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May, 2014:

Oxon Ladies beat Wiltshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Wiltshire in a county game at Kidlington BC on Wednesday 28th May in very wet conditions.

Oxfordshire 116, Wiltshire 97 (after 18 ends)

Oxon skips first:

Wendy Cross 11, F Mace 15
Sylvia Rogers 10, M Bucke 26
Brenda Havard 19, J Willis 15
Carol Penson 25, G Coomber 17
Pat Ostler 24, M Annette 15
Jeanette Berry 27, D Godwin 9

Men’s selection – Middleton Cup, U25’s and county games

The next Middleton Cup game will be against Middlesex at Oxford City and County on Saturday 31st May 2.00pm. The team has been selected: MC v Middlesex 310514

The Oxon U25’s will face Berkshire in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 1st June 2014 10.30am at Thatcham Bowls Club. The team has been selected: U25s Teamsheet v Berks 010614

The Men’s county games for June 28th – July 22nd have now been selected: Selection No 3

U25’s earn place in White Rose regional finals

Oxfordshire Under 25s earned a place in this White Rose regional finals by virtue of beating Middlesex by six shots on Sunday at Kidlington.

The national double rink competition is always keenly fought with all counties vying for a place in the last four at the National Championships at Leamington in August and this game was no exception.

Middlesex started the stronger and opened up a nine shot lead at five ends however the Oxford players now benefitting from growing experience in the senior game played their way into the game and at ten ends were just two behind.

None of the Oxon team were at their absolute best but the spirit and camaraderie between the players built over the last five years showed through as Gary May’s four opened up a lead of seven at fifteen ends. George Schwab’s rink were always behind but dug against an in form Richard Southgate to keep the scores against them to a minimum and the team in with a great chance of victory. This was duly delivered when Schwab and his men took five of the last six ends to win by five meaning that May merely had to play containing bowls to ensure passage to Iver Heath on 15th June. He and his team finished one up against Chris Cleaver.

Oxfordshire 38, Middlesex 32

George Schwab 19, Richard Southgate 14
Gary May 19, Chris Cleaver 18

Full Report: White Rose v Middx 250514

Oxon’s solid start in HCL with victory over Berks

Oxfordshire got off to a solid start in this year’s Home Counties League by beating Berkshire by eleven shots and by seventeen points to five at South Oxford on Saturday.

At one point the winning margin looked as if it would be greater as Oxon started strongly and at one point led by twenty-four shots however Berkshire won a few key ends in succession and rapidly closed to within eight shots with thirty or so ends remaining.

Credit to the Oxford players they dug in and held on for an opening day win. Paul Sharman’s four looked odds on to be highest winning rink when, despite dropping a five on the first end, they won the next eleven ends to lead by fifteen before rain affected the game and Berkshire’s Chris Holliday and his rink fought back to four behind at the end.

Headington skips Jason King and Mark Charlett were always close with their respective opposition eventually taking three points for the team between them. King beat Tom Searle by five and Charlett drew with Dale Hall in a game he and his players will feel disappointed not to have won.

Calvin Carpenter and Alan Prew’s fours both slipped to narrow defeats in games that again looked good for Oxon midway. Colin Whitehead, the third Headington skip playing his first game in the competition for a couple of years took the plaudits for best Oxon rink along with club mate, Mick Nash, Witney Mills’ Chris Weller and Alan Ley of City & County. They beat Neil Gauld by ten.

Next up is Surrey at Croydon on Saturday 28th June.

Oxfordshire 133, Berkshire 122

Jason King 29, Tom Searle 24
Mark Charlett 20, Dale Hall 20
Calvin Carpenter 19, Roy Pyniger 21
Alan Prew 15, Gordon Ballantyne 21
Colin Whitehead 26, Neil Gauld 16
Paul Sharman 24, Chris Holliday 20

Full report: HCL v Berks 240514

League Week 3

Week three of the season saw some surprising results, as well as the more expected ones. Few would have foreseen Shiplake’s whitewash of Carterton – even given the travel problems these two clubs have when away from home – nor would many have predicted that Witney Mills would top division 1 at any stage of the season!

In fact, the top division looks as though it may be a close one. Witney are currently top, despite their loss to Banbury Central, whose four points were assured by Ian Whelpton’s rink twenty shots winning margin. Elsewhere, City and County produced a good performance at home to South Oxford and, as already mentioned, Shiplake beat Carterton with Barrie Evans’ rink scoring fifteen shots before their Carterton opposition had scored any.

In Division 2 Banbury Chestnuts retain top spot despite defeat, at home, to Watlington who themselves bounced back from last week’s defeat at Bicester. Gordon Hooker’s rinks fine win ensuring the result for the visitors.

Good away wins for Thame and West Witney, the latter in a close affair at Charlbury where, unusually, two rinks were tied.

Division 3 leaders Adderbury won again, this time in a closer affair against City and County B with Chris Skidmore’s rink’s big win ensuring the points in an otherwise close affair.

