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May, 2015:

Strong start to Johns Trophy for Oxon ladies

Johns Trophy 2015

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies got off to a solid start in their Johns Trophy campaign at Flemming Park, beating the Isle of Wight by 47 shots and picking up 18 points. Oxfordshire lead all the way through the game and cruised to victory winning on 4 rinks.

Oxfordshire 142, Isle of Wight 95
18 pts – 4 pts

Oxon Skips first:

Brenda Havard 26, P Proud 11
Wendy Cross 34, V Newton 17
J Berry 30, G Auen 11
D Knight 25, A Ash 18
P Ostler 10, V Addison 18
C Gaskins 17, J Utteridge 20

JHCL: U25’s v Berkshire

Oxfordshire U25’s will face Berkshire in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 31st May 10:30am at Kidlington BC.

The team has been selected: Oxon U25s v Berks JHCL 310515

Walker Cup: Oxon ladies lose out to Surrey in final end thriller

Ladies Walker Cup 2015

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost by 2 shots to Surrey in the Walker Cup on Sunday played at Windlesham BC.

Pat Ostler’s rink of Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris and Brenda Havard put out a solid performance against Surrey skip Pam Garden and had a close fought tussle eventually claiming a 7 shot victory. Katherine Hawes’ rink of Myra Lewis, Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes got off to a slow start slipping 9 shopts behind but persevered to bring the scores back close.

The final ended saw Hawes’ rink needing 1 shot to go through to the next round. The head changed hands with every bowl but unfortunately Hawes’ just missed the jack on her final bowl giving Surrey the shot they needed to win.

Oxfordshire 40, Surrey 42

Oxon skips first:

K Hawes 18, P Bourne 26
P Ostler 22, P Garden 16

Middleton Cup v Buckinghamshire CBA

Oxfordshire will play Buckinghamshire in the Middleton cup on Saturday 30th May 2pm at Waddesdon BC.

The team has been selected: MC v Bucks

Men’s league week 3

What a difference a week makes!

Blessed as we were by a warm, dry May evening, fit for bowling for the first time this year, good bowling was seen at most venues and the upshot was some very close matches in all divisions. Indeed, it was the first week for some time that no side had a total shot score of over one hundred.

In Division 1, with Headington not playing, Shiplake took their chance by beating close rivals City and County in a topsy-turvy match and now lead the league. Barry Lambourne and Jim Bland’s rinks took early substantial leads whilst Graham Kennedy’s men appeared to be going well down. However, as the match progressed, Graham’s rink switched to a short mat game to comeback well for a win whilst Alay Ley, for City and County, fought back to beat Jim Bland. However, this was the visitor’s only victory and Shiplake took the match comfortably.

Carterton followed last weeks win with a closer one, this time away at Bicester. The home side won on two rinks, with one being that of Kevin Taylor who beat last week’s big winner, Paul Sharman. However, Gordon Walker’s rink won comfortable to give the away team the match points.

At Banbury, Central got over their shaky start to the season with a good win over West Witney. As at Shiplake, the result does not tell the story of the match. Only Nigel Galletly’s triple lead from an early in the game, but the home team was losing on the other three rinks at the halfway mark. Battling performances from Les Campion and John Tee, who made up for his defeat last week, were capped by an under-the-weather Will Campion skipping a dramatic comeback from ten shots down to snatch victory on the last end.

Division 2 looks to be heading for another very close season as only a half point separates the top three.

Current leaders Watlington went to The Oxford Bowls Club and scooped the majority of the points, thanks to a big win for Steve Gilkes’ rink.

Witney Mills hosted an Adderbury side still reeling from last week’s heavy defeat. In a close match, the sides shared the rink results but the home side took the match points thanks to Chris Weller’s win.

The final match in the division saw South Oxford A host Charlbury. The hosts were winning on overall shot count going into the final end when David Dix, skip for the opposition, who was two shots down in his match after twenty ends, played an outstanding last bowl to move the jack and score four shots for his team, giving them both his rink point and the match points.

Division 3 and Banbury Chestnuts continued their early season form, this time at Bloxham’s expense. Good wins on all four rinks, including one for Derrick Ives over old teammate Dave Morse, gave Chestnuts the spoils and they now top the division.

A big win for Melvin Brain’s rink saw Kidlington take the match points in an otherwise very close match with City and County’s B side.

The other two matches in the division saw the closest results in the league so far this season. Headington B won on three of the four rinks, which were all close affairs, to have three points and lead the match by nine shots with one result to come, a situation that would normally be sufficient to get the match points as well. However, Carl Smart’s men had other ideas winning by ten shots to give Chadlington an equal share of the final points.

