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July 16th, 2015:

Men’s Finals

The men’s county finals will be held at Carterton BC on Saturday 19th July.


Ian Henwood, Mark Charlett (Headington BC) v Jon Philpott, Howard Watts (Headington BC)

Tim Jupp, Andrew Martin, Stuart Richens, Paul Sharman (Carterton BC) v Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab, Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough BC)


U25 Singles
Dean May (Headington BC) v Sam Watts (Watlington BC)


Sam Watts (Watlington BC) v Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough BC)

2 Wood Singles
Stuart Richens (Carterton BC) v Howard Watts (Headington BC)


David Clanfield, Andrew Martin, Paul Sharman (Carterton BC) v Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Howard Watts (Headington BC)

Please arrive suitably dressed in greys.
Match Dress as in Semi-Finals.

A variety of food will be available for purchase throughout the day for both players and visitors.
Will morning bowlers please order any lunch requirements before starting play.

Parking (Players and Spectators)
Please do not block the centre of the club car park.
From 12 noon, additional parking is available in the church car park in Arkell Road, on the same side as the bowls club

Ladies v Men

On Tuesday 14th July Oxfordshire men hosted the annual match against BO Ladies at Carterton, the home club of their President Steve Tolhurst. With a strong complement of Carterton bowlers, the men were optimistic of extending both their win of victories over the ladies and their wins in friendlies in 2015.
The match started evenly with the ladies taking a lead of 2 shots overall after 5 ends. By the 15th end the men had established a comfortable 24 shot lead which they extended to 31 by the end. Carol Nall with Carole Walker, Maggie Alderson and Sylvia Blackmore provided the ladies with their only winning rink thanks to a strong finish converting a 5 shot deficit into a win by 8 shots in the last 5 ends.

The battle of the presidents was close throughout and although Wendy Cross and her rink won the majority of ends, Steve Tolhurst had the final say winning by 5 shots.
The other 4 rinks proved comfortable wins for the men, particularly the rink of Ian Whelpton with David Latter, Allen Smith and Mick Morris.

OBA 134 – Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies 103.

David Latter Allen Smith Mick Morris and Ian Whelpton beat Margaret Stacey Sue Gogkor Daphne Jacob and Brenda Havard 29-16.
Jim Wells John Stephens John McGeough and Harry Wiliams lost to Carole Walker Maggie Alderson Sylvia Blackmore and Carol Nall 18-26.
Mike Jones John Hurley Phil Monahan and Peter Latter beat Erica Brown Sylvia Rogers Caroline Bloomfield and Jeanette Berry 21-13.
Steve Tolhurst Eddie Dorling George Weedon and Brian Bloomfield beat Margaret Morris Marion Darton Gill Muir and Wendy Cross 19-14.
Paul Demczak John Timms Martin Oliver and Jim Lucas beat Gill Hunt Maureen Osborne Angela Ives and Pat Ostler 21-16.
Barry Willoughby Graham Penn Allan Hall and Tim Jupp beat Carol Penson Jacky Gray Doreen Penn and Carol Gaskins 26-18.

Men’s Semi Finals: Next Stop Leamington Spa

After Banbury the next stop north on the Chiltern Line just happens to be Leamington Spa, the hoped for destination of those who made this years County National Championships Semi-Finals which were appropriately played on the Banbury Borough green, with its superb spectator viewing facilities, catering organisation and arguably the best floral surrounds of any green in Oxfordshire, all done by club members.
They even arranged for bright warm sunshine, at least until lunchtime.

The morning matches started with an all Carterton triples match between Bob Turley, Tim Jupp and Gordon Walker against David Clanfield, Andrew Martin and Paul Sharman. Martin replaced Alan Prew in the triple who were losing Finalists in last year’s National Triples at Leamington. The change in personnel did not weaken the trio who tucked five of the first six ends under their belts for a 9-2 lead and only failed to score on four of the next ten ends before their club mates conceded at 6-21.

