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Domestic Cup Finals Day

Burford Town Bowling Club was the venue of this year’s domestic cup finals day. With the Allison, Longford and Officers cups all contested.

The first semi-final in the Allison cup see South Oxford’s Vic Depaauw against Burford Town’s John Hurren. John got off to a good start on his own turf, going 12-4 up after 10 ends. Vic then battled back well to be within two shots at 16 ends, 14-12. John then went onto to pick up 7 shots over the next 4 ends to take the victory and the first place in the afternoons final.

The other Allison semi-final was between Banbury Central’s Ian Gilbert and Thame’s Paul Costin. A close game see no clear favourite after 9 ends, with the score at 7-6 in Ian’s favour. Again, there was no clear leader after 15 ends, with the score only 1 shot difference, this time in favour of Paul, 12-11. Ian then won the next 5 consecutive ends scoring 6 shots to see the lead stretch for the first time. After 27 ends it was 19-19 before enough was enough and Ian picked up the double he required to see him over the line and face John Hurren in the afternoon final.

The first Longford cup semi-final see Carterton’s Roger Thomas against another Thame player, this time Chris Shannon. A good start for Roger see him take the lead 10-4 after 8 ends. Chris then fought back to be within one shot at 14 ends, 12-11. 5 shots over the next 2 ends to Roger see his lead increase once more to 17-11. Chris then scored a single before Roger scored the 4 he needed to book his place in the final, 21-12 victor.

The other Longford semi-final see another Banbury Central competitor, Nigel Galletly up against Adderbury’s Dave Allington. Dave found himself 9-4 up after 7 ends before Nigel kicked into gear and 10 unanswered shots to see him take the lead 14-9 after 11. Dave then scored a single before Nigel surged once more scoring 6 shots, leaving him just needing one shot to win. Dave then battled hard and pegged the score back to 19-20 and holding game on the 22nd end, with just one bowl left to deliver by Nigel. Nigel, cool as you like drew a front toucher to book his final spot against Roger in the final.

The first officers cup semi-final was between Shiplake’s David Bullock and Carterton’s Tim Jupp. Tim got off to a good start finding himself 10-5 up at 7 ends. 7 shots to 2 in favour of Tim see him extend his lead to 17-7 after 12 ends. Dave then scored 3 shots to get to 10 before Tim finished the game off with 2 double pickups. Tim booked the first place into the officer’s final, 21-10 victor.

The other officer’s semi-final was between another Adderbury player, this time Mick Jelfs, against last year’s winner, West Witney’s David Leighfield. A close start see the score at 7-5 in Dave’s favour after 7 ends. Dave then scored 10 unanswered shots over the next 5 ends to see him take the lead 17-5. Mick then fought back and scored 4 shots to reduce the deficit before Dave scored the remaining shots he required to take him over the line, 21-9 winner and facing Tim in the afternoon’s final.

After an excellent lunch the finals were underway, with Banbury Central’s Ian Gilbert against Burford Town’s John Hurren fighting for the Allison Cup, Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly and Carterton’s Roger Thomas contesting the Longford Cup and Carterton’s Tim Jupp facing West Witney’s David Leighfield for the Officer’s Cup.

Allison Cup winner 2019In the Allison, a strong start from Ian see him take an early 11-4 lead. John then scored a 3 shot pickup on the 12th end before Ian scored 6 shots in 2 to see him only needing 4 shots. John had other ideas and closed the gap by scoring 8 unanswered shots taking the board to 17-15 after 18 ends. The next three ends see John Hurren take the lead for the first time in the game, 20-19 up, only needing a single to claim the title. A class end from Ian see him pickup the double that he required to claim the game and the title, 21-19 victor. Congratulations Ian and commiserations John, a very good game of bowls.

Longford Cup winner 2019The Longford started well for Nigel, finding the score at 9-2 in his favour after 8 ends. Nigel then continued to increase his lead picking up 2 doubles and a triple against Rogers 2 shot pickup, scoreboard read 16-6 after 14. A single for each competitor left Nigel needing 4 to claim the title. A late surge from Roger see him win 4 ends unanswered, scoring 6 shots in the process. Nigel then scored 3 singles to take him only needing 1 to win after 23 ends, 20-13. Roger picked up one last double before Nigel got over the line, 21-15 victor. Congratulations to Nigel on winning the Longford Cup.  

