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August, 2016:

Men’s final county friendly game selection

The games against Berkshire, Worcestershire, Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies and Essex have now been selected: Selection No 6 7th Sep – 20th Sep 2016

Oxon men beat Bristol team in friendly

Oxfordshire entertained City and County of Bristol at Witney Town on Tuesday August 8th. All six rinks went well but none could compete with the for on rink 2 skipped by Alan Wase in his first game at skip for the county. Scoring 26 shots, they conceded six ends but only 7 shots. 26 was the popular score for the day with the Mick Morris and Chris Weller skipping rinks to this total. Chris’ rink looked favourite to go through the barrier but a tied end on the 21st inhibited their ambitions.

With wins on 5 rinks it was left to the President to complete the clean sweep and going into the last end with a 2 shot lead hopes were high. However a dropped 2 spoilt the ambitions and gave Bristol a deserved draw on the rink.

A 6-game badge was awarded to Thame’s John Hurley.

Oxfordshire 143 City and County of Bristol 99.

Rink scores:

J Jarvis J Hurley L days B Bloomfield won 21-18
B Willoughby R Slater P Demczak A Wase won 26-7
B Squires P Maissey C Lewis P Latter drew 23-23
M Cameron N Satchell J McGeough M Morris won 26-18
A Carter M Jones J Timms A Ley won 21-15
S Tolhurst A Fleming T Jupp C Weller won 26-18

Allison – Longford – Officers finals

The Banbury Borough green, bathed in glorious sunshine and surrounded by beautiful floral arrangements, hosted this years Domestic finals today.

Some of the rinks demanded total concentration on the lines whilst at the same time the players had to contend with a strong diagonal wind gusting across the green.

Longford Cup winner 2016The morning session saw the final of the Longford Cup played out between Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield and Brian Ray from the nearby Banbury Chestnut’s club.

Bloomfield went off on a flier, leading 13-2 after only six ends and was only five shots from victory after thirteen at 16-8. Ray then kicked into gear taking seven of the next nine ends to level the scoreline at 18-all. A double to each of them saw them go into the twenty-fifth end all square, 20-20 and a final end shoot out. After delivering his four woods, Ray held three shots with the title in his grasp. Bloomfield played his last wood into Ray’s two woods which were short of the jack, playing one through the head, with his wood following to within fifteen inches of the jack to collect the final single to take the title.

Due to the Witney Town man being involved in two semi-finals, both finalists played their semi-final on Wednesday evening, when Bloomfield beat South Oxford’s Garry Watts 21-18 and Ray beat West Witney’s Roger Thomas 21-11

Watts himself qualified for two semi’s, the second being the Allison Cup, when on Friday evening he overcame Dennis Crook from the Headington club 21-20 in a 25 end thriller, picking up three singles to come back from 18-20 down.

Allison Cup winner 2016In today’s final he came up against Banbury Borough’s own Paul McLeod, who comfortable won his semi final in the morning against Witney Town’s Brian Smith 21-4.

After four ends each in the final, McLeod led 7-5 before picking up three triples over the next four ends to move into a ten shot lead, before Watts took the next three ends to trail by only three shots at 13-16. A pair of two’s in McLeod’s favour against the South Oxford man’s two singles left the Borough man requiring a single for the title, which he collected on the next end.

The last of the three competitions saw a final between Banbury Central’s Ian Whelpton and Nigel Galletly, both previous winners of the cup, Whelpton in 2008 and Galletly in 2011.

Galletly moved into the final with a semi-final win on Friday evening against Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield, having collected a pair of two’s and a three on the last three ends for a 21-14 win.

Officers Cup winner 2016Whelpton played his semi-final this morning against another Witney Town player and fellow selector and Triples section secretary , Mike Jones. From 10 all at thirteen ends, the Central player took the next seven ends to move to within one shot of a final place then having to wait another four ends before it feel his way.

