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June 21st, 2017:

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