Officers cup winner 2019The last final of the day was the officers cup, after 7 ends the game was almost even at 6-5 in Dave’s favour. 8 shots to Tim’s 2 see Dave increase his lead to 14-7 after 12 ends. Tim was certainly out leading Dave in the second half of the game, but Dave proved too strong with his third and fourth bowls, converting heads and changing the game in his favour again and again. This enabled him to keep Tim supressed on 7 shots and score the remaining 7 shots that he needed over the 5 ends. Congratulations to Dave for retaining the officers cup title.

A big thank you to the following people who carried out marking duties throughout the day:

Mick Morris (Banbury Borough)
Paul Demczak (Witney Town)
Ian Whelpton (Banbury Central)
Alex Fleming (Chipping Norton)
Harvey Alder (West Witney)
Orren Bennett (Carterton)

A big thank you also to Iain, the umpire from Swindon who was efficient and helpful all day.

That concluded a splendid day of bowling at Burford Town, a big thanks to all the club members for supplying us with a delicious lunch and fantastic facilities all day.

Ladies county finals

The ladies county finals were held at Oxford City & County.

The first game if the finals were the triples and the U25 singles. City & County trio Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry claimed victory over Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion 23 – 16. The U25’s saw Katie Glenn lift the trophy with a 21 – 10 victory over Jazz Alder.

In the afternoon saw the final of the fours take place between Karen Galloway, Carol Gaskins, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes against Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion. Banbury Central had a convincing 23 – 10 over the Oxford City and County side.

The next day, the remainder of the finals took place. Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) played a very thrilling 4 Wood Singles against her team mate Carole Galletly.   Nip and tuck all the way with Caroline finally winning 21 – 20.  

Carole then faced Katherine Hawes (City and County) in the 2 Wood Singles, with Katherine settling very quickly and despite some telling woods from Carole, Katherine was the winner over 21 ends by 17 shots to 6.  

During these games the Unbadged Pairs was taking place between Joy Williams with Veta Bennett of Kidlington BC, and Margie Ferguson with Wendy Sandy of Carterton BC. Margie and Wendy took the lead and seemed on target for a rapid conclusion but Joy and Veta dug in and brought the score to a thrilling finale over 18 ends to a win for Ferguson and Sandy by just one shot, 14 – 13.  

The afternoon was brought to a close with a thrilling pairs match between Campion and Galletly (Banbury Central) versus Hawes and Knight (City and County).   With some amazing shots and wonderful bowling, the victors were the Banbury Cental pair with 20 shots to 11 for the City and County pair.

Men’s Finals Day

Banbury Borough Bowls Club was the host for this year’s men’s county finals day, hosted by this year’s OBA President, Mick Morris.

Three games started the day off, junior singles, 4 wood singles and triples.

Men's singles Champion 2019On his home green, Keith Holloway faced Headington’s Nick Rae-Welsh in the final of the men’s singles. Nick got off to a strong start finding himself 8-2 up after 7 ends. The next 6 ends see Keith win 5 of them to take the score level at 11 shots apiece. Nick then progressed to score 4 more shots in 3 ends to take the lead 15-11. Keith then rallied back and continued on to progress to become the victor, scoring 10 unanswered shots over the last 6 ends. The final was of extreme quality with heads consistently changing, so commendations to both players for that. Keith has now completed the “Quad” by winning all four of the men’s main events, congratulations.

Men's pairs winners 2019The last game of the morning was a West Witney duel between Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore against Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield. After 8 ends Andy and David found themselves in a comfortable position, being 12-5 up. The game was then battled well with consistent head being built by both leads which enabled no more than doubles to be scored for the remaining of the game. The game finished with Andy and David retaining the pairs title, 21-10 victors.

After a splendid lunch two games were contested in the early afternoon session, the 2 wood singles and the triples. 

Men's 2 wood singles champion 2019Shiplake’s Jim Bland was up against Adderbury’s Darren Sharpe. A game of 21 ends see them level after 7 ends, 4-4. A couple of 2’s over the next 6, see Darren able to extend his lead to 10-7 after 13 ends. Jim then fought back to come within 1 shot at 16 ends before Darren scored 4 shots over the final 4 ends to make it mathematically impossible for Jim to win, Darren was crowned the newest 2 wood singles champion. Congratulations Darren. 

