County Top Club Trophy

Oxford City and County ladies retained the County Top Club Trophy with a win of 3-1 against Witney Town BC ladies in a hard fought battle at Kidlington BC on Sunday 26th September on a pleasantly warm autumn morning

 

Champion of Champions Day

   THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

    SATURDAY 25th SEPTEMBER

     OXFORD CITY & COUNTY BOWLS CLUB

RESULTS

              QUARTER  FINAL

        Bicester  (Rob Pink)             bt    Chipping Norton (Percy Hickman ) 

        Witney Mills (Chris Weller)   bt   Banbury Borough (Darren Sharpe)

Kidlington (JimFeeley)    bt    City & County (O Sharif)

West Witney (Kevin Alder)       bt   West  Oxford  (Alan Blackburn)

                 SEMI FINAL

                                       Bicester    (Rob Pink)        bt    Witney Mill (Chris Weller)

                                      West Witney (Kevin Alder)  bt    Kidlington (Jim Feeley)

                    FINAL

                              KEVIN ALDER (WEST WITNEY)  Bt  ROB PINK (BICESTER)

 

    17 Club Champions from across the County contested the Competition

     A Huge Thanks to:-

The Oxford City and County Bowls Club (Chris Lewis) for the use of their two excellent greens.The Ladies of the Club for providing refreshments throughout the day.Colin Pollard and Larry Eltringham for laying out and moving the rinks. All the Markers for the Day: Alex Fleming, Keith Croxon, David & Sandy Nash, Alan Ley, Nigel Satchell, Michel Grossnickel, John Hurren. Alex and Alan for their help in running the event. A fitting End to the Season

Thanks Paul D.

                KEVIN ALDER - CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2021

 

 

 

                                                    

Banbury Central, National Champions

Congratulations to Banbury Central on their National Competition success, winning the Tony Allcock Trophy for the second time, following on from their victory in 2018.

Their quarter final against the Alton Social BC, Hampshire, saw them take a comfortable win 28 shots to 12 with Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil taking a 15-7 win and Alan Carter, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion and Nigel Galletly having the same shot difference with their 13-5 scoreline.

 

Sunday mornings Semi final introduced them to the Essex double rink from Wanstead Central BC with Nigel's foursome having a match winning 11 shot 18-7 win to more than cover the 14-17 three shot deficit recorded by Keith's four.

 

The afternoon's final against the Bromley club from Kent produced an exciting game going down to the last end played, with Central hold shot and the game with the jack enticingly near the ditch. Four attempts by the Bromley back end trying to ditch the jack proved unsuccesful giving the Oxfordshire eight the closest of victories with a 28-27 scoreline. Keith McNeil's rink losing 10-15 and Nigel Galletly's four winning 18-12.

 

 

BOL Champion of Champions 2021

BOL Champion of Champions 2021

The Champion of Champions was played on Saturday 18th September 2021 at Chipping Norton BC with the winners of their ladies singles from 10 clubs.

Two very exciting semi finals took place with Karen Alder (West Witney) losing to Pat Brown (Chipping Norton) 16 – 21 and Wendy Sandy (Carterton) against Emily Baldwin (Blackbird Leys) losing by 18 shots to 21.

After a tight start Pat got into gear and won the final against Emily.

Congratulations to Pat and many thanks to Chipping Norton for hosting the competition and their hospitality on the day.

Oxfordhire Bowls League Cup Final

Oxfordshire Bowls League - League Cup Final Report 2021

 

This year’s League Cup final saw League champions Headington A face their B side under the floodlights at Kidlington - the first time that two teams from the same Club had met in the final. 

After the competition was cancelled in 2020, it was a welcome return to the Bowls calendar, with favourites Headington A marching to victory, to collect their 9th cup win in 11 seasons.

