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June, 2017:

Oxon ladies defeat Sussex in the walker cup

Oxfordshire ladies beat Sussex today in the Walker Cup at Great Hollands Bowls Club. Donna Knight’s rink of Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris and Carol Nall won by 4 shots which meant after 20 ends and 7 shots up, Jeanette Berry’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor and Brenda Havard didn’t need to play the last end. Oxon will now face Surrey or Hampshire at the regional finals on the 16th July.

Oxon 40, Sussex 29

J Berry 16, R George 9
D Knight 24, C Bowles 20

Oxon men lose to Surrey in Middleton Cup

The third Middleton Cup match against Surrey at Croydon on Saturday 24th June needed a major upheaval in results if Oxfordshire were to progress further in this year’s Middleton Cup competition. With 2 rinks setting off in great form it was left to the other 4 rinks to improve on their card.. After 10 ends the deficit was only 1 shot and 5 ends latter the difference was still only 5. Surrey then applied the greater pressure and at the end Oxfordshire had lost by 25 shots.

On rink 1 all four Oxfordshire players were in great form and won 13 of the first 15 ends to establish a 13 shot lead. Despite losing a 5 on end 16 they finished comfortably ahead by 10 shots.

A very similar situation developed on rink 3 and they also won by 10 shots. Between the two rinks things were not going our way with the Surrey skip turning many ends to his advantage and a win by 12 shots.

On rink 4 wins on 9 ends by narrow margins were not sufficient to hold the Surrey quartet and they lost by 17.
The Banbury Borough quartet stayed close and were only trailing by 2 shots at 18 ends. Losing the last 3 ends saw them trailing by 8 shots at the close.

After 10 ends things went against us and the final deficit was also 8 shots.

Oxfordshire 100 4 points, Surrey 126 18 points.

S Witcombe A McIntyre J King M Charlett won 20-10
J Bland M Brain C Weller R Buckett lost 11-23
M Nash I Whelpton S Cooper R Gaskins won 23-13
S Watts P Comley K Alder P Sharman lost 15-32
J Abercrombie K Holloway G Schwab M Sykes lost 15-23
A Carter S Aldren C Gilkes B Sparkes lost 16-24

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in the Johns Trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost by 38 shots to a strong Kent team in the Johns Trophy game played on Saturday 24th June at Bromley bowls club. There were only two winning rinks with Helen Kingsley, Hazel Oliver, Sue Gokgor and Donna Knight winning by 4 and Jackie Stafford, Pat Ostler, Carol Nall and Marion Darton managed to pick up a 4 on the last end to win by 3. Carole Penson’s rink came close but just lost out by 3 in the end.

Oxon 95, Kent 133
4pts – 18 pts

Anne Hale, Dawn Lynch, Daphne Jacob, Carol Gaskins 12, J Parker 26
Margaret Morris, Maureen Osbourne, Pauline Williams, Carole Penson 14, P Goodger 17
Jackie Stafford, Pat Ostler, Carol Nall, Marion Darton 21, A Harrison 19
Jan Gore, Gill Muir, Caroline Bloomfield, Wendy Cross 15, W King 24
Helen Kingsley, Hazel Oliver, Sue Gokgor, Donna Knight 22, J Coyle 18
Margaret Bullock, Shirley Crick, Brenda Havard Jeanette Berry 11, I Simpson 29

Hawes and Gilkes lead England to victory

Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) was part of the winning England team in last week’s home international series in Llandrindod Wells BC. The team was managed to victory by Oxford City & County’s Gail Gilkes who became the international team manager this season.

Hawes was part of Natalie Chestney’s rink who were undefeated in the series. They recorded victories against Jersey, Wales and Ireland, they drew with former World Champion of Champions Lorna Smith in their final game.

Further details can be found on Bowls England’s facebook page

Unfortunately, Donna Knight (Oxford City & County) lost 21-10 to Ireland’s Bernie O’Neill in the British Isles Singles Semi-Final.

The match was very evenly contested for the first half, with Donna leading 9-7 after 12 ends of play, however Donna then suffered a run of eight consecutive ends without scoring.

