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June 10th, 2014:

White Rose National 2 x 4s: U25’s v Surrey

Oxfordshire U25’s will face Surrey in the White Rose National 2 x 4s on Sunday 15th June at Iver Heath Bowls Club.

Sam Watts (Watlington)
Lee Wilkinson (Capt, Banbury Central)
Shane Cooper (Banbury Central)
George Schwab (Banbury Borough)

Dean May (Headington)
Chris Gilkes (Watlington)
Dan Wakeman (Carterton)
Gary May (Headiington)

Reserves (alphabetically) to attend:
Darren Wakeman (Carterton); Joe Woodward (Kidlington)

If successful against Surrey the team will play either Berkshire or Kent in the regional final commencing at 2.00pm the same day. Please contact Steve if you would like to attend to support and require further details.

Team sheet: U25s WR Teamsheet v Surrey 150614

Oxon ladies lose to Middlesex in John’s Trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies lost their second consecutive John’s Trophy match on Saturday against Middlesex at South Oxford Bowls Club. Oxon started off well just leading the way but finally lost by 11 shots. The only winning rink came from Jeanette Berry’s rink of Margaret Morris, Jacky Gray and Carole Galletly. Carol Penson’s rink held their opposition to a draw to pick up an extra point bringing Oxfordshire’s points total to 3.

Oxfordshire 104 – Middlesex 115

Carol Penson 14, M Lawford 14
Pat Ostler 20, J White 21
Carol Morgan 18, I Barker 19
Wendy Cross 7, A Halliday 33
Jeanette Berry 30, M Simpson 10
Sylvia Rogers 15, J Elkin 18

Oxon will face the Isle of Wight next on Saturday 21st June at Bannister Park BC.

League Week 5

Week five of this year’s fixtures saw significant moves by clubs in some divisions but in others the results only succeeded in muddying the waters further.

In Division 1, Headington strengthened their position at the top with a comfortable win against erstwhile rivals City and County. A big win for Howard Watts’ rink and comfortable ones for Jason King, Mark Charlett and Ian Snowdon giving all six points to the league leaders and, in the process scoring the only century of the week in the league. Even at this stage in the season, they look as though they will take some beating.

Shiplake maintained their fine recent form with an excellent victory at Banbury Central with wins for Trevor Beaumont, Barry Lambourne and Jim Bland’s rinks almost getting them the magic 100+ match total. They now occupy second place in the league.

The final match saw Carterton ease past South Oxford in a match that was close on all four rinks.

As a footnote , the bottom two clubs in the table make an interesting pair – they finished first and second last season!

Banbury Chestnuts increased their lead at the top of Division 2 with a comfortable win at home to Bicester. Dave Munslow’s rinks twenty shot win ensuring the match points for the home club.

Watlington remain second despite losing at Thame. Big wins for Les Westcott and Lionel Lewis’s rinks giving the home side the match points, with the sides having won two rinks each.

The last match in the division saw Chipping Norton finally register a victory, over West Witney. Nigel Siford’s rink’s nineteen shot winning margin giving the home side the honours.

Division 3 leaders, The Oxford Bowls Club almost saw their lead snatched away by rivals Adderbury – the former winning 4 – 2 in a close match at home to Banbury Central B whilst the latter were winning 5-1, at home to Kidlington. Best individual wins in these matches were by Adderbury’s Ted Ely’s rink by twenty-three shots and Paul Ilott’s rink, for The Oxford Bowls Club, whose twenty-six shot margin was the biggest in the league this week. That result could have been so different had Banbury skip Tom McKenna’s final wood dropped in and not out!

Headington took the B team honours against City and County in a very close affair with Russell Edward’s seventeen shot margin just getting the better of Graham Kerr’s thirteen shot win to give the away side victory.

Witney Town had a very comfortable win against a very understrength Blackbird Leys team, who are now adrift at the bottom of the league.

Woodstock’s six nil victory at home to Florence Park allows them to leapfrog Bloxham to the top of Division 4 – albeit only on shot difference. Wins for Tony Gardner, Dave Morse and Jim Lucas’s rinks giving Bloxham a comfortable five – one away win at South Oxford B.

Mick Alderson’s rink was unlucky to be on the losing side for West Oxford, against Charlbury, as they won by twenty-three shots. However, the clubs three other rinks lost by big enough margins, to give the match points to the visitors.

The final match of the week saw Hanborough take the spoils against Oxford University Press thanks to Martin Oliver and Geoff Thompson’s rinks both winning by large scores.

Printable report: Oxford and District Bowls League report 5 June 2014
League Table: League Table Week 5
Rink Scores: Match Results 5 June