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May 14th, 2015:

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

Ladies Eileen Hopkins unbadged pairs

Eileen Hopkins unbadged pairs is open to ALL lady bowlers who have NOT received their County Blazer Badge (3 times winners not eligible)

The winners and runners up are eligible to play for the County and may put their names down for selection.

Eileen Hopkins unbadged pairs will be played on Saturday 13th June at South Oxford Bowls Club. Report: 9.30 am for 10 am start.
NB Should extra dates be required for this competition they must be mutually agreed between competitors. Final will be played Finals Weekend.

Regulation dress: White Top/Club Shirt, Grey Skirt/Trousers/Cropped

Trousers, Grey/Brown Shoes

£2 per competitor 3 Woods 15 Ends (Final 18 ends)

Refreshments available, please bring raffle prizes.

Please enter via the notice on your club noticeboards by no later than Saturday 6th June 2015.

If you enter and then find you cannot come, a phone call would be appreciated (01295 259845) Email:

Oxon ladies pipped by Glous in MEL

Oxfordshire ladies played Gloucestershire on the 12th May at Fairford BC in the Middle England League. Unfortunately the lost by only 5 shots but wins by Carol Gaskins, Jeanette Berry and Angela Ives gave them 6 league points.

BOL 101 – Gloucs 106. 6 pts to 11 pts.

Oxon skips first:

Carol Gaskins 19, L Hamer 16
Carol Penson 12, J Howes 19
Sylvia Rogers 14, S Osborne 19
Jeanette Berry 21, J Shewad 18
Wendy Cross 16, R Hughes 19
Angela Ives 19, P Gunn 15

League Week 1 – sponsored by Brindle Insurance

For once, the weather smiled on the bowlers for the first match of a new season, chilly but dry and even the wind of earlier in the week had calmed down.
Just what new sponsors Brindle Insurance might have wished for!

The new season saw little change in division one where a twenty-three shot win for Howard Watt’s rink, for Headington A, ensured that last seasons champions maintained their form of last season, winning comfortably at Banbury Central. Indeed, the home side were only able to get a single point thanks to Nigel Galletly and his team staging a remarkable comeback, turning a five shot deficit after nineteen ends into a win by scoring three on each of the last two ends.

The two most geographically distant teams in the league met at Shiplake where the home side had a comfortable win against Carterton. Despite starting slowly, the home side improve their form as the match went on; especially Barrie Evans rink that finally ran out thirty-three shot winners.

The closest match was at City and County, where the home side started well against West Witney, leading by 24 shots after eleven ends, but the visitors had the better of the second half of the match with Kevin Alder’s rink coming back from fifteen shots down to win by a single shot. Fortunately, for the home team, their other skips hung on for the victory.

Division 2 saw newly relegated Witney Mills outplay visitors Thame on all four rinks with Richard Barnett’s men recording a twenty-six shot win, the largest anywhere in the league this week. The club also recorded one hundred and five points for their victory.

Elsewhere, Watlington hosted South Oxford A, narrowly losing in the process. With Mick Keen and Dave Tidball’s men scoring just too freely for the visitors, Bob Gilkes’s rink’s efforts to seize the match points for the home side not proving sufficient.

In the match between newly promoted Adderbury and Charlbury, the former won their first match in the division, in a close affair away from home.

Division 3 is now the only one with eight teams in and, as three of these are likely to be promoted to division two at the end of the season, all the fixtures should be closely fought!

Banbury Chestnut’s have recruited from elsewhere following two successive season of relegation. Big wins on three rinks saw them achieve over one hundred shots on the night, at home to Chipping Norton, and record the biggest win across all divisions in the process.

The battle between the newly promoted sides saw Bloxham get the better of Chadlington with John Steven’s rink’s score cancelling out that of Philip Radbone to give the match points to the home side.

Headington B scored five valuable points in a close encounter with Kidlington, this despite John Hardies’ rink’s efforts for the losers.

In the oddest fixture of the night, City and County B lost at Witney Town despite Colin Pollard’s rink recording a 17 shot winning margin! However, Paul Demczak’s men cancelled this out, winning by eighteen for Witney Town, who also got the better of the other two rinks by a single shot!

Division 4 was depleted by the very late withdrawal out Oxford University Press, who finally lost the struggle to get a team of sixteen men prepared to play every Thursday.

West Oxford may well prove the surprise team if they continue with this weeks form! A forty-seven shot defeat of Florence Park, away from home, must be more than they hoped for. Excellent victories for Gary Richardson and John Parker’s rinks, by twenty and twenty-four shots respectively, saw the club record the third century of shots of the week.

In an almost equally one-sided match, Hanborough defeated Blackbird Leys by thirty-three shots. Good wins here for Graham Hayes and Ken Williams’ men. Only Roy Brain stopped the rot for the home side.

In the final match of the week, newly relegated Banbury Central B defeated Woodstock in a match that was closely contested on all four rinks.

Match report
Rink Scores
League table