Starting an hour later, the singles set up two intriguing games, Headington’s Howard Watts, in two other semi’s and already in the Two Wood final and Watlington’s Sam Watts, already a finalist in the Under 25 singles. With so much wattage on show, the competition promised to be electrifying. Watts senior, who had won the title twice before, the first in 1988, settled the quickest with two singles and triples to a four by his opponent to lead 8-4 at 5 ends. Watts junior then settled to take the next five ends and move into a four shot lead which prompted the Headington man to respond with three two’s and a single against three singles from Sam to bring the scores level at 15 all after seventeen ends. Once again the momentum turned, this time in favour of the Watlington man who brought the game to a close with a single, a triple and a pair for a 21-15 win, booking his second trip up the line.

The second singles semi saw West Witney’s Kevin Alder paired against Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes, losing finalist in 2006, in what proved to be a game of endurance over 29 ends. With the shot difference never more than three to either player the scores were level at 11 all after fourteen ends, sixteen all after 23 ends and then a three to the Banbury bowler brought him within two of moving into the final. Alder stood his ground collecting three singles to level the score once again.

The next end saw the game come to a close by a stroke of fate. With one bowl each remaining, Alder held the two shots required for game with Sykes having bowled his three woods unintentionally well past the jack. Alder bowling first, delivered his last wood, another in the count would have Sykes under serious pressure, a yard through and he had is opponents woods covered. Along came the fickle finger of fate, his wood caught the side of the jack which settled in between his opponents two nearest woods giving the Borough man the two shots needed to move into the final. It was not the most fitting of ends to what had been an enthralling game.

The morning session was over and lunch beckoned not a moment too soon, as within half an hour, the heavens had opened and parts of the green became waterlogged. The afternoon session managed to start an hour late at 3.00pm.

The two Pairs matches were comfortably won by the Headington duo’s of Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett against the Banbury Central pairing of Nigel Galletly and William Campion Watlington, and Jon Philpott leading for Howard Watts against the Watlington double Gordon Hooker and Bob Gilkes. After sharing the first six ends and leading 5-3, the Headington men picked up 7 shots over the next four ends to move into a nine shot lead which they extended to thirteen three ends later.

Although they took four of the next seven ends, the Central bowlers ran out of ends losing 11-21 at the 20th.
Philpott and Watts finished their game two ends earlier after moving from 8-4 at 9 ends to 23-4 six ends later to kill off the game, finally winning 24-7.

In the Fours, the home green rink of Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes ended the twelfth end 11-9 up against Bicester’s Robert Pink, Allan Hall, Kevin Taylor and Paul Hooley, with both sides having won 6 ends. A 4,3 and 1 rot the Banbury four over the next three ends opened up a ten shot gap. The Bicester rink took a single on the next end which turned out to be their last scoring effort before another six shots against them over the next four ends brought the match to a close and the Borough quad, 25-10 winners, reach for the railway timetable.

Borough’s other semi-final rink of Darren Sharpe, John Brooks, George Moon and AJ Docherty will, unfortunately, only be booking platform tickets so they can stand and wave to their club-mates off to Leamington. Their opponents rink saw Tim Jupp who had lost in the morning triples join up with his morning conqueror’s Andrew Martin and skip Paul Sharman, with Stuart Richens (Two-wood singles finalist) coming in at three. The Carterton foursome completed the eigth end three shots up at 10-7 and then proceeded to pick up eleven shots without reply over the next six. Four shots to Two in Carterton’s favour over the next five ends saw them book their second visit to the Spa town on the back of a 25-9 victory.

