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July, 2016:

Oxon men beat Cambs in friendly

On Wednesday 11th July Oxfordshire hosted Cambridge at West Witney BC.

For the second week running Oxfordshire eased their way into an early lead and were never headed. Chris Weller and his team on rink 6 lead the way with a comfortable win by 19 shots, which inspired the 4 adjacent rinks to comfortable wins. Only rink 1 failed to follow the lead and despite being 4 ahead after 11 ends did not win another end and lost by 12.

A 200 game badge was awarded to County Treasurer Allan Hunt and a 100 game badge to Kidlington’s Melvin Brain.

Oxfordshire 145 Cambridgeshire 91.

Rink scores:

A Hunt J Wells H Williams I Whelpton lost 14-26.
M Cameron N Satchell A Wase M Brain won 21-10.
B Ray M Jones R Barnett P Latter won 30-15.
P Demczak R Bull T Gripe L Days won 25-13.
S Tolhurst B Jarvie P Strange A Ley won 24-15.
C Lewis J Timms B Bloomfield C Weller won 31-12.

Men’s semi finals

Banbury Chestnuts, bathed in glorious sunshine, was the setting for Sunday’s OBA semi’s with a large crowd of support for the bowlers who returned home with varying degree’s of sunburnt bodies.
The day kicked off at 10.30 with the singles games of Keith Holloway (Banbury Borough) who was to feature in three games during the day, against Jim Bland (Shiplake Village), and Colin Whitehead (Headington) against Chris Gilkes (Watlington). Holloway took early control in his game and a triple of three’s over five ends from the tenth end moved the game his was as he went on to win 21-9. The second game same an exciting close game which swayed to and fro with Gilkes having the upper hand over the first fourteen ends to lead 14-6 before he shortened the jack length (perhaps inadvertently) and let in Whitehead who with a two and a brace of three’s levelled the score. The Watlington man then took control again taking six of the next eight ends to move into the final on the back of a 21-17 win, having also qualified for the Under 25 singles final earlier in the season.

Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett, 4-9 down after eight ends against Adderbury’s brothers Nigel and Ted Eley, collected 13 shots over four ends to open up an eight shot lead then taking four of the next six ends before their opponents conceded after 18 ends with the Headington duo 24-11 in front.
The Kidlington pairing of Jim Feeley and Chris Cox, 1-5 down after three ends moved into the lead against Carterton’s Tim Jupp and Stuart Richens two ends later and were still in pole position 20-17 after 19, then disaster. Jupp and Richens collected a four on the 20th to go into a one shot lead and then a single in their favour on the last saw them squeeze through 22-20.

Banbury Borough prevailed in the Triples, with Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes taking no prisoners as they swept aside the Headington trio of May brothers Dean and Gary and Nick Rae-Welsh who pulled down the shutters after twelve ends, losing 3-19 to the Banbury boys.
The Borough’s other triple, Keith Holloway, Darren Sharpe and skip AJ Docherty were 5-13 adrift after seven ends to their Carterton opponents, Peter Maisey, Dan Wakeman and Chris Weedon, then turned the game on its head with a pair of 5’s and a 2 to take a 17-13 lead. Two singles brought Weedon’s men to within two but that was the end of their scoring, as the lad’s from the north of the county took the next five ends for a 24-15 win.

Keith Holloway, now in his third semi-final of the day, was joined by Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab and Mark Sykes who were in the second, in their Fours game against Headington’s Dean May, Nathan Lewis, Gary May and Howard Watts. From honours even after 15 ends at 11-11, a single to Sykes’ rink on the 16th saw the finish of their scoring, as Watts pulled off damaging shots over the last five ends to assure his rink of a 18-12 success.
The last game to finish, at 7.51pm was the rinks match between the two Headington fours of John Nichols, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlet and Jon Philpott, Colin Whitehead, Ian Snowdon and Ray Gaskins.
Having taken 11 of the 16 ends played, Gaskins rink led 15-8 and looked favourites to move into the finals, but the never say die attitude of Charlett’s rink payed dividends on the next three ends, 1,2,4 to level the game 15 all.
A two for each side saw the scores level 17-17 after 21 ends, necessitating and extra end. Gaskins with one wood left was shot down and saw his final wood pull up short to give Charlett and his three partners the game 18-17

The exciting finish was the perfect ending to a superb day. The weather only got better as the day progressed, the spectators were treated to nine and a half hours of great and exciting bowling plus going home with a suntan, and finally, the Banbury Chestnuts bowls club who had been the perfect host’s, providing a superb green to bowl on, all day catering for players and spectators, who reciprocated by drinking the barrels dry. Summer had finally arrived!

This was a fantastic advert for the game and what it should be all about.

Men’s selection for HCL and county games

The selection for Sussex HCL on Saturday 30th July & Middlesex HCL on the 6th Aug is now available: HCL Selection

The selection for Hertfordshire, C&C Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, between 2nd – 31st August is now available: Herts, C&C Bristol, Bucks, Glos

League Week 10

How the season flies, It was already getting gloomy as matches finished this Thursday.

