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September, 2016:

Watts shines in the dark

Men's county champion of champions winner 2016Headington’s Howard Watts regained the title he previously held in 2007 when he won yesterday’s Champion of Champions title 21-20, in a tight game against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter.
With only 17 clubs represented, it was agreed to play the whole tournament on the one day. The final was just squeezed in with the light virtually gone by the final end played.
The final was a close game throughout, with ends won shared evenly 12 each. After thirteen ends the score was level at 13-13, the Carter picked up the next three ends 2,1,3 to move into a six shots lead and needing only two more for the title. A full house and a single to Watts followed by a single to the Carter put the Central man within one shot of the title. However the fat lady was still singing and matters were not finished until a measured 3 on the 24th end in favour of the Headington bowler brought the day’s events to a close.

This brought the season’s competitions in Oxfordshire to an end with the County Luncheon on October 22nd at the Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston offering all the opportunity for all bowlers to give their support to the 2016 Competition finalists when they receive their awards.

Preliminary round.
Alan Ley (City & County) beat Paul Sage (Blackbird Leys) 21-16

First Round
George Schwab (Banbury Borough) beat Alan Ley 21-14
David Leighfield (Chipping Norton beat Stuart Marsden (Banbury Chestnuts) 21-12
Alan Carter (Banbury Central) beat Brian Bloomfield (Witney Town) 21-17
Chris Tomins (O.U.P.) beat Chris Cox (Kidlington) 21-14
Malcolm Bracewell (South Oxford) beat George Syme (Bicester) 21-11
Phil Gladden (Adderbury) beat Chris Weller (Witney Mills) 21-19
Howard Watts (Headington) beat Adie Twinn (Watlington) 21-6
Eric Pitts (Charlbury) beat Andy McIntyre (West Witney) 21-13

David Leighfield beat George Schwab 21-7
Alan Carter beat Chris Tomlins 21-7
Phil Gladden beat Malcom Bracewell 21-20Howard Watts beat Eric Pitts 21-4

Alan Carter beat David Leighfield 21-19
Howard Watts beat Phil Gladden 21-10

Howard Watts beat Alan Carter 21-20

Oxon men draw final game of the season against Essex

Oxfordshire travelled east for their final friendly game of the season against Essex at Wanstead BC on Tuesday September 20th. Despite last minute dropouts Oxfordshire fielded a full side to welcome back their President for the final game of the season.

In a game where the outcome could never be predicted Oxfordshire got off to a steady start and lead by 10 shots after 5 ends and trailing on only 1 rink. By the end of the 10 th end 5 of the Oxon rinks were behind and the deficit was 12 shots. The next 5 ends saw the pendulum swing again and the lead was down to 1. For the next 5 ends Oxon consolidate their lead and with 1 end to go lead by 8. With the President’s rink dropping 6 and the replaced acting President 2, the match was all square with 2 rinks to finish. Alan Lay’s rink picked up a single to raise Oxfordshire’s hope but the Essex bowlers on rink just managed to pick up a single and the match was drawn.

Oxfordshire 120 Essex 120.

With 14 wins 4 defeats and 1 draw Oxfordshire completed the friendly season with a positive shot difference of 418.

Rink scores:

A carter M Jones J McGeough M Brain lost 21-22.
G Weedon B Squires B Bloomfield I Whelpton won 20-17.
C Lewis M Oliver R Barnett P Latter won 22-21.
C Haley J Stephens A Wase A Ley lost 21-22.
S Tolhurst T Gripe K Williams M Andrew lost 12-23.
B Willoughby A Fleming M Morris C Weller won 24-15.

George Swan Funeral

We are sorry to hear of the passing of George Swan.
George will be remembered by Oxfordshire’s more senior bowlers for his time as a member of the old Blue Circle club, before moving on to Summertown BC.
On the closing of the Summertown club, he moved over to Oxford City & County.
When he was a more active bowler, George was a big supporter of the Vice Presidents Association.
He was a proud Wearsider, and not, as many used to call him, a Geordie.

His funeral will take place at St. Giles Church, Bletchington, on Wednesday October 5th, at 2.00p.m.

Galletly crowned ladies county champion of champions

Carol Galletly (Banbury Central BC) has won the ladies champion of champions 2016.

