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September, 2013:

Mark Sykes takes the Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions 2013Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes brought the County competitions to a close adding the Champions of Champions title to the Two Wood singles he won in May which started the started the competition season off.

In Sunday’s entertaining final at Oxford City & County he overcame Watlington’s Gordon Hooker in a game much closer than the scoreline indicated. After losing the first four ends, Sykes picked up two fours in the next three ends to move into a 9-6 lead.

Hooker closed within a shot with a couple of singles but his opponent then took four of the next five ends to open a four shot lead for 14-10 and then showed his class over the next five ends with some excellent bowls when under pressure, to take the title with a 21-10 win.

In the mornings semi-finals, Sykes overcame Bloxham’s Ray Hopkins 21-11, collecting 9 unanswered shots over the last four ends, while his fellow finalist came out on top 21-18 against Carterton’s Bob Turley in a 22 end thriller.

Preliminary round: P Skidmore (West Witney) 21 P Tweddle (O.U.P.) 11, B. Bloomfield (Witney Town) 21 M. Alderson (West Oxford) 10, R. Pink (Bicester) 21 B. Evans (Shiplake Village) 9, M. Sykes (Banbury Borough) 21 B Clarke (Woodstock) 16, R Hopkins (Bloxham) 21 K. Buckle (Banbury Chestnuts) 20,
O.Bennett (Chadlington) 21 M. Bracewell (The Oxford) 17, P. Smith (Blackbird Leys) 21 R. Green (South Oxford) 18, J. Eatwell (Henley) 21 M. Charlett (Headington) 18.

First round: Skidmore 8 Bloomfield 21, Pink 6 Sykes 21, Hopkins 21 Bennett 15, Smith 21 Eatwell 12, B. Turley (Carterton) N Galletly (Banbury Central) 18, O. Sharif (City & County) 21 J. Mott (Witney Mills) 7, J Feeley (Kidlington) 10 G. Hooker (Watlington 21). B. Smart (Peppard) 21 J. Timms (Thame) 10.

Quarter’s: Bloomfield 18 Sykes 21, Hopkins 21 Smith 17, Turley 21 Sharif 16, Hooker 21 Smart 14.

Semi’s: Sykes 21 Hopkins 11, Turley 18 Hooker 21.

Final: Sykes 21 Hooker 10.

Vice Presidents bring their Golden Anniversary season to a close

The Vice Presidents brought their Golden Anniversary season to a close with two charity games against the Home Counties Bowls Association and Friends of English Bowling. Both games, which were in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, were played on the Kidlington BC green on September 12th & 19th respectively. In the HCBA game, rinks from Berks, Bucks, Kent, Middlesex and Oxfordshire took three of the five rinks to record a 105-86 scoreline, followed a week later by the FoEB team, with players from as far away as Diss in Norfolk, Essex, Sussex and Somerset, sharing the rinks 3-3 and returning home with a 132-96 win.

October 13th see’s the start of the VP’s limited Indoor season, with a match against Buckinghamshire VP’s followed by South Warwickshire BA on the 20th, both matches being played at Oxford City & County IBC.

Membership of the Association is open to all bowlers affiliated to the OBA or the OIBA and a membership application can be printed off from the Membership part of the Vice Presidents section on this website.

Oxford City & County are National Top Club Champs

National Top Club Champions 2013

Oxford City & County Ladies are the 2013 National Top Club champions after defeating Egham BC, Surrey in the final today at Leamington Spa. The team consisted of Myra Lewis, Carol Gaskins, Carol Penson, Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry, Gail Gilkes, Jacky Gray, Maggie Alderson, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes along with reserves Sue Lacey and Margaret Stacey.

In the singles, Myra Lewis defeated Egham’s Charlotte Emmanuel 21 – 13 giving City & County an excellent head start in the final. The triple of Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry and Gail Gilkes also powered ahead against Doreen Hankin winning out by ten shots. Katherine Hawes’ four of Jacky Gray, Maggie Alderson and Donna Knight had a close tussle with Pam Garden’s rink eventually losing out by 5 shots. Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson were the last rink to finish against Pauline Clarke and needed to keep the score within 8 shots after their 19th end and picked up a single to ensure City & County’s victory.

Full results:

Quarter Final: Oxford City & County BC (Oxfordshire) bt Swinton BC (Yorkshire) 2-2 (89-80); Singles: M Lewis 19, S Allen 21; Pairs: C Penson 14, L Metcalfe 22; Triples: G Gilkes 26, J Hill 17; Fours: K Hawes 30, S Slightholme 20.

Semi Final: Oxford City & County BC (Oxfordshire) bt Parkway BC (Huntingdonshire) 3-1; Singles: M Lewis 21, K Burrows 4; Pairs: C Penson 15, C Popple 19; Triples: G Gilkes 22, V Newson 11; Fours: K Hawes 25, P Reynolds 8.