Both teams were celebrating winning their respective divisions, as Headington’s B team secured promotion to the top-flight for the first time.  However, it was the A side who were fastest out of the blocks, charging ahead by 13 shots after the first 6 ends. Howard Watts and Nathan Lewis establishing strong leads by the half-way stage, leaving the B side struggling to stay in contention. Battling performances from both Colin Whitehead and Shaun Claridge’s rinks, gave the B team a foothold in the game, but it was not quite enough to challenge their club-mates for the trophy - the A team eventually winning by 33 shots overall. Colin Whitehead’s four picked up a consolation win on their rink, managing to secure 3 shots on the last 2 ends to edge victory, and bring a fitting climax to the game.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented, ‘The final was played in great spirit; plus terrific support from the clubhouse and the Kidlington’s floodlights, all added to the occasion. It’s so good to be back! I would like to congratulate our B team for not only reaching their first League Cup final, but also for gaining promotion as Division 2 champions. I’d also like to thank Kidlington Bowls Club for being great hosts and supporters of the competition - this year hosting both the semi’s and the final’

The League’s vice-Chairman Martin Kershaw presented the trophy to Mark Charlett, congratulating the A team for finishing the season with a League and Cup double.

Result:     Headington B, 49 - Headington A, 82

C Whitehead 13, M Charlett 10; R Edwards 12, N Lewis 22;  S Claridge 15, J King 20; S Gould 9, H Watts 30.

 

Oxfordshire Bowls League vice-Chairman Martin Kershaw with Headington A captain Mark Charlett (left) and B side captain Kelvin Woodward (right)

A photograph of both Headington teams can be viewed in the OBA gallery tab.

BOL Blay Cup 2021

BLAY COMPETITION 2021

 

The Blay Competition was held on a lovely day on 12th September at West Oxford Bowls Club. The green was running well and it was a great pity that there were not more entries for this competition.

For the Blay Cup in the semi-final it was Jennie Lynch (South Oxford) versus Veta Bennett (Kidlington) and Adrienne Brown (Banbury Borough) versus Mandy Rodway (Kidlington) with Jennie Lynch versus Mandy Rodway for the final.  The winner was Jennie Lynch.

For the Blay Plate in the semi-final it was Joy Williams (Kidlington) versus Sheila Maton (West Oxford) and Maureen Osborne (Banbury Borough) versus Linda Sharman (Banbury Borough) with the final being played by Sheila Maton versus Maureen Osborne. The winner was Sheila Maton.

Well done all competitors and congratulations to the winners of both the Cup and the Plate.

With many thanks to West Oxford BC for their hospitality and hosting this competition.

 

Pam Willoughby – Blay Benevolent Secretary

Success for County Seniors at Leamington

 

Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts who were the runners up in the National Senior Pairs. 

 

Hawker Cup - Finals day

  HAWKER CUP

    SUNDAY 29th AUGUST 2012

    OXFORD CITY & COUNTY BOWLS CLUB

        RESULTS

SEMI-FINAL

CARTERTON  45     ADDERBURY   28

WEST WITNEY  45     BANBURY BOROUGH  37

PLAY OFF FOR 3rd& 4th PLACE

BANBURY BOROUGH  45       ADDERBURY  22

FINAL

WEST WITNEY    52     CARTERTON  23

WEST WITNEY -WINNERS OF THE HAWKER CUP

SEMI-FINAL

CARTERTON  45     ADDERBURY   28

WEST WITNEY  45     BANBURY BOROUGH  37

PLAY OFF FOR 3rd& 4th PLACE

BANBURY BOROUGH  45       ADDERBURY  22

FINAL

WEST WITNEY    52     CARTERTON  23

WEST WITNEY -WINNERS OF THE HAWKER CUP

OBL Outstanding fixtures for 2021

OBL League Cup Semi- Finals will be played under lights @ Kidlington BC at 6.15pm.  

1st  Semi-final - Witney Mills v Headington B - Thursday 2nd September 2021,  

2nd Semi-final - Adderbury v Headington A - Thursday 9th September 2021

The Final will be on Thursday 16th September 2021 at the same venue

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The Trevor Beaumont Trophy against the Oxfordshire Bowling Association is to be played on 23rd  September 2021 at Kidlington BC (under floodlights).

