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May, 2017:

League Week 2

Last season’s Division 1 champion’s, Carterton, narrowly defeated Banbury Central with the match hinging on the outcome of the Sammy Timms v Will Campion rink. Always at a disadvantage with only three players, the Central rink led at the halfway mark only to drop six shots on the eleventh end and never recover.

Despite the four points they won, Carterton fell further behind Headington, whose form remains impressive. Their only failing in the match at South Oxford was their inability to run up one hundred shots and they now have a four point cushion over their nearest rivals. Next week’s fixture against Watlington will tell us more about both club’s sides.

City and County failed to capitalise on their impressive victory last week, unable to take even a point at West Witney. Good bowling by all four Witney rinks with that skipped by Kevin Alder and well led by Oxfordshire under-25’s Harvey Alder, doing the most damage.

The closest result of the week was at Adderbury in Division 2 with the home side emerging victorious by two shots against newly promoted Chipping Norton. Indeed, Jeff Martin’s rink would have been disappointed as their seven shot win could easily have swung the match to the away team but Adderbury amassed enough on two other rinks to emerge victorious overall by two shots.

What, on paper, should have been a close match, at Kidlington, seems to have been anything but as the home side defeated Witney Town by seventeen shots. Much of the margin was scored by John Hardie’s rink with an impressive fourteen shot win.

Charlbury look to dominate Division 3, following last week’s comfortable win with an even better one, this time away at Banbury Central. Mark East’s rink led the way with an impressive seventeen shot victory.

Chadlington bounced back from their opening day defeat with a comfortable victory at home to Bicester. Big win’s here for Phil Radbone and Carl Smart’s men.

Headington were the victors in a strange encounter at home to Hanborough. Graham Haynes and Geoff Thompson ran up a twenty-two shot winning margin between them only to have Russell Edwards’ men win by twenty-four shots for Headington and snatch the match.

In Division 4 South Oxford had a comfortable win, away at West Oxford, in a match curtailed by rain, whilst Brian Clarke’s rink impressive win away at Thame was to no avail as the other three home rinks all won comfortably.

(Whist I know that South Oxford defeated Bloxham I do not have sufficient details of the match to comment or enter it into the league table.

Match Results
League table

Bob Joiner

U25 & U31 update

Oxfordshire Under 25s men kicked off the season at South Oxford BC on 6th May with a trial game against Wiltshire. This resulted in an overall win for Oxfordshire however the primary objective was for the team to get together on the green and start gelling again following the winter. This was achieved and followed up with a mixed get together and White Rose trial at Kidlington BC on 14th May.

We presently have 34 junior players, male and female, in the county which is good, however that number will reduce by five at the end of the season and by at least two more in 2018. It is therefore imperative that we recruit further players to swell the ranks and build upon the successes of the past few seasons.

As is my annual plea to all clubs, players and interested parties, please do all you can to recruit new bowlers of any age and in particular junior players, passing details to me regardless of age, experience or perceived ability. As I said in my end of season report, if we all introduce one new person to the sport this year we will be in a far healthier position as a county and as a sport!

This is scheduled to be my last season as manager and so I seek support from anyone interested in taking over or at least assisting in the role. Please call or email me for a chat.

Anyway, here’s to a great season for all in Oxfordshire. Look forward to seeing some of you at our junior games and many of you on the circuit.

Oxon U25s v Bucks 28/05/17

Steve Gilkes
Oxfordshire Junior Teams Manager
Mobile: 07868 435052

Ladies county and Johns trophy selection

The ladies county games for the next three games have now been selected: Herts, Northants, Notts

The Johns trophy game against Bucks on Saturday 3rd June at Waddeston bowls club has now been selected: Johns trophy v Bucks

Men’s selection for 7th – 27th June

The men’s county games between 7th – 27th June have now been selected: Selection 2

Oxon men beat Northants in first friendly of 2017

The first friendly of the 2017 season for Oxfordshire Bowling Association saw Northamptonshire welcomed to South Oxford BC on Tuesday 16th May.

Most Oxfordshire rinks started steadily with only rink 1 skipped by Melvin Brain bucking th trend and leading by 15 shots after 10 ends. Oxfordshire continued to strengthen their position to lead by 29 shots. The last 2 ends on every proved absolutely decisive with the home side winning by 33 shots to 4. With 2 rinks picking up 6 shots and 2 more picking up 7 and smaller contributions from the other 2.With 5 rinks winning and the 6 th recovering well to lose by 2 shots.

Oxon 144 Northants 95

Mel Cameron, Nigel Satchell, Les Days, Melvin Brain won 34-12.
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Ken Williams, Ian Whelpton won 27-14.
Chris Lewis, Bill Jarvie, Alex Fleming, Richard Barnett won 22-15.
Brian Ray, Percy Strange, David Bullock, Alan Ley won 21-15.
Tim Jupp, John Hicks, Gordon Hooker, Brian Bloomfield lost 17-19.
Barry Willoughby, Bradley Squires, Mick Morris, Bob Gilkes won 23-20.

