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June 14th, 2017:

League week 5

The weather could have gone either way – I was in Wales where it rained heavily all day – but all matches seem to have survived.

Division 1 provided a week of large victories, or heavy defeats, depending who you were playing for. Headington retained their position at the top with good win, away at City and County. Results included a fifteen shot win for Howard Watts rink whilst the home sides only victory came from Paul Comley.

However, the title is yet to be decided as both Watlington and Carterton closed the gap taking maximum points from their fixtures. Carterton’s defeat of South Oxford was a comprehensive as the score suggest. Their fifty-one shot winning margin included a nineteen shot win for Paul Sharman’s rink.

Watlington might have expected more of a challenge away at Banbury Central but the home side put up little resistance, only Will Campion’s rink getting close at 20 – 22 but they started their fightback from 17 – 2 down and needed more ends than they had!

Leaders, Kidlington, increased their margin in Division 2 winning by twenty-five shots at Adderbury, Paul McGrath’s rink leading the way for them. Chipping Norton consolidated second place defeating Witney Town in a close game where all rinks could have gone either way until the last three ends.

Division 3 remains as close as ever. Hanborough defeated Blackbird Leys as Geoff Thompson’s eleven shot margin was enough to cancel Paul Sage’s nine shots for the visitors.

In a ‘game of two halves’, Bicester defeated Charlbury, despite Mike Smith and his men winning their rink comfortably for Charlbury, thanks to big wins for Kevin Taylor and Richard Herbert’s rinks.

The closest result of the week in the league came at Headington where the match ended in a bowls ‘draw’. The home team won on three rinks but the Banbury Central rink skipped by Jim Pickering won by a crushing twenty-seven shots to take match points and tie the fixture.

South Oxford remain on course to be promoted from Division 4 at the end of the season winning a close match at home to Bloxham. However, Jim Lucas tried to spoil their evening winning by twenty-one shots for the visitors. David Lyne almost cancelled this out for South Oxford winning by nineteen shots and David Bye completed the job for a two shot overall margin.

Thame maintained their form with a dominant defeat of Oxford University Press whilst City and County followed suit winning, slightly less convincingly, at Woodstock.

Prinatable report
Match results
League tables