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July 27th, 2015:

Ladies County Finals

Singles Qualifiers 2015This year’s ladies county finals were held at Oxford City & County on the 25th & 26th July. The weekend kicked off with the ladies singles, under 25 singles and unbadged pairs. The ladies singles saw Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) beat Katherine Hawes comfortably denying Hawes of a 14th title. The under 25 singles game was a nail biting affair with Jazzmin Alder from West Witney beating Katie Glenn from the hosting club by just one shot. Under 25's Singles Winner 2015In the Unbadged pairs Maureen De Paauw and Sue Stewart from South Oxford beat Wendy Rossiter and Linda Price from Headington. The morning’s games was followed by the ladies pairs in which Campion teamed up with Carole Galletly and Hawes with Donna Knight. The game was extremely close with nothing separating the two teams. Unbadged Pairs Winners 2015Campion and Galletly managed to edge away to a 4 shot lead going into the final end with Hawes & Knight only managed to pick up 3 on the last end to lose by 1 shot.

County Pairs Champions 2015

Officers Cup Winners 2013The second day saw a change in the weather, which made conditions very tricky for the finalists of the 2 wood singles, triples and fours. The 2 wood singles saw club mates Carol Gaskins and Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County) play each other in another close final. Early on, it looked as though Gaskins would race to an early victory but Berry fought back to claim a 3 shot win. County Triples Winners 2015The triples also saw two teams from the host club play each other. Knight, Gail Gilkes and Hawes beat Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jacky Gray by a sizable margin. A hot shot on the first end set the scene for the game. County Fours Winners 2015The Fours final involved 2 teams from Banbury Central. June Bone, Gill Sharpe, Galletly and Campion pressed on to an early lead but as conditions changed rapidly during the morning, Mo Cox, Sue Waring, Annie Gilkes and Anne Norton claimed the title with a 4 shot victory.

Singles: C Campion (Banbury Central) 21, K Hawes (Oxford City & County) 6.
2 Wood Singles: J Berry 13 (Oxford City & County), C Gaskins (Oxford City & County) 10.
Pairs: C Galletly, C Campion (Banbury Central) 18, D Knight, K Hawes (Oxford City & County) 17.
Triples: D Knight, G Gilkes, K Hawes (Oxford City & County) 35, V Harrison, M Stacey, J Gray (Oxford City & County) 10.
Fours: M Cox, S Waring, A Gilkes, A Norton (Banbury Central) 20, J Bones, G Sharpe, C Galletly, C Campion (Banbury Central) 16.
Under 25 Singles: J Alder (West Witney) 21, K Glenn (Oxford City & County) 20.
Unbadged Pairs: M D Paauw, S Stewart (South Oxford BC) 21, W Rossiter, L Price (Headington) 10.

Bradshaw Cup

In it’s new format and celebrating it’s 70th anniversary, this years Bradshaw Cup took place on Sunday afternoon at Banbury Chestnuts.

A team of players from clubs in the North & West of the County were up against bowlers from clubs in the South & East. The North & West team ran out winners by 122 shots to 108 even though the South & East won 4 rinks to 2. The Chestnuts green stood up well to the rain that had prevailed for most of the day, and the bowlers and their guests, as usual, were treated to the clubs warm hospitality with a welcoming roast dinner after the game.

North & West 122, South & East 108

Paul Skidmore (West Witney) 29, Trevor Beaumont (Shiplake) 10;
Jim Lucas (Bloxham) 17, Chris Cox (Kidlington) 9;
Kevin Alder (West Witney) 29, Colin Whitehead (Headington) 7;
Chris Weller (Witney Mills) 18, Bob Gilkes (Watlington) 22;
Ian Whelpton (Ban. Central) 14, Chris Earl (City & County) 20;
Brian Bloomfield (Witney Town) 14, Mark Charlett (Headington) 30.

Full results: Bradshaw Results

Under 25’s Day

Watlington Bowls Club is hosting the 8th Oxfordshire Bowling Association & Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies Under 25s day, on Monday 31st August 2015 at 9.30am.

All Under 25s players in Oxfordshire are invited to come and take part in what has proved one of the most popular days in the bowling calendar over the past few years.

Experience is not necessary. If you are aged under 25 and play bowls then you are qualified to take part or even if you haven’t played bowls and want to try you are equally qualified, so come along and get involved. All you need is flat soled shoes or trainers and enthusiasm. In addition to the bowling there will be spiders and bowl for goal competitions.

There is no cost to players with lunch and a drink provided. Parents and spectators are just as welcome. There will be bacon rolls available on arrival, a barbecue at lunchtime along with bar and refreshments all day.

For further details of the day or any information regarding junior bowling in Oxfordshire please contact team manager, Steve Gilkes on 07868 435052 or

In addition to this, the men’s Under 25s double rink have qualified for the national semi-final of the White Rose 2x4s and play Devon at Leamington on Sunday 30th August 2015 at 9.30am.

The ladies Under 31s take part in the Amy Rose at 9.30am the day before on Saturday 29th August 2015.

Please get along to support both teams if you’re able!