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September 18th, 2017:

HCBA Finals Day

Will Parker & Alistair Heyes HCBA pairs runners up Bexhill BC was the choice venue for this year’s HCBA finals day, which provided excellent services throughout the day. After a very cold and early start, the Oxon pairing of Alistair Heyes and Will Parker were up against John and Jason Lyttle of Middlesex on the show rink of the four greens. The Oxon pair started well gaining a 5 shot to 2 lead after 4 ends before a 3 shot comeback from the Middlesex pair saw the score level at 5 ends. Good battling saw the Oxon pair 10-6 up at ten ends before a fantastic end saw a 5 shot pickup and a comfortable 15-6 lead. After 14 ends the Oxon boys were 20-8 up and looking promising before a late surge from the Lyttle pair see them gain 8 shots over the next three ends and reduce the deficit to 20-16 before the Oxon pair regained command in the game taking the score to 23-18 playing the last. A fantastic head was built by Heyes which left Parker smiling playing covering bowls to take the game 26-18 victors and progress to the pairs final.

Shane Cooper HCBA u25 singles runner upThe other representative from Oxfordshire was Shane Cooper competing in the Under 25 Singles. He was up against Buckinghamshire’s representative, Jamie Seymour. A strong start from Bucks saw Seymour take an early 8-0 lead before Cooper battled back well to only be 1 shot down with the score at 10-9. Another surge from Seymour saw him in another comfortable position at 17-11. Good bowling from Cooper kept him in contention all the way through the game, battling once more to get the deficit back to 2 shots at 18-16. 2 Singles from Seymour saw him just needing 1 shot to progress to the final before 4 huge ends from Cooper leveling the game at 20 shots apiece. Nip and tuck bowling from both competitors saw Cooper take the game 21-20 victor, only being in front at the end of the game to win it!

The HCBA under 25 singles final was between Oxfordshire’s Shane Cooper and Kent junior international Andy Rodger. Rodger took an early 10-3 lead and looked strong from the off. Confident bowling from Cooper was deserving of more shots than what actually prevailed seeing him 17 shots to 6 down after 15 ends. Unfortunately the difference proved too great for Cooper to recover from and he lost 21-8 to Rodger who was brilliant throughout. A tremendous effort from Shane Cooper has to be noted and credit must be given for his fantastic achievements this year, his final one as an Oxfordshire under 25 player.

The HCBA pair’s final was between Oxfordshire’s Alistair Heyes and Will Parker against Buckinghamshire’s Malcolm Pratt and David Clay. A very even tussle from start to finish saw neither pair take a lead of more than 5 shots throughout the game. After 6 ends the Oxfordshire lads were 8-3 up and looking strong. A weak end on the 8th saw them drop a 6 shot count to see them 10-8 down. The next 7 ends saw fantastic bowling from both Heyes and Parker seeing them pick up 6 shots to Bucks’ 2. With the score at 14-12 in Oxfordshire’s favour, the Bucks skip played some world class bowls to pick up 6 shots over the next 5 ends to Oxfordshire’s 3 seeing the final end being played with Oxfordshire 18-17 down. Pratt’s fantastic last end put Parker under pressure and with his last bowl narrowly missing the target, saw Bucks win the Pairs title 21-17. Once again a fantastic achievement from Alistair Heyes and Will Parker who were unlucky not to have claimed the title.

The Oxfordshire Bowling Association wishes to thank Shane Cooper, Alistair Heyes, Will Parker and Bradley Squires for attending the day and driving the 300 mile round trip to represent the county.

Headington B win Hawker Cup

Hawker cup - Headington B

Oxford City and County provided once again a fabulous venue for the Hawker Cup semi-finals and final with four teams competing for the Hawker Cup title. Banbury Central A against Carterton A, and Headington B against West Witney were the two semi-finals. Central’s Alan Carter, Tom McKenna, Lee Young and Will Campion were up against Carterton’s Andy Wise, Steve Aldren, Robbie Clanfield and Paul Sharman. A close affair for the first half of the game before saw the score all tied at 9 shots after 10 ends. Carterton took a 17-9 lead after 13 ends before Central battled well to end the game only losing to Carterton 20-16. In Contrast the other Carterton rink, of Pete Latter, Phil Monahan, Dave Clanfield and Remy Clanfield took an early 11-1 lead after 7 ends against Central’s Graham Morbey, Malcolm Leather, Keith McNeil and Nigel Galletly. A great fight back from Central saw them only 2 shots adrift at the end of the game, losing out 20-18 to Carterton. Carterton progressed to the final winning 40-34.

