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June 6th, 2017:

League Week 4

Excellent weather for bowls gave the other teams in Division 1 the chance to close the gap on the leaders as it was Headington’s bye week.

Last year’s champions, Carterton visited close neighbours, and even closer rivals, West Witney and returned home the victors thanks largely to Robbie Clanfield’s rink winning by nineteen shots. Although Witney captain, Kevin Alder, lost his rink by a single shot he did so despite bowling well but having to come from behind in most ends because of the outstanding lead of Joe Justin for the visitors.

In the most exciting finish of the week, Watlington, who had won on the first two rinks to finish but were level on shots with only the final end of the fourth rink to play as Alan Ley, skipping for visitors City and County, won the third rink by thirteen shots. Mark Plested, leading for Watlington put his first bowl close to the jack and the opposition were unable to get closer thus the home side won by that single shot.

Banbury Central travelled to South Oxford and returned victorious due, in no small part, to Keith McNeil’s rink’s eighteen shot winning margin, leaving the home side firmly rooted to the bottom of the division.

In Division 2, Kidlington defeated Chipping Norton by a comfortable margin and Shiplake defeated Adderbury in a much closer affair. The two winners now top a division where few fixtures have taken place so far.

Chadlington remain top of Division 3 despite having a bye this week. Banbury Central moved into second place with a comfortable defeat of Hanborough. Tom McKenna’s men leading the way with a seventeen shot win, whilst Chadlington’s equally comfortable defeat of Headington moved them into third place.

Blackbird Leys and Bicester tied in one of those strange matches that bowls produces from time to time. Three good wins for Bicester, including one by thirteen shot for Alan Hall’s men, proved insufficient to get the match points as, in his clubs only win, James Baldwin ran out a twenty-three shot winner and grabbed the spoils for the visitors and tied the match.

South Oxford remain top of Division 4 beating Oxford University Press in a close match to enhance their margin whilst Bob Perry’s win for Woodstock was their only one in their defeat at West Oxford.

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