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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.

Oxon ladies beat Hants in friendly.

Bowls Oxfordshire ladies beat Hampshire in a friendly played at Witney Town BC on Wednesday 22nd August, penultimate game of the season, a win on all rinks.

BOL 130, Hampshire 82.

Carol Penson 21, B Sparling 14
Wendy Cross 17, C Hamilton 14
Caroline Bloomfield 25, J Gould 10
Jeanette Berry 21, M Leppard 17
Daphne Jacob 21, J McAusland 15
Carol Gaskins 25, L Athersuch 12

Bowls England Senior Pairs Title comes to Oxfordshire

Hawker cup winners 2018Congratulations to Paul Comley & Colin Whitehead who won the Bowls England National Men’s Senior Pairs Competition, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

The Headington duo defeated Cornwall’s Ronnie Thomas and Kevin Williams 24-7 in Sunday’s final.

The victory ensured that Colin joins a distinguished group of people to have won both the Men’s Senior Singles and Senior Pairs, following his success in the Men’s Senior Singles in 2010, in a game which will be remembered by those of us who were present, for the horrific wet and windy conditions down at Worthing.

In the Sunday mornings semi-final, they secured a 24-10 victory over nearby Buckinghamshire rivals Neil Farnish and David Simpson from Gerrards Cross BC.

On their way to the title, Colin & Paul had comfortable wins against pairings from Huntingdonshire 28-11 in the first round, a second round 28-2 win against Lancashire and a 21-16 quarter-final success against Lincolnshire.

Silverware for the Morris’s

OBA Deputy President Mike Morris and his wife, BOL Treasurer Margaret won the Friends of English Bowling members, two-wood pairs competition, during the National Championships on Tuesday.

Their success was achieved after playing five 15 end rounds of 2-wood pairs and culminating in a win against last years losing finalists, from Huntingdonshire. A busy day.

Hawker cup semi finals and final

This Sunday’s Hawker Cup semi finals and final will be hosted at Oxford City and County bowls club.

Semi finals will commence at 09:30.

The semi finals are:

Headington A vs Adderbury
Watlington A vs Carterton A

The final and third place play off will be played in the afternoon.

Oxon men beat Bucks in a friendly

Oxfordshire were on the road last week for the short journey to neighbouring Buckinghamshire to play at Marlow on Tuesday 14th August.

Although Oxfordshire won only half the rinks the other 3 were in resounding form, all 3 with wins in double figures, to give the travellers the match by 31 shots.

Deputy President Mick Morris again led the team in the absence of President Dorling.

Oxfordshire 130 shots, Buckinghamshire 99.

Rink scores
Ron Slater Alex Fleming David Wedge Alan Wase lost 16-20.
Chris Lewis Colin Haley Brian Clarke Brian Bloomfield won 32-9
Barry Willoughby Roy Radband John McGeough Mick Morris lost 17-18
Paul Demczak Andrew French John Hurren Ken Williams won 24-11
Mike Jones John Timms Philip Warner Alan Ley lost 14-26
Steve Tolhurst Tony Backer-Holst Martin Oliver Mike Andrew won 27-15

League final week

Is it really fourteen weeks since the season started? It still does not feel as though it is all over until 2019!

My apologies to those players and clubs that might feel hard done by in that I have not included their achievements as well as they thought I should have but I can only detail so much each week. This week, I must concentrate on the games that were important to the promotion and relegation battles, to the exclusion of some others.

We know that Headington are Division 1 champions and that Kidlington are relegated but the second and third places were up for grabs as, more importantly, was the final relegation spot. Headington still had two matches to play, both potentially changing league positions. Their first, postponed due to a clash with a national competition, was against West Witney, who needed to win to challenge Banbury Central for second place. As it transpired the match was a little one sided and West’s challenge was over. The second was against Watlington, who were in danger of relegation! A much closer affair but a similar outcome saw Watlington come away with a single point, won by Sam Watts’ rink that pulled away winning the last six ends. This left the club five points clear of both Witney Mills and City and County and, probably, safe for the season.

Chris Weller’s rink won easily for Witney as did Chris Lewis for City and County, so Witney were still a half point ahead but with both clubs looking to take the match points after the initial big wins.

Alan Wiggin’s men were held at thirteen ends but won six of the last seven to take their game comfortably for Witney whist Omar Shariff’ rink outplayed Central’s Nigel Galletly to take a fourteen shot lead at nine ends. Hard as the opposition tried they were unable to close the gap and City won another point.

Chris Cox took a six shot lead for Kidlington in his match, but Richard Barrett’s men knew how important the match was and fought back only but, ultimately lost by a single shot; For City Colin Pollard’s men led early but dropped a six to Central and were unable to regain the lead, so the season was on the final rinks of the matches!

John Mott’s men led by five for Witney after twelve ends but only won one more end as John Healey’s rink fought back but it was just too big a lead to bridge and Witney Mills ensured their survival as City could not overtake them. Alan Ley and Mick Andrew’s rinks were unaware of this, so their battle still mattered and battle it was! Alan led throughout but was unable to draw away despite going nine shots up after five ends. The Central rink slowly closed the gap and the game was level at seventeen ends, the final end win for Mick finally relegated City and County. Division 2 beware!

As for that division, Carterton were already confirmed as champions and Hanborough to relegation, so the battles were for the final promotion and relegation places. Chipping Norton needed a big win to stay up at Shiplake’s expense. As they were away at relegated Hanborough they had a good chance and they grabbed it with both hands. Percy Hickman’s rink provided the killer blow coming from fifteen eight down with three ends to play and still three shots down starting the final end they won the final end by six shots to take their game and keep Chippy in Division 2 for another season.

The promotion stakes were high, either Witney Town or South Oxford would be promoted. The latter were away at runaway leaders Carterton and did well to take two rinks but those two points meant that Witney only needed to match that result to go up. They were away as well, at Charlbury and, in a bizarre result only possible in bowls they tied one rink and won one but that, by Tim Ludlow’s men, was by a massive twenty-five shots. The two match points that win guaranteed were enough and they play in the top division next year.

Division 4 was an altogether clearer cut affair. West Oxford were heading the promotion race but needed to win and match rivals Chadlington’s result. However, they were hosting a Bloxham team that could still be promoted but only if they took at least five points and South Oxford and Chadlington tied their match. Bloxham arrived ready for battle and did all they could, winning comfortably on three rinks and drawing the last only because John Parker’s men scored six shots on the final end for the home side. The other teams involved played each other knowing that they needed a big win to ensure that they finished second ahead of the losers. John Cope’s men provided South with a chance winning by scoring a six and a five in the last five ends to open a big gap. However, Chadlington’s three other rinks had different ideas, winning comfortable to give their club the five points they needed to finish second and play in Division 3 next year.

Match results
Final league table
Printable report