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June, 2015:

Oxon ladies beat Bucks

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies beat Buckinghamshire by 32 shots in a county friendly on Monday 29th June at Banbury Borough BC.

Oxon 123, Bucks 91.

Jeanette Berry 21, L Throup 10
Brenda Havard 17, M L Roberts 11
Wendy Cross 30, M Harland 18
Carol Gaskins 22, S Faulks 14
Sylvia Rogers 16, L Hewins 21
Anne Norton 17, J Sussex 17

Men’s qtr and semi finals

This years Pairs quarter-finalists were greeted with a glorious sunny evening at Thame BC along with a good turnout out of supporters and spectators.

The contest between opposing Two wood finalists Howard Watts from the Headington club and Carterton’s Stuart Richens promised to be the tightest of the four matches.

This proved to be the case with the scores level at 13 all after 14 ends then the game changed completely. With a five on the next end, Richens and his partner Tim Jupp opened up the largest gap in the game, only to see Watts and Philpott retaliate with 14 shots,including a 7, over the next four ends. A single to the Carterton pair on the 20th end brought the game to a close with a 27-19 score to the Headington duo.

Headington’s second quarter-final pairing Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett proved to be far too strong for their South Oxford opponents Ivan Beckett and John Hall, picking up 21 shots in the first seven ends and moving on to finish on 31-8 after 19 ends.

Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly and Will Campion were up against host club representatives Casper Dupreez and Paul Heafey. A quick start by the Banbury couple put them four up at 4 ends, a lead they never relinquished, finishing at 19 ends with a 18-8 victory.

The last game matched Watlington’s Gordon Hooker and Bob Gilkes against the Carterton pairing of Andy Wise and David Clanfield. This proved to be the often commented game of two halves. At 10 ends, the Carterton boys were leading by 7 at 11-4.

Five ends later the Watlington pairing had moved into a 13-12 lead and with two ends to play were four in front. A two to Carterton on the 20th closed the gap to two shots with one end to play. In trouble, Clanfield added to the excitement and kept his and Wise’s hopes alive by killing the end. The replayed end saw them pick up a one, leaving the Watlington men one up and on their way to the semi-finals.

Semi-Finals Catering
To ensure that Players, Officials, Supporters and Visitors do not have any lunchtime delays, Banbury Borough have requested that meals are pre booked by Tuesday July 6th.

The menu choices are listed below along with the contact for orders.

Semi final catering

League Week 8

Another nice evening for bowls; with a heat wave forecast for next week, what is this summer about?

In the bowls matches themselves, Headington continued their relentless progress towards another Division 1 title. This week it was second place Banbury Central’s turn to go under the cosh. Outstanding bowling, by Headington, on Nick Rae-Welsh and Mark Charlett’s rinks almost earned them another century but a last gasp effort by Central kept them to a mere 98 shot total!

Carterton move into second thanks to their defeat of Shiplake. These are the two clubs with the greatest travel distances in the league and they both win their home matches and lose the away ones! This time there were comfortable wins on three rinks for the home side.

In the relegation match, City and County re-found their form at West Witney. Their five – one win could go a long way to ensuring their survival in the division. Big wins for Mike Peterson and Alan Ley’s rinks, only Paul Skidmore replying for the home side.

Erstwhile leaders of Division 2, Watlington have last weeks ‘super rink’ to thank again for their points this week away at South Oxford. Shane Cooper’s men’s twenty-two shot defeat of Keith Mobley’s triple was sufficient to take match points for the club, despite their losing on two other rinks and drawing the third!

However, this was not good enough to stop Witney Mills leapfrogging them into top spot! In a very tight match, Mills’ Les Days skipped his rink to a thirteen shot victory, which proved decisive.

Adderbury maintained their recent good form, with a comfortable home victory over Charlbury. The points they earned move them into third spot in a now very tight battle for promotion.

Witney Town remain top of Division 3 despite their loss to City and County. City and County’s Neville Wharton’s won by a larger margin than Town’s Alan Scholan, ensuring that home team took the match points.

Banbury Chestnuts closed the gap to Witney Town with a win at Chipping Norton. Derek Ives twenty-five shot margin proving enough despite Stuart Davis efforts for Chipping Norton.

Headington move above Kidlington thanks to their win at the latter’s ground. Close bowling on all four rinks with three going to the away team.

The bottom two met at Chadlington with the spoils going to the home team, leaving Bloxham eight points adrift of safety.

