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Headington B win Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2017

In the last domestic competition of the season, the 10 qualifying teams from across the County descended on Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy final, sponsored by Oxford Auto Care. All teams playing each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money.

Watlington A and Banbury Borough B were the early pace setters, picking up some good wins in their first 4 games to lead the competition at lunch. After 7 matches hosts Banbury Chestnuts along with Headington B had climbed into contention on +19 shots, but still trailed both Banbury Borough and Watlington who were comfortably ahead.

With just 2 games remaining, the heavens opened and the bowlers found themselves adjusting to the rainy conditions and a heavier green. Previous winners Banbury Borough and Headington then came face-to-face, with the Oxford side needing a good result to mount a late challenge. Headington adapted quickly to the wet weather and their 7 shot victory over Borough, now put them 2 shots ahead of their rivals. With both Watlington and Chestnuts suffering costly defeats, the competition had suddenly swung in favour of defending champions Headington B, with just 1 game remaining.

By pure coincidence the final round saw Chris Gilkes’ Watlington rink come up against Mark Sykes’ four from the Borough, whilst Headington B faced Chestnuts. After 3 ends Watlington had edged back into pole position as they led the Borough, whilst there was little to choose between Headington v Chestnuts. On the penultimate end though, and with the scores still tight, Mark Charlett trailed the jack with his final wood to pick up a massive 7 shots for Headington. This late surge saw Headington B beat Chestnuts by 10 shots and recapture their title on +36 shots overall.

Watlington A defeated Banbury Borough by 4 shots in their last game to claim the runners-up prizes and the Astall Ley Trophy, also capping a fine season for the south Oxfordshire club.

Final Result
1st Headington B +36
2nd Watlington A +26
3rd Banbury Borough B +20

HCBA Finals Day

Will Parker & Alistair Heyes HCBA pairs runners up Bexhill BC was the choice venue for this year’s HCBA finals day, which provided excellent services throughout the day. After a very cold and early start, the Oxon pairing of Alistair Heyes and Will Parker were up against John and Jason Lyttle of Middlesex on the show rink of the four greens. The Oxon pair started well gaining a 5 shot to 2 lead after 4 ends before a 3 shot comeback from the Middlesex pair saw the score level at 5 ends. Good battling saw the Oxon pair 10-6 up at ten ends before a fantastic end saw a 5 shot pickup and a comfortable 15-6 lead. After 14 ends the Oxon boys were 20-8 up and looking promising before a late surge from the Lyttle pair see them gain 8 shots over the next three ends and reduce the deficit to 20-16 before the Oxon pair regained command in the game taking the score to 23-18 playing the last. A fantastic head was built by Heyes which left Parker smiling playing covering bowls to take the game 26-18 victors and progress to the pairs final.

Shane Cooper HCBA u25 singles runner upThe other representative from Oxfordshire was Shane Cooper competing in the Under 25 Singles. He was up against Buckinghamshire’s representative, Jamie Seymour. A strong start from Bucks saw Seymour take an early 8-0 lead before Cooper battled back well to only be 1 shot down with the score at 10-9. Another surge from Seymour saw him in another comfortable position at 17-11. Good bowling from Cooper kept him in contention all the way through the game, battling once more to get the deficit back to 2 shots at 18-16. 2 Singles from Seymour saw him just needing 1 shot to progress to the final before 4 huge ends from Cooper leveling the game at 20 shots apiece. Nip and tuck bowling from both competitors saw Cooper take the game 21-20 victor, only being in front at the end of the game to win it!

The HCBA under 25 singles final was between Oxfordshire’s Shane Cooper and Kent junior international Andy Rodger. Rodger took an early 10-3 lead and looked strong from the off. Confident bowling from Cooper was deserving of more shots than what actually prevailed seeing him 17 shots to 6 down after 15 ends. Unfortunately the difference proved too great for Cooper to recover from and he lost 21-8 to Rodger who was brilliant throughout. A tremendous effort from Shane Cooper has to be noted and credit must be given for his fantastic achievements this year, his final one as an Oxfordshire under 25 player.

