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Triples quarter finals

Banbury Chestnuts BC was the host for this year’s quarter finals of the men’s Triples.

A very wet and thundery evening threatened play but fortunately stayed away just enough to allow all of the games complete.

The first game was between Watlington’s Rob Parkes, Gordon Hooker and Chris Gilkes against a Burford triple of Alan Tuckwell, Roger Hopkins and Bob Parker. A good start from the Burford trio see them take an early 7-0 lead before the Watlington boys hit back with a 6 shot pick up on the 5th end. Scores over the next 7 ends see Burford increase their lead to 17-9 after 12. The next 5 ends see the Watlington comeback, scoring 7 shots, including a 4 on the 17th end, to see them requiring only 2 shots going into the last end to force an extra end. They could not convert the head however and left Burford holding one shot and booking their place in the semi-finals.

The next game was between another Watlington triple, this time, Vic Webb, Adie Twinn and Adi Kemish against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee Young and Will Campion. A good start from the Central three see their lead at 11-3 after 7 ends. The next ends were won 6 to 1 to the Watlington trio, seeing the board at 14-12 in their favour after 14 ends. Ends 15 and 16 see the Central side regain the lead by 1 shot before dropping a 5 shot count on the 17th end. 4 shots were required going into the last and with great head building from the central trio see them holding 5 with the skips left to bowl. Watlington were unable to reduce this deficit and see a 5 shot pick up go the other way, enabling the Central team to progress to the semi-finals, 20-19 victors.

The third game of the evening was between yet another Watlington side, Mick Evins, John Rawson and Les Westcott against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. West had a strong start being 12-3 shots up at 7 ends. They continued on their start to increase their lead to 17-3 at 9 ends before Watlington hit back with a 3 shot pickup on the 10th. Another 5 shots for the Witney boys see their lead extend further to 22-6 before Watlington picked up their final shot of the match. Final score 22-7 to West Witney.

The final game of the evening was an all Headington match up between Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against Steve Hainge, Kelvin Woodward and Ian Henwood. Henwood’s triple started well, taking an early 8-2 lead after 7 ends. Rae-Welsh’s triple then hit back winning the next three ends to reduce the deficit to 8-7 before Henwood’s trio scored a single on the 11th. 6 shots over the next 3 ends see Rae-Welsh’s team take the lead for the first time, 13-9 up before another single was picked up on the 15th for Henwood’s side. 4 more shots in the 16th and 17th ends for Rae-Welsh see Henwood’s team needing 7 to force an extra end but were unable to do so, only managing to pick up a single, thus seeing their club mates through to the semi-finals.

The county semi-finals day will be held at Carterton BC on Sunday 14th July.

Men’s fours quarter finals

City and County BC was the host for the quarter finals of the men’s fours.

The first game was between Watlington’s Adi Kemish, Adie Twinn, Will Soden and Chris Gilkes and Headington’s Jon Philpott, Ray Gaskins, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts. Headington took an early lead of 5 shots after 7 ends. Watlington battled back to be drawing at 10 ends, 9-9. Back to back 2’s for the Headington rink see them increase their lead to 18-12 after 17 ends and this aided them in their victory, seeing the Watlington rink only able to pick up 3 shots on the remaining 4 ends, with Headington picking 1 up. Final score 19-15.

The second game was an all Headington affair between Mick Nash, Paul Mabbutt, Ian Snowdon and Nick Rae-Welsh against Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. Charlett’s rink took a commanding lead after 10 ends, being 16 shots to 2 up. Their lead then continued through the game, with another 10 shots picked up to Rae-Welsh’s 1. Final score 26-3 and sees them play clubmates of Howard Watts in the first semi-final.

The third quarter final see last year’s winners, West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against Carterton’s Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. A game of single shot pick-ups, with one 2, see the game at 8-4 to the Witney rink after 11 ends. Carterton then picked up a 5 on the 12th end to take the lead for the first time, briefly. Witney then picked up shots on 8 ends of the last 9 to secure their place in the second semi-final, 20-11 victors

The last quarter final see Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway, Mark Sykes, Alan Prew and A J Docherty against Burford’s John Hurren, Roger Parker, Tim Stacey and Jack Lafford. The first third of the game see the score level at 7-7. The next six ends see Borough score 8 shots to Burford’s 2. A 3 for Burford gave them a chance before Borough scored 7 shots off the back of this to enhance their lead. Burford scored 3 in the last 2 ends, but this was not enough and see Borough secure the win, 22-16. They will play West Witney in the second semi-final.

The county semi-finals day will be at Carterton BC on Sunday 14th July.

Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe qualify in 2 wood singles

Hawker cup winners 2018Jim Bland and Darren Sharpe secure the first places in the national finals of the Two Wood Singles.

City and County BC was the host for the quarter finals and semi finals of the two wood singles.

The 8 players who reached the quarter finals from the previous weeks rounds were Henry Beall, West Witney, Sam Watts, Headington, Trevor Prew, West Witney, Jim Bland Shiplake, Paul Skidmore, West Witney, Stuart Marsden, Banbury Borough, Darren Sharpe, Adderbury and Simon Hastings, Headington.

The first quarter final see Henry Beall beat Sam watts, a previous national title winner of the competition, 15 shots to 6.

The second quarter final see Jim Bland beat Trevor Prew, with the same score line as the first quarter final, 15 shots to 6.

The third quarter final see Paul Skidmore beat Stuart Marsden in the tightest game of the round, winning 15-12.

The last quarter final see Darren Sharpe beat Simon Hastings 17 shots to 9.

The semi finalists lined up as Henry Beall against Jim Bland. Bland started well, winning by 5 shots at 14 ends. Beall could only score 2 more shots before Bland scored 4 more singles to see him secure the first place in the final, winning 16-9.

The other semi final see Paul Skidmore against Darren Sharpe. Sharpe started well taking a 7-shot lead after 14 ends. Skidmore battled back well scoring 4 shots over the next as many ends, but Sharpe secured the win by picking up 2 shots in the last two ends, to see him take the second place in the final, 14-9 victor.

The county finals will take place at Banbury Borough BC on Sunday 21st July.

Ladies unbadged pairs played down to final

The Eileen Hopkins Unbadged Pairs was played at Chipping Norton on Sunday 19th May 2019 with an entry of 9 pairs from various clubs. We were lucky with the weather, not too hot and the rain held off.   Many thanks for the hospitality at Chipping Norton, the refreshments were non stop and the green bowled well.  

Finalists playing at County Finals in July:  Joy Williams/Veta Bennett (Kidlington) and Marge Ferguson/Wendy Sandy (Carterton)  

Quarter finals: Sheila Oldham/Sheila Lovett (West Witney) lost to Sue Markham/Lucy Watts (Watlington) 14-15 Adrienne Brown/Linda Coles (Banbury Borough) lost to Joy Williams/Veta Bennett (Kidlington) 15-19 Carole Regan/Lyn Dunsby (Witney Mills) lost to Marge Ferguson/Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 11-13 Zoe Pratley/Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County) lost to Hilary Thomas/Anne Kearvell (Bloxham) 11-19  

Semi finals: Sue/Lucy lost to Joy/Veta 12-19 Hilary/Anne lost to Marge/Wendy 6-13

Competition draws

The men’s draws for singles, pairs, triples, fours, senior fours and Longford Cup along with the venue for the 2 wood singles are now online: Men’s competitions 2019

The draw can be seen on YouTube.

All ladies competitions are now online: Ladies competitions 2019.

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.

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

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

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


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.