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July 11th, 2019:

Ladies county singles quarter and semi finals

The ladies county singles quarter and semi finals will be held on Saturday 13th July at Banbury Chestnuts BC.

All players to report at 9.30am (Whites and club shirts) Club Stickers

Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) v Wendy Cross (Shiplake)
Katie Glenn (Watlington) v Mo Cox (Banbury Central)
Carole Galletly (Banbury Central) v Wendy Sandy (Carterton)
Jody Flitter (Oxford City & County) v Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County)

Refreshments will be available.

Men’s county semi finals

The men’s county semi finals willbe held at Carterton Bowls Club on Sunday 14th July.

Programme: Semi finals

Irene Molyneux’s funeral

The funeral of Irene Molyneux will take place at the Oxford Crematorium on Thursday 25th July at 11 am.

Refreshments will be available at Oxford City and County Bowls Club following the funeral.

Oxon qualify for Middleton Cup quarter finals

Oxfordshire played Isle of Wight in the final round of this year’s Middleton Cup campaign.  Needing to win the match overall to win the group Oxfordshire started well and lead on all 6 rinks after 5 ends  With Baden and co storming away on rink 6 the other 5 rinks remained close and Oxfordshire’s lead after 10 ends was 11 shots. First to finish was     A J Docherty’s rink losing by 6 shots at 4 pm. Next Barden Sparkes secured the first win of the afternoon by 14 shots and Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but so were the nerves. Next Chris Gilkes after a low scoring tussle with the Island’s skip preventing a big win for the home side, a tie at 17 all gave Oxfordshire their third point of the afternoon and all that remained was to win overall.. With the lead at 8 shots the rink of David Leighfield finished by hanging on by a single shot after losing the last 3 ends and nerves were still tight. Captain Paul Sharman finished well to win by 3 and half an hour after the first rink finished  ray Gaskins rink with successes on the last 4 ends after trailing by 5 shots at end 17 and a final end win of 6 shots giving them victory by 4 shots and the match to Oxfordshire by 16 shots.

Middleton Cup flashes were awarded to Orren Bennett James Gaskins and Joe Justin and the 24 players who competed in all 3 ties look forward to the regional final.

Oxfordshire win the group and qualify to play Kent at Suttons BC on 20th July.

Oxon v Kent

Oxfordshire 130 shots Isle of Wight 114
Oxfordshire 19 points Isle of Wight 3

Rink scores:

Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 17-17  
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 23-22
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman won 23-20
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 15-21.
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins won 23-19
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 29-15

Oxon men beat Warks in friendly

Oxfordshire Travelled to Lillington BC on Tuesday 2nd July to play Warwickshire, hoping to extend their winning streak of friendly games. With the match starting tight Oxfordshire were trailing by 194 shots after 16 ends.  Picking up 10 shots on end 17 enabled Oxfordshire to retain the momentum, winning on four rinks to take the match by 6 shots.

6-game badges were awarded to Witney Town’s Phil Warner and Watlington’s David Byers.

Oxfordshire 120 Warwickshire 114

Rink scores:- 
C Lewis R Oliver A Fleming I Whelpton won 20-16
D Byers R Radband J Lucas R Barnett won 22-19
C Haley J Timms K Williams M Andrew won 24-21
P Demczak J Hurren P Warner M Morris lost 14-18
A Hunt B Ealey K Buckle A Ley lost 16-26
P Hickman D Lafford B Clarke B Bloomfield won 24-14

League Week 9

Division 1 provided the surprise of the week, possibly the surprise of the season, with strugglers, Witney Town, comprehensively beating previously high flying Banbury Central. Brian Bloomfield and Paul Demczak’s rinks led from early on and ensured the match points for Town whilst Alan Scholan’s men won the second half of their match to give Town a fifth point. Will Campion went eleven-two up after five ends and seemed to be heading for an easy win only for Phil Warner’s four to slowly claw their way back, eventually running out of ends in losing by a single shot.

Central remain second as Carterton had a bye but West Witney’s defeat of Witney Mills move them back into the race for second and third places. Mills’ two winning rinks outscored their opponents by a total of thirty-three shots, which would have given them the match points in any other match this season where both teams won two rinks apiece. However, West’s Shane Cooper’s rink recorded the most one sided victory in the league for some seasons defeating Les Days by thirty-seven shots to give his team the match points!

Headington open a gap at the top of the table taking five points from a one sided encounter with Watlington. Adrian Kemish’s rink winning by a single shot for the visitor’s only points. Chris Gilkes’ four provided the only other real opposition for Headington, and then only for the first four ends of their game against Howard Watt’s rink.

In Division 2, City and County outplayed local rivals Kidlington on two rinks and added a third when Omar Sharif’s rink scored a four on the fifteenth end to pull away in a closely fought game. Kidlington’s single point came from James Feeley’s men who won the second half of their game very comfortably.

Adderbury bounced back from last weeks ‘nightmare’, defeating close rivals South Oxford on all rinks. Two of these victories were comfortable throughout but Phil Gladden and Tom Clark’s teams could easily have been beaten, with both only able to pull away in the last five ends.

Closest match in the division was at Charlbury where Headington just grabbed the most points from an encounter headlined by two rinks where the balance of the games swung completely in the last two ends. For Headington, Russell Edward’s rink trailed by five shots at sixteen ends and scored them all in the last two ends to tie, whilst for Charlbury Mike Smith’s men, having trailed throughout the game and only scored eight shots in sixteen ends, were six shots down with two ends to play but scored nine in those two ends to overtake Colin Whitehead’s men for an unexpected win.

Division 3 proved as topsy-turvy as ever! Leaders, Bicester, travelled to Chadlington and came close to drawing the match. Bicester led on two rinks and overall by three shots at fifteen ends so the match points could have gone to either side, but they matched each other shot for shot for the final three ends with Bicester hanging on for the points that ensured they remain top.

A few weeks ago, Banbury Central were sure that they would be in Division 4 next season, now they are looking towards Division 2! Three rinks were as comfortable wins as their scores suggest but the game between Keith Williams and Bill Giles’ rinks went to the last end with Central grabbing the required shot.

Hanborough and Bloxham have both had odd seasons, winning well one week only to slump the next. This week it was Bloxham’s turn to shine as they visited Hanborough. Nine shots in the last five ends were sufficient to give the game to Graham Haynes rink the point for the home side but this was their only win. Jim Lucas’s rink scored five in the last two ends to grab victory, while the other rinks were always dominated by Bloxham, who are back in the promotion race.

Woodstock remain at the top of Division 4, but their lead was reduced by West Oxford who, surprisingly, returned home with four points thanks to Mick Bostock’s rink, which scored four on their final end to cement their own win and grab the match points for West.

Blackbird Leys only point came as Ron Painton’s rink restricted City and County’s Ken Buckingham to a single shot on the last end to triumph by one shot. Elsewhere, the City rinks dominated.

South Oxford’s Dennis Simms looked to be heading for an easy win against Oxford University Press’s Geoff Jordan’s rink only to drop seven shots over the final three ends to allow the OUP four to snatch an unlikely draw. Unfortunately, for OUP, this was their only success from a match that leaves both clubs in the lower half of the table.