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May, 2013:

Amended Middleton Cup Team

The Middleton Cup team to face Middlesex on 1st June at Bush Hill Park BC has been amended. Gordon Walker replaces Barry Lambourne who is now unavailable due to injury.

Amended Team: MC v Middlesex 01/06/13

Bowls Oxon ladies lose out to Wiltshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost out to Wiltshire by 26 shots in a county game played at Stratton Churchway BC on Wednesday.

Oxfordshire 107 – Wiltshire 133

Rinks Scores: (Oxon skips first)
Angela Ives 9, B Salter 22
Sylvia Rogers 20, W Anderson 18
Jeanette Berry 19, M Annetts 19
Pat Ostler 22, F Mace 15
Wendy Cross 12, J Willis 34
Carol Penson 25, M Woolley 25

Around the greens from Oxford Mail

National finals for Knight and Campion

Champs Oxon suffer opening defeat

Clanfield gets county recall

Under 25s triumph

City and County at the double to sink Carterton

Bowls day boost for charity

Jon Philpott by Oxford Mail

Middleton Cup v Middlesex – Sat 1st June 2013

Oxfordshire will face Middlesex in the Middleton Cup on Saturday 1st June at Bush Hill Park BC.

Selection for Middleton Cup v Middlesex Sat 1st June 2013

League Week 3

Like many hundreds of bowlers who spent the winter bowling in dry, indoor bowling venues, my dream, at the time, was one of going outside to bowl, feeling the sun and the warm breezes that make British summers so enjoyable. Please can I go back indoors!

Thursday 23rd May yet again proved uncomfortable for bowlers and bowling in general. Heavy rain plus a strong, cold wind meant that everyone struggled to play, let alone play well, in the current round of fixtures in the Oxford and District Bowls League, sponsored by Yarton Nurseries. Congratulations to all those who completed their matches, only one being curtailed at fifteen ends due to heavy rain at the wrong time.

In Division 1, City and County, in only their second match of the season, again showed they may well be the team to wrest the title from Headington this year. In a very close match with Carterton they sneaked wins on two rinks and tied a third to take the match points and a 4.5 – 1.5 point victory. In other matches, Banbury Central A took the honours from West Witney thanks to a big win for Will Campion’s rink, whilst Witney Mills overcame Banbury Chestnuts in a match of big rink wins and losses for both sides.

The matches in Division 2 were more clear cut this week with comprehensive wins for Kidlington and South Oxford A both having big wins on more than one rink, whilst the match at Charlbury was much closer with the visitors, Thame, eventually leaving with the honours.

Division 3 was notable for sizeable rink victories as much as overall club results. Most impressive of the night was Nigel Satchell’s 24 shot victory for City and County B. Unfortunately for his club, Bob Gilkes’s plus 20 and Gordon Hooker’s plus 15 rink wins snatched the points for Watlington in the match. Ron Collett’s 18 shot win proved the backbone of Woodstock’s defeat of Blackbird Leys whilst Keith Field was 16 shots ahead when the match at Chippy Norton was curtailed due to rain. In the final match in this division, Headington B gained their first victory of the season at Bloxham, a result that leaves both clubs propping up the division at the early stage in the season.

Division 4 saw comfortable wins for all four home sides. Pride of place goes to Adderbury’s century in their 102 – 48 defeat of Oxford University Press. In the same match, Julian Dancer’s rinks 26 shot victory margin proved the biggest of the night in any division. The other three matches all saw six nil victories for the home club with good performances by Colin Hayley (29 -11) for Hanborough and Pete Madeley (30 -14) for Chadlington; both adding the icing on their club’s cake. Pete was able assisted by fifteen year old Orren Bennett; who said bowls is an old man’s game?

