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October, 2018:

Herbie Payne

News has come through of the passing of Herbie Payne on Sunday.

He will be remembered by many bowlers in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties due to his involvement in the game both outdoors and indoors.

He had suffered with health problems for some time and had decided that he was retiring as Section Secretary of the Pairs at the end of the season.

His support to the county was much appreciated, as was we are sure, his involvement with the Indoor County Association.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Jayne and his family.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium, 2.00p.m. On Thursday 25th October and afterwards at South Oxford Bowls Club.

Oxon men lose to Essex in final friendly

Oxfordshire played their final friendly of the 2018 season against Essex at Wanstead Cemtral BC on Tuesday 18th September. Wins on 2 rinks and a loss by 1 shot on a third were not enough for Oxfordshire to finish the season on a winning note.

Oxfordshire 96 shots, Essex 129 shots

Rink scores
Mike Jones John Stephens Alex Fleming Ian Whelpton lost 13-24.
Ron Slater Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Chris Lewis won 19-18.
Barry Willoughby Colin Haley Mick Morris Alan Ley won 16-15.
Paul Demczak Henry Franklin Ken Williams Mike Andrew lost 18-19.
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Jim Lucas Brian Bloomfield lost 15-31.
Roy Radband Douglas Wright John Hurren Brian Clarke lost 15-22.