The HCBA pair’s final was between Oxfordshire’s Alistair Heyes and Will Parker against Buckinghamshire’s Malcolm Pratt and David Clay. A very even tussle from start to finish saw neither pair take a lead of more than 5 shots throughout the game. After 6 ends the Oxfordshire lads were 8-3 up and looking strong. A weak end on the 8th saw them drop a 6 shot count to see them 10-8 down. The next 7 ends saw fantastic bowling from both Heyes and Parker seeing them pick up 6 shots to Bucks’ 2. With the score at 14-12 in Oxfordshire’s favour, the Bucks skip played some world class bowls to pick up 6 shots over the next 5 ends to Oxfordshire’s 3 seeing the final end being played with Oxfordshire 18-17 down. Pratt’s fantastic last end put Parker under pressure and with his last bowl narrowly missing the target, saw Bucks win the Pairs title 21-17. Once again a fantastic achievement from Alistair Heyes and Will Parker who were unlucky not to have claimed the title.

The Oxfordshire Bowling Association wishes to thank Shane Cooper, Alistair Heyes, Will Parker and Bradley Squires for attending the day and driving the 300 mile round trip to represent the county.

Headington B win Hawker Cup

Hawker cup - Headington B

Oxford City and County provided once again a fabulous venue for the Hawker Cup semi-finals and final with four teams competing for the Hawker Cup title. Banbury Central A against Carterton A, and Headington B against West Witney were the two semi-finals. Central’s Alan Carter, Tom McKenna, Lee Young and Will Campion were up against Carterton’s Andy Wise, Steve Aldren, Robbie Clanfield and Paul Sharman. A close affair for the first half of the game before saw the score all tied at 9 shots after 10 ends. Carterton took a 17-9 lead after 13 ends before Central battled well to end the game only losing to Carterton 20-16. In Contrast the other Carterton rink, of Pete Latter, Phil Monahan, Dave Clanfield and Remy Clanfield took an early 11-1 lead after 7 ends against Central’s Graham Morbey, Malcolm Leather, Keith McNeil and Nigel Galletly. A great fight back from Central saw them only 2 shots adrift at the end of the game, losing out 20-18 to Carterton. Carterton progressed to the final winning 40-34.

The other semi-final was between Headington B and West Witney. Harvey Alder, Gerald Coombs, Paul Skidmore and Kevin Alder were up against Bernie May, Alan Manger, Gary May and Howard Watts. A very tight tussle from start to finish saw neither side able to break away after 16 ends. 5 shots over the next from West Witney saw them 17-11 up before Watts’ men picked up 3 on the last losing to Alder’s men 17-14. The other Headington rink was Jon Philpott, Kalvin Woodward, Nathan Lewis and Mark Charlett up against West Witney’s Bradley Squires, David Leighfield, Will Parker and Andy McIntyre. A strong start from Charlett’s rink saw them 11-1 up after just 4 ends before West Witney kicked into gear 8 shots in the next 6 ends to see the score 12-9 after 10 ends in Headington’s favour. A strong second half saw the Headington boys command a 22 shot to 15 win over the Witney rink which compensated for their other rinks’ loss. Headington progressed to the final 36-32 winners.

The third place playoff saw Banbury Central A face West Witney in the glorious afternoon sunshine. Nigel Galletly’s rink up against Kevin Alder’s rink saw a close affair with neither side able to gain a sizeable lead. The Witney rink came over the line 18 shots to 17 victors. Will Campion’s rink were up against a rearranged rink, this time skipped by David Leighfield. The Witney rink had a good first half game which saw them 20 shots to 8 up after 13 ends. 9 shots over 4 following ends saw the Witney rink take an uncatchable lead which saw them with a 30 shot to 15 win. West Witney taking third place, 48-32.

