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June 11th, 2019:

Oxon ladies lose to Kent in Johns trophy

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played against Kent on a neutral green at Woking Park Bowls Club on Saturday 8th June 2019 in the Johns trophy.  

Unsettled weather with rather windy conditions to contend with we started with a five shot deficit after the first five ends. After ten ends the deficit was 27 shots, but we clawed back to 18 shots down after 15 ends and 16 shots down after 18 ends. Unfortunately, the last three ends proved too much and we lost the match by 25 shots.  

BOL 100 (4 points), Kent 125 (18 points)  

Margaret Morris, Erica Brown, Pat Ray, Brenda Havard 21, Kent 24
Jackie Stafford, Gill Muir, Carole Thornhill, Wendy Cross 14, Kent 25
Jody Flitter, Pat Taylor, Helen Kingsley, Carol Penson 11, Kent 23
Margaret Bullock, Elaine Robinson, Pam Faulkner, Carol Gaskins 21, Kent 19
Jenny Lynch, Maggie Alderson, Liz Kemish, Donna Knight 14, Jane Cogle 19 Sue Mayo, Jenny Banton, Caroline Bloomfield, Jeanette Berry 19, Kent 15

Jackie Stafford received her Johns Flash for her 6th match play.  

Oxon U25’s beat Bucks in JHCL

Oxfordshire under 25s achieved their first JHCL win in 3 seasons with a 6-4 victory over neighbours Buckinghamshire at Waddesdon on Sunday 9th June.

Captain of the day Orren Bennett’s rink of Luke Gilbert, Ben Dickson and Bradley Squires started evenly against a strong rink skipped by Michael Gomme, being 5-6 down at 5 ends. By 10 ends, this had increased to a 6-11 deficit. The Oxon boys started to play their way back into the match and were level at 13-13 at 15 ends. Then in a burst of high scoring, 2 ends later this became 13-19 down, before Orren’s men picked up a 5 and a 4 to be 22-19 up at 19. However, it wasn’t to be, as a couple of dropped 2’s meant they were edged out 22-23.

Jamie Wilkinson’s rink of Joe Justin, Brandon King and Dan Swanson were slow out the blocks against Bucks skip George Reid, 2-9 down at 5 ends. This gap maintained til 10 ends and they were 6-13 down but had increased by 15 ends to 9-18 down. Then the comeback started, and at 18-20 down playing the last end, Jamie played 2 excellent bowls to be holding the 3 shots required to win the rink. Unfortunately for them, George’s last bowl did enough to get second and the final score was a 19-20 loss.

Harvey Alder’s rink of Jonathan Dadson, Lucas King and Joe Glenn found the pace of the picturesque Waddesdon green quicker than their opponents and were leading Andrew Litchfield’s rink 11-1 at 5 ends. They continued to steadily increase this lead to 17-5 at 10 ends and, with a 7 on the 15th end, they had a strong lead of 26-11. Harvey’s front end peppered the jack relentlessly and Harvey played big bowls when required as they continued to race away, finishing as 35-12 winners and bringing home the points for the overall score as well.

The final score was 76-55 to Oxfordshire.

This was an excellent performance on all 3 rinks against a strong Bucks side and has finally broken the “curse” of the blue trousers, being the first win in the Oxon juniors kit.

Next game is Sunday 16th June, which is the White Rose regional finals at Cranleigh, Surrey. We have 2 teams in the new format single-rink competition and go into it with fresh confidence after this win.

Oxon U25’s lose to Berks in JHCL

Oxfordshire Under 25’s began their JHCL with a disappointing 10-0 defeat to Berkshire at Kidlington on Sunday 2nd June.

Captain Sam Watts and his rink of Joe Justin, Sam Kibblewhite and Ben Dickson started well against Berkshire skip Kyle Mallandian and turned a 5-4 lead at 5 ends into a 13-7 lead at 10 ends. Unfortunately, it really was a game of two halves, and the Berkshire rink pulled this back to 14-14 at 15 ends before racing away at the end, and Sam’s men finished with a 16-29 loss.

Harvey Alder’s rink of Luke Gilbert, Giles Francis and Joe Glenn also began well against Junior international BJ Byles’ rink, leading 7-4 at 5 ends. By 10 ends, Berkshire had come back into the game and were 8-11 ahead. This gap remained constant til 15 ends at 11-14, before BJ and his men pulled away and it finished 13-19 to Berkshire.

Orren Bennett’s four included two debutants, Chadlington’s Jack Kendall and Andrew Docherty from Banbury Borough, along with Bradley Squires playing against England u25s international skip Lloyd Sabatini. The Oxon boys struggled to start with, being 2-4 down at 5 ends and 5-13 down at 10 ends. This gap maintained til 15 ends at 9-16 before Lloyd’s men extended their lead to give the royal county a 14-25 win on the rink and a 10-0 win overall, 43 shots to 73.

While the result may not have gone our way, the Oxon boys gave a good account of themselves and I was impressed with the debuts of Jack and Andrew. I hope they will continue to be part of the squad and will be ones to watch over the coming years.

Triples quarter finals

Banbury Chestnuts BC was the host for this year’s quarter finals of the men’s Triples.

A very wet and thundery evening threatened play but fortunately stayed away just enough to allow all of the games complete.