Report by Bob Joiner

League Tables

League Reports

Division 1

Banbury Central A 83(4) West Witney 61(2)
I Whelpton 15, P Skidmore 18; J McGough 16, H Hitchcox 17; J Tee 22, K Alder 16; W Campion 30, H Williams 10;
Carterton 75(1.5) City and County A 79(4.5)
T Warner 22, M Hancock 25; G Walker 18, C Earl 20; A Martin 17, A Ley 16; R Clanfield 18, R Gaskins 18;
Witney Mills 76(4) Banbury Chestnuts 65(2)
R Barnett 27, M Cooper 5; J Mott 21, B Ray 23; M East 21, D Munslow 14; A Wiggins 7, A Northcote 23;

Division 2

Charlbury 69(1) Thame 75(5)
M Fraser 17, L Lewis 19; N Siford 20, A Twinn 24; D Dix 20, J Timms 13; D Cooper 12, R Slater 19;
Kidlington 98(6) Witney Town 55(0)
M Brain 26, T Ludlow 16; C Cox 25, B Smith 10; J Hardie 26, M Jones 13; J O’Shea 21, B Bloomfield 16;
South Oxford A 79(4.5) Bicester 52(1.5)
G Young 24, P Hooley 8; K Mobley 24, K Taylor 11; R Claridge 14, A Hall 14; H Payne 17, M Workman 19;

Division 3

Woodstock 87(4) Blackbird Leys 74(2)
R Wright 17, R Brain 21; R Collett 32, J Baldwin 13; D Coleman 18, M Major 21; J Stone 20, D Buckwell 19;
City and County B 77(2) Watlington 81(4)
G Gray 10, B Gilkes 30; C Lewis 12, G Hooker 27; G Kerr 21, S Gilkes 14; N Satchell 34, H Franklin 10;
Bloxham 80(1.5) Headington B 98(4.5)
J Lucas 19, M Kershaw 31; T McKenna 19, A Peters 26; D Morse 23, S Gould 22; T Gardner 19, R Edwards 19;
Chipping Norton 68(5) The Oxford Bowls Club 41(1)
S Davis 17, L Vaughan 10; D Barnes 15, P Ilott 19; K Field 21, G Watts 5; P Rathbone 15, M Bracewell 7;

Division 4

Adderbury 102(5.5) Oxford University Press 48(.5)
C Skidmore 30, K Brown 12; T Ely 25, R Cann 15; J Dancer 31, P Cornish 5; P Gladden 16, P Tweddle 16;
Chadlington 90(6) Banbury Central B 56(0)
P Rathbone 17, B Collins 13; C Smart 19, R Wilkins 18; P Madeley 30, J Pardoe 14; R Arthur 24, G Gerry 11;
Hanborough 98(6) South Oxford B 51.5(0)
P Warner 23, P Woodville 11; G Haynes 23, B Edmondson 7.5; K Williams 23, T Hookman 22; C Hayley 29, M Freeman 11;
West Oxford 67(6) Florence Park 45(0)
B Murphy 22, P Booth 11; M Alderson 16, I Gray 15;
Chipping Norton 68(5) The Oxford Bowls Club 41(1)
F Buck 14, M Gray 10; P Moffat 15, A Thomas 9;

Men’s County Selection

The men’s county games between the 23rd June and 3rd July have now been selected: Selection No 3 for games June 23 – July 2 2013

U25’s claim double win over Berks

Oxfordshire Under 25s did the double over neighbours and close rivals Berkshire with a win in the White Rose double rink at Thatcham to back up the win in the Junior Home Counties League of two weeks ago.

The four of Dean May, Darren Wakeman, Dan Wakeman and skip Gary May got off to a great start winning eight of the first ten ends to open up a 15-2 lead over BJ Byles. Skip George Schwab with Shane Cooper, Chris Gilkes and Sam Watts were slower out of the blocks but clawed their way back into the game from nil eight down at three ends to finish up just two behind David Miles’ four at 19-21. May’s rink continued to dominate their opposition eventually running out sixteen shots to the good at 24-8.

Although never headed in the game Oxon had to be mindful that a big score from Berks could have changed the whole complexion of the game and it is to every player’s credit that concentration never wavered with some great bowls from all of them to secure the win by 43-29.

