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July 16th, 2017:

Oxon ladies lose to Surrey by 6 in Walker cup regional finals

Bowls Oxfordshire lost to Surrey by 6 shots in the Walker cup regional finals held at Old Coulsdon today.

Jeanette Berry’s rink of Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor and Brenda Havard had a close fought game all the way through. They managed to extend their lead to 3 shots at 12 ends and again at 19 but Surrey didn’t let them get away at either point. They ended up dropping a 4 on the 20th end to go 2 shots a drift but followed up with a 2 of their own to draw the score on their rink level.

Donna Knight’s rink of Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris and Carol Nall struggled to score, dropping a string of single shots to see them 6 shots adrift at 16 ends. A 4 on the 17th end brought them back within 2 shots of Pat Bourne’s rink but Knight’s four didn’t score again until the final end leaving them to lose the rink and the game by 6 shots.

Oxfordshire 31, Surrey 37.

Margaret Bullock, Sue Gokgor, Brenda Havard, Jeanette Berry 19, Debbie Souter 19.
Carole Galletly, Margaret Morris, Carol Nall, Donna Knight 12, Pat Bourne 18.

Ladies beat the men in annual friendly

With the men having the turn to choose the venue for the annual match between the ladies and men of Oxfordshire, this year’s choice was the club of the men’s President, Chipping Norton. A break in the hot weather of recent days meant that players were scampering on and off the green for most of the afternoon. The decision to limit the match to 18 ends was welcomed by all, with the exception of rink 1 who came off reluctantly only to realise they had only played 16 ends. After two more ends the two sides were still level at 18 all.

With the Presidents’ rink also drawing, the result of the match depended on the other 4 rinks. Wins for the rinks of Brian Bloomfield and Mick Morris were balanced by wins for Pat Ostler and Jeanette Berry, both of which finished strongly winning the last 7 and 6 ends respectively.

Oxfordshire BA 98, BO Ladies 100.

Ron Slater Brian Ealey Phil Warner Ian Whelpton v Margaret Morris Jazzmin Alder Sylvia Blackmore Wendy Cross drew 18-18.
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Alan Wase Brian Bloomfield v Sue Gokgor Gill Muir Daphne Jacob Carol Penson OBA won 16-8.
Allen Smith Bill Jarvie Glynn Middleton Paul Demczak v Maggie Alderson Pam Willoughby Shirley Crick Brenda Havard drew 16-16.
Barry Willoughby Eddie Dorling john McGeough Allan Hall v Janet Fountain Karen Alder Carole Thornhill Pat Ostler BOL won 18-13.
Mel Cameron Roy Radband Alex Fleming Mick Morris v Margaret Stacey Karen Galloway Maureen Osborne Marion Darton OBA won 23-16.
Mick Saunders John Stephens Martin Oliver Melvin Brain v Jan Gore Jacky Gray Pam Shepherd Jeanette Berry BOL won 24-12.