From 5-3 at five ends, Whelpton opened up a ten shot lead picking up eight shots over the following five ends. After sixteen ends had been played, he held a thirteen shot lead at 20-7, needing one more for the title. A pair of singles to Galletly delayed matters before Whelpton took the game 21-9

Once again the Borough club proved perfect host’s with their hospitality towards Officials, players and following spectators. A special thank’s is also given to the green-keeper for the beautifully paced surface that was prepared for the final’s day bowlers

Oxon men lose to Middlesex in HCL

Oxfordshire travelled to Ealing to play Middlesex in their fifth and final Home Counties League match of the season. Struggling with form all season and with only one win from the previous games Oxfordshire failed to improve their league position and finished in fifth place.

With a single shot lead after 5 ends and Oxfordshire already struggling on Will Parker’s rink, only Ian Whelpton and his rink gave hope for a favourable outcome.

In a tight game on rink 1 the result was always in doubt and at the end a draw was not a great surprise.

Will Parker could do little to improve his rinks chances and they lost by 26 shots. Next door a balance of experience and youth prove decisive and the 4 West Ealing bowlers were well beaten

Ray Gaskin’ hopes were diminished when they lost six consecutive ends in the middle of their battle, losing 17 shots to go 13 shots behind. From then on the scores were even with Ray going down by 14.

Rink 5 was close throughout despite Melvin brain and co losing 6 end in a row and they lost by 5.

Kevin Alder and a team of Witney bowlers had hopes for most of the afternoon but dropping 8 shots on ends 18 and 19 proved too much and they lost by 6.

Shots Oxfordshire 108 Middlesex 144.

Points Oxfordshire 3 Middlesex 19.

Rink scores

S Tolhurst C Cox S Jones B Bloomfield drew 16-16
B Squires R Redband C Lewis W Parker lost 8-34
M Petersen J Woodward D Leighfield I Whelpton won 27-12
D Latter H Alder C Weller R Gaskins lost 19-33
P Lopez T Gripe P Latter M Brain lost 18-23
H Beall T Prew P Demczak K Alder lost 20-26

League Week 13

This was a week when I expected to be congratulating a number of clubs on their promotion and commiserating with others on their relegation – how wrong could I be?

I can, however, start by congratulating Watlington on becoming division 2 champions but otherwise all this week’s matches did was further muddy the waters!

Last week I thought that Headington A might carry out their usual demolition of Banbury Central and confirm that they were Division 1 champions once again! However, the reverse was true and Central defeated them 5-1 to force the title into a final week battle between Headington and Carterton, who beat South Oxford in a close encounter this week.

Central, with a side bereft of some regulars, won on the rinks skipped by Nigel Galletly and the two Campions whilst the rink of Ian Whelpton came from fifteen shots down to lose by four and secure the match points as well. Central will now finish third as they cannot catch the front two nor be caught by the chasers.

New leaders Carterton can thank skips Paul Sharman and Sammy Timms for the four points that moves them to that position, as their rinks won by larger margins than those of George Young and Malcolm Bracewell for South Oxford,

Elsewhere, Witney Mills kept their hopes of avoiding relegation alive with a win against Shiplake.

This means that Carterton only have to match Headington’s performance next week to be crowned champions. However, they both face teams that are in danger of relegation and who will therefore be fighting for all they can get, Carterton at City and County, Headington at home to Witney Mills.

Banbury Chestnuts 5-1 defeat at Watlington not only confirms the latter’s Division 2 title but also drags Chestnuts into a winner takes all match against Adderbury next week. Big wins for the two younger Gilkes and another good score from Gordon Hooker’s rink meant that Watlington scored over one hundred shots in total for the second time this season.

Charlbury’s defeat at Adderbury gives the winners a possibility of survival in the division whilst dragging the losers into the relegation picture. Charlbury are two points clear of Adderbury and only half a point above Chestnuts but they have completed their twelve fixtures and can only wait for the results as the other two clash next Thursday. Adderbury need just two points to survive given their superior shot difference.