The first game was between Watlington’s Rob Parkes, Gordon Hooker and Chris Gilkes against a Burford triple of Alan Tuckwell, Roger Hopkins and Bob Parker. A good start from the Burford trio see them take an early 7-0 lead before the Watlington boys hit back with a 6 shot pick up on the 5th end. Scores over the next 7 ends see Burford increase their lead to 17-9 after 12. The next 5 ends see the Watlington comeback, scoring 7 shots, including a 4 on the 17th end, to see them requiring only 2 shots going into the last end to force an extra end. They could not convert the head however and left Burford holding one shot and booking their place in the semi-finals.

The next game was between another Watlington triple, this time, Vic Webb, Adie Twinn and Adi Kemish against Banbury Central’s Alan Carter, Lee Young and Will Campion. A good start from the Central three see their lead at 11-3 after 7 ends. The next ends were won 6 to 1 to the Watlington trio, seeing the board at 14-12 in their favour after 14 ends. Ends 15 and 16 see the Central side regain the lead by 1 shot before dropping a 5 shot count on the 17th end. 4 shots were required going into the last and with great head building from the central trio see them holding 5 with the skips left to bowl. Watlington were unable to reduce this deficit and see a 5 shot pick up go the other way, enabling the Central team to progress to the semi-finals, 20-19 victors.

The third game of the evening was between yet another Watlington side, Mick Evins, John Rawson and Les Westcott against West Witney’s Andy McIntyre, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder. West had a strong start being 12-3 shots up at 7 ends. They continued on their start to increase their lead to 17-3 at 9 ends before Watlington hit back with a 3 shot pickup on the 10th. Another 5 shots for the Witney boys see their lead extend further to 22-6 before Watlington picked up their final shot of the match. Final score 22-7 to West Witney.

The final game of the evening was an all Headington match up between Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh against Steve Hainge, Kelvin Woodward and Ian Henwood. Henwood’s triple started well, taking an early 8-2 lead after 7 ends. Rae-Welsh’s triple then hit back winning the next three ends to reduce the deficit to 8-7 before Henwood’s trio scored a single on the 11th. 6 shots over the next 3 ends see Rae-Welsh’s team take the lead for the first time, 13-9 up before another single was picked up on the 15th for Henwood’s side. 4 more shots in the 16th and 17th ends for Rae-Welsh see Henwood’s team needing 7 to force an extra end but were unable to do so, only managing to pick up a single, thus seeing their club mates through to the semi-finals.

The county semi-finals day will be held at Carterton BC on Sunday 14th July.

League week 5

Strange to think that we are already past the first third of the season! However, this week gave us a first of the season to cheer about with Adderbury’s Tom Clark’s rink scoring a maximum eight shots on end six of their match at Chadlington.

Elsewhere, the two leaders in Division 1 both came away with maximum points, which should leave little to write about but the absolute superiority of two of Headington’s rink, skipped by Mark Charley and Nick Rae-Welsh, deserves mention. Marks 28 shot winning margin is biggest anywhere in the league this season whilst between them they ‘allowed’ the opposition, from Witney Town, to win on nine of the thirty-six ends!

Carterton’s defeat of West Witney was less spectacular but probably more surprising given the potential strength of the opposition.

Banbury Central looked to be on track for a five – one win at home to Watlington but poor shot choice on Keith McNeil’s rink allowed Gordon Hooker’s men to grab six shots on the final end snatch a win. This involved a measure – to see if the Jack was on the rink or not. String out and it was judged in by millimetres with the rest to the competitors from the other finished rinks watching and making their own judgements! Unfortunately for Sam Watts he came up against an inspired Mike Andrew who snatched victory for his rink on a number of ends.

For Chipping Norton, John Benfield’s rink lead Alan Ley’s by three shots at fifteen ends but dropped 12 shots on the last three ends to lose the game and ensure that Division 2 leaders City and County came away with five points from their match. The other three rinks were as one-sided as the scores suggest.

Dropping five shots on the 17th end cost South Oxford’s Vic de Paauw the game against Russell Edwards men but elsewhere in this game South Oxford proved too strong for Headington who now look to be struggling to stay in division two.

Tom Clark’s hot shot end was one of many good ends for Adderbury in their game at Charlbury, a result that makes them favourites for promotion to division 1, along with City and County.

Had Kevin Taylor’s ring not dropped four shots in the last two ends the match between Thame and Bicester would have finished with only a single shot separating the two teams. In the end, Bicester’s defeat drops them second place behind Chadlington in Division 3.

Peter Madeley and Phil Radbone’s rinks both had winning second halves of their games to give home side Chadlington match points in their game against Banbury Central.

Shiplake’s strong home team defeated Bloxham, whose Tony Gardner managed to beat Jim Bland for their only point. If Shiplake could take the same team away they would surely return to division 2 at the end of the season.

If you look at the Division 4 results for the week you might think that it was a division of two halves given that all matches were won five – one! How wrong you would be! City and County had taken but a single point from their last three matches before they defeated erstwhile leaders Burford five – one; Oxford University Press has not won this season, indeed had taken only three points, before their five – one defeat of high fliers West Oxford!

Woodstock, however, continue their impressive form. Indeed, though David Bye’s rink did win for visitors South Oxford they did so after blowing an impressive eleven shot lead at fourteen ends by dropping seven shots on end fifteen to opponents Dave Francis.