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Oxfordshire bowls league cup final

League Cup Winners 2017

Headington A were looking to crown a record breaking season, by becoming the Oxfordshire Bowls League Cup champions for the fourth year in a row.
Having celebrated reaching the final for the first time, their opponents Witney Town brought plenty of support to cheer their team on. With the floodlights warming up ready to brighten up the Kidlington green, the stage was all set.

Unfortunately for the Witney challengers it was already looking ominous after the first 3 ends, as the League Champions got quickly into their stride. By the half way point Headington A had already amassed an unassailable lead, with only Witney Town’s President, Alan Scholan, ahead on his rink.

By 15 ends all four Headington rinks were comfortably in front and the defending Champions continued their good form and marched on to victory – remaining unbeaten in the League and Cup for the whole season. Ray Gaskins skipped the highest winning rink for Headington, with Mick Nash, Norman Rae, and Colin Whitehead completing the four.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘It’s been a great year for our Club, winning the League by a record number of points and claiming the Hawker Cup and League Cup in the last 2 weeks. But I’d also like to offer congratulations to Witney Town, for reaching their first ever League Cup final, and to the many bowlers from across Oxfordshire who have done so well at this year’s National competitions – the best the County has done for many years!’

Headington A 94; Witney Town 45: H Watts 18, A Scholan 15; R gaskins 31, B Bloomfield 7; J King 26, P Demczak; M Charlett 19, T Ludlow 9.

Oxon ladies lose to Cambs in MEL

Another disappointing league result and the last match of the season with only two winning rinks against Cambridgeshire.

Cambridgeshire 124.3, BOL 96
13 pts, 4 pts.

Carol Penson 18, C Hollingsworth 25
Carol Nall 11, S Pinder 25
Wendy Cross 8, B Clutterbuck 23
Pam Shepherd 14, S Alexander 22
Jeanette Berry 19, V Hughes 8.3 (only 3 players)
Marion Darton 26, S Ritchie 21

13. Lucky for some – Oxon men beat Berks

13 was a lucky number for OBA President Bill Jarvie when he led his team to a 122-109 victory against local neighbours, The Royal County of Berkshire, in today’s friendly fixture at the Caversham Bowls Club.
At the half way mark the rinks were shared three apiece with the OBA fourteen shots ahead at 59-45. The mark had been set and the winning and losing rinks stayed the same through to the end of the match. At fifteen ends the gap had closed to nine, 84-75 in Oxfordshire’s favour, but three ends later it looked as if the hosts had got their act together as they moved into a three shot lead, 101-98. A strong finish over the remaining ends produced a 24 –8 scoreline for the visitors which was enhanced by a six on the last end played on Alan Ley’s rink.
Mike Jones, Deputy President Eddie Dorling, Allan Hall and skip Richard Barnett will claim no doubt claim the victory was down to their fifteen shot win.

An added sweetener for OBA President Bill Jarvie was the fact that this was the first Friendly County fixture of the season that the Royal County had lost.

Rink results:
Colin Haley, Tery Gripe, Mick Morris, Paul Robbins won 24-18.
Mel Cameron, Allen Smith, John Benfield, Alan Ley won 23-14.
Chris Lewis, Bill Jarvie, Alan Wase, Brian Bloomfield lost 20-22.
John McGeough, John Timms, Ken Williams, Ian Whelpton lost 12-22.
Mike Jones, Eddie Dorling, Allan Hall, Richard Barnett won 29-14.
Ron Slater, David Bullock, David Wedge, Mike Andrew lost 14-19.

The Caversham club and it’s members had been perfect hosts as they brought the day to a close with one of the best aftermatch meals of the season.

Men’s league cup

This year’s League Cup semi-finals at South Oxford saw a clash between Kidlington and Witney Town from Division 2 on one of the green, and Headington A and Watlington from Division 1 on the other. With both greens running exceptionally well, the shorter nights meant that the last of the 18 ends finished in the dark, but the heads still remained competitive throughout.