Witney Town defeated Bicester 5-1, a result that included a big win for Will Parker’s rink, to move three points clear of West Witney in the seesaw promotion battle between the two. Next week see West Witney host Bicester whist Town host Watlington so anything can happen!

Oddball match of the week was at Headington in Division 3! Visitor’s Banbury Central really needed to win to stave off relegation whilst their hosts are locked in a real dogfight with Chipping Norton for the second promotion place. Unfortunately for Central, Tom McKenna’s rink got off to a poor start going 9-2 down after three ends to Steve Gould’s men and never recovered giving the match points to Headington. Two other rinks were close throughout and both looked to be going to Central until Paul Arundel’s men picked up a hot-shot on end twenty! (the first in the league for some time to my knowledge.) Not to be outdone, Russell Edwards’ men joined in the fun – leading Bob Joiner’s rink 19-11 after 18 ends they contrived to drop seven shots in the final three ends to allow Central to gain what may be a very important half point at both ends of the table.

Thame, one of four teams that can still be relegated, hosted promotion contenders Chipping Norton. Both teams had two winning rinks whose shot totals actually tied, thanks to the two shots picked up on the final end of the match by David Leighfield.

With City and County losing to new Champions Kidlington, the relegation battle could not be tighter. Next week City and County are away at promotion contender’s Chipping Norton whilst Hanborough host the other promotion candidates, Headington. However, match of the week is at Central who host Thame with the loser almost guaranteed a place in division 4 next year!

Blackbird Leys thought, correctly, that their six nil demolition of South Oxford meant that they could be crowned champions of Division 4 next week – if they beat leaders Charlbury who are now only two and a half points above them. However, Bloxham also won six nil and are themselves only two points further back. Bloxham are at Oxford University Press next week and, whilst they cannot be crowned champions, they can make the losers of the Charlbury/Blackbird Leys match remain in division 4 next season!

The highlight for Blackbird Leys was Alex Fleming’s big win whist Ron Higgins’ rink starred for Bloxham.

Good wins for Tim Cox and Geoff Jordan’s rinks allowed Oxford University Press to come close to recording their second win of the season in their match at Woodstock but were to no avail as Ben Dixon’s rink had a big win for the home side.

I guarantee that there will be many anxious bowlers phoning contacts at other clubs throughout the evening next Thursday! It promises to be a great final set of fixtures.

Printable Report
Match Results
League Tables

Oxon men lose to Herts in friendly

Oxfordshire were on the road again this week to play Hertfordshire at Potten End BC on Tuesday August 2nd. With 3 rinks struggling to cope with both the opposition and the green Oxfordshire were always in trouble and lost the match heavily with only one rink coming out on top. The illness of the President caused several late changes to the selected rinks and several players took time to adjust to their new positions and team mates.

Oxfordshire 90 Hertfordshire 123.

Rink scores:

C Haley E Dorling J Timms D Bullock lost 15-22
H Franklin B Squires K Williams B Bloomfield won 26-9
M Cameron B Jarvie J O’Shea I Whelpton lost 10-32
S Tolhurst D Wright T Gripe J Lucas lost 14-17
A Fleming J Stephens P Demczak A Ley lost 17-18
B Willoughby J Hurley J McGeough M Morris lost 8-25

Mavis Hemming

Mavis Hemming, a long time member of Florence Park BC, Oxford City and County BC and county bowler, passed away on Thursday 28th July after a long and hard fought battle with cancer.

Her funeral is on Friday, 12th August at Oxford Crematorium at 1 p.m. & afterwards at Oxford C&C.

JHCL U25 v Kent

Oxofordshire U25’s will face Kent in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 7th August 11am at Maidstone Bowls Club.