Howard Watts’ qualification three semi-final’s required the second Triples game to be played on Monday evening and this proved to be the match of the semi’s pitching Watts and team mates Jon Philpott and Nathan Lewis against fellow club mates John Nicholls, Jason King and Mark Charlett who won this title in 2013. After the day long drizzle, the game took place in dry conditions under a dull sky, but the baling was anything but dull. End after end the shot swayed between the two sides, with one excellent wood to take shot being matched by an equally excellent wood for the shot to move to the other triple. After four end, it was in Watts’ favour 5-2 only for Charletts trio to move into a 9-5 lead three ends later. There was even a tied end on the eigth, this was how good and close the bowling was. A three to Watts was followed by a three to Charlett before Philpott, Lewis and Watts picked up a 1.2 and 4 to move into a 15-12 lead with five ends to play. Nicholls, King and Charlett retaliated with a 1 and 3 to lead by one, only to drop a three on the sixteenth, 18-16 in Watts’ favour. A one on the seventeenth brought Charlett’s threesome to within one shot going into the last end. Try as they did it was not to be for Charlett and his two partners as Philpott, Lewis and Watts collected two shots for a 20-17 win in a game that was even tighter than the scoreline suggested.

The weekends winners are now all aboard for their journey to the County finals at Carterton Bowls Club next Sunday, July 19th, before their stop in August at Leamington Spa where hopefully they will not come off the rails.

League Week 10

With leaders Headington having their second bye week, the chasers, Carterton and Banbury Central, took the chance to close the gap at the top of Division 1.

Carterton’s home defeat of Bicester leaves the latter staring relegation in the face. Indeed, if they lose next weeks match against relegation rivals West Witney escape will be almost impossible. However, they pushed second place Carterton all the way this week, only losing in the final few ends on each rink, which should give them some hope for next week.

Centrals defeat of West Witney was a more one-sided affair, especially for those Witney players facing Les Campion’s rink. Leading from the start, the Central four eventually won by twenty-five shots.

The final fixture saw City and County continue their re-found form with a whitewash of Shiplake, who now find themselves close to the relegation zone. Indeed, with their last two home matches against Headington and Central they could yet be relegated. Big wins for Chris Earl and Mike Peterson’s rinks in this match.

Division 2 remains as tight as ever. Leaders Witney Mills were defeated at Adderbury with the rinks of Tom Clark and Chris Skidmore doing the damage. However, Mills two points from the match were sufficient to keep them above Watlington who were defeating bottom club The Oxford. Good wins for Chris and Bob Gilkes rinks plus that of Shane Cooper making Watlington one of this weeks centurions.

Charlbury, perhaps surprisingly, defeated South Oxford denting the latters hopes of promotion and their own of avoiding relegation. A good result for Jim Stevens’ men but Charlbury were close on the other three rinks losing two by small margins.

The Division 3 match between Chipping Norton and Witney Town had been played very early in the season as Town were on tour this week and unable to raise a team. At that point, Town were playing well and Chipping Norton poorly so the result was not an unexpected six-nil to Town. This extends their lead to almost ten points above third place City and County and should mean they gain a place in division 2 next year.

Banbury Chestnuts remain second after whitewashing close neighbours Bloxham, who are now almost certainly facing relegation. Good wins on all four rinks, with that skipped by Lee Wilkinson top of the scores.

Chadlington’s first ever Middleton Cup player, Orren Bennett, was instrumental in Ron Arthur’s rink winning by twenty-two shots, thus ensuring his club gained the match points. The single point the visitors went away with probably removes them from the race for promotion.

However, City and County are still in the chase thanks to their five – one win at Kidlington. A big win for Colin Pollard’s rink wiped out an equally good one for Melvin Brain’s men for the home side. The other two, close, rink went to the visitors.

Only two matches were played in Division 4 as Florence Park were unable to field a team at Banbury Central. The six points awarded to Central leaves them top of the league and now six points clear of Blackbird Leys in third place.

Leys themselves beat South Oxford in the closest match of the week, taking match points by virtue of their two winning rinks scoring three shots more than Oxfords!

Second place Hanborough comfortably defeated Woodstock despite the efforts of Dave Francis for the visitors. Their twenty-two shot win was almost negated by Ken Williams’ and Geoff Thompson’s men, who rose to the occasion.

Match Report
Rink Scores
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