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September 19th, 2017:

Headington B win Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2017

In the last domestic competition of the season, the 10 qualifying teams from across the County descended on Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy final, sponsored by Oxford Auto Care. All teams playing each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money.

Watlington A and Banbury Borough B were the early pace setters, picking up some good wins in their first 4 games to lead the competition at lunch. After 7 matches hosts Banbury Chestnuts along with Headington B had climbed into contention on +19 shots, but still trailed both Banbury Borough and Watlington who were comfortably ahead.

With just 2 games remaining, the heavens opened and the bowlers found themselves adjusting to the rainy conditions and a heavier green. Previous winners Banbury Borough and Headington then came face-to-face, with the Oxford side needing a good result to mount a late challenge. Headington adapted quickly to the wet weather and their 7 shot victory over Borough, now put them 2 shots ahead of their rivals. With both Watlington and Chestnuts suffering costly defeats, the competition had suddenly swung in favour of defending champions Headington B, with just 1 game remaining.

By pure coincidence the final round saw Chris Gilkes’ Watlington rink come up against Mark Sykes’ four from the Borough, whilst Headington B faced Chestnuts. After 3 ends Watlington had edged back into pole position as they led the Borough, whilst there was little to choose between Headington v Chestnuts. On the penultimate end though, and with the scores still tight, Mark Charlett trailed the jack with his final wood to pick up a massive 7 shots for Headington. This late surge saw Headington B beat Chestnuts by 10 shots and recapture their title on +36 shots overall.

Watlington A defeated Banbury Borough by 4 shots in their last game to claim the runners-up prizes and the Astall Ley Trophy, also capping a fine season for the south Oxfordshire club.

Final Result
1st Headington B +36
2nd Watlington A +26
3rd Banbury Borough B +20

Past presidents lose to Herts in final game

The good thing about losing is……

Whether you win use or draw, at least we all have the same after match meal.

Unfortunately for the Past Presidents, playing their last game of the season, at Thame BC against Hertfordshire, the after match meal was the highlight of the afternoon and it was a meal well worth waiting for. One again the Thame club proved to be excellent hosts.

The game itself went to Hertfordshire 116-83 as Oxfordshire took the hospitality bit a little too far losing on four of the five rinks.
Out on the famed rink 6 with the swinging ditch hand, Alan Ley’s rink trailed 3-15 after twelve ends but then collected ten shots over the next three ends to bring themselves back into the game and although the last six ends were shared, they just missed out by one shot.

Chairman Mike Andrew and his merry men were even more generous, waiting until the twelfth end before recording a score to leave them only seventeen shots beind their opponents. A flurry of shots between the sixteenth and nineteenth ends made the scoreline look a little more respectable but they have given the Herts lads too good a start.
Melvin Brain’s foursome were only three shots adrift at fourteen but only managed to score on one more end as they ran out 14-29 losers. Whoever kept the scorecard on this rink had a very creative scoring technique.

John McGeough’s card keeper also tried a new method of staying close to their opponents by actually detracting shots scored by the opposition on the last two ends of their game.
Sorry boy’s, it was noticed and you lost by 9.

Oxfordshire’s only ray of sunshine was provided by Ian Whelpton’s four in their seesaw match. Having dropped seven shots on the first two ends they took the next five to lead by 5, only to then lose the next four to go 3 down. The following four ends put them back in the lead by four shots only for the Herts rink to collect the next two. Thankfully the last three ends went in Oxfordshire favour resulting in a 24-18 win.

Rink results:
David Varney, Martin Oliver, Ken williams & Ian Whelpton 24-18.
Francis Benham, John Timms, Alex Fleming & John McGeough 17-26.
Steve Tolhurst, David Bullock, Allan Hall & Mike Andrew 11-25
Mel Cameron, Tony Backer-Holst, Michael Morris & Melvin Brain 14-29
Ron Slater, Larry Eltringham, Gordon Hooker & Alan Ley 17-18