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September, 2018:

Gaskins wins ladies county champion of champions

Carol Gaskins (Oxford City & County) has won the 2018 ladies county champion of champions. There were 14 entrants for the competition which was held at Chipping Norton BC on Saturday 22nd September.

The good weather finally deserted us and the matches were played on a grey, drizzly day.

But what a Final. 28 ends lasting three hours, amazing bowling in miserable conditions after a long day, finishing almost in the dark.

Both players produced excellent bowling and both deserved to win.

Final
Carol Gaskins of Oxford City and County BC 21
Runner up, Pam Shepherd of Banbury Central BC 20

Quarter Finals
Maureen Cox (Kidlington) 7, Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 21
Jazzmin Alder (West Witney) 21, Wendy Sandy (Carterton) 14
Dawn Hewitt (Banbury Chestnuts) 8, Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 21
Pam Shepherd (Banbury Central) 21, Lisa Williams 17

Semi Finals
Carol Gaskins 21, Jazzmin Alder 9
Wendy Cross 11 ,Pam Shepherd 21

Many thanks to all the bowlers who played and to Chipping Norton BC for hosting the event. The hot soup was most welcome and BOL are very grateful for their hospitality.

Headington A win Summertown trophy

Summertown Trophy winners 2018

On Saturday, 10 teams from across Oxfordshire met at Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy finals day sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format, to compete for over £1,000 in prize money. Amongst some of the regular qualifiers, there were 3 new clubs qualifying for the first time – Charlbury, Burford, and Summertown.

Last year winners, Headington B, started the defence of their trophy with a tough opener against their A side. Although they drew 7-7 in the first game, a run of 3 good wins then put the B team
comfortably ahead on +20 shots at lunch, with Headington A trailing in second.

Last year’s runners-up Watlington A didn’t get the start they were hoping for, losing heavily to first timers Charlbury in their opening game, but then remained unbeaten for the rest of the day.

Going into the last game it was a 3 horse race, with Headington B surprisingly losing form. Headington A led the field on +30; Watlington picked up 14 shots in their penultimate game to go
second; and West Witney had an outside chance still in third. With just 1 end to go all 3 teams were still in contention, as Headington A trailed West Witney and Watlington led Headington B. However, Nick Rae-Welsh’s four of Ian Snowdon, Simon Hastings and Ray Gaskins managed to win a crucial last end, and Headington A held on to claim first prize. Shane Cooper, in his last game for Watlington, picked up the Astall Ley trophy in second place, and West Witney finished the day in third.

Final Result
1 st Headington A +28
2 nd Watlington A +24
3 rd West Witney +18

Blay cup won by Wendy Sandy and Josie Gilbert

The Blay Benevolent Cup, played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club, was won by Wendy Sandy (Carterton) and Josie Gilbert (Oxford City and County). The plate eas won by Carol Penson (Oxford City and County) and Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) were played on Sunday 16th September at Kidlington Bowls Club.

It was an open pairs draw from 20 entries this year with first round winners going on to play for the Cup with first round losers playing for the Plate. And there were some very close games with extra ends being played.

Blay Cup Quarter Finalists
Wendy Sandy (Carterton) with Josie Gilbert (Oxford City & County) 8, Liz Bellamy (Banbuy Borough) with Erica Brown (Banbury Borough) 5
Hannah O’Leary, Jody Flitter (Oxford City and County) 5, Maureen Osborne (Banbury Borough) with Zoe Pratley (Oxford City and County) 6
Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) with Marge Ferguson (Carterton) 10, Carole Regan (Witney Mills) with Letty Batten (South Oxford) 13
Carol Rycraft (Banbury Borough) with Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County) 9, Jenny Lynch (South Oxford) with Linda Coles (Banbury Borough) 8

Semi Finals
Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 12, Maureen Osborne/Zoe Pratley 9
Carole Regan/Letty Batten 11, Carol Rycraft/Carol Gaskins 4

Final
Wendy Sandy/Josie Gilbert 14, Carole Regan/Letty Batten 7

Blay Plate Semi Finalists
Carol Penson/Angela Ives 13, Lyn Dunsby (Witney MIlls)/Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) 4
Hannah O’Leary/Jody Flitter 7, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 13

Final
Carol Penson/Angela Ives 10, Jenny Lynch/Linda Coles 3

A very enjoyable day with many thanks to Kidlington for hosting this event and for providing excellent food.
Also thanks to everyone who provided raffle prizes enabling us to raise funds for the Blay Benevolent Fund.

