County Finals Programme

                                   OXFORDSHIRE BOWLING ASSOCIATION
                                         COUNTY COMPETITION FINALS
                                           WITNEY TOWN BOWLS CLUB
                                   SUNDAY 25th JULY 2021   @   10.30 am
                                           Umpire  Iain Riach  ( Swindon )
                                        MORNING SCHEDULE   10.30 am Start
                TWO WOOD SINGLES        Nick Rae-Welsh  (Headington)
                                                              Mark Charlett    (Headington )
                SINGLES                               David Leighfield   ( West Witney )
                                                               Jon Philpott   ( Headington )
                UNDER 25 SINGLES             Dan Swanson  (Watlington )
                                                                Joe Justin  (Carterton )
                PAIRS                                      Craig Morphet   (Carterton )
                                                                 Nathan Lewis  (Headington )
                                                  AFTERNOON SCHEDULE   1.30 pm Start
                TRIPLES                                 Paul Sharman (Carterton )
                                                                Nick Rae-Welsh  (Headington )
                FOURS                                    Baden Sparkes ( Carterton )
                                                                Kevin Alder  ( West Witney )
                                                                 Available Refreshment's
                                                         Bacon Rolls /Coffee,Tea on arrival
                                                              Rolls etc to order for Lunch
                                                                        Bar open all Day   

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.

Ladies Triples Winners

Donna Knight, Katherine Hawes and Lorraine Kuhler won the ladies County Triples title with a display of excellent bowling to claim their place at the Leamington Nationals in August.





Walker Cup match report

Walker Cup Regional Finals – 18 July

Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies headed to Sutton BC, Surrey early Sunday morning, 18th July, with a clear blue sky hinting of a very hot day to come.

The semi final against Berkshire started with a close game with a 1 shot lead after 5 ends, 2 shot lead after 10 ends and a 3 shot lead after 15 ends.

Then the Oxon ladies gathered pace picking up 7 shots on both rinks to give a 15 shot lead after 18 ends.

The final score was 47 to Oxfordshire, 34 to Berkshire.

After a lunch break the two rinks then had to play against Kent in the final for a place at Leamington.

With the sun scorching down and it getting hotter with only a very slight breeze the girls battled in vain against a very strong Kent side who had narrowly beaten Surrey in the morning.

Caroline Campion's rink, with lead Carole Galletly, 2 Helen Young and 3 Donna Knight slipped to a 5 shot difference after 10 ends and struggled to gain any momentum against the very strong rink skipped by Wendy King.  Losing finally by 12 shots.

Lorraine Kuhler's rink with lead Margaret Morris, 2 Carol Gaskins, 3 Katherine Hawes slipped to a 7 shot loss after 10 ends then battled hard against the rink skipped by Sian Honnor (the England Team Manager) and with some great bowling in extremely hot conditions picked up to draw their game 18 all.   

Total score BOL 28, Kent 40.

Well done to all the bowlers on a very hot day.   You did us proud.

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).

Men's Singles Quarter Final Results

                                                           SINGLES QUARTER FINAL RESULTS
                                        PLAYED on Wednesday 14 July at BANBURY BOROUGH BOWLS CLUB
                                IAN HENWOOD ( Headington)   11    DAVID LEIGHFIELD (West Witney)   21
                                WILL CAMPION (Banbury Central) 21    ANDY McINTYRE (West Witney )  12
                                JON PHILPOTT (Headington ) 22        MICK NASH (Headington)  9
                                STEVE GOULD (Burford )    23        DARREN SHARPE  ( Banbury Borough )  19
                                                                SEMI-FINAL'S  WILL BE PLAYED AT
                                                SOUTH OXFORD BOWLS CLUB  SUNDAY 18th JULY

