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League week 7

This week’s matches saw the halfway point in the season and, at least in some divisions, gave us some real pointers to the way the season is going.

Division 1 now seems a head-to-head battle between Headington and Watlington. Both had big wins this week and are now well clear of the rest. They meet on 13 July in what could be the title decider.

Headington continued their run of good form with a whitewash of last season’s champions, Carterton, on their opponent’s green! Difficult to praise any of the rinks as they all won by at least six shots but Nick Rae-Welsh’s men took the best performance award with a twenty shot winning margin.

Watlington were at West Witney in a much closer affair with Shane Cooper’s rink cancelling out Andy McIntyre’s twelve shot win for Witney. The other rinks both went to Watlington as the Witney men ran out of ends and were unable to close what early in the game had been a twenty shot difference between the teams.

The final fixture in the division looked as if it would be decisive in the relegation stakes early in the match. After eight ends Central were losing on all four rinks and in danger of being whitewashed. While they pulled back to win on two rinks nothing they did was going to compensate for Colin Pollard’s rink’s magnificent thirty shot win; indeed, they were unlucky to drop seven shots in the last two ends having been forty-one – four up after nineteen ends.

Despite not playing, Kidlington remain clear at the top of Division 2. Their closest rival, Witney Mills, closed the gap with a comfortable win at bottom club Adderbury but still remain four points behind. Nothing spectacular on any rink in what would appear to be a close match.

The other match in the division was at Shiplake where the home side were able to field a stronger team than they can away from home and beat visitors, Witney Town, comfortably. Shiplake held the early advantage on all four rinks and only Paul Demczak’s rink was able to pull back for the visitors whilst captain Barrie Evans lead his men to a convincing win for Shiplake.

Division 3 leaders, Charlbury increased their advantage over non-playing second place Banbury Central with a good win in a close match at Headington. whilst Eric Pitts men were able to break clear for the visitors, the other rinks were separated by no more than three shots. The loss leaves Headington at the foot of the table as Blackbird Leys took two points from their encounter at Chadlington. In a match with big wins on all four rinks, Ron Arthur and Paul Madeley’s rinks had bigger margins for the home side than Bob Spencer and Paul Sage could muster for their opponents.

The final match in this division proved a close affair between Hanborough and Bicester. It was decided by Martin Oliver’s rink’s big win for Hanborough.

In a similar fashion, Paul Heafey’s rink settled the match between Thame and South Oxford in Division 4. The win leaves Thame well clear atop the division with their visitors still in second place.

With City and County not playing, West Oxford and Bloxham closed the gap on the final promotion place. West Oxford defeating Oxford University Press in a match full of big wins. Gary Richardson and Chris Sherwood’s rinks both won by more than ten shots for West Oxford thus cancelling Paul Tweddle’s efforts for OUP.

The final match was also the closest of this weeks matches, Bloxham taking the match points by a single shot despite Brian Clark’s men winning by eleven shots for Woodstock. Tony Gardner and Dave Morse both skipped rinks that won by eight or more shots for Bloxham.

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