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May, 2018:

League week 3

Week three of the season and Division 3 clubs had their first fixtures.

Headington started their campaign looking as though they mean to move up a division! However, their match at Banbury Central was closer on three rinks than the final scores would imply. Whilst Colin Whitehead’s rink won at a canter, the others were close until the halfway mark after which Russell Edwards and Martin Kershaw’s men dominated, whilst Steve Gould needed five shots on the final two ends to snatch a draw.

Alex Fleming’s men snatched five shots on the last end to grab a point for Blackbird Leys in their match at Adderbury. With two close rinks going one apiece, it was left to Darren Sharpe’s rink to ensure the match points for the home team with the performance of the night, a comprehensive thirty point winning margin.

Terry Gripe’s men deserved the accolades at Thame. Their City and County rink started well, going five shots clear after seven ends only to lose the next five ends to trail by seven shots and then snatch victory on the final end having dragged themselves back into the match. Elsewhere, the outcomes were more clear cut, other than Mark Plested’s rink where they required four shots over the last two ends to pull clear. However, their efforts were to no avail as Thame had won the other two rinks comfortably and with them the match points.

Division 1 Headington gained their ‘expected’ win at home to struggling City and County. Easy wins on three rinks for them though Graham Kerr’s rink did tie with Mark Charley’s only to lose twenty-five percent of their score as they only fielded three men.

Kidlington now realise, if they did not already, that Division 1 sides play to the final end. One comfortable win for each club but the match against West Witney hinged on the other two rinks. Steve Gibson’s rink took a seven shot lead for the home side after seven ends but only scored two more shots over the rest of the game as Paul Skidmore’s rink won comfortably. It was a similar tale for John Hardie’s men who were seven shots ahead at ten ends, but Andy McIntyre’s rink only allowed them two more shots.

Witney Mills surprised Banbury Central winning comfortably on two rinks and Allan Wiggin’s rink inching out Keith McNeil’s over the last two ends. Only Les Campion was able to apply any pressure for Central, winning the last two ends to sneak past Chris Weller, having been behind after sixteen ends.

Division 2 leaders South Oxford continued their progress with a comfortable win at Chipping Norton. Two rinks were won as easily as the score suggests but Keith Field’s rink for Chippy was held by the triple of Keith Mobley until the last end, John Benfield held Mike Keen’s men until the fourteenth end but lost the last four.

Carterton had three comfortable wins but Paul Sharman’s rink was never in their game against Dave Cooper’s men, only making the score seem a little more respectable with a five on the last end.
Shiplake travelled to Hanborough with fifteen bowlers, so one rink was going to struggle. In the event, Tony Reid’s triple struggled throughout their game finally dropping a six on the last end. With one easy rink win each, and David Webb’s men just holding on for the win Shiplake would have expected to take the match points but that six was their downfall!

Bloxham still prop up Division 4 but may not do so for much longer if they continue the impressive form they showed at Oxford University Press. Tony Gardner’s rink were only one in any sort of trouble but they scored five on the last end to snatch victory.

With leaders Chadlington not playing, South Oxford took the chance to catch them with a good win at home to West Oxford. Easy wins on two rinks and an impressive last five ends from David Lyne’s men, winning all five and scoring eight shots in the process to come from six shots down and take victory.

Odd result of the evening was at Woodstock where visitors Bicester had Tony King’s rink to thank as their fifteen shot winning margin proved enough to outscore the other three rinks, all of which went to the home team.

League report

JCHL v Berkshire

The Junior Home Counties League game v Berkshire on Sunday 3rd June 10:30am at Thatcham Bowls Club has been selected. JCHL v Berks.

Middleton Cup team v Kent selected

Oxon men will play Kent in the Middleton Cup on Saturday 2nd June 2pm at Oxford City & County. The team has been selected: Middleton Cup v Kent

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in Walker Cup

Oxfordshire ladies lost to Kent in the Walker Cup by 34 shots in a game conceded after 18 ends.

Oxon 14, Kent 48

J Berry 6, S Honour 34
K Hawes 8, J Cogle 14

Oxon beat berks in HCL

Oxfordshire played Berkshire at South Oxford in the first match of the 2018 Home Counties League campaign. With a convincing start on rink 2 Oxfordshire built a lead of 23 shots after 5 ends. Over the next 5 ends the lead had built to 36 and by the completion of 18 ends Oxfordshire still had a lead of 29.

Wins on rinks 1 to 5 left Berkshire with a single rink win. The appointment of Kevin Alder a manager for the Hpme Counties League prove initially successful – despite his rink’s defeat The result is an exact reversal of last season result and the shot scores also very nearly a mirror image.

Colts badges were awarded to West Witney’s Alistair Hayes and Shiplake’s Matt Shepherd.

Oxfordshire 132, Berkshire 98.
20 points, 2 points.