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

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

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 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.
                                        On rink one it was South Oxford's Keith Mobley up against Tim Jupp from Carterton.Tim's three
                                        were straight out of the block's and were 12 shots up after 7 ends. Steady progress by Keith moved
                                        the score to 12-6 after 11 ends then Tim's three, under skip Craig Morphet and Steve Aldren as lead
                                       pulled away to win the match 20-8.
                                        Rink two put Headington's Mark Charlett against Will Parker from West Witney an even start by
                                        both teams and it was 4-4 after 5 ends. Then unfortunately the wheels came off from West Witney
                                        and some outstanding  bowling from Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark moved the score onto 18-4
                                        on the 3th end for West Witney to call an end to the match.
                                        Rink three's match was between Paul Sharman from Carterton and Howard Watts from the Home
                                        Club Headington. Paul got away to an excellent start and was leading 12-2 after 9 ends but that
                                        score did not totally reflect the standard of bowling from both triples. Howard pulled back to 14-10
                                        after 16 ends but a three from the Carterton Boys Joe Justin, David Clanfield and Paul made it
                                       17-10 and the end of the match.Outstanding bowling from both triple's made an excellent quarter final.
                                        On rink four Alan Prew's  Banbury Borough triples of Himself ,Aj Docherty and Mark Sykes were up
                                        against  Headington's  Nick Rae-Welsh ,Ray Gaskins and Sam Watts. This match made for the
                                        spectators on the night compulsive viewing nip and tuck all the way to the 8th end with the score
                                        5-5. It was then Nick who pulled away to lead 13-5 after 11 ends but a 5 and the a 3 on the next two
                                        ends from Alan made it 13-13 game on.With all the other matches now finished and the green empty
                                        all eyes were on this match.On the 16th end the score was 16-16 but a short jack from the Banbury Boys
                                        and a few lose bowls allowed Nick to pick up a 3 to lead 19-16 with one end to be played.
                                       Then probably the longest end of the entire evening with Banbury needing three to take it to an extra end
                                        it was shot for shot to both teams.It was down to both skip's with their last two bowls each to decide
                                        the result dispite Alan's best efforts Nick's two proved more decisive and Headington picked up a final 2
                                        shots to win the match 21-16.
                                        Which now means its Mark up against Nick both from Headington and Paul against Tim both from                                                      Carterton in the County Semi-Finals at South Oxford.
                                        A  great evening of bowls a HUGE thanks to the Headington Club for hoasting the event an abundance
                                        of Burgers and Hot Dogs on offer and liquid refreshment flowing to all of us there on a hot sunny evening.
                                        Must say a word of Thanks to  Dennis Crook and his Team for producing an excellent bowling surface.
                                        Dennis who was busy all evening sanitising mats,jack etc and arranging the Changing Rooms to allow
                                        social distancing for the teams.
                                        Also my personal thanks to Alex Flemming,Mick Morris,John Henwood from the County for their                                                          attendance and Paul Comley the County Umpire for the evening
                                          Paul D         

Two Wood Singles championship

Brief report of the Two Wood Day
 by Paul Demczak
Headington to Contest the County Two Wood  Semi-Finals
The County Two Wood Competition took place on Sunday 30th May at South Oxford and City & County.
24 Players at South Oxford and 25 Players at City & County playing down to the last Two players at
both venues.
The day got off to a rather damp and misty start but by the quarter Final stage at lunch time the Sun
came out but Both playing surfaces were excellent so no complaints credit to both greenkeepers.
At the Semi-Final stage at City and County three players from Headington and one from West Witney
were still in contention. Colin Whitehead vs Nathan Lewis with Colin coming out the victor 15-5 and in
the other Semi-Final Mark Charlett vs Henry Beal with Mark being the victor 15-8. Huge thanks to
Brian Flitter for running the day and the committee at City and County for the facilities.
At South Oxford the Semi-Final stage consisted of all four from the Headington Club.
James Gaskins vs Paul Mabbutt with James winning 15-8 and in the other Semi-final Nick Rea-Welsh
vs Ian Snowdon Nick coming out on top 12-7. Thanks to the South Oxford Club for the facilities of the day.
Therefore the County Two Wood  Semi-Finals at South Oxford on the 18th July will be an all Headington
affair with James Gaskins vs Nick Rea-Welsh and Mark Charlett vs Colin Whitehead.
Great to be back playing Competition Bowls.

National Championship - Fours - Quarter Finals

The Fours are heading West.

At last evenings Four’s Quarter-finals it was the four entries from the west of the county who came out on top, qualifying for the Semi-finals to be played at the South Oxford bowls club on July 18th.

After last season’s wipe out of the National Championships, it was good to see bowlers back in action on the Oxford City & County green and a good following of spectators.

