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June, 2014:

John’s Trophy and Walker Cup selection

The John’s Trophy v Hampshire to be played on Saturday 5th July at Fleming Park BC, Eastleigh has now been selected: John’s Trophy

The Walker Cup v Hampshire regional finals to be played on Sunday 13th July at Sutton BC, Surrey has been selected:

Carole Galletly
Angie Ives
Jeanette Berry
Katherine Hawes

Margaret Morris
Pat Ostler
Donna Knight
Caroline Campion

Full team sheet: Walker Cup

Oxford City & County ladies triples qualify for Leamington

Two ladies triples from Oxford City & County have qualified today for the national championships to be played at Leamington in August.

Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and Jeanette Berry won both their quarter and semi final games comfortably to qualify, beating another city & county triples skipped by Jacky Gray and Karen Jupp’s triple from Carterton.

Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes beat Rachel McIntyre’s West Witney triple in the semi final comfortably after a tight victory over a triple from their own club skipped by Carol Penson.

Quarter Final results:
C Penson 12, K Hawes 15. P Ilott 11, R McIntyre 21. A Gilkes 12, J Gray 15. J Berry 22, K Jupp 9.

Semi Final results:
K Hawes 33, R McIntyre 4. J Gray 10, J Berry 25.

OBA Finals venue change

The venue for the OBA Finals on Sunday July 20th, 2014 has been changed.

The finals will now take place at Banbury Chestnuts BC.

The programme of events will appear after the semifinals have been played.

Men’s county selection

The men’s county games for 12 July – 5 Aug 2014 have now been selected: Selection No 4

Oxon Ladies beat Bedfordshire

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Bedfordshire in a county game yesterday played at Dunstable Town BC.

Oxon 127, Beds 95

Sylvia Rogers 29, J Tait 13
Wendy Cross 18, R Grant 15
Carol Nall 17, D Baker 19
Pat Ostler 16, J Bagshaw 20
Jeanette Berry 21, J Dowers 14
Carol Penson 26, J Brooks 14

League week 7

The league reached its halfway point last week so a time to reflect and look ahead.

In Division 1, Headington already seem champions elect! Another resounding victory this week, over second place Shiplake! 118 shots is highest total in league this year and their fourth score over the one hundred – not bad in six matches! Mark Charlett was, again, the star with the highest shot count and biggest win of the season (46 shots and a 43 shot winning margin.) [My apologies to Mark for last weeks name mistake – doubtless, he will get revenge in two weeks time when we meet in the league.]

Relegation from this league could be a close call although City and County are proving that a few good results can change everything. In last place two weeks ago, they now lie third having had their second six – nil win in a row, this time at Witney Mills expense. In the process, they also scored a century thanks to Mike Peterson’s rinks thirty-seven shots. Witney Mills are now in the danger zone as Banbury Central gain a much need win, against Carterton, with Ian Whelpton’s last wood earning his rink a draw and the vital extra half point.

The upcoming matches between the bottom three teams will probably decide the last two places in the league.

Division 2 remains a very open affair with everyone able to beat everyone else on their day. Unsurprisingly, this means that close matches and low scores are the norm!

Long time leaders Banbury Chestnuts were matchless this week and West Witney, who whitewashed Watlington, deposed them. They won well on all four rinks with the best results going to Kevin Alder’s men.

Elsewhere, there were away wins for Thame with Adie Twinn’s men taking the honours and, in a much closer affair, Charlbury.

There were comfortable wins for the top two clubs in Division 3. Adderbury beat Witney Town, with seventeen shot wins for both Chris Skidmore and Phil Gladden’s rinks. The Oxford Bowls Club victory, at home to Headington B, was assured by Malcolm Bracewell’s winning margin giving them the match points with two rinks won by each club. This means that they are both these clubs are now well clear of third place City and County B.

Indeed, the latter were losing to Kidlington in a high scoring match, 178 shots in total, of which 103 to the winners for their first century of the season with all four rinks scoring more than twenty shots.

Blackbird Leys won the relegation fixture between the bottom two clubs in the division, as Steve O’Keefe’s winning margin was enough to snatch the match points from Banbury Central B. However, the result means that they are both now well adrift of sixth spot and safety!

Bloxham maintained their position at the top of division 4, with a good win at third place Woodstock. Likewise, Chadlington maintained their promotion effort, winning away at Florence Park to maintain the three-point gap to the leaders.

Elsewhere, West Oxford beat Oxford University Press thanks to big wins on Fred Webster and Mick Alderson’s rinks, whilst Hanborough were victorious in their match with South Oxford B. In any other week, this match would have received top billing for Graham Haynes’s rink, as they won by thirty-five shots but Mark Charlett and Mike Peterson had already surpassed that score elsewhere!

Printable report: League Week 7
Match results: Match results week 7
League table: League Table week 7

U25’s lose to Surrey in JHCL

Oxfordshire Under 25s must win all their remaining games if they are to stand any chance of lifting the JHCL title after losing by eight shots and seven points to three against Surrey at Kidlington on Sunday.

After failing to take any points Berkshire, the Oxon team really needed a convincing win against their visitors this week to get back in contention for a title that has so far eluded them however it wasn’t to be with Surrey leading from start to finish.