Sylvia Mawle

It is with sadness that we have to report that Sylvia Mawle, a stalwart past member of the Banbury Chestnuts B.C., passed away suddenly in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements will be advised shortly.

Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly

The men’s County side had a convincing 34 shot win against Worcestershire in Tuesday’s game played at Kidlington.
Having driven through downpours of rain, the Worcestershire team arrived to find dry blustery conditions and a green which varied from very green on rink 1 to very brown on rink 6.

Once one the green, bowlers were greeted with a fast and even surface, which was very different to what was expected on it’s appearance.

After the game bowlers and their guests were treated to a Roast pork dinner and trifle and Kidlington’s usual hospitality.

Alan Ley’s four took the highest winning rink prize and after being behind for virtually all of the game, a notable six on the nineteenth end set up a win for Mike Andrew’s quartet.

Rinks scores:
Allan Hunt, Percy Strange, Les Days and Mike Andrew won 22-20
Paul Killackey, Douglas Wright, Keith Buckle and Brian Clarke lost 19-20
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Jim Lucas and Richard Barnett lost 14-25
Roy Radband, Brian Ealey, Brian Ray and Alan Ley won 38-13
Ron Slater, David Byers, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton won 23-17
Barry Willoughby, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Chris Cox won 23-10

Headington A win the league cup

League Cup Winners 2018

This year’s League Cup final saw League champions Headington A face Watlington under the floodlights at Kidlington. Headington were looking to collect their fifth League Cup title in a row, whilst their opponents Watlington had reached the final for the first time, after celebrating a solid year in Division 1. With the floodlights warming up and a packed house of support – the stage was all set.

Unfortunately for Watlington, Headington were quickly into their stride and in no mood to let their chance of another League and Cup double slip away. By 6 ends, Headington were already 24 shots up on the game, with Captain Mark Charlett once again leading the charge. Despite Shane Cooper and Steve Gilkes mounting a fight back for Watlington on both their rinks, Headington stretched their lead even further and the game finished with a few ends to spare.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘It’s been another great year for the Club, winning the League and League Cup, plus we’ve had some good performances in this year’s National competitions. However, I’d also like to congratulate Watlington for reaching their first ever League Cup final, and who have been get stronger every season!’
Headington A 77; Watlington 38: H Watts 15, S Gilkes 10; M Charlett 29, D Auger 10; N Rae-Welsh 15, S Cooper 10; J King 18, S Watts 8.

Adderbury win their first ever Hawker Cup

Hawker cup winners 2018Adderbury were crowned champions after beating Carterton in the final of the Hawker cup, played at City and County.

The rink of Ian Dunn, Nigel Eley, Chris Skidmore and Ted Eley faced a Carterton rink comprising of Peter Latter, Kevin Salway, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. The game began in Adderbury’s favour seeing them take an early 8-0 lead after 5 ends. Carterton did not take the lead on the rink until the 13th end, score at 13-12. With the score at 17-14 the tooners looked fairly safe, but big 2 shot pickups on the last 2 ends see the Adderbury rink pip the lead 18-17.

The other Adderbury rink of Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Phil Gladden and Darren Sharpe took on Carterton’s Paul Justin, Phil Monahan, Tim Jupp and Paul Sharman. This game saw the reverse with regards to scoring, with Carterton going 7-0 up after 4 ends. Adderbury then came back strongly, to take the lead 10-9 after 11 ends. The game was then tied at 15 shots apiece before 2 singles on the last 2 ends see Adderbury over the line 17-15 victors.

The overall score 35-32 to Adderbury. Congratulations to Adderbury and commiserations to Carterton for a valiant effort.

