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Oxon men beat Worcs in friendly

The men’s County side had a convincing 34 shot win against Worcestershire in Tuesday’s game played at Kidlington.
Having driven through downpours of rain, the Worcestershire team arrived to find dry blustery conditions and a green which varied from very green on rink 1 to very brown on rink 6.

Once one the green, bowlers were greeted with a fast and even surface, which was very different to what was expected on it’s appearance.

After the game bowlers and their guests were treated to a Roast pork dinner and trifle and Kidlington’s usual hospitality.

Alan Ley’s four took the highest winning rink prize and after being behind for virtually all of the game, a notable six on the nineteenth end set up a win for Mike Andrew’s quartet.

Rinks scores:
Allan Hunt, Percy Strange, Les Days and Mike Andrew won 22-20
Paul Killackey, Douglas Wright, Keith Buckle and Brian Clarke lost 19-20
Paul Demczak, John Timms, Jim Lucas and Richard Barnett lost 14-25
Roy Radband, Brian Ealey, Brian Ray and Alan Ley won 38-13
Ron Slater, David Byers, Ken Williams and Ian Whelpton won 23-17
Barry Willoughby, Colin Haley, Martin Oliver and Chris Cox won 23-10

Headington A win the league cup

League Cup Winners 2018

This year’s League Cup final saw League champions Headington A face Watlington under the floodlights at Kidlington. Headington were looking to collect their fifth League Cup title in a row, whilst their opponents Watlington had reached the final for the first time, after celebrating a solid year in Division 1. With the floodlights warming up and a packed house of support – the stage was all set.

Unfortunately for Watlington, Headington were quickly into their stride and in no mood to let their chance of another League and Cup double slip away. By 6 ends, Headington were already 24 shots up on the game, with Captain Mark Charlett once again leading the charge. Despite Shane Cooper and Steve Gilkes mounting a fight back for Watlington on both their rinks, Headington stretched their lead even further and the game finished with a few ends to spare.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘It’s been another great year for the Club, winning the League and League Cup, plus we’ve had some good performances in this year’s National competitions. However, I’d also like to congratulate Watlington for reaching their first ever League Cup final, and who have been get stronger every season!’
Headington A 77; Watlington 38: H Watts 15, S Gilkes 10; M Charlett 29, D Auger 10; N Rae-Welsh 15, S Cooper 10; J King 18, S Watts 8.

Adderbury win their first ever Hawker Cup

Hawker cup winners 2018Adderbury were crowned champions after beating Carterton in the final of the Hawker cup, played at City and County.

The rink of Ian Dunn, Nigel Eley, Chris Skidmore and Ted Eley faced a Carterton rink comprising of Peter Latter, Kevin Salway, David Clanfield and Remy Clanfield. The game began in Adderbury’s favour seeing them take an early 8-0 lead after 5 ends. Carterton did not take the lead on the rink until the 13th end, score at 13-12. With the score at 17-14 the tooners looked fairly safe, but big 2 shot pickups on the last 2 ends see the Adderbury rink pip the lead 18-17.

The other Adderbury rink of Mick Jelfs, Paul Jelfs, Phil Gladden and Darren Sharpe took on Carterton’s Paul Justin, Phil Monahan, Tim Jupp and Paul Sharman. This game saw the reverse with regards to scoring, with Carterton going 7-0 up after 4 ends. Adderbury then came back strongly, to take the lead 10-9 after 11 ends. The game was then tied at 15 shots apiece before 2 singles on the last 2 ends see Adderbury over the line 17-15 victors.

The overall score 35-32 to Adderbury. Congratulations to Adderbury and commiserations to Carterton for a valiant effort.

Semi-final scores were as follows:
Adderbury beat Headington 23 – 7
Carterton beat Watlington 44 – 36

A big thanks once again to everyone at Oxford City and County Bowls Club for hosting such an excellent competition.

The last competitive bowls of the season sees the Mens champion of champions returning to Oxford City and County BC on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September. “

Oxon men beat Glos in friendly

Oxfordshire returned to Witney, this time to West Witney BC, on Wednesday 29th August to play a friendly against local rivals Gloucestershire.

