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September, 2012:

OBA Champion of Champions

Banbury Central’s Graham Morbey is the 2012 OBA Champion of Champions winning the final 21-16 against West Witney’s Kevin Alder in ever increasing wet conditions.

As in his semi final, the Banbury man took an early lead, 9-2 after six ends and 14-7 at ten before Alder took moved into a 16-15 lead after 15 only for Morbey to hit back with a 4 and 2 to take the title.

In his semi-final, Morbey’s his Woodstock opponent, Brian Clarke, draw level from 4-13 down before finally losing 18-21 after 25 ends of play.
The second semi saw Alder hold on for a 21-16 win against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway after having been 13-5 and 18-9 in front.

This brings the bowling season to a close, and County President, David Allin looks forward to presenting all finalists of all the County competitions with their trophy and individual prizes at the Annual Luncheon on October 27th at The Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston.

Everyone is welcome. Book through your club or get details from the County Treasurer, Allan Hunt.

Report by Ian Whelpton.

OBA Champion of Champions

The 2012 Champion of Champions take place this coming Saturday & Sunday at Oxford City & County BC.

Players must register by 9.30am on Saturday morning at which time the draw will take place. A reminder to contestants that playing dress is Club shirt or white shirt & club tie, White Trousers, White shoes & socks. Club stickers on all woods.

Details on page 85 of 2012 County Yearbook

Clubs that have entered are:
Banbury Borough
Banbury Central
Banbury Chestnuts
Blackbird Leys
Burford Town
Chipping Norton
Florence Park
Middle Barton
Ox. City & County
The Oxford Sports
Oxford Univ.Press
Shiplake Village
South Oxford
West Oxford
West Witney
Witney Mills
Witney Town

Home Counties Bowls Association – Championships

The Home Counties Bowls Association Championships were played at Croydon BC on Sunday 16th September 2012.

In the Pairs semi-final, John Philpott & Ian Snowdon (Headington BC) lost a tight game against Rob Ryan & Nick Skidmore (West EalingBC – Middlesex), picking up 5 unanswered shots over the last three ends before losing 18-19. Berkshire’s Steve Fraser and Peter van de Mortel from the Kingston Bagpuize & Southmoor BC won the other Pairs semi with the same 19-18 scoreline against the Buckinghamshire pairing of Steve Jackson and Bob Doddington from the Iver Heath club. The Final produced another nail biter with Ryan and Skidmore finally taking the championship after killing the last end 17-19 down, then picking up a 3 on the replayed end to win 20-19.

Headington’s trio of Colin Whitehead, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts never recovered from a hammer blow at the start of the second half of their game against Kent’s Bromley triple of David King, Michael Goord and Christopher Smith, who moved into a 12-6 lead with a 6 on the tenth end before closing the game off at 21-12 after 17 ends. Buckinghamshire moved to a final slot with a resounding 22-7 win by Bletchley Town’s David Labrum, Malcolm Drage and Gerry Smyth over Berkshire’s David Howe, Steve Ford and Paul Cadman from the Suttons club. In the Final, Bromley just held on to win 15-14 after dropping 8 shots over the last four ends.

Banbury Borough’s rink of Andrew Buttress, George Moon, Greg Moon and Mark Sykes led from the sixth to the 18th end of their match against the Milton Regis, Kent four of Sean Coyle, Lee Shoobridge, Mark Johnson and Paul Barnicott before losing the last three ends and going out 14-19.
The second Fours semi saw the Berkshire’s, Thatcham rink of Andy Piper, John Walker, Trevor Broad and Neil Haines move into the final with a w/o after their Middlesex opponents failed to show. In the final, Barnicott’s rink took control after six ends and closed the game off with a 6 on the 18th for a 24-8 success.

Oxfordshire’s remaining participant, Watlington’s Sam Watts, started his Under 25 singles in the semi-final round against host club bowler Josh Grant and after 15 ends had moved into a 13-9 lead on the back of a 2,3,3 run of scores. Nine ends later Oxfordshire’s U25 champion stood one shot away from victory with a 20-14 lead only to see his hopes dashed when his Surrey opponent put together a 3 & 4 to snatch a 21-20 win to move into the final against Middlesex’ Ashley Tanner from the Ashford club, who had a comfortable 21-11 win against James Efde from the Iver Heath club. The Final produced a reverse score line for the Middlesex man as Grant collected 12 shots over 6 ends on his way to a 21-11 win.

In the Singles, which Oxfordshire did not contest, Surrey’s Ron Southwood from the Temple club took the title with a 21-16 over the HCBA 2010 Under 25 Champion, Chris Cleaver (North London BC – Middlesex). In his semi-final, 10 shots over the last 5 ends gave Southwood a 21-17 win against Kent’s Tom Stewart from the Gravesend R.F.C. Club. Cleaver had reached the final after a 21-13 quarter final win against Berkshire’s David Miles (Thatcham BC) and a 21-15 semi-final victory over Buckinghamshire’s David Ross from the Gerrard’s Cross club.

Oxfordshire however, did end the day on a high when County President, David Allin collected the Leonard Denny Cup for Oxfordshire’s success in winning the Home Counties League Championship.

