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August, 2013:

Headington claim Hawker Cup victory

Hawker Cup Winners

Headington’s Howard Watts’ final bowl in Sunday’s Hawker Cup gripping final, snatched the trophy from the grasp of a shell shocked Banbury Borough team.

In a game that saw the sides level at 5 ends, Borough one up at 10, three in the lead at 15 and 41-39 in front with one end to play on each rink, the fates took a dramatic swing in Headington’s favour.

Calvin Carpenter playing the last bowl of the match on his rink was unlucky to see the moved the jack only to see it slice off his shot wood and settle to give his opponents one shot which left Headington’s other rink requiring two shots to win the match instead of four.

Alan Manger ran the jack into the ditch with his second bowl which stayed on the green for shot and it was now down to who could get shot or second bowl. It was Watts with the last bowl of the game, who succeeded in drawing second wood, to pick up the trophy with a 42-41 scoreline.

The third and fourth place play off saw the Watlington eight hold on for a 41-37 win against Carterton after picking up only one shot to their opponents 13 over the last four ends on each rink.

Semi-final scores:

Banbury Borough v Carterton
Keith Holloway, John Brooks, Richard Redford, Mark Sykes 26. Steve Tolhurst, John Hicks, Andy Martin, Alan Prew 6.
AJ Docherty, David Boneham, Geoff Gray, Clavin Carpenter 22, Darren Wakeman, Dan Wakeman, Shane Cooper, David Clanfield 23.

Watlington v Headington
Mark Plested, Will Soden, Gordon Hooker, Bob Gilkes 15. Dean May, Alan Manger, Gary May, Howard Watts 22.
Sam Watts, David Auger, Chris Gilkes, Steve Gilkes 15. Nick Rae-Welsh, Remy Clanfield, Nathan Lewis, Howard Watt 31.

Simon Hastings replaced Nick Rae-Welsh in Headington’s final team whilst Alan Prew and Andy Martin changes positions in the in Carterton’s third/fourth place play off.

Final scores, Calvin Carpenter 15, Ian Snowdon 23. Mark Sykes 26, Howard Watts 19.
Third and fourth place play off, Steve Gilkes 28, Andy Martin 14. Bob Gilkes 13 David Clanfield 23.

Oxford City & County ladies bid for top club title

Oxford City and County Ladies are hoping to regain their 2008 national top club title after beating Didcot by 3 shots to claim a place in the National Top Club quarter finals in September.

In the singles Myra Lewis faced Berkshire County Singles finalist Jane Porter. Lewis battled to keep the game close eventually losing out by only 5 shots.

The fours saw Margaret Stacey, Maggie Alderson, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes also involved in a close fought battle against Berkshire skip Joyce Evans with City & County managing to break away to claim a 6 shot victory.

The City & County duo of Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson struggled early on finding themselves 11 shots adrift against Sally Gilbert and Lyn Orlando after 20 ends but a welcomed 4 shots on the last end saw them only lose by 7 shots giving Oxfordshire a chance to claim the triples for enough shots to claim a victory.

The Oxfordshire trio of Sue Mayo, Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry were involved in a low scoring game against Jane Murphy’s triple. The score was only 3 shots in favour to City & County after 14 ends but City and County rallied to score 7 shots with no reply leaving City & County 4 shots up with 1 end to go. Berry’s team kept the score to drop only 1 shot to secure their place in the national quarter finals.

Oxford City and County will now play either Dukeries BC or Swinton BC in the national quarter finals held at Leamington Spa on Saturday 14th September at 10:30am.


Oxford City & County 71, Didcot 68

Singles: M Lewis 16, J Porter 21
Pairs: C Penson 15, L Orlando 22
Triples: J Berry 16, J Murphy 7
Fours: K Hawes 24, J Evans 18

Oxon Ladies lose to Hampshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost by 48 shots to Hampshire in a county friendly played at Oakley BC, Hampshire on 21st August.

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies are currently 3rd in the Middle England League with one game to play against Cambridgeshire on Thursday. Nottingham who are currently in 4th place have two games in hand: 2013 MEL League Table

Oxfordshire 83, Hampshire 131.

Oxon skips first:
Sue Gokgor 9, A Flint 21
Daphne Jacob 10, K Kerley 22
Pauline Wilson 17, M Sadler 20 (Pauline after damaging her back substituted by Ann Hathaway)
Angela Ives 10, M Holden 23
Jeanette Berry 21, B Plumpton 24
Carol Morgan 16, J Mcauland 21

Around the greens by the Oxford Mail

Evergreen Franklin’s set to chalk up 50 years for Oxon
Watlington veteran Henry Franklin will make what is believed to be Oxfordshire history by becoming the first bowler to play over a 50-year period for the county when he lines up against Buckinghamshire at Thame on Tuesday, writes RUSSELL SMITH.

South Oxford foiled in final
A South Oxford team finished runners-up to Aylesbury in the final of the Thame Triples Trophy.

Oxon ladies beaten by Somerset
Oxfordshire Ladies were defeated 129-100 by Somerset in a friendly at Witney Town.

