Match report for week 4 - Games played on June 10, 2021

First an apology! Given the busy weekend, football, family, garden, good weather … the need to do this completely slipped my mind. As it is, there was little to report from last weeks fixtures that cannot be gleaned from the results so here is a brief synopsis of the events that cannot.

In Division 1 the game at Headington was as comfortably one sided as the results imply, other than the game between Howard Watts and Ted Ely where the latter pulled back from an eight shot deficit after eleven ends to level at seventeen ends only for the home rink to snatch the last end for a one shot win.

Carterton’s away win at South Oxford was a closer affair, especially for Paul Sharman’s rink who dropped a five on the final end to see their comfortable lead cut to a single shot!

Chris Lewis’s triple always held a comfortable lead in their game, but Will Campion needed two shots on the last end to win but was held to a single shot to give City and County the win by half a shot!

Headington continued the clubs’ winning ways in Division 2 but only because Kelvin Woodward’s rink won the final end of their game by a single shot. Had Kidlington’s James Feeley won the end then they would have taken match honours!

Witney Mills won, comfortably, on three of the four rinks to give them their win in the other game in the division.

For Woodstock, Tim Stevens rink took four shots in the final two ends to tie their game, but it was not enough for the club as they lost a tight match at West Oxford in Division 3.

Elsewhere, Percy Hickman’s team came from behind over the last two ends to snatch victory for Chipping Norton whilst Charlbury’s win at Bloxham was one of the biggest in the league this year.

The two new teams met at Banbury Chestnuts in Division 4 with the home side coming out on top, to many people’s surprise! Although Banbury Borough’s AJ Docherty won his rink comfortably, the home side were able to snatch a win by a single shot!

The Final match saw Burford beat Blackbird Leys comfortably.

 
Match report for week 3 - Games played on June 3, 2021

Week three of this season’s league was, for the first time, played in conditions suitable for good bowling!

With Headington having a bye, Division one’s big game was at Carterton where the home team had a seemingly comfortable victory. However, close neighbours, West Wintney, almost won a second game with Brandon Sparkes needing to win the final end against Kevin Alder as they were tied going into it.

Adderbury’s Darren Sharpe’srink scored eight shots over the final three ends of theirgame to snatch victory, not only on their rink but also in the match points for their club.

Nigel Galletly’s rink won five of the last six ends to grab a point from South Oxford’s Richard Green and give Banbury Central all six points from an otherwise very one-sided game.

Kevin Taylor snatched a point for Bicester by winning the final end of his rink but that was all Bicester could muster as opponents Headington continue their quest for promotion from Division two and so become the first club with two teams in Division one.

The other match in the division saw Witney Mills triumph in a local derby with Witney Town. Only Tim Ludlow’s rink were able to save face for the visitors having dropped ten shots in two ends to Les Day’s men they won the last three ends to grab a point.

Division three is, once again, proving the tightest of the divisions. Erstwhile leaders, Charlbury, lost at home to City and County in a game they were winning comfortably after fourteen ends only to have their opponents dominate the final four ends and snatch victory.

Thame’s defeat of Chipping Norton could have been a much tighter affair, but G Watson’s rink came from behind to win on the last end to make the club’s win more comfortable.

Tim Steven’s men guaranteed Woodstock the match points with a comfortable nineteen shot win, handing Bloxham their first defeat.

Hanborough continued their winning season in Division four, this week defeating ‘new boys’ Banbury Chestnuts, whilst the other new club, Banbury Borough, seem to have found their form producing the second ton plus of match shots in the league this season at home to Oxford University Press. Keith Holloway’s thirty-two shot win being the largest in the league this week.

 
 
Match report for week 2 - Games played on May 27th 2021
 
 The new bowls season continues, despite covid restrictions, although the pandemic still has effects. South Oxford are unable to raise a B team and have pulled this team out of the league, meaning that division 4 now only has six teams.
 
Headington continue to dominate Division One, this week they overwhelmed Carterton for their second maximum points score. Banbury Central’s struggles continue, losing for the second week, this time away at West Whitney. Two close rinks in the match resulted in one victory apiece with Shane Cooper's men getting the better of the later stages in their game whilst Will Campion’s rink gave Central their first points in what was probably the tightest match in league history with only twenty shots being scored in eighteen ends of bowls.
 
The final match in the division saw Dave Tidball’s rink go thirteen shots clear at the halfway point, a lead they maintained to the end of the game, giving South Oxford the match by a single shot.
 
Division 2 saw comfortable victories for both Headington B and Bicester. Russell Edward’s rink scored four on the sixteenth end to sneak a lead that their opponents were unable to pull back, to ensure Headington’s win whilst James Feeley was just unable to catch Kevin Taylor and grab Kidlington a point and Bicester got maximum points.
 
In Division 3, Chris Sherwood and Tim Stevens provided their respective clubs with their only winning rinks but, in both cases, winning by such large margins that their clubs outscored their opponents overall to take the match points giving us the unusual occurrence of two tied games in the same division in the same week.
 
With South Oxford’s withdrawal there were only two games in Division 4. James Baldwin’s twenty-three shot win proved enough to give Blackbird Leys victory at home to Banbury Borough, whilst Hanborough won a tight game at home to Oxford University Press to go top of the league in this very early stage of the season.

 

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Match report for week 1 of the OBL - games played on 20 May 2021 

Well! We waited 20 months to get a nice warm game of outdoor bowls and ended up playing in what can best be described as a November storm!

The pandemic cost the league three long standing members with Shiplake, Watlington and Chadlington unable to field side this season. These withdrawals were off set by the addition of the returning Banbury Chestnuts and, new arrivals, Banbury Borough.

In Division One, Headington resumed where they left off with an emphatic victory away at Banbury Central. The highlight of this game was the match between Lee Young of Central and Mark Charlett with the latter snatching victory on the final end.

Elsewhere in the division, newly promoted Adderbury and South Oxford learned just how difficult it is to win in the top division. Both losing away from home to established Division 1 sides.

Division two only consists of six teams and, with Shiplake’s late withdrawal making it impossible to reorganise fixtures, some weeks, like this one, will only have two games. This week’s matches were both one sided, though James Feeley’s Kidlington rink looked well set for victory against Witney Town only to see their twelve shot lead after ten ends dwindle to a single shot at the end of the game.

Brian Clarke’s men were the difference between Woodstock and Thame in Division 3; their fifteen shot winning margin giving the home side the win in a close encounter.

Death bowlers of the week were the Charlbury side which, collectively, came from six shots back at fifteen ends to win by thirteen shots against Chipping Norton.

The other new team, Banbury Borough, made their intentions known with a hard fought victory against Burford in a match that included the first ‘hot shot’ of the season for John Hurren’s men in scoring the maximum eight shots on the fifth end of a game they eventually hung on to, to win by two shots.

Hopefully, normal service will return this week with the weather forecast seeming to conform to a more summer like service.

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