The Oxford Bowls Club remain in touch with the leaders, winning a close match at Witney Town by a single shot. Elsewhere, there were big wins for Kidlington, at Blackbird Leys, and Banbury Central B, at home to Headington B. This match being memorable for the biggest win of the season thus far with Gordon Gerry’s rink winning by an impressive forty-two shots.

Division 4 saw wins for Bloxham, Woodstock and Chadlington with the latters 113 shot total, in their Whitewash of Oxford University Press, the only century of the week matches. These three clubs now sit atop the division.

At the bottom, Florence Park defeated South Oxford B, despite a good win for Vic De Paauw’s rink.

Printable report: League Week 3
Rink Score: Match Results
League Tables: League Tables Week 3

Hawes and Penson qualify in ladies singles

Katherine Hawes and Carol Penson (both Oxford City & County) have qualified for the National Singles Championships held at Leamington Spa in August.

In the semi finals played at Banbury Chestnuts, Hawes beat Carole Walker of Banbury Borough 21 – 3 after beating Jeanette Berry, also from Oxford City & County, 21 – 17.

In the other half, Carol Penson beat Pat Ostler from Bloxham 21 – 10 to qualify after beating Jackie Stafford from Shiplake.

Quarter final results:

Pauline Williams (Long Hanborough) 15, Carole Walker (Banbury Borough) 23
Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) 21, Jeanette Berry (Oxford C & C)17
Stella Amos (Banbury Central) 16, Pat Ostler (Bloxham) 21
Carol Penson (Ox City & County) 21, Jackie Stafford (Shiplake) 9

Semi final results:

Carole Walker 3, Katherine Hawes 21
Pat Ostler 10, Carol Penson 21

Oxon ladies first win in MEL

Oxfordshire Ladies beat Gloucestershire in a Middle England League game at Banbury Borough BC on Tuesday 13 May.

MEL win 133 – 101, 11 pts for Oxon, 6 for Gloucestershire.

Oxon skips first:

Wendy Cross 17, J Ind 21
Sylvia Rogers 28, S Osborne 10
Brenda Havard 27, S Blackwell 17
Caroline Campion 17, L Hamer 21
Katherine Hawes 30, J Howes 11
Carol Penson 14, G Fry 21

Bowls Oxon ladies played Hertfordshire in a county game on Tuesday 20 May at Tring BC.

Oxon 79, Herts 149

Oxon skips first:

Wendy Cross 17, S Page 13
Carol Penson 17, E Spence 19
Pat Ostler 9, R Avery 29
Jeanette Berry 6, D Pratt 39
Sylvia Rogers 16, M Snell 21
Daphne Jacob 14, S Maynard 28

Oxon lose out to Berks in Balcomb Trophy

A masterful performance from Berkshire’s Robert Newman put paid to Oxfordshire’s hopes in this year’s Balcomb Trophy at Reading on Sunday morning.

A late addition to the Berkshire team having been away in preparation for the Commonwealth Games, Newman end on end turned Oxon heads over to eventually run out winner by nine shots over Howard Watts’ rink who themselves played well enough to win on any other day. Watts himself had virtually no luck with results from otherwise excellent bowls throughout the game.

Oxon’s rink skipped by Alan Prew got off to a good start but were pegged back in the middle of the game to eventually lose out by two to Jon Stradling.

An eleven shot defeat did not reflect a game that was played in excellent spirit and which, with a touch of fortune could easily have gone the other way. Nonetheless we congratulate Berkshire on their win and wish them well for the rest of the competition.

Alan Prew 17, John Stradling 19
Howard Watts 11, Robert Newman 20

Full report: Balcomb Trophy report 180514

White Rose: U25’s v Middlesex

Oxfordshire U25’s will face Middlesex in the White Rose (National 2x4s) on Sunday 25th May 10:30am at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Sam Watts
Chris Gilkes
Dean May
Gary May

Darren Wakeman
Ryan Full
Shane Cooper
George Schwab

Team sheet: U25s WR Teamsheet v Middx 250514

Oxon lose to Glous in Middleton Cup trial

Oxfordshire lost out to Gloucestershire in the second Middleton Cup trial at Barnwood BC, Gloucester on Saturday. In glorious bowling conditions both teams started brightly enough overall however from the fifth end onwards the home players scored more heavily to eventually run out winners by thirty-two shots, 139-107.

Several previously untried combinations took the green for Oxon and this showed in part as the players tried to blend together as well as master their opponents. Despite this there were still some very good performances which bodes well once the competition proper starts a week Saturday.

Some of the Middleton Cup squad players will play in this Saturday’s opening Home Counties League game against Berkshire at South Oxford BC.

Oxforshire 107, Gloucestershire 139

Calvin Carpenter 11, M Woodbridge 28
Mark Sykes 19, S Hodges 19
Paul Sharman 24, R Griffiths 13
Alan Prew 15, P Bryant 36
Mark Charlett 20, M Cuthbert 26
Baden Sparkes 18, C Dawes 17

Full report: MC Report v Gloucs 170514