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June 9th, 2014:

Schwab and Watts look forward to Leamington

This years change to playing the Under 25’s Singles first round, Quarters and Semi Finals on one day proved to be a resounding success with some of the finest singles bowling on show from the participants. The Banbury Chestnuts green provided the perfect playing surface fort the County’s young bowlers to show off their talents and they did not disappoint.

The ten games played had everything, from a fighting comeback by 13 years old Brandon King from the Bicester club to win 21-17 in his first round game after being 5-15 down, to three games ending with 21-20 score-lines.

Defending champion George Schwab is on track to retain his title when he will return to his former club, Banbury Central in the Final on July 20th against fellow Middleton Cup teammate Watlington’s, Sam Watts who reached the final in a gripping tussle against Central’s Shane Cooper, with a 21-20 win. Watts had reached the semi’s with a comfortable win over Carterton’s Darren Wakeman, whilst Cooper fought back from 10-16 to record a 21-20 win against fellow Central bowler Lee Wilkinson following a first round victory over Carterton’s Dan Wakeman.

Following a comfortable quarterfinal win against King, Schwab came up against Headington’s Dean May who had won his previous round 21-20 in a 26 end nail biter, against Carterton’s Sam Muir. From 9-13 after 16 ends, the reigning champion picked up 9 shots over the next six ends then shared the following four ends to move into the final with a 21-16 win.

This was a bowling day at it’s best.