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June 4th, 2017:

Johns Trophy: Oxon beat Bucks

Oxfordshire ladies faced Buckinghamshire in their first game of the Johns Trophy at Waddesdon BC on Saturday 3rd June. A steady performance saw Oxon ladies win on 4 rinks with the losing rinks only losing by a small margin. A good team performance and a good start to the Johns Trophy.

Oxon 126 (18 pts), Bucks 101 (4 pts).

Donna Knight 23, V Linton-Phare 16
Carol Gaskins 29, S Smith 8
Carol Penson 22, V Room 19
Wendy Cross 15, J Sussex 19
Marion Darton 20, M Price 19
Jeanette Berry 17, L Throup 20

Middleton Cup: Oxon lose to Kent

The first Middleton Cup match against Kent at Marden BC on Saturday 3rd June was played in glorious sunshine on a fast reliable green.

A good start by Oxfordshire resulted in a 17 shot lead after 5 ends. The lead was maintained for the next ten ends and at 15 ends they still held the lead albeit a reduced one of 6 shots. Thereafter things went well for Kent and after 18 ends they lead by 8.

Oxfordshire battled back and reduced the deficit to 6 shots by the end. The Banbury Borough rink skipped by Mark Sykes had a difficult start and trailed by 7 shots at 14ends but five consecutive winning ends mean they forced themselves into the lead and sharing the 2 final ends saw them win by 1.

Ray Gaskins and his rink had a close struggle on rink 2 and despite winning more ends than their opponents they lost by 2 shots. Baden Sparkes and co started well and lead by 8 shots after 10 ends. Thereafter they won only 2
more ends and they lost by 9 shots.

Ryan Buckett returned from Berkshire after 8 years and had an interesting start to his Middleton Cup campaign. After 15 ends they led by 10 shots despite only losing 2 ends (the 2nd and 11 th but by 7 and 6 shots respectively). Sharing the final ends they won by 9 shots.

Paul Sharman led his rink to a 1 shot lead after 15 ends. They failed to win another end and lost by 9 shots.

Mark Charlett charged to a 14 shot lead after 13 ends. Losing the next 6 ends the lead was reduced to 1, but wins on the final 2 ends saw him and his rink home by 4 shots.

Middleton Cup debutants Alan Carter (Banbury Central) Steve Aldren (Carterton) and Jim Bland (Shiplake) all performed with honour as did Andy McIntyre (West Witney on his return to win his Middleton Cup flash.

Oxfordshire 121 6 points Kent 127 16 points.

J Abercrombie G Schwab A J Docherty M Sykes won 21-20
A Carter T Prew S Cooper R Gaskins lost 19-21
K Holloway S Aldren K Alder b Sparkes lost 18-27
J Bland M Brain N Rae-Walsh R Buckett won 27-18
S Watts P Mabbutt W Parker P Sharman lost 12-21
M Nash A McIntyre D Leighfield M Charlett won 24-20

Oxon men’s first friendly defeat of the season

Oxfordshire were at home on Tuesday 30th May, at West Witney BC to play Somerset.

With wins on only 2 rinks Oxfprdshire went down by 6 shots for their first friendly defeat of the season. Playing his first game for the county David Byers of Watlington BC was awarded a colts bade.

2009 President returned to the post-match speech scene and presented President Bill Jarvie with his 50 game badge.

Oxfordshire 111 Somerset 117

Brian Bloomfield Alex Fleming David Wedge Paul Robbins lost 15-22
Ron Slater John Stephens Les Days Melvin Brain lost 13-26
Bradley Squires BillJ Jarvie Martin Oliver IIan Whelpton lost 13-24
Tim Jupp Allan Hall Mick Morris Richard Barnettt won 22-14
Chris Lewis David Byers Jim Lucas Bob Gilkes lost 18-22
Barry Willoughby Terry Gripe Gordon Hooker Alan Ley won 30-9