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Men’s finals day

The Men’s OBA Finals day was hosted at Chipping Norton Bowling Club on Sunday with 6 finals played.

Men's 2 wood singles winner 2017

The first game of the day was the two wood singles final between Watlington’s Sam Watts and Carterton’s Stuart Richens. A strong start by Richens gave him an early 7-2 lead before Watts fought back well to take it to 10 shots apiece after 14 ends. Playing the last end Watts picked up a crucial double to force an extra end. The extra end played and Watts delivered a fantastic second bowl to draw the jack and stay for a front toucher, with Richens narrowly missing the bowl which saw Watts be only the fourth name on the trophy since its inception in 2012.

Men's U25s singles winner 2017

The second game of the morning was the under 25 singles between West Witney’s David Leighfield and Watlington’s Shane Cooper. A thoroughly strong performance from the start saw Cooper go 12 shots to 5 up early on before Leighfield got the score to 16-8 down, but 5 shots in 2 ends saw Cooper claim his first junior singles title on his last try due to retiring through age at the end of this season.

Men's Triples winners 2017

The final game of the morning was an all Headington triples final between John Philpott, Nathan Lewis and Howard Watts against Colin Whitehead, Ray Gaskins and Nick Rae-Welsh. A good start from both sides saw the scoreboard at 9-5 in Rae-Welsh’s favour at 8 ends before 6 shots in quick succession stretched their lead further to 15-6 at 12 ends. Although winning 5 of the last 6 ends, it wasn’t enough for Watts and his men to catch up and they ended up losing 16 shots to 14 to Rae-Welsh and his triple.

The presentation of trophies for the mornings winners were presented by President Bill Jarvie before lunch and snacks were enjoyed by all.

Men's singles winner 2017

The afternoon kicked off with the Singles final on the show rink in front of a packed crowd, between Banbury Borough’s Mark Sykes and Headington’s Ray Gaskins. A thoroughly enjoyable game to watch from start to conclusion saw world class bowling from both competitors. Sykes took a 16 shot to 13 lead before 7 shots were picked up by Gaskins in two of three ends to take the score to 20-18. Gaskins was holding game with two shots before a fantastic last bowl from Sykes see him clinch a single and another end to play. The final end saw Gaskins again holding with Sykes narrowly missing the offending wood and Gaskins winning 21 shots to 19. It has to be noted of the fantastic efforts by both in an intense and quality game of bowls.

Men's fours winners 2017

The penultimate game of the afternoon saw the fours final between Headington’s John Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Gary May and Howard Watts up against Carterton’s Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren and Stuart Richens. A 6 shot pickup on the first end set the Toon rink up well for the afternoon’s game. A great fight back from the Headington four saw the score drawing at 11 shots apiece at 11 ends before Carterton really ramped up the pressure picking up 7 shots to Headington’s 1 seeing the score reach 18-12 in Carterton’s favour. A second 6 shot pick up of the game for Carterton made it extremely difficult for the Headington rink to catch up and the overall score finished 27 shots to 13 to Carterton.

Men's pairs winners 2017

The final game of the day saw Banbury Borough’s Darren Sharpe and A J Docherty against West Witney’s Will Parker and Kevin Alder. As they did in the semi-final, another strong start from the Witney bowlers saw them take an 11 shot to nil lead at 5 ends before the Borough pairing bowled well to get the score to 12 shots to 10 down at 11 ends. Unfortunately for the Borough lads, that was the last end they scored on as the Witney pair dominated in the second half seeing them pick up 17 shots and running out as 29 shots to 10 winners.

Presentation of trophies for the afternoon’s winners by Bill Jarvie saw the day come to a close and what a fantastic day it was.

A great day was put on by Chipping Norton Bowling Club with great facilities and catering provided throughout, so a big thanks to Roberta and her team of helpers for this.
Another thank you goes to the two markers for the day, Ian Whelpton and Steve Witcombe and the umpire for the day, Tony Backer-Holst.

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