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May 15th, 2017:

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.