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2020 season

From Bowls Oxfordshire Men:

With the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and after consultation with other Associations and following Bowls England information, the 2020 bowling programme for the OBA is cancelled.

This covers Bowls England Championship and Competition qualifiers, Domestic competitions, friendly County games and Presidents Celebratory games.

Also cancelled are the Senior and Junior Home Counties BA Leagues, Annual fixtures and Celebratory games.

The Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixture programmes have also been cancelled.

Bowls England Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Bowls England Championships when received from Bowls England will be reimbursed.

Likewise, OBA Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Domestic Competitions will be reimbursed.

Payment will be made to clubs, who will then reimburse members.

Following the decision taken it has been agreed that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.

The County Officers wish the best of health for the future to all bowlers and please keep yourselves safe.

For those of you who can, we recommend that you visit the Bowls England website to keep yourself abreast of what is happening within our sport, even though there may not be any bowling taking place.

Ian Whelpton
Secretary

From Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies:

All Ladies competitions, executive meetings, county leagues (MEL) and friendly matches, and one day events, have been cancelled for 2020.  This decision was made by your Executive Committee and in line with Bowls England statement issued this week.

Ladies President v Immediate Past President Day on 27th April is also cancelled.

Please note cancellation of all matches for 2020 include:

County Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, 2 Wood Singles, Junior Singles and Junior Pairs, Senior Fours and County Top Club. 

Also one day events:  Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.

All National Competitions are cancelled as follows:

John’s, Walker Cup, Amy Rose, National Senior Singles and Pairs, Top Club Women, Family Pairs, Champion of Champion (Women), National Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, Tony Allcock (over 60 Double Rink).

Affiliation fees will be refunded as appropriate, along with competition entry fees.

We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Jeanette Berry.

County Competitions

The men’s and ladies competitions are now available on the website (apart from men’s 25 pairs).

Galletly wins ladies county champ of champs

A glorious day to finalise the outdoor bowling season with the Champion of Champions played at Banbury Chestnuts who have been splendid hosts for another BOL event.   Much appreciated and many thanks.  

Only ten club singles winners took part but with some excellent bowling all day, the final between Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) and Maureen Cox (Kidlington) saw Carole as the Champion of Oxfordshire winning 21 – 10.  Congratulations Carole.  

Quarter Finals:
Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) 15, Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) 21. 
Maggie Alderson (South Oxford) 13, Pam Faulkner (West Oxford) 21.
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 21, Pat Taylor (Chestnuts) 16.
Sylvia Cann (OUP) 3, Lisa Williams (Hanborough) 21. 

Semi Finals:
Carole Galletly 21, Pam Faulkner 3.
Maureen Cox 21, Lisa Williams 16.  

Reminder:  All Clubs may enter their Club Singles Winners in the National  Champion of Champions run by Bowls England.

Watlington A win Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy 2019

On Saturday, 10 teams from around the County returned to a sunny Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy Finals day, sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All qualifying teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format to compete for over £1,000 in prize money.

Defending champions Headington A got off to a great start, beating their B team on the last end, before an emphatic win over Witney Town saw them take an early lead. By lunchtime they were level with last year’s runners-up Watlington A on +28 shots, who had also started the first 4 games with good wins.

After 7 games Watlington A had edged ahead of Headington A by 3 shots, with Carterton and West Witney B starting to close the gap in 3rd and 4th place.

With just 2 games to go, the competition reached a critical point, as Watlington and Headington came up against each other. Although the game started evenly, Watlington picked up some big scores in the latter stages to win their encounter 13-3 and give themselves an unassailable lead on +39 shots.

Going into the final game Carterton were hoping to hold onto second slot, but ended up losing by just 2 shots against a determined Headington B.  With West Witney’s B side manging a comfortable win over a fading Headington A, Kev Alder’s Witney team clinched second place and the Astall Ley trophy.

Watlington A picked up a draw in their final game, against Burford, to be crowned the new champions for the first time. After finishing runners-up of the Summertown Trophy for the previous 2 years, it was fitting that this year’s winners were the youthful Watlington side of Rob Parkes, Will Soden, Sam Watts, and Chris Gilkes.

Final Result

1st Watlington A +39
2nd West Witney B +27
3rd Carterton +22

The ladies Blay Cup

The Blay Cup, played on Saturday 7th September at Kidlington BC, was an enjoyable day organised by Pam Willoughby (Blay Secretary) and Carole Thornhill (County President).  
Blay Trophy Winners:  Joy Williams (Kidlington), Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough)  
Runners Up: Liz Kemish (Watlington), Sheila Lovett (West Witney)  

Baly Plate Winners:  Pat Taylor (Banbury Chestnuts), Brenda Havard (Banbury Central)  
Runners Up:  Jo Gibson (Banbury Chestnuts), Pam Shephers (Banbury Central)

West Witney Claim the Hawker Cup for the first time

Hawker Cup winners 2019Teams from Carterton, West Witney, Adderbury and City & County competed for the Hawker Cup at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. 

