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August, 2015:

Hawker Cup Finals Day: Victory for Headington A

Hawker Cup winners 2015

The all-Headington final between Headington ‘A’ and Headington ‘C’ brought this years Hawker Cup to a close at the Oxford City & County club with victory going to the ‘A’ team, 45-22.
With the weather forecast suggesting the possibility of heavy showers, localised flooding, hailstones etc, it was good of the competition organisers to arrange for the sun to shine for most of the day and for the one and only rain shower of any significance to happen during the lunchtime break.
Bernie May, Ian Kibble-White, Paul Mabbutt and Ian Snowdon, playing against the ‘C’ rink of David Taylor, John Nicholls, Nathan Lewis and Jason King won the match for the ‘A’ team with a comfortable 28-6 win. From 5-all after eight ends, Snowdon’s four collected fourteen unanswered shots for a commanding lead. After conceding a single to their opponents on the fourteenth end, a further nine shots over three ends brought the match to a close at 17 ends.
Dean May, Alan Manger, Gary May and Howard Watts the ‘A’ team’s other rink, had a much closer encounter in their game against Jon Philpott, Norman Rae, Colin Whitehead and Nick Rae-Welsh before the game ended 17-16 in their favour.

The morning semi-final between Headington ‘A’ and Witney Mills saw Watts’ four win 28-13 against Roy Bull, Arthur Howard, Pete Wilson and John Mott, while Ian Snowdon’s rink recorded a 23-9 success against Mike Miles, Nick Andrew, Charlie Fisher and Chris Weller. Headington ‘C’ made their way into the final by beating Watlington 45-27. The Nick Rae-Welsh foursome led the way with a 23-8 win against Vic Webb, Les Westcott, Gordon Hooker and Bob Gilkes, whilst Watlington other rink of Sam Watts, Adie Twinn, Chris Gilkes and Shane Cooper saw their early dominance overcome by King’s four who went on to win 22-19.

The play-off for 3rd & 4th place produced a much closer contest than the Final, with Watlington coming out 43-33 winners over the Witney Mills team. Both Watlington rinks produced a 5 shot win, Bob Gilkes 21-16 against John Mott and Shane Cooper 22-17 against Chris Weller.

Wendy Sandy wins ladies unbadged singles

Gwen Steel Unbadged Singles Winner 2015

The Gwen Steele Unbadged Singles was contested by 11 players, played at City and County on Saturday 22 August 2015.

It was very good bowling in rather hot conditions with Wendy Sandy of Carterton, last year’s runner up, taking the winner’s trophy after a close fought final against Sue Stewart of South Oxford.

Quarter finals:
Janet Fountain (Banbury Borough) 12, Eloise Jones (Banbury Central) 14;
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 14, Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County) 1;
Sue Stewart (South Oxford) 11, Karen Galloway (Oxford City and County) 7;
Lettie Batten (South) 3, Wendy Buss (Shiplake) 16.

Semi finals:
Eloise Jones 10, Wendy Sandy 11;
Sue Stewart 16, Wendy Buss 9.

Wendy Sandy 16, Sue Stewart 12.

Oxon ladies lose to Hants

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies lost to Hampshire on a wet afternoon at Whitchurch BC with a dismal result of a 40 shot loss.
Due to the weather conditions played over 18 ends.

Carol Gaskins 12, B Muncey 16
Jeanette Berry 8, D Burbage 22
Wendy Cross 12, K Woodgate 23
Sylvia Rogers 17, P Lambshead 25
Pat Ostler 15, B Plumpton 18
Carol Penson 13, L Hayward 13

Men’s Selection 29th August – 15th September

The men’s selection for games between 29th August – 15th September is now available on the Bowls Oxfordshire website: Selection No 6

Oxford & District Bowls League Cup

Despite the forecast for localised flooding and storms, the League Cup semi-finals at South Oxford managed to avoid the rain, with both greens bowling better than expected.

League champions Headington A and third place Banbury Central A had won 9 of the 11 League Cup finals between them, so both started favourites to progress against their lower League opponents.

