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August, 2015:

County friendly versus City & County of Bristol

The OBA maintained their winning ways in the friendly fixtures with a win on Tuesday against the City & County of Bristol BA at the Redland Green club in Bristol.
After driving through a heavy shower and arriving to a cloudy sky, the afternoon was spent in warm sunshine, playing on a good surface in very pleasant surroundings.
Since the County’s last visit six years ago, the club has undergone extensive impressive improvements to the changing rooms facilities.

The winning 133-104 scoreline was headed up by Alan Wase, John Jarvis, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton out on rink 6 with a 34-8 win.

The other two winning rinks were:
Mike Jones, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Alan Ley 22-9.
Whilst on the show rink, Alex Fleming, Peter Brittin, Terry Gripe and Jim Lucas won 26-17.

Barry Willoughby, Allen Smith, David Wedge and Allan Hall managed a 20-20 draw.
Mel Cameron, Eddie Dorling, Mick Morris and Brian Blomfield lost 13-20.
President Steve Tolhurst, John Stephens, John McGeough and Peter Latter were courteous to the home President, losing 18-30.

Domestic Finals: Alder retains the trophy

Officers Cup Winner 2015The Allison, Longford and Officer’s Cups were brought to a close on Sunday with the semi-finals and Finals of the three singles competitions being played out on the Oxford City & County green.
Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield’s qualification for a semi-final place in both the Longford and Officer’s competitions necessitated one of the semi’s to be brought forward to the Saturday morning when he was up against South Oxford’s Richard Claridge in the Longford. With the HCL game awaiting him in the afternoon, the Witney man quickly dropped on his line and weight scoring six shots over the first three ends before conceding a single. Eleven shots over the next six ends moved him into a 17-1 lead before Claridge collected a full house, but that was the last score for the South Oxford man before Bloomfield picked up a single and a three to move into the final with a 21-5 win.

Sunday morning had a poignant feel to it as two of the semi-finalist were from the soon to be disbanded The Oxford bowls club, Roy Edney and Garry Watts. Edney featured in the Officer’s against Bloomfield,playing his second semi of the weekend.

Edney unfortunately found his Witney Town opponent is the same mean form as had Bloomfield’s Longford opponent, being 11 shots down before getting on the scorecard and even though he shared the next eight ends he could only pick up 5 shots whilst dropping 10, to lose 5-21 to the Witney man. Reigning Officer’s champion Kevin Alder from the West Witney club contested the second Officer’s semi against South Oxford’s Richard Green, and after dropping a two on the first retaliated with nine shots over three ends, showing his intent to retain the title. Although Green took seven of the next twelve ends he was still behind at 12-19, still suffering from the four and three he dropped on the second and third ends.
Two singles to Alder brought matters to a close at 21-12 and the title defence was still on.

Allison Cup Winner 2015The afternoon final in red hot sunshine was a two and a quarter hour battle over 27 ends featuring no less than seventeen singles. After six shard ends, Bloomfield led 5-3 and five ends later he had maintained the two shot lead for 10-8. A string of five singles put Alder three shots in front only for Bloomfield to pick up a full house to move back into a one shot lead.After twenty four ends, the scores were level at 19 each. The next end was the turning point of the game with Bloomfield holding three shots for game before Alder drew and held onto the shot wood to go one short of the title. Bloomfield dug in again to draw level once more to leave a one end shoot out. It proved to be an end too far and Alder retained his title with the tightest of score-lines, 21-20.
The Allison Cup brought Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly against Headington’s Alan Manger, and Tim Ryan from the Charlbury club against The Oxford’s other semi-finalist Garry Watts. Galletly quickly found the green, building up a 12-2 lead after eight ends. The second half of their contest was evenly split, four ends each, but the Banbury man picked up one shote to his opponents six, to move into the final with a 21-8 victory.

The Ryan / Watts semi was a 24 end marathon with no fewer than single shot ends. Ryan set off the better of the two, going 10-2 up after seven ends. Five ends later it was 11 each before the Charlbury bowler took seven of the next eight ends to leave himself two shots short of victory at 19-12. Watts scored four more shots before Ryan took the game on the 24th end, 21-16.
The Final saw Galletly take early command for a 7-2 lead after six ends, and although he took four of the next six ends, at the twelfth Ryan was still four shots adrift and then it became unlucky thirteenth as he dropped a four then a single to see Galletly move into a 16-7 lead. Although he dropped a two on the following end, the Central brought the final to a close with a two and a three, to collect the trophy with a 21-9 success. Although there was no follow on to Leamington, at least he has some silverware to match his wife’s 2015 success.
Whilst Bloomfield was battling against Alder, his Longford Cup final opponent was still to be decided, as Oxford City & County club mates, Othman Sharif and David Wedge battled out the second semi. Sharif started off the quicker, 7-0 up after four ends, but from 12-8 after nine he lost the next four ends to go 12-14 down before the tables turned in is favour as he picked up nine shots from the following five ends to win a final place with a 21-14 scoreline.

