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June, 2017:

Ladies county singles qtr and semi finals and U25’s semi final

The ladies quarter and semi finals of the singles will be played on Sunday 2nd July at Banbury Borough Bowls Club 10am (report by 9:30am in whites and club tops). Refreshments available.

Pauline Williams (Hanborough BC) v Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough BC)
Jacky Gray or Donna Knight (Oxford City & County BC) v Wendy Sandy (Carterton BC)
Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) or Wendy Cross (Shiplake BC) v Karen Alder (West Witney BC)
Caroline Campion or Carole Galletly (Banbury Central BC) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC)

Under 25 singles Semi finals

Katie Glenn (Watlington BC) v Katie Bland (Shiplake BC)
Jazzmin Alder (West Witney BC) v Emma Gilkes (Watlington BC)

Oxon ladies beat Beds in friendly

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies beat Bedfordshire in a county friendly played at Oxford City & County on Thursday 29th June.

BOL 134, Bedfordshire 116

Margaret Bullock, Phil Houlihan, Carole Thornhill, Pat Ostler 22, J Northern 16;
Janet Fountain, Sheila Cranstoun, Daphne Jacob, Brenda Havard 21, P Bright 21;
Margaret Stacey, Pam Willoughby, Sylvia Blackmore, Carol Penson 17, M Lenny 22;
Jan Gore, Sandra Wase, Carol Nall, Jeanette Berry 30, M Nicholson 13;
Jacky Gray, Roberta Jarvie, Caroline Bloomfield, Wendy Cross 22, J Brooks 16;
Margaret Morris, Maureen Osborne, Ruth Copp, Marion Darton 22, C Hills 28.

U25’s face Sussex in JHCL on Sunday

The Under 25s lost by eleven shots (47-58) and by 8 points to 2 against Surrey last weekend. Now, to stand any chance of winning the elusive JHCL title they must beat Sussex at South Oxford BC this coming Sunday (2nd).

Oxon U25s v Sussex – JHCL 020717

League week 7

This week’s matches saw the halfway point in the season and, at least in some divisions, gave us some real pointers to the way the season is going.

Division 1 now seems a head-to-head battle between Headington and Watlington. Both had big wins this week and are now well clear of the rest. They meet on 13 July in what could be the title decider.

Headington continued their run of good form with a whitewash of last season’s champions, Carterton, on their opponent’s green! Difficult to praise any of the rinks as they all won by at least six shots but Nick Rae-Welsh’s men took the best performance award with a twenty shot winning margin.

Watlington were at West Witney in a much closer affair with Shane Cooper’s rink cancelling out Andy McIntyre’s twelve shot win for Witney. The other rinks both went to Watlington as the Witney men ran out of ends and were unable to close what early in the game had been a twenty shot difference between the teams.

The final fixture in the division looked as if it would be decisive in the relegation stakes early in the match. After eight ends Central were losing on all four rinks and in danger of being whitewashed. While they pulled back to win on two rinks nothing they did was going to compensate for Colin Pollard’s rink’s magnificent thirty shot win; indeed, they were unlucky to drop seven shots in the last two ends having been forty-one – four up after nineteen ends.

Despite not playing, Kidlington remain clear at the top of Division 2. Their closest rival, Witney Mills, closed the gap with a comfortable win at bottom club Adderbury but still remain four points behind. Nothing spectacular on any rink in what would appear to be a close match.

The other match in the division was at Shiplake where the home side were able to field a stronger team than they can away from home and beat visitors, Witney Town, comfortably. Shiplake held the early advantage on all four rinks and only Paul Demczak’s rink was able to pull back for the visitors whilst captain Barrie Evans lead his men to a convincing win for Shiplake.

Division 3 leaders, Charlbury increased their advantage over non-playing second place Banbury Central with a good win in a close match at Headington. whilst Eric Pitts men were able to break clear for the visitors, the other rinks were separated by no more than three shots. The loss leaves Headington at the foot of the table as Blackbird Leys took two points from their encounter at Chadlington. In a match with big wins on all four rinks, Ron Arthur and Paul Madeley’s rinks had bigger margins for the home side than Bob Spencer and Paul Sage could muster for their opponents.

The final match in this division proved a close affair between Hanborough and Bicester. It was decided by Martin Oliver’s rink’s big win for Hanborough.

In a similar fashion, Paul Heafey’s rink settled the match between Thame and South Oxford in Division 4. The win leaves Thame well clear atop the division with their visitors still in second place.

With City and County not playing, West Oxford and Bloxham closed the gap on the final promotion place. West Oxford defeating Oxford University Press in a match full of big wins. Gary Richardson and Chris Sherwood’s rinks both won by more than ten shots for West Oxford thus cancelling Paul Tweddle’s efforts for OUP.

The final match was also the closest of this weeks matches, Bloxham taking the match points by a single shot despite Brian Clark’s men winning by eleven shots for Woodstock. Tony Gardner and Dave Morse both skipped rinks that won by eight or more shots for Bloxham.

