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July, 2014:

U25’s beat Bucks in JHCL

Oxfordshire Under 25s followed up their win in Sussex with another great performance against top spot seeking Bucks at Kidlington on Sunday.

Due to two defeats at the start of the campaign it was impossible for the Oxon youngsters to push for their first title in this competition however they once again showed their determination, team spirit and ability in beating their second placed visitors by 69 shots to 43 and by 8 points to 2 to give a great chance of finishing third.

Once again it was the rink of Shane Cooper with Dan Wakeman, brother Darren and Joe Glenn that led the way with a resounding 36-9 win over Tim Jones. Cooper and his players have scored a remarkable 80 shots to 15 in the last two games.

In much tighter games the fours of Sam Muir and George Schwab had to really dig in against strong opposition to stay in the game at times but managed to do exactly that to secure the impressive shots/points margin. Muir and three, Sam Watts, with a changed front end of Jamie Wilkinson of Banbury Central and Kidlington’s Joe Woodward came from six behind at fifteen ends against David West to go into the last end level.

A solid end from all resulted in a four and two points for the team. George Schwab’s rink which featured one change with Ryan Full of Carterton coming in at two were up against arguably Bucks’ strongest rink skipped by England hopeful Phil Gregory and it showed as he played some telling saving and conversion shots throughout to secure two consolation points for Bucks, winning by five.

The team travels to Maidstone to play Kent this Sunday needing five points from a possible ten to secure third spot. Kent themselves will be in no mood to give the game away though as they still have a chance of snatching the title from Berkshire if they take nine points.

Team sheet v Kent: U25s Teamsheet v Kent 030814

Printable report and table: JHCL v Bucks 270714

League Week 12

It is that time of the season, with two rounds of fixtures to play, when we can start to congratulate clubs on winning their division or gaining promotion or we can commiserate with those who find themselves relegated! However, there are still some issues that have not been resolved and some intriguing fixtures to look forward to still.

To start with the congratulations: Headington’s defeat of City and County means that they are guaranteed the Division 1 title, as long as they fulfil their remaining fixtures! Adderbury and The Oxford Bowls Club are both promoted to Division 2 next season, whilst Bloxham will play in Division 3.

Elsewhere in Division 1, congratulations of a different sort to South Oxford, who won their first match of the year, against Carterton. An outstanding twenty-one shot victory for Ken Mobley’s rink was the highlight of the match and ensured the points for the home team. However, as they only have one remaining fixture, South Oxford will return to division 2 after a single season in the top division.

The final match in the division saw a close encounter between Shiplake and Banbury Central. In a match that could have gone either way, three shots on the last end by Jim Bland were enough to swing the match to the home team. The result means that the Banbury Central and Witney Town are separated by two points with two fixtures to play – whoever finished with fewest points will drop into Division 2.

Division 2 remains as tight as ever, though the top three look as though they will fight it out for the two promotion places, with the current top two facing each other in the final fixture of the season!

In this week’s fixtures, Watlington had Gordon Hooker’s rink to thank for their win against Thame. Their twenty-four shot margin ensured their team gained the match points.

West Witney had a comfortable win at home to Chipping Norton. A result that keeps them in first place in the division and, probably, ensures that the losers will return to Division 3 next season.

Bicester’s comfortable defeat of Banbury Chestnuts keeps their promotion hopes alive whilst ending any hope the visitors may have had of their own promotion. Indeed, with only one fixture left, they could still be relegated. Alan Hall’s rink’s twenty-six shot win was the highlight of the match.

In Division 3, Adderbury have Chris Skidmore’s rink’s twenty shot win to thank for their victory at Kidlington. Whilst The Oxford Bowls Clubs just beat Banbury Central B in one of the closest fixtures of the season. The two winning sides, both already promoted, play each other this week in what should be a title decider.

Blackbird Leys impressive win, in a close fixture against Witney Town, has shaken up what seemed to be an inevitable relegation situation. Whilst Blackbird Leys and Banbury Central still look the most likely candidates for relegation, the latter meet Witney Town this week in a match they must win convincingly, if they or Leys are to have any hope of remaining in this division next season. If Central achieves this victory, their final match is against Leys and the winner could stay up!

The final match in the division saw Headington B defeat City and County B comfortably with big wins for both Colin Harris and Martin Kershaw’s rinks.

