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July 16th, 2012:

Men’s County Selection

The county team sheet for the Men’s county games between July 25th – August 7th 2012 is now available online: Selection No 5

HCL v Kent

Once again Oxfordshire’s away fixture against Kent in the Home Counties League saw the County line without it’s full compliment of Middleton Cup players, with only two leads and one skip rom the current team available.

Even so, on a green that had standing water on many of the rinks only half an hour before the start and the game which was looking likely to be cancelled, the team put up a strong fight only losing on two rinks, drawing three of the others and winning comfortably on the rink skipped by Middleton Cup member Calvin Carpenter, who along with fellow MC team mate AJ Docherty and the Witneys Mills pairing of Steve Witcombe and Richard Barnet took the highest winning rink with a 26-15 scoreline.

The rinks of Rob Pink, Len Lacey, Paul Comley, Alan Ley and Brian Bloomfield, Ron Slater ,Steve Jones and Mike Petersen both recorded 19-19 draws whilst Simon Hastings, Nigel Galletly, Chris Weller and John Hardie went one better drawing 20-20.

Richard Green, Les Days (playing his first ever game for the County), Andy MacIntyre and Kevin Alder were level at 11 all after twelve ends but then conceded 12 shots over 5 ends without reply, finally losing 13-27.

Oxfordshire other rink of Steve Tolhurst, Richard Jackson, Junior Deputy President Mike Andrew and Chris Earl only won 7 ends in their 11-30 defeat.

The final scoreline was Kent 130 Oxfordshire 108, Kent 17 points Oxfordshire 5.

With Middlesex beating Berkshire 18-4 they move into 1st place with 65 points, followed by Kent on 63 and Oxfordshire third on 55.
The only other game on Saturday between Buckinghamshire and Sussex was washed out, each team sharing the points 11 each.

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