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  
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