Nearest the clubhouse it was League 2 champions Kidlington facing third place Witney Town, with honours even in the League this season. Kidlington started the brighter, but after the first few ends were only slightly ahead. Although the advantage swayed back to Witney Town half way through, there was never more than a handful of shots across the game. Despite 2 winning rinks for Kidlington, a strong finish from Tim Ludlow’s men, and a 4 shot victory for Paul Demczak’s four, saw Town win the match by 6 shots overall – and clinch their first ever Cup final place.

In the other semi-final, Division 1 runners-up Watlington were looking to cap a great first season in the top flight and were buoyed on by having the new National Two Wood champion Sam Watts in their side. However the challenge was never going to be easy, as they faced League champions Headington A, who had also won the League Cup in 6 of the last 7 years. After just a first few ends Headington had already established a good lead in the game, with captain Mark Charlett and Nick Rae-Welsh quickest out of the blocks for the Champions. Watlington’s rink, skipped by Chris Gilkes, were also quickly into their stride, but by the half way point Headington were in control of the game. Despite a late rally from Gordon Hooker’s rink, it proved to be just a consolation for Watlington, with Headington marching through by 13 shots.

The final of the League Cup takes place this Thursday, 7th September, under the floodlights at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Semi-final results:
Kidlington 59; Witney Town 65: C Cox 18, T Ludlow 25; M Petersen 11, P Demczak 15; J Hardie 17, A Scholan 13; P McGrath 13, B Bloomfield 12
Headington A 72; Watlington 59: H Watts 21, C Gilkes 18; M Charlett 19, A Kemish 11; J King 14, G Hooker 18; N Rae-Welsh 18, S Cooper 12

More Leamington achievements

In addition to the men’s achievements at Leamington this year, there are two more groups that should be added to the 2017 success story for Oxfordshire bowlers.

Firstly, congratulations go to Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion from the Banbury Central club who reached the semi-finals in the National Women’s Senior Fours Championship and secondly, the kaleidoscopic rink of Carole Galletly (Banbury Central), Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington) who were finalists in the National Mixed Fours Competition.

Oxfordshire’s achievement’s at the 2017 ‘Nationals’ is going to take some beating in the future.

Oxon beat Glous in friendly by 8 shots

Oxfordshire Travelled to Cheltenham on Wednesday 30th August for the annual friendly against neighbours Gloucestershire. Losing 4 rinks the results on the rinks skipped by Alan Ley and Mick Morris were sufficient to give Oxfordshire victory by 8 shots.

Oxfordshire 120 Gloucestershire 112

Paul Demczak Tony Backer-Holst Mike Jones Ian Whelpton lost 13-16
Mel Cameron Percy Strange Alex Fleming Brian Bloomfield lost 18 -24
Alan Carter Eddie Dorling David Wedge Mick Morris won 30-16
Kevin Washington David Byers Phil Warner Paul Robbins lost 16-22
Brian Ealey John Timms Alan Wase Richard Barnett lost 12-21
Steve Tolhurst Roy Radband John Benfield Alan Ley won 31-13

Home counties team snatch a draw from the jaws of victory

A beautiful day for bowling on Saturday saw the OBA playing away to Buckinghamshire at the Stony Stratford bowls Club in the final game of this season’s HCBA Denny league.

At stake was the wooden spoon, with Oxfordshire having had their worst season in the league for a long time and having this last chance of notching up a victory to lift them from the bottom of the league.

In a close game on the scoreboard a six shot lead across the rinks after ten ends turned into a five shot deficit after fifteen ends and worse still a sixteen shot shortfall after eighteen. With one end left to play the OBA had fought back and had moved into a three shot lead on the game but were unable to hold on to the third wood which would have produced a one shot victory and lifted them off the bottom. The three dropped shots on the last end played, left the game all square at 126 shots each, three winning rinks each and 11 points each.