U25’s v Surrey (JHCL) selection

Oxfordshire Under 25’s will face Surrey in the Junior Home Counties League on Sunday 25th June 10:30am at Malden Manor Park Bowls Club. Team selection is now available: U25 v Surrey

Oxon men lose to Herefordshire by 8

After a successful trip to Leicestershire two weeks ago, Oxfordshire returned home to Chipping Norton BC, the home of the President on Tuesday 20th June to play Herefordshire. With numerous selected players not available because of continued involvement in the county triples hopes were still high of continuing the winning streak.

Returning after an absence of nearly twenty years Glynn Middleton of Witney Town combined well with the rest of his rink to take home the highest winning rink glass.

Sharing the rinks with 3 wins each Oxfordshire lost overall by 8 shots.

Oxfordshire 107 Herefordshire 115.

Steve Tolhurst Roy Radband John McGeough Richard Barnett won 24-21
Mel Cameron Tony Backer-Holst David Wedge Chris Weller lost 19-21
Brian Ealey Eddie Dorling Alan Wase Alan Ley lost 14-24
Ron Slater David Byers Glynn Middleton Jim Lucas won 18-12.
Chris Lewis Allen Smith Nigel Satchell Mick Andrew won 19-17
Paul Demczak John Timms Les Days Ian Whelpton lost 13-20.

Middleton Cup v Surrey

Oxfordshire men will face Surrey on Saturday at Croydon Bowling Club 2pm. The team has now been selected: Middleton cup v Surrey

League week 6

Another week of good weather produced some good bowls matches across the league.

Watlington provided the outstanding result of the week with their whitewash of last year’s Division 1 champions, Carterton. Good solid bowling from all sixteen Watlington players, as they have done for much of the season, means that they and Headington are now clear of the chasers.

That they are still second is as much to do with Headington’s abilities as it is to do with Banbury Central’s poor form. A six – nil defeat for Central may have not been unexpected, given other results so far this year, but the manner of it, 118 – 46, certainly was.

(As I write I have only the outline result for the third game, between South Oxford and Witney Mills. I am informed that this was also six – nil but, unexpectedly perhaps, to South Oxford.)

Next week’s round of matches is at the halfway point in the season and, only then, will Division 2’s standings start to mean anything. This week saw three games played for the first time this year and wins for Kidlington, Witney Mills and Witney Town contrive to move Kidlington well clear at the top with only Adderbury, of the others, looking out of the promotion race.

Indeed, their defeat by Witney Town, despite Phil Gladden’s big win, makes their relegation look likely. Town’s Paul Demczak more than cancelled out Gladden’s score and he was able assisted on the other two rinks.

Leaders Kidlington comfortably defeated a weak Shiplake side, who still find getting people to travel difficult, but only Joe Woodward’s men were really able to make their advantage count with an eighteen shot victory.

Witney Mills defeat of Chipping Norton came from a close match where the biggest margin, of seven shots, came in Chippy’s one victory.

Division 3 is proving the closest in the league this year. Charlbury maintained their lead at the top with a win against Hanborough in a close match. David Cooper’s rink’s nineteen shot winning margin proving decisive with the match split at two rinks apiece.

Banbury Central find themselves in second place despite starting the season thinking that they would be in another relegation dogfight. This week it was Tom McKenna’s twenty-two shot winning margin that won them the points.

Whilst Blackbird Leys still occupy last place, their defeat of Headington B keeps them in contention with third place Chadlington only having one and a half points more than them now. A nineteen point win for James Baldwin’s rink, with good support from Roy Brain’s men ensured Leys of the match points.

John Timms’ seventeen shot win set up Thames’ defeat of Bloxham in Division 4 in an otherwise very close affair. A win that leaves them top of the table.

City and County’s defeat of West Oxford was a similar affair with Joe Glenn’s men seventeen shot winning margin ensuring the points went to the home side.

The final fixture, between the bottom two clubs saw Oxford University Press triumph with a whitewash of Woodstock. Both Roger Cann and Geoff Jordan’s rinks had sizeable wins in the match.

Printable report
Match results
League tables

Oxon ladies first win in MEL

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies had their first victory in Middle England game against Nottinghamshire at Irchester BC on Thursday 15th June.

