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League Week 12

With only two more week of the season to go, this week is more about clubs than individuals, as some promotion/relegation issues were resolved while others remain close affairs.

With the demise of The Oxford Bowls Club, there will be 27 or 28 teams in next years league. (Oxford University Press tell us that they will be back next year, hence the uncertainty.) That being the case, the league will run as four divisions of seven teams in 2016. That means that for this season the bottom two teams in Divisions 1 and 3 will be relegated, but only one team will go down from Division 2 plus the loss of The Oxford. Promotion will be as normal, two up from Divisions 2, 3 and 4. This will give us seven teams in each division in 2016, assuming OUP do return.

In Division 1, whilst a win for City and County against Bicester, has probably kept them in the division next season, the loser are relegated. In an otherwise close match, Alan Ley’s rink’s twenty-five shot winning margin guaranteed the home club the victory they needed.

West Witney pushed Headington a close as any side has this year. Honours were even at eleven ends but the home side were too strong in the second half of the game and ran out six nil winners. The loss means that West Witney will join Bicester in Division 2 next year unless all the remaining fixtures go their way.

Shiplake went a long way to ensuring their safety with a very comfortable victory against a weak Banbury Central, for whom the match meant little, as they were secure in third place regardless of the result. Jim Bland’s rink scored sixteen without reply whilst Barry Lambourne’s outstanding performance won what otherwise was a very close game.

Division 2 is giving us another nail biter! Just as last year, promotion will go to the wire. After this weeks results, any of the top four can gain promotion, though Thame are relegated.

Best result of the week, anywhere in the league, goes to South Oxford who defeated league leaders Witney Mills five – one. No individual rink to pick out just good bowling by all with South Oxford winning on three rinks.

Adderbury cemented their promotion hopes with another five – one, whilst relegating Thame in the process, Tom Clarke and Phil Gladden’s men doing the damage for Adderbury.

The final match saw Charlbury winning a very close affair against The Oxford Bowls Club.

The promotion race is as follows: Witney Mills have one match to play, against The Oxford Bowls Club, who will be playing their last ever league match! Adderbury, with one to play, meet promotion rivals Watlington next week! Watlington’s final match is against Charlbury whilst South Oxford play The Oxford and Thame in the final two fixtures.

It could go to shot difference!

Division 3 leaders, Witney Town, need one point to ensure promotion despite their surprise loss to Kidlington, for whom Melvin Brain’s rink stood out. Town’s next match is against second place Banbury Chestnuts, who kept themselves in the promotion race with a five – one victory at Headington.

Chestnuts finish their season at home to the third team in the promotion stakes, City and County, who were themselves having a comfortable five – one win away at Chadlington.

In the relegation battle, Bloxham now look doomed having lost to Chipping Norton, who may have saved themselves with the win. Chipping Norton still have to play fellow relegation contenders Chadlington and Headington B in fixtures that will decided who joins Bloxham in Division 4 next season.

Promotion from Division 4 has come down to one match. A good win for Banbury Central this week, at home to West Oxford, means that third place Blackbird Leys are at home to second place Central next Thursday knowing that they must get a win to give themselves a chance of promotion.

Big wins for Tom McKenna and Ron Cox’s rinks were the basis for Central win whilst Leys had a bye.

Leaders Hanborough were getting an expected whitewash of Florence Park, achieving the only century shot total in the league doing so but they only have one match to play and Central could still overtake them.

Woodstock were defeating South Oxford B in the final match in the division with Brian Clarke’s rink providing the required shots for the match points.

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