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DOMESTIC CUP FINALS DAY

                                           Oxfordshire Bowling Association

                                                  DOMESTIC FINALS

                                         Played at Burford Town Bowls Club

                                               Sunday 8th August 2021

                                                     ALLISON CUP

                                                       Semi-Final

                       Mick Jelfs( Adderbury)  21    bt      12    Eddie Abbey ( Charlbury )

                       Paul Jelfs (Adderbury )   21    bt     16   Paul Costin (Headington)

                                                            Final

                                    Paul Jelfs     21      bt      9    Mick Jelfs

                                                    LONGFORD CUP

                                                       Semi-Final

                     Keith Mobley (South Ox)  21   bt      13   Paul Comley (Headington)

                  Henry Beall (W/Witney)    21     bt      10   Omar Sharif (City & County)

                                                          Final

                                  Henry Beall  21       bt      19   Keith Mobley

                                                   OFFICERS CUP

                                                       Semi Final

                   Phil Gladden (Adderbury)  21    bt     10    Nigel Galletly (Ban Central)

                   Andy McIntyre (W/Witney) 21   bt     16    Keith Mobley (South Ox)

                                                           Final

                                 Andy McIntyre   21    bt     16    Phil Gladden

 

                       Photographs from the day can be found on the OBA Gallery tab

OBA Past Presidents v Surrey

At short notice, Kidlington BC hosted this years annual fixture between the Oxfordshire and Surrey Past President's Bowling Associations on Monday August 9th. After the heavy downpours the previous day in various parts of the country and mixed weather predictions for Monday, apart from a five minute light shower, the game was played  played in breezy and sunny conditions.

It was a pleasure to see nine of the Oxfordshire County Past Presidents playing in the game, Gordon Roper, Blackbird Leys (1997), Martin Workman, Bicester (2003), Allan Hunt, Banbury Central (2004), Mike Petersen, Oxford City & County (2005), Ian Whelpton, Banbury Central (2009), Michael Andrew, Banbury Central (2014), Bill Jarvie (Chipping Norton (2017), Michael Morris (Banbury Borough (2019) and Paul Demzcak, Witney Town (2020).

Chairman Bill Jarvie led his rink from the front followed by David Wedge, Ian Whelpton with Michael Andrew at skip in a very tight game against the Surrey PP President's rink. It was a four on the 12th that eventually put Bill's four in the lead by one shot. A five on the eighteenth opened up a six shot lead with victory in sight, Alas, two singles and a five on the last end saw the Surrey four take the game 21-20.

Mike Jones, Terry Gripe, Alex Fleming and Michael Morris collected the highest winning rink prizes after winning 13 ends. From 9 shots each after 10 ends, the Oxfordshire rink won seven of the remaining eleven ends 16-7 to run out winners on 24-16.

Alan Rowe, Martin Workman, Nigel Satchell and Michael Petersen Also won their game by eight shots, but won two ends less than Morris' rink. From eight all after 12 ends, the home rink collected 10 shots (including a 5), over the next four ends to open up a winning lead. Three shots for to five shots against was sufficient for them to take the win.

Bernie May, John McGeough, Keith Buckle and John Hurren were unlucky to lose by one shot 18-19. in a very close game in which they won 11 of the 21 ends. From 7-14 down after thirteen ends a five and a single over the next two ends broght them within one shot of the Surrey rink and with three ends remaining they were level. Unfortunately, the last three ends were all singles, two to Surrey and one to Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire's final foursome of Past Presidents, Allan Hunt, Gordon Roper and Paul Demczak, backed up by Kidlington's Chris Cox went off on a flier, 9-1 after only 5 ends. The next five ends went 9-1 in Surrey's favour, all square at the half way mark. After another five ends it was Surrey in the lead 19-12. A three, two singles and a drawn end brought the Oxfordshire rink within two shots but two singles to Surrey gave them their third winning rink, 21-17.    

Oxfordshire's 100 shots to Surrey's 90 followed on from the OBA's 1 shot win in the friendly in the first game back on the green this season. 

The banter on the green, which bowled well, sunshine on our backs, an after match meal with a well stocked bar and the usual Kidlington warm welcome gave the feeling that the game is on it's way back to how we remember it.

The Past President's now move on to Hertfordshire PP's on the 18th at Welwyn & District BC.

 

 

ANNUAL OBA LUNCH & Presentation of Trophies

President Paul Demczak

 

Cordially invites you and your ladies to join him,

fellow officers, members and guests at the

Oxfordshire Bowling Association

Annual Celebration Lunch

together with

Presentation of Trophies

 

Saturday 23rd October 2021

at

The Holt Hotel, Oxford Road, Steeple Aston,

OX25 5QQ 

 

12.15 for 1.00pm

 

Dress: Jacket and Ties (for Gentlemen)

Tickets £25 per person – menu choices will be sent to Clubs and should be returned by 20th September

 

YOUR SUPPORT WOULD BE WELCOME

RAFFLE PRIZES GRATEFULLY RECEIVED

BOL - Your County Needs YOU

BOWLS OXFORDSHIRE LADIES

YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU

 

BOL is in danger of being forced to cease operations unless new volunteers come forward to help in the administration of the day to day running of the county’s activities.