Report by Ian Whelpton

Under 25’s Top Club

The Oxfordshire Under 25s will compete in the Four County ‘Top 11’ Competition (Top Club format) on Sunday 9th September 2012 10.00am at South Oxford Bowling Club.

Printable Team Sheet: U25s Top 11 Teamsheet

Team Selected:

Two Wood Singles: Darren Wakeman

Four wood Singles: George Schwab

Pairs: L. Dean May S. Gary May

Triples: L. Sam Watts 2. Chris Gilkes S. Shane Cooper

Fours: L. Orren Bennet 2. Ryan Full 3. Lee Wilkinson S. Dan Wakeman

Reserves: Sam White, Jamie Wilkinson

HCL v Bucks

Oxfordshire rounded off the Home Counties League campaign in style with a resounding victory over Buckinghamshire at Thame on Saturday to become champions for the first time since 2008.

The team took the green needing six points to be sure of the title but set about the opposition from the off meaning that the victory was never seriously in doubt after five ends.

Baden Sparkes’ four of Mick Nash, Andy McIntyre and Will Campion set the tone for the afternoon, picking up a hot shot on the first end and eventually running out winners by eighteen shots.

The experienced rink of Brian Bloomfield, Paul Comley, John Hardie and Calvin Carpenter went about their business quietly and efficiently and ran up the highest score of the day with a 42-5 winning margin while Middleton Cup captain Alan Prew, with clubmate Andy Martin and Under25s stars George Schwab and Sam Watts, pushed all the way and at one point were tied for highest winning rink. In end they had to settle for a highly creditable twenty-five shot victory over Ian Harvey.

Mike Petersen and his rink of Gordon Roper, Gordon Hooker and Jim Bland always led against very experienced opposition but had to battle all the way for their six shot win while Alan Ley’s rink played well enough for a comfortable victory however the back end against them managed prime results with sometimes speculative bowls throughout meaning a hard fought draw for the City & County four.

Barry Lambourne was accompanied by President David Allin, past president Ian Whelpton and Thame’s own Adrian Kemish and was involved in a tight game from start to finish. Three down into the last end and two points beckoned for Bucks however with his first wood Lambourne trailed the jack to waiting Oxon bowls. A measure made it four to the home side, another rink win, a 162 – 87 shot (21pts to 1) victory and the league title to boot.

This rounded off a good year for Oxfordshire teams and in particular the Home Counties League. Well done to all that played and thanks to all those who supported.

Oxon 162 – Bucks 72
21 – 1

Rinks Scores:

Mike Petersen 21, Brett Long 15
Calvin Carpenter 42, Alan Anderson 5
Baden Sparkes 31, Pat Deakin 13
Alan Ley 17, Keith Stratfull 17
Alan Prew 33, Ian Harvey 8
Barry Lambourne 18, Bob Doddington 17

Full Report: HCL Report 01/09/12

Ladies MEL game v Cambridgeshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Cambridgeshire in the MEL League at Irchester BC on Thursday 30 August in changeable weather, including a very heavy rainstorm.

Oxon 13 points, Cambs 4. Revised to 14 – 3 after Cambs realised they had fielded four Johns players in one rink.

Oxon skips first:
Sylvia Rogers 18, V Hughes 13
Barbara Pearce 23, E Hollingsworth 18
Jeanette Berry 21, S Alexander 23
Stella Amos 24, D Miller 18
Wendy Cross 24, D Smith 20
Daphne Jacob 20, M Osborne 22

MEL Table: MEL Table and Fixtures

Ladies County Finals Day 2

Ladies County Pairs Finalists 2012Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) denied Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight (Oxford City and County) their third pairs title in a row by beating them 25 – 10 in the final to become the 2012 champions.

Ladies Triples Finalists 2012Carole and Caroline then teamed up with Stella Amos to defeat a Banbury Borough trio of Margaret Morris, Carol Walker and Angie Ives 25 – 5.

Ladies County Finals Day 1

County Singles Finalists 2012 Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) notched up a record 12th County Singles title today beating Irene Molyneux’s previous record of 11 times champion. In a close fought battle with Banbury Central’s Stella Amos, Katherine won 21 – 18.

County Fours Finalists 2012Stella’s fortunes were reversed in the fours when she teamed up with her daughter Caroline Campion, grandaughter Helen Young and Carole Galletly against Katherine’s four of Myra Lewis, Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes. The Banbury Central four led throughout the game, eventually winning 25 – 17.

U25 Singles Winner 2012In the Under 25 singles final Amy Stone and Katie Glenn both from Oxford City and County competed for the title with Amy winning 21 – 5. Two Under 25 bowlers Emma Gilkes and Clare Soden, both from Watlington, were also in action in the Unbadged Singles semi finals. Helen Robinson (Shiplake) beat Emma 21 – 9 and Gill Muir (Carterton) beat Clare 21 – 14.

Unbadged Singles Finalists 2012In the Unbadged Singles Final Helen Robinson was crowned the champion beating Gill 21 – 12. The Unbadged Pairs champions were Martine Du Preez and Margaret Boyton from Thame who beat Chris Purnell and Sylvia Wase from Banbury Chestnuts 20 – 19.

Unbadged Pairs Finalists 2012

The Two Wood Singles was played the previous day and was won by Mo Cox from Banbury Central beating Oxford City and County’s Jacky Gray 18 – 11.

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