Docherty and Carpenter fall in last 16
Banbury Borough’s AJ Docherty and Calvin Carpenter reached the last 16 of the National Pairs Championship at Worthing before bowing out 26-19 to Chris Daniels and Michael Hutley (Boscombe Cliff, Hampshire).

Knight’s full house of Oxfordshire titles
Oxford City & County’s Donna Knight completed a full set of Oxfordshire ladies’ titles with a 21-9 win over Banbury Central’s Caroline Campion in the singles final.

Ladies County Finals

Singles Winner 2013Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) won the County Singles for the first time on Saturday beating Caroline Campion by 12 shots in the final played at Oxford City & County. This completed her full set of County Championships.

Pairs WInners 2013Knight then partnered Katherine Hawes to win the pairs title. The duo played Gill Lambourne and Sheila Hessey (Oxford University Press) in the final in a close fought match. Knight and Hawes were never able to break free but managed to cross the finish line winning by 4 shots. 2wood Singles Winner 2013

Knight could not manage to make it three titles when she faced Carol Gaskins in the 2 Wood Singles final. Gaskins played an outstanding game of bowls to take the title by 4 shots.

Triples Winners 2013Campion fared better in the triples when she teamed up with Carole Galletly and Stella Amos to play Banbury Borough’s Margaret Morris, Angela Ives and Maureen Osbourne. The game was very close throughout with Campion’s triple winning by 5.

County Fours Winners 2013The County Fours title was won by Mox Cox, Gill Hunt, Sue Waring and Anne Norton (Banbury Central). They faced club colleagues Melody Sykes, Annie Gilkes, Pam Shepherd and Brenda Havard who were leading most of the way through the match. In a dramatic ending, Norton picked up the shots they needed to take it to an extra end where they managed to pick up the shot they needed.

U25 Singles Winner 2013Amy Stone (Oxford City & County) won the Under 25 singles for a second year in a row by beating her Under 25’s team mate, Katie Glenn by 3 shots.

Officers Cup Winners 2013Officers Plate Winner 2013The Officers Cup which was played in a 2 Wood singles format was closely contested by Jeanette Berry and Maggie Alderson both from Oxford City & County which saw Berry win by just 1 shot. The Officers Plate was won by Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) by 3 shots against Lettie Batten.

Unbadged Pairs Winners 2013The Unbadged pairs was won for the second consecutive year by Margaret Boynton and Marthie Du Preez from Thame. They beat Diana Rockett and Cole Mobley also from Thame.

Unbadged Singles Winner 2013The Unbadged Singles final saw Melody Sykes (Banbury Central) race to a 19 – 14 lead over Jenny Banton (Headington). Banton managed to find her form to score the 7 shots she needed to win.

Singles: D Knight (Oxford City & County) bt C Campion (Banbury Central) 21 – 9.
Two Wood Singles: C Gaskins (Oxford City & County) bt D Knight (Oxford City & County) 16 – 12.
Pairs: K Hawes & D Knight (Oxford City & County) bt S Hessey & G Lambourne (Oxford University Press) 21 – 17.
Triples: C Galletly, S Amos & C Campion (Banbury Central) bt M Morris, A Ives & M Osbourne (Banbury Borough) 23 – 18.
Fours: M Cox, G Hunt, S Waring & A Norton (Banbury Central) bt M Sykes, A Gilkes, P Shepherd & B Havard (Banbury Central) 20 – 18.
U25 Singles A Stone (Oxford City & County) bt Katie Glenn (Oxford City & County) 21 – 18.
Unbadged Singles J Banton (Headington) bt M Sykes (Banbury Central) 21 – 19.
Unbadged Pairs M Boynton & M Du Preez (Thame) bt D Rockett & C Mobley (Thame).
Officers Cup J Berry (Oxford City & County) bt M Alderson (Oxford City & County) 15 – 14.
Officers Plate M Morris (Banbury Borough) bt Lettie Batten 16- 13.

Around the greens from the Oxford Mail

Borough four bundled out in Worthing drama
A Banbury Borough team went down 20-19 to a Suffolk side in the National Fours Championship second round at Worthing.

Oxfordshire post clean sweep
Oxfordshire won on all six rinks to cruise to a 146-79 success over City & County of Bristol in a friendly at Ardagh BC, Bristol.

Banbury Central trio finish national runners-up
Banbury Central’s Carole Galletly, Stella Amos and Caroline Campion shone to claim runners-up spot in the National Triples Championship at Royal Leamington Spa.

Oxon Ladies pipped at final hurdle in Walker Cup agony
Oxfordshire Ladies suffered an agonising 40-37 defeat by Durham in the Walker Cup national double rink final at Royal Leamington Spa.

Triples at Thame
Twelve teams will battle it out in the Thame Triples finals on Sunday.

Super Central are crowned champs

Banbury Central A clinched their first Division 1 title in the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, for four years with a 5-1 home win over Witney Mills.