With both the leading teams losing at home, Division 4 now looks wide open with the top four separated by three and a half points

Leaders Hanborough suffered their second successive defeat, this time to Blackbird Leys. James Baldwin’s rink’s ten shot winning margin being the difference.

Woodstock defeated Banbury Central with Dave Francis and Bob Wright skipping the winning rinks for the visitors.

The final match provided the biggest winning margin in the league as West Oxford defeated Florence Park by seventy-two shots! Gary Richardson’s twenty-five shot win was the pick of the bunch but all four home rinks won by ten or more shots.

Printable report
League Tables
Match results

Ladies Triples: Oxford City and County trios qualify

Ladies Triples Qualifiers 2015

Two triples from Oxford City & County have qualified for the national triples championships held at Leamington spa in August. The triples qualifying rounds were held at Banbury Borough on Sunday 28th June.

Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jacky Gray qualified comfortably beating Pauline Illott’s triple by 14 shots in the quarter final before claiming victory from Gill Lambourne’s trio by 9 shots in the semi final.

Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes had a close fought battle with Caroline Campion’s team in the quarter final sneaking a 3 shot victory before beating the hosting club’s triple skipped by Angie Ives by 11 shots.


Quarter finals: P Illott 15, J Gray 32; Gill Lambourne 18, C Bloomfield 16; A Norton 15, A Ives 18; C Campion 13, K Hawes 16.
Semi Finals: J Gray 20, G Lambourne 11; A Ives 9, K Hawes 20.

Men’s U25 singles: May and Watts qualify for Leamington

South Oxford BC hosted Sunday’s Under 25 County rounds of the National U25 Singles Championship. After Saturdays glorious weather, contestants were welcomed by grey, wet skies, which lasted until late morning.

The first round games were marred by the non arrival of two of the contestants, which left their opponents having to wait 3 hours before starting their first game.

The highlights of the first round were the two 21-20 results in favour of Headington’s Dean May and Chadlington’s Orren Bennett. Seven shots over 4 ends saw May level 12 all against Watlington’s Chris Gilkes after 15 ends, before Gilkes moved into a 20-15 lead 9 ends later. The following four ends all went May’s way giving him the 6 shots needed to move into the quarter-final.
Chadlington’s Bennet shared the first 16 ends against Joe Glenn from The Oxford club and the scores were level at 14 each. Six shots over the next two ends put the Chadlington man 1 short of the magical 21. Glenn replied with 6 shots from the next three ends to level the scores before Bennet found the one he needed.

The Quarter-final saw comfortable wins for West Witney’s Harvey Alder and Headington’s May, whilst current holder of the title, Sam Watts from the Watlington club came back from 13-16 to overhaul Carterton’s Dan Wakeman. After his first round tight finish, Bennet looked set for a semi-final place after taking seven of the first 11 ends to move into a 14-5 lead against Watlington’s Shane Cooper who two ends later was still six shots adrift at 9-15. The game then took a complete turn around and with a run of 6 winning ends to his opponent, Bennet saw himself four shots down and his opponent two shots away from victory. The 25th end started with the scores level at 20 all and with each having one bowl left, Cooper, shot down, found a deflection off his own short wood to lie shot and try as he did, Bennet missed with his last effort.

With the sun on his back in the semi-final, May settled straight away against Cooper to take the first 9 ends and an 11-0 lead. The next 12 ends were shared, with May picking up 10 shots against Coopers 8. The win takes the Headington bowler into the Final and back to Leamington in August, following on his visit last year as the Oxfordshire losing finalist in the open singles. Accompanying May at Leamington will be last years Under 25 Champion Watts, who from 10 all at 15 ends against West Witney’s Alder, moved up a gear to take 6 of the next 9 ends for a 21-14 win.

As well as representing the County in the Under 25 singles, many of those playing today will be representing Oxfordshire at Leamington in the semi-finals of the White Rose Under 25 Double rink competition on August 30th.

Make a note in your diary and get up to Leamington to give them your support.

Ladies pairs from City & County and Banbury Central qualify

Pairs qualifiers 2015

Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) have qualified for the national pairs championships held at Leamington Spa in August. The qualifying rounds were held at Shiplake bowls club on Saturday 27th June.

Hawes and Knight beat a pair from Carterton by 12 shots in the quarter final before facing a pair from their own club. In a close fought match which lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes, Hawes and Knight came out on top with a 3 shot victory.