Printable report
Match Results
League Tables

Men’s triples qtr final now at Kidlington BC

Due to unforeseen circumstances the triples quarter finals will NOT be held at West Witney and will now be held at Kidlington Bowls Club on Tuesday July 4th, games commencing at 6:15pm.

Ladies triples county quarter and semi finals

The ladies triples quarter and semi finals will be played at Banbury Chestnuts Bowl Club on Saturday 1st July 10am (players report at 9:30am in whites and with club stickers). Refreshments avaialble. Guidance will be given RE parking on arrival.

Sheila Lovett (West Witney BC) v Pauline Williams (Hanborough BC)
Maggie Alderson (South Oxford BC) v Pat Ostler (Banbury Borough BC)
Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town BC) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County BC)
Anne Norton (Banbury Central BC) v Wendy Cross (Shiplake BC)

Oxon men lose to Surrey in county friendly

Playing Surrey for the second time in 4 days Oxfordshire hoped that home advantage would reverse their fortunes in the friendly played at Bicester BC on Tuesday 27th June.

Trailing by 3 shots after 18 ends Oxfordshire hopes were still high but losing 13 of the remaining ends prove to be their downfall. With wins on three rinks the other 3 proved decisive and Surrey again proved the victors this time by 20 shots.

Oxfordshire 106 Surrey 126.

Chris Lewis Larry Eltringham Alan Wase Bob Gilkes lost 10-27.
Steve Tolhurst Glynn Middleton David Wedge Alan Ley won 28-10.
Barry Willoughby Eddie Dorling John Benfield Melvin Brain lost 14-27.
Paul Demczak Nigel Satchell Jim Lucas Mike Andrew won 20-18.
Bradley Squires John Timms John McGeough Ian Whelpton won 18-15.
Andrew French David Byers Terry Gripe Ryan Bloomfield lost 16-29.

Past Presidents v Huntingdonshire PP

The Past Presidents returned from Eaton Socon Bowling Club on Monday with a 94-72 win under their belts.

The return journey appears to have been easier than the one to the game for one of the Oxfordshire cars, and a lesson was learned that Sat Navs have to be updated.

Contrary to popular belief, new roads have been built in the UK since the Romans departed and driving by the stars is somewhat out of date.

PP Chairman Mike Andrew and his Banbury Central / Shiplake rink of Allan Hunt, Francis Benham and David Bullock lead the way with a 24 – 13 win after easing off after the twelfth end when they were 19 – 5 up.

They were closely followed by Barry Willoughby, John Timms, Alex Fleming and Mick Morris who won 14 of the 21 ends played including a 5 on the 20th as they ran out 21-9 victors.
One shot behind was 1999 President Bob Gilkes’ rink with Mel Cameron at lead, the County’s Deputy President Eddie Dorling at two and Martin Oliver in to do the measuring.

Taking six of the first seven ends, they romped into a 13 – 2 lead and finished the game with the same eleven shot margin at 24 – 13.
Try as they may to provide the opposition with a highest winning rink outright, Ken Williams’ and Ian Whelpton’s rinks both lost by seven shots with the latters rink taking the glory by losing more ends. County secretary Steve Tolhurst, David Varney, John McGeough and Ken lead in their close game by 12 shots to 9 after 13 ends but then the wheels came off. Tolhurst’s map reading by the stars and Williams having to buy a tie before the start of the game took it’s toll and Varney and McGeough in the middle of the rink came out in sympathy, as they saw the next seven ends go to the opposition. Needing an eight on the last end for a draw, try as they may they could only pick up a single for a 13-20 loss.

Oxfordshire’s fifth rink of Ron Slater, who’s drawing to the jack was, according to the opposition, due to those straight …. (no advertising) woods (we thought it was skill), 2010 PP Tony Backer-Holst, OBA Treasurer Allan Hall and 2009 PP Ian Whelpton took part in a dour encounter, always playing catch up.

After seventeen ends there was still only one shot in their match at 11-12 but a dropped four on the eighteenth opened up a five shot gap which grew to seven as they finished on 12-19.

To win the match and yet give the opponents some success to think back on, is a good way to round off a pleasant summers day of bowling, at a very hospitable club who do a very good treacle sponge and custard.

Perhaps it was in the stars after all!

Ladies unbadged pairs

The Eileen Hopkins unbadged pairs Played at South Oxford BC on Saturday 17th June, saw Barbara Singh and Sandra Grindrod (Witney Town) and Linda Coles and Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) make it through to the finals.


Linda Coles/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough BC) v Barbara Singh/Sandra Grindrod (Witney Town BC)

Quarter Finals

Liz Kemish/Terry Batt-Rawden (Watlington BC) 10
Ruth Copp/Jackie Stafford (Shiplake BC) 9

Josie Gilbert/Sue Lewis (Oxford City & County BC) 12
Linda Coles/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough BC) 13

Semi Finals
Liz Kemish/Terry Batt-Rawden 8
Linda Coles/Adrienne Brown 15

Ros Burden/Jenny Lynch (South Oxford BC) 7
Barbara Singh/Sandra Grindrod 14

Men’s county selection

The men’s county games against Wiltshire, Isle of Wight, Sussex and Hertfordshire have now been selected: Selection 4