Ladies lose first two MEL games and win friendly against Worcs

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies played their first three county games of the season with two loses in the Middle England League and a win over Worcestershire in a county game,

The first game was on the 5th May at Leicester bowls club on a fast green which got the better of Oxfordshire in the Middle England League.

BOL 111 – Leics 131.
6 pts to 11 pts.

Carol Galletly 20, D Hurst 18
Jeanette Berry 20, L Green 25
Brenda Havard 21, P Sutton 18
Wendy Cross 18, P Walker 17
Daphne Jacob 11, C Dixon 28
Marion Darton 21, C Massie 25

Oxfordshire won against Worcestershire on Thursday 11th May at Broadway bowls club.

BOL 133, Worcs 101.

Jeanette Berry 21, S Davies 16
Caroline Campion 33, D Jackson 12
Carol Penson 23, J Drewer 12
Marion Darton 15, P Harris 19
Wendy Cross 18, A Cartwright 25
Carol Gaskins 23, M Borthwick 17

The second Middle England League game was against on Tuesday 16th May at Bishops Cleeve BC on a very rainy day.

BOL 85, Gloucs 163.
2 pts to 15 pts.

Carol Penson 25, J Stannard 10
Wendy Cross 16, J Scott 22
Marion Darton 13, I Bird 28
Shirley Crick 3, R Hughes 45
Jeanette Berry 19, K Gent 25
Daphne Jacob 9, J Sheward 33

Sam Watts and Stuart Richens progress to the Two Wood Final

The quarter-finals and semi-finals of the two wood singles was played at Oxford City & County. The quarter-finalists all eager to book themselves a place at Leamington early in the season.

Watlington’s Sam Watts and Banbury Borough’s Joe Abercrombie played a fantastic quarter final which saw an extra end forced by Watts with what can only be described as a worldie bowl. The extra end played and Watts progressed to the semi-final with a 14-13 victory. His semi-final match saw him play Nathan Lewis, Who also had a very close fought battle with Watlington’s Ade Kemish in their quarter-final match, with Lewis winning 14-13. The semi-final was a fantastic watch with the lead changing after almost every end, but after 21 ends it was Watts again through to this year’s final with yet another 14-13 victory.

The other half of the draw saw dominant quarter and semi-final performances from Stuart Richens of Carterton, who beat West Witney’s Henry Beall 17-8 after being 6-2 down at 8 ends. Richens then went on to beat Watlington’s Mark Plested 17-6, after Plested bowled a fantastic second half of his quarter-final match against Banbury Borough’s Paul Hilton to come from 10-5 down to win 14-10. Richens has confirmed his place at the two wood singles final where he went on to win the competition in 2015, alongside Sam Watts, who, before this year, had never won a round in the competition!

The final will be played on Sunday 23rd July at Chipping Norton Bowls Club, home of this year’s OBA President, Bill Jarvie.

Oxon men beat Northants in Middleton Cup trial

Oxfordshire Bowling Association started their 2017 Middleton Cup campaign with a narrow win over Northamptonshire at Kingsthorpe Bowling Club.

In the first of 2 trial games the Oxfordshire team won by 124 shots to 111. The rinks of Paul Sharman, David Leighfield, and Nick Rae-Welsh all won whilst the rinks of Ray Gaskins and Baden-Sparkes both lost by 1 shot after being level after 20 ends.

The rink of Mark Sykes at 10 ends were up by 7 shots but only scored a further 3 in the final 11 ends and finally lost by 7 shots.

With three players making their Middleton Cup debut for Oxfordshire (Steve Witcombe, Jim Bland and Alan Carter) and the return of Baden-Sparkes after being out injured last season the Oxfordshire team made a great start to this year’s campaign. All the newcomers settled in well which was very encouraging. The second trail match is against Gloucestershire at Oxford City & County on Saturday afternoon (May 20th).

Oxfordshire 124, Northants 111

Steve Witcombe, Bradley Squires, Paul Comley, Baden Sparkes lost 24 – 25
Sam Watts, George Schwab, Will Parker, Paul Sharman won 21 – 11
Mick Nash, Keith Holloway, Jason King, Nick Rae-Welsh won 20 – 19
Jim Bland, Melvin Brain, Kevin Alder, David Leighfield won 25 – 14
Alan Carter, Trevor Prew, Chris Gilkes, Ray Gaskins lost 17 – 18
Joe Abercrombie, Paul Mabbutt, Shane Cooper, Mark Sykes lost 17 – 24

2 wood singles

The two wood singles was played in glorious sunshine at Oxford City & County and South Oxford. The opening rounds of this seasons men’s two–wood singles ran, for the most part, very well.

Qualifiers for next Sundays Quarter-finals which take place at the Oxford City & County BC, starting at 10:00am are:

A. Kemish (Watlington) v N. Lewis (Headington).
S. Watts (Watlington) v J. Abercrombie (Banbury Borough).
M. Plested (Watlington) v P. Hilton (Banbury Borough).
H. Beall (West Witney) v S. Richens (Carterton).

The full draw and results are on the two wood singles draw page.

A huge thanks to South Oxford and Oxford City & County for your continued support of the competition.

A thanks is also to mention those bowlers who were unable to play and who had given prior notification, enabling their opponents to be notified of their later start times.