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League week 12

This week’s matches resolved some promotion and relegation issues but left others still as muddled as ever!

In Division 1, Headington confirmed what we have all though for some weeks and clinched the title. Their 5-1 defeat of City and County and Watlington’s loss to Banbury Central leaves them fifteen points apart with two matches to play. They need thirty more shots to top one thousand for the season, a league record, so I am told, as is their 350 point shot difference!

In the match itself, Howard Watt’s rink took the prize with a twenty shot margin, only Alan Ley’s men were able to deliver for City and County with a narrow win.

Banbury went to Watlington needing a win and, surprisingly given earlier form this season, came away with one and were disappointed with only four points having led on all four rinks at eighteen ends! Excellent wins for Ian Whelpton and Will Campion’s rinks, with the former going 14-0 up at the start of their match, meant that the home side struggled.

(I have not had a full result for the South Oxford v Carterton match but I gather the result was four – two to South and I have record this information on the latest league tables.)

What the above results mean is that South Oxford are now relegated; they only have one match to play and cannot catch the teams above them. Carterton, Central and West Witney now fight to avoid filling the second relegation place, with Carterton favourites as their remaining fixtures are against Watlington and Headington.

Division 2 remains as fluid as ever! Kidlington are almost there and can clinch promotion next week away at Shiplake. Despite being held by Adderbury this week, Mike Peterson’s men clinched the match points for the leaders with a fourteen shot victory and rivals Witney Mills and Town will both need big wins in their final two matches to overtake them, as they tussle for the second promotion place.

Witney Town did their own promotion prospects no harm with an emphatic whitewash of Chipping Norton with all fours rinks restricting their opponents to low scores.

At the bottom of the table, Adderbury’s two points moves them to a position where they can still avoid relegation but they will need to score seven points more than Chipping Norton and Shiplake to do so.

In Division 3, Charlbury’s 6-0 defeat of Bicester means that they are all but promoted; Blackbird Leys will need to win their final two matches 6-0 to overtake them. Jim Stevens and Eddie Abbey’s rinks both scored thirty plus shots whilst restricting their opponents to single figures in a very big win for the leaders. Unfortunately for Bicester this league is so close that their defeat means almost certain relegation as they have only one more fixture left to play.

Blackbird Leys hopes of promotion were pretty much dashed by Hanborough who defeated them 5 -1 in a close match with three rinks finally going Hanborough’s way.

With Banbury Central losing at home to Headington and only having one fixture left they go from promotion candidates to relegation prospects! An eight shot win for Martin Kershaw proved enough for the visitors in an otherwise very close match.

Hanborough host Charlbury next week in a match that may decide both promotion places and the division title.

Congratulations go to Division 4 champions Thame. Their comprehensive defeat of Oxford University Press means that they cannot be caught by the two chasing clubs as they each have only one remaining fixture.

Indeed, Bloxham are still in the hunt for the final promotion place as they still have two fixtures to play and, having defeated South Oxford this week, thanks to Tony Gardner’s rink’s big win, they travel to champions Thame next week still able to catch those directly above them.

City and County moved into second place with their 5-1 defeat of Woodstock though the match would have been closer had Paul Shipton’s triple not had to forfeit twenty-five percent of their score for Woodstock.

City and County go to West Oxford next week knowing that six points will guarantee them promotion regardless of South Oxford’s result when they visit the newly crowned champions in the last week of the season.

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