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Men’s Singles Quarter Finals

Headington Bowls Club was the venue for this year’s men’s singles quarter finals. 

The first game was between Banbury Central’s Lee Young and West Witney’s Andy McIntyre. The score was close after 7 ends, with Lee narrowly taking the lead, 8-7. Lee then continued to increase his lead by winning 5 of the next 6 ends, taking the score to 18-8. Andy then scored 3 shots to take him to 7 shots behind before the last end, where Lee collected the 3 shots that he required to progress him to the semi-final. 

The next game was an all Headington battle between Mark Charlett and Nick Rae-Welsh. Nick started strongly seeing him take an 11-1 lead after 6 ends. Mark then fought back to within 7 shots after 13 ends, seeing the score at 15-8. The next 2 ends see Mark score 2 to Nick’s 1 seeing the score at 16-10 in Nick’s favour. 2 good ends for Nick then see him progress to the semi-final, 21-10 victor. Nick will face Lee in Sunday’s Semi-Finals. 

The third game of the evening saw Carterton’s Remy Clanfield against Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway. Keith started well, taking an early 5-2 lead after 4 ends. Keith than increased his lead by winning the next 6 ends, scoring 10 unanswered shots. Remy then tried to fight back picking up a 3 on the 11th end before Keith scored a maximum 4 on the 12th end, seeing him only needing one shot to progress. Remy fought hard to score 4 shots over the next 2 ends. Remy was then holding 3 on what turned out to be the last end, as Keith drew a fantastic bowl, under pressure to win 21-9. 

The final game of the evening saw Banbury Central’s Will Campion against Headington’s Colin Whitehead. A very close start to the game see no more than a 3 shot gap between the two. After 13 ends the score was level at 10 shots apiece. 3 shots to each of them over the next 4 ends see the score level again at 13-13. 3 strong ends from Will then see him score 8 shots, that what was required of him to secure the last place in Sunday’s semi-finals, 21-13 winner. He will face Banbury Borough’s Keith Holloway. 

Thank you to Headington Bowls Club for hosting the county and providing excellent facilities all evening.

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