Bernie May Joe Justin Chris Cox Jason King won 23-18.
Sam Watts Adie Twin Ian Henwood Mark Charlett won 32-8
Steve Witcombe Matt Shepherd Steve Aldren Paul Sharman won 22-14
Ade Kemish Brian Bloomfield Paul Skidmore Shane Cooper won 25-17
Bradey Squires Alan Ley Lee young David Leighfield won 18-14
Orren Bennett Alistair Hayes Reny Clanfield Kevin Alder lost 12-27

Oxon ladies lose to Wilts in friendly

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies lost to Wiltshire in a friendly by 8 shots on Tuesday 22nd May at Witney Town BC.

BOL 109, Wiltshire 117

Carol Penson 24, B Land 12
Jeanette Berry 20, T Jarrett 17
Wendy Cross 16, J Willis 21
S Blackmore 13, B Salter 22
Daphne Jacob 20, M Annetts 21
Caroline Bloomfield 16, F Mace 24

Oxon men suffer narrow defeat by Beds in friendly

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second friendly of the season at Thame BC on Tuesday 23rd May to play Bedfordshire.

Oxfordshire got off to a slow start and were 6 shots down after 5 ends with rink 5 failing to win a single shot and conceding 15. Five ends later things had improved and Oxfordshire took the lead by 2 shots with rink 5 picking up their first shot and rink 6 storming into a 14 shot lead. The next 8 ends did not go the homeside’s way with Bedfordshire coming to term with the Thame green to establish a 14 shot lead. The last 3 ends saw a strong Oxfordshire comeback and at the end the score boards showed the match all square on the boards. Unfortunately for the home side the scorecards showed a different story and a 1 shot win for Bedfordshire.

Colts badges were awarded to Woodstock’s Brian Clarke and Banbury Chestnuts Keith Buckle. A 300 game badge was belatedly awarded to Oxfordshire Secretary Ian Whelpton.

Oxfordshire 115, Bedfordshire 116

Ron Slater Martin Oliver Brian Clarke Ken Williams won 22-14
Steve Tolhurst Eddie Dorling Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 15-22
Colin Haley Mike Jones Brian Ray Paul Robbins lost 17-24
Vic Webb John Hurren David Bullock Alan Ley won 17-16
Roy Radband Larry Eltringham Keith Buckle Ian Whelpton lost 15-26
Bradley Squires John Timms Mick Morris Gordon Hooker won 29-14

John Radley

I regret to inform you of the death of John Radley, long time bowling member (38 years) and past Captain for two spells at Adderbury Bowls Club. John was well known and respected by bowlers throughout Oxfordshire and beyond.

He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. His warmth and generosity of spirit have been an inspiration to us all. We will miss his ever present smile and his laughter.

Typical of John he has left his body to Science so there will be no funeral as such but a memorial service will be arranged by the family in due course.

Such a wonderful warm man and friend. Our thoughts are with Johns family at this time.

Kind regards,
Roger Hack
Past President of Adderbury Bowls Club.

Oxon men best Glous in Middleton cup trial game

Oxfordshire Bowling Association played their second Middleton Cup trial with a visit to Cheltenham BC to play Gloucestershire on Saturday 19th May. The Oxfordshire team completed the second trial with a narrow 5 shot win, 116 shots to 101.

With the rinks shared 3 each, the overall result was largely determined by Shane Cooper’s rink who recovered from 8 shots after 13 ends to take the last shots to win by 8.Paul Sharman and Mark Charlett skipped the other 2 winning rinks.

Oxfordshire 116, Gloucestershire 111.

Sam Watts Paul Skidmore Gary May Mark Charlett won 19-16.
Alan Carter Chris Weller Nathan Lewis Baden Sparkes lost 14-19.
Ade Kernish Paul Robbins David Leighfield A J Docherty lost 15-19.
Lee Young Will Campion Kevin Alder Shane Cooper won 24-16
Bradley Squires Paul Comley Andy McIntyre Nick Rae-Welsh lost 25 -26
Steve Witcombe Harvey Alder Steve Aldren Paul Sharman won 19-15

Oxon men beat Northants in friendly

The first friendly of the season for Oxfordshire Bowling Association was the match against Northamptonshire at Brackley BC.

The match was dominated by the rink 1 side skipped by Richard Barnett, who picked up 6 shots on end 6 and went on to dominate the rink with victory by 23 shots. Rink 6 started evenly but a streak of seven ends starting at end 13 saw them comfortably home by 11 shots. With two further rinks winning, Oxfordshire won the match by 22 shots.

Norman Hambridge (Bloxham BC) played his first game for Oxfordshire and was awarded a Colts badge.

Oxfordshire 136, Northants 104.

Paul Demczak Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Richard Barnett won 35-12
Vic Webb Norman Hambridge Ken Williams Ian Whelpton lost 18-25
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Mick Morris Melvin Brain won 22-16
Henry Franklin Eddie Dorling David Wedge Alan Ley won 22-20
Allan Hunt Andrew French Alan Wase Brian Bloomfield lost 17-20
Chris Lewis John Hurren Les Days Paul Robbins won 22-11