Defending champions, Sam Watts, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett found the Burford rink of John Hurren, Tim Ryan, Tim Stacey and Jack Lafford too hot to handle. After dropping a 3 on the first end, the Burford quartet collected 9 shots over the next four ends and never looked back, closing the game 17-9 with an end to spare.

The game at the other end of the green on rink 6 produced the same scoreline 17-9, also finishing after 14 ends. Although the ends were shared it was a 7 on the sixth end that put Carterton’s Rob Turley, Sammy Timms, Rob Clanfield and Baden Sparkes in command against Adderbury’s Mick Jelfs, Brian Ray, Ted Eley and Phil Gladden. The rink from the north of the county drew within three shots of levelling the game at eleven ends but six shots against over the next three ends proved too large a deficit to make up.

West Witney foursome of Bradley Squires, Will Parker, Kevin Alder and David Leighfield went off on a flier against their South Oxford opponents, Tony Lynch, Nigel Cattell, Dave Lyne and Dave Tidball, starting with a 7 on the first end on their way to a 12-0 scoreline after four ends. Then the wheels came off.

The South Oxford boys picked up seven of the next eight ends to close the gap to just two shots before the Witney four took two of the last three ends to move into the semi’s with a 17-13 win.

The final game of the evening was a nail biter with Carterton’s Joe Justin, Steve Aldren, Tim Jupp and Paul Sharman up against Banbury Central’s Chick Boyd, Ian Gilbert, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil. After 9 ends the scores were level at 8 all, five ends to Central and four, including two three’s, to Carterton.

Three shots each over the next five ends left them level 11-11 with one end to go. There was not going to be a crazy penalty shoot-out in this game.

McNeil’s last wood left Central holding three with Sharman having the last bowl. Three quarters of the way down the green it looked as if it was going to hit short woods before a fine glance brought it to a position requiring a measure by the umpire before the shot was shown to be in Carterton’s favour.

Thanks go to the Oxford City & County Bowls Club for the use of their facilities and to the lady members who ensured that the Covid guidelines were adhered to and also to the players and spectators who complied with them.

Excitement, Surprises, Happiness and Sadness, we are back bowling again.

BOWLS BIG WEEKEND and other Recruitment drives

Well done to everyone, for participating in the Bowls Big Weekend. Success rates were variable across the county with the town clubs attracting the most number of potential bowlers. Good luck for converting this interest into additional members for your clubs. 

Some clubs have alternative plans for recruiment this year and are yet to hold their open days. There is a general need to recruit new players to the sport, so we will happily display details if you wish to tell us what you have planned.

Currently we have been advised of the following:

Kidlington Bowls Club

Due to long-standing fixtures the club is unable to participate in the big bowls weekend. Therefore we are holding an open day on Sunday 6th June between 10.00 and 14.00. We would like to invite people of all ages to try what is a Covid safe sport. The club has recently added level access to aid entry on and off the green. A target competition is to be held through the day and refreshments will be available. For more information please contact Sue on 01865373314.Other information will be displayed , as received.


County team Fixtures - 2021

  Oxfordshire Bowling Association matches 2021

 The beginning of the 2021 season has been severely disrupted by the restrictions placed on the number of people allowed on a green, but changes to the Inter-county Competitions have been confirmed and details of matches are shown on the fixture list and within the diary.

 The Govt road-map indicates that social distancing laws will be relaxed from June 21 at the earliest and as a result, the County friendlies commence from 22 June onwards. We anticipate these will all be six rink matches.

An invitation to play and indicate availability will be circulated to all past players shortly and new players would be welcome too. However, new players will need to indicate a desire to play, via their club's OBA representative, who will ensure the selection committee are aware.

Oxfordshire County League - Fixtures 2021

 Oxfordshire County League 2021

 The confirmed and updated fixtures for the 2021 season have been posted on this site.

Please note the temporary changes to the rules for 2021:

1.  The format will be 3 x Rinks & 1 x Triples (The Triples from each side will play each other)

2.  To enable a full team to be selected, all club members can be considered for selection. Alternatively, you can play with 12 bowlers but in the event that the triples play against the rinks, the triple will lose 25% of their score (as in world bowls laws of the sport of bowls Section 2.4 39-2.2). Triple against triple: a point to the winner or half a point each if the game is drawn.


