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July 7th, 2012:

Every Cloud has a silver lining – Men’s Quarter Finals

Somehow, with floods throughout the country, the Men’s quarter finals reached their quarter finals conclusion at Thame on Friday evening, basked in sunshine.

Following on from Mondays Pairs at an overcast West Witney and Tuesday’s drenched Triples at Kidlington, Wednesday saw Banbury Central hosting the Fours, where the games started in bright sunshine only for rain to start around the third end and progressively worsen, nearly bringing the matches to a halt.

There comfortable wins for the Bicester rink of Rob pink, John Thompson, Martin Workman and skip Paul Hooley versus Paul Demczak, Noel Wharton,Steve Jones and Othman Sharif (Oxford City & County) 24-9, Carterton’s Sammy Timms, Tim Jupp, David Clanfield and Paul Sharman against club rivals Darren Wakeman, Shane Cooper, Dan Wakeman and Andrew Martin 24-11 and the Headington rink of John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Craig Nicoll, 27-13 conquerors of the Carterton four of Lee Young, Dave Abbott, Stuart Richens and Alan Prew.

The most exciting game of the evening was between local rivals from Banbury, Borough and Chestnuts. With only 4 ends left to play the Chestnuts rink of Ricky Marsden, John Duncan, Alan Wase and Brian Ray held a commanding 17-9 lead and looking a safe bet for the semi’s, then Mark Sykes rink of Andrew Buttress, George and Greg Moon hit back with consecutive 5’s to move two shots in front. Two singles on the last two ends from the Chestnuts forced the extra end, where unfortunately, their campaign came to a halt.

Friday’s singles looked to be a washout with the torrential rain around Oxfordshire, but Thame’s weatherman Bill Giles must have influence somewhere as the green only suffered from light rain during the day, and the singles quarter’s were played off in glorious evening sunshine. The green was in its usual superb condition which contributed to some excellent bowling.

Headington’s Gary May got off to a flier in his game against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre and kept the pressure on for a 21-9 win. Two of the games were all Banbury Borough affairs with Mark Sykes playing AJ Docherty and Keith Holloway against Greg Moon. After a quick start by Sykes, Docherty worked his way back to be level at 11-11 after thirteen ends but then only scored one more single before Sykes took the game 21-12.

The Holloway, Moon game produced some fine bowling and after 19 ends the score was tied at 16 each. Holloway then moved into the semi’s with 5 shots over the next two ends taking the game 21-16. The last of the singles quarters involved Shiplake’s Barry Lambourne and Carterton’s Alan Prew who ended the week where he started in the Pairs, with a win. Although delayed by traffic problems on the infamous A34, once on the green Prew soon kicked into gear and always held at least a four shot lead bon his way to a 21-8 victory.

Thanks are due to the greenskeeper at each of the four green’s that hosted the quarter’s. Their hard work in preparing such good greens helped to prevent a potentially disastrous week of important competitions.

Ladies MEL v Warwickshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies took on Warwickshire in a Middle England League game at Oxford City & County BC and needed a win to secure their place near the top of the table. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be and Oxfordshire were beaten by 28 shots and won on 2 rinks.

Oxon 99, Warwickshire 127.
5 points to 12.

Oxon skips first:
Diana Faulkner 13, E Chedgezoy 28
Jeanette Berry 17, M Parsons 16
Carol Penson 25, J Scott 16
Daphne Jacob 15, J Corn 21
Sylvia Rogers 10, M Tims 27