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Banbury Borough take the Hawker Cup

Hawker Cup winners 2016 - Banbury Borough

Banbury Borough regained the Hawker Cup which they last won in 2014, when they came from behind on both rinks to record a comfortable 38-26 win against Headington.

Borough’s Joe Abercrombie, Jamie Wilkinson, Darren Sharpe and Mark Sykes recovered well from being 6-11 down at 12 ends with a four and two singles to move into a one shot lead at fifteen.

A single to Mick Nash, Kelvin Woodward, Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett levelled the score, but that was the last of their scoring as the rink from the north of the county picked up 8 shots over the next four ends to close the game at 20-12.

Not to be outdone, Borough’s other rink of Paul McLeod, John McGeough, Keith Holloway and AJ Docherty up against the Headington foursome of John Nicholls, Colin Whitehead, Nathan Lewis and Jason King, found themselves 9 shots adrift at 4-12 after nine ends before taking four of the next five ends to get to within two shots at 11-13. The Headington boys could only add another single to their score whilst their opponents took five of the last six ends, collecting seven shots to win their match 18-14.

In the mornings semi finals, the Banbury eight had a 41-36 win against the second of Headington’s semi-finalists. Docherty’s four won 21-14 against Dean May, Alan Manger, Gary May and Howard Watts, as Sykes’ rink had a narrow 20-22 loss to Bernie May, Steve Hainge, Paul Mabbutt and Ian Snowdon.

The second semi between Headington and Middle Barton saw Charlett’s four win 18-13 against Richard Smith, Colin Brock, Martin Fraser and Roy Kinch and Jason King’s rink record a 22-12 scoreline against David Wotherspoon, Eric Dix, David Robey and Jim Stevens. Making the final stages of a competition was a new experience for the Middle Barton bowlers who handled the occasion well in front of their strong support.

The play off for third and fourth places saw a 49-34 scoreline in Headington’s favour with the Middle Barton side bringing in Gerald Abbotts as substitute for Richard Smith to give their small membership the opportunity to enjoy the day

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