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League Week 2

Another cold but dry evening saw a number of matches with very different second halves to their first – the colder it became to better/worse some rinks played!

Division 1 saw the most extreme case in the game between Banbury Central and Witney Town. Central’s Mick Andrew saw his rink go 21 – 0 up at ten ends only for them to lose the last eight ends 11 – 5, though they still won the games. Elsewhere in the match, what looked like a close rink with both teams level at 7 – 7 after ten ends became a route as Keith McNeil’s men ran out 25 – 9 winners for Central! Central also appeared to be heading for very big win as Will Campion led by eight shots at fifteen ends only for Paul Demczak’s rink to score ten shots on the last three ends to snatch an unlikely win.

Headington played their first match of the season and came away with a comfortable win. Nick Ray-Welsh led by eleven shots after twelve ends only to go behind after the seventeenth finally snatching the shot he needed for the draw on the last! Likewise, Mark Charlett needed to win the last two ends to beat Chris Gilkes.

Two easy wins saw West Witney defeat Witney Mills in what is the most local there can be! Paul Robbins had to win the last end for his victory for Mills to add a second point for his team.

City and County continued their impressive form in Division 2 though they were pushed harder than the result shows. Indeed, James Feely led Colin Pollard’s rink until end fourteen. However, Omar Sharif’s rink took an unanswered 13 shot lead after five ends and were never troubled.

Headington B recorded their first win, at home to Charlbury, but it was close as David Copper snatched victory with his last bowl and Eric Pitts only scored two of the three shots his rink needed on the final end to draw their match.

Meanwhile, Adderbury recorded a very comfortable, if unspectacular, win away at South Oxford.

The form team in Division 3 is newly promoted Bloxham. This week result was a six – zero win against Hanborough, who came down from Division 2. Bloxham performed well on all four rinks without anything out the ordinary happening.

Banbury Central bounced back from last week’s defeat with an easy win at Thame, indeed, had Dave Holland, playing at two to John Timms, not had shot wood on the final end this match would have been a whitewash.

Anthony Hobbs’ rink had the biggest winning margin for Chadlington, in the fixture against Bicester, but the single shot they dropped on the last end swung the shot count, and the match points, to Bicester.

Blackbird Leys’ James Baldwin scored seventeen unanswered shots over the first eight ends of his match, then gave his opponent some hope, allowing them to win the next three ends before scoring a further fifteen unanswered shots over the last seven ends. This Division 4 match was almost a whitewash but the six shots Ken Buckingham’s rink scored on eighth end proved sufficient as they hung on for City and County’s only Point.

Two ends of five shots proved more than sufficient for Oxford University Press’ David Barlow’s rink to defeat their opponents despite only winning eight ends in the match. However, this proved to be OUP’s only success of the night!

Paul Shipton’s six shot win proved enough for Woodstock to scrape past West Oxford.

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