When Tim Ludlow won his rink by eleven shots he must have thought that it was enough to give his side, Witney Town, a clear win over thus far struggling Chipping Norton. However, wins on two rinks for the latter actually left Witney behind, by two shots on total score, with one rink result to come. Alan Scholan’s men finally saw Witney home by the narrowest of margin.

Hanborough lead Division 4 thanks as much to having played, and won, last week, as to their other results. As in the final division 3 match, their match away to Woodstock was close on two rinks, including one tied, but Brain Clarke’s eight shot victory for the home side proved insufficient and the visitors scraped home by a single shot.

Blackbird Leys had a comfortable win at home to an obviously struggling South Oxford B, who could only muster 13 players.

Final match of the night was at Florence Park and, fittingly perhaps, it saw the biggest rink victory of the night with Banbury Central’s Mal Leather’s rink scoring twenty-nine shots more than their opponents in an otherwise close affair to give the way team the victory.

Printable report
Rink Scores
League Tables

Balcomb Trophy Prelim v Hampshire CBA

Oxfordshire men will play Hampshire in the Balcomb Trophy prelim on Sunday 24th May 2015 10.30am at Atherley BC.

The team selected:

Dean May
Keith Holloway
Mark Charlett
Howard Watts

A. J. Docherty
Gary May
Nick Welsh
Mark Sykes

Reserve: to attend please: Jon Philpott

Prelim v Hampshire 24th May 2015

U25 v Bucks – National 2x4s

The men’s under 25’s will play Buckinghamshire in the ‘White Rose’ National 2x4s on Sunday 24th May 10:30am at Kidlington bowls club.

Sam Watts (Watlington)
Orren Bennett (Chadlington)
Dan Wakeman (Carterton)
Shane Cooper (Watlington)

Dan Swanson (Bicester)
Joe Woodward (Kidlington)
Chris Gilkes (Watlington)
George Schwab (Banbury Borough)

Reserves (alphabetically): Harvey Alder (West Witney); Bradley Squires (West Witney)

U25s WR Teamsheet v Bucks 240515

Oxon Ladies lose to Herts

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Hertfordhire in a county game at Oxford City and County BC on Tuesday 19 May. Varying weather conditions hindered the ladies, only managing to win on 2 rinks.

Bowls Oxfordshire 70, Hertfordshire 132

Oxon skips first:

Jeanette Berry 19, S Bard-Boder 13
Sylvia Rogers 9, A Graves 21
Wendy Cross 13, A O’Hare 24
Annie Gilkes 16, H Chandler 12
Carol Penson 8, S Maynard 31
Carol Gaskins 5, A Hall 31

Men’s League Week 2

At last, a real English summer evening!

Despite the wet and cold causing some cancellations, many matches survived, especially those in the top two divisions.

In Division 1, Headington A continued their excellent start to the season with a 5-1 victory over newly promoted Bicester. Mark Charlett led the way for the home club winning by thirty-two shots. Uniquely, the Bicester winning rink’s lead, Brandon King, is the son of the oppositions losing skip, Jason!

Carterton’s Paul Sharman was not going to be outdone by a Headington man! He skipped his team to a thirty-three shots win over Banbury Central’s John Tee. Wins on two other rinks ensued that Carterton erased last week’s defeat at Shiplake, despite the effort of Les Campion’s men for Central.

Shiplake travelled to West Witney and, for three of their skips, the opposition and the weather proved very difficult. With two rink victories, a draw and an eleven shot winning margin for Harry Williams’ men, Witney should have won the match. However, Barry Evans’ rink put twenty shots on the scorecard for Shiplake before their opposition opened their account; his rink’s win, by fifteen shots, cancelled out their opponents score and gave the visitors the match points.

Pride of place in Division 2 goes to South Oxford A who ran up 116 shots in their comprehensive defeat of Adderbury. Pick of the night were David Tidball’s men with a twenty-six shot winning margin.

Thame won comfortably in the game against The Oxford Bowls Club only failing to score one hundred shots by the narrowest of margins. No outstanding performances, Andy Walker’s men with best win, by fifteen shots, just sound bowling by the whole team.

The last match in this division saw Watlington defeat Witney Mills in a close affair, only Shane Cooper’s rinks’ 24 – 8 score making the winning margin seem greater than it could have been.

Only one match survived the weather in Division 3 and this curtailed to fifteen ends. Witney Town’s comfortable away win at Chadlington gives their standings in the league a real early season boost.

Likewise, Division 4 saw only one fixture played, again curtailed at fifteen ends by the weather. By then, Long Hanborough’s Martin Oliver and Graham Haynes were holding fifteen and twenty shot winning scores and the team had run up seventy-four shots to the forty of their opposition, West Oxford.

League table
Match results
Printable report

Men’s selection for OBA Games 23 May to 23 June

Men’s selections for OBA Games 23 May to 23 June are now available on the Bowls Oxfordshire website: Selection No 2 for games 23 May – 23 June 2015