Local knowledge of rink 1 did not help Oxfordshire and with hindsight perhaps a team imported from the other end of the county might have not suffered from knowledge of the rink. Next door on rink 2 things were always healthier with only 4 ends lost.

In the middle 2 rinks a tight game was the order of the day with both Oxfordshire rinks winning by 2 shots. Rinks 5 and 6 progressed in much the same way as 1 and 2 except that Alan Ley
and co recovered well towards the end to reduce the deficit to 8 And Brian Bloomfield lost an end more than Alan Wase on rink 2 but claimed the glasses with victory by 30 shots.

Witney Town’s Richard Nolte was awarded a colts badge and will have to wait a while for a more convincing win.

Match result

Oxfordshire 142 shots, Gloucestershire 108 shots.

Rink scores
Bradley Squires John Stephens Philip Warner Mike Andrew lost 12-26
Roy Radband Bill Jjarvie David Wedge Alan Wase won 29-7
Paul Demczak John Timms Ken Williams Ian Whelpton won 25-23
Brian Ealey John MGeough BrianTray Paul Robbins won 23-21
Steve Tolhurst Percy Strange Les Days Alan Ley lost 17-25
Alan Hunt Richard Nolte Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 36-6

Oxon lose to final HCL game against Bucks

The final match in the Home Counties League was played at Banbury Chestnuts against Buckinghamshire on Saturday 1st September.

After a steady start very little went right for Oxfordshire and at the mid-point they led by 2 shots. Five ends later they trailed by 13 and at the end by 26.

Finishing the season with three wins and three defeats Oxfordshire finished in fourth place with 67 points and a positive shot difference of 34.

Result
Oxfordshire 104 shots (4 points) Buckinghamshire 130 shots (12 points).

Bradley Squires George Moon Orren Bennett David Leighfield won 24-18
Adue Twinn John Hurren Chris Lewis Kevin Alder lost 17-22
Adi Kemish Nigel Satchell Alan Ley Shane Cooper lost 8-21
Steve Tolhurst Brian Ray David Wedge Jason King lost 14-29
Paul Demczak Ron Slater Les Days Chris Weller lost 25-28
Henry Beall Steve Gibson Gordon Hooker Will Campion won 16-12

Banbury Central win over 60’s double rink

National Tony Allcock winners 2019

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Congratulation’s to Banbury Central on winning the Tony Allcock Over 60’s Mixed Double rink Trophy.

Since reaching the quarter-finals played at Worthing in it’s inaugural year 2011, the Central club have been stalwart supporters of the competition each year and for the last few years, the only club to enter the competition from Oxfordshire.

Being part of the Buckinghamshire / Oxfordshire group, Central overcame teams from Iver HeathBC, Marlow BC, Stony Stratford BC and in the last 16, Stroud BC.

In Saturday afternoon’s quarter-final against Huntingdonshire’s Hemingford BC they won an exciting game 33-32 and looked forward to an early start from Banbury on Sunday morning.
Their Semi-final opponents were Cove BC from Hampshire who proved admirable opponents, Central recording a four shot 38-34 win. It was good to see Oxfordshire bowlers other than Central members giving their support.

In the afternoon’s final they came up against 2016 winners Lindfield BC from Sussex who went off on a flyer only for the Oxfordshire rinks to not only pull back, but move into a good lead.

Not to be outdone, Lindfield came back into their own, eating into their opponents lead to make the last quarter of the game look exciting. Central took up the challenge and steadily moved away to win on both rinks and take the title with a 47 – 35 victory.

Rinks scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16, Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.

The reward for try, try again.

Banbury Central ladies win county top club

The County Top Club Final was played between Banbury Central and Witney Town at Shiplake BC on Sunday 2nd September on another glorious sunny day with Banbury winning 3 – 1.

The singles was a very close game with Jean Smith of Witney taking the lead at 10 ends 13 shots to 4. At 18 ends Mo Cox of Banbury had pulled back and was just 5 shots adrift.
Jean was needing just 1 shot at 22 ends with Mo needing 6. And 6 shots over the next two ends gave Banbury the singles.

