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Lopez brings the season to a close

County Champion of champions winner 2015Paul Lopez, playing on his own club green Oxford City & County, brought the OBA competition season to a close, taking the Champion of Champions title against Watlington’s Sam Watts.

The success rounded off a memorable season for him which started with his entry into the Middleton Cup team. Watts’ presence in the final added to his Under 25 Singles title and his appearance in the Singles final where he lost out to Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes.

In Sunday’s final, Watts started off the better of the two, taking six of the first seven ends to move into a 9-1 lead before Lopez got into his stride by taking eight of the next nine ends to lead 15-10. Suddenly the two’s and three’s dried up and singles became the order of the day over the following nine ends. The game developed into a marathon and the warm sunshine that had replaced the damp morning mist appeared to encourage everyone on the green to enjoy leisurely strolls to assess the heads or take their place for the start of the next end. Although the Watlington bowler had taken six singles to Lopez’s three, he was still two shots behind his City & County opponent. The 26th end brought matters to a close with Lopez breaking the sequence of singles to collect a three and get his hands on the silverware. In the semi final’s, Lopez had a tight game against Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield to win 21-19, whilst Watts got out of the blocks quickly against Headington’s Mark Charlett to move into an 11-0 lead after six ends and always staying in the lead to win 21-14

Earlier round scores were:
Preliminary Round:
P. Hooley (Bicester) beat G. Giles (O.U.P.) 21-9
M. Charlett beat M. East (Charlbury) 21-13
First Round:
M. Charlett beat P. Hooley 21-12
W. Campion (Banbury Central) beat J. Bland (Shiplake Village) 21-7
S. Watts beat P. Galdden (Adderbury) 21-18
K. Alder (West Witney) beat J. Baldwin (Blackbird Leys)
P. McGrath (Kidlington) beat P. Sharman (Carterton) 21-14
B. Bloomfield beat R. Green (South Oxford) 21-15
P. Lopez beat B. Clarke (Woodstock) 21-12
D. Leafield (Chipping Norton) beat M. Fraser (Middle Barton) 21-4
Quarter-Finals:
M. Charlett beat W. Campion 21-16
S. Watts beat K. Alder 21-20
B. Bloomfield beat P. McGrath 21-12
P. Lopez beat D. Leafield 21-8

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