Oxon now qualify for the regional finals at Iver Heath on 16th June with a place at Worthing the prize.

Printable version: White Rose Match Report v Berks

Home Counties League v Surrey

Oxfordshire began their defence of the Home Counties League at South Oxford BC on Saturday and ended up losers to Surrey by four shots and a 6-16 points margin.

Oxon, with Chris Gilkes and Paul Skidmore making their first appearances in the competition, started brightly enough and at five ends led by eleven shots. Mark Charlett’s rink of Mick Nash, Remy Clanfield and John Hardie always controlled their game and ended up twelve shot winners, Oxon’s highest.

By ten ends the lead had reduced to five but then a strong third quarter of a tight and very competitive game for the home side opened the margin once more to eleven. It was then that Surrey started pegging back shots across the board against even our more dominant rinks.

The fours of Paul Sharman and Mark Sykes, each containing the debutants, ended up winners however Alan Prew and his team couldn’t stem the tide against them dropping six consecutive ends to finish fourteen down.

Calvin Carpenter finished five adrift meaning that going into the last end of the game, played by Ian Snowdon’s four, we were one behind. A three dropped meant the result went Surrey’s way 104-108.

Next up in the competition is the away trip to Sussex on 23rd June which is now a must win game if Oxon are to have any real chance of retaining the title.

Printable version: HCL Report v Surrey

Middleton Cup and Balcomb Trophy Squads

The final squad has been selected to go forward into this year’s Middleton Cup campaign. The team to face Middlesex at Bush Hill Park on Saturday 1st June will be published in the next two days.

From that squad a further ‘mini squad’ has been selected from whom the Balcomb Trophy national county double rink team will be selected following the Middlesex game.

Printable Version: Middleton Cup and Balcomb Trophy Squads

The squads are listed below:

Middleton Cup Squad 2013

Banbury Borough

Calvin Carpenter
AJ Docherty
Keith Holloway
Richard Redford
Mark Sykes

Banbury Central

George Schwab
Lee Young


David Clanfield
Robbie Clanfield
Shane Cooper
Alan Prew
Andy Martin
Paul Sharman
Gordon Walker


Mark Charlett
Remy Clanfield
Shaun Claridge
Ian Henwood
Jason King
Nathan Lewis
Dean May
Gary May
Mick Nash
Jon Philpott
Ian Snowdon


John Hardie
Chris Weller

Oxford City & County

Mark Hancock
Mike Petersen

Shiplake Village

Barry Lambourne


Ade Kemish


Sam Watts

Balcomb Trophy Squad 2013

Calvin Carpenter
Mark Charlett
Shaun Claridge
AJ Docherty
Keith Holloway
Richard Redford
Nathan Lewis
Jon Philpott
Alan Prew
Paul Sharman
Ian Snowdon
Mark Sykes
Howard Watts

Campion and Knight through to Leamington in the ladies singles

National County Singles Qualifiers 2013Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) and Donna Knight (Oxford City and County) are through to the national championships at Leamington Spa in August after qualifying yesterday in the singles.

In the quarter finals played at Banbury Chestnuts, Campion and Knight both faced their club team mates. Campion played Carole Galletly and won 21 – 12 after a close fought game in which Campion broke away. Knight played last year’s champion and England International, Katherine Hawes, achieving a scoreline of 21 – 8.

In both semi finals, experience won out over youth. Campion was up against her daughter Helen Young who put up a brave fight but was unable to stop her Mum winning the game 21 – 8. Knight played another of the Under 31’s team, Clare Soden who wasn’t quite able to replicate the form that saw her reach this stage of the singles for the first time and lost out 21 – 10. No doubt both young players will take a great deal from the experience and will be back at this stage again in the future.

Quarter final results: Helen Young 21 – Lyn Smith 8. Donna Knight 21 – Katherine Hawes 8. Caroline Campion 21 – Carole Galletly 12. Clare Soden 21 – Gill Muir 9.
Semi final results: Caroline Campion 21 – Helen Young 8. Donna Knight 21 – Clare Soden 10.