Every year all affiliated bowlers have the opportunity to enter county competitions.  Handbooks are issued detailing the calendar for the season, contact names and numbers for all competitors together with rules and regulations etc.  Greens are booked for semi finals and finals, for unbadged competitions and all other one day competitions.  Results are recorded and added to the web site so that everyone is kept informed of results and details of their next challenger.  All this information does not come together without a lot of work on the part of a few dedicated people.

This year (mainly due to Covid) has been a very difficult year for those organising your bowling activities with other counties cancelling games or insisting on games being played later in the season hoping for an improvement in the Covid situation.  Jeanette Berry, your County Secretary, has done a sterling job in putting together the county calendar in these difficult circumstances and making the arrangements for all county games and competitions to proceed as smoothly as possible.  On your behalf we wish to thank Jeanette for all the work involved in organising all of these events. 

County President(s):  BOL is currently in need of a President for 2022 together with a Senior Vice President and a Junior Vice President.

Treasurer:  Margaret Morris has been your Treasurer since 2015 but is intending to stand down at the end of next season (2022), therefore a new treasurer will be required to start that role for the 2023 season.  Many thanks to Margaret for all her hard work.

 Competition Secretary(s):  BOL has not had a dedicated Competition Secretary in recent years.  This season Jeanette has acted as competition secretary (alongside her role as County Secretary) and has carried out those duties in an exemplary manner attending county semi-finals and finals together with each Walker Cup game.  However this extra responsibility has proved to be a step too far and Jeanette will not be able to continue with these extra duties in the future.  We therefore need someone to come forward to take on the role of County Competition Secretary.  Please note this role could be split and shared if two people are willing to help.

Please be aware that without a County Competition Secretary there will be no County Competitions organised in future years.

For further information regarding any of the above roles, please contact Jeanette Berry on 01993 704374 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

BOL Executive Committee

OBA County Championships

        OXFORDSHIRE BOWLS ASSOCIATION

          Men’s 2021 County Championships

                         THE RESULTS

2 Wood  Singles           Champion  Mark Charlett (Headington)

                                      Runner Up  Nick Rae-Welsh (Headington)

4 Wood Singles            Champion  Jon Philpott  (Headington)

                                      Runner Up  DavidLeighfield (West Witney)

Pairs  Champions         Tim Jupp& Craig Morphet( Carterton)

                  Runners Up   Bernie May & Nathan Lewis (Headington)

       Triples Champions        Sam Watts, Ray Gaskins & Nick Rae-Welsh

                                                ( Headington)

                   Runners Up   Joe Justin,DavidClanfield& Paul Sharman

                                                   (Carterton)

Fours Champions           Rob Turley, Sammy Timms,RobClanfield

                             & Baden Sparkes( Carterton)

                   Runners Up  HenryBeale,WillParker,Kevin Alder

                             & David Leighfield (West Witney)

Senior Fours Champions      Alan Rowe, BobWright, JimFeeley

                                     & Paul McGrath  (Kidlington)

                   Runners Up   Bernie May,PaulComley,Ray Gaskins

                             & Howard Watts ( Headington )   

 

Oxfordshire Bowling Association -  Under 25 Final's
 
                 Pairs    Champions       Brandon King & Dan Swanson
                 Runners Up              Jon Danson & Ben Dickenson
 
                Singles   Champion        Dan Swanson
                Runner Up                 Joe Justin
 
 
ALL CHAMPIONS WILL REPRESENT OXFORDSHIRE at LEAMINGTON SPA
 

Ladies Senior Pairs

Another win for Oxfordshire Ladies.

Congratulations to Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) and Carol Gaskins (Oxford City and County).

Played at Headington BC on Wednesday 21st July on a very hot afternoon. 
They have  won the Area Final in the Senior Pairs for qualification to the National Finals at Leamington.

