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OBA Domestic Finals Day Report

This year’s domestic finals were hosted at Chipping Norton Bowls Club with the Allison, Longford and Officers cups all up for grabs.

The first Allison semi-final was between Chippy’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Vic Depaauw. Vic got off to a great start, going 11-1 up after just 7 ends. Nigel then fought back well to take the score to 12-9 after 13. Nip and tuck scoring followed until the 21st end when the score board was level, 18 shots each. The next 3 ends went in Vic’s favour and the final score 21-19.

The other Allison semi-final was played between Witney Town’s Phil Warner and Carterton’s Joe Justin. A very nip and tuck start see the score level at 12 shots apiece after 11. Justin then went 17-12 in front before Warner came back level once more after 16. 1 shot pickups were all that were scored for the remainder of the game, although 4 went to Justin over Warner’s 2 so Joe Justin progressed to the Allison Final.

With one Longford cup game played early, which see Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly beat Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield 21-13, the other semi-final was played to see who would face him. Adderbury’s Phil Gladden faced Witney Town’s Brian Smith. Gladden got off to a commanding start, going 11-2 up after 9 ends. After 12 it was 16-3 to Gladden and bowling some cracking bowls. Smith then had three ends reply to which he scored 4 shots to see the score at 16-7 after 15. However, the comeback for Smith was short lived as Gladden picked up the 5 shots that he required over the next three ends to book his place in the Longford final.

Officers Cup winner 2018The Officers cup semi-finals were also played early which see West Witney’s David Leighfield beat Witney Town’s Brian Bloomfield and Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly beat West Witney’s Paul Skidmore. Galletly started well, being 8-1 up after 7 ends. Leighfield then scored 8 shots to Galletly’s 2 which see the board level at 10-10 after 14 ends. Leighfield then went on to score 8 shots without reply, before Galletly scored 2 singles to see the board at 18-12. Leighfield then picked up the 3 shots required to be crowned Officers Cup Champion, winning 21-12. Congratulations David Leighfield on winning your third County Competition of the season.

An excellent cooked lunch was then put on for competitors, officers and spectators before the Longford and Allison Finals commenced in the splendid summer sunshine.

Allison cup winner 2018The Allison final was between Carterton’s Joe Justin and South Oxford’s Vic Depaauw. Two 4 shot pickups in the first 4 ends for Justin see him take an early 9-3 lead before Depaauw scored well to take the score to 12-10 after 11 ends. Justin then got the mat back on the 13th and never lost it, picking up 9 shots in the following 4 ends, including another 4-shot pickup, to win the game 21-10. What a great game to watch and it was an exhibition of what bowls is all about, with only a slender 60-year age gap between competitors! Congratulations to Joe Justin on winning your second county competition this year, not a bad performance for only your second year of outdoor bowls!

Longford cup winner 2018The Longford final was played between Adderbury’s Phil Gladden and Banbury Central’s Nigel Galletly. Galletly got off to a good start once more, scoring 11 shots to Gladden’s 2 in 11 ends. Gladden then fought back hard to bring the score level at 15 apiece, aided by back to back 3 shot pickups. Galletly then scored a single on the 16th before Gladden had 5 commanding ends, not losing the mat and picking up the 6 shots he required to be crowned Longford Cup Winner. Congratulations Phil on winning what a great tense battle. Commiserations must be given to Nigel, who got to two domestic finals and played so well but just missed out on silverware this year.

A huge thank you to Chippy’s Bill Jarvie, Martin Acock, Percy Hickman and Tony Backer-Holst, Burford’s John Hurren and Carterton’s Tim Jupp for giving up your time to mark the games, especially in the heat!

Also, a big thank you to Bill and Roberta Jarvie for organising such a smooth-running day, providing excellent catering and bar services all day and thanks to all your helpers.”

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