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Oxon men beaten by Essex in final friendly

Oxfordshire played Essex at Thame BC on Tuesday 19th September to play their final friendly of the 2017 season against Essex. The match was always close and at the end four rinks were within two shots. With 2 ending in ties the overall match swung on the last 2 ends on rink 4.Trailing by 1 Mike Andrew’s four picked up a 5 on end 20 to raise hopes of a narrow Oxfordshire win. However a dropped 5 on the final end crushed such hopes. It was left to Paul Robbins’ four on the show rink to pick up 6 shots to produce a match draw but that proved too much and they produced a single shot.Jim Lucas played his 200th game for Oxfordshire and was presented with the appropriate badge by Deputy President Eddie Dorling.

Oxfordshire 104 Essex 109

Paul Demczak Les Days Glynn Middleton Paul Robbins won 19-12
Ron Slater Alex Fleming David Bullock Alan Ley drew 21-21
David Byers John McGeough Jim Lucas Ian Whelpton lost 13-22
Mel Cameron John Timms John Benfield Mike Andrew lost 19-20
Terry Gripe Alan Wase Allan Hall Brian Bloomfield lost 12-14.
Mike Jones John Stephens David Wedge Melvin Brain drew 20-20

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