Balcombe Trophy match report

Balcombe Trophy – Regional Finals      -  18 July 2021

Oxfordshire v Kent

 On a blistering hot day Oxfordshire travelled to Bromley to play the regional finals of the Balcombe trophy. The morning semi final was against Kent who we had lost to the previous day in the Home Counties.

The rink of Keith Holloway, Kevin Alder, A J Docherty and Nick Rae-Welsh started slowly and where 6-8 down at the halfway stage. They then went up several gears, picking up 25 shots to Kent's 3 to win 31-11.

The other rink of Sam Watts, Shane Cooper, Jason King and Mark Charlett had a tighter game with Shane Cooper playing particularly well for the second day. Going into the last end they led 14-13, a dropped 6 didn't affect the result which was 45-30 to Oxfordshire.

Hampshire who had defeated a fancied Surrey side awaited in the afternoons final. Oxfordshire got off to a slow start on a difficult green and never really got going. It was one of those games where whatever you do just doesn't work and the luck was with Nick Rae-Welsh's opposite number who had a lot of running woods that somehow got results.

 

A big well done to all the players, on what was an extremely difficult day to play two games. Oxfordshire’s 3 supporters found it difficult enough watching.

The day was finished off with a slow journey home on the M25.

Home Counties Knock out Competition

Home Counties BA Knock out competition – 17 July 2021

Oxfordshire v Kent

Kidlington bowls club hosted the Home Counties knockout trophy match between Oxfordshire and Kent.  Oxfordshire started strongly and after 7 ends where leading by 22 shots. Kent kept clawing their way back and after 18 ends the scores where level at 95 each.

Over the last 3 ends Kent picked up 25 shots against Oxfordshire's 10 to win 120 - 105.

Kidlington did an excellent job as always  of looking after us.

Tomorrow we will be looking for revenge when we travel to Bromley to play Kent in the regional finals of the Balcombe trophy.

Oxfordshire scores first: J Bland, P Hickman, P Gladden, J King 14 D Hawmore 21 P Demczak, H Beal, W Campion, AJ Docherty 23 S Savage 21 J Justin, J MacDonagh, B Clarke, S Cooper 24 D Sterne 19 M Nash, D Tidball, T Ealey, N Rae- Welsh 18 S Wells 12 B King, R Green, W Parker, M Charlett 12 D Wetland 23 J Hurren, H Alder, C Morphett, D Leighfield 14 K Wetland 24

Oxfordshire 105 Kent 120

BOL Triples semi-finals

Played at Chipping Norton BC on Saturday 17th July in very warm conditions.

 
Many thanks to the hosts  who supplied us with tea and coffee, cold water and home made cake.
 
The Triple of Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes skipped by Lorraine Kuhler, got off to a flying start.
They were 15 - 2 up after 12 ends and then with Carole Galletly leading, Helen Young at 2 with Caroline Campion skipping picked up 6 shots in the next 4 ends.
Sadly this was not enough and conceded 16-8 after 17 ends, with a place in the Finals for Katherine's triple.
 
 With Helen Skidmore leading, Karen Alder at 2 and skipped by Jazmine Alder, against Jean Webb, Jackie Stafford and skipped by Daphne Jacob,  the other triples was finely balanced at ten ends, 8 all.
But the West Witney team managed to get ahead over the next few ends to end the game at 17-9 after 17 ends.
 
The County Final for a place at Leamington will now take place on Monday 19th July at Oxford City and County BC starting at 6.30pm between Katherine's triple (Oxford City and County) and Karen Alder's triple (West Witney BC).