Bloxham’s defeat of South Oxford B ensures their promotion from Division 3, as the only two clubs that could overtake them meet this week. Wins on three rinks in a high scoring match saw them almost reach the magic century!

Woodstock’s fine 5 – 1 defeat of Florence Park, with big wins for Brian Clarke and John Stone’s rinks, and a century to boot, should have kept them in second place but Chadlington defeated West Oxford 6 – 0, only missing their own century by five shots in the process. Peter Madeley’s men winning by twenty-one shots for the winners.

The last fixture was a very close affair between Oxford University Press and Hanborough. An eighteen shot win for Martin Oliver’s rinks being just enough to overcome the sixteen shot’s gained by Tim Cox’s men for the losers.

Printable report: League Week 12 report
League Tables: League Tables Week 12

Ladies County Finals

Singles winner 2014Ladies county finals were held at Oxford City & County on the 26th & 27th July. Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) was crowned the County singles champion for the 13th time after beating fellow club mate Carol Penson 21 – 12 in the final. Hawes raced to an early 16 – 0 lead but Penson fought back to 19 – 12. In the end Hawes managed to pick up the shots she needed to claim the title.

2 Wood Singles Winner 2014Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) became the 2 wood singles champion after a 14 – 11 victory over Carole Galletly (Banbury Central). The game was extremely close with nothing separating the two all the way through. On the penultimate end with the score level, Galletly held 1 shot but Knight trailed the jack for 2 shots and then scored a single on the final end to win the game.

County Fours Winners 2014Carol Penson’s four of Margaret Stacey, Marion Darton and Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County) beat fellow club mates Sue Mayo (sub), Myra Lewis, Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes 22 – 15 in the final of the county fours. Penson’s four managed to get a sizable lead over Hawes. Hawes’ four managed to pull shots back to get within striking distance but Penson’s four held their nerve producing some great saving bowls to keep their lead and win the final.

Unbadged Singles Winner 2014Melody Sykes (Banbury Central) won the County Unbadged Singles 19 – 14 against Wendy Sandy.

The county pairs, triples and under 25 singles finals will be played on the 7th September at Oxford City & County.

National Mixed Pairs and Champ of Champs

Howard Watts (Headington) and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) have qualified for the national mixed pairs finals which are held at Leamington Spa between the 22nd – 24th August. Watts and Hawes beat Colin Webb (Broadway BC, Bucks) 19 – 16 in the qualifying round.

Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) has qualified for the last 16 of the champion of champions held at Leamington Spa on the 6th – 7th August. Knight beat Jackie Squires (Wolverton Town BC, Bucks) 21 – 6 in the final area round.

Ladies county finals schedule

Please note that due to some double ups & availability issues the finals weekend programme has been amended – in summary the triples & pairs have been switched.

The programme is as follows:-

Saturday:
10.00 am – 2 wood singles
Donna Grant V Carole Galletly

10.00 am – championship singles

Katherine Hawes V Carol Penson

1.00 pm – county triples

Donna Grant, Gail Gilkes, Katherine Hawes V Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis, Jeanette Berry

Sunday:
10.00 am – county pairs
Myra Lewis, Gail Gilkes V Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion

10.00 am – Unbadged singles
Melody Sykes V Wendy Sandy

2.00 pm – county 4’s
Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Myra Lewis V Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins, Marion Darton, Margaret Stacey

As noted in my previous email the finals will be played over the finals weekend & those teams not meeting this requirement will forfeit the match.

Pat Ostler

Printable schedule: County Finals 2014

Men’s County game and U25 selection

The Men’s County selection for 9th August – 30th August is now available: Selection No 5 for Games Aug 9 – Aug 30 2014

The team to face Bucks in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 27th July has now been selected: U25s Teamsheet v Bucks 270714

League Week 11

At one point, as the results came in, I thought that I was reporting on a cricket league rather than a bowls league! Centuries were appearing in many early results, there were some postponements and there were other matches to report on that had taken place earlier in the month. However, later results settled to a more normal pattern!

There were only two matches in Division 1 this week, as the Shiplake/City and County match is postponed until 30 July.

In the matches played, Headington beat South Oxford six – nil, as might be expected given recent results. However, the match was closer than the result implies even though Headington were, once again, scoring over one hundred shots. The defeat effectively relegates South Oxford, as they are now eleven points adrift of fifth place Banbury Central with only two fixtures to play.