Played at South Oxford BC on a gloomy damp day, enlightened by good bowling. Disappointing turn out with only 12 competitors from over 30 Oxfordshire clubs.

Quarter finals:

Carole Galletly (Banbury Central BC) 21, Hilary Briffet (South Oxford BC) 9
Emma Gilkes (Watlington BC) 21, Beryl Fisher (OUP BC) 19
Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town BC) 21, Gill Muir Carterton BC) 12
Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County BC) 21, Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough BC) 12

Semi finals:

Carole Galletly 21, Emma Gilkes 5
Carol Gaskins 21, Caroline Bloomfield 7


Carole Galletly 21, Carol Gaskins 10

HCBA: Another title for the County Triples Champions

The Banbury Borough triple of Keith Holloway, Darren Sharpe and skip AJ Docherty made their visit to the Croydon bowling club on Sunday a worthwhile journey when they won the Home Counties Triples Championship with a final victory against the Surrey triple skipped by Gary Clark.

In the Pairs, Headington’s pairing of Mark Charlett and Kelvin Woodward lost out in the final to the Sussex duo skipped by Richard Moses.

County Singles Champion Chris Gilkes (Watlington) and County Under 25 Singles winner David Leighfield (Chipping Norton) were unable to reach the final of their respective competitions.

Oxfordshire unfortunately were not able to contest the Fours championship.

Men beat the ladies in their annual battle

On Wednesday 14th September the action moved to Oxford City and County BC for the annual battle with the Ladies.

Hopefully a report from the ladies viewpoint is available elsewhere and no attempt is made here to be unbiased. Much of the early interest was the battle on rink 6 between Mr and Mrs Bullock. David with help from his teammates prove the winners and perhaps would have won by more than the 13 shots they managed if they had not surrendered control of the jack by an unintentionally short jack. Elsewhere Rink 4 provided the highlights including a 6 shot win on end 19 to complete a 16 shot victory after being level at 10 ends. At the other end of the green Gordon Hooker and co were never in contention and Mrs Bloomfield completed a win for the highest winning rink to match that of her husband. The battle of the Past Presidents went the way of Mrs Cross to provide the second winning rink for the ladies.

OBA 121 BOL 107.

S Tolhurst M Jones J McGeaough G Hooker lost 12-25
B Willoughby J Smith J Timms M Morris drew 14-14.
J Woodward D Wright A Wase I Whelpton lost 13-21.
J Wells B Squires N Satchell B Bloomfield won 31-15
M Cameron J Stephens P Demczak M Brain won 23-17.
F Benham A Fleming D Bullock M Andrew won 28-15.

Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly match

Oxfordshire played Worcestershire at Chipping Norton BC on Tuesday September 13th.

The return of the President, but only as far as the spectator’s bank helped to motivate Oxfordshire who were again led by 2009 President Ian Whelpton. The middle four rinks provided four winning rinks and it was left to the outside rinks to complete a clean sweep. Brian Bloomfield rink picked up a 2 on the 21st end to win by 1 but Melvin Brain and co dropped 2 shots on the last 2 ends to allow Worcestershire the consolation of a drawn rink.

Overall Oxfordshire won by 27 shots
A 6 game badge was awarded to Alan Wase of Banbury Chestnuts.

Oxfordshire 128 Worcestershire 101.

Rink scores:
M Cameron T Backer-Holst J McGeough M Brain drew 17-17.
C Lewis A Fleming J Timms J Benfield won 25-14.
M Jones M Oliver A Wase I Whelpton won 25-19
S Tolhurst P Strange Richard Barnett C Waller won 23-17
P Demczak A Smith K Williams Alan Ley won 20-17.
C Thorne N Satchell C Haley B Bloomfield won 18-17.

Headington A celebrate League Cup success again

After narrowly missing out on the League title to Carterton this year, holders Headington A were hoping to continue their dominance of the Oxfordshire Bowls League Cup competition and make it 3 in a row for the second time.

Having scraped through the semi-final against a battling City & County A side in the semi-final, Headington A were now up against Shiplake – making their first appearance in the final.

Unfortunately for Shiplake, Headington were in a determined mood, and after just 6 ends had built up a 31 shot lead.

