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September 10th, 2013:

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