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Oxon beat Hants in Middleton Cup

Oxfordshire played Hampshire in the second round of this year’s Middleton Cup campaign. With both sides coming to the game with convincing wins in the first round pressure was on for a good performance. The weather suited Oxfordshire for the first ten ends and they established a lead of 47 shots with only one rink trailing. With the rain disappearing the next 5 ends were more even but the lead was still 38 shots. With the lead disappearing quickly by the 18th end the lead was down to 16 and Hampshire were winning most of the ends. With the final end of the match being played by ray Gaskins rink the sides were difference was down to a single shot with Hampshire needing to win the end to take the tie. All members of Ray’s rink bowled with confidence and despite the jack frequently changing position Oxfordshire detained control to win the end by 4 shots and the match by 5 shots. With 3 rinks each Oxfordshire won by 16-6 points.

With the last match of the campaign against Isle of Wight on t6th July at Kidlington Oxfordshire need to gain 14 points to guarantee going forward to the regional final.

Oxfordshire 125 shots Hampshire 120.
Oxfordshire 16 points Hampshire 6.

Rink scores

Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty won 21-18.
Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes won 36-14.
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins lost 18-27.
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman lost 14-19.
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield lost 13-29.
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 23-13.

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