The Hawker Cup final between Carterton A and Headington B saw Howards Watt’s rink up against Remy Clanfield’s side. Good quality bowling from both teams saw a tense final which saw Headington 12 shots to 10 up at 16 ends. A 4 shot pick up from Watt’s men on the 17th end gave them a 16-10 lead before Carterton battled well winning all remaining 4 ends to pip victory 17-16. The other rink saw Paul Sharman’s team against Mark Charlett’s rink. Again a high quality battle which saw the scores tied at 10 shots apiece after 12 ends before Carterton picked up 7 shots over 2 ends to go 17-10 in front. 3 strong ends from Headington saw them take 12 shots and a 24-17 lead after 18 ends. Although winning the final 3 ends, Carterton only picked up 5 shots to leave a deficit of 2 shots on their rink. Combining the rink scores saw Headington B claim the Hawker Cup title 40-39 victors.

A big thank you to everyone at Oxford City and County and to all competitors who arrived so promptly and provided an excellent day for competitive bowls in the blissful sunshine. Also a huge thank you to Duncan Muir for umpiring the day.

Margaret Morris wins county champion of champions

Margaret Morris of Banbury Borough BC has won the county champion of champions after beating Katherine Hawes, Oxford City and County BC in the final.

14 Club Singles Winners were in the draw for the Champion of Champions which was played in fairly good conditions until the Final when the heavens opened. The day provided excellent bowling up to and including the final which was a very closely fought game.

Margaret got off to a very good start but by the 6th end Katherine had evened the score. Until the 17th end the scores were level at 13-13. With conditions getting extremely wet and the light fading Margaret picked up 4 shots on the next two ends but Katherine came back again with a 2 to make the score 15-17. By the 23rd end the score was 17-19 in Margaret’s favour then Katherine picked up a 1 to make it 18-19. The last end saw Katherine holding shot until Margaret played her last wood into the head and ran the jack to pick up the winning 2 shots.

Quarter Finals:
Lisa Williams (Hanborough) 10, Shirley Crick (Witney Town) 21
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 10, Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) 21
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 15, Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) 21
Terry Batt Rawden (Watlington) 21, Caroline Campion 18

Semi-Finals:
Shirley Crick 17, Katherine Hawes 21
Margaret Morris 21, Terry Batt Rawden 20

Final:
Margaret Morris 21, Katherine Hawes 18

Thanks to everyone who attended, including all the markers and to all the supporters, especially those who stayed to the end but watched from inside to avoid getting wet!

Oxfordshire bowls league cup final

League Cup Winners 2017

Headington A were looking to crown a record breaking season, by becoming the Oxfordshire Bowls League Cup champions for the fourth year in a row.
Having celebrated reaching the final for the first time, their opponents Witney Town brought plenty of support to cheer their team on. With the floodlights warming up ready to brighten up the Kidlington green, the stage was all set.

Unfortunately for the Witney challengers it was already looking ominous after the first 3 ends, as the League Champions got quickly into their stride. By the half way point Headington A had already amassed an unassailable lead, with only Witney Town’s President, Alan Scholan, ahead on his rink.

By 15 ends all four Headington rinks were comfortably in front and the defending Champions continued their good form and marched on to victory – remaining unbeaten in the League and Cup for the whole season. Ray Gaskins skipped the highest winning rink for Headington, with Mick Nash, Norman Rae, and Colin Whitehead completing the four.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘It’s been a great year for our Club, winning the League by a record number of points and claiming the Hawker Cup and League Cup in the last 2 weeks. But I’d also like to offer congratulations to Witney Town, for reaching their first ever League Cup final, and to the many bowlers from across Oxfordshire who have done so well at this year’s National competitions – the best the County has done for many years!’

Headington A 94; Witney Town 45: H Watts 18, A Scholan 15; R gaskins 31, B Bloomfield 7; J King 26, P Demczak; M Charlett 19, T Ludlow 9.

More Leamington achievements

In addition to the men’s achievements at Leamington this year, there are two more groups that should be added to the 2017 success story for Oxfordshire bowlers.

Firstly, congratulations go to Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion from the Banbury Central club who reached the semi-finals in the National Women’s Senior Fours Championship and secondly, the kaleidoscopic rink of Carole Galletly (Banbury Central), Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington) who were finalists in the National Mixed Fours Competition.

Oxfordshire’s achievement’s at the 2017 ‘Nationals’ is going to take some beating in the future.

Congratulatons to Sam Watts, National 2 Wood Champion

Sam Watts. National 2 wood champion 2017Watlington’s Sam Watts has won this years National Two Wood Singles at the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.

