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August, 2012:

Competition Entry Forms 2013

The competition entry forms for 2013 and the affiliation forms for all Bowls Oxfordshire clubs will be sent to club secretaries within the next couple of days.

Ladies County Finals Programme

The Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies County Finals will be held at Oxford City & Couny Bowls Club on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September at 10am (report 9:30am). Dress is Whites with Club Shirt.

Printable Schedule: Finals Schedule 2012

FRIDAY 31ST 10.00 AM (Due to extenuating circumstances for both players the Two Wood Singles is being played ahead of Finals Weekend)

J Gray (Oxford City & County) v M Cox (Banbury Central)


K Hawes (Oxford City & County) v S Amos (Banbury Central)

Gwen Steele Trophy Semi Final
E Gilkes (Watlington) v H Robinson (Shiplake)
C Soden (Watlington) v G Muir (Carterton)

U25 Singles
A Stone (Oxford City & County) v K Glenn (Oxford City & County)

Eileen Hopkins Unbadged Pairs Semi
S Wase/C Purnell (Banbury Chestnuts) v S Simpson/M Barnes (Witney Town)
M Dupreez/M Boynton (Thame) v L Price/W Rossiter (Headington)


C Galletly, H Young, S Amos, C Campion (Banbury Central) v
M Lewis, D Knight, G Gilkes, K Hawes (Oxford City & County)

Gwen Steele Trophy Final
Eileen Hopkins Unbadged Pairs Final


C Galletly/C Campion (Banbury Central) v K Hawes/D Knight (Oxford City & County)

C Galletly, S Amos, C Campion (Banbury Central) v
M Morris, C Walker, A Ives (Banbury Borough)

Men’s County Selection

The county team sheet for the Men’s county games between August 28th – September 11th 2012 is now available online: Selection No 6

Ladies County Match v Somerset

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played Somerset in a county match at Purnell BC, Paulton on Tuesday 14th July.

Oxon 135, Somerset 91.

Oxon skips first:
Barbara Pearce 20, S Wederell 13
Daphne Jacob 28, E Williams 13
Sylvia Rogers 23, M Gozna 10
Pauline Wilson 20, M Sutton 26
Sue Lacey 11, J Price 19
Jeanette Berry 33, T Bishop 10

Ladies MEL Table and Fixtures

The latest Ladies MEL Table and Fixtures can be found here: MEL Table and Fixtures.

League Week 14 (Final)

The Oxford & District Bowls League sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries report for week 14 (Final) can be found here: League Report 14 09/08/12 (Final).

League tables can be viewed here: League Tables

Press Releases

Campion’s challenge falters at final hurdle

Oxon’s fours are sent reeling

Shiplake sunk in battle to beat the drop

Headington secure title treble

Headington title push hit by Shiplake

Oxfordshire move to brink of crown

Trio land county honours

Semi-final agony for Banbury duo

Allison, Longford and Officers Cups

Peppard Bowls Club hosted this years Domestic Finals last Sunday and as well as a good bowling surface, provided hot sunny weather whilst much of Oxfordshire was yet again suffering with heavy rain showers.
In the mornings semi-finals, the Allison saw Banbury Central club mates Bob Joiner and Lee Wilkinson matched against each other in a tight game that saw them level at 12 all after 13 ends of play. A run of 6 shots over 3 ends gave Joiner a 5 shot cushion which he extended on the 19th end to move into the Final 21-15. In the other Allison semi, Watlington’s Will Soden quickly took control and steadily extended his lead against South Oxford’s Keith Mobley to take the game 21-10.

The Officers Cup brought fellow Bicester bowlers Allan Hall and Eddie Lamb against each other with Hall only conceding 6 shots over the 18 ends that were played. Witney rivals Brian Bloomfield from the Witney Town club and Kevin Alder from West Witney fought a 26 end nail biter. The Town man made a quick start and always had a 3 to 5 shot lead up to the 21st end when from 13-17 down, Alder produced 5 shots over two ends to move into the lead. Bloomfield responded with a 3 needing only one for the game, only for his opponent to tie the game on the next end before losing the final end to the Witney Town man.

Defending Longford Cup champion Sammy Timms from the Carterton club was up against South Oxford’s Richard Claridge in the first of the Longford semi final’s in another closely fought contest. From 6-1 up after 5 ends, the Carterton bowler went behind at the tenth and took another 9 ends before drawing level 13-13. A 4 on the 25 end brought Timms level at 19 all, but a two on the next end put Claridge through to the final. OBA Competition Secretary Ian Whelpton faced Oxford Sport’s Gary Watts in the remaining semi. From 6-8 down at 8 ends, the Banbury Central bowler gradually moved away in a tightly fought 23 end game winning 21-14.

