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June 27th, 2014:

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