BOL 124 shots, 11 pts – Nottinghamshire 112 shots, 6 pts

Margaret Morris, Pam Willoughby, Sylvia Blackmore, Shirley Crick 36, M Gardner 9
Anne Hale, Jenny Banton, Pauline Williams, Marion Darton 14, S Offler 21
Sue Gokgor, Pat Taylor, Maureen Osborne, Wendy Cross 29, G Smart 18
Janet Fountain, Karen Galloway, Sandra Wase, Carol Galletly 18, I Wright 21
Roberta Jarvie, Maggie Alderson, Gill Muir, Carol Penson 24, E Adams 14
Chris Purnell, Pat Ray, Carole Thornhill, Pat Ostler 13, A Duckworth 29

OBA Under 25s Singles

After a full day of high quality bowling at Kidlington Bowls Club last Sunday, Shane Cooper of Watlington and West Witney’s David Leighfield qualified for the National Championships in the Under 25s singles.

A total of seventeen players entered the competition meaning a preliminary round played prior to the day. This game resulted in a three shot win for Thame’s Jonathan Dadson over Watlington man Will Soden, making a welcome return to bowls after a couple of years away from the sport.

This set up a first round clash between Dadson and his Thame team mate, Matt Canfield resulting in a comfortable victory for Dadson. Harvey Alder (West Witney) got off to a good start against Woodstock’s Ben Dickson, just returned from his first year at Reading University, eventually winning 21-14. Leighfield started the defence of his title with a 21-12 win over Darren Wakeman who, it’s great to see, is also back bowling again after a few years out. Two same club affairs followed with Shane Cooper, in his last year in the juniors, overcoming Watlington clubmate Rob Parkes 21-13, and Orren Bennett, Carterton, beating newcomer and team mate Joe Justin, who with Parkes, Canfield and Dadson was making his first appearance in the event. Joe Glenn of City & County overcame Watlington’s Brandon King 21-11 and in the closest game of the round Bradley Squires squeezed past Dan Swanson, another Watlington player, 21-20.

The Quarter Finals saw Dadson v Alder; Sam Watts, Watington, who received a walkover in the first round due to transport problems for Thame’s Tom Tisbury, v Leighfield; Cooper v Bennett; and, Glenn v Squires.

All four games provided the spectators present with some fantastic play and no shortage of drama. In the end Alder’s experience served him well, as fifteen year old Dadson pushed him all the way, to see out a 21-16 victory. Leighfield beat Watts 21-13 in a game where the score could quite easily been much closer while it took all of Cooper’s experience to get past Bennett 21-19. The final game of the round again could have gone either way but saw a third West Witney semi finalist as Squires edged through by two shots 21-19.

The first semi final pitched West Witney v West Witney as Alder took on current champion Leighfield, another player in his final year as Squires took on his captain in the other.

Both games were again great adverts for the sport with brilliant play, a slice of fortune here and there, exemplary sportsmanship and emotion at the end. The champ showed his class, and had to, to withstand the challenge from Alder finally qualifying for the final and for Leamington with a 21-14 win. The final ends of the other game are difficult to describe as so many head changes and great, and sometimes not so great, bowls were involved. Save to say that it was 20-20 going into what proved to be the final end which was fitting for this battle. The shot changed hands a coupe of times but then Cooper played a little trail and finished up with a front toucher. Squires, with the final bowl of the game attempted to kill the end, narrowly missed meaning a final chance at the title for the Watlington man on 23rd July.

Apart from the high standard of play during this day the overriding feeling as a supporter was of the huge team spirit, camaraderie and support for each other within this group of players. That there was a little emotion at the end of some games just shows how much the sport and the competition means to all. The future remains very bright!

Our thanks to all at Kidlington BC for hosting the event. Nothing, as usual, was too much trouble and helped make the day what it was. Thanks also to deputy president Eddie Dorling and all officials for giving up the day to support and mark and to the umpire, another Eddie. Finally, a big thankyou to Bradley Squires for his organisation of the day. Not easy when playing but he did it well.

Ladies and Gents we have a 22 year old Competition Secretary…as said…the future is bright!

Steve Gilkes
Under 25s Manager (and for once just an interested spectator!)