Semi-final scores were as follows:
Adderbury beat Headington 23 – 7
Carterton beat Watlington 44 – 36

A big thanks once again to everyone at Oxford City and County Bowls Club for hosting such an excellent competition.

The last competitive bowls of the season sees the Mens champion of champions returning to Oxford City and County BC on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September. “

Oxon men beat Glos in friendly

Oxfordshire returned to Witney, this time to West Witney BC, on Wednesday 29th August to play a friendly against local rivals Gloucestershire.

Local knowledge of rink 1 did not help Oxfordshire and with hindsight perhaps a team imported from the other end of the county might have not suffered from knowledge of the rink. Next door on rink 2 things were always healthier with only 4 ends lost.

In the middle 2 rinks a tight game was the order of the day with both Oxfordshire rinks winning by 2 shots. Rinks 5 and 6 progressed in much the same way as 1 and 2 except that Alan Ley
and co recovered well towards the end to reduce the deficit to 8 And Brian Bloomfield lost an end more than Alan Wase on rink 2 but claimed the glasses with victory by 30 shots.

Witney Town’s Richard Nolte was awarded a colts badge and will have to wait a while for a more convincing win.

Match result

Oxfordshire 142 shots, Gloucestershire 108 shots.

Rink scores
Bradley Squires John Stephens Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 12-26
Roy Radband Bill Jjarvie David Wedge Alan Wase won 29-7
Paul Demczak John Timms Ken Williams Ian Whelpton won 25-23
Brian Ealey John MGeough BrianTray Paul Robbins won 23-21
Steve Tolhurst Percy Strange Les Days Alan Ley lost 17-25
Alan Hunt Richard Nolte Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 36-6

Oxon lose to final HCL game against Bucks

The final match in the Home Counties League was played at Banbury Chestnuts against Buckinghamshire on Saturday 1st September.

After a steady start very little went right for Oxfordshire and at the mid-point they led by 2 shots. Five ends later they trailed by 13 and at the end by 26.

Finishing the season with three wins and three defeats Oxfordshire finished in fourth place with 67 points and a positive shot difference of 34.

Result
Oxfordshire 104 shots (4 points) Buckinghamshire 130 shots (12 points).

Bradley Squires George Moon Orren Bennett David Leighfield won 24-18
Adue Twinn John Hurren Chris Lewis Kevin Alder lost 17-22
Adi Kemish Nigel Satchell Alan Ley Shane Cooper lost 8-21
Steve Tolhurst Brian Ray David Wedge Jason King lost 14-29
Paul Demczak Ron Slater Les Days Chris Weller lost 25-28
Henry Beall Steve Gibson Gordon Hooker Will Campion won 16-12

Banbury Central win over 60’s double rink

National Tony Allcock winners 2019

IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED………

Congratulation’s to Banbury Central on winning the Tony Allcock Over 60’s Mixed Double rink Trophy.

Since reaching the quarter-finals played at Worthing in it’s inaugural year 2011, the Central club have been stalwart supporters of the competition each year and for the last few years, the only club to enter the competition from Oxfordshire.

Being part of the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire group, Central overcame teams from Iver HeathBC, Marlow BC, Stony Stratford BC and in the last 16, Stroud BC.

In Saturday afternoon’s quarter-final against Huntingdonshire’s Hemingford BC they won an exciting game 33-32 and looked forward to an early start from Banbury on Sunday morning.
Their Semi-final opponents were Cove BC from Hampshire who proved admirable opponents, Central recording a four shot 38-34 win. It was good to see Oxfordshire bowlers other than Central members giving their support.

In the afternoon’s final they came up against 2016 winners Lindfield BC from Sussex who went off on a flyer only for the Oxfordshire rinks to not only pull back, but move into a good lead.

Not to be outdone, Lindfield came back into their own, eating into their opponents lead to make the last quarter of the game look exciting. Central took up the challenge and steadily moved away to win on both rinks and take the title with a 47 – 35 victory.

Rinks scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16, Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.

The reward for try, try again.