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Mark Sykes takes the Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions 2013Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes brought the County competitions to a close adding the Champions of Champions title to the Two Wood singles he won in May which started the started the competition season off.

In Sunday’s entertaining final at Oxford City & County he overcame Watlington’s Gordon Hooker in a game much closer than the scoreline indicated. After losing the first four ends, Sykes picked up two fours in the next three ends to move into a 9-6 lead.

Hooker closed within a shot with a couple of singles but his opponent then took four of the next five ends to open a four shot lead for 14-10 and then showed his class over the next five ends with some excellent bowls when under pressure, to take the title with a 21-10 win.

In the mornings semi-finals, Sykes overcame Bloxham’s Ray Hopkins 21-11, collecting 9 unanswered shots over the last four ends, while his fellow finalist came out on top 21-18 against Carterton’s Bob Turley in a 22 end thriller.

Preliminary round: P Skidmore (West Witney) 21 P Tweddle (O.U.P.) 11, B. Bloomfield (Witney Town) 21 M. Alderson (West Oxford) 10, R. Pink (Bicester) 21 B. Evans (Shiplake Village) 9, M. Sykes (Banbury Borough) 21 B Clarke (Woodstock) 16, R Hopkins (Bloxham) 21 K. Buckle (Banbury Chestnuts) 20,
O.Bennett (Chadlington) 21 M. Bracewell (The Oxford) 17, P. Smith (Blackbird Leys) 21 R. Green (South Oxford) 18, J. Eatwell (Henley) 21 M. Charlett (Headington) 18.

First round: Skidmore 8 Bloomfield 21, Pink 6 Sykes 21, Hopkins 21 Bennett 15, Smith 21 Eatwell 12, B. Turley (Carterton) N Galletly (Banbury Central) 18, O. Sharif (City & County) 21 J. Mott (Witney Mills) 7, J Feeley (Kidlington) 10 G. Hooker (Watlington 21). B. Smart (Peppard) 21 J. Timms (Thame) 10.

Quarter’s: Bloomfield 18 Sykes 21, Hopkins 21 Smith 17, Turley 21 Sharif 16, Hooker 21 Smart 14.

Semi’s: Sykes 21 Hopkins 11, Turley 18 Hooker 21.

Final: Sykes 21 Hooker 10.

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