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July 6th, 2017:

Men’s Fours Quarter Finals

The Men’s Fours Quarter Finals was played in yet another fantastic evening of sunshine at Headington Bowling Club on Wednesday night.

The First game saw an all Headington Affair between John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and skipped by Mark Charlett against John Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Gary May and skipped by Howard Watts. It was a good tussle all the way through the evening, after Charlett’s men being 7 shots to nil down at 5 ends they fought back well to go 11-8 in front at 11 ends. 10 shots to Watts’ men without reply saw them push through to 18-11 at 15 ends. Scores went to both sides in the business ends but saw Watt’s rink through 22 shots to 19 overall.

The Second game saw another Headington rink, comprising of Bernie May, Mark Kirby, Shaun Claridge and skipped by Paul Mabbutt up against a Witney Town rink of Mike Jones, Roy Radband, Phil Warner and skipped by Brian Bloomfield. 3 of the Witney Town rink had to come back from their club tour down on the Isle of Wight to play the game, which saw fantastic bowls being played by both teams and both skips saving shots and converting heads well. The Headington rink were never behind throughout and ended up 24 shots to 16 victors.

The third game of the evening saw one of two Carterton rinks battling for a place in the semi-finals. Peter Latter, Dan Wakeman, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield were up against a Watlington rink comprised of Sam Watts, Adie Twinn, Steve Gilkes and skipped by Chris Gilkes. For the first 13 ends in the game there was never more than 5 shots separating the two teams but a 6 shot pickup on the 14th end gave Gilkes’ men a 15-14 advantage. The next 5 ends saw single shot pickups for both sides leaving the score 19-15 in Carterton’s favour playing the penultimate end. Good head building for the Watlington boys saw them pick 3 shots to take them to a nail-biting last end being 19-18 down. Another fantastic head developed by both sides but Chris Gilkes played a fantastic pop and stop bowl to remove Toon’s shot bowl and be holding game, Unfortunately for the Toon men, Clanfield could not change the head with his last bowl so the Watlington rink progressed to the semi-finals 21-19 winners.

The final game saw yet another Headington rink, this time, Dennis Crook, Alan Manger, Norman Rae and skipped by Russell Edwards, were up against the second Toon rink of the night, Tim Jupp, Steve Aldren, Stuart Richens and skipped by Paul Sharman. Once again this was a seriously close game all the way through with the lead never reaching more than 4 shots difference in either sides favour. A huge result for the Toon lads was a 3 shot pick up on the penultimate end taking the score to 15 shots apiece playing the last. Carterton lying 2 shots with Edwards having one bowl left didn’t get as much bend back into the head as he was experiencing earlier on in the evening and didn’t change the result. Carterton through to the semi-finals with Richens now in THREE of them! He will be one to watch on Friday night to see if he can get through in the singles also.

The Semi Finals will be played at Thame on Sunday 16th July with Chris Gilkes’ side playing Howard Watts’ rink and Paul Mabbutt playing Paul Sharman.

A big thank you to Headington for providing such a fabulous evening and full credit to the greenkeepers for providing a fantastic green for all competitors to do battle on. Also a huge thank you for the facilities that were provided and may I say the burgers and hot dogs were excellent!

The final stop on the Quarter Final Tour of the week will be across town to South Oxford for the Singles on Friday 7th July.

Men’s triples quarter finals

The Men’s Triples Quarter Finals was played in another splendid evening of sunshine at Kidlington Bowling Club on Tuesday night.

The First game saw a close game throughout from one of Carterton’s three triples. 15 year old Joseph Justin, Bob Turley and skipped by Tim Jupp were never more than 4 shot behind all game but ended up losing by just one shot to a strong triple from Woodstock, Simon Hopkins (Sub for Paul Shipton), Keith Comley and skipped by Brian Clarke, the winners 14-13 over the line.

The Second game saw a very intense battle between another Carterton triple, this time another under 25 star, Orren Bennett, Tim Warner and skipped by Gordon Walker against one of Headington’s 2 triples playing on the night, John Philpott, Nathan Lewis and skipped by Howard Watts. After the Toon triple being 13-8 a down at 13 ends, a 4 shot pickup brought them back in contention, at 13-12, they then dropped a 4 making them 17-12 at 15 ends. Playing the last end Gordy’s men were 18-17 ahead and holding 1 when he popped his shot bowl out of the head to be one down. With Watts’ last bowl to draw second bowl he played his own slightly short bowl into the head perfectly, giving his men 2 shots and progression to the semi-finals.

The third game saw yet another Carterton triple, this time Stuart Richens, Robbie Clanfield and skipped by Baden Sparkes. They faced a Banbury Borough triple of Keith Holloway, Darren Sharpe and A J Docherty. Quality leading from Richens and Holloway built good heads for both sides which gave an even match throughout. It was 9 shots apiece at 13 ends but a pick big 5 shot count on the 14th end for the Toon lads gave them the edge to run out as winners with 17 shots to 10.

The final game saw another Headington triple, Colin Whitehead, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against Shiplake’s triple of Jim Bland, Barry Lambourne and skipped by Ryan Buckett. Good conversion shots were played by both teams but overall the Headington lads came across the line 16 shots to 7 victors.

The Semi Finals will be played at Thame on Sunday 16th July with Baden Sparkes’ triple playing Howard Watts and Nick Rae-Welsh’s triple playing Paul Shipton’s triple from Woodstock.

A Huge thank you to Kidlington for providing such a fantastic green and facilities, at short notice, for all competitors and spectators to enjoy another night’s bowling antics.

Oxon lose to Surrey in HCL

The third match of the week Against Surrey was played at South Oxford BC on Saturday 1st July.

A poor start by Oxfordshire saw them trailing by 27 shots after 5 ends Thins deteriorated over the next 5 ends with the deficit increasing to 47 shots. Things then started to improve and with one end left to play on every rink Oxfordshire were only 5 shots adrift. With only one rink winning the last end the final deficit was 14 shots.

On rink 1 Baden Sparkes and his team symbolised the team’s performance – 9 shots down after 10 ends they forced their way back and took the lead for the first time after 20 ends. An unfortunate loss of 2 shots then resulted in a 1 shot defeat.

Next door Ryan Buckett and co also started slowly but gained the lead with a 6 on end 14 and romped away to win by 12 shots.

Jason King and his team also picked up a 6 on end 14 to improve their chances of victory but a dropped 4 on the last end ended their chances.

Shane Cooper and co struggled to stay in touch throughout and went down by 9.
On rink 5 Paul Sharman also struggled throughout and went down by 12.

Kevin Alder were always in contention and finally won by 2 shots.

Oxfordshire 111 4 points, Surrey 125 18 points

P Demczak S Gibson R Barnett B Sparkes lost 17-18
B squires J Timms A Ley R Buckett wo 27-15
C Lewis T Grice P Robbins J King lost 19-25
B Bloomfield J Woodward P Comley S Cooper lost 11-20
H Alder G Moon I Whelpton P Sharman lost 15-27
A Kernish S Jones C Earl K Alder won 22-20