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Middleton Cup trial a wash out

The second Middleton Cup trial match against Gloucestershire at Oxford City & County on Saturday 20th May was curtailed by bad weather. With most rinks having completed 16 ends and after heavy and persistent rain the match was finally abandoned with Oxfordshire losing by 99 shots to 91.

The rinks of Jason King and Ryan Buckett were well in control when the weather intervened. After being 14 shots adrift at 10 ends the rink of Mark Sykes was fighting back to be just 7 shots behind at the close. The rinks of Baden-Sparkes and Paul Sharman both lost narrowly whilst that of Ray Gaskins struggled to come to terms with their rink.

Oxfordshire 91, Gloucestershire 99

S Witcombe T Prew P Comley B Sparkes lost 15-16
J Abercrombie P Mabbutt A J Docherty M Sykes lost 13-20
D Leighfield K Holloway S Cooper J King won 25-16
S Watts A McIntyre G May P Sharman lost 15-20
A Carter S Aldren C Gilkes R Gaskins lost 6-22
J Bland M Brain N Rae-Walsh R Buckett won 19-5

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