His success rounded off one of the best years for the Oxfordshire men in many years, 2006 being the last time the County had a National Championship, thanks to Greg Moon and Gary Lucas from the Banbury Borough club.

It also shows credit to the improvement shown by the Under 25’s over the last nine years.

In addition to Sam’s achievement, the County also had no fewer the 3 semi-finalists in the Junior Singles , Pairs & Triples and each lost out to the eventual winner.

How did they fare?

Junior Singles
David Leighfield (West Witney), Semi-finalist.
Shane Cooper (Watlington,) 2nd round.

Junior Pairs
Orren Bennett (Carterton), David Leighfield, 1st round.

2 wood Singles
Sam Watts (Watlington), NATIONAL CHAMPION.
Stuart Richens (Carterton) won prelim, lost in 1st round.

4 wood Singles
Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) won prelim, lost in 1st round.
Ray Gaskins (Headington), last 16.

Pairs
Will Parker, Kevin Alder (West Witney), Semi-Finalists.
Darren Sharpe, AJ Docherty (Banbury Borough), 1st round.

Triples
Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Howard Watts (Headington) won prelim, lost 1st round.
Colin Whitehead, Ray Gaskins, Nick Rae-Welsh, Semi-finalists.

Fours
Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Gary May, Howard Watts, 2nd round.
Tim Jupp, Steve Aldren, Stuart Richens, Paul Sharman (Carterton) last 16.

Senior Fours
Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren, Paul Sharman (Carterton), 2nd round.

Banbury Central crowned ladies county top club champions

Banbury Central won the ladies county top club final against Shiplake played at Thame Bowls Club on Sunday 27th August.

Banbury Central 3, Shiplake 1.

Singles: Mo Cox 21, Helen Robinson 7.
Pairs: Mary Tee and Pam Shepherd 32, Jackie Stafford and Sylvia Blackmore 16.
Triples: Eloise Jones, Gill Sharpe and Myra Lewis 23, Elaine Robinson, Jean Webb and Daphne Jacob 13.
Fours: Melody Sykes, Bev McNeal, June Bone and Anne Norton 12, Sue Read, Sheila Cranston, Ruth Copp and Wendy Cross 23.

Brandon King reaches final of Sutton Winson Plate

Congratulations to Bicester BC and Watlington BC bowler Brandon King on reaching the final of the Sutton Winson Plate at Leamington on Sunday, when he joined forces with Liam Harris of Suffolk, last years winner of the Sutton Winson Trophy.

The Plate competition is a drawn pairs competition of the best of three sets, for first round losers in the Trophy competition. Steady progress by the OBA Under 25 team member and his partner of two 2-0 and a 2-1 win saw them into the final against a pairing from Gloucestershire and Kent. After sharing the first two of the three sets, the pairings could still not be separated, with the scores level at the end of the third set. Unfortunately for Brandon and Liam the extra end proved to be an end too far.

The Trophy competition, which is for Under 18 year olds, saw first round wins for Banbury Central’s Luke Gilbert and Carterton’s Joseph Justin. In a memorable week for him, Joseph played his first senior county game earlier in the week in Bristol.

Thame bowler Jonathan Dadson had two good wins to reach the third round.

Men’s Domestic Cup Finals Day

The Men’s Domestic Finals day was hosted at Witney Town Bowling Club on Sunday with 3 competitions played, the Allison Cup, Longford Cup and the Officers Cup.

Allison cup 2017 - B Smith

The first semi-final of the day saw 2014 Allison Cup winner, Phil Gladden of Adderbury, back to try and regain the title, playing against Buford’s John Hurren. The game was very evenly matched throughout with no player able to gain more than a 4 shot advantage before Gladden picked up two back to back 3 shot pick-ups to take him 18-12 in front. Hurren fought back well to get it to 18-16 before Gladden ended the game picking up 3 singles. Gladden through the final 21-16 victor.

