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June 10th, 2013:

Oxon U25’s team for 2 x 4s regional semi finals

Oxfordshire Under 25s travel to Iver Heath Bowls Club to face Sussex U25s in the National Double rink competition on Sunday 16th June 10am.

Team Selected:

Dean May (Headington)
Darren Wakeman (Carterton)
Dan Wakeman (Carterton)
Gary May (Headington)

Sam Watts (Watlington)
Lee Wilkinson (Banbury Central)
Shane Cooper (Carterton)
George Schwab (Banbury Central)

Reserves: (alphabetically) Orren Bennett (Chadlington), Ryan Full (Carterton)

Team Sheet: U25s WR Teamsheet v Sussex 160613

Oxon team to take on IOW in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire’s Middleton Cup campaign continues against the Isle of Wight on Saturday 15th June 1pm at Oxford City & County.

Team Sheet: MC v Isle of Wight 150613

Oxon rally to a 10 shot victory over the Island

Oxfordshire got away to a good start in this year’s Balcomb Trophy, the country’s most prestigious team competition for county bowlers, in Cowes yesterday. Featuring eight of the county’s top players in this double rink encounter, Oxon despatched the challenge of Bowls Isle of Wight on a very tricky Plessey green by 43-33 and, by virtue, now progress to the regional finals in a fortnight’s time.

It was by no means all plain sailing though as ‘The Island’ put up strong resistance on a surface that required total concentration and actually led at the halfway stage. It was very much a game of two halves for the rink of Alan Prew who had Keith Holloway, Nathan Lewis and Ian Snowdon with him, only picking up one of the first ten ends against England U25 star Travis Meller despite some good play.

On the eleventh end however a five for the Oxon four started to turn the tide against them followed, on the twelfth, by Snowdon living up to his ‘Potshot’ nickname as he brilliantly picked out Holloway’s toucher two yards out, playing it right on top of the ditched jack for a single to put Oxon one up overall. They then went on to take seven of the remaining ends to complete a great comeback and two shot victory.

Howard Watts once again proved why he cannot be overlooked for this competition, despite being unavailable for Middleton Cup, with some superb conversion and saving shots in his eight shot win against John Crews. That is not to take anything from his rink of Jon Philpott, Paul Sharman and Mark Sykes who led from the second end and played well throughout limiting their opponents to only eight from the twenty ends played.

All in all this was an excellent team performance with each player contributing all they had to achieve the win.

The regional finals will be at Halls BC, Dartford on Sunday 23rd June 2013.

Rink Scores: (Oxon Skips first)

Howard Watts 23 – John Crews 15
Alan Prew 20 – Travis Meller 18

Printable Report: Balcomb Trophy report 090613

League Week 5

The Oxford and District Bowls League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, was, for the first time this played in good conditions last Thursday.

In Division 1 Headington A closed the gap on close rivals Carterton and City and County as they gained maximum points at Witney Mills, whilst their rival were dropping points elsewhere. Shock of the night came in the match at Banbury Central where the club’s A side took four points from league leaders Carterton. Central’s young guns of Young, Wilkinson, Schwab and skip Will Campion took a shock 19-0 lead over Robert Clanfield’s rink. Whilst the latter pulled back to finish only thirteen shots down, the rot had spread to the adjoining rink where Gordon Walker’s team were to lose by 24 shots to John Tee’s group of more mature years! Over at West Witney, City and County’s A side were getting their, now customary, four and a half points. The next two weeks may prove crucial for the final league places of the season with Carterton having a bye and then hosting Headington A.

Division 2 could go to the wire. Whilst Witney Town are struggling at this level, the other teams are still closely bunched given that the leaders have their first byes of the season over the next two weeks. Thame had a good win, away to Kidlington, with Ron Slater’s twenty-three shot win tipping the result to them in what was an otherwise close match. Jim Bland’s seventeen shots margin formed the basis of Shiplake’s win over Bicester whilst Charlbury came out on top in a closely fought contest at South Oxford.

Watlington are starting to pull away from the rest in Division 3. The Gilkes family, Steve and Bob, both had resounding wins in their match against Woodstock and the club’s 101 shot total was one of two centuries in the league this week. Elsewhere the matches were closer affairs. Blackbird Leys’ Gordon Roper’s sixteen shot winning margin was not enough to stop his club losing to City and County, where the home club’s Chris Lewis and Nigel Satchell both recorded victories by ten shots or more. The final two matches were both close affairs with Chipping Norton defeating Headington B and Woodstock getting the best of things at Bloxham.

Division 4 saw the other century makers. Banbury Central’ s B team, with big wins on three rinks, especially John Bone’s squad who came out winners by twenty six shots, scoring 105 shots in their match at Oxford University Press. However, this result had little effect on the league table as Adderbury’s big win at South Oxford and Chadlingtons victory over West Oxford mean that these two now have a ten point gap over Hanborough in third place after their victory in the night’s closest match at Florence Park.

Printable Report: League Week 5
Rink Scores: Rink Scores
League Tables: League Tables