The team has been selected: Oxon U25s v Kent

Oxon U25’s update

Oxon Under 25s beat the JHCL champions elect Buckinghamshire in a tight and exciting contest decided with the final bowl at Kidlington yesterday. With two rinks finished and Oxfordshire two shots to the good the game looked to have gone the way of the visitors when, with just Shane Cooper’s last bowl of the game to play, Bucks held four shots with an offset jack. The Watlington man duly stepped up to the mark however, and played a fantastic shot under the circumstances to trail the jack for four to Oxon and a six shot and 8-2 points win overall.

In front of enthusiastic support for both teams Bucks had the better of the first half, with the Oxon rink of Cooper tied, Sam Watts’ four trailing by three and the luckless rink of Chris Gilkes eighteen adrift, and their confidence was high. The Oxford team though has gained massive experience from these type of games over the past few seasons and that showed as Gilkes and his men kept their heads and scored 11 shots to 5 in the second stage while Cooper and Watts steadily opened up what proved to be winning margins to set up the final end drama and the 60-54 victory.

Rink Scores (Oxon first):
Shane Cooper 24, Matt Gomme 16;
Chris Gilkes 12, Nathan Harvey 24;
Sam Watts 24, David West 14

As we understand it, despite this setback, Bucks still secured the title by virtue of a Sussex win over Berkshire at Popes Mead. Our congratulations go to them.

Previously, on 3rd July, Oxon travelled to Sussex and beat their hosts by 71 shots to 65 and 8 points to 2.
Rink Scores (Oxon first):
Shane Cooper 19, Andrew Fairhall 27;
Chris Gilkes 22, Callum Philliore 17;
Sam Watts 30, Jonathan Fenn-Tye 21.

Oxon travel to Maidstone next Sunday, minus several key players, but still in a position to secure the runners up spot with a good win.

At the same time yesterday there was a mixed friendly practice game between Oxon and Bucks involving seven of our Ladies Amy Rose team and three of the U25s reserves. It is hoped that this too, will become an annual fixture alongside the JHCL game.

The next date for your diaries is the annual Under 25s Day at Watlington on Sunday 28th August. If, at any of your clubs, you have youngsters interested in playing regardless of experience or ability, please please get in touch with Steve Gilkes on 07868 435052 or It is a day designed, not just for established players, but newcomers to have a fun introduction to the sport too. We need new players to start now, boys and girls, so please do all you can to get them along. Lunch, drink and a gift for all players is provided.

HCL: Oxon lose to Sussex

Oxfordshire welcomed Sussex to Thame BC on Saturday 31 st July. The start went in Oxfordshire’s favour and they led by 4 shots after 10 ends The next 5 ends saw the advantage change and Sussex led by 6 after 15 ends . The trend continued and Sussex won the match by 12 shots. With the rinks shared the spoils went to Sussex.

A run of 8 losing ends sealed the fate of Joe Abercrombie’s 4 on the show rink and a 5 on end 17 only limited the size of the loss. Next door Barry Lambourne were going well for the first 17 ends establishing a lead of 21 shots,
thanks in part to a couple of 5s and despite dropping a six on end 18 were comfortable winners by 12 shots.

Although they only won 6 ends Will Parker and his team secured 14 shots to limit the size of their defeat. Rink 4 was a close battle throughout with again the 17 th end proving decisive for Kevin Alder and they went on to secure a win by 3. The pattern of the odd numbered rinks was repeated on rink 5 with Melvin Brain struggling to contain the Sussex four and a 5 on end 19 only helped to limit the defeat. Jason King battled well on rink 6 to complete the symmetry of the rink scores and won by 5.

Oxfordshire 122 Sussex 134.
Points Oxfordshire 6 Sussex 16.

Rink scores:

D Leighfield R Slater P Latter J Abercrombie lost 18-24.
C Lewis H Payne S Jones B Lambourne won 30-18.
O Bennett B Squires B Bloomfield W Parker lost 14-27.
R Green N Galletly G Hooker K Alder won 22-19.
B Ray T Gripe P Demczak M Brain lost 17-30.
T Prew H Alder A Wase J King won 21-16.