The other semi-final was between Headington B and West Witney. Harvey Alder, Gerald Coombs, Paul Skidmore and Kevin Alder were up against Bernie May, Alan Manger, Gary May and Howard Watts. A very tight tussle from start to finish saw neither side able to break away after 16 ends. 5 shots over the next from West Witney saw them 17-11 up before Watts’ men picked up 3 on the last losing to Alder’s men 17-14. The other Headington rink was Jon Philpott, Kalvin Woodward, Nathan Lewis and Mark Charlett up against West Witney’s Bradley Squires, David Leighfield, Will Parker and Andy McIntyre. A strong start from Charlett’s rink saw them 11-1 up after just 4 ends before West Witney kicked into gear 8 shots in the next 6 ends to see the score 12-9 after 10 ends in Headington’s favour. A strong second half saw the Headington boys command a 22 shot to 15 win over the Witney rink which compensated for their other rinks’ loss. Headington progressed to the final 36-32 winners.

The third place playoff saw Banbury Central A face West Witney in the glorious afternoon sunshine. Nigel Galletly’s rink up against Kevin Alder’s rink saw a close affair with neither side able to gain a sizeable lead. The Witney rink came over the line 18 shots to 17 victors. Will Campion’s rink were up against a rearranged rink, this time skipped by David Leighfield. The Witney rink had a good first half game which saw them 20 shots to 8 up after 13 ends. 9 shots over 4 following ends saw the Witney rink take an uncatchable lead which saw them with a 30 shot to 15 win. West Witney taking third place, 48-32.

The Hawker Cup final between Carterton A and Headington B saw Howards Watt’s rink up against Remy Clanfield’s side. Good quality bowling from both teams saw a tense final which saw Headington 12 shots to 10 up at 16 ends. A 4 shot pick up from Watt’s men on the 17th end gave them a 16-10 lead before Carterton battled well winning all remaining 4 ends to pip victory 17-16. The other rink saw Paul Sharman’s team against Mark Charlett’s rink. Again a high quality battle which saw the scores tied at 10 shots apiece after 12 ends before Carterton picked up 7 shots over 2 ends to go 17-10 in front. 3 strong ends from Headington saw them take 12 shots and a 24-17 lead after 18 ends. Although winning the final 3 ends, Carterton only picked up 5 shots to leave a deficit of 2 shots on their rink. Combining the rink scores saw Headington B claim the Hawker Cup title 40-39 victors.

A big thank you to everyone at Oxford City and County and to all competitors who arrived so promptly and provided an excellent day for competitive bowls in the blissful sunshine. Also a huge thank you to Duncan Muir for umpiring the day.

Margaret Morris wins county champion of champions

Margaret Morris of Banbury Borough BC has won the county champion of champions after beating Katherine Hawes, Oxford City and County BC in the final.

14 Club Singles Winners were in the draw for the Champion of Champions which was played in fairly good conditions until the Final when the heavens opened. The day provided excellent bowling up to and including the final which was a very closely fought game.

Margaret got off to a very good start but by the 6th end Katherine had evened the score. Until the 17th end the scores were level at 13-13. With conditions getting extremely wet and the light fading Margaret picked up 4 shots on the next two ends but Katherine came back again with a 2 to make the score 15-17. By the 23rd end the score was 17-19 in Margaret’s favour then Katherine picked up a 1 to make it 18-19. The last end saw Katherine holding shot until Margaret played her last wood into the head and ran the jack to pick up the winning 2 shots.

Quarter Finals:
Lisa Williams (Hanborough) 10, Shirley Crick (Witney Town) 21
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 10, Katherine Hawes (Oxford City and County) 21
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 15, Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) 21
Terry Batt Rawden (Watlington) 21, Caroline Campion 18

Semi-Finals:
Shirley Crick 17, Katherine Hawes 21
Margaret Morris 21, Terry Batt Rawden 20

Final:
Margaret Morris 21, Katherine Hawes 18

Thanks to everyone who attended, including all the markers and to all the supporters, especially those who stayed to the end but watched from inside to avoid getting wet!