Super Chipping Norton are on the up
Chipping Norton clinched promotion to Division 2 with a 5-1 win at Bloxham in the final match of the Oxford & District League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries.

Oxon ladies lose to Somerset

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies lost in a county friendly against Somerset on Tuesday 13 August at Witney Town.

A loss of 29 shots, Oxfordshire Ladies 100, Somerset 129.

Oxon Skips first:
Jeanette Berry 6, S Nicolls 25
Wendy Cross 18, J Price 28
Pauline Wilson 22, M Nodding 14
C Morgan 8, S Wederall 28
Stella Amos 28, R Hellens 16
Anne Norton 18, M Southey 18

National Championships: Worthing guide

The national championships have moved onto Worthing for the next two weeks for the men’s and mixed nationals. Here is a guide to when Oxfordshire are in action.

Wednesday 14th August 2:30pm

Rink D1: Jon Philpott, Shaun Claridge & Ian Snowdon v Richard White, Ian Clarke & Gary Morris (Lincolnshire)

Thursday 15th August 9:30am

Rink D5: John Nicholls, Jason King & Mark Charlett v Harry Hovenden, Doug Rumble & Martin Puckett (Dorset)

Sunday 18th August 2:30pm

Rink C2: Andrew Docherty & Calvin Carpenter v Andrew Owens & Stephen Davies (Somerset)

Monday 19th August 9:30am

Rink A6: Shaun Claridge & Mark Charlett v Middlesex/Herefordshire

Tuesday 20th August


Rink B3: Katherine Hawes, Jackie Harrington, Nathan Lewis & Howard Watts v Jenny Hayson, Marjorie Cole, Josh Grant & John Wilson (Surrey)

Rink D2: Andrew Docherty & Calvin Carpenter v Chris Daniels & Michael Hutley (Hampshire)


Rink E5: Gary May v Nigel Roberts (Suffolk)


Rink B4: Mark Sykes v Hertforshire/Devon

Wednesday 21st August 2:30pm

Rink B5: Richard Redford v John Atrill (IOW)

Thursday 22nd August 9:30am

Rink D3: Paul Comley v Chris Lewas (Northumberland)

Final League Report

The Oxford and District Bowls League, sponsored by Yarnton Nurseries, has proved one of the tightest and most compelling for years and the final week of fixtures maintained the excitement, right to the wire in some cases.

However, Division 1 actually went on form and Banbury Central A had an, eventually, comfortable five points to one victory over Witney Mills, despite a scare on two rinks at nineteen ends, and confirmed that this year the title is theirs. City and County A beat Banbury Chestnuts to maintain their second place whilst Headington A defeated Carterton in a much closer match to finish in third place.

Division 2 was as close as it has been for the whole season. At the start of play, South Oxford A knew that if they matched Shiplake and Thame’s results the title would be theirs! However, their 4 – 2 win at Witney Mills was not as good as Shiplake’s 5 – 1 defeat of Bicester and the title went to Shiplake. South Oxford now had to wait on the result of the the Thame/Charlbury match as a 6 – 0 victory for Thame would see them finish second and gain promotion – fortunately for South Oxford, and unfortunately for Thame, the result was only 5 – 1 and the Oxford side get promotion by half a point.

However close division 2 was, Division 3 was even closer and more exciting. At the start of the evening, Watlington and Headington B were in first and second place but they were playing each other. A draw would promote both, as long as Chipping Norton failed to beat local rivals Bloxham by six points to nil.

The match at Watlington went to a measure on the last end of the rink between Steve Gilkes and Martin Kershaw. If the shot went to Watlington they would be champions and Chipping Norton would finish second and play in division 2 next season, if it went to Headington it would give them promotion. By millimetres, the shot went to … Watlington.

The match at Bloxham could now have no influence on the top of the division but a big win for the home club would see them remain in the division, at the expense of Blackbird Leys, who were losing to The Oxford Bowls Club. However, Chipping Norton’s 5 -1 victory doomed Bloxham to division 4.

Division 4 was pretty clear cut before the final matches, as only a big win for Chadlington and an equivalent defeat for Banbury Central B could make any change, but neither happened so Banbury Central B will play in division 3 next season.

However, it was a night for the underdogs here with congratulations going to South Oxford B who ended their twenty plus match losing run with a victory over Florence Park.

So the role of honour for the 2013 is:

Division 1
Champions: Banbury Central A
Relegated: West Witney and Banbury Chestnuts

Division 2
Champions: Shiplake
Also promoted: South Oxford A
Relegated: Kidlington and Witney Town

Division 3

Champions: Watlington
Also promoted: Chipping Norton
Relegated: Bloxham and Woodstock

Division 4
Champions: Adderbury
Also promoted: Banbury Central B

Finally, I cannot let the season close without mentioning the achievement of the Banbury Central A rink skipped by John Tee who achieved a clean sweep – twelve matches, twelve wins; has this been achieved before? If you know of another please let me know.

Let’s hope 2014 is as close!

Men’s County Selection

The county games from August 31st – September 17th have now been selected: Selection No 6 for Games Aug 31 – Sep 17 2013