Holders Headington A came up against their B side, from Division 3, in the first ever clash between the 2 sides. Needing to get swiftly out of the blocks the B side found themselves trailing from very early on, with Jason King’s rink establishing an early lead for the A team for the second year running. At the half way stage the A side were ahead on all 4 rinks with a lead a 24 shots, before romping to a 31 shot win at the end. Jason King’s rink finished with an emphatic 18 shot win, but the B team did register a consolation, as Mark Kirby’s four managed to draw against a rink containing 3 Middleton Cup bowlers.

In the other semi-final Banbury Central A came up against Thame, another side qualifying for the semis for the first time. At 9 ends there was just 1 shot between the 2 sides, but the lower league side were unable to sustain their encouraging start and 3 of the Central rinks started to pull away. By 18 ends Central were in control with Nigel Galletly, Ian Whelpton and Keith Whelpton
all finishing strongly with 10+ shot margins.

The final of the League Cup takes place on Thursday 3rd September under the floodlights at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Semi-final results:

Headington A 81; Headington B 50: I Snowdon 17, M Kirby 17; J King 25, R Edwards 7; H Watts 18, M Kershaw 12; M Charlett 21, S Gould 14.

Banbury Central A 86; Thame 56: I Whelpton 19, P Heafey 9; K McNeil 30, J Timms 14; W Campion 11, G Penn 21; N Galletly 26, A Walker 12

Ladies Nationals: Knight & Hawes win pairs

National Pairs Winners 2015

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women’s National Pairs Championship, sponsored by Sporting Highlights. They defeated Cambridgeshire’s Linda Churchman and Cheryl Salisbury yesterday at Leamington Spa in the final by 9 shots.

The duo beat Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple from Huntingtonshire in the semi final after a string of close fought games to reach the final. Hawes now just needs to win the national singles to complete her full collection of national titles.

The national title finished off a good year for Oxfordshire ladies at Leamington with two semi finalists and a quarter finalist in the singles and fours. In the singles, Caroline Campion and Katherine Hawes reached the quarter finals with Hawes just losing by 4 shots while Campion powered on to the semi final with a 6 shot victory over Derbyshire’s Jo Skelton before narrowly losing out in the semi final to Surrey’s Gemma Barnett by 2 shots.

In the national fours, Ann Norton’s four of Mo Cox, Gill Hunt and Sue Waring reached the semi final stages after comfortably cruising through the earlier rounds. Unfortunately the four lost out to the eventual winners from Northamptonshire.

The final event for the ladies will be the Amy Rose competition for the under 31’s. Oxfordshire will play Leicestershire on Saturday 29th August at 9:30am on B3 & B4. Supporters welcome.

Full Oxfordshire results:

2 Wood Singles:
1st Round: B Hill (Bolton, Lancs) bt J Berry 16-12; C Gaskins bt S Almond (Sunderland, D’ham) 17-4.
2nd Round: J Eley (Bushey, Herts) bt C Gaskins 16-5.

1st Round: K Hawes bt S Alexander (Littleport, Cambs) 21-18; C Campion bt C Baxter (Wigton, Cumb) 21-10.
2nd Round: K Hawes bt V Molton (Kingswood & Hanham, Glos) 21-8; C Campion bt P Proud (Ventnor, IoW) 21-15.
Last 16: C Campion bt C Watson (Lindfield, S’sex) 21-12; K Hawes bt R Wigfield (Desborough Town, N’thants) 21-16.
Quarter Final: M Hayes (Ashford Rail, Kent) bt K Hawes 21-17; C Campion bt J Skelton (Stute, Derbys) 21-15.
Semi Final: G Barnett (Cheam, Surrey) bt C Campion 21-19.