The pairs proved to be a very close game skipped by Helen Young, Banbury and Caroline Bloomfield of Witney Town. All square at 9 ends, 12 ends, and 14 ends until Witney managed to gain control of the game and finally won 20 – 16.

The triples skipped by Carole Galletly, Banbury and Shirley Crick, Witney proved to be a more one sided game with Banbury gaining control and winning by 18 shots, 24 – 6.

The fours was another hard fought game, level at 9 and 13 ends, until Banbury managed to pull away leading 19-11 at 18 ends. But Witney never gave up and claimed 7 shots over the last three ends to just lose by 1 shot, 18 – 19.

Many thanks to the hosts Shiplake, for providing tea/coffee and plates of biscuits on arrival and various rolls and salad after the match.

League cup semi finals

This year’s League Cup semi-finals at South Oxford saw four teams from Division 1 battle it out for a place in the final. Although the shorter nights meant that the last of the 18 ends finished in the dark, there was a nail-biting climax and the closest contested semi-finals since the competition started.

Furthest from the clubhouse it was Oxford City & County A facing Watlington. Five times finalists City & County were looking to finish their season on a high, after a first ever relegation to Division 2; whilst Watlington were hoping to cap their highest ever finish in the League by reaching their first League Cup final. Watlington started the brighter, and by the half way point were 8 shots up on the game. Despite being behind, City & County managed to dig in, before mounting a challenge over the final 3 ends. Playing the last end in complete darkness, a 3 for Chris Lewis’s rink still wasn’t quite enough for City and County and Watlington triumphed by 4 shots.

In the other semi-final, Division 1 Champions Headington A were up against West Witney, with players from both sides returning from good performances at the National championships. Headington’s captain Mark Charlett was quickest out the blocks, with his rink going into a 10 shot lead after 7 ends. By the half way stage Headington were already 11 shots up on the game, with only Trevor Prew’s four ahead for West Witney. In the second half it was the Witney team who finished the stronger, winning most of the final few ends for a very tense climax. Despite the comeback though, West Witney ran out of ends and Headington held on – victorious by just 2 shots overall.

The final of the League Cup between Watlington and Headington A takes place on Thursday, 6th September, under the floodlights at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Semi-final results:
City & County A 60; Watlington 64: K Croxon 11, C Gilkes 14; A Ley 17, S Gilkes 20; C Pollard 13, S Cooper 18; C Lewis 19, S Watts 12.
West Witney 65; Headington A 67: T Prew 17, H Watts 16; K Alder 15, M Charlett 18; P Skidmore 14, J King 18; A McIntyre 19, I Snowdon 15.

Oxon ladies lose to Cambs in MEL

Last match of the season and the sun still shining.

A close fought Middle England League match at Kingsthorpe BC, up by 6 shots at 10 ends, then down by 5 at 18 ends, pulling back to lose by just 2 shots.

A win for Cambridgeshire with 107, and 11 pts; BOL 105, 6 pts

Jeanette Berry 21, P Mead 16
Pat Ostler 10, S Pinder 24
Sylvia Blackmore 11, P Ayres 19
Angela Ives 28, V Hughes 14
Carol Penson 14, J George 21
Wendy Cross 21, B Clutterbuck 13

An End Too Far

Condolences and congratulations to Headington’s Ian Henwood and Mark Charlett on reaching the Semi-finals of the Bowls England Men’s National Pairs Championship.

After earlier wins against Dorset 21-12 in round one and a 21-18 in round two against Devon, Gloucester provided a closer game in the last sixteen before losing to the Headington pair 15-16.

The quarter final against Cambridgeshire saw the Oxford lads back in their previous routine moving into the semi-finals on the back of a 23-13 victory.

Wednesday mornings semi-final saw them up against a Somerset pairing from the Watchet Bowling Club, which for those keeping up to date on the Bowls England live scoring was a close encounter with each pair creeping ahead before seeing their opponents pull back and then move ahead. After 21 ends, like the second semi-final, the teams could not be separated at 18 shots each. Unfortunately for the Oxfordshire lads the final was not to be as the Watchet bowlers took the extra end to move into the final, which they ultimately won against the West End BC pairing from Surrey.