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Headington Claim senior fours title

Senior fours winners 2019

Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts were crowned senior fours champions at Banbury Chestnuts Bowls Club on Sunday.

They began their day in the semi-final against Bicester’s Martin Workman, Alan Wagner, Paul Hooley and Kevin Taylor. The game started fairly evenly with Bicester developing a slight lead after 10 ends at 10-6. Headington then battled well to win the next 4 ends to take the lead, 13-10. 2 shots apiece over the next 2 ends see the score at 15-12 to Headington after 16 ends. Bicester were requiring 3 shots over the last 2 ends to force an extra end; however, this was not achieved, only securing 2 singles shots. Headington Progressed to the final as winners, 15-14. 

The other semi-final see Kidlington’s Jim Feeley, Bob Foster, Chris Cox and Paul McGrath against a Watlington rink comprising of David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. The Watlington rink got off to a strong start, finding themselves 11-5 up at 10 ends. They then further increased their lead to 15-5 after 12 ends before Kidlington then fought back well, scoring 7 shots over the next 2 ends, including a 5 shot pick up on the 14th end. 3 shots to 1 in Watlington’s favour see Kidlington requiring 5 for an extra end on the last. They could not achieve this, by Kidlington only picking up a single shot, this see Watlington progress to the final 18-14 victors. 

After lunch, the final stage was set, Headington’s Bernie May, Paul Comley, Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts against Watlington’s David Byers, David Auger, Adie Twinn and Gordon Hooker. A strong start from the Headington rink see them take a 10-1 lead after 4 ends. Watlington then pegged them back over the next 5 ends, picking 8 shots up unanswered. After 12 ends the score was back level at 11 shots apiece. The next four ends see a nip and tuck game with the score level again at 16 ends, 13-13. The 17th end became a pivotal moment in the game, a wonderful just over weighted bowl by Howard Watts see him take out the Watlington’s closest to pick up 5 shots. The last end meant the Watlington needed to 5 to stay alive but this was unachievable, another beautiful bowl, this time a drawn side toucher from Watts was enough to secure them shot and be crowned champions, 19-13 winners. 

The Senior Fours is one of only two national championship disciplines where only one team from each County qualify for the national finals. This will be played at Leamington Spa from Tuesday 6th August to Thursday 8th August. 

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