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League week 8

At least the worst of the rain held off!

The duel at the top of Division 1 looks as though it will continue until the top two meet on 13 July and, maybe, until the end of the season!

This week the leaders, Headington, were at West Witney and they continued their seemingly relentless drive to the title with another six-nil win, albeit closer than some of late. Indeed, Ray Gaskin and his men were actually a shot down going into the final end, where a two shot advantage saw them snatch the victory from Kevin Alder’s men.

Rivals Watlington travelled to South Oxford and came away with five points. Dick Claridge’s rink went five shots clear after twelve ends for the home side and Shane Cooper’s men were unable to claw back the gap to give South Oxford their only point of the night. The other three rinks were comfortable for visitors despite a late scare for Bob Gilkes’ men, who dropped six shots in the final three ends of their 21 – 20 win.

Carterton continued their recent run of poor form with another six-nil defeat, this week at home to City and County! In a low scoring match that was close at the halfway mark the visitors were able to press home their advantage in the second half of the game on all rinks.

Two of the top three met in Division 2 with leaders Kidlington winning despite visitors Witney Town winning two rinks and drawing a third! Kidlington have Mike Peterson’s rink to thank for the match points as their thirteen shot win topped all that Witney Town’s winning duo of rinks could muster.

Second place Witney Mills travelled to Shiplake and came away with a victory. Richard Barnett’s victory by twelve shots proved enough despite Graham Kennedy’s efforts for Shiplake.

In the week’s local derby, Charlbury travelled to neighbours Chadlington in Division 3 and came out winners of a very close match. Ron Arthur and Carl Smart opened up a twenty-one shot advantage for the home side only to have Dave Cooper and Eric Pitts win by a combined twenty-two shots! It must have been a classic last end on the final rink to both watch and play in.

Second place Banbury Central travelled to Blackbird Leys and lost a very close match with no one rink able to build up a significant lead and only Alex Fleming’s men were able to pull away in the final third of their game to ensure the match points for the home side.

Headington went into their game in bottom place and in danger of relegation. However, they regained some form, winning on three rinks with Martin Kershaw’s men ensuring the match points despite Martin Workman’s magnificent effort in scoring sixteen shots in the final six ends for Bicester.

League leaders in Division 4, Thame, had their bye week so a chance for challengers to close the gap?

South Oxford seemed to have the best chance, away at bottom club Woodstock. However, not all went to plan as, despite John Guests’ rink winning comfortably, their score was cancelled by Ben Dickson’s rink and trumped by Brian Clark’s twenty-eight shot margin for the home side.

City and County’s game against Oxford University Press was much more one sided, with the home sided taking maximum points. Highlights included Geoff Powell’s rink winning by twelve shots. However, mention should be made for Roger Cann’s men who only lost because they played as a triple and had to forfeit twenty-five percent of their score.

The final match was between two mid-table side with West Oxford defeating Bloxham and Gary Richardson’s rink having the largest win.

Match Results
League tables

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