Senior Fours Finals

The Semi-Finals and Final of the County Senior Fours was played at Chipping Norton  Bowls Club yesterday (July 11).
Unfortunatly only one Semi-Final was able to be played with Carterton sadly having to pull out when one of their players went down with Covid symptoms.
The Semi-Final that did take place was between Kidlington (Alan Rowe,Bob Wright,Jim Feeley and Paul McGrath) and Adderbury (Mick Jeffs,Brian Ray,Phil French and Phil Gladden)
Both rinks got away to an even start and on end 6 the score was 8-6; then slowly Kidlington pulled away with some excellent
bowling by all four of the rink but Phil pulled back to be behind 13-10 on end 10..This proved to be the last time Adderbury scored and Paul's men won 20-10
The Final then became between Kidlington and Headington (Bernir May,Paul Comley,Ray Gaskins and Howard Watts)
An even start by both rinks  and the score at end 6 was 7-4 in favour of Kidlington.Some excellent bowling from Kidlington moved the score onto 17-6 by end 11.Howard then picked up a 2 then a 5 to be behind 17-13 end 13.Paul then took the next two ends to win the match 19-13
Well done to the Kidlington Four who now represent the County at the National Finals
Huge thanks to Chipping Norton for hoasting the day an outstanding lunch provided by Roberta Jarvie and her band of
ladies in the Kitchen Bill behind the Bar and the weather stayed kind so an excellent Final's Day.

BOL Walker Cup match report

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOL WALKER CUP SQUAD  (BOL 33, Sussex 31)
 
Played at Suttons BC, Reading on Sunday 11th July.
A hard fought match winning by 2 shots for a place in the Area Regional Finals next Sunday, 18th July at Suttons BC. Surrey.
 
Carole Galletly, Helen Young, Donna Knight and Caroline Campion were 6 shots adrift at 9 ends and fought back to be level at 12 ends.  With the game fluctuating they picked up a glorious 5 and 2 on the last 2 ends to win by 5 shots.
 
Margaret Morris, Jeanette Berry, Katherine Hawes and Lorraine Kuhler had a very tight game, level 6 all at 10 ends and stuck on 10 for 7 ends while keeping the opposition down to singles.  At 19 ends they were 6 shots adrift but managed to pick up 3 shots on the last 2 ends to keep the difference to minus 3.
 
Well done and thanks to the supporters who came and cheered us on.

Middleton Cup Match report

Oxfordshire travelled to Tilehurst to face Buckinghamshire in the Middleton cup, which is being played on a knockout basis this season.
Jason Kings rink of Lee Young, Craig Morphett and Ray Gaskins gave their opponents a 15 start after 5 ends, the rest of the game was closer but they lost 27 - 10. A J Dochertys rink of Keith Holloway, Ady Kemish and Mark Sykes dropped a 3 and 4 on the last 2 ends to loose 17-15. David Leighfields rink of Bradley Squires, Chris Weller and Will Campion picked a 4 up on the last end to win 15-13. Paul Sharmans rink of Andy McIntyre, Brian Bloomfield and manager Kevin Alder after a slow start controlled their game to win 17-12. Mark Charletts rink of Sam Watts, James Gaskins and Ian Henwood lost 22-15.  Nick Rae Welsh's rink of Mick Jeff's, Paul Conley and Shane Cooper started well leading 8-2 but lost 18 shots without reply to loose 27-14. The final score was Oxfordshire 86, Buckinghamshire 118.
No complaints Buckinghamshire played well and we wish them well in the next round.
Alex Fleming
Oxfordshire BA

BOL 2 wood singles

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies played their 2 Wood Singles at Oxford City and County BC on Saturday 3rd July 2021. With thanks and appreciation to their officers for the use of their facilities and their hospitality.
 
13 Ladies from across the county took part and the semi finals were played between Margaret Morris (Banbury Borough) and Donna Knight (City and County).  A closely fought game with just a one shot win for Margaret Morris.
She will play Katherine Hawes (City and County)  in the Final, who played against Carole Galletly  (Banbury Central), another very close game, scores level with three ends left to play.   Katherine went ahead with a 2 and then 2 singles to win the game and face Margaret in the Final.

County Pairs Quarter -finals

      COUNTY PAIRS QUARTER FINAL'S
    THAME BOWLS CLUB MONDAY 28th JUNE
 
On a rather overcast, gloomy evening at Thame with intermittant drizzle we got away with the County Pairs on this Monday evening.
 
In the match between the pairs from Burford of John Hurren and Jack Lafford vs Jamie Wilkinson and Alan Prew from Banbury Borough, the two pairs got away to an even start after 4 ends.Some outstandind lead bowling by Jamie on or around the jack and Alan weighing in with some telling bowls, end after end, proved to be too much for John and Jack with Alan winning 19-7.
 
