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June 25th, 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.