Galletly and Campion claimed a quarter final victory from an Oxford University Press duo skipped by Gill Lambourne in the quarter final before booking their place at Leamington by beating the pair from the hosting club by 13 shots.


Quarter Finals: C Penson 20, G Gilkes 10; D Knight 27, C Walker 15; S Blackmore 20, D Lynch 18; C Campion 27, G Lambourne 21.
Semi Finals: C Penson 16, D Knight 19; S Blackmore 13, C Campion 26.

Johns Trophy v Berks

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies will face Berkshire in their final Johns Trophy group game at Thatcham BC on Saturday 4th July. The team has been selected: Johns trophy v Berks

Oxon ladies lose by 3 to Beds

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies played Bedfordshire on the 25th June at South Oxford BC.

Result: BOL 113, Bedfordshire 116

Carol Nall 21, D Briars 14
Jeanette Berry 15, P Dobson 29
Wendy Cross 29, D Baker 17
Angela Ives 23, I Woods 11
Pat Ostler 11, A Brooks 18
Sylvia Rogers 14, P Bright 27

League Week 7

This week marked the halfway point in the season thus finishing as league champions or in the promotion and relegation places now start to become real possibilities for clubs.

In Division 1, leaders Headington must have thought that they had strengthened their grip with a six nil whitewash of Shiplake. However, Banbury Central and Carterton also had six nil wins! (Is this a unique occurrence? Is Central’s fourth six nil on the trot another?)

With the highest shot total in the league this week and three rinks scoring in excess of thirty shots, Headington’s defeat of Shiplake was as complete as the result suggests. Leading the way was Nick Rae-Welsh’s rink, scoring thirty-seven shots while restricting the opposition to eleven.

Central’s win at was a much closer affair. Indeed, but for Will Campion’ s outstanding last four woods, Rob Pink and his men could have gained a point for Bicester as they led by two after nineteen ends.

Big wins for Paul Sharman and David Clanfield’s rinks ensured Carterton’s six points and their century of shots at home to City and County

Charlbury came away from Division 2 league leaders Watlington with three points but they must be kicking themselves for not getting more! Winning on three rinks is, usually, enough to get the two match points as well, especially when you have won one of them by fifteen shots! However, full marks to Shane Cooper and his men for a stunning win, by thirty shot, to grab a draw for his team in the match.

Second place Witney Mills had a comfortable win away to bottom club The Oxford. Nothing outstanding on any rink, just steady bowling on all four by both teams.

Thame boosted their survival hopes by beating South Oxford. The score would have been five one in their favour had Dave Tidball’s rink not scored five shots in the last two ends to snatch a win on their rink for the visitors.

Division 3 leader’s Witney Town maintained their run of form with a big win over strugglers Bloxham; Brian Bloomfield’s big win ensuring their victory.

Behind them, the other promotion place looks very open with four points separating the next five teams.

In a close match, City and County defeated Banbury Chestnuts thanks to Gary Gray’s rink winning by eight shots in an otherwise very close affair.

Chipping Norton continued their recent run of good form defeating Headington thanks to a seventeen shot win for Keith Field’s rink.

In what was probably the closest match of the week, Melvin Brain’s five shots on the last two ends proved the difference between Kidlington and Chadlington.

The top two met in a crunch match in Division 4. Home side, Banbury Central, coming out on top in a close affair with Graham Haynes rink being the only winners for Hanborough.

However, Blackbird Leys also won five – one, at West Oxford, to maintain the gap between them and Central, thus the promotion places are still up for grabs.

The match between the bottom two clubs saw both teams win on two rinks but a twenty-one shots win for Keith Clarke’s rink and a nineteen shot margin for Don Portman’s men meant that South Oxford beat Florence Park comfortably.

Printable report
Match Results
League Tables

Ladies unbadged pairs

Nine pairs played in the Unbadged Pairs at South Oxford BC on Saturday 13th June.

The semi finals were very close fought games with only one shot separating each team.

Maureen De Paauw/Sue Stewart (South Oxford) 10, Jackie Stafford/Sheila Cranstoun (Shiplake) 9
Wendy Rossiter/Linda Price (Headington) 12, Diana Rockett/Carol Mobley (South Oxford) 11

The finalists playing on the weekend of 25th and 26th July at Oxford City and County will be Maureen De Paauw /Sue Stewart (South Oxford) v Wendy Rossiter/Linda Price (Headington)