Ron Slater, Steve Jones, Mike Andrew, Baden Sparkes won 25-19
Paul Demczak, Bill Jarvie, Paul Robbins, David Leighfield lost 17-18
Harvey Alder, Kevin Washington, Paul Skidmore, Paul Comley lost 11-28
Adrian Kemish, Bradley Squires, Steve Aldren, Alan Ley won 21-19
Henry Beall, Terry Gripe, Ian Whelpton, Kevin Alder won 32-14
Alan Carter, Alex Fleming, Andy McIntyre, Shane Cooper lost 20-28

Congratulatons to Sam Watts, National 2 Wood Champion

Sam Watts. National 2 wood champion 2017Watlington’s Sam Watts has won this years National Two Wood Singles at the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.

His success rounded off one of the best years for the Oxfordshire men in many years, 2006 being the last time the County had a National Championship, thanks to Greg Moon and Gary Lucas from the Banbury Borough club.

It also shows credit to the improvement shown by the Under 25’s over the last nine years.

In addition to Sam’s achievement, the County also had no fewer the 3 semi-finalists in the Junior Singles , Pairs & Triples and each lost out to the eventual winner.

How did they fare?

Junior Singles
David Leighfield (West Witney), Semi-finalist.
Shane Cooper (Watlington,) 2nd round.

Junior Pairs
Orren Bennett (Carterton), David Leighfield, 1st round.

2 wood Singles
Sam Watts (Watlington), NATIONAL CHAMPION.
Stuart Richens (Carterton) won prelim, lost in 1st round.

4 wood Singles
Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) won prelim, lost in 1st round.
Ray Gaskins (Headington), last 16.

Pairs
Will Parker, Kevin Alder (West Witney), Semi-Finalists.
Darren Sharpe, AJ Docherty (Banbury Borough), 1st round.

Triples
Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Howard Watts (Headington) won prelim, lost 1st round.
Colin Whitehead, Ray Gaskins, Nick Rae-Welsh, Semi-finalists.

Fours
Jon Philpott, Nathan Lewis, Gary May, Howard Watts, 2nd round.
Tim Jupp, Steve Aldren, Stuart Richens, Paul Sharman (Carterton) last 16.

Senior Fours
Tim Jupp, Gordon Walker, Steve Aldren, Paul Sharman (Carterton), 2nd round.

Banbury Central crowned ladies county top club champions

Banbury Central won the ladies county top club final against Shiplake played at Thame Bowls Club on Sunday 27th August.

Banbury Central 3, Shiplake 1.

Singles: Mo Cox 21, Helen Robinson 7.
Pairs: Mary Tee and Pam Shepherd 32, Jackie Stafford and Sylvia Blackmore 16.
Triples: Eloise Jones, Gill Sharpe and Myra Lewis 23, Elaine Robinson, Jean Webb and Daphne Jacob 13.
Fours: Melody Sykes, Bev McNeal, June Bone and Anne Norton 12, Sue Read, Sheila Cranston, Ruth Copp and Wendy Cross 23.

Oxfordshire under 25 day

Watlington will host the 10th Annual Oxfordshire Under 25s Day on Sunday 27th August 2017 at 10.00am.

All junior (Men’s Under 25s and Ladies Under 31s) players in Oxfordshire are invited to come and take part in this popular competition which is now in its tenth year. If you are young enough and play bowls (or would like to start) you are eligible to play. All you need is flat shoes and enthusiasm. Bowls provided if needed.

There is no cost to any player and a free lunch and drink are provided.

Spectators are equally welcome so please come along. It’s always a good day! There will be a barbecue, bar, raffle and refreshments.

For further details please contact Steve Gilkes on 07868 435052 or at srgilkes64@gmail.com.

Watlington Bowls Club (carparking), Shirburn Street, Watlington, Oxon OX49 5BU