As darkness descended and the floodlights at Kidlington started to light up, the result was now appearing inevitable, despite Shiplake’s captain Barry Evans keeping it tight on his rink.

As the game drew to an end, the Headington skips of Howard Watts, Jason King, and Mark Charlett had built up commanding leads on their 3 rinks and the Headington A eventually cruised to victory by 38 shots.

A delighted team captain, Mark Charlett commented, “We were disappointed to miss out on the League title this season, but retaining the League Cup has capped a great season and I’m delighted with the success we’ve had at the club this year. I’d also like to congratulate Shiplake on reaching their first League Cup final and Kidlington Bowls Club for being such excellent hosts again”.

The league Cup was this year sponsored by Bridle Insurance, who extended their support of Oxfordshire Bowls League to include the League Cup competition.

Shiplake 49, Headington A 87.

J Bland 8, M Charlett 29;
B Lambourne 13, J King 26;
G Kennedy 14, H Watts 21;
B Evans 14, R Gaskins 11.

Headington A win Summertown Trophy

Summertown winners 2016

This year’s Summertown Trophy competition welcomed a new Sponsor – Mark Charlett from Oxford Auto Care, with the prize money boosted to over £1,100 for the 10 qualifying teams to compete for. Banbury Chestnuts were again the hosts of final’s day, with teams from across the County playing each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format. The only other difference this year, was that the player’s had to contend with rain throughout a large part of the day, making bowling conditions very tricky and pretty uncomfortable for the bowlers.

Early pace-setters were Kidlington, who got off to a flying start by defeating last year’s champions, Banbury Central B. After 4 games, Melvyn Brain’s Kidlington side had built up a good lead, going into the lunchtime break on +21 shots. West Witney were closely behind with +16 shots and Watlington B were lying in third with +10 shots.

After lunch things then started to swing away from the Kidlington team slightly, with a heavy defeat to Headington B, leaving them just behind the Headington side. West Witney were still going strong at this point and led the pack after 6 games, but Headington A were also gaining momentum and starting to find their form.

The 7th game though saw the competition turn into a 2 horse race between the Headington sides, with the A’s picking up a 13-0 victory to sit on top with +23 points, followed by the B team, who’d won by 6 shots and had a +18 total.

Headington A continued to add to their shot tally in the last game and ended up claiming the title with a comfortable +34 shots. Their squad of John Philpott, Steve Hainge, Jason King, Mark Charlett, Kelvin Woodward, and Ian Henwood collecting the Summertown Trophy and first prize. Having just won the League Cup Final two days earlier, it was another good day for Headington; as their B side finished the day as runner’s up, and recipients of the Astall Ley Trophy, collecting a second lot of prize money going for the Club.

The big drama though came on rink 5, with Kidlington facing West Witney in a battle for third place. With the contest coming down to the final end, the outcome was eventually decided on a calliper measure – West Witney edging the result and taking third spot on +14 shots.

1st: Headington A +34
2nd: Headington B +21
3rd: West Witney +14

Oxon men beat Berks in friendly

Oxfordshire played Berkshire at Thame BC on Wednesday September 7th.

In the continued absence through illness of the president Oxfordshire were again led by 2009 President Ian Whelpton. The middle rinks were competitive throughout with Oxon having the better of all four encounters. The outcome of the match depended on the outcome of the end rinks. Chris Weller and his rink finished well by winning 4 of the last 6 rinks to limit the loss to 10 shots. On rink 1 John Timms provided local knowledge to help Alan Ley to go from level shots after 12 ends to win the last 9 ends including a six to win by 20 shots. Overall Oxfordshire won by 31 shots.

A 100 game badge was again awarded to a Witney Town bowler this time it was OBA’s assistant secretary Mel Cameron.

Oxfordshire 133 Berkshire 102.

Rink scores:
C Lewis J Timms J Benfield A Ley won 31-11.
S Tolhurst P Strange M Morris M Brain won 24-16.
B Willoughby L Eltringham B Bloomfield I Whelpton won 22-18.
M Cameron T Gripe J McGeough B Gilkes won 22-15.
P Demczak N Satchell R Barnett M Andrew won 16-14.
B Ray R Slater K Williams C Waller lost 18-28.