Longford Cup Winner 2015Almost six hours after he started his first game of the day, Bloomfield began his third game and second final, against Sharif who started with a three. After eleven ends, they could not be separated at 8 all, then Sharif put a run of five ends together to lead 16-8. The Witney man fought back with eight shots over the next seven ends but his opponent had also picked up a brace of two’s to leave himself one short of victory, which came on the next end and a 21-16 win put the trophy in Sharif’s hands.

League Week 13

The end of the season approaches and this weeks matches have settled some promotion and relegation issues but still left some intriguing encounters for next week.

Division 1 is now settled on all counts, with congratulations finally going to Headington A, whose defeat of City and County A assures them of retaining their league title for another year. The match was a closer affair than some involving Headington this season, a good win for Paul Comley’s rink and another for Chris Earl’s left the sides separated by less than four shots.

Commiserations must go to West Witney whose defeat to close rivals Carterton ensures their relegation and Carterton’s second place in the league. Witney pushed Carterton close on all four rinks but only Harry William’s men could actually pull of a victory.

Congratulations as well to Bicester who finally managed a win in this division, with great results for Paul Hooley and Alan Hall’s rinks. Unfortunately, it was too late to stop their relegation to division 2.

Whist the relegations spots had already been settled in Division 2, the title and second promotion places are still a three-way affair.

Erstwhile leaders, Witney Mills had no fixture, whilst the important match between last weeks second and third place teams went Watlington’s way and they now top the division. Three points from their match against Charlbury next week will be sufficient to get them promoted, whilst four would see them champions. Adderbury’s defeat means that they need a miracle to get promotion as they have no match next week and Witney Mills and South Oxford are less than two points behind them.

South Oxford squeezed past The Oxford Bowls Club, who were playing their last ever home league fixture, and now play already relegated Thame while Witney Mills are at home to The Oxford BC in their last ever league match, and they do not want to be generous as they need to equal the South Oxford result if they are to be promoted.

Elsewhere, Thame were beating Charlbury in a match that meant little to either side.

The new Division 3 champions are Witney Town, as their defeat of close chasers Banbury Chestnuts means they cannot be caught. Good wins for Brian Bloomfield and Alan Scholan’s men ensued Town got match points despite the efforts of Kevin Buckle’s rink for Chestnuts.

Intriguingly, City and County B’s heavy defeat of Headington B means that they now play Chestnuts next week in a winner is promoted contest.

Bloxham’s defeat at Kidlington sees them relegated whilst Chadlington’s loss at Chipping Norton leaves them tottering. Only five or six points from their match with Kidlington and Headington B getting one point or less from their home match with Chipping Norton would ensure their survival. Orren Bennet and his rink must think themselves unlucky as their twenty-two shot winning margin was to no avail for Chadlington.

Congratulations go to Hanborough and Banbury Central B both of whom are promoted from Division 4. However, the title winning champagne needs to be on ice at Hanborough next week as the two meet in the seasons decider! Central’s defeat of Blackbird Leys, that included a big win for Jim Pickering’s rink, condemns Leys to another season in division 4.

The other matches in the division saw West Oxford defeat South Oxford B and Woodstock defeat a weak Florence Park team, scoring a century in doing so.

Printable Report
Match Results
League tables

JHCL v Kent

Oxfordshire Under 25s rounded off their Junior Home Counties campaign with a convincing win over Kent to secure second place in the league. Both teams started the day in a position to take the runners-up spot behind Surrey with Oxon on 31 points and Kent just two behind on 29 (Middx have withdrawn guaranteeing six points for all other teams) however the home team played consistent bowls throughout the game to win by 21 shots and 8 points to 2 to end up just four points from the title. With just two Kent bowls to play the score stood at 10-0 to Oxon which still wouldn’t have been quite enough catch Surrey who are assured of top spot on 43 points.