Men's triples winners 2019The other game was the triples between Headington’s Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. A strong start for the Witney trio see them 7-2 up after 6 ends. Good bowling from the Headington triple see them bring the score back to within 1 shot after 11 ends, 10-9. 5 shots in Witney’s favour to Headington’s single see the board at 15-10 at 15 ends. 1 shot apiece in the next 2 ends see the Headington trip requiring 5 to force an extra end however they were unable to do so, picking up 2 shots. Congratulations to Andy, David and Kevin. 

Men's fours winners 2019After a short break, and yet another timely fly past from the RAF Red Arrows, the last game of the day got underway, the men’s fours. This was contested by Headington’s Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett against a Borough rink on their own turf, comprising of Keith Holloway, Alan Prew, Mark Sykes and A.J Docherty. Another class quality game see tight heads and the score at a close 5-3 in Headington’s favour after 7. The borough rink then battled back strong to bring them level again, this time after 15 ends. Headington then won the next 3 out of 4 ends to stretch their lead once more to 5 shots with 2 to play. A.J’s rink then picked up 2 on the penultimate end to see the score at 19-16. Headington then claimed the last end and won 20-16 victors. Congratulations to Mark, Jason, Ian and Sam. 

All I can say is thank you to Banbury Brough for hosting such an excellent days’ worth of bowling with good weather, good surface and good facilities. Thank you to Mick Morris and Paul Demczak for marking the singles games during the day and my thanks extends to Mick Morris for his support throughout the competitions this season. 

The men’s National Finals at Leamington Spa take place from Tuesday 6th August – Thursday 8th August and Saturday 17th August – Friday 30th August. Please take the opportunity, if you can, to go up and support all of this year’s qualifiers and I hope Oxfordshire can continue on its impressive form of late.

Ladies county finals

The bowls Oxfordshire ladies county finals will be held at Oxofrd City & County on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August.

Saturday 27th August
Report 9:30am, Start 10am

Triples: Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) v Jeanette Berry (Oxofrd City & County)

Under 25 Singles: Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) v Katie Glenn (Watlington)

UNDER 25 SINGLES:  Jazzmin Alder    v        Katie Glenn 

Start 2pm (approx)

Fours: Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central)

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

4 Wood Singles: Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) v Carole Galletly (Banbury Central)

2 Wood Singles: Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) v Carole Galletly (Banbury Central)

Unbadged Pairs: Joy Williams/Veta Bennett (Kidlington) v Margie Ferguson/Wendy Sandy (Carterton)

Start 2pm (approx)

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

City and county and Banbury teams qualify for the ladies pairs

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) have qualified for the national ladies pairs held at Leamington Spa in August.

Knight and Hawes faced their clubmates Jacky Gray and Carol Penson in the quarter final by 2 shots before going onto defeat Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town) by 10 in the semi final to qualify.

Galletly and Campion beat fellow clubmates Eloise Jones and Mo Cox on an extra end the quarter final before booking their place in the finals by beating Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes (Watlington) by 6 in the semi final.


Qtr Final:
K Hawes 18, C Penson 16
C Bloomfield 19, B Havard (Banbury Central) 15
C Campion 21, M Cox 20
E Gilkes 23, V Bindon (Oxford City & County) 14

Semi Final:
K Hawes 23, C Bloomfield 13
C Campion 26, E Gilkes 20

Soden and Alder qualify for U25 pairs

Claire Soden (Watlington) and Jazz Alder (West Witney) have qualified for Leamington in the U25 pairs held at Leamington Spa in August.

The pair defeated Emma Dixon and Zoe Pratley by 3 shots in the final which was held at Thame Bowls club on Saturday.

Men’s Semi-Finals Day

Carterton Bowls Club was the venue for this year’s men’s semi-finals.