BE confirm the draw for Inter county Comps

   Bowls England have changed the traditional round robin matches for the inter-county competitions to a straight knock out competition commencing with area groupings, for this year only:

   The draws have recently been announced and the fixtures for Oxfordshire Ladies, Men and Juniors is as follows:

Middleton Cup - 10 July - v Buckinghamshire (at a neutral venue). - 10.30 am at Tilehurst BC, Reading.

Walker Cup  - 27 June  -  v Middlesex (H) - 1.30 pm at Banbury Chestnuts BC

Balcomb Trophy - 11 July - Middlesex (H) - 10.30 am at Headington BC

White Rose Trophy - 20 June - Buckinghamshire (A) - at Gerrards Cross BC, at 1030 hrs.

Home Counties matches

 The Home Counties Bowling Association has decided that the Home Counties League will not be played this year, but will be replaced by a straight knock out competition.

The first games will be played on Saturday, 17 July and Oxfordshire have been drawn at home to Kent. Further details will be published when arrangements have been made.

For information, the Junior Home Counties League will continue as planned. 


National Competitions 2021 - Changes to format & dates

 On 25 March 2021, we received notification of changes to the rules for National championships and National Competitions. We also received new dates for inter-county matches within the National Competitions.

 National Championships will follow the Commonwealth Games format for 2021, with the exception of inter-county fixtures. This means that apart from singles events, all others either have fewer bowls per player or less ends. Full details are contained on the information page under Competition rules for 2021.

The Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy and White Rose Trophy will now become knock out events for 2021, rather than starting with regional round robin games. The fixture list and diary pages have been altered to reflect the new programme.

Similar changes have been made for the Ladies, for their respective inter-county competition fixtures.

The programme for all National Finals has also been changed and will be over a shorter period (Aug19-Sept5). As a result only the winners of county finals will go forward to represent Oxfordshire this year. Details of all finals are shown on the diary pages.

Further details can be found on the Bowls England website.

Goring Clubs merge to form the Goring and Almshouses Bowls Club


We are delighted to learn that Goring Bowling Club and Goring Heath Bowls Club have successfully amalgamated into a new club to be known as Goring and Almshouses Bowls Club. Congratulations to David Watson and both sets of officials for managing this change and good luck for the work ahead of you.

Both clubs had been experiencing low numbers of members in the recent past, which made the two previous clubs difficult to sustain, so this was a very sensible solution, even though not easy to achieve. That process is now almost complete, with all necessary member voting completed in favour of the merger.  The exact mechanism is that Goring Heath Bowls Club (Almshouses) has changed its name to "Goring and Almshouses Bowls Club" and Goring Bowling Club has voted to dissolve and transfer all assets and members to the new Goring and Almshouses Bowls Club.

A new committee has been elected and has held its first meeting (virtually, of course).  For this season at least, both the original greens will be kept in operation, with Oddfellows Triples League matches played at Goring and friendlies at The Almshouses. David Watson has been elected secretary of G&A BC.  He would appreciate all communications coming to their new email address:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

They have a new website up and running at:

Details of key appointments and contact details have been updated on this website under the “Affiliated Clubs” tab.

Current members and potential new bowlers in the Goring area, will be eternally grateful to club officials for this initiative and we look forward to seeing the new club thrive in the future.

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OBA Bowls Clothing

We are pleased to offer the ability to purchase OBA bowls attire online for people that intend to play county matches next season or to assist those established players that may have lost weight or gained a few lbs. 

Please take a look at the "SHOP" tab and plan ahead rather than purchasing on the day you intend to play.

We hope to extend the clothing on offer on this site, to save bowlers from having to search for their requirements in the future.

Please take a look.


2021 County Competitions and Affiliation fees

 A timely reminder

Entries for the 2021 National Competitions & County Domestic Competitions are now closed and details of the draw can be found on this website

To enable clubs to more accurately predict their membership for 2021, given the fact that the pandemic completely disrupted the last season, the return date requested by Bowls England is 1 May. Therefore can all clubs please forward your list of players, togther with the fees due to Peter Cross by 24 April 2021 to ensure we meet this deadline.  

 The forms were sent to the Club Secretaries some time ago.Thanks.

As vaccines will be available in the New Year, we are optimistic that we should have a full programme outdoors in 2021.

Please make this a new year’s resolution to send these important details to us by the dates shown. Thanks for your anticipated assistance.

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