On rink 4 the match was between Tom White and Paul Hooley from Bicester and Bernie May and Nathan Lewis from Headington. The Headington pair pulled away to lead 16-5 after 10 ends, but by end 13 Paul managed to pull back to a score of 16-9 .Bernie and Nathan's constant pressure pulled them away to a lead of 22-10 on end 16 and this proved to be the end of the match.
 
Rink 2 saw Sam Watts and Nick Rae-Welsh from Headington against the Carterton pair of Tim Jupp and Craig Morphet; some steady bowling by both pairs saw the score in favour of Tim 10-8 after 10 ends. Some exceptional bowling by Craig when it mattered got Carterton away to a 16-9 lead on the 15 th end. Game on and with Nick picking up a 3 on the 16 end made the score 16-12. With a 3 on the 17th end by Tim and Craig made the score 19-12 and an end to the match.
 
Rink 5 put together Two pairs from Headington; Paul Comley and Colin Whitehead vs Steve Haigne and Paul Mabbutt. This match proved to be back and forth, end after end throughout, and by the 12th  end it was 12-11 to Colin. Paul and Steve then pulled away to lead 16-12 on end 14. In the gloom with this the remaining match on the green it was proving difficult to see what was going on, but on end 16 Colin was leading 17-16.  End 17 turned out to be end of the evening with Colin holding 4 shots, but with his last bowl Paul bowled an outstanding shot to take the end 17-17. Nailbiting  last end good bowls from all players in or around the jack but one telling bowl from Colin and Paul got the the necessary shot needed to win 18-17.
 
Huge thanks to Thame Bowls Club for the use of their Club House and green and to Bill Giles with his presence at the Draw for Rinks, Chris Shannon for the green.
 
County Official Alex Flemming helped with the draw and rink cards and with a last minute non availability of an Umpire Mick Morris standing in to carry out Umpire duties.
 
 Paul D  

Balcombe Trophy Victory for Oxfordshire

 OXFORDSHIRE THROUGH TO REGIONAL BALCOMB FINALS
                   
Oxfordshire played Middlesex in the Balcomb Trophy at Headington Bowls Club on Sunday morning. On a rather damp green and with intermittant rain showers the two Oxon Rinks got off to an excellent start and were 9-4 up after four ends.
The rink of Sam Watts, Shane Cooper, Jason King and skip Mark Charlett then when behind 16-6 after 12 ends, then some outstanding bowling by all rink members enabled them to take control of the match with scores of a 2,3,1,2,2,2 on the remaining ends with no reply from the Middlesex rink, resulted in a win for Mark  18-16.
 
On the other rink of Keith Holloway, Paul Comley, AJ Docherty and skip Nick Rae-Welsh got away to an even start and at end 10 Nick was in the lead 9-8. With Nick moving the jack length around and his rink members in or around the jack at most ends moved the score onto 17-13 after 17 ends. From then on with the Middlesex skip playing some VERY HEAVY bowls which proved to be a futile excercise with Keith, Paul, AJ and Nick's constant pressure made the final score 23-13.
 
Final score for Oxfordshire an excellent win 41-29 which moves us to the Regional  Finals at Bromley on the 28th July. Huge thanks to Headington Bowls Club as usual  for the Green, plentiful supply of Bacon and Sausage Baps and fluid refreshment.
 Paul D 
 

Walker Cup win for Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies versus Middlesex Ladies in the Walker Cup played at Banbury Chestnuts on Sunday 27th June 2021

Match won by 2 shots, 48 - 46

Lead Carole Galletly, 2 Katie Glenn, 3 Helen Young, Skip Caroline Campion against Ann Halliday's rink. Final result 23 for, 31 against.  After being 14 shots down with 7 ends left to play pulled back to just 8 shots down.

Lead Margaret Morris, 2 Jeanette Berry, 3 Carol Gaskins, Skip Donna Knight against Mandy Simpson's rink. Final result 25 for, 15 against. Got ahead and by half way managed to keep at least 10 shots ahead.   

Well done Ladies

Jeanette Berry

County Triples - Quarter Final evening

     County Triples Quarter Finals
                                    
                                                               Carterton and Headington progress to the Semi-Finals
 
                               
                                        Triples Quarter Finals took place last night at Headington Bowls Club. An excellent evening
                                        for Bowls; full sun and a light breeze greeted the players and spectators.The green in marvellous
                                        condition which proved appropriate with the standard of bowls from the players on the green.