The morning see three games played, the first of which was the first singles game of the day. This was between Banbury Central’s Lee Young and Headington’s Nick Rae-Welsh. A very good start from both the players see the score at a close 9-7 in Lee’s favour after 11 ends before Nick played the perfect 12th end, picking up 4. This then aided him in stretching his lead to 17-12 over the following 6 ends. The next 4 ends see only single shots being scored, with two apiece which left it at 19-14 after 22 ends. Nick then picked up the 2 shots he required on the 23rd end to book his place in the final and a place at Leamington next month, 21-14 victor.

The next game was an all Headington bout between Jon Philpott, Ray Gaskins, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts against Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett. Mark’s rink got off to a solid start, being 14-1 up after only 6 ends. 5 shots over the following 2 ends see Howard’s men reduce the deficit to only 8 shots by 8 ends. The next three ends see 3 shots scored to both teams leaving the score at 17-9 after 11. Mark’s rink then won the next 5 ends which gave them the win, 24-9 winners and booking their place at Leamington.

The final game of the morning was between West Witney’s Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against a Banbury Borough rink consisting of Keith Holloway, Alan Prew, Mark Sykes and A.J. Docherty. A very strong start from the Borough rink see them 13-3 up after 8 ends. Kevin’s rink then won the next 2 ends to take the score to 13-6 before 5 shots picked up from AJ’s men see their lead increase once more. 6 shots to Borough to only 4 from Witney see the Borough rink take their place in next Sunday’s final and the last spot at Leamington up for grabs in the morning, final score 24-10.  

After an excellent lunch and a timely performance from the RAF’s Red Arrows, the afternoon session got underway. Again, three games were played in this session.

The first game was the triples between Headington’s Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee young and Will Campion. The first end see Nick play a fantastic running bowl to make 7 shots. After 5 ends it was 12-4 in Headington’s favour. 5 shots over the next three ends for the Headington trio see their lead extend to 17-4. The next 5 ends see 6 shots to 3 shots in Headington’s favour, once again which see the board at 23-7. A double on their last end see the Headington triple book the first spot of the afternoon to next week’s final. 

The next game was a pairs battle between West Witney’s Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore against a Watlington pairing of Will Soden and Chris Gilkes. A good start from the Witney pair see their lead at 14-5 after 8 ends. The following 5 ends see the Watlington duo reduce the deficit and bring themselves right back into the game, only 2 shots off the pace at 15-13. 5 shots to each pair over the next 4 ends see the gap of 2 shots remain, 20-18 at 17. The next 3 ends see 3 singles scored leaving the Watlington pair to require 3 shots to force an extra end. Will set the head up well for Chris to roll the jack into a packet of his bowls but unfortunately for them he narrowly missed it with his last bowl, giving Nigel and Paul the game, 23-19. A big congratulations for Nigel Siford and Paul Skidmore for qualifying for the first time in their bowling careers to the National Finals at Leamington. 

The third game of the afternoon was another West Witney pairing, this time Andy McIntyre and David Leighfield against Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett. A good start from both pairs see the score at 11-8 in Witney’s favour at 8 ends. The next 6 ends see Andy and David increase their lead to 17-11 before 3 good ends from Ian and Mark see them scoring 6 shots to make the board level at 17 ends, 17-17. 3 shots to 1 in Witney’s favour left Ian and Mark requiring 2 for an extra end, however they were unsuccessful and could only pick up a single shot, this see the Witney boys through 20-19 winners. Next Sunday will see a West Witney pairs final as they face Nigel and Paul.

After a short break the evening sessions began, this time two games were played.

The second singles game of the day see Banbury Central’s Will Campion up against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway. After 8 ends the score was level at 4 shots apiece. Will then won the next 4 ends scoring 8 shots to take the lead, 12-4. Keith then fought back over the next 5 ends, scoring 4 shots to Will’s 1. 8 shots then followed for Keith which see him take the lead 16-14 after 21 ends. Will then reclaimed the lead scoring 5 shots over the following 2 ends, score sitting at 19-16. The next 5 ends see Keith pick up 5 single shots which gave him the win, 21-19 victor in a fantastic battle right the way through. 

The last game of the day was the second triples match between West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder against Burford Town’s Alan Tuckwell, Roger Hopkins and Bob Parker. Kevin’s trio started impressively, scoring 13 shots to Burford’s 2 after 6 ends. The next 4 ends see the Witney triple increase their lead by picking up singles to go 17-2 up. Burford then scored a single on the 11th end to take the score to 17-3. The Witney triple then scored 7 shots over the following 3 ends to secure their victory, 24-3 winners.

