Colin & Paul had comfortable wins against pairings from Huntingdonshire 28-11 in the first round, a second round 28-2 win against Lancashire and a 21-16 quarter-final success against Lincolnshire.

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.

Hawker cup semi finals and final

This Sunday’s Hawker Cup semi finals and final will be hosted at Oxford City and County bowls club.

Semi finals will commence at 09:30.

The semi finals are:

Headington A vs Adderbury
Watlington A vs Carterton A

The final and third place play off will be played in the afternoon.

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.