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June 4th, 2014:

Oxon Ladies selection – John’s and county matches

The John’s Trophy team to face Middlesex on Saturday 7th June at South Oxford has now been selected: Oxon v Middlesex

The county games against Nottinghamshire, Middlesex and Bedfordshire have now been selected: Nottts, MSex, Beds

U25 Singles

This coming Sunday’s Under 25’s Singles at Banbury Chestnuts will be played in greys & club shirts. All woods to have club stickers.

Markers will be provided.

First half of the draw will start at 9.30am, second half at 11.30am.
Check the County Yearbook for details of start times.
Contestants to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of their game.

Visitors and supporters are all welcome.

U25’s lose to Berks in JHCL

The Oxfordshire Under 25s team, like the Middleton Cup team the day before, played well below the standard they have set themselves over the past few years and lost to an in-form Berkshire team at Thatcham on Sunday morning. Now played in three rink format due to some counties seemingly not being able to find or attract players, the junior version of the HCL is always keenly contested and with fewer points now available it was essential to get off to a good start however Oxon failed to take a single point, losing in the end by 45 shots to 71.

Disappointingly Berkshire, despite being the home side and the reduction in team size, failed to field a full complement and played a triple skipped by Thatcham’s own David Miles against Dan Wakeman’s four. The three players, with the advantage of the front two each having three bowls each, dominated from the start and won by fourteen shots (25% of the original score deducted) meaning that the Oxon fours of George Schwab and Shane Cooper needed wins to take anything from the game. Both rinks eventually lost out by six shots each as the opposing skips BJ Byles and Mitch Cooper had the better of conversion shots throughout the game.

The Oxon players must now look to secure a victory of holders Surrey at Kidlington on 22nd June to stand any chance of winning the league which has so far eluded the county. Before that however the White Rose double rink team plays in the regional finals at Iver Heath BC on 15th June.

Oxfordshire 45 Berkshire 71*

Dan Wakeman 10, D Miles 24*
George Schwab 19, BJ Byles 25
Shane Cooper 16, Mitch Cooper 24

*Original rink score was 32 however 8 (25%) deducted for missing player meaning the total score reduced from 79 to 71.

Full report: JHCL v Berks 010614

Oxon defeated by Middlesex in Middleton Cup

In a poor weekend for Oxfordshire’s bowlers, the Middleton Cup team slipped to a home defeat at the hands of Middlesex at City & County on Saturday. Too many of the Oxon team failed to get anywhere near their best and lost out by six shots, 109-115.

Captain Alan Prew and Carterton club mate Paul Sharman guided their rinks to victory by twenty-two and four shots respectively however the further four all lost meaning than only four points from a possible twenty-two were picked up.

As a team Oxfordshire were well below par but despite that edged fourteen shots ahead at ten ends with Prew, Sharman and third Carterton skip Baden Sparkes all opening up leads.

It was the third quarter of the game however that made the difference with Middlesex picking up forty-one shots to Oxon’s eighteen. They dominated the home team in terms of general play and with conversion shots all seemingly getting premium results they went into the final ends with a lead that remained despite the Oxford players rallying slightly.

Sparkes was unlucky to lose by a single shot but the rinks of Mark Charlett, Ian Snowdon and Mark Sykes could not make an impression and all lost out by greater margins.

Sam Watts of Watlington making his debut at this level had a good game at lead in Charlett’s four and West Witney’s Kevin Alder also played well as he picked up his third game flash.

Nevertheless massive all round improvement is needed if Oxfordshire are to match the past two years and qualify for the quarter final of this famous and prestigious competition. With two away games to come at Isle of Wight and Kent and just one at home against Hampshire the task will be even more difficult than previously but the players are capable of it if they play at their best.

Elsewhere in South section B, Hampshire beat Isle of Wight 137-86 (18-4) and in section A, Surrey beat holders Berkshire 132-107(18-4).

Oxfordshire 109, Middlesex 115

Alan Prew 32, Phil Sutlcliffe 10
Mark Charlett 12, Ron Leleux 24
Paul Sharman 23, Norman Worley 19
Baden Sparkes 18, Perry Cook 19
Ian Snowdon 12, Paul Fuller 19
Mark Sykes 12, Tony Waller 24

Full report: MC Report v Middx 310514

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in John’s Trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to a very strong Kent team in their first John’s Trophy match on Saturday at Sutton BC, Surrey. The only winning rink came from Carol Penson’s four of Margaret Bullock, Maggie Alderson and Carol Gaskins.

Oxfordshire 78, Kent 142
2 pts – 20 pts

Oxon Skips First:
J Berry 7, J Coble 38
S Rogers 16, W King 19
C Morgan 13, A Banes 20
C Penson 25, L Southby 14
D Knight 9, S Gurr 27
P Ostler 8, S Hazell 24

League Week 4

Week four of the 2014 season saw all matches completed despite the weather, though some were played over fewer than 21 ends.

In Division 1, Headington continued their winning start to the season and go back to the top. Their win, at South Oxford Bowls Club, was cemented by Howard Watts’ rink, which chalked up an impressive 25 shot win.

Witney Mills remain in second place despite losing to local rivals Carterton, who bounced back from last weeks mauling, winning comfortable enough on two rinks to ensure they also took both match points.

The final match in the top division saw Shiplake defeat City and County with Barry Lambourne’s rink winning by fifteen shots to give the points to the home side.

Banbury Chestnuts remain top of Division 2 winning a close match at West Witney. Watlington remain in touch as they also won at Chipping Norton. A good win for Gordon Hooker’s rink confirming the result for the home side. The losers are finding this division a tough one and may well already be in trouble!

The final match saw Bicester at winning at home to Charlbury in an almost one-sided match; Jim Stevens win by a single shot scoring the only point for the visitors.

The Oxford Bowls Club ousted Adderbury, the erstwhile leaders of Division 3. The formers comfortable win against Blackbird Leys – they won easily on three of the four rinks – matched a surprising win for Headington’s B side over new boys Adderbury. A big win for Russell Edward’s rink ensured the match points for the home side.

In a very close match City and County’s B side defeated Witney Town – two rinks were tied, one was won by a single shot and Graham Kerr’s rink’s four shot victory was sufficient to give the match points to the home team.

The final match of the night also provided this weeks star rink. Banbury Central’s B side only won two rinks but margins of thirteen shots for Gordon Gerry and twenty-eight shot for Tom McKenna’s rink were more than enough to ensure the match points for the visitors.

Bloxham remain top of Division 4 with what looks like a comfortable 5-1 victory at Oxford University Press. However, closer scrutiny show that, despite good wins on three rinks, they lost the fourth by twenty-four shots and scraped the match points by a single shot!

Elsewhere, Woodstock’s home victory over Hanborough was enough to keep them in second place; West Oxford won away at Florence Park and Chadlington beat South Oxford B. In this last match, big wins for Carl Smart and Orren Bennett’s rinks were enough for the home side to get the match points.

Printable version: League report week 4
Match results: Match results
League tables: League Tables