Captain, George Schwab, managed to overcome work commitments to play his last ever JHCL game and, with Dean May, also making his final appearance, Brandon King and Jonathan Dadson, led from start to finish against Matt Rich to run out 22-13 winners.
Dan Wakeman, another taking his final bow, skipped his rink of Orren Bennett, Tom Tisbury and Dan Swanson to the biggest win of the day over a triple skipped by Lee Harris. After being level at five ends the Oxford rink took twelve of the remaining sixteen ends to win by eleven (19-8) although once the 25% was deducted for being a player short the winning margin increased by two.
Shane Cooper, playing his first competitive game since badly cutting his hand, struggled for form early on against Taylor Monk but he and his rink of Sam Watts, Joe Woodward, the fourth player ‘retiring’ through age, and Ben Dickson rallied well to win eight of the last eleven ends to hold game with Monk’s final bowls to play. The Kent skip played a forehand runner to take out the two Oxon shots with his first, Cooper narrowly failed to draw with his final bowl leaving Monk to draw for two with his last which he duly did for two consolation points.

This match saw the end of Oxfordshire’s best and most consistent performance in the JHCL for some years, if not ever. That the team finishes second, having lost only one game, and that by just one shot to the eventual winners and with a plus shot difference of over 90 speaks volumes for the massive strides the players have taken in recent seasons. It is inevitable that players move on through age but it is hugely unfortunate that this squad now loses the four players mentioned above along with Gary May who made his last appearance against Bucks and Ryan Full who hasn’t been able to play at all through work, at the same time. The Under 25s remain in a healthy state however and the younger players will now step up to take the senior positions within the team and obviously still to come this season is the national semi-final appearance against Devon in the White Rose double rink at Leamington on Sunday 30th August.

Oxon 59, Kent 38
8 pts, 2 pts

Schwab 22, Rich 13;
Cooper 18, Monk 19;
Wakeman 19, Harris 6*.

*25% (2) of rink score deducted from original total of 8 for playing one short.

Full report: JHCL report Oxon v Kent 020815

HCL v Middlesex

Oxfordshire returned to South Oxford BC on Saturday 1st August to play Middlesex . The match started slowly with Oxfordshire building a 5 shot lead by the 10th end. By the 15th end the game had swung in favour of Middlesex, a lead which they maintained to the end, but which Oxfordshire had reduced the deficit to 12 shots. Oxfordshire won on 4 rinks.

Will Campion’s rink struggled to stay in touch and they lost by 18.
Paul Sharman’s rink dominated the afternoon and finished 17 shots ahead.
Barry Lamboune’s rink struggle to stay in touch and were 7 down with 5 end left. They clawed their way back and went into the last end 3 shots down A four on the last end gave them victory by a single shot.
Next door Jason King’s side had a close match throughout but went into the last end 1 down. A two on the last end gave them victory again by a single shot.
On rink 5 Mike Petersen’s four were always struggling thanks mainly to accurate firing by Middlesex’ Paul Fuller and they lost by 19.
On rink 6 Alan Ley’s rink made steady progress and won by 6 shots.

Oxfordshire 110 shots 8 points Middlesex 122 shots 14 points.

Rink scores
S Tolhurst B Jarvie Geo Moon W Campion 9, C Cleaver G Salter R Green A Brocallello 27;
S Watts H Payne K Alder P Sharman 29, J Hooper D Todd F Halverton A Knott 12;
B Bloomfield J Timms S Jones B Lambourne 19, T Guilder M Kopp N Rushton T Waller 18;
P Demczak D Wedge A Martin J King 16, K Hill P Attridge A Harman J Carey 15;
R Green T Jupp P Comley M Petersen 14, P Picknell B Hearn R Smith P Fuller 33;
M Nash T Prew I Whelpton A Ley 23, R Edgar P Shepherd J Bird D Pitt 17.

Ladies selection: Hants & Cambs

The final two ladies county matches against Hampshire and Cambridgeshire have now been selected: Match Sheet (Hants, Cambs)

Ladies Officers Cup and Plate

The first rounds of the Officers Cup and Plate, with 19 club officers from across the County, were played on Friday 24th July in heavy rain at Hanborough BC.
Unfortunately the finals had to be postponed because of the weather and were played on Saturday 1st August at City and County BC.

Officers Cup:

Final: Jeanette Berry 14, Wendy Cross 10.
Semi finals: Sylvia Blackmore (Shiplake BC) 4, Jeanette Berry (Oxford City and County) 14; Wendy Cross (Shiplake BC) 15, Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 9.

Officers Plate:
Final: Pauline Williams 14, Jackie Stafford 11.
Semi finals: Jackie Stafford (Shiplake BC) 15, Cathie Brittin (Hanborough) 7; Letty Batten (South Oxford BC) 0, Pauline Williams (Hanborough BC) 18.