1st Round: Bramford, S’folk (S Utteridge) bt C Campion 20-13; K Hawes bt Wilton, Wilts (L Trattles) 23-7.
2nd Round: K Hawes bt Portishead RBL, S’set (M Gozna) 17-16.
Last 16: K Hawes bt Cleethorpes, Lincs (A Gowshall) 22-21.
Quarter Final: K Hawes bt Sheerness St Georges, Kent (A Banes) 21-17.
Semi-final: K Hawes bt Parkway, Hunts (C Popple) 18-17.
Final: K Hawes bt Littleport, Cambs (C Salisbury) 20-11.

1st Round: Eastbourne, Sussex (J Fordham) bt J Gray 18-14; K Hawes bt Cleethorpes, Lincs (A Gowshall) 13-12.
2nd Round: K Hawes bt Greenhill, D’set (M Crawford) 24-8;
Last 16: Kingscroft, Leics (K Fudger) bt K Hawes 20-16.

1st Round: C Campion bt Barbourne, Worcs (P Jew) 24-10; A Norton bt Alnwick Ladies, N’land (J Lormor) 30-8.
2nd Round: C Campion bt Parkway, Hunts (A Kenny) 24-19; A Norton bt Downham Market, N’folk (H Garner) 25-8.
Last 16: A Norton bt Whitnash, Warks (M Tims) 22-13; Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (B Davies) bt C Campion 16-15.
Quarter Final: A Norton bt Newton Hall, D’ham (A Bernard) 22-16.
Semi Final: Desborough Town, N’hants (R Wigfield) bt A Norton 19-11.

Senior Singles:
1st Round: C Gaskins) bt Leics (S Lemon) 21-11.
2nd Round: Lancs (E Benvie) C Gaskins 21-10.

Senior Pairs:
1st Round: N’land (J Allen) bt P Shepherd 24-22;

U25 Singles:
1st Round: L Blankley (Kingscroft BC, Leics) bt J Alder w/o; K Hipkiss (Stute BC, Derbys) bt K Glenn 21-20.

U25 Pairs:
First Round: Cambridgeshire (E Felce) bt J Alder 18-6.

League: Final Week

The end of another season where this report should start with a list of congratulations and commiserations but I am going to start with the Division 2 report!

On 16 July, South Oxford A were in fourth place in the division and nine points behind leaders Witney Town. To win the league they needed a big win on their match in hand; to defeat Watlington and then hope that other results went their way. Well, miracles do happen, even in the bowl’s world, and today South Oxford finish the season as division champions! In what must be the closest division title race ever, they finished tied on points with Witney Mills, but with a better shot difference, and half a point ahead of third place Watlington, who remain in division two next year.

Good wins for Keith Mobley and Richard Claridge’s rinks that were the basis of South’s six nil defeat of relegated Thame.

Joining South in division 1 are Witney Mills, whose five – one defeat of The Oxford BC proved sufficient to creep above Watlington who, somewhat inexplicably, lost five – one at Charlbury for whom David Cooper ended the season on a high with a fifteen shot win.

There were two remaining situations to resolve in Division 3: who would join Witney Town in division 2 next year and could Chadlington get the miracle they needed both from their result and from Headington’s. The answer to the letter question was no, Headington pulled out all the stops, winning five – one and scoring a century of shots doing so, thus the result of the Chadlington match was of no consequence as they were relegated anyway but they could only tie with Kidlington. Special mention should be made of Steve Gould’s rink for their twenty-eight shot winning margin for Headington in the match against Chipping Norton.

Promotion was a head to head battle between Banbury Chestnuts and City and County B. The home side won comfortably so it is Chestnuts who go into division 2 next year. Derrick Ives and Brian Ray’s rinks provided the necessary points and shots for the winners.

Elsewhere Witney Town beat Bloxham in matches that had little relevance to any final positions.

The Division 4 title was at stake in the match at Hanborough. In a very closely contested match, the result went to Banbury Central on the last end on two rinks and they will play in division 3 next season as this years division 4 champions.

In other matches, Blackbird Leys defeated West Oxford whilst Florence Park lost their last ever league match to South Oxford. At least Peter Booth and his team can go out smiling after their twenty-six shot win for Florence Park.