The other match saw Carterton inflict a heavy defeat on local rivals Witney Mills, with their 108 shot total the highest shot count of this week fixtures. Paul Sharman’s rink was the star for the winners with a thirty-five shot winning margin.

Division 2

In another week of unpredictable results West Witney have put themselves in a strong position to return to division one with their win at Banbury Chestnuts. In a close match, they won on three rinks and tied the fourth.

Watlington move into the second promotion place with their fine win at Chipping Norton, a results that all but relegates the losers.

Charlbury’s win against Bicester means that they given themselves a chance of staying in the division next year but they will need similar results in their final two fixtures if they are to do so.

In Division 3 Adderbury’s six – nil demolition of Headington B more or less ensures their promotion, although not the league title. A fine 104 shots, in what appears to have been a one sided affair with a very even distribution of shots across all four winning rinks.

Headington’s defeat could have meant that they fell into the relegation places but, once again, Banbury Central B managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, this time at home to Kidlington, and they now look to be heading back to division 4.

The Oxford Bowls Club played twice this week! The second match, postponed from 10 July, was against Witney Town and Oxford ran out 91 – 70 winners. In this weeks scheduled match, they have to thank Paul Ilott’s rink for their victory at Blackbird Leys. His rink’s twenty shot winning margin was just enough to outscore Gordon Roper’s seventeen shots for the home side, who finally lost the match by two shots! The win means that The Oxford Bowls Club remain clear in second place despite City and County B’s valiant effort winning away at Witney Town. The league champions may well be decided when the current top pair meet in two weeks!

Blackbird Leys are now effectively relegated, as they need fourteen points from their final three matches to overtake Headington, even if the latter fail to score again in their matches.

A strange match in Division 4 saw leaders Bloxham win at home to Oxford University Press. Strange as their usually reliable rinks both lost whilst unsung skips Ron Higgins and Ray Hopkins both won by large margins, 29.5 shots and 21 shots respectively. The clubs 101 shots adds them to this weeks century scorers.

Woodstock’s loss to Hanborough and Chadlington’s defeat of South Oxford B means that second place is now determined by shot difference, with Woodstock just ahead. Their clash in two weeks should determine which of them is promoted at the end of the season.

The final match saw Florence Park record their second win of the season, away at West Oxford. In an otherwise close match, Peter Booth’s rink’s fifteen shot winning margin was enough to ensure the match points for their club.

Report by Bob Joiner

Printable Report: League Report Week 11
Rink Scores: Rink Scores Week 11
League Table: League Table Week 11

Oxon ladies beat Surrey in county game

Played at Chertsey BC on Tuesday 22nd July on a hot and humid afternoon with an occasional breeze.
Due to the weather conditions we played 18 ends.
A good win for Oxfordshire Ladies against Surrey by 5 shots.

Daphne Jacob 14, V Pickering 20
Jeanette Berry 22, C Leathwood 12
Sue Gokgor 8, M Beach 21
Pat Ostler 15, K Deans 10
Carol Penson 23, L Pillman 9
Sylvia Rogers 14, J Tytherleigh 19

Oxfordshire 96, Surrey 91

Report by Jeanette Berry

Oxford City & County senior women for qualify Leamington

Congratulations to Oxford City & County’s Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson who have qualified for the National Senior Pairs at Leamington and to Myra Lewis who has qualified in the Seniors Singles.

Gaskins and Penson beat Eileen O’Shea and Pat Hunt of Kidlington 28 – 7 after 16 ends. Gaskins and Penson play their first round at Leamington on Sunday, 3rd August at 2pm.

Lewis beat Mo Cox (Banbury Central) 21 – 20. The winner was decided on the last end with a measure to see Lewis through to Leamington. Lewis plays her first round Saturday, 9th August at 12pm.

Oxfordshire Men’s Seniors for Leamington

Congratulations to Oxford City & County’s Alan Ley and Mike Petersen who have qualified for the National Senior Pairs at Leamington and to Colin Whitehead from the Headington club who has qualified in the Seniors Singles.

Alan and Mike start their campaign on the morning of Friday August 15th , whilst Colin, who won the National title in this competition in 2010, plays his first round game on Saturday morning, August 23rd.