For the second time recently, Division 1 leaders Headington just saw off the opposition, again by a single shot! This time South Oxford pushed them to the limit losing by a single shot with the result even closer than it looks as the sides were tied in the match when Ray Gaskins played his final bowl for Headington and managed to remove one, of five, South Oxford bowls to snatch the win.

Carterton took the chance to close the gap at the top to two points by comfortable beating neighbours Witney Mills on the own patch, in a match notable for Tim Jupp’s winning score.

Shiplake kept their match against City and County close but it could have been very different as both Jim Bland and Barrie Evans’ rinks were pulled back by the outstanding bowling of their opposite skips – Paul Comley and Colin Pollard.

Division 2 leaders, Watlington were on a bye week and their Witney rivals both took the chance to close the gap between themselves and the leaders.

Witney Town were comfortable winners away at Banbury Chestnuts in a match that include big wins for Paul Demczak and Will Parker’s rinks. While West Witney also won away, at Charlbury, in a match where all rinks were quite close though all went to the visiting side.

The third match in the division saw potential relegation rival Adderbury and Bicester meet with the former able to outplay the visitors on three rinks winning well on all and only Richard Herbert’s rink able to grab a tie with Phil Gladdens men for Bicester’s only score.

Division 3 leaders Kidlington defeat of Hanborough included a thirty shot winning margin for Melvin Brain’s men who were so well supported by the club’s other rinks that the clubs shot total of 119 was the highest in the league this week whilst their winning margin of 61 shots won the equivalent accolade.

Could Headington be promoted this year? Their defeat of City and County moves them into second place, though they meet the league leaders next week! With only Neville Wharton’s rink to stem the tide, Headington swept their close rivals away with a big win for Russell Edwards and Martin Kershaw’s men who provided Terry Gripe’s rink with its first defeat of the season.

Chipping Norton moved into third place to lead a pack trying to avoid relegation. Their whitewash of Banbury Central included a twenty-two shot margin for Tim Sealey’s rink.

Chadlington stretched their lead in Division 4 to over eight points with a comfortable win at West Oxford. Carl Smart’s rink lead the way with a twenty-three shot win.

Behind them, Bloxham avenged an earlier defeat at the hands of Blackbird Leys, winning on three rinks with Dave Morse’s thirteen shot victory more than cancelling James Baldwin’s eleven for the visitors.

Close behind these two are South Oxford whose defeat of Oxford University Press was aided by the latter’s inability to field a full team. Good wins for John Guest and Keith Clark’s rink in the match never-the-less.

Printable report
League Tables
Match Reports

Ladies county finals

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies county finals will be held at Oxford City & County on Saturday 30th July at 10am (players report 9:30am) & 2pm (players report 1:30pm)


Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County BC) v Myra Lewis (Oxford City & County BC)


Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC) v Donna Knight (Oxford City & County BC)

Margaret Morris, Maureen Osborne, Angela Ives (Banbury Borough BC) v Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC)


Margaret Morris/Carole Walker/Maureen Osborne/Angela Ives (Banbury Borough BC) v Karen Galloway/Margaret Stacey/Carol Gaskins/Carol Penson (Oxford City & County BC)

Carole Galletly/Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC) v Pam Shepherd/Annie Gilkes (Banbury Central BC)

Refreshments will be available

Men’s semi finals

The men’s OBA semi finals will be played on Saturday 17th July at Banbury Chestnuts BC.

10.30 a.m.
Keith Holloway (Banbury Borough) v Jim Bland (Shiplake Village)
Colin Whitehead (Headington) v Chris Gilkes (Watlington)

11.30 a.m.
Ian Henwood & Mark Charlett (Headington) v Nigel Eley & Ted Eley (Adderbury)
Tim Jupp & Stuart Richens (Carterton v Jim Feeley & Chris Cox (Kidlington)

Dean May, Gary May & Nick Rae-Welsh (Headington)
Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab & Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough)

1.00 p.m.
Keith Holloway, Darren Sharpe & AJ Docherty (Banbury Borough)
Peter Maisey, Dan Wakeman & Chris Weedon (Carterton).

4.30 p.m.
John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King & Mark Charlett (Headington)
John Philpott, Colin Whitehead, Ian Snowdon & Ray Gaskins (Headington)

Dean May, Nathan Lewis, Gary May & Howard Watts
Keith Holloway, Jamie Wilkinson, George Schwab & Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough)

League Week 9

Week 9 of this year’s league provided the usual mixture of easy wins and close matches.

Leaders Headington had a bye in Division 1 giving Carterton the chance to close the gap. They did so with a good win over third place Banbury Central. Big wins for the rinks of Tim Jupp and Chris Weeden nullified Keith McNeil’s response for Central.

City and County’s win at home to Witney Mills pushed the latter into the relegation zone. As you would expect with a club shot total of over one hundred, all four City and County rinks performed well developing big early leads and then building on them.

