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July 5th, 2016:

OBA Pairs Quarter Finals

Monday evenings Pairs Quarter finals at Kidlington BC provided a good mix of fortunes and misfortunes in front of a very respectable audience of 60 plus spectators.
As the games progressed the aroma of the barbecue being enjoyed by the watchers and awaiting the contestants gradually increased across the green.

Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett were first in the queue after their eighteen end win 26-10 against South Oxford’s, Garry Watts and Malcolm Bracewell.
After the first four ends going the way of the Headington duo for an 11-0 lead, the South Oxford lads took the next three ends to close the gap to four shots. It was another seven ends before their next score but by then they were sixteen shots adrift. Both pairings picked up a couple of singles over the next four ends before stumps were drawn after eighteen ends.
Brothers -in–law Kevin Alder and Paul Skidmore from the West Witney club started with a couple of singles then found themselves 2-10 down four ends later to the Adderbury brothers, Nigel and Ted Eley, and 3-17 down after ten. With seven ends to play, the Adderbury duo looked comfortable before dropping eight shots over three ends to see their lead cut to two shots. Was a shock on the cards?. The next ends was a shock to the Witney boys who dropped a six, which brought their rally to a sudden stop, and after dropping a single on the next end, they called it a day with the Eley’s moving into the semi’s with a 25-16 victory.

Jim Feeley and Chris Cox playing on their own green, looked more like visitors as their opponents from the Carterton club, Sammy Timms and Bob Turley, held an 11-3 lead at eight ends. A dropped single on the ninth was not a problem them, but a 7 to the Kidlington pairing on the next end levelled the scores. After 15 ends Timms and Turley were only two shots behind at 14-16 but that was the last time they had the mat as Feeley and Cox took the next five ends to finish the game with a 23-14 victory, definitely a game of two halves.
The last game pitted Banbury Borough’s Darren Sharpe and AJ Docherty against the Carterton double of Tim Jupp and Stuart Richens. At the two-thirds mark, the Borough boys had taken nine of the fourteen ends and led 15-7.

The fifteenth end produced a 4 for the Carterton lads but with three ends to go they still trailed 12-17. A brace of two’s brought them to within 1 shot of the Banbury couple and the Hot dogs and Burgers beckoned. There is a saying that everything comes in three’s and this was the case for Jupp and Richens as they collected another 2 on the final end to snatch victory 18-17 and bring an evening of entertaining bowling to a close.
Now it was time for the Bar and Barbecue.

Ladies pairs quarter & semi finals

The quarter finals and semi finals of the ladies pairs will be played at Banbury Borough BC on Sunday 10th July 10am (players report 9:30am with whites/club shirts and club stickers).

Caroline Campion (Banbury Central BC) v Carol Penson (Oxford City and County BC)
Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County BC) v Margaret Bullock (Shiplake BC)
Karen Alder (West Witney BC) v Rachel MacIntyre (West Witney BC)
Annie Gilkes (Banbury Central BC) v Wendy Cross (Shiplake BC)

M Cup V Hants selection

Oxfordshire will face Hampshire in the Middleton Cup on Saturday 9th June 2pm at Atherly Bowls Club. The team has been selected: MCup v Hants

Oxon ladies beat Bucks in friendly

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played and won their match against Buckinghamshire at Iver Heath BC on Monday 4th July.

BOL 124, Bucks 114

Marion Darton 25, L Throup 21
Carol Penson 14, V Linton Phare 21
Brenda Havard 23, M L Robertson 13
Carol Gaskins 13, J Plater 21
Carol Nall 12, J Sussex 24
Jeanette Berry 37, G Doddington 14

League Week 8

Don’t you just love the traffic around Oxford! Two hours for some players to get across the city – this after last week’s closure of the M40.

However, all matches were eventually played, bar one that had been re-arranged and was washed out on the day!

Headington reasserted their dominance of Division 1 with a comfortable victory away at Shiplake. In doing so they scored a century and pushed their hosts closer to relegation than ever before.

Witney Mills, with Les Days and Chris Weller’s rinks winning well, also dominated their match at home to South Oxford, who now occupy a relegation place as Banbury Central maintained their impressive current form with a whitewash of City and County. Central started well on all rinks and this proved sufficient to hold off a strong reply from the visitors late in the game.

In Division 2, Watlington increased the pressure on their chasers with a resounding victory over chasers West Witney. This week it was Shane Cooper’s men who led the way for the league leaders.

Banbury Chestnuts were brought down to earth by Charlbury, despite Keith Buckle’s men winning well for them. Big wins on the other three rinks for Charlbury mean that Chestnuts are now back down close to the relegation place as Adderbury’s rearranged match against Witney Town was lost to the weather earlier in the month.

Kidlington, long time leaders in Division 3, were fortunate to escape with four points at home to Chipping Norton who were comfortably ahead for much of the match, with Jeff Martin’s rink eventually winning by eighteen shots. However, Joe Woodward’s men fought back to get within one shot for Kidlington and wins on the final two rinks were sufficient to give the match points to Kidlington, who maintain their unbeaten record this season.

The closest finish of the week was at City and County where Banbury Central trailed on three rinks for much of the match but closed the gap on each of them to the points that with only the City’s captain, Neville Wharton, left to play the final wood, Central’s Mal Leather was fourteen shots, and thus match up on their rink. With an open jack to play at, Neville drove down the green and pick it up for a three for his rink and match points to City and County.

Thame continued their run of good form, this time at Hanborough’s expense. With Paul Heafey’s rink hanging on to a slender lead, good wins for Graham Penn and John Timms’ men ensured the result for the away team.

In Division 4, with Blackbird Leys not playing, Chadlington extended their lead at the top. Ron Arthur’s twenty-two shot win ensured the match points for them at Woodstock.

In a close match, Bloxham defeated South Oxford winning on three rinks in the process.

A big win for Gary Richardson’s men in their match at Oxford University Press was sufficient to win the fixture for West Oxford in a match reduced to fifteen ends due to traffic problems. (Hence the opening comment in this report!)

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