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July 30th, 2015:

JHCL: U25’s v Kent

Oxfordshire U25’s will play Kent CBA Under 25s in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 2nd August 11.00am at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Team selection: Oxon U25s v Kent JHCL

JHCL: U25’s v Bucks

It was a case of glasses, cars, alarms and rain as Oxfordshire Under 25s prepared for their Junior Home Counties League game against Bucks at Iver Heath on Sunday.

Firstly skip Shane Cooper withdrew with a badly cut hand from a glass breakage and then Brandon King’s transport broke down along with Joe Woodward’s alarm clock meaning a few last minute team changes and only eleven players taking the green in torrential rain conditions. Needing all ten points to stay in contention for the title (Surrey are guaranteed six points from their last game as Middlesex have withdrawn from the league) Oxon settled to the task well and, with the green in danger of being submerged, led on all rinks with thirty ends played. Thirty ends constitutes a game and so had it ended then maximum points would have been awarded but the weather had its own ideas though and the rain slowed considerably shortly afterwards meaning the whole game being played.

Captain George Schwab in what could be his last JHCL game with Jonathan Dadson playing his first at lead with Harvey Alder and Orren Bennett in the engine room controlled their game against the four of Jack Seagrove from the off and picked up a hotshot eight on the fourteenth end to effectively end their encounter as a contest. The four continued to score well and eventually ran out winners by nineteen shots. Gary May, also playing his last game in the league, found himself skipping a triple with the two Dans, Swanson and Wakeman playing before him. Under the league rules the three would be deducted 25% of the final score meaning that they had to keep outscoring their opposition skipped by Phil Gregory. They did just that engineering nineteen shots in the last six ends to win 31(23.25) -13. The tightest of the three games was Chris Gilkes with Sam Watts, Joe Glenn and Ben Dickson against Nathan Harvey’s rink. Whilst the rain fell the game was close with never more than three shots between the sides however, once the conditions changed the Bucks front end adjusted the quicker and put Oxon under pressure end after end leading to eleven shots being scored in three ends to open a gap which could not be breached despite the Oxon four winning eleven ends to ten overall.

15-23 was the final result meaning, what would normally be a cause for celebration, a 70.25 to 49 shot and 8points to 2 victory. Nevertheless, the team, despite the disruption, performed very well in difficult conditions to secure the victory over a good Buckinghamshire side.

Oxon can now secure second place in the league with a victory over Kent at Kidlington on Sunday 2nd August.

Oxon 78*, Bucks 49
8 pts, 2 pts

Schwab 32, Seagrove 13;
May 31*, Gregory 13;
Gilkes 15, Harvey 23.

*25% (7.75) of rink score deducted for playing one short meaning 23.25 and team total 70.25

League Week 12

With only two more week of the season to go, this week is more about clubs than individuals, as some promotion/relegation issues were resolved while others remain close affairs.

With the demise of The Oxford Bowls Club, there will be 27 or 28 teams in next years league. (Oxford University Press tell us that they will be back next year, hence the uncertainty.) That being the case, the league will run as four divisions of seven teams in 2016. That means that for this season the bottom two teams in Divisions 1 and 3 will be relegated, but only one team will go down from Division 2 plus the loss of The Oxford. Promotion will be as normal, two up from Divisions 2, 3 and 4. This will give us seven teams in each division in 2016, assuming OUP do return.

In Division 1, whilst a win for City and County against Bicester, has probably kept them in the division next season, the loser are relegated. In an otherwise close match, Alan Ley’s rink’s twenty-five shot winning margin guaranteed the home club the victory they needed.

West Witney pushed Headington a close as any side has this year. Honours were even at eleven ends but the home side were too strong in the second half of the game and ran out six nil winners. The loss means that West Witney will join Bicester in Division 2 next year unless all the remaining fixtures go their way.

Shiplake went a long way to ensuring their safety with a very comfortable victory against a weak Banbury Central, for whom the match meant little, as they were secure in third place regardless of the result. Jim Bland’s rink scored sixteen without reply whilst Barry Lambourne’s outstanding performance won what otherwise was a very close game.

Division 2 is giving us another nail biter! Just as last year, promotion will go to the wire. After this weeks results, any of the top four can gain promotion, though Thame are relegated.

Best result of the week, anywhere in the league, goes to South Oxford who defeated league leaders Witney Mills five – one. No individual rink to pick out just good bowling by all with South Oxford winning on three rinks.

Adderbury cemented their promotion hopes with another five – one, whilst relegating Thame in the process, Tom Clarke and Phil Gladden’s men doing the damage for Adderbury.

The final match saw Charlbury winning a very close affair against The Oxford Bowls Club.

The promotion race is as follows: Witney Mills have one match to play, against The Oxford Bowls Club, who will be playing their last ever league match! Adderbury, with one to play, meet promotion rivals Watlington next week! Watlington’s final match is against Charlbury whilst South Oxford play The Oxford and Thame in the final two fixtures.

It could go to shot difference!

Division 3 leaders, Witney Town, need one point to ensure promotion despite their surprise loss to Kidlington, for whom Melvin Brain’s rink stood out. Town’s next match is against second place Banbury Chestnuts, who kept themselves in the promotion race with a five – one victory at Headington.

Chestnuts finish their season at home to the third team in the promotion stakes, City and County, who were themselves having a comfortable five – one win away at Chadlington.

In the relegation battle, Bloxham now look doomed having lost to Chipping Norton, who may have saved themselves with the win. Chipping Norton still have to play fellow relegation contenders Chadlington and Headington B in fixtures that will decided who joins Bloxham in Division 4 next season.

Promotion from Division 4 has come down to one match. A good win for Banbury Central this week, at home to West Oxford, means that third place Blackbird Leys are at home to second place Central next Thursday knowing that they must get a win to give themselves a chance of promotion.

Big wins for Tom McKenna and Ron Cox’s rinks were the basis for Central win whilst Leys had a bye.

Leaders Hanborough were getting an expected whitewash of Florence Park, achieving the only century shot total in the league doing so but they only have one match to play and Central could still overtake them.

Woodstock were defeating South Oxford B in the final match in the division with Brian Clarke’s rink providing the required shots for the match points.

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