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September 26th, 2017:

Mobley Crowned Men’s Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions16 Club champions competed in this year’s Champion of Champions hosted at Oxford City and County. Banbury Borough, Banbury Chestnuts, Blackbird Leys, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Headington, Kidlington, Oxford City and County, Oxford University Press, South Oxford, Thame, Watlington, West Witney, Witney Mills, Witney Town and Woodstock were all represented for the one day that the competition came to its conclusion.

After the morning’s rounds it was West Witney’s Paul Skidmore against Woodstock’s Brian Clarke and Chipping Norton’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Keith Mobley left in the semi-finals fighting for a final place. After a very strong start from Woodstock’s Brian Clarke saw him 14 shots to 1 up against West Witney’s Paul Skidmore, he had to battle to save a quick exit. Skidmore did just this and brought the score right up to 20-19 and was holding game when Clarke played a fantastic trail on the jack with his last bowl to go from being game down to win the semi-final 21-19.

The other semi-final saw Chipping Norton’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Keith Mobley in a close match which saw Mobley take a 17-7 lead after 13 ends. 6 shots over the next 5 ends saw Siford fight back to 19-13 down before Mobley progressed to the final with 2 singles to win 21-19.

The final between Brian Clarke and Keith Mobley was a close fought battle. There was never more than 4 shots between them taking the all the way to 18-14 in Clarke’s favour after 20 ends. Mobley picked up 2 singles to take the score to 18-16 before a fantastic end to see Mobley to take the lead 19-18 for the first time in the game. Mobley secured the double he needed on the next end to be crowned Champion of Champions to close out a fantastic season of competitive bowling.

Thanks a due once again to Oxford City and County for providing excellent facilities and catering throughout the day, Lorraine behind the bar all day and a huge thank you to Alan Ley for organising markers for the day. Thank you to Alan Ley, Chris Lewis, Keith Croxon, Colin Pollard, Grahame Kerr, Ken Buckingham, Andrew Galloway, Karen Galloway, Steve Tolhurst and Bradley Squires for marking games throughout the day. Thanks are also due to Pete Davies who was the umpire for the day.