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Oxon qualify for Middleton Cup quarter finals

Oxfordshire played Isle of Wight in the final round of this year’s Middleton Cup campaign.  Needing to win the match overall to win the group Oxfordshire started well and lead on all 6 rinks after 5 ends  With Baden and co storming away on rink 6 the other 5 rinks remained close and Oxfordshire’s lead after 10 ends was 11 shots. First to finish was     A J Docherty’s rink losing by 6 shots at 4 pm. Next Barden Sparkes secured the first win of the afternoon by 14 shots and Oxfordshire’s hopes were high but so were the nerves. Next Chris Gilkes after a low scoring tussle with the Island’s skip preventing a big win for the home side, a tie at 17 all gave Oxfordshire their third point of the afternoon and all that remained was to win overall.. With the lead at 8 shots the rink of David Leighfield finished by hanging on by a single shot after losing the last 3 ends and nerves were still tight. Captain Paul Sharman finished well to win by 3 and half an hour after the first rink finished  ray Gaskins rink with successes on the last 4 ends after trailing by 5 shots at end 17 and a final end win of 6 shots giving them victory by 4 shots and the match to Oxfordshire by 16 shots.

Middleton Cup flashes were awarded to Orren Bennett James Gaskins and Joe Justin and the 24 players who competed in all 3 ties look forward to the regional final.

Oxfordshire win the group and qualify to play Kent at Suttons BC on 20th July.

Oxon v Kent

Oxfordshire 130 shots Isle of Wight 114
Oxfordshire 19 points Isle of Wight 3

Rink scores:

Sam Watts James Gaskins Remy Clanfield Chris Gilkes drew 17-17  
Ade Kemish Orren Bennett Will Campion David Leighfield won 23-22
Bradley Squires Andy McIntyre Shane Cooper Paul Sharman won 23-20
Joe Abercrombie Keith Holloway Mark Sykes A J Docherty lost 15-21.
Jim Bland Lee Young Paul Comley Ray Gaskins won 23-19
Joe Justin Paul Skidmore Kevin Alder Baden Sparkes won 29-15

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