Dan Wakeman’s rink dropped behind and struggled throughout against an in-form Charlie Souter but, credit to him and his players, they dug in to finish twelve down and give their team mates a sporting chance of victory.

Shane Cooper’s four were always neck and neck with their opponents and went into the last end just two behind. With his last bowl the Oxon skip ditched the jack for two and a drawn rink.

George Schwab with Dan Swanson, Ryan Full and Lee Wilkinson took the President’s pens for best rink with their four shot win. It looked like it would have been a bigger margin to the third Oxon rink having led from the start however, needing to chase shots for the team towards the end, they just missed out allowing Surrey to take the final three ends.

The Oxon team next play Sussex at Popes mead BC, Crawley on Sunday, July 6th although sixteen compete in the fourth Oxon Under 25s Pairs competition at South Oxford on 29th June.

On a positive note when bigger counties are seemingly struggling for numbers, Oxfordshire youngsters were out in force with a further twelve players all taking part in an impromptu triples ‘round robin’.

Oxfordshire 55, Surrey 63
3pts, 7pts

Dan Wakeman 15, C Souter 27
Shane Cooper 19, S Gingell 19
George Schwab 21, J Wilson 17

Full Report: JHCL v Surrey 220614

Oxon’s Middleton Cup hopes come to an end

Oxfordshire’s hopes of a third successive Middleton Cup quarter final appearance ended at Oxford City & County BC on Saturday.

Playing group leaders Hampshire, Oxon needed a good points win to set up another qualification showdown with Kent in a fortnight’s time however, despite a heroic effort, some great play and a nail biting finish, the game was drawn, 115 shots to 115.

Hants took the lion’s share of the points (13-9) by virtue of winning on four rinks. The Oxford team was always behind but never out of contention in this contest as they once again showed the fight and team spirit that had seemingly been missing during the first two games of the series.

Mark Charlett with club mates Jason King and Gary May and Watlington’s Sam Watts were behind at half way against Russell Morgan however a run of seven successive ends saw the Oxon men open up a lead which was seven and the end.

The rinks of Baden Sparkes, Calvin Carpenter and Ian Snowdon lost by five, two and one respectively in encounters that, for the majority of the game, looked as if they could go either way while Mark Sykes’ four, for the second game in succession, led from start to finish, eventually also finishing seven up against Leo May.

In a repeat of last year’s match against Hants, Paul Sharman’s rink was last to finish and this time needed four shots to secure an overall team victory. Having been seventeen behind at one point the Carterton man and his rink of Lee Young, Shane Cooper and Barry Lambourne dug in against a run of poor fortune to win five out of six ends and close to nine after the penultimate end.

Again, in a repeat of last year’s game lead, Young opened the final end with a front toucher which set up the rest of the game for a tense finish. Sharman with his final bowl needed to remove a Hants bowl for a potential count of five. He found the target but could only ‘half’ the bowl away for one and a measure for more. Veteran umpire Les Upham played the last part in an excellent game of bowls as he measured with his renowned accuracy whilst both teams stood as silent onlookers.

The result: three to Oxfordshire, the fourth agonisingly close! Game drawn. Elsewhere in the group Kent beat Middlesex by 126 shots to 101 and by twenty points to two.

The final matches on 5th July see Oxon travel to Kent while Middlesex entertain the Isle of Wight.

Oxfordshire 115, Hampshire 115
9pts – 13pts

Mark Charlett 21, Russell Morgan 14
Baden Sparkes 14, Paul Ward 19
Mark Sykes 22, Leo May 15
Calvin Carpenter 17, Chris Daniels 19
Paul Sharman 19, Jim Marsland 25
Ian Snowdon 22, Richard Shelley 23

Full Report: MC Report v Hants 210614

Oxon ladies beat IOW in the Walker Cup

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Bowls Isle of Wight in the Walker Cup (National 2 x 4’s) by only 2 shots in the game played at Banister Park Bowls Club today.

Caroline Campion’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Pat Ostler and Donna Knight were involved in a close battle all the way through the game and were level at 18 ends but just lost out by 2 shots in the end. Katherine Hawes along with Carole Galletly, Wendy Cross and Jeanette Berry also had a close battle early on but managed to pull away in the end to win by 4 shots, giving Oxfordshire a 2 point victory.

Oxfordshire will now play in the regional finals at Sutton BC, Surrey on Sunday 13th July.

Oxfordshire 36, Isle of Wight 34

C Campion 15, J Utteridge 17
K Hawes 21, V Addison 17

Oxon hold IOW to draw in John’s Trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies held Bowls Isle of Wight to a draw in the John’s Trophy at Bannister Park BC yesterday. The game was very tight all the way through across the board with Oxfordshire winning on two rinks. The highest winning rink came from Donna Knight’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Jan Lovegrove and Sue Gokgor. The only other winning rink came from Carol Penson’s rink of Gill Hunt, Mavis Hale and Carole Gaskins. This gave Oxfordshire 9 points and Isle of Wight 13 points but will mean that with one game to go Oxfordshire will not qualify for the quarter finals.

Oxfordshire 101, Isle of Wight 101
9 pts – 13 pts

C Penson 19, L Bell 15
J Berry 15, V Stuart 16
W Cross 19, A Ash 24
C Morgan 13, P Proud 18
S Rogers 14, J Utteridge 15
D Knight 21, V Addison 13