Final: Oxford City & County BC (Oxfordshire) bt Egham BC (Surrey) 2-2 (67-58); Singles: M Lewis 21, C Emmanuel 13; Pairs: C Penson 14, P Clarke 18; Triples: G Gilkes 20, D Hankin 10; Fours: K Hawes 12, P Garden 17.

Around the Greens from the Oxford Mail

County’s men are too slick
Oxfordshire’s men gained the bragging rights over Oxfordshire Ladies with a 141-114 victory in their annual friendly at Oxford City & County.

Carterton cruise to maiden cup glory

Carterton captured the Oxford & District League Cup for the first time with an emphatic 103-47 win over West Witney in the final under the Kidlington floodlights.

Bracewell’s joy in Oxford finals
Malcolm Bracewell was crowned men’s singles champion at Oxford BC’s finals weekend.

Headington secure trophy triumph
Headington B finished with a flourish to triumph on Summertown Trophy finals day at Banbury Chestnuts.

U25 Four Counties Top 11 Cup

Oxfordshire Under 25s rounded off the season with a win over Middlesex in the Four Counties Top 11 competition. Unfortunately this was in the third/fourth place play off but still represented a move in the right direction from the wooden spoon of 2012. The competition, based on the national Top Club, was played at South Oxford BC between Surrey, Berkshire, Middx and Oxon on Sunday 8th September. A strong Surrey team, winners in 2012, repeated their success this time round too.

Putting out an inexperienced but nonetheless very committed team, Oxon were drawn against Berkshire in the opening game. Ryan Full, moved from the triples to play 2 wood singles lost the opening game but Sam Watts restored the balance with an impressive performance in the 4 wood. The pair of George Schwab and Joe Glenn up against England star BJ Byles were close throughout but the game just went Berkshire’s way. The four skipped by captain Lee Wilkinson with Joe Woodward, just back from a break of two years, Connor Hathaway and Dan Swanson put in a great performance to win their match against David Hancock with Wilkinson playing some fantastic ‘captains’ bowls along the way. Shane Cooper, Orren Bennett and Brandon King put up a great show in the triples against Kyle Mallandain but again the point slipped away at the end meaning a repeat of last year’s final between Surrey, who scored heavily against Middx, and Berkshire with Oxon and Middx contesting the wooden spoon.

The final was over quickly with Surrey, containing England junior captain, Dan Morris and Oxon old boy, Sam Muir, retaining their title in convincing fashion, winning all disciplines against Berks as they did so.

Orren Bennett switched with Ryan Full and played his first ever 2wood singles in the afternoon for Oxon but could not quite see it out and lost by five. Sam Watts picked up where he left off in the morning and put in another great performance against Richard Southgate to win the four wood while, like the Bekshire game, the remaining games were all close. Unfortunately Schwab and Glenn narrowly lost out in the pairs again but the triple of King, Full and Cooper held on to win despite having been pegged back from an early lead. The fours was last to finish and went into the last end four up. Dan Swanson set his team up end after end and did so again with his last bowls however Middx skip Paul Wilsher killed it for a replay. This time there were no issues as Swanson and Hathaway drew four shots between them leaving Woodward and their captain to protect for a 3-2 win and third place.

All in all this was a great day of bowls with some of Oxon’s maybe lesser known players stepping up to the plate in the absence of senior bowlers missing through work, family or club commitments.

Special mention goes to Oxon reserve Ben Dickson who kindly agreed to play for Berkshire when one of their players withdrew. It meant that all games could be played and of course Ben leaving with a runners up medal’

Full report: Four Counties and Under 25s Day report

Watlington Under 25s Day

Watlington BC hosted another successful Under 25s day on 1st September. This was the sixth time the club has run the event exclusively for the county’s junior bowlers and once again it attracted some new players. William and Thomas Lovegrove from Watlington attended for the first time along with Tom Tisbury from Thame who had played only one game for the under 25s previously and nine year old Zoe Pratley from City & County who had also only made one appearance for the juniors two weeks before.

The teams played shortened games in ‘round robin’ format with spiders, bowl for goal competitions and barbecue. The placings were decide on shot difference.

It proved a good day for Tom Tisbury as, accompanied by competition stalwarts Shane Cooper, Joe Glenn and Jamie Cowley, he won his first gold medal. It was Cooper’s hatrick with this victory joining those from 2008 and 2011.

Runners Up were Darren Wakeman, Orren Bennet and Claire Soden and in third place were Lee Young (Asst Manager guesting), Sam Watts, Zoe Pratley for her first medal, and Katie Glenn.