That concluded the day and a big thank you to all of the spectators, Carterton Bowls Club and the markers / umpires for the day, Mick Morris and Paul Demczak. The County Finals day is at Banbury borough Bowling Club on Sunday 21st July. 

Oxon ladies qualify for Walker Cup finals

Oxon ladies have qualified for the national Walker Cup (2×4’s) final stages played at Leamington Spa on Sunday 18th August.

In the first game, Oxon ladies faced Kent. Carole Galletly, Caroline Bloomfield, Helen Young and Caroline Campion faced a rink skipped by Amy Banes. The game was close fought with Campion’s rink just edging it to win by 2. Karen Galloway, Carol Gaskins, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes faced Mo Hayes’ rink. Hawes’ rink was always in control winning by 16 shots.

The final qualifying game was against Sussex who had beaten Berkshire in the previous game. Oxon showed real team spirit and all played together excellently to dominate on both rinks.

Oxon 46, Kent 28
C Campion 22, A Banes 20
K Hawes 24, M Hayes8

Oxon 50, Sussex 14
Caroline Campion 24, Lorraine Kuhler 7
K Hawes 26, R Mackriel 7

Campion and Galletly qualify in the ladies singles

The quarter finals of the County Singles held at Banbury Chestnuts on Saturday 13th July saw eight bowlers play extremely well bowled closely fought games.

Unfortunately there had to be winners and losers with Caroline Campion playing Mo Cox in the semi final in another closely fought match and winning to represent Oxfordshire at Leamington.

The other semi final saw Carole Galletly and Katherine Hawes play a hard fought game with Carole also going forward to Leamington.  

Quarter Finals:
Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) 21, Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 19
Katie Glenn (Watlington) 20, Mo Cox (Banbury Central) 21
Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) 21, Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 18
Jody Flitter (Oxford City and County) 8, Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) 21  

Semi Finals:
Caroline Campion 21, Mo Cox 16
Carole Galletly 21, Katherine Hawes 12

Headington Claim senior fours title

Senior fours winners 2019

Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts were crowned senior fours champions at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club on Sunday.

They began their day in the semi-final against Bicester’s Martin Workman, Alan Wagner, Paul Hooley and Kevin Taylor. The game started fairly evenly with Bicester developing a slight lead after 10 ends at 10-6. Headington then battled well to win the next 4 ends to take the lead, 13-10. 2 shots apiece over the next 2 ends see the score at 15-12 to Headington after 16 ends. Bicester were requiring 3 shots over the last 2 ends to force an extra end; however, this was not achieved, only securing 2 singles shots. Headington Progressed to the final as winners, 15-14. 

The other semi-final see Kidlington’s Jim Feeley, Bob Foster, Chris Cox and Paul McGrath against a Watlington rink comprising of David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. The Watlington rink got off to a strong start, finding themselves 11-5 up at 10 ends. They then further increased their lead to 15-5 after 12 ends before Kidlington then fought back well, scoring 7 shots over the next 2 ends, including a 5 shot pick up on the 14th end. 3 shots to 1 in Watlington’s favour see Kidlington requiring 5 for an extra end on the last. They could not achieve this, by Kidlington only picking up a single shot, this see Watlington progress to the final 18-14 victors. 

After lunch, the final stage was set, Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts against Watlington’s David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. A strong start from the Headington rink see them take a 10-1 lead after 4 ends. Watlington then pegged them back over the next 5 ends, picking 8 shots up unanswered. After 12 ends the score was back level at 11 shots apiece. The next four ends see a nip and tuck game with the score level again at 16 ends, 13-13. The 17th end became a pivotal moment in the game, a wonderful just over weighted bowl by Howard Watts see him take out the Watlington’s closest to pick up 5 shots. The last end meant the Watlington needed to 5 to stay alive but this was unachievable, another beautiful bowl, this time a drawn side toucher from Watts was enough to secure them shot and be crowned champions, 19-13 winners. 

The Senior Fours is one of only two national championship disciplines where only one team from each County qualify for the national finals. This will be played at Leamington Spa from Tuesday 6th August to Thursday 8th August.