Shiplake travelled to South Oxford with two experimental rinks as their search for league players continues. Neither worked well and only the more settled rink of Barrie Evans made the shot count look close. However, the good point coming from the match was the return of league chairman, Trevor Beaumont after his recent family loss.

Currently, any one of four clubs could join Shiplake in the relegation zone after next week’s matches.

Leaders of Division 2, Watlington, were given a scare by bottom club Bicester. The latter were one end away from a memorable victory with Paul Bannister’s rink leading after twenty ends on only to drop a five and have victory snatched away from them by Shane Cooper’s men. Elsewhere, Paul Hooley’s rink held a seventeen shot lead at the halfway point only to have Bob Gilkes cut the gap to seven and thus give Watlington the match points.

Witney Town’s defeat of Charlbury leaves them in the second promotion place. Paul Demczak’s six on end thirteen sealed victory in their match whilst Eric Pitts’ snatched victory with threes on the last two ends having been five shots adrift after nineteen ends.

West Witney comfortably defeat of Adderbury included a big win for Tim Prew’s rink with only Chris Skidmore’s rink able to reply for the visitors, who now find themselves in a relegation battle.

Kidlington’s defeat of Banbury Central leaves them ten points clear at the top of Division 3 and looking nailed on for promotion. (However, stranger things have happened!). In what began well for the visitors ended well for the home side with Joe Woodward’s rink picking up twelve shots in the last four ends to ensure match points for his club, whilst a five on the final end ensued Chris Cox’s men also won.

Headington’s defeat of Thame ended the latter’s run of recent good results with Martin Kershaw’s rink outstanding for the home side.

Hanborough’s defeat of City and County turns the promotion and relegation battles into turmoil with only seven points separating second from seventh place. In a close finish Geoff Thompson’s rink’s nine shot margin proved enough to nullify Terry Gripe’s ten for the visitors.

Division 4 leaders Chadlington moved clear of chasers Bloxham with victory in a close match decided by Ron Arthur’s nine shot victory.

Blackbird Leys maintained their recent run of good form and move into second place with their defeat of Woodstock despite Dave Francis efforts for the visitors.

South Oxford fell just short of matching City and County’s one hundred and six shots in a one sided match against West Oxford.

Printable report
Rink scores
League tables

Banbury Central pairs through to Leamington

Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) and Pam Shepherd and Annie Gilkes (Banbury Central) are through to the ladies pairs national finals at Leamington in August following their semi final wins today at Banbury Borough.

In the quarter finals Galletly and Campion swept aside Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) and then beat last years national pairs champions Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes in the semi final to book their place in the national finals. Shepherd and Gilkes beat Jean Webb and Wendy Cross (Shiplake) in the quarter final before edging past Helen Skidmore and Rachel Macintyre (West Witney) in the semi final.

Quarter Finals
C Campion 28, C Penson 7.
K Hawes 23, M Bullock 15.
J Alder 17, R Macintyre 19.
A Gilkes 25, W Cross 13.

Semi Finals
C Campion 24, K Hawes 15.
R Macintyre 16, A Gilkes 19.

M Cup: Oxon narrowly defeated by Hants

Oxfordshire’s final match of the campaign against a strong Hampshire side at Atherly Bowls Club ended with a narrow defeat by 14 shots (Oxfordshire 108 shots against Hampshire’s 124). The points were 4 to Oxfordshire and 18 to Hampshire.

With Surrey having played earlier in the day and winning 20-2 against Buckinghamshire the group winners had already been decided. The match therefore lacked the usual competitive edge as both counties had lost the opportunity to win the group.

The rink of Ian Snowdon started steadily amd lead by 2 shots after 5 ends but after picking up a 6 on end 10 went on to win comfortably and maintain his unbeaten record in this year’s campaign. The rink of Mark Sykes was always in control and went on to win by 6 shots. Dropping 5 shots on the 20 th end resulted in a narrow defeat by 2 shots for the rink of Mark Charlett. Another close contest resulted in a 4 shot defeat for Ray Gaskins.The rinks of Paul Sharman and Will Parker were always up against it and both lost.

Whilst it was a disappointing result to end this year’s campaign on, to still be in contention to finish top in the group going into the last match was a great achievement and something that all the squad members should be proud of.

Rink Scores:

H Beall T Prew I Henwood R Gaskins 21, M Aldren D Kerr J Biggs C Daniels 25.
G Schwab C Gilkes A J Docherty I Snowdon 27, S Nash S Doih P Ward J Bright 16.
K Holloway P Comley J King M Charlett 21, A Nethercliffe C Taylor C Thresher L May 23.
J Abercrombie P Mabbutt S Cooper M Sykes 18, J Leggett A White M Griffiyhs P Cooke 12.
S Watts M Brain B Lambourne P Sharman 14, L McCribben A Anderson R Morgan N Duncan 23.
M Nash K Alder N Rae-Welsh W Parker 7, D Taylor C Cranham C Bailey J Marsland 25.

HCL: Oxon v Kent selection

Oxfordshire men will play Kent in the Home Counties League on Saturday 16th July 2pm at Halls BC. The selection is now available: Oxon v Kent HCL