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League Week 11

With three weeks of the season left, the chase for promotion and the late drives to avoid relegation are starting to have their effect in matches.

In Division 1, Headington maintained their leading position with a narrow defeat of closest rivals Carterton. Indeed, only the size of the wins for Howard Watts and Jason King’s rinks separated the clubs.

Elsewhere, Banbury Central were deflating City and County with what at first sight, appears to be a big win. However, the visitors were leading at sixteen ends, and only a fight back by Les Campion’s’ men from twelve shots down after thirteen ends to five down at the finish, against an ultimately victorious Alan Ley rink, swung the match in Central’s favour.

City and County’s defeat leaves them deep in the relegation battle. What may save them is their upcoming fixture against Bicester, who were almost certainly condemned to relegation with their loss at the hands of West Witney, for whom Kevin Alder completed a topsy-turvy week with a good win.

The top of Division 2 remains as tight as ever. Leaders Witney Mills had the rinks skipped by Allan Wiggins and Chris Weller to thank for their victory over Charlbury but still dropped a half point to chasers Watlington, for whom Bob Gilkes provided the icing on the cake in their defeat of Thame.

Adderbury maintained their third place, but lost ground on the leaders, in their match at The Oxford Bowls Club. The large shot count difference in the match was entirely due to Chris Skidmore’s win.

Relegation to division 3 may well be decided by the match between Charlbury and Thame in two weeks time.

In Division 3, Witney Town appear to be cruising towards division 2. This week they inflicted Headington B with their biggest ever league defeat, by fifty-two shots, whilst their only real chasers were both losing at home. Seventy-nine of their one hundred and fifteen shot total in the match with Headington came from the rinks skipped by Alan Scholan and Tim Ludlow.

Banbury Chestnuts somewhat surprising home defeat by Chadlington was largely due to the rink of Phil Radbone whilst City and County’s even closer affair went Bloxham’s way thank to Tony Gardner and Ron Higgins’ men.

Kidlington’s defeat of Chipping Norton eases their relegation worries whilst increasing those of the losers. John Hardies’ rink was the highlight for the winners.

Although the promotion race may well be almost over, that for relegation is closer than ever and any two of the bottom five clubs can still go down!

The Division 4 promotion race is now the closest anywhere in the league.

Hanborough overtook non-playing Banbury Central with a comprehensive victory at South Oxford. Their one hundred and twenty one shot total for the match is the largest score in the league this year and, to my knowledge, Ken Williams fifty shot winning margin the highest at any time in the league (if anyone knows of a bigger single rink score, please let me know.)

Comfortable wins on three rinks against the leagues bottom side, Florence Park, enabled Blackbird Leys to move to within one point of Central in the competition for second place. Central still have three matches to play whilst their close rivals only have two each!

The final match was the closest in the league this week. Gary Richardson’s rink must have thought that they had done enough to take the match points for West Oxford only to see their eleven shot winning margin overturned by Ron Collett and Brian Clarke’s rinks for Woodstock.

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Match Results
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