The second Allison Cup semi-final was between Banbury Central’s Ian Gilbert and Witney Town’s Brian Smith. The game started very evenly matched and after 10 ends it was 7-6 to Smith. However a big push from Smith enabled him to pick up 9 shots in 4 ends without reply taking him 16-6 in front. The next 7 ends only single shots were picked up by both competitors taking the score to 19-10 in Smith’s favour before a 4 shot pickup gave Gilbert a glimmer of hope, although this was short lived as Smith picked up the 2 shots required to book his place in the afternoon’s final, 21-14 victor.
The next game of the morning saw the Officers Cup semi-final between South Oxford’s Keith Mobley and Carterton’s Tim Jupp. With Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly already booking his place in the final by beating Witney Town’s Tim Ludlow 21 shots to 15 earlier on in the week, it was down to the other two to fight for the other final spot. A strong start from Mobley saw him take a 13 shot to 5 advantage before Jupp battled to bring the score to 13-11 down. The next couple of ends saw Mobley pick up 4 shots taking him 17-11 in front before Jupp regained the mat for the last time picking up 1 shot. The final two ends saw 2 doubles from Mobley taking him over the line 21-12 winner.

The first Longford Cup semi-final was the longest game of the morning taking the competitors 2 and a half hours and 28 ends played before a winner was decided. Witney Town’s Tim Ludlow was up against Headington’s Bernie May. May got off to a good start taking 6 shots without reply before Ludlow stepped into gear and picked up 8 shots back in succession. From then on there was never more than 3 shots separating the competitors with the lead changing several times during the tussle. The last 8 ends saw only single shot pick-ups but it was Ludlow who took 5 of them to take him to the final as 21-18 winner.

The final game of the morning was the second Longford Cup semi-final between Headington’s Dennis Crook and last year’s winner, Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield. A strong performance from the start saw Bloomfield take an early 14 shot to 1 lead after 7 ends before Crook fought back to pick up 6 shots in 7 ends taking the score to 18-7. Bloomfield then picked up the three he needed the following end to secure his space in the Longford final, 21-7 victor.

A Fish and Chip lunch was enjoyed by competitors, spectators and officials before the finals got underway in the afternoon sunshine.

Officers cup 2017 - N Galletly

The Officers Cup was played on the show rink between Keith Mobley and Nigel Galletly, with excellent bowling throughout from both competitors. The tight final saw neither competitor able to gain more than 2 shot gap throughout the whole duration. 8 shots apiece at 9 ends went up to 12-11 in Mobley’s favour. After 21 ends both players had scored 18 and it could have gone either way when 2 singles gave Galletly a 20-18 shot lead and he was holding game when Mobley managed to win the end taking it to a tense 20-19. A fantastic bowl from Galletly left him an unmovable shot and ran out 21-19 in what was a fantastic battle.

Longford cup 2017 - T Ludlow

The Longford Cup was an all Witney Town affair between Tim Ludlow and Brian Bloomfield. A very strong start from Ludlow saw him go 10-3 in front after 6 ends and then battled to keep his lead which gave him 15 shots to 6 at 10. Bloomfield managed to win three ends on the bounce before Ludlow quickly replied picking up 5 shots in 2 ends. Bloomfield picked up a double on the 16th end to take the score to 20-11 down. Ludlow had a fantastic last end which saw him take the trophy from last year’s winner, 21-11 victor.
The last final played was the Allison Cup between Phil Gladden and Brian Smith. Once again another close and tense game to begin with which saw the score at 7-5 in Smith’s favour at 10 ends. Gladden then scored on 5 ends without reply taking him into the lead, 11-7 before another 6 shots scored over the next 5 ends taking Gladden to a comfortable 17-9 lead. 5 excellent ends by Smith followed which brought him right back into contention taking him into the lead 18-17. Gladden managed to score another 2 shots before Smith ran out the winner 21-19 after some fantastic bowls by both.

Presentation of the trophies for the afternoon’s winners were presented by Bill Jarvie and saw the day come to a close.

A huge thanks to Witney Town Bowling Club for hosting the domestic cup finals day and providing superb facilities and catering throughout the day.

Another big thank you goes to the markers for the day, Allan Hall, Steve Tolhurst, Mike Jones, Paul Demczak and Alan Scholan; also thanks are due to the umpire for the multiple calls he tended to all day.