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June 2nd, 2016:

League Week 3

Another nice May evening and some good bowls to match.

Headington proved that they are still the team to beat in Division 1, with a convincing win at South Oxford. Although they failed, just, to get the highest shot count of the night, they did have the biggest winning margin of all the league fixtures, sixty-six shots and the biggest winning, a thirty-five shots win for Howard Watt’s rink.

Witney Mills seemed to be enjoying the best of their encounter at close neighbours Carterton, winning on three rinks. However, with Carterton’s skip Graham Walker winning his rink by twelve shots, the overall shot count was tied with one end on the last rink still to play – Paul Charman’s rink, for the home side, won that end by two shots and, despite losing to Chris Weller’s men this was enough to give Carterton the match points in a tied match.

City and County’s defeat of Shiplake was, in football terms, a game of two halves. Shiplake led on two rinks in the first half – but lost them both by the end of the match – while they trailed by ten shots and seven shots in the other two but came back to win on the first of these, where Barrie Evan’s men grabbed a three on the last end, and snatch a draw on the other. However, these heroics were not enough to stop the home side winning the match.

Division 2 saw Adderbury bounce back from a disappointing start to the season with a thumping sixty- two shot defeat of Bicester and in the process score 117 shots, the highest anywhere this week surpassing Headington (116!). Good wins on all four rinks especially Phil Gladden’s twenty-one shots margin.

Andy McIntyre’s twenty-two shot win paved the way for West Witney’s victory as they shared the rink points with Charlbury.

In the third match in the division, Witney Town inflicted a big defeat on a, so far, struggling Banbury Chestnuts.

A top of the table clash in Division 3, if such a thing is possible this early in the season, saw Kidlington travel to Hanborough and inflict a heavy defeat on the home side. Melvin Brain’s men lead the way eventually winning by thirteen shots. Mike Peterson’s rink went six down early on but finished up with a good win. While Graham Haynes was winning for Hanborough, Chris Cox’s men were coming from behind to snatch victory for Kidlington on the final end.

A very tense affair at Headington saw the home side snatch match points by one shot in an otherwise shared match. The biggest winning margin being Geoff Powell’s rink which went 18 – 5 up eventually winning 23 – 12 for City and County.

The best comeback of the night was at Banbury Central where Ron Cox’s rink trailed throughout but took four shots on the final end to win by single shot. To no avail it transpired as Keith Field’s eleven point winning margin ensured that the visitor, Chipping Norton, won the match.

A big win for Blackbird Leys, at high flying Bloxham, coupled with wins for Chadlington and South Oxford means that Division 4 now looks to be anybody’s. Best individual performance was John Guest’s rink for South Oxford with a fifteen shot winning margin otherwise all rinks appear to have been quite close.

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