The Allison Final produced a very tight contest with Joiner taking early control then Soden getting into his stride bringing the game level at 10 all after 10 ends. At 15-18 down, Soden won three of the next four ends to lead 20-19 and requiring the infamous 1 shot for victory. His Central opponent brought the scores level and followed it with the one required to pick up the silverware.

At 10-3 in the South Oxford bowlers favour after 8 ends, it looked as if Claridge was bringing Whelpton’s hopes of regaining the Longford Cup, which he won in 2010, to a quick end. However, 8 shots over the next 5 ends saw the Central bowler move into the lead by one shot before going behind again to a couple of Singles. A change of jack length produced a two and a brace of fours to give the Competition Secretary a 21-12 win.

The day was brought to a close with the Officers 28 end final between Hall and Bloomfield. After 13 ends of play it was all square at 8 each, then seven shots to three in Hall’s favour over the next five ends produced a 4 shot cushion which although his Witney Town opponent brought back to only one shot after 25 ends, was enough to keep the Bicester bowler in the lead before he closed the game down with three singles.

Report by Ian Whelpton

Leamington Update – Pairs, U31’s, Senior Pairs and Triples

Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) reached the semi final stages of the National Pairs unfortunately losing out to Kathryn Rednall and Margaret Insley from Felixstowe and Suffolk BC, Suffolk by a narrow 3 shot margin. The Banbury Central pair beat Derbyshire’s Jean Baker in the opening round 23 – 11 and then went on to beat a team from Bedfordshire 25 – 19. Meanwhile Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight (Oxford City and County) reached the last 16 stages but lost out to the eventual winners Sue Alexander and Ellen Faulkner.

The Under 31 Amy Rose Squad put out a fantastic team performance to lose to a strong Surrey side by only 3 shots in the quarter finals. The rink of Clare Soden, Jodie Flitter, Tara Alder and Helen Young defeated Kelly Jenkin’s rink 21 – 15 while Jazz Alder, Amy Stone, Emma Gilkes and Charlotte Jacob put up a good fight against Debbie Sarratt to lose 12 – 21.

Margaret Bullock and Daphne Jacob (Shiplake) unfortunately lost out in the first round of the 55 and overs pairs to Devon 28 – 10.

The Triples is well under way with Banbury Central trio Carole Galletly, Stella Amos and Caroline Campion through to the 3rd round today. In the opening round they beat a team from Hampshire 23 – 6 and in the 2nd round they defeated a Cumbria team by 4 shots. Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) triple lost out 22 – 12 to Pam Garden of Surrey.

HCL v Middlesex

Oxfordshire got back to winning ways in the Home Counties League against Middlesex on Saturday running out victors by 136 shots to 105 and taking nineteen points from the available twenty-two as they did so.

Following the defeat to Kent in the last outing, Oxon had to win to keep hopes of taking their second title in five years alive and a strong team, which featured Under 25s champion Sam Watts on his debut, travelled to West Ealing to face a Middx side also looking for a win to make the championship theirs.

On a tricky surface Oxon settled to the task in hand and across the board made it their mission to beat the green as well as their opposition. The early exchanges were close fought and at five ends Oxon led by a mere two shots. At ten the lead had extended to seven and that same margin also separated the teams at fifteen. It was during the last ends then that the Oxon players really dug in and made sure of the result.

Mark Sykes’ four took eight from the last nine ends to win by nine and Mike Petersen’s experienced rink, having dropped a six to go behind at thirteen, picked up twelve shots to one in the final run in to also win by nine.

Alan Ley was always involved in a tight game after being behind early on and narrowly missed out at the end by one shot only. Middx’s Andy Knott rode his luck at times to keep in touch with Mark Charlett who trailed the jack with his last wood for a win but had to settle for shared points when it carried a fraction too far.

The rink of Richard Redford led pretty much all the way to beat Paul Fuller by seven and Calvin Carpenter’s four, involved in a real tussle up to fifteen ends, grabbed the last six to also win by seven.

This was another great team effort by Oxfordshire in a game that could easily have gone the other way should concentration or standard of play have dropped. Oxon now face Bucks at Thame on 1st September in the final game of the campaign where a win will guarantee the title.

Oxon Skips First:

Richard Redford 24, Paul Fuller 17
Alan Ley 23, Ernie Rudston 24
Mike Petersen 26, Phil Sutcliffe 17
Mark Charlett 17, Andy Knott 17
Calvin Carpenter 22, Tony Waller 15
Mark Sykes 24, Bob Bass 15

Full Report: HCL Report – Middx 04/08/12