This year’s League Cup final saw defending champions Headington A make it a League and Cup double for the third year in a row, securing a nail-biting victory against close rivals Banbury Central A in a repeat of last year’s final.

Once again hosted under the floodlights at Kidlington, Headington were quickest out of the blocks, opening up a 19 shot lead on the game after just 7 ends. At the halfway stage,Headington remained ahead on 3 of the 4 rinks, with captain Mark Charlett’s four leading the charge.

However, in a game of 2 halves, Central adjusted far better to the floodlights and the changing green conditions, mounting a terrific comeback to push the match to an exciting climax.

With the Central skips of AJ Doherty, Nigel Galletly and Will Campion winning most of the remaining ends, Headington’s comfortable lead started to reduce rapidly.

Thankfully for Headington, Jason King’s four had finished their game early, coming off with a resounding 25-6 victory. However, with Central’s captain Will Campion last to finish and well up on their rink, he was able to kill the final end twice to try and pick up the shots needed.  Like last year’s final though, Will’s strong finish was once again to no avail, as Headington secured victory by 5 shots overall.

Winning captain Mark Charlett commented afterwards, ‘The final was played in great spirit, and was a fitting climax to the League season. I would like to congratulate Banbury Central on a really good comeback and for pushing us so close once again. I would also like to thank my own team for securing the League and Cup double, along with the Hawker Cup. A huge thanks to the League and Cup sponsor Chris Quainton, and to Kidlington Bowls Club for being great hosts and supporters of the competition’.

The League Cupsponsor Chris Quainton presented the trophy to Headington’s Mark Charlett, congratulating both teams for an excellent and exciting final.

Headington A,  70–Banbury Central A,  65: 

Ian Snowdon 14, Nigel Galletly 17; Nathan Lewis 12, Will Campion 29; Mark Charlett 19, AJ Doherty 13; Jason King 25, Keith McNeil 6.