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July 3rd, 2015:

Men’s Selection

The county games for 11th July – 1st August have now been selected and are available on the Bowls Oxfordshire website: Selection 4

MC v Hampshire

HCL v Surrey

Oxfordshire played their fourth match in eight days against Surrey and by the end still only had the one narrow win in the friendly for their efforts. The Home Counties League game at Thame on Saturday 27th June went along in similar fashion to the Middleton Cup with Surrey gaining an early lead which was never under serious threat.

Kevin Alder had a close match for the first 13 ends but pulled away to win by 10. Ian Whelpton’s four were in contention throughout but finally went down by 4. Ian Henwood’s rink were similarly close until dropping a 5 on the 19th end and lost by 10. Jason Kink dropped a 6 on the second end but remained in contention to finally lose by 5. Colin Whitehead struggled throughout against Mick Sigamoney and lost by 13. On rink 6 Alan Ley battled well and despite only winning 9 ends won by 3.

Oxfordshire 103 shots 4 points Surrey 122 shots 18 points.

Rink scores

C Lewis P Latter C Earl K Alder 26; M Porter P Clark B Ayling J Graham 16,
G Hooker L Days S Jones I Whelpton 14; Avadher R Long P Chuter M Sampson 18,
P Lopez P Skidmore P Comley I Henwood 14; P Vamvacopoulos P Foley C Ions C Souter 24,
R Green R Jackson J Hardie J King 18; C Jones G Dawber W Mathews L Dickson 23,
B Bloomfield P Strange C Weller C Whitehead 13; G Olver A Boarer J Cable M Sigamoney 26,
P Demczak T Jupp R Barnett A Ley 18; J Tucker R Mallet R Dodds N Chapman 15.

Men’s Fours Quarter Finals

The new pavilion and much improved playing surface of Witney Town greeted this years Fours quarter finalists on the warmest day since we had a hotter one.

Banbury Borough had two rinks competing, and the rink of Darren Sharpe, John Brooks, George Moon and skip AJ Docherty had the largest win of the evening with a 25-14 scoreline against Roy Edney, Derrick Johnson, Garry Watts and Paul Ilott.

The Banbury four got into their stride from the start but at nine ends their opponents were only three shots adrift. A 6 on the twelfth end in the middle of five winning ends did the damage for the rink from the north of the county, who entered the last third of the game with a 21-6 lead, finally winning 25-14 on the twentieth end.

Borough’s second rink of Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes playing against the Watlington under 25 trio of Sam Watts, Chris Gilkes and Shane Cooper with Under 25 manager Steve Gilkes in at two. After losing the first two ends, the Watlington quartet won ten of the next thirteen in what proved to be the tightest game of the evening and with a four on the fifteenth giving them a 16-9 lead a victory for them looked a strong possibility. The Borough boys dug in and three ends later had leveled the score. The impetus was now with them and they completed their best run of the evening taking the last three ends and finally moving into the semi’s on the back of a 21-16 scoreline.

Paul Sharman, Andy Martin and Tim Jupp who all tasted victory in the previous evenings pairs, linked up with Stuart Richens who has already booked a place in the Two wood final, to face the Banbury Chestnuts foursome of Martin Cooper, Lee Wilkinson, Brian Ray and Keith Buckle.Seven singles and a two over the first seven ends set the foundation for the Carterton rink and although a 5 on the eleventh brought the Chestnuts rink to within six shots, they only conceded five more shots over the remaining ends before running out 21-11 winners.

The final game brought the Bicester rink of Rob Pink, Allan Hall, Kevin Taylor and Paul Hooley up against Headington’s four of Jon Philpott, Colin Whitehead, Ray Gaskins and Ian Snowdon who were 7 shots up after the first four ends. The Bicester four took six of the next eight ends to start the thirteenth end all level at 10 all. A pair of two’s to each side saw the scores still even after 16 ends and with four ends to play the Headington four had a one shot advantage. Headington started the game taking the first four ends, but the Bicester team took the four ends at the business end to go into the semi finals with a 20-15 victory.

Hidden away on the furthest rink, the excitement of the game was possibly not noticed by many of the spectators who were engrossed in the Borough – Watlington game on the show rink. The excitement though, was added to by both skips ignoring the instruction on the scorecards, and using the scoreboard the wrong way round. It was a very warm evening though.

The new pavilion at Witney Town is a vast improvement and it’s size enables them to have two short mats, and I believe they could possible get four in. Their bar and catering facilities are excellent, an example of which was shown with the provision of a fish & chip supper for both bowlers and spectators to purchase after the games. Brian Bloomfield did such a good job that there is a rumour that the club is looking for sponsorship from Harry Ramsden’s.