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July 10th, 2016:

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

Oxon men beat Warks in friendly

On Tuesday 5th July Oxfordshire hosted Warwickshire at Carterton BC With Warwickshire thrown into last minute reorganisation of their side because of the non-arrival of 3 players, resulting in 2 Carterton bowlers being drafted in and playing a triple on rink 2. Oxfordshire had a surprisingly easy match, winning on all six rinks.

The only rink in doubt towards the end was that of Alan Ley playing with a front end receiving their 50 game badges, Paul Demczak of Witney Town BC and Ron Slater of Watlington BC.

Oxfordshire 159 Warwickshire 87.

Rink scores:

B Willoughby G Weesdon B Jarvie M Andrew won 25-11.
H Franklin M Jones J Hicks M Morris won 21-12.
S Tolhurst K Williams B Bloomfield B Gilkes won 32-13.
A Hunt T Backer-Holst H Williams P Latter won 29-13.
P Demczak R Slater A Hall A Ley won 24-22.
C Lewis J Timms J McGeough M Brain won 28-16.