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June 17th, 2014:

League Week 6

As we approach the halfway point in the season, the league continues to be blessed with good bowling weather and, judging by the results, some very good bowls.

In Division 1, Headington continue their winning ways with an emphatic win at Witney Mills. Allan Wiggin’s rink provided the only point for the home side as wins for Malcolm Charlett, Nick Rae-Welsh and Jason King gave Headington five points and another century of shots.

Shiplake remain second with an excellent win at South Oxford. Barry Lambourne’s men recorded an excellent 23 shot victory, whilst Richard Claridge’s rink was the only home winner.

In the battle of the bottom two, City and County dominated current champions, Banbury Central, winning on all four rinks to move up to fourth place. The battle to avoid relegation from the division will probably continue to the last week of the season.

Banbury Chestnuts maintained top position in Division 2 despite their loss at Charlbury. Both clubs won two rinks but David Dix and Dave Cooper’s big wins were enough to give the match points to the home team.

Bicester recorded a fine win at home to Chipping Norton. Only Peter Rathbone’s rink stopping a home whitewash, whilst Allan Hall’s 24 shot winning margin was, almost, the biggest of the week in the league.

West Witney beat Thame as Paul Skidmore’s 23 shot win was enough to outscore good wins for Les Westcott and Lionel Lewis for the home side.

Adderbury return to the top of Division 3 having beaten close rivals The Oxford Bowls Club comfortably. However, Gary Watts’ rink must feel aggrieved as their 17 shot winning margin was comfortably topped by Julian Dancer’s 21 for the home side.

Headington B sneaked past Kidlington with John Hardie’s 16 shot margin proving too few as the home team won well on two rinks.

Banbury Central B’s new motto is ‘It is not over until it is over’ having thrown away a winning position in the last end on two rinks, including a five shot winning margin on one, as they succumbed to Witney Town.

In the final match, City and County B matched their A side with a six point victory at Blackbird Leys who continue to struggle.

Strangely, in Division 4, all the matches finished 5 – 1!

Leaders Bloxham maintained their advantage with victory at home to West Oxford. Eric Fry’s victory not enough for the visitors as David Morse’s rink’s 26 shot winning margin was the biggest anywhere in the league this week.

Chadlington beat Woodstock to leapfrog them and are now in second place. Florence Park lost to Hanborough with Jerry Battrawden proving the only win for the home side.

Finally, Oxford University Press beat South Oxford B in a close match where they finally eased ahead on three rinks.

Full report: League report 12 June
Rink Scores: Rink Scores week 6
League Table: League Table week 6

Demo day & roadshow: Aerobowls

In response to local demand, AeroBowls will be running a demonstration day and roadshow at Oxford City & County BC from 11.00am onwards on Saturday 21st June 2014.

Steve and Gail Gilkes (Watlington & City & County) are now agents for Aerobowls and Comfitpro in Spain.

Bowls will be available to try so why not come along and see how good they are for yourselves.

The Oxfordshire Middleton Cup team will also be in action against Hampshire from 2.00pm so please stay and support the boys too.

Bar and refreshments will be available.

If you have any queries please contact Steve or Gail on
07868 435052 (Steve) or 07846 672013 (Gail)

Poster for your club: Roadshow Poster

Oxon U25’s lose to surrey by 3 in 2 x 4’s

Oxfordshire Under 25s put up a great fight against Surrey in the regional finals of the ‘White Rose’ national double rink at Iver Heath on Sunday morning however lost out on a place in the last eight by just three shots.

This is the second time in as many years that the Oxon team has missed out at the hands of a very talented and experienced Surrey team however once again proved that they can compete on level terms with the country’s best teams. On a surprisingly tricky green both teams struggled for consistency early on with Surrey’s England player Dan Morris probably just making the difference as his team opened up a six shot lead at five ends.

The Oxon players then started settling to their task with George Schwab’s rink scoring well to open up a five shot margin over Matt White and Gary May’s four fighting hard to stay in touch with the in-form Morris. At ten ends the game was finely balanced with one shot only separating the teams but a five for White against the run of play and some fortunate results saw him open up a one shot lead over Schwab at fifteen while May and his rink played well to close to four.

The green played heavier in one direction than the other and this was a factor throughout the game but proved a major one towards the end when Surrey, in fairness, played the conditions better to maintain their lead until the final end which saw them eight up overall. Still nothing was settled though as Oxfordshire refused to give up and May with his final bowl of the game ditched the jack for a four while on the other rink with just one Oxon bowl remaining, Schwab held two. Needing to ditch the jack or kill the end for a chance of victory he narrowly missed meaning a score of one and the overall three shot defeat.

This was a great advert for bowls and a great game in which, without being over critical, none of the Oxford players were at their absolute best. Had they been so, or nearer to it, the result could easily have been reversed.

Surrey went on to beat Berkshire, themselves victors over Kent, in the afternoon to qualify for the National Finals at Leamington on 31st August.

The Oxon team faces Surrey again this Sunday at 10.30am in the Junior Home Counties League at Kidlington.

Oxforshire 42, Surrey 45

George Schwab 22, Matt White 21
Gary May 20, Dan Morris 24

Full Report: White Rose v Surrey 150614

Oxon beat IOW in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire came home from the Isle of Wight with a win under their belts after what proved a difficult and rain affected game at Shanklin on Saturday.

The eleven shot and 15-7 points victory means that the Oxon team is still in with a chance of qualification from the South section B group however with Hampshire running riot with a sixty shot win over Kent they must be odds on favourites for the top spot. A greater winning margin would obviously have been beneficial for Oxon and it looked entirely possible throughout the encounter that more points would be secured.

At five ends Oxon led by twenty shots with four rinks opening up leads. By ten ends the Islanders had closed to twelve but with Ian Snowdon’s rink dominating play and the fours of Mark Sykes and Alan Prew also leading, Oxfordshire still looked comfortable overall as the game progressed towards the closing ends but a mixture of good play and good fortune saw ‘The Island’ push all the way with five of the six rinks eventually all settled by two shots or less.

Paul Sharman led early on but opposite number John Crews came back to win by a single shot. Mark Charlett and Baden Sparkes struggled early on against fours that had some very good results from conversion shots but both rinks rallied well to draw and lose by one respectively having held ‘game’ before the final bowls. A seven and four picked up on consecutive ends saw Darren Griffith overtake Prew and despite some good play from the Oxon captain and his players the IOW man held on for a two shot win.

On the end rink Snowdon’s four continued to play good bowls but could not seemingly pick up the scores of the early stages. They were pegged back and went into the last end a shot behind but a great opening bowl from Dean May and a drawn second shot from the Oxon skip with the game’s final bowl was enough for a one shot win. Sykes’ rink of AJ Docherty, George Schwab and Richard Redford were never really in trouble and stayed in front throughout, eventually carrying the game with a fourteen shot rink win.

Elsewhere in South section B, Hampshire beat Kent 153-93(18-4). Previously, on 7th June Hants bt Middx 111-103(16-6) and Kent bt IOW 140-78(21-1).

Oxfordshire 121, Isle of Wight 110

Paul Sharman 16, J Crews 17
Alan Prew 20, D Griffith 22
Baden Sparkes 17, A Cawdell 18
Mark Charlett 17, T Meller 17
Mark Sykes 27, K Beckett 13
Ian Snowdon 24, A Best 23

Full report: MC Report v BIOW 140614