Finally, to Division 1, where the top three sides all won their final matches. Headington inflicting the first home defeat for Shiplake in two seasons, Carterton winning at City and County and Banbury Central easing past Bicester in a match both notable for the return Mick Andrews after knee surgery and one that was much closer than the final score suggests.

For fun and your information the top three skips in the league were:

Graham Haynes (Hanborough) 10 matches, 10 wins
Mark Charlett (Headington A) 12 matches, 11 wins
Alan Scholan (Witney Town) 14 matches: 11 wins and 1 tie.

Promotion and Relegation

Division 1

Champions: Headington A
Runners up: Carterton

Relegated: West Witney and Bicester

Division 2

Champions: South Oxford A
Runners up: Witney Mills

Relegated: Thame (The Oxford Bowls Club cease to exist after this season.)

Division 3

Champions: Witney Town
Runners up: Banbury Chestnuts

Relegated: Bloxham and Chadlington

Division 4

Champions: Banbury Central B
Runners up: Long Hanborough

Printable report
Match results
League tables

Under 25’s shine at Leamington

Oxfordshire Under 25 Orren Bennett paired with Hertfordshire’s Megan Mackinnon reached the final of the Sutton Winson Plate, the mixed pairs competition for first round losers in the Sutton Winson Trophy mixed singles competition ,which reached the final stage today, Sunday. After losing 9-3 in the first set of the Final, Orren and Megan took the second 9-0 before losing the extra end to lose 1-2 to Kent’s Anna Hall and Northamptonshire’s Kieran Rollings.
In their semi-final Orren and Megan had a 2-0 win against fellow Oxfordshire U25 Thomas Tisbury and Wiltshire’s Bethany Little.

HCL: They shoot horses don’t they?

Two horses caused chaos on the M25 on Saturday, late morning, as they broke looses after their horse box crashed.
Many of the Oxfordshire lads travelling to Popes Mead game against Sussex in the HCL league got caught up in the chaos.
Even with the hold up, very one managed to get to their destination by 2.00pm and the start was only delayed by about 15 minutes.
By comparison, a journey that had taken 3.5 hours going too just over 1.5 hours coming back.

The first five ends across the board saw the County 27-35 behind and no doubt getting all the hassle out of their system.
At 10 ends the scoreline had swung round with Oxfordshire 59-53 in front. At 15 ends the 6 shot lead had been maintained, then disaster for Oxfordshire over the next 3 ends saw Sussex move into a 10 shot lead, 102-92.
With the last three ends going 15-12 in the home teams favour, the horse had already bolted and it was too late to shut the stable door. 117-104 and 18pts –4 in Sussex’ favour.

Individual rink scores were:
Brian Bloomfield, Trevor Beaumont, Richard Barnett, Mark Charlett 26-13
Henry Beall. George Weedon, Chris Weller, Mike Petersen 16-21
Paul Lopez, Richard Jackson, Remy Clanfield, Alan Ley 16-19
Richard Green, David Wedge, Paul Comley, Ian Whelpton 14-34
Mel Cameron, Chris Cox, Paul Skidmore, Kevin Alder 18-14
Steve Tolhurst, Terry Gripe, Steve Jones, Melvin Brain 14-16

U25’s: 2nd place in home counties

Congratulations to the Under 25’s who finished second in the Home Counties Under 25’s League.
With Middlesex withdrawing from their last three games, the league came to a close after last Sunday’s game between victorious Oxfordshire side against Kent at Kidlington.
Surrey won the title with 43 points and we came second on 39.
Victory to Surrey by one shot in their home game against Oxfordshire gave them the winning league margin of 4 points. As following games panned out, if the one shot had gone to Oxfordshire, then the top two positions would have been reversed.
The Under 25’s have had a good season and are still in the chase for the National White Rose trophy in which they play their semi-final against Devon at Leamington starting at 9.30am on Sunday 30th August.
Forget the August Bank Holiday, one of those comes round every year. The White Rose is something special. Go and give the youngsters your support. We hear enough bowlers saying we should encourage young bowlers, now you have your chance. Make an effort.