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July 5th, 2019:

U25’s White Rose

In the new single rink, 15 end format of the White Rose competition, Oxfordshire Under 25s were represented by 2 teams at the regional finals at Cranleigh Bowls Club in Surrey, on Sunday 16th June. With 2 teams qualifying from each region, confidence was high after the previous weeks JHCL win for having 1 or even 2 Oxon teams getting through. Heavy rain before the start of play delayed proceedings and when the rink had cleared, the first-round games began.

Oxfordshire Yellows – Sam Watt’s rink of Joe Justin, Bradley Squires and Orren Bennett – began their campaign against the Surrey Sharks team skipped by Eoghan Harding, and the first few ends were shared and at 8 ends, Oxon trailed 6-8. Results were going against them and the Surrey side continued to tick over the scoreboard and by 12 ends this was 6-13. The Yellows won the next 2 ends to give themselves a chance, needing 5 shots on the last end. When the head was not going their way, Orren attempted a running bowl to kill the end, but unfortunately picked the jack up too well and took it into the ditch. The Surrey number 3 made sure of the result by drawing to the edge of the ditch and Sam Watts conceded the end without the skips needing to bowl. So unfortunately, Oxon Yellows fell at the first hurdle, a 14-8 defeat.

The Oxfordshire Blues team of Jonathan Dadson, Dan Swanson, Harvey Alder and skip Jamie Wilkinson were fortunate enough to receive a bye through the first round, due to Middlesex only being able to field one side. This meant they faced Kent Hop Pickers who had also received a bye. Managed by Shane Cooper, Oxon started slowly, but after a count of 4 had fought their way back into the game, 10-10 at 12 ends. However, a loose 13th end meant a 4 was dropped, followed immediately by a 3 for Kent after a fortunate rebounding jack ended right behind a Kent back bowl. This left a difficult task of needing a 7 on the last end which was out of our reach, meaning the Blues also lost their first game, 17-12. 

Not a good day for Oxfordshire, on 2 tricky rinks, and with 5 players moving on at the end of this season, a new-look side will return next year to try it all again!

Ladies senior fours final

Played at South Oxford on a hot sunny afternoon, Thursday 4th July. Oxford City and County (Jacky Gray, Sue Mayo and Carol Gaskins skipped by Jeanette Berry) won by 1 shot on an extra end against Long Hanborough (Margaret Haley, Anne Hale, Val Wakefield skipped by Pauline Williams).  

A closely fought game, 7 to Hanborough  – 8 to City and County after 13 ends. City and County pulled away with a 3 on the 14th end but Hanborough fought back levelling the match at the 18th end 12 all.   With Hanborough game on in the extra end holding one shot, with her first bowl Jeanette Berry nudged the jack sideways to give them the match and a visit to Leamington in the National Finals.

Qtr and semi finals of ladies triples and fours

The Ladies triples quarter and semi finals will be played on Saturday 6th July at Shiplake BC.

All players to report at 9.30am (Whites and Club Shirts) with club stickers

Caroline  Campion (Banbury Central) v Cynthia Briant (Charlbury )
Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County ) v Lyn Cooper (Witney Town)
Jeanette Berry (Oxford City & County) v Daphne Jacob (Shiplake)
Katie Glenn (Watlington) v Sandra Wase (Banbury Borough)

Refreshments available.

County fours quarter and semi finals will be played on Sunday 7th July at Chipping Norton BC

All players to report at 9.30am (Whites and Club Shirts)

Wendy Cross (Shiplake) v Liz Kemish (Watlington)
Mo Cox (Banbury Central) v Caroline Campion (Banbury Central)
Karen Alder (West Witney) v Pam Willoughby (Kidlington)
Angela Ives (Banbury Borough) v Katherine Hawes (City & County)

Refreshments will be available.

Oxon ladies beat Beds and Bucks

BOL played Bedfordshire at Oxford City and County on Thursday 27th June with a win of 44 shots, 119 – 75 played over 18 ends due to the very hot conditions.  

Jenny Lynch, Sue Reid, Pauline Williams, Pat Ray 17 – 12
Jan Gore, Mavis Hale, Liz Kemish, Wendy Cross 15 – 21
Carole Walker, Sandra Grindrod, Carole Thornhill, Caroline Bloomfield 16 – 16
Katie Bland, Pam Willoughby, Helen Kingsley, Jeanette Berry 30 – 5
Jacky Gray, Pat Hunt, Maureen Osborne, Carol Penson 22 – 9
Sue Mayo, Rosemary Phelps, Sylvia Blackmore, Brenda Havard 19 – 12  

Another win for Bowls Oxfordshire ladies in their match against Buckinghamshire at Thame BC on Monday 1st July 2019 with a score of 112 to 102.  

Margaret Morris, Sandra Wase, Jenny Banton, Wendy Cross 23 – 16
Katie Bland, Jane Williams, Pam Shepherd, Brenda Havard 24 – 11
Chris Purnell, Barbara Singh, Maureen Osborne, Carole Thornhill 11 – 32 Margaret Stacey, Helen Kingsley, Doreen Penn, Jeanette Berry 21 – 12
Jackie Stafford, Erica Brown, Maureen Cox, Caroline Bloomfield 15 – 16
Val Bindon, Veta Bennett, Pam Faulkner, Carol Penson 18 – 15