The first game in the semi-finals see Carterton against West Witney. Peter Latter, Jamie Macdonogh, David Clanfield and Baden Sparkes were up against Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, Joe Woodward and Kevin Alder with the other rinks comprising of Joe Justin, Phil Monahan, Robbie Clanfield and Paul Sharman against Nigel Siford, Henry Beal, Paul Skidmore and Shane Cooper. 

A very close start for the rink between Baden and Kevin, with Baden especially playing some crucial bowls early on to keep the score level after 10 ends at 7 apiece. After 15 ends the score was level again 10 shots apiece before West then scored 13 shots across the last 6 ends to see them win 23-12. The adjacent rink se another tense battle between Shane and Paul. At 12 ends it was only 1 shot in it at 11-10 in Shane’s favour. Some big bowls in the second half of the game prevented Shane’s men to score shots and helped Paul’s rink gain a lead of 4 shots after 17 ends, 16-12. The last 4 ends see 5 shots to West and 4 shots to Carterton. With the maths applied West Witney progressed to the final 40-32 victors.

The second semi-final see Marcus Bunning, Andrew Galloway, Gavin Gray and Chris Earl against Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Ted Eley and Darren Sharpe with the other rinks lining up as Andy Crawley, David Richens, Russell Edwards and Alan ley against Ian Dunn, Phil French, Chris Skidmore and Phil Gladden. Another close start see Chris and Darren level at 12 ends, 11 shots each. Chris’ rink then developed a lead by picking 11 shots to Adderbury’s 3, including a 5 shot pick up on the 18th end. Final score was 22-14. 

The other rink see Alan and his men start strong, winning 11-2 after just 7 ends against Phil Gladden’s side. The game closed to within 3 shots at 10 ends before Alan’s rink then developed a 10 shot lead after 16 ends, score board at 18-8. 7 shots were then scored by Phil’s rink to reduce the deficit once more to 18-15 before Alan ended the game by picking up a single on the last. City and County progressed to the final 41-29 winners.

After lunch Carterton faced Adderbury in the third place playoff with Baden’s rink against Ian’s and Joe’s rink against Mick’s. A good start for Baden’s side see them 15-8 up after 11 ends. Mick’s rink then cut the difference down to 2 shots at 16 ends, 16-14. 15 shots were scored over the last 5 ends seeing the score finish at 24-21 in Carterton’s favour. 

The other rink see Carterton once more get off to a strong start, with the board at 15-8 at 12 ends. Carterton then scored 8 shots without reply to see their lead increase to 23-8 at 16. Adderbury scored a single before Carterton finished strong scoring 7 shots in the final ends to see them 30-9 victors. Overall Carterton came third with a combined score of 54-30.

Shane Cooper found himself against Alan Ley and Kevin Alder up against Chris Earl in the final. A level start see Alan’s rink at 4-2 after 5 ends before Shane and his rink scored 18 shots to Alan’s 2 over the following 7 ends. Scoreboard 20-6 in West Witney’s favour after 12. After 17 ends it was 21-15 before Shane and his men continued with the intensity to finish their game off by scoring 12 shots to see them 33-15 victors. 

Chris and Kevin’s rinks had a tight tussle for the first half of the game with the score at 10-7 after 13 ends. Chris and his rink then continued to increase their lead to 14-8 after 16 ends. Kevin’s rink then fought back over the remaining 5 ends to reduce the deficit to 17-12. West Witney were crowned champions with a combined score of 45-32.

A big thank you to Oxford City and County Bowls club for hosting another fantastic day and thank you to the umpire for the day.

Oxford C&C ladies win county top club

Oxford City and County played South Oxford at Banbury Chestnuts on Sunday 1st September and in a hard fought match won the County Top Club Trophy by 16 shots.  

The Singles played by Carol Gaskins v Maggie Alderson was won 21 – 16 by Carol with a well fought game over 26 ends.

The Pairs (City and County Sandy Nash and Karen Galloway) against Maureen De Paauw and Jenny Lynch also hard fought with the lead changing every few ends with a final win for South Oxford by three shots.

In the Triples (City and County Jean Alexander, Sue Mayo and Jeanette Berry) against Lettie Batten, Di Rockett and Carol Mobley (South Oxford) the momentum changed half way through with a telling trailing shot by the skip and South Oxford taking the lead and winning by five shots.

The fours (City and County Jody Flitter, Lorraine Gaskins, Helen Kingsley and Katherine Hawes) took the lead after four ends against Liz Clack, Pauline Bonfield, Gwen Johnson and Virginia Hulbert (South Oxford) and kept up the pressure with a final score of 31 shots to 12.

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.