Summertown Trophy won by Headington

Summertown Trophy 2013

On Sunday 10 qualifying teams from across the County battled it out at Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy final’s day, (formerly the Evenlode competition) – all teams playing each other over 7 ends in a round-robin tournament.

Last year’s winners Banbury Borough were given an early set-back losing by 9 shots to West Witney, who got off to a flying start. But by lunchtime it was Headington B who were narrowly ahead with Headington A, Carterton A, and West Witney still very much in contention.

In the afternoon it looked most likely that the trophy would be heading to west Oxfordshire as, with just 2 games to go West Witney had surged ahead to +33 shots, Carterton A were on +22, and Headington B on +20.

However, Thame were to have a big say in the final result as they first beat the Witney four by 5 shots, before being emphatically beaten 17-0 by a resurgent Headington B.

The Headington side of Ian Snowden, Shaun Claridge, Paul Mabbutt, Dean May, and John Philpott ended up taking the Summertown Trophy title by +39 shots. West Witney finished runners-up and winners of the Astall Ley trophy, whilst Carterton A held on to third.

Carterton claim first League Cup win

League Cup Winners 2013

In an all West Oxfordshire final, Carterton claimed their first Oxford & District Bowls League Cup title under the floodlights of Kidlington, with a comfortable victory over a weakened West Witney side.

After a shock win over Cup holders Headington in the semi, West Witney were unable to field a full-strength team in the final with many bowlers away on a Club tour, so were always likely to struggle against the quality of Carterton.

With the game starting in sunshine, Witney’s captain Kevin Alder picked up a 6 on the first end, but this was more than matched across the other 3 rinks, as Carterton started to dominate from the outset. Within 5 ends Carterton had built up a lead of 24 shots and, by the time the floodlights had come on, there was no way back for West Witney.

Despite a gallant effort from the Witney team, which included some novice bowlers in the ranks, Carterton continued to dominate and crowned their first League Cup title by an emphatic 56 shots – Tim Warner’s rink picking up a ‘hot-shot’ in the process.

A delighted team captain, Stuart Richens commented, “It was great to get to the League Cup final for the first time, but even better to come away as winners. I’d like to thank my players for the support they’ve given me in this competition and throughout the season, and also to Kidlington Bowls Club for being such good hosts this evening. I’d also like to congratulate West Witney on the spirited performance they gave under the circumstances and look forward to defending the trophy next season”

The League Cup, now in it’s 10th year, is sponsored by S&J Timms Cleaning Services and Frances Baker of Rub A Dub Dub laundrette.

West Witney 47, Carterton 103: T Prew 10, P Sharman 25; K Alder 20, R Clanfield 22; J Lacey 11, G Walker 28; E Dorling 6, T Warner 28.

Oxon finish HCL campaign with a win over Bucks

Oxfordshire rounded off the Home Counties League campaign with a win by five shots and 16 points to 6 over Bucks at Bletchley Town on Saturday 31st August.

Languishing in fifth spot in the league Oxon needed the victory to go above their hosts to finish fourth. The game across the green was always a close affair with never more than about fifteen shots separating the sides and it was the four made up exclusively of Under 25s players that eventually carried the day.

Skipped by Gary May the rink of Sam Watts, Shane Cooper and George Schwab played excellent bowls as a four throughout to win fifteen out of the twenty-one ends, notch up 40 shots and cruise to an outstanding twenty-nine shot win over Bucks fours champion, Keith Patrick. This was the first time that a junior rink had played in the senior HCL and each of them proved without doubt that they are up to the task.

Jason King’s four was always involved in a tight game on rink one and eventually lost out to Brett Long by two while on the far side of the green, despite playing some good bowls the rinks of Ian Whelpton and Mike Petersen also slipped to defeats.

Alan Ley with his City & County four looked as if they were going to push the youngsters for top rink at one point however the last four ends won by Bucks meant a more modest five shot success but still a valuable two points in the bag. Last out was Gordon Walker against Ray Gaskins.

With Adie Twinn from Thame making his debut for the county at two, the Carterton skip’s team was always close with never more than five in it and went into the last end level, and four up overall. Gaskins with his last bowl ran the jack four three leaving Walker to draw shot for the rink points. This he duly did for the Oxfordshire win.

Full Report: HCL Report v Bucks 310813

Oxon ladies fall at final hurdle

Bowls Oxfordshire lost in their final Middle England League game against Cambridgeshire at Irchester bowls club on Thursday 29th August.

BOL 106, Cambs 128.
3 pts to 14 pts.

Oxon skips first:

Ann Hathaway 15, C Locking 23
Wendy Cross 18, V Hughes 20
Angela Ives 21, S Pinder 23
Carol Morgan 21, D Smith 21
Daphne Jacob 12, L Saunders 23
Jeanette Berry 19, S Ritchie 18